Update on the latest in sports:
Warriors outlast Cavs in OT
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors were able to withstand a tremendous performance by LeBron James to take Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oakland.
Stephen Curry dropped in 29 points and the Warriors took advantage of a big mistake at the end of regulation before outlasting the Cleveland Cavaliers, 124-114 in overtime. Curry’s production and J.R. Smith’s miscue allowed the defending champs to pull out the victory.
The Cavs had a chance to win it in regulation as George Hill went to the line with 4.7 seconds remaining. Hill tied it by hitting the first free throw, then missed the second before Smith corralled the rebound. But instead of setting up for a game-winning shot, Smith dribbled the ball toward halfcourt, apparently thinking the Cavaliers had a lead.
James got his eighth straight finals series off to a rousing start by torching the Warriors for 51 points on 19 of 32 from the field. James also had eight assists and eight rebounds in addition to his eighth game with at least 40 points this postseason.
Warriors forward Kevin Durant finished with 26 points on 8-for-22 shooting while grabbing nine boards.
Kevin Love returned from a concussion to provide a big boost for Cleveland with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
The series remains in Oakland for Game 2 on Sunday.
Sixers announce Brown extension
UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers have announced a three-year contract extension for coach Brett Brown, who took the 76ers from 10 wins to the third seed in the Eastern Conference in three seasons.
Brown is now signed through 2021-22 after guiding the team to 52 wins and a first-round victory over Miami. He had one year left on his contract.
In other NBA news:
– The NBA says it will hold its Africa exhibition game in the South African capital of Pretoria on Aug. 4, with All Stars DeMar DeRozan and Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) among those lined up to play. The NBA has held two Africa games previously, in 2015 and last year.
Braves beat Nats to move back into 1st
UNDATED (AP) – The Atlanta Braves are back atop the NL East standings following a win over the previous No. 1 team.
Sean Newcomb won his sixth straight decision and the Braves ended the Nationals’ six-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory in Atlanta. He allowed a pair of runs over seven innings and retired 14 of his final 15 hitters before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter.
Newcomb hasn’t lost since getting roughed up by the Nats in his season debut on April 2.
Ozzie Albies was 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a run scored as the Braves moved a half-game ahead of Washington.
Meanwhile, the Astros stayed atop the AL West with a 4-2 win over the Red Sox. Tony Kemp singled home the tiebreaking run in the fourth before Jake Marisnick collected an RBI with a squeeze bunt later in the inning.
Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer and Lance McCullers Jr. allowed four hits in six innings, including Xander Bogaerts’ (BOH’-gahrts) two-run double in the third.
Boston ended a three-game winning streak and saw its lead in the AL East slip to 1 1/2 games over the New York Yankees.
Also in the majors:
– Houston still owns a one-game lead in the AL West after Nelson Cruz launched a two-run homer to spark the Mariners’ 6-1 win over the Rangers. Wade LeBlanc continued to pitch well while starting in place of the injured Erasmo Ramirez, holding Texas to a run and four hits in five innings. Dee Gordon tripled and scored in his first at-bat since a fractured toe put him on the 10-day disabled list.
– Ben Zobrist (ZOH’-brihst) snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the fifth inning as the Cubs downed the Mets, 5-1. Jose Quintana held New York to three hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings to help Chicago pull within four games of the NL Central-leading Brewers. Brandon Nimmo hit an eighth-inning homer for the Mets, and Seth Lugo came out of the bullpen to throw four innings of three-hit ball as a starter before Hansel Robles served up the go-ahead homer.
– The wildest finish of the day was in St. Louis as the Cardinals scored five times in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Pirates, 10-8. Yairo Munoz ended it with a three-run homer off Felipe Vazquez after recently-recalled pinch-hitter Luke Voit lined a two-run single. Munoz drove in five runs for the Redbirds, who overcame Francisco Cervelli’s three-run shot and Josh Bell’s two-run homer.
– Jorge Alfaro hit an RBI single and a tiebreaking double as the Phillies downed the Dodgers, 2-1 to get within one game of the NL East lead. Alfaro’s seventh-inning double made a winner out of Aaron Nola, who limited Los Angeles to a run and just two hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings. Clayton Kershaw was sharp in his first game since returning from the disabled list, yielding a run and four hits over five frames.
– Christian Villaneuva banged out a two-run homer and Eric Hosmer was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the Padres’ 8-3 rout of the Marlins. San Diego received strong pitching from Jordan Lyles as he gave up two runs and six hits with seven Ks over seven innings.
– The Indians coughed up an 8-0 lead before Francisco Lindor’s (lihn-DOHRZ’) solo homer in the eighth inning gave Cleveland a 9-8 victory at Minnesota. Lindor also hit a three-run shot and Jose Ramirez added a solo blast in the fourth inning while Cleveland surged ahead by eight runs. Homers by Logan Morrison, Eduardo Escobar and Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) helped the Twins tie the game before the Indians won their sixth in a row to maintain their 4 1/2-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.
– Victor Reyes laced a bases-loaded triple to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead in the first inning of a 6-2 trouncing of the Angels. Jeimer Candelario hit an RBI double and John Hicks followed with a run-scoring single before scoring on Reyes’ triple. Ryan Carpenter was on pace to pick up his first career victory before leaving the game after four innings with an oblique strain.
– Daniel Mengden carried a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning before the Athletics completed a 7-3 win over the Rays. Mengden lost the shutout and was lifted from the game following a two-run double by Wilson Ramos. Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Matt Joyce homered to help Oakland end a three-game skid.
– The Yankees and Orioles were rained out in Baltimore. The game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on July 9.
UNDATED (AP) – The Nationals have activated right-handed reliever Ryan Madson from the 10-day disabled list after he missed 12 games with a pectoral strain. The 37-year-old is 1-2 with three saves, six holds and a 4.19 ERA in 21 appearances.
In other MLB news:
– Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a broken jaw that the team says likely will not need a surgical procedure. Hoskins could be back in a matter of weeks instead of months, according to manager Gabe Kapler.
– Alex Reyes is back on the Cardinals’ disabled list, one day after making his first major league appearance in 20 months. Reyes suffered a strained latissimus dorsi muscle in his right side while tossing four shutout innings against Milwaukee, his first big league appearance since Tommy John surgery.
– The Redbirds made several other roster moves, including the recalls of first baseman Luke Voit and pitchers Austin Gomber and Mike Mayers from Memphis. St. Louis optioned outfielder Tyler O’Neill and pitcher John Gant to its Triple-A farm team.
– Major league teams spent a record $289 million on players picked in last year’s amateur draft, an increase of 7.2 percent from 2016. After an initial drop when restraints began in 2012, spending has climbed gradually. For the sixth straight year, no team exceeded its signing bonus pool by more than 5 percent – the level that triggers the loss of a first-round draft pick the following June.
No update on Kuznetsov
WASHINGTON (AP) – Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz had no update Thursday on injured center Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NET’-sahv) or his status for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final against the Golden Knights.
Kuznetsov missed the last two periods of Wednesday night’s 3-2 win at Vegas after taking a hit from defenseman Brayden McNabb. The Capitals are calling it an upper-body injury, but he was clutching his left arm as he headed to the dressing room.
Kuznetsov tops the Caps with 25 points on 11 goals and 14 assists in 21 games.
Madison Keys advances to fourth round
PARIS (AP) – U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys has reached the fourth round at the French Open for the second time in three years. The 13th-seeded American built a big lead, then barely avoided getting pushed to a third set before beating 21st-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-1, 7-6 in a matchup of powerful baseliners.
In other early action on Day 6, fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov (GREE’-gohr DIH’-mih-trahv) fell to 0-7 against top-50 opponents at the French Open. He lost 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 to Fernando Verdasco, who is ranked 35th and seeded 30th. Dimitrov, a two-time major semifinalist, still has never made it to the fourth round at the French Open.
Second-seeded Alexander Zverev is also trying to reach the fourth round at the French Open for the first time. He’s facing Damir Dzumhur, a 26th-seeded Bosnian who is trying to reach the fourth round of any major for the first time.
Matsuyama has share of Memorial lead.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) – Hideki Matsuyama holed out from 130 yards for an eagle on 17 before completing a 7-under 65 that gives him a share of the lead at the Memorial. Matsuyama was in the middle of the pack until he made four straight birdies starting on the 13th hole, and then made his eagle on the 17th hole.
Joaquin Niemann and Abraham Ancer also share the lead, one shot ahead of Beau Hossler.
Tiger Woods had a strong finish with three straight birdies late in his round, but all that did was get him back to even par.
LPGA-US WOMEN’S OPEN
Co-leaders at US Women’s Open
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Three players share the lead through one round of the US Women’s Open at Shoal Creek in Birmingham.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Sarah Jane Smith and Jeongeun6 Lee each opened with 5-under 67s for a two-shot edge over Michelle Wie (wee), Danielle Kang and amateur Linn Grant. Jutanugarn and Smith each had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys.
Bills release Wood
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Bills have released veteran center Eric Wood in what is considered a formality after the player was diagnosed with a career-ending neck injury in January.
The decision allows the Bills to limit the effect the player’s remaining bonus money will have on their salary cap. The money owed will now only count against the team’s salary cap this year rather than be spread over the two years left on Wood’s contract.