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Swings for Scouts golf fundraising tournament set for Saturday

The second-annual Swings for Scouts golf tournament is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakota Canyon Golf Course in New Castle.

The tournament will serve as a fundraiser for local Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts. It will feature a four-person scramble format and a shotgun start.

Cost is $89 per person, which includes a golf cart, dinner and prizes. Hole sponsorships are also available for $200.

Information: The Lakota Canyon pro shop, 970-984-9700, Earl McKerrihan, 970-319-0161, or Gail, 970-319-1175.

Kings move on to conference finals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Williams scored two goals in the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 on Tuesday night.

Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as the defending Stanley Cup champions finished off this agonizingly even series with their 14th consecutive home victory over the past two months, including seven straight in the postseason.

The home team won all seven games in this thrilling all-California series, and the fifth-seeded Kings barely rode their home-ice advantage to victory in their first potential elimination game in the last two years.

Antti Niemi stopped 16 shots, and Dan Boyle scored early in the third period for the Sharks, who fell just short of their third trip to the conference finals in four years.

Pacers rally, beat Heat to even series

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Lance Stephenson added 20 points, and the Indiana Pacers charged back late to beat the Miami Heat 99-92 on Tuesday night and tie the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.

LeBron James led the Heat with 24 points before fouling out with 56 seconds to go. Mario Chalmers had 20 points on a night the defending NBA champs failed to take command of the series.

They will host Game 5 on Thursday.

The Pacers started fast and spent the rest of the night trying to fend off Miami’s continual comebacks.

But with Indiana leading 81-72 early in the fourth, Miami answered with a 14-2 run that gave the Heat an 86-83 lead.

Indiana tied the score on Paul George’s three-point play and erased the Miami lead by closing the game on a 16-6 run.


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