Saturday, April 18
Warriors build big lead, beat Pelicans
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors posted the NBA's best regular-season record at 67-15, but they had a little trouble closing out a Game 1 victory of the Western Conference quarterfinals against New Orleans.
The Warriors saw a 25-point, fourth-quarter lead dwindle to four in the final minute before completing a 106-99 triumph over New Orleans. Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson chipped in 21 and Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut (BOH'-guht) had double-doubles. Green finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Bogut added 12 points, 14 boards and five assists.
Anthony Davis allowed the Pelicans to trim their deficit by scoring 20 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter. Quincy Pondexter had 20 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans, which stays in Oakland for Game 2 on Monday.
In other NBA playoff openers:
— Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime to lead Washington's 93-86 win at Toronto. Pierce went 4-of-7 from 3-point range to help the Wizards rebound from blowing a 15-point lead in the final nine minutes in regulation. Amir Johnson scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 15 for the Raptors, who have yet to win the opening game of a first-round series in seven postseason appearances.
Johnson's two goals lead Lightning
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning will head to Detroit after splitting their Stanley Cup first-round series at a game apiece.
Tyler Johnson scored twice and Ben Bishop picked up his first career playoff victory as the Lightning whipped the Red Wings 5-1. Johnson put the Lightning ahead to stay with a power-play goal 3:05 into the game. His second goal made it 4-0 with 38 seconds left in the second.
Alex Killorn provided the game-winner and Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR'-ee FIHL'-puh-luh) had a goal and an assist to support Bishop's 23-save effort. Bishop blanked the Red Wings until Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR') scored early in the third period.
Wings netminder Petr Mrazek (muh-RAH'-zehk) was pulled in favor of Jimmy Howard at the start of the third period after allowing four goals on 18 shots.
Game three is Monday in Detroit.
In other playoff action:
— St. Louis and Minnesota are knotted at a game apiece after Vladimir Tarasenko registered his first career hat trick in the Blues' 4-1 triumph over the Wild. Tarasenko scored twice in a 4:43 span of the first period and completed his hat trick with an empty-netter. Patrik Berglund had the Blues' other goal and Jake Allen stopped 25 shots in his first career playoff win.
Oilers keep winning for losing
UNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers will be picking first in the June 26 NHL draft.
The Oilers have won the draft lottery for the fourth time since 2010, giving them the right to select Erie Otters star center Connor McDavid. Edmonton entered the lottery with an 11.5 percent chance to win after finishing with the league's third-worst record in the regular season.
The Buffalo Sabres have the second pick and likely will choose Boston University forward Jack Eichel. They had a 20 percent chance to win the lottery after compiling the worst record.
Arizona will pick third, followed by Toronto, Carolina and New Jersey.
Predators Weber sidelined
UNDATED (AP) — Nashville defenseman Shea Weber won't travel to Chicago for Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference first-round series due to what the team describes as a lower-body injury suffered in Friday's 6-2 victory.
Meanwhile, Chicago rookie goalie Scott Darling gets the start in place of Corey Crawford in Game 3. Darling relieved Crawford in Game 1 after the veteran gave up three goals on 12 shots. Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced the rest of the way in the Blackhawks double overtime win.
— Capitals goalie Braden Holtby says he's ready to return for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Sunday against the New York Islanders. He pulled himself from the lineup for Game 2 because of an illness.
Stoll released after arrest
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was released from jail Friday night after his arrest for suspected cocaine possession at a Las Vegas resort.
KSNV-TV of Las Vegas reports Stoll was released on $5,000 bond from the Clark County Detention Center. He is accused of possession of controlled substances, including cocaine and Ecstasy.
He was arrested late Friday afternoon at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool complex.
White Sox pound Detroit
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers entered Saturday's action with a major league-leading 1.82 ERA, allowing just 18 earned runs in their first 10 games. That was before the Chicago White Sox jumped on Anibal(AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez in a 12-3 pounding of the Tigers this afternoon.
Sanchez surrendered nine earned runs and was pulled after Jose Abreu's (ah-BRAY'-ooz) grand slam with one out in the fourth, one inning after Adam LaRoche launched a three-run blast. Abreu and LaRoche had three hits apiece, and Melky Cabrera matched a career high with four hits as part of Chicago's 17-hit attack.
J.D. Martinez homered for Detroit, which lost for only the second time in 11 games this season.
Elsewhere around the majors:
— Kris Bryant collected his first two major league hits and reached base five times in the Chicago Cubs' 7-6, 11-inning win over San Diego. Bryant's first hit was an RBI single, and he also had an infield single in the 11th before Starlin Castro won it with a single.
— Chris Tillman combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter as Baltimore downed the Red Sox 4-1 in Boston. Chris Davis gave the Orioles breathing room with a two-run homer in the ninth after Manny Machado and Caleb Joseph drove in fourth-inning runs.
— Odubel Herrera had three hits and scored twice as Philadelphia beat Washington 5-3 to end a six-game losing streak Freddy Galvis had a pair of RBI singles for the Phillies, who had scored just 13 runs during the losing skid before ending the Nationals' three-game winning streak.
— Toronto beat Atlanta 6-5 on Josh Donaldson's third homer in two days, a leadoff blast in the bottom of the 10th. Jose Bautista hit a two-run shot as the Blue Jays handed the Braves their first road loss.
— Jason Heyward hit his first home run for St. Louis and Matt Carpenter drove in two runs in a 5-2 win over Cincinnati. Carlos Martinez allowed only a run and three hits in six innings of the Cardinals' fourth straight win.
— Danny Salazar matched his career high with 10 strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning of Cleveland's 4-2 victory over Minnesota. Roberto Perez had a home run among his three hits for the Indians, and Jason Kipnis stopped an 0-for-16 slide with an RBI single.
Royals Holland goes on DL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City has put closer Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right pectoral muscle.
Holland has four saves this season and has not allowed a hit in four scoreless innings.
MLB-PETE ROSE-FOX TV
Fox hires Rose
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox Sports says it is hiring Pete Rose as a special guest analyst. The move comes as the all-time career hits leader awaits a response from his reinstatement request.
Rose agreed to the lifetime ban in August 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on the Reds to win while managing the team.
Rose applied for reinstatement shortly after new Commissioner Rob Manfred took over in January.
Merritt stays on top
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Troy Merritt shot a 2-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage. Merritt stands at 14-under as he pursues his first win on the PGA Tour.
Defending champion Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) shot a 68 and is in a tie for second with Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner.
Masters champ Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) posted a 68 and trails by five shots.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP
Browne has lead
ATLANTA (AP) — Olin Browne's 8-under 64 has earned him the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship. His 12-under total gives Browne a one-shot lead over Bernhard Langer, who also posted a 64.
Watson eyeing end of Masters career
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Two-time Masters champion Tom Watson says his next visit to play Augusta National might be his last. The 65-year-old says it's getting more difficult for him to compete on the PGA Tour and doesn't know how much longer he wants to take away a spot from younger players.
Serena wins, US tied
BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6, 6-2 win over Italy's Camila Giorgi to open the Fed Cup World Group playoff.
Italy's Sara Errani then evened the best-of-five series with the United States at 1-1 by routing 57th-ranked Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-2.
Williams improved to 19-0 this year and 15-0 for her career in Fed Cup.
INDYCAR-LONG BEACH QUALIFYING
Castroneves takes pole
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Helio Castroneves (EH'-lee-oh KAS'-troh-NEH'-vehs) set a track record and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya finished right behind him during qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Castroneves had a time of 1 minute, 0.66 seconds around the street circuit. His lap during the Fast Six stage of knockout qualifying eclipsed the record of 1:00.882 set by Sebastien Bourdais (bohr-DAY') at a Champ Car race in 2006.
FORMULA ONE-BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
Hamilton takes Bahrain GP pole
SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Defending champion Lewis Hamilton will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from the pole position for the first time after clinching his fourth straight pole of the season.
The Mercedes driver leads the Formula One championship after winning two of three races so far. He qualified 0.411 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel (VEHT'-ehl).