Heat can chill
NBA: The Miami Heat clinched the No. 2 seed in the East Monday night with a 98-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks, coupled with a 95-94 Boston loss to Washington in overtime. Miami played its starters throughout the night, and LeBron James finished with 34 points. Boston rested four of its usual starters, essentially relinquishing the better playoff seed for a chance to give its best players some rest. Miami will match up with the No. 7 seed Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs, while the Celtics will finish third in the Eastern Conference and face the six-seeded New York Knicks. ... In the West, the No. 2 seed is still up for grabs. In their first overtime game of the season, the Dallas Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets 98-91 to move a half game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for second place in the Western Conference. Dallas nearly became the first team since the 2001-2002 Detroit Pistons to play an entire season without an OT game. With the Eastern Conference playoff picture officially set, here's a look at who would match up in the first round of the playoffs if the regular season wrapped up today.
MLB: The Tampa Bay Rays clobbered the Boston Red Sox 16-5 Monday night, marking the most runs the Rays have ever scored against the Red Sox. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who lasted just over two innings, fell to 0-2 after giving up seven runs on eight hits. The Red Sox are now off to a 2-8 start for only the seventh time in franchise history. ... The defending American League champion Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0, extending their run as the best team in the majors. Now sitting at 9-1, Texas matched its best 10-game start in franchise history. ... Seattle rallied back from a 7-0 deficit after six innings to score a run in the seventh, five in the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth to shock Toronto 8-7.
The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers stood side-by-side on the pitcher's mound pregame at AT&T Park to share a moment of silence in honor of 42-year-old longtime Giants fan and father of two Bryan Stow, who was brutally attacked outside Dodger Stadium on March 31 by two men wearing Los Angeles gear. This was the first meeting in San Francisco between the two teams since the incident. The Giants invited family members of Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, to watch Monday's game from a team suite. Stow remains in critical condition at an L.A. hospital in a medically induced coma. Los Angeles went on to win the game 6-1, but Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal broke his thumb sliding headfirst into third base. He's expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list, but injuries of this sort usually take four to six weeks to fully heal.
WNBA: Maya Moore is used to being be No. 1 and that was no different on Monday when the Minnesota Lynx took her as the first pick in the 2011 WNBA draft. Moore became the second consecutive UConn player to be taken as the first pick in the draft (Tina Charles was the top pick last year). The second overall pick was Liz Cambage of Australia, who went to the Tulsa Shock and became only the third-ever Australian to go in the first round of the WNBA's draft. Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (Chicago Sky), Amber Harris of Xavier (Minnesota Lynx) and Jantel Lavender of Ohio State (Los Angeles Sparks) rounded out the top five picks respectively.