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4/22/2013
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Ginobili, Parker Lead Spurs Past Lakers in Game 1

SAN ANTONIO -- Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker scored 18 points each as the San Antonio Spurs led from early in the first quarter and beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-79 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Bonner had 10 points and Kawhi Leonard had eight points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 16 points and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Despite the double-doubles from Howard and Gasol, the Lakers failed to take full advantage of their inside presence, much to the consternation of the injured Kobe Bryant, who watched the national broadcast.

"Post. Post. Post," Bryant tweeted in reference to the Lakers' offense.

Bryant is out for the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles.




PACERS 107, HAWKS 90: In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 23 points and recorded his first playoff triple double, leading Indiana past Atlanta for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

George made just 3 of 13 shots but was 17 of 18 from the free-throw line, had 11 rebounds and 12 assists. George Hill added 18 points despite playing with a left groin injury. It's the first time since 2006 that the Pacers have opened a playoff series with a win.

The best-of-seven series resumes Wednesday at Indy.

On Sunday, the Central Division champs played more like the team that was contending for the No. 2 seed rather than the one stumbling to five losses in its previous seven games.

Atlanta was led by Jeff Teague with 21 points and Josh Smith with 15.

WARRIORS: Golden State All-Star forward David Lee is out for the season after injuring his hip during Golden State's 97-95 loss to Denver in Game 1 of their opening playoff series. MRI results were announced Sunday, showing a torn right hip flexor.

NASCAR

Kenseth holds off Kahne to win at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Matt Kenseth captured his second straight race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, holding off Kasey Kahne to become the third consecutive Sprint Cup driver to win from the pole.

Kenseth won the race off pit road after taking two tires under caution with 47 laps to go, and a No. 20 Toyota that had been strong all day slowly pulled away. Kahne trimmed into the lead once he moved into second, but Kenseth managed to block every move he tried to make.

Kahne pulled alongside him entering Turn 4 with the white flag flying, but Kenseth pulled back ahead along the front stretch and then cruised across the finish line for the win.

Jimmie Johnson won from the pole two weeks ago at Martinsville, and Kyle Busch did the same last weekend at Texas. The last time three straight winners came from the pole was in 1985, when Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt combined to do it at Michigan, Bristol and Darlington.

Points leader Johnson finished third with a car that kept getting better during long, green flag runs. Martin Truex Jr. came home in fourth and Clint Bowyer was fifth.

MLB

Santana Goes 7 Innings, Royals Top Sox 4-2

BOSTON -- It was a typical outing for Ervin Santana, shaky in the first inning and sharp the rest of the way.

For his third straight start, Santana allowed runs in the opening inning then found his rhythm as the Kansas City Royals ended Boston's seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 win over the Red Sox in the opener of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.

"Once he gets settled in he gets on a nice roll," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

The nightcap was scheduled after Friday night's game was postponed because of the manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Santana (2-1) allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. In his last three starts, he gave up four runs and nine hits in the first inning -- then one run on 12 hits in his other 20.

"I was leaving a couple of pitches up in the first inning," Santana said. "I feel comfortable every time I take the mound and I have confidence."

The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth against Bruce Chen and Aaron Crow, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded out to Crow. Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.

GOLF

McDowell Wins in Playoff at RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Graeme McDowell defeated fellow U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson in a playoff to win the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his second career victory on the PGA Tour.

McDowell was four shots behind when the round started, but rallied with a closing 69 over wind-blown Harbour Town Golf Links. The 2010 U.S. Open champ had his only bogey of the day on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Simpson, the reigning U.S. Open titleholder.

McDowell struck his approach on the extra hole about 15 feet away and two-putted for par. Simpson could not answer, missing about a 10-footer for par.

Luke Donald and Kevin Streelman tied for third.

McDowell's win ended a tough day in which only three players shot in the 60s.

Donald shot a 69 while Streelman had a 72. Jerry Kelly rounded out the top five after his even-par 71.

Charley Hoffman, the 54-hole leader, ballooned to a 77 and fell into a tie for sixth.







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