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Bee Payne-Stewart Strut

Bee Payne-Stewart Strut

Bee Payne-Stewart Strut & 5K Set for Saturday
Event raises funds for women’s athletics programs at local universities

SPRINGFIELD – The seventh annual Bee Payne-Stewart Strut & 5K is slated for Saturday (April 27) at Mediacom Ice Park. The timed 5K run and non-timed 1.5 mile “strut” begins at 8 a.m. with check-in at 7 a.m.

The annual event is a special community-wide fundraising project and partnership event designed to raise money for the women’s athletics programs at Missouri State University, Drury University and Evangel University. Proceeds also benefit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund and Women’s Intersports Network of Springfield Youth Scholarship Fund.

To register for the event, go to http://www.springfieldwin.com/info/strut.htm. The registration fees are $10 for children ages 12 and under, $15 for students and $25 for adults. Participants may also register on race day.

Mediacom Ice Park is located at 635 E. Trafficway St. in Springfield. Race packets can be picked up at the Ice Park from noon to 6 p.m. on April 26, or on the day of the event beginning at 7 a.m.

MSU Picked for Third at Valley Men’s Golf Tournament
After finishing second a year ago, the Bears are the choice for third place next week.
Daily Young

Daily Young

The Missouri State men’s golf team has been picked to finish third at next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship in a poll of the league’s coaches.

The tournament will be held Monday and Tuesday (Apr. 29-30) at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Teams will play 36 holes on Monday and conclude with the final 18 on Tuesday.

Wichita State was the unanimous pick in the voting, receiving all nine first-place tallies and 81 total points. Illinois State was tabbed for second with 70 points, while the Bears were a solid third at 65. Southern Illinois was fourth (51), followed by Northern Iowa (42), Drake (35), Evansville (28), Creighton (21) and Bradley (12).

The Bears are led by senior Daily Young and freshman Joey Johnson. Young, a Springfield native, has missed the last two tournaments due to injury, but figures to be back for his final conference tournament. He’s the ninth-ranked player in the league with a 74.50 scoring average and is a two-time all-conference performer.

Johnson, from nearby Ozark, has been MSU’s best player in the spring and is ranked sixth with a 74.47 mark, and is the front-runner for the MVC’s top freshman honor. The rest of the Bears’ lineup is expected to include junior Nick Langley, and freshmen Brik Brauburgerand Mitch Mather.

Missouri State finished second at the MVC tournament a year ago, its best finish in 11 years, and will be looking for its second team title after having previously won in 1993.

     MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Zach Randolph had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies returned to form Thursday night by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 94-82 to pull to 2-1 in the first-round series.
     Memphis snapped the Clippers’ nine-game winning streak by outrebounding and dominating on second-chance points, the same things Los Angeles did so well on its home court to start the series. Game 4 is Saturday in Memphis.
     Marc Gasol accepted his trophy as the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year before tipoff, then scored 16 points. Quincy Pondexter and Tony Allen had 13 each, and Mike Conley was 1 of 9 but had 10 assists.
     Blake Griffin scored 16 points for the Clippers. Matt Barnes had 12, Chauncey Billups 11 and Jamal Crawford and Caron Butler 10. Chris Paul had eight points on 4-of-11 shooting and added six assists.
 By TERESA M. WALKER
 AP Sports Writer
     OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Nate McLouth reached base four times and scored twice, Nick Markakis drove in two runs, and the Baltimore Orioles opened their longest road trip of the season by routing the Oakland Athletics 10-2 on Thursday night.
     Chris Davis homered and had two RBIs, Adam Jones added three hits and Jason Hammel (3-1) pitched six strong innings to help the Orioles win for just the fourth time in their last 20 games at the Coliseum.
     Baltimore had a season-high 15 hits, with all nine starters getting at least one. Six players drove in runs.
     Josh Donaldson doubled in two runs for the Athletics, who have dropped six of seven.
     Jarrod Parker (0-4) took the loss.
 By MICHAEL WAGAMAN
 Associated Press

 

 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – After getting blown out three nights earlier, the Houston Rockets were down 15 points in the fourth quarter and facing the long odds of needing to make a comeback against the Western Conference’s top team without starting point guard Jeremy Lin.
     The Rockets proved they were up to the task. They just couldn’t close the deal.
     Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant each scored 29 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered after squandering their big lead to beat Houston 105-102 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 series lead.
     ”We fought hard and we played really well, and a lot of things didn’t go our way, but I think it gives us confidence going forward that we can definitely beat these guys,” said Chandler Parsons, who scored 17 points.
     ”We’re definitely not scared of them.”
     Lin sat out the second half because of a muscle contusion in his chest.
     ”It’s easily the most frustrating thing that has happened this entire season,” said Lin, who played in all 82 games this season. “I’ve been healthy, and then the second half of a playoff game on the road where we’re playing well in Game 2.”
     Lin said X-rays were negative and he could be able to play in Game 3 if spasms stop.
     ”Our team is a young team and we’re not a perfect team by any stretch of the imagination, but they’ll fight,” coach Kevin McHale said. “They’re a bunch of scrappers. They’ll go out and fight you for it. So, I knew our team would play well today. That’s who they are.”
     The Thunder’s big lead melted away with nine straight empty possessions as the Rockets mixed in a zone defense. James Harden spearheaded a 21-2 Houston comeback by getting into the lane to create his own opportunities, and he also kicked the ball out to set up two 3-pointers by Carlos Delfino. His second 3, from the right wing, provided a 95-91 lead with 3:27 to go.
     But the Rockets couldn’t keep it up.
     Oklahoma City came back to tie it before Harden knifed to the basket for a layup to give Houston its last lead at 97-95 with 2:42 to play.
     Durant answered 14 seconds later with a deep 3 from the left wing, and the Thunder wouldn’t give up the lead again. Oklahoma City came up with back-to-back stops before Thabo Sefolosha’s 3 provided a little breathing room at 101-97.
     Parsons, who went tumbling to the court as Sefolosha shot, said Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins prevented him from closing out on the shooter.
     ”It was obvious what Perkins did to me. He grabbed me with two hands and I couldn’t go out there and contest Sefolosha,” he said. “It’s part of the game.”
     Serge Ibaka added a long jumper to make it 103-98 after the Rockets forced Durant to give up the ball. Durant and Kevin Martin, both in the top 5 in the league in free-throw percentage, both went 1 for 2 at the foul line in the final 12 seconds to give the Rockets one last chance.
     Houston didn’t have any timeouts left after Durant’s miss with 1 second left, and Delfino couldn’t connect on a desperation shot at the final buzzer.
     ”It’s frustrating and it hurts really bad right now,” Parsons said. “But you’ve got to take some positives out of it. It’s a long series.”
     Game 3 is Saturday night in Houston.
     Harden ended up with 36 points and 11 rebounds, and rookie Patrick Beverley had 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Houston. The Rockets made up for a 40 percent shooting mark with a 57-40 advantage on the boards and a 50-30 scoring edge in the paint, engineering a massive turnaround after getting blown out 120-91 in Game 1.
     Beverley moved into the starting lineup as Houston went with a three-guard unit, and it didn’t take long for the rookie to get under Westbrook’s thin skin. Beverley lunged for a steal as Westbrook stopped to call a timeout after Houston took a 42-41 lead midway through the second quarter, with his hip slamming into Westbrook’s right knee.
     Westbrook smashed his right hand onto the scorer’s table in anger and hobbled back to the huddle, but was able to stay in the game. He stripped Beverley for a runout layup two possessions later, but the Thunder still couldn’t shake free.
     Later in the half, Beverley knocked Westbrook down on a foul and then reached out to help him up. Westbrook slapped his hand away.
     ”It’s part of basketball, playoff basketball. Everyone wants to go out there and win,” Beverley said. “Anyone who knows me, knows my character, that I’m not going to back down from anyone, Russell Westbrook or anybody else.”
     Another rookie, Greg Smith, drew a technical foul when he jawed at Ibaka after dunking on the NBA’s top shot-blocker and Houston was still within 57-55 at halftime.
     Just after Harden’s driving throwdown put Houston ahead 63-61, Oklahoma City raged back with a string of 13 straight points with Ibaka keying the run. He swatted Omer Asik’s dunk attempt, hit two free throws and grabbed an offensive rebound that set up Westbrook’s three-point play. The Thunder started the fourth quarter with an 11-2 to run to push their lead to 89-74 after Martin’s 3-pointer with 9:22 to go.
     McHale called time out, and the Rockets immediately responded with Beverley’s 3-pointer off a set play – and that was only the beginning of the comeback.
     ”We were down 15, we could have just given up the game and said, ‘Let’s go to Game 3,’ but we fought back and took the lead,” Harden said. “So, we definitely have some confidence going into Game 3 and going back home.”
     Notes: Beverley had not started any games during his rookie season, moving into the rotation midway through the season and playing 41 games. … After finishing second to Tyson Chandler last year’s voting for NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Ibaka was third this year behind Marc Gasol and LeBron James. Ibaka has led the NBA in total blocks the past three seasons. “He led the league three years in blocks. I guess that don’t mean nothing nowadays,” Perkins said. “At the end of the day, I think he deserves it. He should have won the thing. But it’s over with, so we’re just going to move on.”
By JEFF LATZKE
 AP Sports Writer
     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Atlanta coach Larry Drew tried desperately to send his players a message.
     It takes more than talent to win in the NBA playoffs.
     While the Hawks listened and responded with a better effort, it didn’t change a thing.
     Paul George scored a playoff career-high 27 points, topping his previous best from three days earlier, and the Pacers rolled to a 113-98 victory for their first 2-0 series lead since the 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals.
     ”The margin for error against a team like this is very small and we have to be better as far as our defense is concerned,” Drew said. “Indiana did what they had to do, they defended their home court.”
     Now the Hawks will get a chance to do the same at a venue where they have won 11 straight over the Pacers.
     But this one will not be easy.
     The Pacers have rolled through the first two games, winning both by double digits with defensive performances that have not allowed the Hawks to play their brand of basketball. Perhaps that much should be expected from one of the leagues’ best defenses.
     But the problem is Atlanta can’t defend the Pacers shooters. Indiana produced its highest point total since routing the Lakers 120-87 in Game 5 of the 2000 NBA Finals. The Hawks, meanwhile, got 17 points from Devin Harris and 16 each from Jeff Teague and Josh Smith, who spent most of the game in foul trouble.
     ”They are being the more physical team, they are being more aggressive,” Al Horford said after finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. “I think this game, we really got caught up with the referees and we let that bother us too much.”
     Indiana has made it look easy, too.
     They matched Atlanta’s increased intensity step for step, and when they had a chance to put things away, they didn’t hesitate.
     Three days after George posted the second triple-double in the franchise’s NBA postseason history, he put on another brilliant show. The league’s Most Improved Player rebounded from a 3-for-13 shooting effort to go 11 of 21. He finished with eight rebounds, three assists, four steals and turned in another sterling defensive performance as the Pacers won their fourth straight at home over Atlanta.
     There was plenty of credit to go around.
     After a slow start, George Hill knocked down four 3-pointers before hitting his right elbow hard on the court late in the game. He said he expects to play in Game 3 on Saturday.
     Roy Hibbert wound up with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Gerald Green came off the bench, made his first three 3s and finished with 15 points. Indiana, which relied primarily on defense to win its first Central Division crown in nine years, has topped the 100-point mark in consecutive playoff games.
     Everything is clicking for Indiana after a late-season stumble.
     ”Not only were they being physical, but they were trying to take our air space and trying to pressure us more defensively, trying to force more turnovers,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “We had less turnovers in Game 2 than we did in Game 1.”
     For the Hawks, their second straight double-digit loss means two more days of misery.
     Following Game 1, Drew chastised his players for their continual complaints about calls and their sub-par effort. The Hawks vowed to make amends Wednesday and they did play harder.
     But, at times, it got them in trouble.
     Smith, Atlanta’s top scorer, played with a sprained right ankle but wound up on the bench with two fouls barely 2 minutes into the game. He spent the rest of the game in foul trouble and finished with 16 points and six rebounds.
     In the second quarter, an uncharacteristically angry Horford charged toward an official after being called for a technical foul. Harris alertly grabbed Horford with both arms and pulled him away – a play that kept Horford and the Hawks in the game a bit longer. The Hawks’ other big inside players, Johan Petro and Ivan Johnson, wound up in foul trouble in the second half, and the combination allowed Indiana to again shoot more free throws and again finish with the rebounding edge.
     Notes: Indiana lost starting guard Lance Stephenson late in the first quarter when he landed hard on his right hip after being called for a charge. He was diagnosed with a bruised right hip and did not return until the start of the second half. … The Hawks have lost four straight to Indiana, all at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. … The free-throw discrepancy continued Wednesday. Indiana is 51 of 63 from the line over the first two games. Atlanta is just 18 of 34.
 By MICHAEL MAROT
 AP Sports Writer

First League Play

Even with the uneven weather patterns, we were able to get our first league action of the year in last week.  The CFL (Casual Fun League) had a dozen people turn out for its debut.  It meets on Mondays at 6 and is set up to be a low key, no pressure, casual and fun league for golfers of all abilities…young and old.  Teams are put together to be somewhat even and a scramble format is used in some way or combination with other formats. The cost is $1 per player and the money goes toward a steak cookout at the end of the season.  A quarter is also collected and goes to the hole prize winner that day.  The first winners in a 4-person scramble were the Roberts family and Tom Siegrist with a 1 under 34.  The Roberts family included Hudson, Rainy and Brent.  Jerry Gibbons won the money for longest putt made on #9.

The Cat and Dog league will preview this Tuesday at 6.  It is a male/female 2-person scramble.  Cost is also $1 per player and the money goes to the winning team or teams depending on numbers and flights.  A quarter is also collected for that day’s hole prize.

Members and nonmembers are invited to play in all of our leagues.  Men’s League should be starting soon on Thursdays.  Cost for nonmembers is only $5 for green fees instead of the normal $10.  Cart rentals would be additional if you don’t bring your cart or ride with someone else.

May 4 Tournament

May 4 was originally scheduled as a Pavilion Benefit Tournament, but that has been changed.  Jeff Conger and friends want to put on a golf tournament that day that will benefit the “backpack program” and Cristo’s House.  The backpack program puts food in needy students backpacks on Friday for the weekend.  Cristo’s House is a shelter for battered and abused women.  All of the proceeds will go those very worthwhile programs.  To sign up and get more information call Jeff at 417-547-3773.  Do not call the pro shop to sign up.

Enjoy—but approach with caution!

Mushrooms can be terrific photo subjects, they play extremely important roles in the ecosystem, and some are famously delicious. Some are also famously deadly.

Don’t eat a mushroom unless you’re certain it’s an edible species! Some wild mushrooms can sicken or kill you. Be certain the mushrooms you collect for the table are edible, and always cook them before eating.

When and where can I find mushrooms?

Look for them from early spring (our coveted morels) to late fall (oysters and lion’s mane). Morels have a short, specific growing season of just several weeks in spring, while oyster mushrooms can be found from spring clear through to the beginning of winter—if weather conditions aren’t too harsh. Some species, such as oysters and deadly galerinas, are even known to push up through snow on fallen trees after a few above-freezing winter nights.

Some mushrooms only grow on dead or dying trees, and others are only found growing from the ground. Knowing where a particular species grows and when it typically appears is crucial to correct identification. If you’re planning on eating wild mushrooms, nothing less than 100-percent positive ID will do.

At the first signs of spring, some dedicated morel hunters start tracking soil temperatures, watching for the ground to warm to a consistent 53F before they make their first foray of the year. Others use the rule of thumb of a week of night temperatures above 50F. But the single most important factor for any Missouri mushrooms to appear at all is adequate moisture. If there hasn’t been enough precipitation, or if the substrate (soil or a log) dries out, mushrooms refuse to emerge.

A few days after a good soaking rain in any season is the time to grab your basket or camera and head into the woods. You’re nearly guaranteed to find some mushrooms!

How do I collect them?

Why you’re collecting a mushroom makes a difference in how you collect it. If you’re new to wild mushrooms, it’s really important to get some experience identifying them before you ever pick any to eat!

Collecting for study

Collecting mushrooms to take home for closer examination requires the simplest equipment: a flat-bottomed basket, a roll of waxed paper, a small digging tool (a pocketknife will do) and something for taking notes. A GPS unit might come in handy, too, if you want to check the same spot at another time.

Collect the entire mushroom, including the base. This is important for mushrooms growing in soil. Some mushrooms have a cup-shaped volva that may be buried, and others may have a surprisingly long “root.” You need the whole mushroom for proper identification. Dig gently around the base, a little way away from the stem, to include any underground structure. Try to find fresh specimens that insects haven’t found first. Pick a few in different growth stages, if you can (some change dramatically as they mature). Keep each different kind separate. Roll them gently in a length of waxed paper and twist the ends, like a piece of candy, or use waxed-paper sandwich bags. Don’t use plastic wrap — it traps warmth and moisture, and the mushrooms will start to decompose rapidly.

Take note of the following for each specimen

  • Where it’s growing (on wood, soil, moss)
  • Whether singly or in clusters
  • The colors and textures of all parts (For example, the little parrot mushroom has a beautiful green cap and yellow stem, and it is typically slimy.)
  • The aroma (some surprises here, from the scent of watermelon rind to jasmine flowers)

The more you observe about the mushroom where you find it, the easier it will be to identify at home.

Know area regulations and respect private land

Most state parks and conservation areas allow collecting of mushrooms, but regulations vary, so check before you collect. And needless to say, get permission before collecting anything on private land!

Collecting edibles

Grab a flat-bottomed basket

If you’re collecting mushrooms for the table (assuming you’re 100 percent sure of the ID, of course), you still need a basket or flat-bottomed cloth bag (a piece of cardboard, cut to fit the bottom of the bag, will add stability). Some mushroom hunters use a mesh bag on the premise that spores will drop and spread while they’re walking in the woods. (We haven’t seen a scientific study of this, but it might be true, so use your own discretion). Your goal is clean, whole mushrooms that will be easy to prep before cooking. Plastic grocery bags might seem handy, but they offer no protection to the mushrooms if you bump them into anything. Also, they create a warm, moist environment that makes mushrooms disintegrate quickly.

Carry a pocketknife

Beyond your basket, you’ll need a pocketknife (or even a pair of scissors), for cutting the mushroom at the base. Some companies sell “mushroom knives” with a brush on the end, for whisking off dirt, because adding only clean mushrooms to your basket will save you a lot of prep time later!

Collect only unblemished specimens

As you would with any other fresh produce, look for nice, unblemished specimens. If you’d pass it up in a grocery store, don’t pick it. Be a good sport, and try not to over-harvest or pick them all. Leave some for the next hiker to find—or so the mushrooms can continue to grow and multiply.

Keep different kinds separate

Don’t mix your known edibles with any unidentified specimens. Keep them physically separate from each other. Poisonous mushrooms can contaminate other mushrooms.

Don’t collect from “dirty” places

You may find mushrooms growing beyond the borders of forests, but please think twice before gathering them from the side of the road, near railroads tracks, on golf courses, parks or even suburban lawns. Exhaust fumes, creosote, pet waste and weed treatments are not what you want on your plate!

Once you’ve got them home

Whether for later study or later meals, store them in the refrigerator straight out of your basket. While we advise against using plastic bags in the field (where they promote rapid decay), it’s okay to use a plastic bag to store mushrooms in your fridge, where the conditions are cool and dry. Don’t rinse your collection before refrigerating — wet mushrooms will deteriorate much faster. When you place them in the fridge, leave the storage bag or bin slightly open to minimize moisture collection. If you find you must rinse your edibles, do it right before cooking. Lay rinsed mushrooms on a clean towel to dry.

How do I know if a mushroom is edible?

Short answer: there is no test to determine edible versus poisonous mushrooms.Ignore any advice such as “a poisonous mushroom will tarnish a silver spoon,” “if it bruises blue, it’s poisonous,” etc. These are old wives’ tales and folk myths, and completely untrue. Even seeing evidence of animals eating them won’t work here. The only way to tell if a mushroom is edible is by positive identification.

If you’re interested in eating wild mushrooms, we cannot stress enough the importance of learning how to identify them. Field guides will have pictures and descriptions of mushroom anatomy, cap shapes, surface textures, gill spacing — just a few of the features used to determine what species it is. Learning to identify mushrooms is really like any other kind of nature study, except for one huge consideration: if you’re collecting mushrooms to eat, some of them could be deadly poisonous. Take your time, and use common sense, which should tell you if you’re not 100 percent positive of the ID, don’t eat it.Don’t let wishful thinking make you sick or dead. Be skeptical of your own conclusions!

While it may take a little time to build your knowledge, it’s worth it! There are several delicious mushrooms that are easy to recognize and nearly impossible to confuse with any dangerous species. Once you’ve tasted some of them (using all of the resources below, so you’re 100 percent sure of what it is), you’ll start to see what all the excitement is about. Most are nothing at all like the grocery store selections!

We recommend you do all of the following

  • Go to workshops and forays. Join a mushroom club. You’ll see lots of mushrooms and learn what the identifying features are. Experts will help with your questions and recommend field guides and other resources.
  • Collect and identify what you think is the same species repeatedly. Some mushrooms change appearance dramatically as they mature or even in different seasons.
  • Show your finds to experts.
  • Use multiple field guides. One picture is not enough! Read the descriptions carefully.
  • Don’t let your nose fool you. Mushrooms that smell or even taste good can be poisonous. One common culprit of mushroom poisoning is the green-spored Lepiota (Chlorophyllum molybdites), which, when young, looks nearly identical to the common white button mushrooms found in grocery stores. They reportedly taste pretty good, too, but eating just one will lead to symptoms that can put you in the emergency room.
  • “When in doubt, throw it out!” Until you’ve trained your eyes to know what you’re looking for, we can’t say it often enough!

Source: Missouri Department of Conservation – Mushrooming Guide

     SAN DIEGO (AP) – The San Diego Padres kept a pair of streaks alive.
     They lost their fifth in a row and the Brewers won their ninth straight, beating San Diego 6-3 Tuesday night. Yovani Gallardo pitched into the seventh inning and the Milwaukee Brewers rode an early offensive outburst to another win
     ”Our guys are playing, they are,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “There are 140 games left and we are still in April. We have dug ourselves a hole. We have to worry about ourselves. We have to make sure we get our starting pitching in order.”
     Gallardo (2-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, with five walks and two strikeouts. Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run double in the Brewers’ five-run second inning.
     Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five chances.
     Padres starter Clayton Richard (0-2), who missed his last start due to the flu, allowed six runs on six hits in 1 2-3 innings.
     ”It’s one of those outings where it is a tough one,” Richard said. “I made a few good pitches that they put the ball in play, they made the most of it.”
     The Padres have lost five straight overall and seven straight at home, their longest skid since a seven-game losing streak Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 2010, at Petco Park. They have scored six runs in their five-game losing streak and are 5-15 this season.
     The nine-game winning streak is Milwaukee’s longest since it won 10 in a row Aug. 19-28, 2003. The Brewers broke it open in the second on a two-run single by Yuniesky Betancourt, a groundout by Segura and Lucroy’s double after an intentional walk to Ryan Braun.
     Betancourt has 13 RBIs over his last nine games, including five in his last two against the Padres.
     Gallardo’s victory was his second straight since he was arrested on drunken-driving charges April 16. He left in the seventh after issuing three straight walks, his last to Carlos Quentin to load the bases with two out.
     Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny came on and struck out Yonder Alonso on three pitches to end the threat.
     Quentin, playing in his first game since his eight-game suspension for his part in  a brawl with the Dodgers and Zack Greinke April 11, drove in the Padres’ first run with a single in San Diego’s two-run first inning
     The Padres went up 2-1 in the bottom of the first on Quentin’s RBI single and another by Alonso after Braun’s infield grounder scored Jean Segura, who had tripled.
     Thad Weber pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of Richard for the Padres.
     ”Weber has saved us a couple of times already,” Black said. “He pitched his heart out.”
     NOTES: Segura had three hits and turned an unassisted double play. … Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse said he has a little soreness from dislocating his pinky finger on his left hand Monday night, but said he expects to make his next scheduled start which would be Sunday against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw. However, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that Lohse’s start could be pushed back to next Monday or Tuesday at home against the Pirates. “We could bump him back a day or two days. We’ll see how he does and how he grabs a bat and see what happens there.” . Brewers rookie RHP Hiram Burgos, who won his major league debut April 20th against the Cubs, will take his spot in the regular rotation on Friday against the Dodgers Friday. … Padres RHP Edison Volquez (0-3,8.84) will make his 11th start against the Brewers Wednesday night, against Milwaukee RHP Marco Estrada (2-0, 4.50).
     DENVER (AP) – Andre Miller didn’t even wait for the final horn to sound before trudging off the court.
     The Denver Nuggets guard was far from alone as many of the fans bolted the Pepsi Center early, too. They had seen quite enough of Stephen Curry & Co. making shot after shot as the Nuggets were humbled at home for the first time in three months.
     Behind blistering shooting, Golden State beat the NBA’s best home team 131-117 in Game 2 on Tuesday night and pulled even in the best-of-seven series.
     Curry couldn’t miss, Harrison Barnes dazzled with a reverse dunk and the Nuggets couldn’t stop anyone as the Warriors shot 64.6 percent from the field (51 of 79), their best mark ever in a postseason game.
     ”We didn’t do much of anything very well,” said coach George Karl, whose team was 38-3 at home during the regular season.
     The series shifts to Golden State for Game 3 on Friday night.
     And the Nuggets know they have work to do.
     After all, the Warriors’ pick-and-roll completely picked apart Denver. Curry led the way with 30 points and 13 assists. That’s even with him turning his left ankle late in the third quarter, which hardly slowed him down.
     When Curry wasn’t doing the damage, Jarrett Jack, who made a rare start in place of the injured David Lee, took control as he scored 26 points.  Barnes added 24 – including a thunderous dunk over Anthony Randolph in the fourth quarter – and Klay Thompson chipped in 21.
     That’s a lot of scoring options to defend.
     ”Man, they were just knocking it down,” said Ty Lawson, who along with reserve Corey Brewer scored 19 points for the Nuggets. “The game plan was to keep the ball out of Stephen Curry’s hands, but he came off and had open looks and then he started finding people. After that, we started scrambling. We can’t play like that.”
     Putting the Nuggets on their heels was precisely Curry’s plan. With two days off between games, Curry had a lot of time at the hotel to think about his performance in Game 1. Sure, he finished with 19 points, but he hit just 7 of 20 shots.
     The speedy guard vowed to be more aggressive – and he certainly was at that. Nothing the Nuggets did could knock him off rhythm as he finished 13 of 23 from the field.
     ”They were setting the screen and changing the angle of the screen (for Curry),” Karl explained. “Our big guy was getting caught on the wrong side. In Game 1, we kept him where we wanted him to be. Tonight, we didn’t direct him at all.
     ”The ball was free and loose on every possession. They didn’t have one guy who didn’t shoot the ball. Everybody who got loose made the shot.”
     The third-seeded Nuggets needed Miller’s last-second shot to beat Golden State by a basket in the opener and extend their franchise-best winning streak to 24 games.
     Golden State became the second road team to win the postseason following Chicago’s win at Brooklyn on Monday.
     With the Warriors losing Lee, their All-Star forward, to a torn hip flexor and the Nuggets getting top rebounder and energizer Kenneth Faried back from a sprained ankle, this one looked like a mismatch.
     And it was, just not the way the capacity crowd anticipated. They waved their powder blue towels in earnest at the start, but didn’t have anything to cheer at the end.
     Golden State coach Mark Jackson kept who would start in place of Lee a secret until game time. In the end, he went with a smaller lineup as Jack stepped in. Jack joked that he’s been working on his low-post moves, just in case they were needed.
     ”I just tried to come out and be aggressive, making plays,” Jack said. “We established ourselves early on and it was a team effort from there.”
     Although the Nuggets had Faried back, the spirited forward looked rusty from the layoff. He’s been out for nine days with a sprained left ankle. He only grabbed two rebounds and scored just four points in 21 minutes.
     Faried was supposed to help on the boards, too, but for a second straight game the Nuggets were outrebounded. The Warriors also had more fast-break points (14-8), a category the Nuggets typically dominate.
     ”Their running game is as effective as ours,” Karl said.
     The underdog Warriors stole a win at the toughest place in the league to play. Now, the Nuggets are looking to regroup.
     ”It’s a chess match throughout the series,” said Andre Iguodala, who scored 12 of his 18 points in the first quarter. “We’re going to make some adjustments, figure out the mistakes we made and try to get them right.
     ”It’s our turn to go out there and try to do the same thing – if not get two.”
     Notes: Karl has been exchanging texts with former assistant Mike Dunlap, who was fired as head coach of Charlotte on Tuesday after going 21-61 in his only season with the Bobcats. “I hear he’s on his way to Hawaii, which I would recommend he go there and maybe spend an extra week,” Karl said. … With Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant live tweeting during games, Karl was asked how he would feel if Danilo Gallinari, who’s out with an ACL injury, posted comments as the Nuggets played. “It’s a world that I don’t know too much about,” Karl said. “My life is too full right now. I don’t need anymore.” … The Nuggets allowed Golden State to hit 14 3-pointers, a new playoff high. … Denver’s 26 rebounds is a playoff low.
 By PAT GRAHAM
 AP Sports Writer