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Game 7 is a big TV draw

The Miami Heat’s Game 7 triumph over the San Antonio Spurs drew the second-most viewers for the NBA Finals on ABC since the network took over the best-of-seven series in 2003.

Miami’s 95-88 home victory Thursday was watched by an average of 26.3 million people. Game 7 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in 2010, won 83-79 by the Lakers, lured an audience of 28.2 million.

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This year’s series averaged 17.7 million viewers, up 5 percent from last year’s Heat-Oklahoma City Thunder Finals, which went five games.

The Heat will have a championship parade Monday in Miami. An estimated 400,000 fans packed the route last year after the Heat won the title.


UW’s Williams makes cut

Chris Williams, a former Washington Huskies standout, made the cut in his pro debut on the PGA Tour.

Williams — winner of the 2013 Ben Hogan Award, the most prestigious in college golf — shot a 2-under-par 68 in the second round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Williams was tied for 53rd place at 1-under 139 for 36 holes.

Bubba Watson (67) was at 10 under and led by two strokes over Patrick Reed (66) and Padraig Harrington (66).

Ex-UW player Richard H. Lee (71) was tied for 32nd place at 3 under and Ryan Moore (70) of Puyallup was tied for 41st at 2 under.

Players with scores of 141 and worse missed the cut, a group that included Andres Gonzales (68-74—142) of Olympia, Kyle Stanley (69-74—143) of Gig Harbor and Jeff Gove (73-72—145) of Seattle.

U.S. Open champion Justin Rose (68) was tied for 12th place at 5 under.

Miyazato leads LPGA event

Mika Miyazato of Japan took the lead in the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers.

Miyazato birdied six of 10 holes in the middle of her round to shoot a 6-under 65. So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford each had a 66.

Ex-UW player Paige Mackenzie (70) of Yakima was tied for 37th place.

Track and field

Walker, Gay take U.S. titles

Former Washington Husky Brad Walker cleared 18 feet, 6½ inches to win the pole vault at the U.S. outdoor championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

The 32-year-old Walker has five U.S. outdoor titles; he also triumphed in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012.

Tyson Gay overcame a rather slow start to win the 100 meters, surging past Justin Gatlin about halfway through the race.

Gay proved his surgically repaired hip is fine as he finished in 9.75 seconds, the fastest time in the world this season.

Gatlin wound up second in 9.89.

Meanwhile, 2013 NCAA champion English Gardner from Oregon won the women’s 100 in 10.85.


Hampton reaches final

American qualifier Jamie Hampton reached the first final of her career when she defeated 2009 champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-7 (8-10), 7-5, 6-3 at Eastbourne in England.

Hampton, 23, will attempt to become the first American to take the title since Chanda Rubin beat Conchita Martinez in 2003.

Hampton will face Elena Vesnina of Russia in Saturday’s final.

Vesnina beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-2, 6-0 in 51 minutes.

In the men’s semifinals, Feliciano Lopez of Spain defeated Igor Dodig of Croatia 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 and Gilles Simon of France beat Andrea Seppi of Italy 6-4, 6-3.


• In the WNBA, Diana Taurasi scored 31 points to lead host Phoenix past Washington 90-82 and Kristi Toliver had 19 points as Los Angeles routed visiting Minnesota 87-59.

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