Digest for 05-07-13


NATIONAL

Chicago stuns Miami

Miami — The Chicago Bulls are hoping to be more than just streak busters.

Nate Robinson netted the Bulls’ final seven points, including the go-ahead jumper with 1:18 left, to lift Chicago to a stunning 93-86 triumph over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference semifinal.

Robinson tallied 27 points and nine assists for Chicago, which had snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak during the regular season and handed them their first loss in their last 13 tilts in this one.

The Bulls finished the contest on a 10-0 run.

LeBron James had 22 of his 24 points in the second half for Miami, which dropped just its third game in its last 44 contests dating back to Feb. 3.

Game 2 is slated for Wednesday in Miami.

Smith wins at Talladega

When the Nationwide Series competes at Talladega Superspeedway, you can expect that race to feature big crashes and a very close finish.

That was certainly the case in Saturday’s Aaron’s 312, which was delayed for more than three hours due to rain. Qualifying for Sunday’s 500-mile Sprint Cup Series race was washed out here earlier in the day.

The scheduled 117-lap Nationwide event began at 5:18 p.m. local time, but NASCAR informed teams in the closing stages that it would be trimmed by 10 laps due to darkness approaching.

It actually went a few extra laps from the anticipated cutoff when Joey Coulter crashed into the wall in the closing laps, which forced a caution and setup a green-white-checkered finish.

Regan Smith charged from seventh to first during a frantic last-lap around this 2.66-mile superspeedway. After pushing help from his JR Motorsports teammate, Kasey Kahne, Smith drove down the track and then passed several cars in the tri-oval area. He pulled ahead of Joey Logano by just inches for the lead when NASCAR officials displayed the caution flag for a major crash involving seven cars that occurred on the frontstretch.

Kahne had crossed the line in first in a three-wide photo finish with Smith and Logano. But officials did not declare a race winner for several minutes, as they reviewed the finish. They determined Smith was the leader when the yellow flag came out.

Smith earned his second career Nationwide victory. His maiden win came last November in the season-finale at Homestead, Fla. He made his first start with JR Motorsports in that race.

Logano, who won this race last year, was credited with second place. He made his first Nationwide start this season after winning a series-high nine races last year. He is in his first year with Penske Racing.

Logano has finished no worse than third in the past five Nationwide races at Talladega.