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Update on the latest in sports:


Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Warriors star Kevin Durant is likely out for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers with a strained right calf. Golden State finished off James Harden and the Houston Rockets without Durant, who watched the final game of that series at home in the Bay Area. Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Durant hasn’t stepped on the floor since being injured in Game 5 against Houston.


But Golden State showed it can win without KD: Stephen Curry came alive at last in the second half of the clincher at Houston, scoring all 33 of his points after the break.


Golden State opens the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers tonight.




Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Boston has won the first two games of the best-of-seven NHL Eastern Conference final series with Game 3 tonight in Raleigh – where so far, the Hurricanes are unbeaten in the playoffs on home ice.


When it comes to power plays, though, the Hurricanes rarely seem to wind up with the advantage. Of all the teams that made it out of the first round of the NHL playoffs, the Hurricanes have been the league’s worst on power plays – either when they’re up a man or when they’re down one. They are scoring on just 11% of their power plays in this postseason while killing less than 70% of their penalties.


That’s in sharp contrast to the Bruins and their best-in-the-playoffs power-play unit, which scores on a full third of its chances.




Red Sox seek sixth straight win


UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox seem to have found their footing, and they are carrying a five-game winning streak into tonight’s matchup at home against the Colorado Rockies. Boston’s Chris Sale is 1-and-5 so far this year, but he struck out 14 last week against the Orioles.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– In the day’s only afternoon action, Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco and White Sox left-hander Manny Banuelos face each other again. Carrasco picked up a five-inning shutout when rain cut short Thursday’s game in Cleveland, handing the Indians a 5-0 victory. Banuelos allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.


– Padres rookie and cowboy-hat enthusiast Chris Paddack takes on another notable Texan tonight in a matchup with Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. Paddack has become a fan favorite in San Diego for his Western get-ups, wearing cowboy hats and boots to the stadium on game day. Paddack might be coming off his best start yet, but Los Angeles has won every game started by Kershaw this season.


– Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks has been on a most efficient roll, something he’ll try to continue tonight against Cincinnati. He delivered an 81-pitch shutout against St. Louis on May 3, then followed with eight solid innings against Miami, allowing an unearned run while throwing 96 pitches. The Reds will counter with righty Tanner Roark.


– The New York Yankees enter tonight’s home game against Baltimore with 13 players on the injured list. On the same day New York activated center fielder Aaron Hicks for the first time this season, third baseman Miguel Andujar and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga (loh-AY’-see-gah) were placed on the 10-day injured list. Following a rainout Monday, J.A. Happ starts for New York tonight.


– With six straight wins, the Houston Astros try to continue their recent success tonight against the Tigers in Detroit. Four Astros homered in last night’s 8-1 Houston win. Wade Miley is on the mound for Houston tonight against Ryan Carpenter.


– Bryce Harper’s struggles at the plate haven’t stopped the Philadelphia Phillies, who take a three-game winning streak and a three and a-half game lead in the N-L East into tonight’s game at home against the Brewers.


– After his scheduled start against the Marlins was rained out on Sunday, Noah Syndergaard takes the mound for the Mets in the opener of a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington.


– Florida’s two teams meet in Miami, where the Marlins are hosting the Tampa Bay Rays. The Marlins, with baseball’s worst record, have lost five straight, while Tampa Bay sits atop the A-L East by a half-game over the Yankees.


– Kyle Gibson is coming off his strongest start of the season as he starts tonight’s game for the Minnesota Twins against the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels are starting Felix Pena — who had to wait an inning in each of his last three appearances as the team used an “opener.”


– St. Louis Cardinals righthander Jack Flaherty will face Atlanta righty Mike Foltynewicz as the teams begin a three-game series. The Cardinals were shut out in each of Flaherty’s last two starts.


– The Texas Rangers have lost four in a row as they head to Kansas City for the first of three against the Royals. Shelby Miller starts the opener for the Rangers against Danny Duffy, who held Houston to two runs over six innings last time out to earn his first win of the season.


– After allowing 13 earned runs in his last two starts, Pirates righthander Joe Musgrove tries to rebound tonight in Arizona. The Diamondbacks are starting Luke Weaver, who’s allowed one run or fewer in four of his last five starts.


– Rookie Tyler Beede starts for the Giants at home against Toronto, seeking his first big league win. He allowed seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in his only start this season. Blue Jays hurler Trent Thornton is still looking for his first win of the season.


– Seattle Mariners pitcher Mike Leake hasn’t won since April 6th, but allowed only one run in seven innings in a losing effort against the Yankees in his last start. He’s on the mound tonight against Oakland’s Brett Anderson.




Lawsuit blames Tiger Woods for drunken driver’s death


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The parents of a drunken driver who died in a car crash last year are suing Tiger Woods. They blame the golfer and his girlfriend for allowing their son to drive home from their Florida restaurant while intoxicated.
The wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday says Nicholas F. Immesberger was served excessive amounts of alcohol before the Dec. 10 car crash.


Immesberger worked at The Woods restaurant in Jupiter that Woods owns. The golfer’s girlfriend, Erica Herman, is general manager.


The lawsuit says Herman recruited Immesberger as a bartender despite knowing his condition. And it says the restaurant’s employees, managers and owners allowed the 24-year-old man to be over-served even though they knew he was an alcoholic.


Woods’ agent hasn’t responded to an email seeking comment.



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