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Third & Short: Clippers tie series with Suns

Third & Short: Clippers tie series with Suns

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Clippers 114, Suns 107: LOS ANGELES - Elton Brand dominated the inside again, and Sam Cassell bounced back from a dreadful performance with a beauty.

Brand had 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Cassell added 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns, 114-107, on Sunday night to even the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Game 5 in the best-of-7 series is Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Phoenix star Steve Nash was held to eight points and 11 assists. He shot 3 of 11, and didn't make a field goal after halftime.

The Suns scored 11 straight points to move within one before Brand made an 18-foot jumper with 56 seconds remaining and Cassell hit a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to clinch the victory.

Brand scored 67 points in the first two games, but was held to 20 in Game 3, when the Suns won 94-91 for a 2-1 series lead.


Astros 3, Rockies 0: HOUSTON - Andy Pettitte pitched a three-hit shutout, and Morgan Ensberg and Lance Berkman homered to lead the Houston Astros to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

The shutout is Pettitte's first with Houston and his first since June 30, 2002 with the New York Yankees against the New York Mets. It was the left-hander's first complete game since Aug. 9, 2003 against Seattle.

The victory gives Houston a 2-1 series victory over the Rockies after being swept in Colorado last week.

Pettitte (3-4) struck out seven and walked one. He zipped through the first two innings, retiring the first six batters he faced, including striking out the last two. Brad Hawpe got a single to open the third before Pettitte struck out the next two batters.

Berkman helped out in the seventh inning when he turned an unassisted double play by stepping on first base to get Matt Holliday out and then running down Todd Helton.

Luis Gonzalez doubled in the fourth inning and Pettitte didn't allow another hit until a single by Choo Freeman with two outs in the eighth.

Berkman had a solo homer to left field in his first at-bat after sitting out a game with tightness in his hamstring. It was his 13th homer of the season. His 40 RBIs this season are second in the majors to Albert Pujols.

Ensberg hit his 11th home run of the season and his second in seven at-bats on a shot that landed about three rows into the lower level of right field in the fourth.

Preston Wilson singled and stole second base before scoring on a single to left field by Brad Ausmus in the fourth that extended Houston's lead to 3-0.

SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds' pursuit of the Babe is headed to Houston.

The San Francisco slugger's homerless stretch reached six games and he remained stalled at 713 and one from tying Babe Ruth as the Giants concluded a seven-game homestand with a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth on a two-base throwing error by reliever Steve Kline (1-1) in which the ball went off Omar Vizquel's glove and into shallow left as the shortstop covered third, allowing two runs to score.

Brewers 6, Mets 5, 10 innings: MILWAUKEE - Bill Hall hit a two-out home run in the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers the victory.

The Brewers blew leads in the seventh and ninth innings, including the first blown save of the season by closer Derrick Turnbow.

Turnbow - who had converted his first 12 save opportunities this season - allowed Carlos Delgado to double and score on a two-out infield hit by Xavier Nady in the ninth inning, tying the score 5-5.

Phillies 2, Reds 1: CINCINNATI - Ryan Howard tied the game with a pinch-hit homer, then connected again in the 12th inning Sunday, powering the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Phillies won for the 13th time in 14 games, completing their first three-game sweep in Cincinnati since September 2002.

Howard's 12th homer off left-hander Chris Hammond (0-1) finished the longest game of the season for both teams. It was his third two-homer game of the season - he also had a solo shot in the eighth off starter Brandon Claussen.


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Karrie Webb became the LPGA Tour's first two-time winner this year, finishing with a 1-under 70 to beat Lorena Ochoa and Hee-Won Han by seven shots in the Michelob Ultra Open.

Webb, a two-time player of the year coming off her first winless season, had a 14-under 270 total to become the third player to win wire-to-wire this year. The Australian also won the Kraft Nabisco and leads the money list.

Ochoa finished second for the fourth time in her last five starts and the fifth time in eight events this season. She also won in Las Vegas.

DESTIN, Fla. - Bobby Wadkins completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Boeing Championship, birdieing the 17th hole en route to a 1-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over 63-year-old Ray Floyd.

Wadkins finished with a 1-under-70 for a 10-under 203 total and earned $240,000 for his second Champions Tour and first in five years. The 54-year-old Virginian shot a course-record 62 Friday and had an even-par 71 on Saturday.

Floyd shot an 8-under-63, one stroke shy of the best round in his 43-year career on the PGA Tour and 50-and-over circuit.

SUTTON COLDFIELD, England - Sweden's Johan Edfors sank two long birdie putts and finished with a 2-under 70 to win the British Masters by a stroke.

The 30-year-old Edfors, who finished the tournament at 11-under 277, also won the European tour's TCL Classic in China in March. He holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and made a 25-footer on the 17th.

England's Gary Emerson (67), Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin (70) and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher (71) tied for second.

FORT SMITH, Ark. - Darron Stiles won the Rheem Classic for his fourth Nationwide Tour title, beating Michael Putnam with a par on the first hole of a playoff after the rookie bogeyed the final hole of regulation.

Stiles, four strokes ahead at the start of his round, closed with a 1-over 71 to match Putnam (67) at 13-under 267 on the Hardscrabble Course.

Stiles got up and down from the back bunker on the par-4 18th in the playoff, blasting out to 3 feet. He bogeyed the first two holes of the round and also dropped a stroke on No. 6 before rallying with birdies on Nos. 10 and 11.


Hurricanes 4, Devils 1: RALEIGH, N.C. - Cory Stillman scored the go-ahead goal on a power play midway through the second period, while rookie goalie Cam Ward steadied himself following a rocky start as Carolina beat the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, on Sunday night to advance to the Eastern Conference final.


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