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George expected to play; Heat thinking about playing Oden

MIAMI – Indiana’s Paul George was cleared to play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat tonight.

George was concussed in Game 2 on Tuesday night. The Pacers announced yesterday that he is expected to play in Game 3.

So now the lineup question for Game 3 revolves around Heat center Greg Oden. He hasn’t appeared in a playoff game in more than five years. But the Heat say Oden has had a strong week of workouts and may be ready to play tonight.


Thunder’s Ibaka may be available against Spurs

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Thunder said defensive standout Serge Ibaka may not be lost for the playoffs, after all.

General Manager Sam Presti said yesterday that Ibaka’s injured left calf is showing “a level of movement and stability not thought possible.”

As a result, Ibaka is now considered day to day for the Thunder, who have missed him badly as San Antonio has raced to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Game 3 is tomorrow in Oklahoma City.


Ravens’ Rice apologizes, says he ‘failed miserably’

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said yesterday he “failed miserably” and apologized for the actions that led to his February arrest on assault charges.

Rice was arrested in Atlantic City on Feb. 15 after an altercation in which he allegedly struck his fiancé, Janay Palmer.

Rice was accepted Tuesday into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges against him being expunged.

Speaking to the media for the first time since his arrest, Rice said: “I failed miserably, but I wouldn’t call myself a failure because I’m working my way back up.”


Broncos newcomer Ward charged in strip club incident

DENVER – Broncos safety T.J. Ward was charged with misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender at a Denver strip club earlier this month.

Ward, 27, appeared in court yesterday to face the charges stemming from the incident at 2:40 a.m. on May 10 at PT’s All Nude club.

According to court documents, Ward was seen on video surveillance picking up the mug from the bar and throwing it at the bartender after being told he couldn’t bring a drink into the club. A court date was set for June 23.

The police had issued an arrest warrant for Ward on Thursday. Ward’s attorney, Abe Hutt, told The Denver Post that Ward didn’t know he was wanted until he saw a television news report Thursday night. Hutt said the warrant was dismissed yesterday.


Broncos executive Russell sentenced in DUI case

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – A Broncos executive accused of crashing into two cars while driving drunk has been sentenced to seven months in jail after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and careless driving resulting in injury.

Director of player personnel Matt Russell was charged after a vehicle ran into the back of a police car in Summit County over the 4th of July holiday.

County Court Judge Edward Casias yesterday sentenced Russell to jail time and approved Russell for work release and participation in a court-ordered treatment plan as part of his sentence. Russell was also ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.

Russell was suspended indefinitely from the team and was told to get treatment, rehabilitation and counseling after the accidents.


Colts owner Irsay formally charged with 2 misdemeanors

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was formally charged with two misdemeanor counts stemming from his arrest in March.

Hamilton County (Ind.) prosecutors said yesterday that Irsay was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body. An affidavit said Irsay was driving under the influence of oxycodone and/or hydrocodone.

Irsay was arrested near his home with $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle. He later sought treatment.


Klinsmann angry over son’s tweet about Donovan

STANFORD, Calif. – U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said his son should apologize to Landon Donovan for a “disrespectful” tweet after the U.S. star was cut from the World Cup roster.

Jonathan Klinsmann, a goalkeeper on the U.S. Under-18 roster announced last month, followed Thursday’s roster announcement by tweeting: “HAHAHAHAHAHAH DONOVAN HAHAHAHAA I DIDNT EVEN NOTICE UNTIL MY PHONE NOTIFIED ME” followed by four emoticons with tears and another “HAHA.” The account was quickly deleted.

“Hugely disappointed. I called him right away,” the elder Klinsmann said during a news conference yesterday. “He realized just a few minutes after that what he’s done. He came out of school kind of fooling around with his classmates, and they just went off on Twitter, not being aware of that he’s actually followed on Twitter.”

“He has a huge admiration for Landon. He’s actually a big fan of him since many, many years. He has his jersey in his room,” the coach continued. “He realized what he’s done, so he was devastated yesterday. And obviously as a father you put him in line and he owes him a huge, huge apology. That was highly disrespectful, and I think he got his biggest social media lesson that he could imagine.”


PGA Tour rookie Garnett leads by one stroke at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas – PGA Tour rookie Brice Garnett opened with an eagle yesterday on his way to a 4-under 66 and the second-round lead at Colonial.

At 7-under 133, Garnett had a one-stroke lead over Robert Streb and Chris Stroud, who made five putts from more than 20 feet in a 64. Streb shot 68.

Adam Scott, playing as No. 1 in the world for the first time, shot a 68 to get to 1 under. He has made the cut his last 34 PGA Tour events, the longest active streak.


Lowry, Bjorn tied for lead at BMW PGA after second round

VIRGINIA WATER, England – Shane Lowry birdied his closing two holes for a 2-under 70 yesterday to join Thomas Bjorn in the lead after the second round of the BMW PGA Championship.

The duo was four shots clear of the field with 10-under totals of 134.

Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello (73) and former BMW PGA winner Luke Donald (67) were tied for third.


Puig to face Soler-Espinosa in Strasbourg final

STRASBOURG, France – Monica Puig of Puerto Rico and Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain will play for a first WTA title when they meet in the Strasbourg International final after both defeated American players yesterday.

The 20-year-old Puig beat Madison Keys, 7-5, 6-3, in the second semifinal after qualifier Soler-Espinosa edged Christina McHale, 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-3, in a match that lasted 2 hours, 46 minutes, 3 seconds.


Pliskova, Bouchard to meet in Nuremburg Cup final

NUREMBERG, Germany – Second-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada will play Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic for the Nuremberg Cup title.

Bouchard defeated Karin Knapp of Italy, 6-4, 6-3, and Pliskova upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, in yesterday’s semifinals.

Bouchard reached the semifinals at the Australian Open but is still looking for her first WTA title. Pliskova, who upset top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the quarterfinals, is in her second final of the year and is seeking her second career title after Kuala Lumpur in 2013.

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