Celtics can't take the Heat
NBA: When LeBron James signed with Miami in the offseason, many believed the Heat would go on to win the title. Miami got one step closer to fulfilling that prophecy after advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with a 97-87 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. The Big Three combined for all but 16 of Miami's points. James brought his talents to South Beach, netting 33 points for the Heat. Dwyane Wade led the way with 34, while Chris Bosh added another 14.
The Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a win over the Memphis Grizzlies -- and it only took four quarters this time. Following their triple-overtime victory in Game 4, the Thunder rocked the Grizzlies 99-72 to take a 3-2 Western Conference semifinal series lead. Oklahoma City, with a lead in this series for the first time, will have a chance to close out the Grizzlies in Game 6 Friday night on Memphis' home court.
College football: Those involved in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl are wiping the sweat off their brows now that the game will remain part of the Bowl Championship Series. However, there's a hefty penalty. The BCS presidential oversight committee handed down a $1 million fine to the Arizona-based game after learning that the Fiesta Bowl's former CEO had been spending lavishly on parties and a night at a strip club. The investigation also revealed alleged illicit campaign contributions by bowl employees. The BCS wants the fine donated to charities serving youth in Arizona.
MLB: Charlie Samuels, the former Mets clubhouse manager, was indicted on charges of criminal possession of $2.3 million worth of team memorabilia and equipment -- including bats, balls and signed jerseys, all belonging to the Mets organization. Samuels, who spent 27 seasons with the team, is also charged with embezzling $24,955 by submitting inflated expense reports, and failing to pay or report taxes on $203,789 in tips from Mets players and others in 2008 and 2009. He was released on $75,000 bail and is due back in court on June 17. "The defendant had a dream job that any Mets fan would die for -- and he blew it," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.