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UD Tops Wright State in Softball, 9-5

DAYTON -– The University of Dayton softball team (32-12) came out on the winning side of an offensively charged battle with crosstown rival Wright State (15-27) 9-6 on Tuesday afternoon at UD Softball Stadium.  On a gusty day, the two teams combined for 21 hits.
Wright State got things started in the first with a RBI double, which was answered right back in the bottom half of the inning on a sophomore Hannah DeSalvo RBI single.  UD took the 3-1 first inning lead on a two-run Tiffany Ricks homerun, her tenth on the season and third in three games.
WSU tied the game back up in the second on back-to-back home runs from Alexis Mayle and Kate Pfeffer.  They took the 4-3 lead in the third on an unearned run scored on a single.
Dayton retook the lead in the bottom half of the third with a four-run inning that got started with a freshman Kayla Haberstich RBI single that scored two.  This was followed by a bases loaded walk issued to graduate student Jordan Jennings.  The inning was capped off by a sacrifice fly by freshman Jaclyn Kweder.
Jennings kept things going in the fifth with a solo homerun to extend the lead to four runs.  It was her second homerun of the season, and 23rd in her career.
In the sixth UD and WSU traded runs on a couple of RBI groundouts, first from Pfeffer, then from freshman Kailee Budicin after a Ricks lead-off triple.  Ricks finished three of four on the day with 2 RBI and three runs scored, and was a double away from the cycle.
The Raiders attempted the comeback in the seventh, and scored a run on a RBI triple, but freshman Manda Cash shut things down for the Flyers earning her seventh save of the season, tying her for the NCAA lead.  She went three and a third innings, tying her longest relief appearance of the season.
Senior Kayla English earned the victory for UD, her 17th on the year.  She is now four wins away from breaking the all-time record at Dayton, and has won each of her last five starts.

The Flyers are right back in action tomorrow evening in Akron against the Zips at the Lee R. Jackson Field.  First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.
UD Tops Wright State in Softball, 9-5

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Derrick Rose scored 25 points and Pau Gasol added 21, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 99-92 victory over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night.

Looking like the MVP he was before being slowed by knee injuries, Rose helped the Bulls swipe home-court advantage from the Cavs, who were missing starters Kevin Love and J.R. Smith.

Jimmy Butler added 20 points and banked in a contested jumper with 30 seconds left as the Bulls closed it out.

Kyrie Irving scored 30 points and LeBron James added 19 and 15 rebounds for Cleveland, playing its first game since Love -- one of the Cavs' Big 3 -- was lost for the remainder of the postseason with a shoulder injury.

Game 2 is Wednesday night.

The Cavs only trailed by four points in the final minutes, but they forced several 3-point attempts and James missed a tough layup with 51 seconds left.

CAVALIERS-MILLER STARTS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers veteran swingman Mike Miller was a surprise starter for Game 1 against Chicago.

With Cleveland missing starters Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, Cavs coach David Blatt decided to go with Miller, who made 15 regular-season starts. The 15-year veteran's addition to the lineup was mildly shocking since Blatt also had James Jones and Shawn Marion as options.

Miller has plenty of playoff experience with Orlando, Memphis and Miami. He has averaged 5.4 points in 85 postseason games.

In his first start this season, Miller made seven 3-pointers in a win over Brooklyn.

Love is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. He was injured in Cleveland's series-clinching win over Boston. Smith is suspended from the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals for striking Celtics guard Jae Crowder in the face.

Iman Shumpert started in Smith's "off guard" spot.

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