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Jun 6, 2014

Cramp-prone James insists he will be ready for Game Two

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – LeBron James insisted he will be “100 percent” for Game Two of the NBA Finals on Sunday after being forced from the series opener during crunch time against the San Antonio Spurs.

James received two and a half bags of intravenous fluids after the Spurs’ 110-95 victory on Thursday because of leg cramps he suffered midway through the fourth quarter.

Jun 6, 2014

Spurs prove stronger than Heat in the heat

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – LeBron James may have been the only casualty but the sauna-like conditions in Game One of the NBA Finals caused a lot of pain, frustration and dehydration.

Even the fans were not spared from the steamy conditions when an electrical outage caused the air conditioning to fail at the AT&T Center on Thursday.

Jun 6, 2014

Green shoots of recovery lifts Spurs over Heat

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Some torrid fourth-quarter shooting led by Danny Green lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a come-from-behind 110-95 victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    Green scored 11 of his 13 points in the final period as the Spurs hit 14-of-16 shots, including all six from beyond the arc, turning a seven-point deficit into a runaway victory.

Jun 4, 2014

Heat and Spurs ready to rumble in Finals opener

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Now that the verbal sparring is over, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are ready to get down to business on Thursday with the opening game of the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

San Antonio power forward Tim Duncan has all-but guaranteed a victory after the team suffered a heartbreaking, seven-game loss to Miami in the finals a year ago.

Jun 3, 2014

Spurs seeking redemption versus Heat in the finals

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to avenge last year’s agonizing loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals when the two teams return for a best-of-seven showdown that Hall of Famer Jerry West compares to an all-out brawl.

“It’s going to be a knockdown, tough battle for both teams,” the former Los Angeles Lakers guard and 14-time All-Star told Reuters. “It’s just a remarkable effort by both teams to get here again.”

May 30, 2014

Patrick concedes taking the checkered flag ‘is a process’

DOVER Delaware (Reuters) – Danica Patrick sits on the floor of a customized motor coach in the infield of Dover International Speedway, softly petting her puppy.

Despite just two Top 10 finishes in two-plus years in NASCAR’s top series, life is good for the 32-year-old pioneer.

May 30, 2014

Motor racing-Patrick concedes taking the checkered flag ‘is a process’

DOVER, Delaware, May 30 (Reuters) – Danica Patrick sits on the floor of a customized motor coach in the infield of Dover International Speedway, softly petting her puppy.

Despite just two Top 10 finishes in two-plus years in NASCAR’s top series, life is good for the 32-year-old pioneer.

May 18, 2014

Chrome inspires the ‘little guy’, says owner

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – California Chrome owner Steve Coburn has known for a long time that his colt was something special.

“When I saw this baby when he was a day old, I told my wife, Carolyn, this horse is going to do something big,” he said. “I don’t know what it is, but we’re going to stay in the game to make sure this colt gets to be the best that he can be.

May 16, 2014

Napravnik looks to break more barriers in Preakness

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – When Rosie Napravnik first became a jockey, she went by the name A.R. Napravnik “so no one would know I was a girl.”

A lot has changed in the last decade for the diminutive jockey with the soft demeanor but tenacious get-out-of-my-way attitude on the racetrack.

May 16, 2014

California Chrome deemed healthy for Preakness

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome was given a clean bill of health for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes after being treated for a cough and blister in his throat.

Art Sherman, the Kentucky Derby champion’s trainer, said the blister was not a cause for concern for the California-bred Preakness favorite.