Update on the latest in sports:
NBA PLAYOFFS-WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Warriors knock off Rockets
HOUSTON (AP) – Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors have taken Game 1 of the NBA’s Western Conference finals.
Durant poured in 37 points and Thompson added 28 as the Warriors handled the Rockets, 119-106 in Houston. Stephen Curry had 18 points for the defending champs, who started a playoff series on the road for the first time in four years.
Thompson cut off a pair of fourth-quarter rallies by the Rockets. Houston pulled within four in the opening minute of the period before Thompson scored the first eight points of a 13-4 spurt that put Golden State ahead 100-87 with about eight minutes left. Thompson later nailed a wide open 3 after the Rockets cut their deficit to 103-96 about three minutes later.
James Harden had a game-high 41 points for the Rockets, who lost at home for the second time this postseason. Houston guard Chris Paul finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Game 2 is Wednesday at Houston.
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Knights beat Jets, even series
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights have stolen home-ice advantage in the NHL’s Western Conference final.
The series is tied at a game apiece after Jonathan Marchessault (MAHR’-cheh-soh) scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots to help the Knights knock off the Jets, 3-1 at Winnipeg.
The game was scoreless until Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR’) and Marchessault scored four minutes apart late in the opening period. Marchessault added the insurance tally with 11:15 remaining, 88 seconds after Kyle Connor ended Fleury’s shutout bid and got the Jets within one goal.
Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) stopped 25 shots for the Jets, who head to Las Vegas for Game 3 on Wednesday.
Braves overpower Cubs
UNDATED (AP) – The Atlanta Braves find themselves 10 games over .500 for the first time in nearly four years.
The Braves won for the sixth time in seven games by belting three home runs in a 6-5 decision over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Ozzie Albies went deep on the game’s second pitch, Jose Bautista added a three-run blast and Tyler Flowers smacked his first homer of the season.
The power surge helped Julio Teheran improve to 4-1. Teheran yielded four runs over six innings as the Braves improved to 25-15, good for a 1 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia in the National League East.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– The Diamondbacks stretched their season-worst losing streak to six games as pinch-hitter Tyler Saladino and Jonathan Villar homered in the Brewers’ 7-2 romp at Arizona. Center fielder A.J. Pollock left the game with an apparent left arm injury after diving in vain for Saladino’s line drive in the ninth inning, turning the hit into an inside-the-park home run. Milwaukee went ahead 5-2 in the ninth on Villar’s second home run of the season, then tacked on two more with two out on Saladino’s sprint.
– Gerardo Parra crushed a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth winning to help the Rockies win for just the second time in six games, 6-4 at San Diego. Noel Cuevas banged out his first big league blast and Daniel Castros also homered to support Tyler Anderson, who gave up three earned runs over 5 2/3s. Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes went 0-for-4 in his major league debut after slamming 14 homers with Triple-A El Paso.
– Andrew McCutchen doubled in his first two at-bats to reach 1,500 career hits before the Giants snapped the Reds’ season-high, six-game winning streak, 10-7. Brandon Belt homered and knocked in three runs to help the Giants get their second win in a row since a six-game skid. Tucker Barnhart homered and had three RBIs, Scott Schebler hit a solo shot and Adam Duvall added a three-run homer for Cincinnati.
– The Angels have pulled into a virtual first-place tie with the Astros in the AL West by getting strong pitching from Andrew Heaney in a 2-1 win against Houston. Heaney struck out 10 and limited the Astros to five baserunners over a career-high eight innings. Justin Upton singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth to push the Halos nine games over .500.
– The Athletics rode solo homers by Khris Davis, Matt Olson and Matt Joyce to a 6-5 win over the Red Sox in Boston. Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) was reached for three earned runs and eight hits in six-plus innings after tossing a no-hitter in his previous meeting with the Bosox last month. Rick Porcello lost for the first time in six decisions this season as Boston fell a half-game behind the AL East-leading Yankees.
– Niko Goodrum homered twice and collected five RBIs to lead the Tigers past Cleveland, 6-3. Goodrum hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a three-run homer in the eighth as Detroit moved back within two games of the AL Central-leading Indians. Jose Ramirez belted his 13th homer of the year for the Indians, who are back to .500 after losing at home to the Tigers for the first time in 12 games.
– Dee Gordon led off the eighth with a double and came around to score on first baseman Logan Morrison’s throwing error as the Mariners pulled out a 1-0 decision over the Twins. Wade LaBlanc threw six scoreless frames and didn’t allow any of his three baserunners to reach second.
– Matt Duffy had three hits and drove in both Tampa Bay runs in a 2-1 victory at Kansas City. Adeiny Hechevarria (ah-DAY’-nee eh-cheh-vah-REE’-uh) scored the tiebreaking run by eluding catcher Salvador Perez at the plate in the sixth inning.
Beltre’s left hamstring could put him on DL again
UNDATED (AP) – Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre could land on the disabled list Tuesday after aggravating his left hamstring during Sunday’s loss at Houston. Beltre was off the DL only five days before experiencing a similar feeling but in a different area of the hamstring. He will undergo an examination before Tuesday’s series opener against Seattle.
In other major league news:
– Robinson Cano (kah-NOH’) will have his right hand examined on Tuesday, which will give the Mariners a better idea of the projected length of absence for the eight-time All-Star second baseman. Cano broke the pinkie finger of his right hand when hit by a pitch from Tigers left-hander Blaine Hardy on Sunday.
– The Rockies have added All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) to their the 10-day disabled list and recalled infielder Pat Valaika (vah-LAY’-kah) from Triple-A Albuquerque. LeMahieu sprained his left thumb while taking a swing during Sunday’s loss to Milwaukee. He was batting .279 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.
– Knuckleballer Steven Wright has returned to the Boston Red Sox after serving a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The 33-year-old right-hander accepted the penalty in March without an appeal and served the punishment after coming off the disabled list.
– Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright may go back on the disabled list after aggravating an elbow injury. Wainwright has already done one DL stint for the elbow, but he said after a rough start Sunday against San Diego he needs “to pause and get it right.” The 36-year-old is 1-3 with a 4.00 ERA in four starts this season, walking 14 over 18 innings.
– The Tigers have put third baseman Jeimer Candelario on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist tendinitis. Detroit announced the move today and made it retroactive to Sunday. Infielder Dawel Lugo was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
– Major League Baseball has extended the administrative leave of Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna by seven days through May 21. The commissioner’s office continues to investigate a charge of assault filed against the All-Star.
SUPREME COURT-SPORTS BETTING
Supreme Court says states can OK sports betting
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has cleared the way for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports
The high court’s decision breaks a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks.
A federal law had barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, much to the support of major sports leagues. States that want to take advantage of the ruling now will generally have to pass legislation to allow sports books to open. Some, including New Jersey, which brought the case to the Supreme Court, have a head start.
Broncos running back Henderson recovering from auto accident
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Denver Broncos running back De’Angelo Henderson is recovering from minor shoulder and ankle injuries. He was hurt over the weekend when his Jeep was hit by a driver fleeing police in a stolen vehicle.
KCNC-TV in Denver reports that a 36-year-old woman was in custody after she allegedly struck several vehicles while evading police Saturday night in Parker, Colorado, sending four people to the hospital.
FRENCH OPEN-SERENA WILLIAMS
Serena Williams’ coach says she will return for French Open
ROME (AP) – Serena Williams’ coach says she will play the French Open beginning in two weeks.
It would be her first major tournament since returning to action following a 14-month maternity leave. The 23-time Grand Slam champion returned to the tour briefly this year, but she withdrew from last week’s Madrid Open and this week’s Italian Open.