Lakers win at the buzzer
LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) -- Robert Horry's three-pointer at the buzzer capped a comeback from a 24-point deficit Sunday and gave the Los Angeles Lakers a 100-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings that evened the Western Conference finals at two games each.
The two-time defending champion Lakers got off to another slow start and trailed by 24 points early in the second quarter. They cut the deficit to 14 points at halftime and seven after three quarters, but still trailed by six points with less than two minutes to go.
With the Lakers' dynasty in jeopardy, Horry hit a three-pointer to make it 96-93 with 1:39 remaining. The teams traded baskets before Shaquille O'Neal's two free throws pulled the Lakers within 98-97 with 26 seconds left.
Los Angeles fouled Vlade Divac with 11 seconds to go. The 7-footer missed the first free throw and made the second, setting up the final possession.
Kobe Bryant drove, but had his shot challenged by Divac. O'Neal grabbed the rebound, but was bothered by Divac and could not put it back in. Divac batted the ball away from the basket and toward the top of the arc.
Standing alone, Horry collected the ball and fired a jumper over the charging Chris Webber that banged in as the horn sounded, sending the Staples Center into delirium.
The Boston Celtics will take a 2-1 series lead into tonight's game at home against the New Jersey Nets in the Eastern Conference.
Castroneves captures wild Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS, May 27 (UPI) -- In one of the most dramatic, and confusing, finishes in the race's storied history, Helio Castroneves captured the Indianapolis 500 under a caution flag Sunday to become the first driver in 31 years to win the event two times in a row.
Castroneves, his car having only enough fuel remaining to run another half lap at full speed, received a huge break when Buddy Lazier and rookie Laurent Redon collided during the 199th of the race's 200 laps.
That brought out the yellow flag, allowing Castroneves to slow down and virtually coast the final 2 ½-mile lap to victory.
Paul Tracy actually passed Castroneves before the leaders finished the 199th lap and insisted he had gone by Castroneves prior to the caution light being displayed. The owner of Tracy's car, Barry Green, protested the finish.
A final decision on the protest will not come until today, but television replays showed that the lighting system around the track had changed from green to yellow before Tracy got past Castroneves.
Castroneves also benefitted from two race leaders dropping out during the second half of the racing spectacle.
Both Tony Kanaan and Tomas Scheckter had the lead when they slammed into the wall.
In Charlotte, Martin held off teammate Matt Kenseth over the final 30 laps and won his first NASCAR Winston Cup race in two years.
Martin, 43, struggled throughout the 2001 season and appeared to be near the end of a career that has seen him win 33 times on the Winston Cup circuit.
But he was fourth in the points standings coming into Saturday night's marathon race and soon moved from his 25th starting position into the top five. He stayed there all night and eventually took over the lead when Jimmie Johnson missed his pit on the final stop of the race.
Johnson dominated throughout the night, but his miscue on the pit stop left him in ninth place on the final restart and he eventually finished seventh.
In Monte Carlo, Coulthard averaged 92.404 miles per hour in his McLaren Mercedes and held off German Michael Schumacher's Ferrari to take his 12th career checkered flag by a little more than one second.
Schumacher was on Coulthard's tail for the last 25 laps, but the Scotsman hung on for McLaren's first victory of the year.
Furyk rallies at The Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio, May 27 (UPI) -- Jim Furyk used two spectacular shots on the back nine to break away from a huge pack of challengers Sunday and claim a two-shot victory at The Memorial.
Struggles by the third-round leaders and tremendous playing by some of those back in the pack turned the final round into a shootout at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.
As the final group of the day was playing the eighth hole, there were 13 players within two shots of the lead.
But Furyk played a nine-hole stretch beginning at the eighth in 7-under en route to a 65 that gave him a winning total of 14-under 274.
The highlights of his back-nine 32 were a chip-in for birdie at the par-3 12th and a bunker shot at the par-5 15th that trickled into the hole for an eagle. When Furyk holed a 20-foot for birdie at the par-3 16th, he owned a three-shot advantage that allowed him to overcome a bogey at the 17th.
David Peoples, one of seven players who had at least a share of the lead during the final day, shared second place at 276. Peoples had the lead by himself after a birdie at the 12th en route to a 68. Cook shot a 69.
David Duval, who began the day tied for 21st place, briefly had a piece of the lead and wound up tied for fourth three shots behind Furyk. Duval, seeking his first win of the year, suffered two bogeys on the back nine and failed to birdie the relatively easy 15th hole and still shot a 66.
Moyer masterful against Orioles
SEATTLE, May 27 (UPI) -- Jamie Moyer pitched eight strong innings for his 13th straight win against his former team and Carlos Guillen had three hits Sunday, including a home run, to carry the Seattle Mariners past the Baltimore Orioles, 8-1.
Moyer (4-2) allowed one run and five hits while throwing just 97 pitches. He struck out two without a walk and has not lost to Baltimore since May 30, 1989.
Ryan Franklin finished up with a hitless ninth as Seattle took the rubber game of the three-game series.
Lopez (5-0) led the American League with a 1.94 ERA before surrendering a season-high five runs and seven hits, including a pair of homers, in five innings.
Other American League results: Cleveland 3, Toronto 1; Detroit 9, Chicago 2; Minnesota 5, Anaheim 2; Oakland 7, Tampa Bay 1; New York 14. Boston 5. Kansas City swept a doubleheader from Texas, 7-5 and 9-8.
PHOENIX, May 27 (UPI) -- David Dellucci drove in Steve Finley from second with a one-out double in the 10th inning Sunday, giving the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A pitcher's duel was anticipated with Kevin Brown starting for the Dodgers and Randy Johnson for the Diamondbacks, but Brown did not survive the first inning while giving up four runs. Brown suffered elbow pain and will be re-evaluated Monday.
Johnson gave up seven runs on eight hits over just five innings, but he did move into eighth place past Walter Johnson on the all-time strikeout list with 3,507.
Neither starter figured in the decision with Arizona reliever Byung-Hyun Kim (2-0) claiming the win. The loss went to Dennis Springer (0-1).
Other National League results: Atlanta 7, Cincinnati 5; New York 3, Florida 0; St. Louis 7, Pittsburgh 3; Montreal 6, Philadelphia 5; San Diego 8, Milwaukee 7; Colorado 10, San Francisco 6; Houston 7, Chicago 5.