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OAKLAND, Calif. _ Kevin Durant scored 29 points and established an early defensive tone against James Harden, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Houston Rockets 115-109 for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal. Harden got hit in both eyes early but returned and finished with 29 points and seven rebounds on a night boos regularly greeted both him and Chris Paul at deafening Oracle Arena, where the Rockets complained after losing Game 1 the officials missed foul calls when Houston shot 3s. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 990 words, photos.
_ BKN--ROCKETS-HARDEN’S EYES _ By Janie McCauley. SENT: 426 words, photos.
PHOENIX _ CC Sabathia became the 17th player in major league history and third left-hander to reach 3,000 career strikeouts, but was outpitched by Arizona ace Zack Greinke in the Diamondbacks’ 3-1 win over the New York Yankees. Sabathia arrived in the desert needing three strikeouts to hit 3,000 and got them all in the third inning. By John Marshall. SENT: 766 words, photos.
RAC--SPORTS BETTING RESPONSE
Horse racing is considering adding fixed-odds wagering and other changes to offset the impact of legalized sports gambling in the United States, which threatens the industry’s very existence. Horse racing is “funded by gambling” but is losing its longstanding betting monopoly. Some officials believe making odds available that most sports fans are familiar with could help draw them into betting on horse racing, too. But there’s reluctance within the industry to stray from traditional wagering. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.
BOSTON _ Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton made seven of Milwaukee’s 20 3-pointers, and the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 123-102 to even their second-round playoff series at a game apiece. Antetokounmpo bounced back from a sub-par performance in Game 1, repeatedly attacking the rim with powerful drives to the basket. He went 7 for 16 from the floor and 13 of 18 at the foul line. SENT: 808 words, photos.
DENVER _ Logan Couture scored three times, including the go-ahead goal with 7:10 remaining, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. Couture sent a shot over the shoulder of Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer just 65 seconds after Matt Nieto tied the score. By Pat Graham. SENT: 789 words, photos.
COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Sergei Bobrovsky kept up his impressive postseason play, making 36 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Boone Jenner and Matt Duchene scored for the Blue Jackets, who won a second-round home game for first time in franchise history. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 708 words, photos.
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. _ Goaltender Robin Lehner enjoyed a career year and helped the New York Islanders reach the playoffs after disclosing his struggles with mental illness. Lehner has been forthcoming about his past and diagnosis with bipolar disorder, the work he’s doing and hopes to inspire others. He has already inspired the New York organization that believed in him. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.
_ FBC--BIG 12 INJURY REPORTS _ By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 392 words.
_ GYM--USA GYMNASTICS-BANKRUPTCY _ SENT: 658 words.
_ BKC--NCAA-BOARD MEMBERS _ SENT: 358 words.
_ PENN STATE-ABUSE _ By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 569 words, photos.
Wednesday Time Schedule
Portland at Denver, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Dallas, 9:30 p.m.
Oakland at Boston, 1:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Texas, 2:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.
Baltimore at Chicago White Sox, 4:10 p.m., 1st game
Chicago Cubs at Seattle, 6:40 p.m.
Detroit at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
San Diego at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.
Colorado at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.
Baltimore at Chicago White Sox, 7:40 p.m., 2nd game
Houston at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 9:45 p.m.
Toronto at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.