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Rockets advance...Ducks top Hawks...Miller flirts with gem...Marlins fire Redmond...McIlroy wins

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 18, 2015 at 12:11 a.m.



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HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden poured in 31 points and the Houston Rockets never trailed in taking Game 7 of the NBA's Western Conference semifinals, 113-100 over the Los Angeles Clippers. Dwight Howard finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who are in the conference finals for the first time since 1997 after becoming the ninth team to erase a 3-1 series deficit.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andersen made 16 of his 32 saves in the first period as the Anaheim Ducks beat Chicago 4-1 in Game 1 of the NHL's Western Conference finals. Andersen helped Anaheim kill off an early Chicago power play, keeping the game scoreless until Hampus Lindholm scored 8:48 into the game. Lindholm, Nate Thompson and Jakob Silfverberg each finished with a goal and an assist, with Thompson and Silfverberg scoring in the final 7:55 after Brad Richards scored to get the Hawks within 2-1 in the final minute of the second period.

MIAMI (AP) — Shelby Miller came within one out of a no-hitter to lead Atlanta's 6-0 shutout of the Marlins in Miami. Justin Bour hit a first-pitch single to center to prevent Miller from becoming the first Brave to toss a no-hitter since Kent Mercker (MUR'-kur) in 1994. Miller is 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA since being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals.

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have dismissed Mike Redmond with the team sitting 16-22 and just a half-game out of the NL East cellar. Redmond was 166-207 at the helm, losing 100 games in his first season and going 77-85 last year. The Marlins will unveil their new skipper on Monday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the first two-time winner of the Wells Fargo Championship following a dominating seven-shot victory over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers. The top-ranked McIlory followed Saturday's 61 with a 3-under 69 to finish at 21-under 267, shattering the tournament record by five strokes. It is McIlroy's second victory in the past three weeks, and his 11th on the PGA Tour.

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