Warriors oust Rockets...Kang leads Nelson...Stricker on top...Harvick has Kansas pole
HOUSTON (AP) _ The Golden State Warriors have advanced to the NBA’s Western Conference finals for the fifth consecutive year by downing the Rockets, 118-113 in Houston. Stephen Curry scored all 33 of his points in the second half as Golden State managed to beat the Rockets without Kevin Durant, who sat out with a calf injury. Klay Thompson added 27 points for the Warriors, who have eliminated the Rockets in four of the last five postseasons.
DALLAS (AP) _ Sung Kang matched the Trinity Forest course record with a 10-under 61 to take a four-stroke lead into the third round of 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 11 under and Rory Sabbatini is at minus-10.
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 is a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour. He leads David Toms by two strokes at 12 under on Greystone’s Founders Course.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Kevin Harvick claimed his third pole of the season by winning yesterday’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 tonight’s 400-mile race.
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.