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SportShorts for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WRESTLING

Dixon assistant coach honored

Dixon assistant Bill Eastman has been named the National Wrestling Coaches Association assistant coach of the year.

Eastman has been a volunteer assistant with the Dukes for 50 years, helping lead Dixon to a third-place finish at the state team duals this year.

NBA

Leonard, Iguodala miss Game 2

The Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and the Warriors’ Andre Iguodala missed Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night.

Both had MRIs that found no structural damage.

Also in both cases, missing this game means almost a week of rest before Game 3 on Saturday.

Celtics win lottery, Lakers pick second

The Celtics won the NBA Draft lottery Tuesday night to continue another amazing basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets 4 years ago.

The Celtics finished dismantling the team that beat the Lakers to win the 2008 championship when they traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn on the night of the 2013 draft. Boston acquired the Nets’ 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the rights to swap in 2017.

The Lakers moved up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.

The 76ers will pick third, while Phoenix fell two spots and is fourth.

NHL

Preds rally to take series lead

Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with 2:43 left, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Tuesday night in their first-ever home game in the Western Conference finals.

The Predators grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series with their 10th straight home win in the postseason going back to last season.

Filip Forsberg tied it up at 3:54 of the third as the Predators rallied for the win against an Anaheim team that has notched four comeback victories already when trailing by multiple goals this postseason.

RUNNING

Marathon mistake costs some runners

Organizers of a Maine marathon are apologizing for a course error that caused many runners to go an extra half-mile, costing some a chance to run in next year’s Boston Marathon.

Officials with the Maine Coast Marathon say some runners in Sunday’s race were mistakenly directed down a dead end before looping back, bringing their total distance to about 26.7 miles. The error caused some Boston hopefuls to post times that are unlikely to qualify.

The course was corrected but, because not all runners ran the extra distance, officials say they can’t simply adjust the times.

Race director Charles Melton said they will offer refunds to those who missed qualifying for Boston because of the mistake.

TENNIS

Japanese player banned for life

Japanese tennis player Junn Mitsuhashi, who reached a career ranking high of No. 295 in 2009, was banned for life Tuesday for match-fixing and fined $50,000.

The Tennis Integrity Unit said in a statement that Mitsuhashi was found guilty of “making corrupt approaches to other players, betting on tennis matches and refusing to co-operate” with the TIU investigation.

The 27-year-old Mitsuhashi asked Joshua Chetty, a player he used to coach, to approach another player in an ITF Futures tournament in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in November 2015.

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