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Warriors slam Pelicans for 3-1 lead
UNDATED (AP) – The Golden State Warriors are one win away from their fourth consecutive trip to the NBA’s Western Conference finals. And the Houston Rockets need one more victory to join the Warriors in the series.
Kevin Durant poured in 38 points on 15 of 27 shooting as the Warriors hammered the Pelicans, 118-92 at New Orleans to take a 3-1 series lead. Durant also had nine rebounds in helping the defending champs bounce back from a 19-point loss in Game 3 of Friday.
Stephen Curry finished with 23 points in his third game since coming back from a 5 1/2-week absence due to a knee injury. Klay Thompson had 13 points for the Warriors, who led by as many as 26 in a wire-to-wire win.
The Pelicans shot just 36 percent from the field and were 4-for-26 from 3-point range.
Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which will try to stave off elimination Tuesday in Oakland.
At Salt Lake City, Chris Paul carried the Rockets to a 100-87 victory over the Jazz. Paul finished with a team-high 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to help Houston take a 3-1 series lead.
James Harden contributed 14 of his 24 points while the Rockets outscored the Jazz 30-23 in the first quarter.
Clint Capela chipped in 12 points, grabbed 15 boards, had six blocks and helped Houston hold Utah under 39 percent shooting.
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 25 points but missed 16 of his 24 shots.
The Rockets can close out the series at home on Tuesday.
Raptors president fined $25K for walking on court to yell
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA has fined Raptors president Masai Ujiri $25,000 for walking onto the court to verbally confront officials for reversing a call.
Ujiri approached the officials during halftime of Toronto’s 105-103 loss at Cleveland in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Raptors were irate after an apparent Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) basket and potential free throw were downgraded to a foul with no basket and no trip to the line.
The Raptors need to win Game 4 tonight to avoid a sweep.
Lightning, Knights advance
UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights have worked themselves in the NHL’s conference finals. The Lightning closed out their second-round series with Boston in five games, and the Knights advanced with a Game 6 win at San Jose.
The Bruins led Game 5 until Brayden Point and J.T. Miller scored second-period goals in the Lightning’s 3-1 win at Tampa. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 14 of his 27 saves in the third period and blanked the Bruins after David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) notched a power-play goal with 48 seconds left in the opening stanza.
Miller put Tampa Bay ahead with a power-play goal 14 minutes into the second period, just over three minutes after Point tied it.
The Lightning will take on either Pittsburgh or Washington in the conference final. The Capitals lead their second-round series, 3-2 and can advance with a win tonight.
The expansion Golden Knights moved on with a 3-0 win over the Sharks. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots in his league-leading fourth shutout of the postseason and 14th of his career. Fleury also tops all NHL playoff netminders with a 1.53 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage.
Jonathan Marchessault (MAHR’-cheh-soh) opened the scoring 6 1/2 minutes into the second period before Nate Schmidt made it 2-0 about nine minutes later. Cody Eakin (EE’-kihn) sealed the win and the series with an empty-netter.
Vegas now awaits the winner of the Jets-Predators series. Winnipeg has a 3-2 lead in the series and can oust Nashville tonight.
UNDATED (AP) – It will be baseball’s best team against the hottest when the Boston Red Sox invade the Bronx to face the New York Yankees beginning Tuesday. The Bosox own a three-game winning streak and a major league-leading 25-9 record, while the Yankees are winners in 15 of their last 16 games.
Boston kept its one-game lead over New York in the AL East as Chris Sale struck out 12 and Sandy Leon slammed a game-breaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning of a 6-1 win at Texas. Sale is 3-1 after limiting the Rangers to a run and four hits in seven innings.
J.D. Martinez hit his eighth homer of the season and third in five games to help the Red Sox improve to 3-1 on their road trip.
The Yankees pulled out a 7-4 thriller over the Indians on a three-run, walk-off homer by Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres in the bottom of the ninth. The 21-year-old Torres is the youngest Yankee to deliver a walk-off blast, topping the mark held by Mickey Mantle.
Domingo German pitched six hitless innings in his first major league start for the Yankees, who nonetheless fell behind 4-0 when Cleveland broke through against relievers Dellin Betances (beh-TAN’-sehs) and Jonathan Holder.
Elsewhere around the diamond:
– The Diamondbacks have dealt Justin Verlander his first loss in 10 regular-season decisions since joining the Astros. Matt Koch allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings as Arizona topped Houston, 3-1. Verlander pitched well in defeat as he fanned eight while yielding just one earned run and three hits in six innings.
– Shohei Ohtani returned from a sprained ankle and took a shutout into the seventh inning while outpitching Felix Hernandez in the Angels’ 8-2 rout of the Mariners. Mike Trout hit his 12th home run to back Ohtani, who was nicked for a pair of seventh-inning runs before winning his first start since April 24.
– Kevin Pillar doubled in the ninth and came around to score the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch by Alex Colome (KAH’-loh-may) as the Blue Jays knocked off the Rays, 2-1. Wilson Ramos went 2-for-4 to run his hitting streak to 14 games, but Tampa Bay lost for just the fourth time in its last 15 contests.
– The Royals have their first series win of the season after Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) collected three RBIs in a 4-2 victory over the Tigers. Jakob Junis improved to 3-0 against the Tigers this year and matched his career high with eight strikeouts while giving up two runs and eight hits in seven innings.
– The Twins were no-hit by James Shields for six innings before rallying for a 5-3 win over the White Sox. Logan Morrison poked a two-run double and Eddie Rosario provided a solo shot and an RBI single to help Minnesota send Chicago to its seventh loss in eight games.
– The Athletics were 2-1 winners over the Orioles behind Andre Triggs, who limited the Birds to a pair of hits over seven innings. Oakland did its scoring in the fourth inning on an RBI grounder by Khris Davis and Matt Olson’s tiebreaking double.
– The Padres won the rubber match of their series in Mexico as Eric Hosmer launched a go-ahead, two-run homer for the second straight day in San Diego’s 3-0 shutout of the Dodgers. Eric Lauer got his first big league win by scattering seven hits in six innings.
– Ian Desmond’s second solo homer of the afternoon broke a 2-2 deadlock and allowed the Rockies to complete a three-game sweep of the struggling Mets, 3-2. The Mets were shut out three times and outscored 34-11 during an 0-6 homestand that now leaves them just two games over .500 despite an 11-1 start.
– The Giants completed their first series sweep of the Braves in four years as Andrew Suarez gave up an unearned run and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings to pitch San Francisco to a 4-3 win in Atlanta. Hunter Strickland allowed a pair of ninth-inning runs before retiring Ozzie Albies on a popup to gain his eighth save.
– Max Scherzer fanned 15 in just 6 1/3 innings, but the Nationals needed a two-run ninth to beat the Phillies, 5-4. Hector Noris wasted a nice outing by Jake Arrieta, walking in the tying run before Wilmer Difo (DEE’-foh) ended it with an RBI single.
– The Cardinals picked up their fifth straight win by beating the Cubs, 4-3 on Dexter Fowler’s two-run homer with two out in the bottom of the 14th. Fowler was hitting just .153 before going deep against Luke Farrell, a half-inning after Javier Baez homered to put Chicago ahead.
– Chad Kuhl tossed one-hit ball over seven innings before Richard Rodriguez worked the final two frames in the Pirates’ 9-0 mauling of the Brewers. Adam Frazier, Jordy Mercer and Josh Bell smacked solo homers as Pittsburgh won for just the second time in seven games since a 17-12 start.
– Starlin Castro had three RBIs for the second straight game and the Marlins picked up their fourth consecutive series win by beating the Reds, 8-5. Cameron Maybin added two hits and two RBIs to help Miami overcome Joey Votto’s (VAH’-tohz) two-run homer and four RBIs.
Cards’ Molina has surgery, out 1 month after groin injury
UNDATED (AP) – The Cardinals say catcher Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina has undergone surgery and is expected to miss at least four weeks after being hit in the groin by a foul tip.
St. Louis has placed the eight-time All-Star on the 10-day disabled list. Molina left Saturday’s game against the Cubs in the eighth inning after being hit in the groin when Kris Bryant a tipped 102-mph pitch from reliever Jordan Hicks.
The Redbirds also placed reliever Dominic Leone on the 10-day DL and called up right-hander Mike Mayers. Leone left Friday’s game with upper right arm nerve irritation.
In other MLB news:
– Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is on the 10-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis. The 30-year-old left-hander is 1-4 with a 2.68 ERA this season, striking out 48 in 44 innings.
– The Mets reversed course and put right-hander Jacob deGrom on the disabled list with a hyperextended elbow in his pitching arm. The 29-year-old was hurt while batting Wednesday against Atlanta.
– With banged-up center fielder Bradley Zimmer out of the lineup, the Indians have recalled outfielder Greg Allen from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-handed reliever Ben Taylor to Columbus.
– Left-hander Amir Garrett has been reinstated from the bereavement list by the Reds, who optioned right-hander Tanner Rainey to Louisville of the Triple-A International League.
Wells Fargo goes to Day
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Jason Day has captured the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow for his second victory of the season.
Day closed with a 2-under 69 for a 12-under total, two strokes ahead of Aaron Wise and Nick Watney. Day squandered a three-shot lead on the back nine before his tee shot on 17 slammed against the flagstick and settled less than three feet away.
Tiger Woods was a non-factor, shooting 74 to finish 14 shots back. He failed to make a birdie in the final round of a tournament for the first time since 2014.
THE COLONY, Texas (AP) – Sung Hyun Park won the weather-abbreviated LPGA Texas Classic by chipping in for birdie on 18 to close out a 5-under 66 in the second and final round.
Park’s 11-under total was one ahead of Lindy Duncan. It was Park’s third LPGA victory and first since winning last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.
Langer earns 1st title of year
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) – Bernhard Langer has notched his first PGA Tour Champions victory of the year by taking the Insperity Invitational by one stroke over Paul Goydos, Jeff Maggert and Bart Bryant.
Langer saved par on the final hole for a 2-under 70 and an 11-under total. He had to rally from as many as four shots behind in the final round at the TPC Woodlands, doing so with two straight birdies around the turn and birdies on both par 5s on the back nine.
Goydos led for much of the back nine until a bogey on the 18th hole.
Harvick gets 4th win of year
DOVER, Del. (AP) – Kevin Harvick dominated a race interrupted by rain and drove to his NASCAR Cup Series-high fourth victory of the season at Dover International Speedway.
Harvick swept the first two stages and easily chased down Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer in the third for the lead after a 41-minute delay. Bowyer had asked for a rain dance when the race was stopped with 80 laps left.
Harvick reeled off three straight wins at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix earlier this season.
Bowyer was second, followed by Daniel Suarez, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch.