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Jun 10, 2013

Heat smash Spurs in Game Two to square Finals

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Heat rebounded from their NBA Finals opening game loss in emphatic style on Sunday, crushing the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 in Game Two to square the best-of-seven series.

It was a total team effort from Miami, and they needed it with LeBron James (17 points) not at his explosive best. Four other Heat players stepped up to reach double figures – Mario Chalmers top scoring with 19.

Jun 8, 2013

Spain hold on for friendly win over Haiti

MIAMI (Reuters) – World champions Spain held on for a 2-1 win over Haiti in a friendly on Saturday as they warmed up for this month’s Confederations Cup.

After Fernando Torres went close with a spectacular volley, Vicente del Bosque’s team grabbed the lead in the eighth minute with a low drive from 25 yards by Santi Cazorla.

Jun 8, 2013

Soccer-Spain hold on for friendly win over Haiti

MIAMI, June 8 (Reuters) – World champions Spain held on for a 2-1 win over Haiti in a friendly on Saturday as they warmed up for this month’s Confederations Cup.

After Fernando Torres went close with a spectacular volley, Vicente del Bosque’s team grabbed the lead in the eighth minute with a low drive from 25 yards by Santi Cazorla.

Jun 8, 2013

Game Two already a ‘must win’ for Heat, says Wade

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Heat head into Sunday’s Game Two of the NBA Finals knowing another loss could leave them with a real uphill battle in the best-of-seven series and for Dwyane Wade the clash is already in the “must-win” category.

“It’s very urgent. Obviously you don’t want to go down 0‑2 going to San Antonio for three straight games,” said the Miami guard after practice on Saturday. “Odds are not that good. They are not in our favor.

Jun 8, 2013

Costa Rica top in CONCACAF as Mexico held in Panama

MIAMI (Reuters) – Costa Rica and the United States earned crucial wins in their World Cup qualifying games in the CONCACAF region on Friday while Mexico were held to a goalless draw at dogged Panama.

Roy Millers’ 25th minute header, after Honduras keeper Noel Valladares parried out a Celso Borges free-kick, was enough to give Costa Rica a 1-0 victory in San Jose which moved them to the top spot.

Jun 7, 2013

Spurs coach Popovich has little time for snap judgments

MIAMI (Reuters) – For San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich the rush to judgment and hasty generalizations after the opening game of the best-of-seven NBA Finals are clearly an annoyance.

Popovich, who has won four NBA championships in his 17 years as coach of the Spurs, is too polite to mock the questions from members of the media seeking an instant storyline.

Jun 7, 2013

Playoffs not fun unless you win, says Heat’s Wade

MIAMI (Reuters) – He is playing on basketball’s greatest stage in front of adoring crowds and a global TV audience, but for Dwyane Wade there is little joy to be found at this late stage of a grueling season.

The 31-year-old Miami Heat shooting guard knows all too well the rigors of playoff basketball as he is competing in his third consecutive National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals.

Jun 7, 2013

Parker proves his worth in ‘money time’

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tony Parker weaved his way across court, slipped and stumbled and almost fumbled the ball, got to his feet and banked in a jump shot that sealed the Spurs’ win over Miami.

That remarkable scrambling play, with time ticking down and the shot clock on its last tick, was “the longest 24 seconds” of LeBron James’s career.

Jun 7, 2013

Tiredness and turnovers cost Heat, says Wade

MIAMI (Reuters) – Miami guard Dwyane Wade said the Heat may have paid the price for their grueling seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers as the San Antonio Spurs took advantage of late turnovers and missed opportunities to win game one of the Finals 92-88.

The Spurs took care of Memphis in four games in the Western Conference final, a full week before Miami’s game seven against the Pacers and while there is always a debate over ‘rust v rest’ as an advantage, Wade felt the Heat had tired.

Jun 7, 2013

Parker sparks Spurs to Finals-opening win in Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tony Parker led a masterful fourth quarter performance from San Antonio as the Spurs beat the Heat 92-88 in the opening game of the NBA Finals in Miami on Thursday.

The Heat led 72-69 at the end of the third quarter but the defending NBA champions were out-scored 23-16 in the fourth and Parker sealed the victory with a superb late basket as the shot clock expired.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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