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May 17, 2017

NBA PLAYOFFS

Warriors taking on Spurs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have continued their perfect run through the playoffs to get within two victories of their third straight NBA Finals appearance.

Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry delivered 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in just three quarters as the Warriors crushed the San Antonio Spurs, 136-100 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Kevin Durant added 16 points for the Warriors, who had assists on 30 of their first 38 baskets while building a huge lead. Draymond Green did a bit of everything in contributing 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

The Warriors also got a strong effort from rookie Patrick McCaw, who had 18 points and five assists off the bench.

The Spurs were without Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard, who aggravated his sprained left ankle in the series opener. Without him, Jonathan Simmons scored 22 points as one of San Antonio’s lone bright spots.

The series now shifts to San Antonio for Game 3 on Saturday.

NBA-DRAFT LOTTERY

Celtics win lottery

UNDATED (AP) — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett continue to pay dividends for the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery and will have the No. 1 pick this summer. The selection was secured through a 2013 deal that sent Pierce and Garnett to the Nets.

Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league this season, but the Celtics had the right to swap picks with the Nets following their draft-night trade four years ago.

The Lakers moved up to second in the draft after posting the NBA’s third-worst record. They would have had to trade the pick to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.

The 76ers will choose third, followed by Phoenix and Sacramento.

NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Predators rally to beat Ducks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are now two wins away from their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals.

The Predators own a two-games-to-one lead in the Western Conference finals after scoring twice in the third period of a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks. Roman Josi (YOH’-see) broke a 1-1 deadlock by beating John Gibson on a power play with 2:43 remaining. Josi’s goal sent Nashville to its 10th straight postseason home win dating to last season.

Corey Perry’s power-play goal put the Ducks ahead late in the second period, but the Predators tied it on Filip Forsberg’s tally 3:54 into the third. Nashville also had a pair of goals waved off eight seconds apart in the final period due to goaltender interference.

Gibson handled 38 shots for the Ducks, who stay in Nashville for Game 4 on Thursday.

HOCKEY-WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

US beats Russia

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The United States has won Group A at the world ice hockey championship by erasing three one-goal deficits in a 5-3 win over Russia in Cologne, Germany. Kevin Hayes scored twice and Anders Lee provided the game-winner as the Americans won their sixth in a row since a tournament-opening loss to Germany.

The U.S. takes on Finland in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Russia will face the Czech Republic.

Group B leader Canada beat fourth-place Finland 5-2, with center Mitch Marner scoring twice in Paris. The Canadians next face the Germans.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Astros crush Marlins

UNDATED (AP) — Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) and the Houston Astros have continued their outstanding starts to the major league season.

Keuchel is the majors’ first seven-game winner after allowing two runs over five innings of the Astros’ 12-2 mauling of the Marlins. He gave up a pair of first-inning runs and threw 70 pitches before departing early with his team already up 10-2.

Jake Marisnick slammed a pair of two-run homers against his former team, both slamming off the home run sculpture at Marlins Park. Brian McCann also had four RBIs to help Keuchel improve to 7-0.

Houston has won eight of nine and leads the majors with a 28-12 record, the best 40-game start in team history.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Bryce Harper belted his 13th home run and Stephen Strasburg pitched into the seventh as the Nationals doubled up the Pirates, 8-4 in Pittsburgh. Ryan Zimmerman had two hits, including a two-run double that gives him a major league-high 38 RBIs this year. Jayson Werth is hitting .457 in his last nine games following a three-hit performance that helped Washington improve to a National League-best 25-13.

— Gary Sanchez crushed a three-run homer and Chris Carter added a two-run blast as part of the Yankees’ 13-hit attack in a 7-1 rout of the Royals in Kansas City. CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) went 6 2/3 shutout innings on six days’ rest to win for the first time since April 15. Sabathia got help from Tyler Clippard, who worked out of a base-loaded jam in the seventh.

— The Rockies were 7-3 winners at Minnesota behind Charlie Blackmon, who ripped a two-run homer during a four-run sixth and finished with three hits and three RBIs. Kyle Freeland gave up three runs and five hits over six innings as first-place Colorado earned its 12th win in 17 road games. Gerardo Parra also homered in the victory.

— Rookie Ian Happ went deep for the second time in three major league games as the Cubs whipped the Reds, 9-5. Slumping sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber homered in Chicago’s third victory in 10 games. Addison Russell also homered for the defending World Series champs, who are back at .500.

— Homers by Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. powered the Red Sox past the Cardinals, 6-3 in St. Louis. Boston collected just six hits but took advantage of three errors to send Lance Lynn to a loss. Winning pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez walked two, struck out five and threw a season-high 110 pitches.

— Corey Dickerson hit two of Tampa Bay’s five home runs in a 6-4 win over the Indians in Cleveland. Dickerson smacked each of his round-trippers off Indians starter Danny Salazar after Colby Rasmus and Derek Norris went deep. Tim Beckham provided the fifth home run to give Tampa Bay a 6-1 lead in the sixth inning.

— The Rangers won their seventh in a row as Yu Darvish struck out nine while yielding four hits over seven innings of a 5-1 verdict over Philadelphia. Mike Napoli (NAP’-oh-lee) entered the game hitting .165 before going 3-for-3 with a two-run homer. Nomar Mazara had a solo homer for Texas.

— Dansby Swanson led off the seventh with a tiebreaking homer before Atlanta completed a 9-5 win and a two-game sweep of the Blue Jays in Toronto. Freddie Freeman slugged his 14th homer of the season to take over the NL lead and tie Aaron Judge of the Yankees for the most in the majors. Matt Kemp had two hits and four RBIs in the Braves’ fourth win in five games since a 1-8 skid.

MLB-NEWS

Indians bring up Zimmer

UNDATED — Cleveland Indians fans got their first look at the team’s top prospect.

Outfielder Bradley Zimmer was recalled from Triple-A Columbus before batting ninth in Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay. Zimmer was hitting .294 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 33 games with Columbus.

Zimmer struck out in each of his three at-bats versus the Rays.

He fills a need after the club placed outfielder Abraham Almonte on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right biceps.

Also in the majors:

— Colorado Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis says he has finished his last round of chemotherapy two months after doctors discovered his testicular cancer had spread. The 28-year-old Bettis had surgery in November to remove the cancer, but he was forced to leave the team in March for chemotherapy after the growth returned. There’s no timetable for his return.

—The New York Mets have put shortstop Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list and added reliever Neil Ramirez to their battered bullpen. Cabrera is out with a sprained left thumb.

— The Orioles have activated catcher Welington Castillo from the disabled list and sent outfielder Craig Gentry to Triple-A Norfolk. Castillo is in the lineup tonight after being sidelined since April 30 because of right shoulder tendinitis.

FRENCH OPEN-SHARAPOVA

Sharapova won’t get wild-card entry to French Open

UNDATED (AP) — It was a tough day for Maria Sharapova.

First, she was denied a wild-card entry for the French Open because of her past doping ban. The former No. 1-ranked women’s tennis played had hoped to compete in the second Grand Slam of the year after serving a 15-month suspension for a positive drug test. The president of the French Tennis Federation wrote that “while there can be a wild card for return from injury, there can’t be a wild card for return from doping.”

Sharapova has played three tournaments thanks to wild cards since her return from a 15-month drug ban last month.

Later on Tuesday, she had to retire from her Italian Open match against Marjana Lucic-Baroni, citing an apparent left thigh injury. Sharapova was leading 4-6, 6-3, 2-1 when she called it quits.

Her withdrawal came a day after she won her opening-round match to crack the top-200 and receive an automatic berth in Wimbledon.

BENGALS-JONES ARRESTED

Bengals’ ‘Pacman’ Jones pleads guilty to 1 count

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge from a fight at a downtown hotel this year.

The judge sentenced him to time already served and dismissed misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct at the prosecutor’s request after a plea agreement. Jones had served two days on the obstructing official business count, but he remains subject to potential NFL discipline.

OLYMPICS-USOC

USOC sweetens pot in Olympic bid

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee made a $10 million payment to the International Olympic Committee last year, money designed in part to give the country a better chance of hosting an Olympics someday.

The money was part of the more than $257 million spent last year by the USOC, which is hoping to secure the 2024 Summer Games for Los Angeles. The additional payment is for “International Games Cost Sharing” for the Rio de Janeiro Games and was part of a complex negotiation in which the USOC gave up millions to get back into the bidding game after years of embarrassing rejections.

The USOC also paid $5 million in 2014 to offset expenses at the Sochi Games. The overall tab will rise to $20 million per Olympic cycle starting in 2020.

USOC chairman Larry Probst said, “We hope this has removed a road block from a successful bid for the United States.” Probst agreed to the deal five years ago.

MARATHON MISTAKE

Going that extra half-mile

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Organizers of a marathon in Maine are apologizing for a course error that caused many runners to go an extra half-mile, costing some a chance to run in next year’s Boston Marathon.

Officials with the Maine Coast Marathon say some runners in Sunday’s race were mistakenly directed down a dead end before looping back, bringing their total distance to about 26.7 miles.

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