Thursday, April 28
Warriors roll into second round of playoffs without Curry
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors rolled into the second round of the playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 Wednesday night in Game 5.
Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.
So much for Jason Terry's guarantee there would be a Game 6 back in Houston.
Without their MVP, Curry's fellow Splash Brother set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games while starting in Curry's place this series.
James Harden scored 25 of Houston's 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.
Goff, Wentz at ease on eve of NFL draft
CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL draft opens this evening in Chicago with two quarterbacks expected to be the top picks.
After a pair of blockbuster trades to move the now-Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles to the top of the draft, Jared Goff of California and Carson Wentz of North Dakota State are expected to be the first names off the board.
Goff says he's "excited for whatever happens." The 6-foot-4 Goff started every game during his three seasons at California and is the son of former major league catcher Jerry Goff.
The 6-5 Wentz led North Dakota State to its fifth consecutive FCS title last season. He passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year that was shortened by a wrist injury.
After Goff and Wentz go in the top two spots, the real drama begins at Number 3 with the San Diego Chargers.
Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, and Ohio State stars Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott likely will be among the next group of players to be picked.
Judge sets $1,500 bond in Johnny Manziel assault case
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas judge has set a $1,500 bond for former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel in his misdemeanor domestic assault case.
Manziel's attorney, Robert Hinton, said Wednesday that the 23-year-old quarterback is expected to turn himself in for booking next week, though no date has been set.
The Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A and M star was indicted by a grand jury this week after his ex-girlfriend alleged he hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out in January.
Manziel faces a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Lawyers watching the case say the $1,500 bond is consistent with the misdemeanor charge Manziel faces.
Manziel has been dropped by two agents and his endorsers.
ROMO'S FANTASY EVENT
Romo's fantasy company fighting with NFL in court again
DALLAS (AP) — A fantasy football company partly owned by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is fighting the NFL in court again, this time claiming the league is interfering with a second attempt to hold a fan-centric convention by asking sponsors not to participate.
A Dallas judge on Wednesday granted Romo's company, Fan Expo LLC, a temporary injunction that bars the NFL from contacting sponsors after video game company EA Sports withdrew this week from the event planned for the Los Angeles area in July.
The inaugural event was supposed to be last summer in Las Vegas, but was called off after organizers accused the NFL of threatening players with fines or suspensions if they participated because of the venue's ties to gambling.
In asking for a temporary injunction, Fan Expo lawyers claim the NFL is trying to get the event canceled again.
Altuva paces Astros past Seattle 7-4
SEATTLE (AP) — Jose Altuve opened the game with his third leadoff homer of the season, doubled twice and scored three runs to help the Houston Astros avoid a sweep with a 7-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Evan Gattis added three RBIs for Houston with a sacrifice fly and bases-loaded double.
Robinson Cano and Adam Lind had solo homers for Seattle, which earlier in the day announced a pending ownership shift from majority owner Nintendo of America to the team's minority owners.
Both starters labored through five innings. Houston's Collin McHugh (2-3) allowed two runs and five hits with one walk, but needed 101 pitches. Hisashi Iwakuma (0-3) allowed five runs and seven hits with two walks on 93 pitches.
Rangers beat Yankees 3-2 despite A-Rod's 100th HR in stadium
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus had a tiebreaking RBI triple and Texas beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Wednesday night, when former Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez hit his 100th homer in the stadium.
A-Rod's 690th career homer gave him triple digits in the Rangers' ballpark. He hit 86 at home for Texas from 2001-03 and has 14 more in 65 games as a visitor there — first with Seattle before his big deal with the Rangers, and after being traded to the Yankees.
Andrus tripled into the right-center field gap in the sixth, a ball that rolled to the wall after Rougned Odor drew a two-out walk off CC Sabathia (1-2), to snap a 2-all tie.
Martin Perez (1-2) struck out three while allowing two runs and six hits over six innings. The Rangers had lost each of the first four games started by the left-hander.
Rangers Darvish set for 1st rehab start since elbow surgery
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish is scheduled to pitch Sunday in his first minor league rehab start since Tommy John surgery more than 13 months ago.
The Rangers say Darvish will pitch for Double-A Frisco in its home game against Corpus Christi. Darvish will go two innings or about 30 pitches.
Darvish wasn't talking to reporters on Wednesday, a day after throwing live batting practice session.
The right-hander from Japan last pitched in a major league game Aug. 9, 2014, then missed the end of that season because of right elbow inflammation. He pitched only one inning the following spring before surgery on March 17, 2015.
The 29-year-old Darvish was 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA and 680 strikeouts in 83 starts for Texas from 2012 to 2014, after seven seasons in Japan.