Update on the latest sports
Warriors advance without Durant
HOUSTON (AP) _ The Golden State Warriors didn’t need Kevin Durant in knocking out the Houston Rockets and advancing to the NBA’s Western Conference finals for the fifth straight year.
Stephen Curry shook off a cold start by scoring all 33 of his points in the second half as the Warriors beat the Rockets, 118-113 to close out the conference semifinal series in six games. Klay Thompson added 27 points for the Warriors, who were without Durant after the All-Star forward sustained a calf injury in the third quarter of Game 5.
James Harden had a game-high 35 points, including a layup that got the Rockets within three in the final minute. Thompson expanded Golden State’s lead by draining a 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds to play.
Chris Paul added 27 points for the Rockets, who’ve been eliminated by the Warriors in four of the last five postseasons.
Golden State next faces either Denver or Portland. The Nuggets will host the Trail Blazers in Game 7 of their series on Sunday.
Bucks’ Gasol has season-ending surgery
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Milwaukee Bucks center Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL’) will miss the rest of the NBA playoffs after undergoing surgery Thursday to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.
The 38-year-old Spaniard was signed by the Bucks on March 3 after he reached a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs. The six-time All-Star averaged 4.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 27 games for the Spurs this season before playing three regular-season games for Milwaukee.
Twins move 12 games over .500
UNDATED (AP) _ The Minnesota Twins have the best record in the majors at 24-12 following another strong performance by their ace.
Jake Odorizzi (oh-doh-REE’-zee) stretched his scoreless streak to 20 innings with seven frames of one-hit ball in the Twins’ 6-0 shutout of the Tigers. Odorizzi retired his last 20 batters after a first-inning double by Christin Stewart, striking out five without a walk while lowering his ERA to a career-best 2.32. He’s allowed just seven hits over a shutout streak that includes starts against the Yankees and Astros.
Max Kepler and Mitch Garver homered for Minnesota.
Elsewhere in the majors:
_ Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball for seven innings and right fielder Josh Reddick made another leaping catch in the Astros’ 3-0 shutout of the Rangers. Jake Marisnick homered in the third, and Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) and Robinson Chirinos (chih-REE’-nohs) hit back-to-back solo home runs with two outs in the seventh. But Houst All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) is listed as day to day after exiting in the first inning with left hamstring discomfort.
_ Domingo German (hehr-MAHN’) became the majors’ first seven-game winner of the season as the Yankees topped the Rays, 4-3 to pull within a half-game of AL East-leading Tampa Bay. German allowed three runs over five innings, including homers by Austin Meadows and Ji-Man Choi before the New York bullpen blanked the Rays the rest of the night. Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) supplied a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth to make a winner out of German.
_ The Red Sox moved over .500 for the first time this season as Mitch Moreland smacked a three-run home run in a 14-1 dismantling of the Mariners. Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) and Andrew Benintendi added solo shots in Boston’s ninth win in 11 games. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched five-hit ball over seven scoreless innings to help the Red Sox drop Seattle below .500 for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.
_ Randal Grichuk (GRIH’-chuhk) crushed a three-run homer and the Blue Jays ended a season-worst five-game losing streak by downing the White Sox, 4-3. Grichuk’s first-inning homer gave Toronto more runs than it scored in three straight losses to Minnesota earlier this week. Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernandez added a solo shot to help the Jays overcome Tim Anderson’s solo blast in the fifth.
_ The Angels cruised to an 8-3 win against the Orioles as Mike Trout hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs. Andrelton (AN’-drul-tuhn) Simmons drove in a pair and scored twice to back Trevor Cahill, who held Baltimore to two runs over six innings. Trey Mancini and Chris Davis homered for the Birds, whose 5-14 home record is the worst in the big leagues.
_ The Brewers extended their season-high winning streak to seven games with a 7-0 shutout of the Cubs. Chicago had won 10 of its last 11 until Ryan Braun hit a solo homer and Gio Gonzalez limited the Cubs to two hits over 5 2/3 innings. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) and Jesús Aguilar (AG’-ee-ahr) each drove in two runs, and Hernán Pérez backed Gonzalez with a couple of nice plays at second base.
_ Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer and Starling Marte singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Pirates nipped the Cardinals, 2-1. Trevor Williams allowed one run and scattered seven hits over seven solid innings. Felipe Vázquez struck out Paul Goldschmidt to cap a perfect ninth and earn his 11th save.
_ German (hehr-MAHN’) Marquez pitched effectively into the sixth inning and delivered a three-run double while the Rockies scored seven times in the fourth inning of a 12-2 drubbing of the Padres. Trevor Story homered among his three hits for Colorado, Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) added a two-run triple and Ian Desmond had three hits. Daniel Murphy supplied a two-run double in the Rockies’ biggest inning of the season.
_ Alex Gordon drove in three runs with a pair of homers in the Royals’ 5-1 verdict over the Phillies. Homer Bailey gave up one run and four hits in five-plus innings, and Scott Barlow struck out a career-high six in two innings of relief for Kansas City. Jorge Soler (HOHR’-hay soh-LEHR’) added his team-leading 10th home run of the season in the victory.
_ Amed Rosario belted a grand slam while the Mets exploded for eight runs in the first inning of an 11-2 rout of the Miami Marlins. J.D. Davis and Robinson Canó each had two hits in New York’s highest-scoring first inning in three decades. Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil also homered to support Zack Wheeler, who struck out 11 over seven innings.
Rays reinstate Meadows
UNDATED (AP) _ The Rays reinstated outfielder Austin Meadows from the 10-day injured list for the start of a three-game series against the Yankees.
The Rays also placed catcher Mike Zunino on the 10-day IL with a left quadriceps strain that happened in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2, 13-inning loss to Arizona.
Tampa Bay also selected the contract of catcher Anthony Bemboom and recalled reliever Casey Sadler from Triple-A Durham.
In other baseball news:
_ The Rays have acquired catcher Travis d’Arnaud from the Dodgers for cash. D’Arnaud was traded a week after Los Angeles signed him following his release by the Mets.
_ Blue Jays right-hander Clay Buchholz was scratched from Friday’s start against the White Sox and placed on the 10-day injured list because of a sore shoulder. Buchholz is 0-2 with a 6.57 ERA in five starts after allowing a season-high seven runs at Texas last Sunday.
_ Danny Farquhar allowed two unearned runs during two-thirds of an inning Friday in his first extended spring training game for the Yankees. The 32-year-old right-hander collapsed in the White Sox dugout on April 20 last year because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage.
_ The Mariners have placed infielder Dylan Moore on the 10-day injured list with a right wrist bruise and called up infield prospects J.P. Crawford and Shed Long from Triple-A Tacoma. In addition, right-hander Chasen Bradford for optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
Seahawks get DT Woods, announce Ansah deal
RENTON, Wash. (AP) _ Free-agent defensive tackle Al Woods has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks according to his agency.
Earlier in the day, the Seahawks officially announced the signing of defensive end Ezekiel Ansah after the sides agreed to a one-year deal earlier in the week.
Kang leads Nelson
DALLAS (AP) _ Sung Kang matched the Trinity Forest course record with a 10-under 61 to take the second-round lead in the PGA’s Byron Nelson in Dallas.
Kang was 16 under following a round that included six straight birdies from the fifth through 10th holes.
Matt Every and Tyler Duncan share second at 12 under, Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) is in the clubhouse at 11 under and Rory Sabbatini is at minus-10.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Stricker leads Tour Champions Major
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Steve Stricker matched the course record with an 8-under 64 to take the second-round lead at the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors.
Stricker, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, leads David Toms by two strokes at 12 under on Greystone’s Founders Course.
Harvick takes Kansas pole
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Kevin Harvick claimed his third pole of the season by winning Friday’s qualifying at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick led a sweep of the top four spots for Stewart-Haas Racing, turning a lap of 179.217 mph in the return of single-car qualifying to Kansas. That was enough to edge teammates Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez, who locked down the rest of the front two rows for the 400-mile race.
Chase Elliott rounded out the top five for Hendrick Motorsports.
NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace struggling with depression
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace acknowledged covering up depression “for many years” before breaking down during a media session ahead of Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway.
The 25-year-old Wallace has struggled throughout his second full season at NASCAR’s top level, his best finish coming in 17th at Martinsville.
The iconic No. 43 of Richard Petty Motorsports sits 28th in the standings, a long way from being in week-to-week contention.
Three-point line could be moved
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee is proposing moving the 3-point line to the international distance and changing the shot-clock resets reset following offensive rebounds.
Both rules could take effect next season in Division I. College basketball’s other two divisions would wait until 2020-21 to move the 3-point line because of the cost.
The Playing Rules Oversight Panel will vote on the recommendations June 5.
HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Slovakia stuns US 4-1 in world hockey championship opener
KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) _ Matus Sukel scored early in the first period and Slovakia went on to beat the U.S. 4-1 on home ice, a stunning result on the opening day of the world hockey championship.
The Czech Republic beat Sweden 5-2, Finland topped Canada 3-1 and Russia beat Norway 5-2.
Rookie Rosenqvist claims 1st pole at IndyCar Grand Prix
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Swedish rookie Felix Rosenqvist won the pole for Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix by beating teammate Scott Dixon in qualifying.
Rosenqvist finished with a fast lap of 1 minute, 8.2785 seconds.
England’s Jack Harvey will start third after making the first fast six and rookie Colton Herta qualified fourth.