Wednesday, May 4
Warriors rally...Heat beat Raptors in OT
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have been treating NBA fans to an aerial show this season as they drain a ridiculous number of 3-pointers. They added a high-wire act last night by storming back from a nine-point deficit in the final nine minutes of a 110-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Klay Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Warriors ahead to stay. Thompson finished with five treys and scored a game-high 27 points to help the Warriors take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Draymond Green contributed 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to the comeback win.
The Blazers jumped out to a 19-5 lead and led by 17 early in the second quarter before fading. They allowed Golden State to outscore them 34-12 in the final period.
Damian Lillard hit six 3-pointers and had a team-high 25 points for the Trail Blazers, who don't host Game 3 until Saturday.
The Miami Heat have opened their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a road win at Toronto.
Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored seven of his 24 points in overtime as the Heat outlasted the Raptors 102-96. The Miami guard clinched the victory by converting a 3-point play with 1.8 seconds left, moments after Jonas Valanciunas (YOH'-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO'-nuhs) hit a slam to get Toronto within three.
Goran Dragic had a team-high 26 points for the Heat, who have won three straight since coming within one loss of elimination.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry forced OT by draining a 3-pointer from halfcourt to end regulation, but he finished with just seven points on 3 of 13 shooting. Valanciunas finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, while DeMar DeRozan added 22 points.
Game 2 is Thursday at Toronto.
Bosh with team, not playing
TORONTO (AP) — Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh attended Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference semifinal series in Toronto, although he remains on the inactive list.
Bosh has expressed a desire to return to action after missing the final 29 games of the regular season and Miami's first-round victory over Charlotte. The 11-time All-Star has not played since a blood clot was found in his left calf during February's All-Star break in Toronto.
Bolts outlast Isles in OT...Blues batter Stars...Preds top Sharks
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have regained home-ice advantage in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by winning in Brooklyn.
Brian Boyle scored 2:48 into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 victory and a two-games-to-one lead over the New York Islanders. Boyle's first career overtime playoff goal came after teammate Nikita Kucherov (KOO'-cheh-rahv) scored his league-leading seventh goal of the playoffs, beating Thomas Greiss (grys) with just 39 seconds left in regulation.
Victor Hedman collected a goal and two assists, while Ryan Callahan had one goal and one assist.
Ben Bishop stopped 35 shots in the Lightning's second consecutive win.
Josh Bailey scored twice for the Islanders, who host Game 4 on Friday.
St. Louis enjoyed a rare lopsided playoff win despite surrendering the game's first goal. Alex Steen and David Backes (BAK'-ehs) each scored twice and the Blues took a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals by whipping Dallas 6-1. St. Louis expanded a 2-1 lead by getting goals from Troy Brouwer (BROW'-ur) and Vladimir Tarasenko 1:16 apart early in the second period.
Brian Elliott made 25 saves and was perfect after Colton Sceviour (SEE'-vee-ur) beat him 4:44 into the game.
The Stars will try to bounce back Thursday in St. Louis.
Nashville is within two games to one in its second-round series following a solid performance against the visiting San Jose Sharks. Shea Weber scored the game-winner in the second period and had an assist to lead the Predators' 4-1 victory over the Sharks. James Neal and Filip Forsberg notched power-play goals for the Predators, who trailed 1-0 heading into the middle period.
Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh REE'-nay) handled 26 shots and blanked San Jose following Patrick Marleau's goal late in the first period.
Game 4 is Thursday in Nashville.
Calgary dumps coach
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Bob Hartley has been fired as coach of the Calgary Flames, just a year after being named the NHL's coach of the year. The Flames finished this season 35-40-7, with only Vancouver and Edmonton posting fewer wins in the Western Conference.
Hartley led the Flames to a 45-30-7 record and third place in the Pacific Division a year ago.
He coached Colorado to the Stanley Cup championship in 2001.
Letang gets one-game suspension
The NHL has suspended Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (leh-TANG') for Game 4 of the second-round series against Washington.
Letang was punished for making head contact while interfering with Capitals forward Marcus Johansson early in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over the Capitals last night. Letang's shoulder drilled Johansson in the chest and chin well after the puck was gone.
The Pens lead the series 2-1 and will host Game 4 on Wednesday
Jagr among Masterton finalists
UNDATED (AP) — Florida Panthers 44-year-old forward Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) is one of the three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given to the player who best displays perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Jagr had 27 goals and 66 points in 79 games in helping the Panthers win the Atlantic Division this season.
The other finalists are Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello and recently-retired forward Pascal Dupuis (doo-PWEE').
The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards on June 22 at Las Vegas.
Puerto Rico MLB series in doubt
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that there's a very good chance the Miami Marlins' two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Puerto Rico will not be held there because of concerns about the Zika virus. Player representative Tom Koehler says Marlins players attended a seminar on Zika that heightened concerns about playing the games in San Juan on May 30-31. Koehler added that an announcement regarding those games is expected by the end of the week.
Arrieta stretches win streak
UNDATED (AP) — It's another victory for Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH'-tuh) and the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs ace is 6-0 this season and undefeated since last July 25 after holding the Pirates to a pair of hits over seven shutout innings of the Cubs' 7-1 rout in Pittsburgh. He lowered his ERA to 0.84 and won his 17th consecutive decision.
Arrieta also supplied an RBI single that put the Cubs ahead 2-0 in the second inning. Kris Bryant added three hits and an RBI for the Cubs, who are a major league-best 19-6.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Ryan Howard ripped a sixth-inning homer and Aaron Nola held the Cardinals to two hits while fanning seven in seven innings of Philadelphia's seventh victory in eight games, 1-0 at St. Louis. The Cardinals lost for the fifth time in six games despite Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah), who scattered five hits and struck out eight in eight innings.
— Matt Wisler worked eight innings and Arodys Vizcaino (vihz-ky-EE'-noh) got the last three outs in a combined one-hitter as Atlanta blanked the New York Mets 3-0. The Mets had won nine of 10 before managing just one hit off Wisler, a fifth-inning single by Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera.
— San Francisco made it three straight wins as Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAHR'-juh) struck out nine while yielding just one run and three hits in eight innings of the Giants' 3-1 verdict over Cincinnati. The game was tied 1-1 until Kelby Tomlins and Gregor Blanco (GREH'-ohr BLAHN'-koh) poked RBI singles in the top of the eighth.
— Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO'-nuh) smacked a two-run homer and Christian Yelich (YEH'-lihch) added a solo shot as Miami outscored Arizona 7-4. Ichiro Suzuki put the Marlins ahead with a two-run single in the sixth, three batters after Ozuna's blast.
— Brett Wallace and Wil Myers drove in two runs apiece to send San Diego past Colorado 6-3. The Padres trailed 3-0 until Matt Kemp and Wallace hit solo shots.
— Trayce Thompson and Joc Pederson homered in the second inning before Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) belted a three-run shot in the ninth to secure the Dodgers' 10-4 rout of Tampa Bay. Thompson had four RBIs to help the Dodgers move back over .500.
— The Royals scored three runs off Jonathan Papelbon (PAP'-ul-bahn) in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 7-6 win against Washington. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH'-kahs) tied it with a two-run single and scored the winning run on Lorenzo Cain's single.
— Milwaukee trailed 4-0 until Chris Carter homered twice to power the Brewers past the Angels 5-4. Los Angeles led 4-2 in the fifth until Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy) and Carter hit back-to-back homers to put the Brewers ahead.
— The White Sox are an American League-best 19-8 after Jose Quintana limited Boston to a run and four hits in eight innings of Chicago's 4-1 triumph over the Red Sox. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) carried the White Sox's offense with a two-run double and an RBI triple.
— Chris Tillman was sharp in Baltimore's 4-1 win over the sputtering New York Yankees, striking out nine and giving up just five hits in seven innings. Mark Trumbo homered twice and had three RBIs as the Orioles handed the Yankees their sixth consecutive loss.
— Justin Smoak supplied the tying and winning homers as Toronto pulled out a 3-1, 10-inning win against Texas. Smoak hadn't homered all season before slamming a solo shot in the ninth and a two-run blast to win it.
— Seattle got homers from Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano (kah-NOH') and Leonys Martin (lee-OH'-nees mahr-TEEN') in an 8-2 drubbing of Oakland. Hisashi Iwakuma (hih-SAH'-shee ee-wah-KOO'-muh) gave up a run and four hits in seven innings as the Mariners won for the 10th time in 13 games.
— Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR') hit a three-run homer and Mike Napoli (NAP'-uh-lee) provided a two-run double in Cleveland's 7-3 win over Detroit. Josh Tomlin improved to 4-0 as he gave up two runs and nine hits in six innings to help the Indians end the Tigers' five-game winning streak.
— George Springer hit a two-run homer and Jason Castro drilled a solo shot as Houston beat Minnesota 6-4. The Astros' bullpen came through with 3 1/3 hitless innings of relief.
Sandoval done for year
UNDATED (AP) — Pablo Sandoval is done for the season after the Boston Red Sox third baseman underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Sandoval helped the Giants to World Series titles in 2010, '12 and '14, but the third baseman has struggled since joining the Red Sox. He lost his starting job during spring training after hitting a career-low .245 for Boston last season.
Also in the majors:
— The Chicago White Sox are planning to cut John Danks and promote Erik Johnson from the minors to start their game Thursday against Boston. Danks dropped his first four starts this season and has never been the same since he underwent shoulder surgery in 2012.
— Catcher Bobby Wilson has been traded from the Tigers back to the Rangers for minor league pitcher Chad Bell. Detroit also activated catcher James McCann, who had been on the 15-day disabled list since April 12 because of a sprained right ankle.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady is getting more time to call his next play.
Lawyers for the New England Patriots quarterback have been given another two weeks to appeal his "Deflategate" suspension. Brady could have until May 23 to decide whether to ask for a rehearing in front of the same three-judge panel or a new hearing in front of the entire 2nd circuit court.
The court ruled 2-1 last month that Commissioner Roger Goodell was within his rights to suspend Brady for four games for his role in using improperly inflated footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game.
New deal for New Orleans tackle
UNDATED (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says left tackle Terron Armstead has agreed to a five-year extension through the 2021 season. The third-round pick in the 2013 draft has been a starter since late in his rookie season.
Armstead started 13 games last season despite a nagging knee injury that sidelined him from numerous practices.
Also in the NFL:
— The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a five-year, $65 million contract extension with starting left tackle Cordy Glenn. The new contract replaces the $13.7 million franchise tag Glenn signed in March.
Villanova star returning for more
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — The Villanova player who hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win the national championship has changed his mind and is sticking around for his senior season. Both Kris Jenkins and school officials say that Jenkins has withdrawn his name from NBA draft consideration.
Jenkins' big basket gave the Wildcats their first men's national title since 1985 as Villanova beat North Carolina in the championship game last month.
Possibility of no NHL players in next Olympics
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — There appears to be a real chance that the best players in the world will not be taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The head of ice hockey's international body says there is a 60 percent chance that the NHL will decline to go to the Olympics because of a lack of money to cover player insurance and travel.
The International Olympic Committee has canceled its contribution to player travel and insurance costs, leaving a $10 million shortfall. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league cannot cover the costs.
Former major winner shutting down play
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Former British Open champion Stewart Cink (sihnk) says he is taking a break from golf after learning his wife has breast cancer.
Cink posted the news on Twitter, saying the family is still in the process of figuring things out. He points out that she has been his biggest supporter since he was 15 and "it's now time for me to return the favor."