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May 15, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Stephen Curry nailed nine 3-pointers while scoring 36 points as the Golden State Warriors blasted the Portland Trail Blazers, 116-94 in the opener of the NBA’s Western Conference finals. The two-time NBA MVP outplayed the Portland duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined to go 11 for 31. Klay Thompson had 26 points for the Warriors, who were without injured star Kevin Durant due to a leg injury.

CHICAGO (AP) _ The New Orleans Pelicans have won the NBA draft lottery and will most likely select Duke forward Zion Williams with the No. 1 pick next month. The Pelicans won the lottery for the first time since 2012, when they selected Anthony Davis. The Grizzlies will choose second, followed by the Knicks, Lakers and Cavaliers.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Boston Bruins have a three-games-to-none lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final following a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes at Carolina. Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period of Boston’s sixth straight playoff win, their longest streak since 1978. Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask stopped 35 shots and allowed only a goal by Calvin de Haan (deh HAHN’).

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Major League Baseball has placed Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias (yoo-RE’-uhs) on administrative leave while it looks into his arrest in a domestic battery case. In previous MLB investigations, the length of the administrative leave has frequently been extended past the seven-day deadline period while the probe continues. Los Angeles police arrested Urias on Monday for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery in the parking lot of a shopping mall.

UNDATED (AP) _ The NCAA is investigating how its rules can be modified to allow college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors announced today that Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith will head a new working group on the topic. NCAA rules forbid athletes in most circumstances from receiving benefits or compensation for their names, images and likenesses from a school or outside source.