Friday, May 22
Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets 99-98 to take 2-0 lead
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 33 points to turn back another spectacular performance by James Harden, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Harden rallied the Rockets from 17 points down in the second quarter and had a chance to finish off the comeback in the final seconds of the fourth. Instead, Klay Thompson and Curry trapped Harden, who lost the ball as time expired.
Harden fell to the floor and put his hands over his head as the Warriors celebrated on the court, the sellout crowd roared and golden-yellow confetti fell from the rafters.
Harden had 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Dwight Howard overcame a sprained left knee that slowed him down to finish with 19 points and 17 rebounds for a Rockets team headed home in a major hole.
Game 3 is Saturday in Houston.
Rangers' Rodriguez keeps Red Sox bats quiet in 3-1 win
BOSTON (AP) — Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and drove in two runs, Wandy Rodriguez pitched 6 2-3 solid innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox and their listless offense 3-1 on Thursday night.
Moreland added two singles for the Rangers, who won for the third time in four games to capture the series after losing the opener.
Rodriguez (2-2) allowed one run and four hits, struck out five and walked two after not getting out of the fifth inning in his previous start.
Shawn Tolleson got three outs for the save after earning the first of his career on Wednesday.
Clay Buchholz (2-5) gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits in 7 2-3 innings.
David Ortiz drove Boston's run, tying Fred McGriff for 43rd all time with his 1,550th RBI. Boston hasn't scored more than four runs in nine straight games.
McCann hits leadoff HR in 11th, sends Tigers over Astros
DETROIT (AP) — James McCann hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Houston Astros 6-5 Thursday.
McCann sent an 0-2 pitch from Tony Sipp (2-1) into the Tigers' bullpen, just beyond the reach of leaping left fielder Colby Rasmus. It was the second homer of his career.
Alex Wilson (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Detroit led 5-0 after six innings. Pinch hitter Preston Tucker tied it with one out in the ninth, connecting off Joakim Soria for his first career homer.
Texas edges Baylor 4-3 in Big 12 Tournament
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tres Barrera hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending Texas to a 4-3 victory over Baylor on Thursday in the winners' bracket of the Big 12 Tournament.
Fourth-seeded Texas (28-25) entered the ninth leading 3-0 before Mitch Price tied it for Baylor (22-31) with a three-run homer on an 0-2 pitch from Texas starter Ty Culbreth (4-4).
Texas' Bret Boswell hit a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth off Bears starter Drew Tolson (3-8). An intentional walk and another walk issued by Tolson, sandwiched around a flyout, set the stage for Barrera's winning hit.
Zane Gurvitz had three of Texas' 11 hits, while Kameron Esthay reached base four times for Baylor.
Baylor (22-31), seeded eighth, will face Texas Tech (31-23) in an elimination game Friday. Texas will play the winner of that game Saturday.
Texas Tech tops TCU 8-1 in Big 12 tournament
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Corey Taylor limited top-seeded TCU to just four hits over five innings and Eric Gutierrez homered and drove in three runs as Texas Tech routed the defending champions 8-1 Thursday at the Big 12 tournament.
Taylor (4-0) made his first start of the season and lowered his best-in-the nation ERA to 0.31 against TCU (43-11). The right-hander has allowed just two earned runs in 57 1/3 innings this season.
Scoring in each of the first four innings, the fourth-seeded Red Raiders (31-23) cruised to an 8-0 lead. Texas Tech scored seven runs off TCU starting pitcher Preston Morrison (11-2), the 2014 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year.
Morrison was tagged for seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. He allowed solo homers to Gutierrez and Michael Davis, who had three hits.
Texas Tech will play the loser of the Texas-Baylor contest in an elimination game on Friday.
Kent, Allemand lead Texas A&M to 6-1 win over Vanderbilt
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Blake Allemand hit two home runs and Matt Kent threw a complete game to lead Texas A&M over Vanderbilt 6-1 on Thursday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Allemand hit a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in the fourth to help the Aggies (46-10) build an early 6-0 lead. The left-handed Kent (7-1) did the rest, holding the Commodores (40-18) down to just one run on four hits.
Texas A&M won't play again until Saturday, while Vanderbilt will face Alabama on Friday in an elimination game.
Dansby Swanson hit his 12th homer of the year in the fourth inning that accounted for the Commodores' only run. Vanderbilt's Carson Fulmer (11-2) took the loss, giving up six runs over five innings. He gave up three homers.
Closing birdie for Spieth to share Colonial 1st-round lead
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Masters champion Jordan Spieth made a 20-foot birdie putt with darkness falling for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the rain-delayed Colonial.
Spieth just missed the green on his approach at the 18th hole, and putted from off the back right fringe. The closing birdie shortly after 8 p.m. put him atop the leaderboard with Kevin Na, Boo Weekley and Ryo Ishikawa.
After missing the cut at The Players Championship two weeks ago, the 21-year-old Spieth is playing the first of consecutive weeks at home in North Texas.
Spieth opened his bogey-free round with a 25-foot birdie putt at No. 1, then started the back nine with another a 22-footer at No. 10. He had a great chance for another birdie on the par-3 16th, but his 4-foot try slid by the hole.
SMU guard Moore to join Kansas for World University Games
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — SMU guard Nic Moore will join the Kansas basketball program to represent the U.S. as the World University Games in South Korea later this summer.
The Jayhawks are unable to include Svi Mykhailiuk on their roster because he is from Ukraine, and fellow guard Brannen Greene recently had hip surgery. So with a depleted backcourt, coach Bill Self reached out to his former mentor Larry Brown for help.
Brown, now the coach at SMU, said Moore would love to play. The reigning American Athletic Conference player of the year averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists last year.
Part of the reason Moore makes sense is SMU runs a system similar to Kansas, making it easier to incorporate him into the roster.
The tournament begins July 3 in Gwangu, South Korea.
Broncos DE Antonio Smith under investigation in Texas
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff describes as "sexual in nature."
Smith has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. TMZ first reported the investigation on Thursday.
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said a complaint was made against Smith in November and it was "sexual in nature." After its investigation, the sheriff's office forwarded its findings to the county District Attorney's Office in February.
Prosecutors are still reviewing the matter.
The 33-year-old defensive end signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Broncos on April 2.
Argentina to play Mexico in Sept 8 exhibition in Dallas area
NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico's national team will play Argentina on Sept. 8 in an exhibition soccer game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The game, announced Thursday, is on a FIFA fixture date, which means clubs must release players to national teams.
The two countries have not played since a 3-1 win by Argentina in the second round of the 2010 World Cup.
TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENTS
Texas hoops tournaments get 2 more years in Alamodome
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas state high boys and girls basketball tournaments will return to San Antonio's Alamodome for the next two seasons.
The University Interscholastic League announced the plan Thursday. The tournaments moved outside of Austin for the first time last season because of a shortage of hotel space for fans and teams caused by the South by Southwest festivals in the capital city.
Although Austin continues to add new downtown hotels, league officials said the move to San Antonio was a good experience and signed a new two-year contract with the Alamodome.
Tickets for the2016 tournament go on sale May 26.