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MIAMI---A year ago, the Spurs-Heat
matchup in the NBA Finals was con-
sidered a classic. Now, an encore
For the first time since 1998, the
NBA Finals is a rematch. San Antonio
and Miami will decide the league s
champion for the second straight sea-
son, the Spurs earning their spot Sat-
urday night by beating Oklahoma City
112-107 in overtime in Game 6 of the
Western Conference finals.
Miami---the NBA s two-time defend-
ing champion---eliminated Indiana from
the East finals Friday night, also in six
The Spurs and Heat split two meet-
ings this season, both winning by com-
fortable margins at home. Game 1 of
this year s Finals is Thursday night in
"It s unbelievable to regain that focus
after that devastating loss that we had
last year," San Antonio s Tim Duncan
said. "But we re back here. We re excit-
ed about it. We ve got four more to
win. We ll do it this time."
It s the sixth trip to the Finals for
San Antonio, which won titles in 1999,
2003, 2005 and 2007 before falling to
the Heat last season in a series that
had some unbelievable drama. The
Spurs held a 3-2 series lead and were
leading by five points with 28.2 seconds
left in Game 6 at Miami, before Ray
Allen s 3-pointer capped a wild rally
and forced overtime, where the Heat
Miami then won Game 7, 95-88.
The Heat are heading to the Finals
for the fourth straight season and fifth
time overall, beating Dallas in 2006,
losing to the Mavericks in 2011, then
topping Oklahoma City in 2012 and
the Spurs last season. The Spurs---who
had the league s best regular-season
record, 62-20---are now the eighth
franchise in league history with at least
six trips to the championship round,
and would be just the fourth franchise
with as many as five NBA titles.
"We know we re facing a very tal-
ented and tough team and it s going to
be rough," the Spurs Manu Ginobili
said. "But of course, we believe in our
means and we re going to do our best,
Both teams have a multi-time Finals
Most Valuable Player. Duncan has won
it three times for the Spurs; LeBron
James has won it twice for the Heat,
and will look to join only Michael Jordan
and Shaquille O Neal on the list of
players to receive that award in three
The last Finals rematch came in 1998
when Chicago beat Utah for the last
of Jordan s six championships.
won the Italian Grand Prix yes-
terday with a pass at the start of
the final lap to extend his perfect
start to the MotoGP season.
With his sixth consecutive vic-
tory, Marquez became the first
rider since Valentino Rossi won
seven straight in 2002 to take six
or more successive races.
Marquez started on pole but
trailed Jorge Lorenzo for much of
the race before finally passing his
fellow Spaniard on a straight with
seven laps to go.
The pair then traded the lead
several times before Marquez
finally surged in front for good
around the outside of the Mugello
circuit s first turn.
"This was the toughest race of
the year," Marquez said. "I think
it was a great show."
Marquez, who rides for Repsol
Honda, clocked 41 minutes, 38.254
seconds. Lorenzo finished 0.121
behind and seven-time world
champion Valentino Rossi was
third, 2.688 back.
Spanish rider Tito Rabat won
the Moto2 race to extend his
championship lead with his third
victory of the season.
Italian teenager Roman Fenati
took the Moto3 race, celebrating
the home victory on a specially
designed bike in national colors
red, white and green.
A last lap crash between cham-
pionship leader Jack Miller, Alex
Marquez---Marc s younger broth-
er---and Enea Bastianini saw them
all miss out on the points.
Next up is the Catalonia GP in
TRIESTE---Nairo Quintana confirmed himself as
cycling s next star by winning the Giro d Italia yes-
terday to follow his runner-up finish in last year s
Tour de France.
The 24-year-old climbing specialist with the Movis-
tar team won two stages and finished with a 2 minute,
58 second advantage over fellow Colombian Rigoberto
Uran for his first Grand Tour victory
Italy s Fabio Aru finished third overall, 4:04 back.
Quintana took the pink jersey by winning the gru-
eling 16th stage over the Gavia and Stelvio climbs
then also took the 19th leg, a mountain time trial.
Quintana finished second to Chris Froome in last
year s Tour. While he isn t planning to enter the
French race this year, Quintana has designs on winning
it next year.
DOVER---The NASCAR Sprint Cup
race at Dover International Speed-
way was red flagged because of pot-
holes in the concrete track.
The race was stopped 160 laps into
yesterday s 400-lap race after chunks
of the track came loose and damaged
Jamie McMurray s car. The race was
soon stopped and crews were not
allowed to work on the cars.
McMurray s plea for an exception
NASCAR officials and safety crews
went to work on the potholes and
tried to apply a quick-drying concrete
From left, San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green, Patty Mills, and Boris Diaw
celebrate during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6
of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma
City, Saturday. AP PHOTO
Spurs vs Heat
in NBA finals
Marquez stays perfect in MotoGP
Climber Quintana wins Giro
Potholes stop NASCAR race
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