Monday, May 18
Phillies beat D-backs 6-0 for 5-game winning streak
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sean O'Sullivan won a big league game for the first time in more than four years, staying in after he was hit on the throat by a throw from his own catcher, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-0 Sunday for their first five-game winning streak since last summer.
O'Sullivan (1-2) allowed five hits in six innings, struck out four and walked two. He turned to talk to his fielders in the sixth with two on and a full count, then as he pivoted to face the plate was struck on the throat with a throw by Cameron Rupp. Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg came to the mound and, after a brief delay and one warmup toss, O'Sullivan retired Aaron Hill on a flyout with his next and final pitch of the day.
A 27-year-old right-hander, O'Sullivan had been 0-9 with a 7.19 ERA in 13 starts and five relief appearances since winning at Yankee Stadium for Kansas City on May 12, 2011. His was the longest winless streak in the majors since Pittsbugh's Radhames Liz defeated the Chicago Cubs on April 23 for his first win since Sept. 14, 2008, according to STATS.
Jimin Kang wins Symetra Tour event
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — South Korea's Jimin Kang won the Mission Health Wellness Classic on Sunday for her fourth career Symetra Tour title and first since 2004.
The victory capped a comeback from an allergy problem two years ago that attacked her immune system and made it difficult to breathe and walk on her own.
A two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Kang shot 5-under 67 in all three rounds for a five-stroke victory at the Country Club of Asheville. The 11-year span between victories is the longest in tour history.
The 35-year-old former Arizona State player broke the tournament record at 15-under 206 and earned $15,000 to jump from 10th to second on the money list with $32,932.
Lacey Agnew, Brianna Do, Daniela Iacobelli and Brittany Benvenuto tied for second. Agnew closed with a 67, Do shot 68, Iacobelli 69, and Benvenuto 70.
ROCK CLIMBER RESCUED
Prescott firefighters rescue man stranded while rappelling
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A man rappelling off boulder formations in the Prescott area was rescued by firefighters after he ran out of rope on his way down.
The Prescott Fire Department says the man, in his 30s, became stranded Saturday afternoon on a ledge about 30 feet above the ground in the Granite Dells.
Firefighters say the man did not have enough rope to complete his descent.
A firefighter was lowered to the rappeller and then both men were lowered to the ground.
Firefighters say the man was uninjured and declined any medical treatment.
The entire rescue took about two hours.
Firefighters say the incident is a reminder for climbers to make sure they have the necessary equipment and to not go rappelling alone.
Andersen's Ducks knock off Blackhawks 4-1 in WCF opener
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Hampus Lindholm, Nate Thompson and Jakob Silfverberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the Western Conference finals with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the Ducks. They opened their first conference finals in eight years with a strong all-around performance while improving to 9-1 in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Both teams' top offensive stars were shut down in the opener, but the Ducks' supporting cast contributed timely scoring, capped by Thompson's goal with 7:55 to play and Silfverberg's empty-net goal with 1:18 left.
Brad Richards scored late in the second period and Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots for Chicago, which hadn't lost since April 23.
Game 2 is Tuesday night in Anaheim.
Rockets back in conference finals first 1st time since '97
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Houston Rockets never trailed in a 113-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, sending them to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1997.
It's the ninth time in NBA history that a team has overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win a playoff series.
The Rockets needed an epic comeback to overcome a 19-point third-quarter deficit and force Game 7. No such heroics were needed Sunday when they were up by 17 after three and Howard opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point play to push it to 88-68.
Blake Griffin scored five points in a 9-0 run to cut the lead to eight points with less than 2 1/2 minutes remaining. Harden made a pair of free throws after that, but a dunk by DeAndre Jordan got the Clippers within eight again. This time Trevor Ariza hit a 3 from the corner to secure the victory.
Griffin had 27 points and Chris Paul had 26 points and 10 assists.
The Western Conference finals begin Tuesday night at Golden State