Tuesday, May 31
Warriors complete rally, reach finals
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are making a return trip to the NBA Finals after becoming the 10th team in league history to win a playoff series after trailing three games to one.
Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 24 of his 36 points in the second half of the Warriors' 96-88 triumph over Oklahoma City in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. The two-time reigning MVP scored the Warriors last eight points, including a 3-pointer that put Golden State ahead by 10 with 26.8 seconds left.
It was a rally within a rally for the Warriors. The Thunder led 35-22 after Andre Roberson's basket with about seven minutes left in the first half, but the Warriors cut the deficit to six by halftime and outscored Oklahoma City 29-12 in the third quarter.
Golden State hit 17 of its 37 3-point attempts, with Curry going 7-for-12. He also finished with eight assists for the Warriors, who will host the first two games of the finals against Cleveland.
Klay Thompson finished with 21 points for the Warriors, while Draymond Green added 11 and nine rebounds. Thompson hit six 3-pointers after setting an NBA playoff record with 11 in Game 6.
Kevin Durant scored seven of his 27 points over the final 3 ½ minutes to help the Thunder stay within striking distance. Russell Westbrook had 19 points and 13 assists but shot just 7-for-21.
Game 1 of the finals is Thursday.
Pens take opener on Bonino's tally
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Bonino has come up with another huge goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Penguins took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final by beating San Jose 3-2 on Bonino's goal with 2:33 remaining. Bonino has provided four goals and 16 points in the postseason, including the series-winner in overtime against Washington in the second round. He also had a goal and an assist in the Penguins' crucial victory in Game 6 of the conference finals against Tampa Bay after Pittsburgh fell behind three games to two in the series.
The Pens appeared ready to rout the Sharks after rookies Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary scored 62 seconds apart in the first period. The goals came in a dominant period in which the Penguins outshot the Sharks 15-4.
But the Sharks entered the second intermission in a 2-2 tie after Brent Burns set up goals by Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau.
San Jose netminder Martin Jones kept the score close, making 17 of his 38 saves in the final period.
Matt Murray stopped 24 shots for the Penguins, who host Game 2 on Wednesday.
Bogaerts stretches streak...Harvey returns to form
UNDATED (AP) — Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) extended his hitting streak this afternoon, while Matt Harvey rediscovered his command.
Bogaerts has a 23-game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 with a run-scoring double and two RBIs in Boston's 7-2 win at Baltimore. The Red Sox shortstop has continued the streak after teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. saw his 29-game run come to an end.
Bradley and David Ortiz hit solo homers before Marco Hernandez smacked his first career round-tripper, a three-run blast that put the game out of reach.
Steven Wright went the distance on a four-hitter as the Red Sox stretched their lead in the American League East to two games over Baltimore.
In New York, Harvey entered 3-7 with a 6.05 ERA before holding the slumping Chicago White Sox to two hits over a season-high seven innings of the Mets' 1-0 shutout at Citi Field. Harvey retired his first 13 hitters after being rocked by Washington in his previous two starts.
Harvey was in danger of getting a no-decision until Neil Walker homered off Jose Quintana, who suffered his fourth straight loss.
The White Sox have dropped seven straight and are 4-15 since a 23-10 start put them atop the American League standings.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Chicago Cubs have a six-game winning streak and a major league-best 35-14 record after Jason Hammel and four relievers combined on a one-hitter in a 2-0 shutout of the Dodgers. The Cubs' bullpen tossed seven perfect innings after Hammel left due to a cramping hamstring. Jason Heyward singled home the first run and scored on Anthony Rizzo's RBI double later in the fifth inning.
— Jeff Locke (lahk) retired 19 straight batters and tossed a three-hitter as Pittsburgh hammered the Marlins 10-0 in Miami. Gregory Polanco launched a grand slam, Sean Rodriguez added a two-run shot and David Freese (freez) delivered a pair of RBI singles to carry the offense in the Pirates' sixth win in eight games.
— The Giants had won 15 of 17 before Mallex Smith lined a bases-loaded triple and Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NEH'-vihch) gave up a run and three hits in six innings of Atlanta's 5-3 victory over San Francisco. The Braves have won three of their last four home games since opening the season 2-20 in Atlanta.
— Washington was a 4-3 winner at Philadelphia behind Daniel Murphy, who hit a solo homer and lined a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning. Tanner Roark (ROH'-ahrk) held the Phillies to two runs and four hits in seven innings.
— St. Louis was a 6-0 winner at Milwaukee as Carlos Martinez limited the Brewers to five hits while fanning eight in eight innings. Matt Holliday was 3-for-4 with a solo homer, three RBIs and two runs scored to help the Cardinals avoid falling to .500.
— Adam Duvall and Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) each homered and collected three RBIs as Cincinnati outscored the Rockies 11-8 in Colorado. Duvall hit a two-run shot and Votto added a two-run double while the Reds scored five times in the fourth to erase a 5-1 deficit.
— Jason Castro drove in three runs and Carlos Correa had two RBIs in Houston's 8-3 dismantling of Arizona. Collin McHugh served up homers by Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb before completing a five-hitter.
— Kansas City posted its fourth consecutive win as Lorenzo Cain poked a tiebreaking, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth before Eric Hosmer ripped a three-run homer in the Royals' 6-2 win over Tampa Bay. The Royals have won 11 of their last 14 games to open a 1 ½-game lead in the AL Central after trailing the division by seven games on May 10.
— Marco Estrada was sharp in Toronto's 4-2 win over the New York Yankees, allowing three hits in eight shutout innings. Ryan Goins slammed a solo homer and Edwin Encarnacion provided an RBI double and two RBIs as the Blue Jays won for the fifth time in six games.
— Josh Tomlin lost for the first time in eight decisions as Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer to put the Rangers ahead to stay in a 9-2 romp over the Indians in Cleveland. Nomar Mazara gave Texas a 9-0 lead with a three-run homer, and Derek Holland limited the Indians to a run and six hits in six innings.
— Kyle Seager belted a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth and Dae-Ho Lee added a three-run blast in the eighth to cap the Mariners' scoring in a 9-3 rout of San Diego. Nathan Karns allowed eight hits but just two runs while fanning six over 6 2/3 innings to help the M's end a three-game skid.
— Jhoulys Chacin (YOO'-lees chah-SEEN') tossed his first complete game since 2011, scattering four hits in the Angels' 5-1 victory against Detroit. The game was scoreless until Cliff Pennington, Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) and C.J. Cron hit RBI singles in the Angels' five-run eighth.
— Coco Crisp smacked a solo homer and Khris Davis lifted a tiebreaking, sacrifice fly in the sixth to lead Oakland's offense in a 3-2 triumph against Minnesota. Kendall Graveman had been 1-6 with a 5.36 ERA before yielding just two runs and six hits in six innings.
Miami's Jordan to ask for reinstatement
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan plans to apply to the NFL Wednesday for reinstatement.
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft had to sit out last season for his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy. His agent says Jordan hasn't missed or failed any drug tests since the start of the suspension in April 2015 while undergoing them once or twice a week.
Jordan's first suspension was for the first four games in 2014, and two more games were subsequently tacked on because of an additional violation.
AP Source: Baylor to hire Grobe
UNDATED (AP) — Former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe (grohb) has been hired as acting head football coach at Baylor as the school attempts to clean up the program.
Grobe replaces Art Briles, who was let go last week after the release of a school-commissioned report that accused him of inappropriately handling allegations of sexual assault and violence by team members.
It is still unclear how much of the current staff will remain at Baylor for the upcoming season.
The 64-year old Grobe was 77-82 with five bowl game appearances in 13 years with the Demon Deacons. He has been out of coaching since resigning at the end of the 2013 season, his fifth straight losing campaign.
News of the hiring was followed by Ian McCaw's resignation as Baylor athletic director. McCaw has been AD since 2003, hired after a scandal involving the men's basketball program led to the resignation of then-athletic director Tom Stanton.
Garrido out as Texas coach
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — College baseball's winningest coach is stepping aside.
Augie Garrido has resigned at Texas following the Longhorns' first losing season in 18 years. Garrido has spent the past 20 years at Texas, leading the Longhorns to two national championships. The 77-year-old Garrido leaves with 1,975 victories and five College World Series titles since 1969.
The Longhorns were 25-32 this season.
Monday play is washed out
PARIS (AP) — Persistent rain forced the postponement of Monday's French Open schedule, marking the first washout in 16 years at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) had his fourth-round match against 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOO') rescheduled. Serena and Venus Williams were also supposed to be part of Monday's schedule.
Organizers say matches will be rescheduled for Tuesday, but more rain is expected. If the weather breaks Tuesday, matches will start three hours earlier than initially planned and be spread over more courts.
Gasol considers skipping Rio
MADRID (AP) — Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol (POW guh-SAWL') says he's considering not playing for Spain at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika virus.
The Olympic veteran says there is too much uncertainty about the situation in Brazil, adding that anyone going to Rio for the games should consider the risk.
Gasol says other Spanish athletes have also expressed their concerns about the virus and are considering skipping the games. However, he didn't give their names.
Mexican soccer star found after overpowering an abductor
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido is a free man after overpowering one of his abductors.
The Associated Press obtained an official summary report of three phone calls made by Pulido to an emergency operator. In the first call, the 25-year-old forward for Olympiakos in the Greek league threatened and beat his captor while on the phone, demanding to be told where they were. The second call was of Pulido telling the operator that police had arrived, and the third call confirmed that he was trustworthy.
Pulido was kidnapped on Saturday and appeared with a bandaged hand at a brief press conference Monday to declare that he was fine.
Tar Heels nip Terps for title
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — North Carolina has won the men's NCAA lacrosse championship by nipping Maryland 14-13 on Chris Cloutier's overtime goal.
Cloutier finished with five goals in the title game following his record nine-goal performance against Loyola in the semifinals. Luke Goldstock added four goals to help the Tar Heels claim their first national title in 25 years.
Maryland was bidding for its first national championship since 1975.