Warriors return to conference finals...Blues open series at San Jose...Brewers seek 8th straight win
HOUSTON (AP) _ The Golden State Warriors are in the NBA’s Western Conference finals for the fifth consecutive year. They advanced with a 118-113 victory over the Rockets last night in Houston. The Warriors did it without Kevin Durant, who sat out with a calf injury. Stephen Curry had 33 points, all in the second half, and Klay Thompson added 27. Golden State has eliminated the Rockets in four of the last five postseasons.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Two teams that have had their share of playoff disappointments face off tonight in San Jose for Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference finals. Both the Sharks and the St. Louis Blues are coming off seven-game series. San Jose outlasted Colorado on Wednesday while St. Louis finished off Dallas the night before in double overtime.
CHICAGO (AP) _ The Milwaukee Brewers go for their eighth straight win this afternoon when they continue their series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Milwaukee won yesterday’s opener 7-0, pulling into a virtual tie with the Cubs for the NL Central lead. Zach Davies starts for the Brewers against Cole Hamels.
NEW YORK (AP) _ One night after busting loose for their biggest first inning in 30 years with eight runs, the Mets look to give Jacob deGrom some offensive support as well for a change. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner has lost four straight decisions, and New York hasn’t scored in either of his last two games. Tonight he takes on Sandy Alcantara and the major league-worst Marlins at Citi Field.
ROME (AP) — Roger Federer has added the Italian Open to his schedule. He announced his plans in an Instagram video today, a day after his three-set loss to Dominic Thiem (teem) in the Madrid Open quarterfinals. The Italian Open starts on Sunday and Federer has a first-round bye as the No. 3 seed. Federer is a four-time runner-up at the Italian Open, which he’s never won, making it one of the few significant trophies the 20-time Grand Slam winner hasn’t claimed.