Update on the latest in sports:
Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102
HOUSTON (AP) – Chris Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 points with eight 3-pointers and the Houston Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 112-102 in Game 5 to advance to the Western Conference finals. It will be Houston’s second trip to the conference finals in four years, and the first ever for Paul. The point guard has been criticized in the past for his inability to get past the second round in his nine previous trips to the postseason.
Curry “off the leash” in leading Warriors past Pelicans
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Stephen Curry is back doing everything with fire, flair and without fear after impatiently spending almost a month and a half on the sidelines.
Curry played his most minutes since missing nearly six weeks with a knee injury, finishing with 28 points and helping the Golden State Warriors advance to the Western Conference finals for a fourth straight year by dismantling Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 in Game 5 on Tuesday night.
Kevin Durant scored 24 points and Klay Thompson added 23 for the Warriors. A 15th-straight home playoff win tied Chicago for an NBA record.
In other NBA news:
-A person familiar with the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers will not fine or suspend forward Rodney Hood for refusing to enter Game 4 against Toronto. The Athletic first reported that Hood declined coach Tyronn Lue’s request to replace LeBron James with 7:38 left and the Cavs leading by 30, angering his teammates and others in the organization. The source says Hood spoke to team officials about the incident Tuesday and will not be disciplined.
– Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson has resigned amid reports that women had accused him of improper conduct. The Timberwolves announced Brunson’s resignation in a one-sentence statement, but did not provide a reason for his departure. The Star Tribune, citing a source it did not identify, reported that the 45-year-old Brunson had been the subject of complaints of improper conduct toward women.
No-Canada! Mariners’ Paxton pitches no-hitter in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) – James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, shutting down the Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night.
Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter.
Coming off a career-high 16 strikeouts in his last start, Paxton was electric once again, hitting 100 mph with his fastball while retiring Josh Donaldson on a grounder to end it.
Paxton struck out seven, walked three and benefited from an outstanding play by third baseman Kyle Seager. With two outs in the seventh, Seager made a full-length diving stop on speedy Kevin Pillar’s grounder down the line, then slung an off-balance throw that first baseman Ryon Healy snagged on one hop.
The 29-year-old lefty threw 99 pitches in tossing the third no-hitter in the majors this year – with all three coming in different countries.
Oakland’s Sean Manaea pitched one against Boston on April 21 in California. Four Los Angeles Dodgers combined to no-hit San Diego in Mexico last Friday.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– George Springer kept up his hitting surge with two hits and two RBIs, Alex Bregman homered and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2. One night after setting a season-high for scoring and hits, the Astros were at it again with another productive night at the plate to beat A’s left-hander Sean Manaea in his first start back at the Coliseum since pitching the majors’ first no-hitter this season on April 21. Springer, who was 6 for 6 the previous night, raised his average to .297.
– Colin Moran hit a key two-run double, Jordy Mercer also had two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates cleaned up in interleague play once again, beating the lowly Chicago White Sox 10-6. Corey Dickerson had four of Pittsburgh’s 16 hits and also drove in two runs, atoning for an early fielding miscue and helping the Pirates improve to 3-5 on a nine-game trip.
Victor Martinez and Jeimer Candelario homered in the first inning and the Detroit Tigers held off the Texas Rangers 7-4, spoiling Adrian Beltre’s three-hit game in his return from an injury. Beltre is MLB’s active leader in hits. He reached 3,078 with three singles after missing 12 games with a left hamstring strain. The 39-year-old hit run-scoring singles in the sixth and eighth to give him 1,652 RBIs.
– Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking single off Yankees enemy Joe Kelly and New York edged the rival Boston Red Sox 3-2 for its 16th victory in 17 games. In the opener of a three-game showdown between baseball’s top two teams, Luis Severino struck out 11 during a tight pitching duel with Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz.
– Reliever Brent Suter homered off AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and threw 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Suter hit the first pitch thrown by Kluber in the third to center for the first homer of his professional career.
– Jeremy Hellickson was perfect until Travis Jankowski’s single leading off the seventh inning and led the Washington Nationals over the San Diego Padres 4-0. Hellickson struck out eight and kept San Diego off balance with his curveball and changeup just four nights after the Padres were no-hit by four Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers in Monterrey, Mexico.
– Kris Bryant slid home safely with the go-ahead run on Victor Caratini’s grounder to the right side in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 4-3. Caratini wound up with the winning RBI, a few innings after the Cubs catcher got into a heated situation at home plate with Miami’s Derek Dietrich.
-Jon Gray continued Colorado’s strong stretch of starts with seven scoreless innings, and the Rockies beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 for their sixth straight win. Gray walked one and struck out eight to notch Colorado’s ninth straight quality start, a franchise record. He shook off a 28-pitch first inning to hold the Angels’ potent lineup to four hits.
– Ronald Acuna Jr. hit the third home run of his sensational rookie season and the Atlanta Braves beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0. Sean Newcomb allowed two singles in six innings and has thrown 13 scoreless innings over his last two starts for the Braves. Atlanta ended a three-game skid and won its sixth consecutive road game, including three consecutive road shutouts.
– Aaron Nola struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven stellar innings, Odubel Herrera had a pair of hits to extend his career-best on-base streak to 37 games, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2. Nola allowed one run and five hits while walking none. Aaron Altherr, Carlos Santana and Jorge Alfaro hit solo home runs for Philadelphia.
-Jake Odorizzi pitched five strong innings and Eduardo Escobar had a two-run home run as the Minnesota Twins won their season-high fifth straight game with a 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals The win caps a two-game series sweep for the Twins, who have won 14 of their last 17 games against National League teams.
– Catcher Devin Mesoraco made the short walk between clubhouses shortly before the first pitch as New York dealt for help at its neediest position, and he watched the Mets lose to the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 with Eugenio Suarez driving in four runs. The Mets traded former ace Matt Harvey to the Reds – he’ll join them in Los Angeles on Thursday for the start of a series against the Dodgers – and had Mesoraco on their bench for the first pitch.
In MLB news:
-Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been charged with assault. Toronto police declined to say whether it was domestic assault, saying only that the charge is for one count of assault. The 23-year-old reliever is scheduled to appear in court June 18.
– New home for the Dark Knight: The New York Mets trade former ace Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco. It’s a swap of former All-Stars with careers sidetracked by injuries. New York designated the 29-year-old Harvey for assignment last Saturday, giving it seven days to trade or release him.
– Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto will miss six to eight weeks after he was diagnosed with a strained right elbow. But for now, he has avoided season-ending Tommy John surgery. The 32-year-old right-hander was examined by Dr. James Andrews in Florida. Cueto will rest and rehab.
– The Cubs put struggling right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list with the flu. The move was made retroactive to Friday. The 31-year-old Darvish is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in his first season with Chicago after finalizing a $126 million, six-year contract in February.
– The White Sox say reliever Danny Farquhar seemed like his usual joking self. Farquhar visited the team at Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time since he collapsed in the dugout with a brain hemorrhage during a game in Chicago last month.The 31-year-old Farquhar spent about an hour at the ballpark on before Chicago hosted Pittsburgh. Farquhar’s brain hemorrhage was caused by a ruptured aneurysm on April 20 after he pitched against Houston. He was released from the hospital on Monday.
– The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the Olympic Stadium in London next year. Boston will be the home team for both of MLB’s first games in Europe on June 29 and 30, 2019. The stadium will have a capacity of 55,000 in a baseball configuration.
Foster pleads not guilty in domestic violence case
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from allegations that he attacked his then-girlfriend in their home in February.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 17, at which point Foster’s former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, may testify under oath.
Ennis has recanted the allegations that led to the domestic violence case.
FOOTBALL PLAYER-MURDER CHARGE
Ex-Division III player found guilty of first-degree murder
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Division III college football player William Riley Gaul was found guilty on Tuesday of first-degree murder after shooting through the bedroom wall of his ex-girlfriend while she was sleeping.
The eight-man, four-woman jury deliberated four hours before reaching its verdict. The 19-year-old was immediately given a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole for 51 years.
Gaul was a wide receiver who had just finished his freshman season at Tennessee’s Maryville College when 16-year-old Emma Walker was killed on Nov. 21, 2016.
Both sides agreed Gaul fired the shots from outside the Walker family’s home in Knoxville. The debate was over his state of mind at the time.
Bruins Pastrnak, Krejci to join Czechs at ice hockey worlds
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Boston Bruins right winger David Pastrnak and center David Krejci have agreed to join the Czech Republic at the ice hockey world championships.
The Czech team announced the move after the Bruins were eliminated from the NHL playoffs in a second-round series loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The offensive duo will no doubt improve the Czech firepower at the tournament in Denmark. The Czechs face next Russia on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Pastrnak had 20 points in 12 playoffs game for six goals and 14 assists after he finished the regular season with 35 goals and 45 assists for 80 points.
Krejci scored three and added seven assists in the playoffs. He had 44 regular season points for 17 goals and 27 assists.