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LeBron James is rested again; Magic stops Cavs, 98-92

compiled from staff and wire reports

Mikael Pietrus scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter and Jameer Nelson hit a big 3-point goal in the closing minutes as Orlando geard up for the postseason with a 98-92 win over Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday.

Cavs star LeBron James was given another day off to rest up for the playoffs.

Mikael Pietrus (nba)

Cleveland’s regular-season home finale was basically a game where two teams went through the motions while getting ready for the playoffs.

Pietrus was a matchup nightmare in the playoffs last season for Cleveland, averaging 13.9 points in the Eastern Conference finals when the Magic eliminated the Cavs in six games. The 6-foot-6 swingman made a pair of 3′s to open the fourth quarter Sunday and Nelson delivered his dagger 3 with 2:53 left to put Orlando ahead 96-88.

“Superman” Dwight Howard scored 22 points and had 6 blocks.

Jameer Nelson (nba)

Delonte West had 21 points,Antawn Jamison 19 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 12 for the Cavaliers, who finished the regular season at 35-6 at home with all 41 home dates being sold out for the first time. They now have 77 straight sellouts.

MLB Roundup: Indians lose; Arizona scores 13 runs in fourth against Pittsburgh

compiled by megasportsnews.com staff

DETROIT TIGERS 9  CLEVELAND INDIANS 8

Carlos Guillen scored the winning run on Indians closer Chris Perez’s wild pitch, capping a three-run ninth inning and giving Detroit the win on Sunday in Motown.

The Tigers became hust the second team since 1986 to win a nine-inning game while stranding at least 18 runners. Detroit’s 18 runners left on base matched its most since 1920.

Carlos Guillen Tigers (mlb)

Guillen hit a one-out RBI double in the ninth to get the Tigers within one and put runners on second and third. After Brandon Inge grounded out, Perez (0-1) issued two walks in a row to Ramon Santiago and pinch-hitter Johnny Damon to force in the tying run.

His first pitch to Scott Sizemore bounced past Lou Marson, allowing Guillent to score from third base.

Phil Coke pitched a scoreless ninth for Detroit, who trailed 7-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Cleveland was without centerfielder Grady Sizemore, who was out of the lineup with a stiff back. But even without their All-Star in Sizemore, the Indians battered around Justin Verlander pretty good.

The Indians loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning and Travis Hafner followed with a sacrifice fly. Jhonny Peralta then struck out, Matt LaPorta walked and Luis Valbuena lifted a 1-2 pitch just inside the right-field foul pole for his first grand slam.

Verlander settled down after the 43-pitch first inning, allowing six runs and five hits in five-plus innings, but his early struggles made the loss even tougher for Cleveland because they rarely ever score more than a couple of runs off the Tigers ace pitcher.

Indians starter Jake Westbrook pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up three runs and nine hits. He struck out seven and walked three.

Indians offensive stars include Jhonny Peralta and Shin-soo-Choo homered  and Luis Valbuena had two hits.

Detroit was led by Maggio Ordonez with two hits and two RBI’s and Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 3 which had 18 hits on the day.

GAME NOTES

* The Seattle Mariners left 18 runners on base in a 5-2 win over San Diego on June 27, 2008.  Detroit stranded 18 runners in a 10-1 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1926 and again in a 12-2 loss to the A’s in 1931.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 15      PITTSBURGH PIRATES 6

The Arizona Diamondbacks scored a team-record 13 runs in the fourth inning, capped by the first homer of pitcher Edwin Jackson’s career, as the delighted their fans in Phoenix with a 15-6 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Chris Young and Kelly Johnson homered in the big inning.

Edwin Jackson (1-1) went into the bottom of the fourth trailing 4-2 after giving up seven hits, but allowed only three hits in three scoreless innings after that.

Jackson had two of Arizona’s eight hits in the fourth inning and became the first pitcher to score two runs in an inning since last August 14, when Randy Wells of the Cubs did it against Pittsburgh. Jackson singled early in the fourth, then finished it off with a two-run homer. With a distance of 400 feet, his homer was the longest of Arizona’s four homers.

Edwin Jackson Arizona (mlb)

Catcher Chris Snyder was starting because Miguel Montero was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain earlier in the day, homered for Arizona and tied his career high with five RBI’s.

The Diamondbacks easily surpassed the club record of eight runs in an inning. They matched a regular-season team mark for hits, they got nine in a 2001 World Series game against the Yankees and home runs in the inning. Every D-Backs starter scored a run.

The Pittsburgh Pirates tied a team record for most runs allowed in an inning. The other times were 1890 and 1994.

Edwin Jackson, now 1-1, settled down after a rough start to win his first game with Arizona. He was an All-star last year with Detroit and was picked up in a three-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.

Reds rally to beat Cubs; Rookie pitcher Leake pitches into 7th

Cincinnati, Ohio–Righthanded pitcher Mike Leake became the 21st player since the draft began in 1965 to play in the majors without appearing in a minor league game and first since Xavier Nady with the San Diego Padres in 2000. He also became the first American pitcher to accomplish the feat since Darren Dreifort with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994.

He had a wild major league debut, trailed 1-0 but his team rallied to tie the game and then eventually won it, 3-1.

Leake worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first. He struggled with his control but collected two hits at the plate.

Reds' Mike Leake (Arizona State photo)

Reds Manager Dusty Baker was very impressed with Leake’s composure after the Cubs loaded the bases in the first. The former Arizona State star got Aramis Ramirez to pop up, struck out Marlon Byrd and retired Alfonso Soriano on a flyout to end the threat.

The 22-year-old had those seven walks but allowed just one run and four hits over 6 2-3 innings.

Leake, selected eighth overall, also is the first player from the 2009 draft to make his major league debut.

Chicago lefthanded pitcher Tom Gorzelanny was very sharp in his first start of the season. He struck out seven in 6 1-3 innings, allowing an unearned run and four hits. Leftfielder Alfonso Soriano’s error helped the Reds tie it at 1-1 in the seventh. With runners on first and second and one out, Soriano dropped Jonny Gomes’ fly ball into the leftfield corner. That loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo, whose sharp one-hopper bounced off reliever Sean Marshall for the tying infield single.

Cincinnati loaded the bases in the eighth inning on two singles and a walk against John Grabow (0-2), and Esmailin Caridad walked Ramon Hernandez to force in the go-ahead run. Jonny Gomes followed with a sacrifice fly.

Setup man Nick Masset (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Reds’ closer Francisco Cordero finished for his second save in two opportunities.

The Cubs have struggled since the season began on offense. Sunday they left 11 runners on base.

GAME NOTES

* Mike Leake lined a single to center field with one out in the third inning for the Reds first hit and started the sixth with a soft liner down the right field line. He is the first Reds pitcher to get two hits in his major league debut since Benny Frey on September 18, 1929 against Philadelphia.

* Mike Leake’s game cap was headed for the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

* The last Reds pitcher to get a hit in his first major league at-bat was Matt Maloney, who singled off Chicago’s Ryan Dempster last June 6, 2009 in Cincinnati.

ENTERTAINMENT: Actress Dixie Carter dies at age 70

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

TV star Dixie Carter, who earned millions of fans on shows “Designing Woman” and  “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Saturday morning at age 70.

Carter’s death was confirmed by her publicist Steve Rohn. Rohn represents both Carter and her husband, Oscar-nominated actor Hal Holbrook.

Actress Dixie Carter (cbs)

Carter’s career spanned multiple decades on television and stage. TV fans remember her best for the character of Julia Sugarbaker on the CBS sitcom “Designing Woman”, of which she appeared in over 160 episodes from 1986-1983. That role came just one year following a two-season gig on NBC’s “Diff’rent Strokes” as aerobics instructor Maggie McKinney and also as Mr. Phil Drummond’s girl friend.

Carter continued to find success in the later stages of her career, playing Randi King on three seasons of “Family Law.” She recently appeared in a seven-episode arc on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”, for which she received her first and only Emmy nomination.

The also had television roles in “Lou Grant”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “One Life to Live”, “Out of the Blue” and “On Our Own”.

A native of McLemoresville, Tennessee, Dixie Carter started her acting career back in 1960. She was married three times, first to Arthur Carter, second to actor George Hearn and third since 1964 to Hal Holbrook.

Ryan Newman breaks winless race streak; wins Phoenix

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ryan Newman (NASCAR)

Believe it or not, but the first race car driver to offer a handshake to Ryan Newman in Victory Lane was Tony Stewart. Stewart usually doesn’t do that, but Newman is one of his guys.

The win helped Newman break a 77-race Sprint Cup winless streak.

Newman took the lead after a late caution at Phoenix International Raceway and held off Jeff Gordon in a two-lap shootout Saturday night to get his first victory since the 2008 Daytona 500, and first since joining Stewart’s new team last season.

Kyle Busch was cruising to what would have given him a weekend sweep when a caution flag came out with three laps remaining. When the lead-lap cars pitted, Busch took four tires and came out eighth, behind six cars that took only two tires and Jimmie Johnson, who also took four and was seventh out of the pits.

Gordon, however beat everybody out of the pits, but unfortunately spun his tires on the restart in a green-white-checkered finish. Newman then charged inside and took the lead, and held on for the win.

Newman, driving the number 39 Chevrolet owned by Stewart, had led only two laps before the final two. That lead came during the first caution only 21 laps into what became a 378-lap race, instead of the scheduled 375, already 63 more than last spring at Phoenix, which is an oddly shaped mile track in the desert.

It was  Newman’s 14th career victory in 303 starts, but the first time a number 39 car has been to Victory Lane in 286 races.

Jimmie Johnson, who had won four of the previous five races at Phoenix, finished third and increased his series points lead from 14 to 36 over Matt Kenseth. Greg Biffle had been second in points before finishing 22nd saturday night, the first time this season he wasn’t in the top 10.

Denny Hamlin, racing only 10 days after surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee, drove the entire race and finished 30th. He had moved up to 13th before an extended pit stop to repair damage from being hit and to address an electrical problem.

Newman snapped Hendrick Motorsports’ string of six consecutive victories at Phoenix, and gave Chevrolet its 10th straight win at the track. Chevy drivers had the top five spots, with Mark Martin fourth and Juan Pablo Montoya fifth.

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