AP Friday Sports Roundup
Warriors are 2 up
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry allowed the Golden State Warriors to overcome an outstanding performance by James Harden and take a 2-0 lead in the NBA's Western Conference finals.
Curry shot 5-for-11 from 3-point range and finished with 33 points and six assists as the Warriors held off Houston 99-98. Curry helped the Warriors shoot 53 percent, including a 7-for-9 performance by Andrew Bogut. The Warriors' center finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Harden contributed 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. The All-Star rallied the Rockets from 17 points down in the second quarter and had a chance to finish off the comeback in the final seconds of the game. Instead, Harden lost the ball while being double-teamed by Curry and Klay Thompson as time expired.
Dwight Howard overcame a sprained left knee to deliver 19 points and 17 boards for the Rockets, who host Game 3 on Saturday.
Good news for Hawks fans
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll may be able to play in Game 2 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers. His agent says an MRI on Carroll's left knee showed no structural damage and that his client is hoping to play Friday.
The agent told The Associated Press that Carroll has only a knee sprain and "maybe a little" bone bruise.
The Hawks were 97-89 losers in the opener.
NBA-ALL FIRST TEAM
James and Curry lead the way
UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State guard Stephen Curry are unanimous choices for the NBA All-Star team.
The first and second teams consist of two Cavaliers and eight players from the Western Conference. James and Curry are joined on the first team by Anthony Davis of New Orleans, Marc Gasol of Memphis and Houston's James Harden.
The second team has Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings, Chicago's Pau Gasol, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul of the Clippers.
Ducks stifle Hawks
CHICAGO (AP) — It didn't take the Anaheim Ducks very long to regain home-ice advantage in the NHL's Western Conference finals.
The Ducks took a 2-1 series lead by beating the Blackhawks 2-1 in Chicago. Simon Depres scored the game-winner and Frederik Andersen turned back 27 shots to help Anaheim bounce back from its triple-overtime loss in Game 2.
Andersen blanked the Hawks after Patrick Kane scored with 57 seconds left in the first period, just over six minutes after Patrick Maroon put the Ducks on top with a power-play goal. Depres snapped the 1-1 deadlock with his first goal of the postseason, beating Corey Crawford with 55 seconds remaining in the second period.
Ryan Getzlaf set up both goals for the Ducks, who stay in Chicago for Game 4 on Saturday.
Bumgarner outduels Kershaw
UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was hitting just .059 this season after recording a .258 average with four home runs and 15 RBIs last year. He found his power stroke on Thursday while outpitching Clayton Kershaw in the Giants' sixth consecutive win.
Bumgarner launched a 415-foot homer off Kershaw and pitched into the seventh to lead the Giants to a 4-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Dodgers. His third-inning blast put the Giants ahead to stay before Hunter Pence delivered a pair of RBI singles.
Bumgarner also gave up seven hits while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings as the Giants improved to 19-8 since a 4-10 start.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Detroit Tigers coughed up a 5-0 lead before beating Houston 6-5 on James McCann's solo shot in the bottom of the 11th. Nick Castellanos smacked a two-run homer and Yoenis Cespedes was 3-for-3 with two runs scored to help the Tigers pick up their second straight win. Tigers starter David Price gave up just one hit while striking out 11 over the first six innings before fading.
— Lucas Duda homered twice and Jacob deGrom allowed just one hit over eight innings as the New York Mets blanked St. Louis 5-0 to gain a split of the four-game series. DeGrom struck out 11 and retired his last 23 hitters following Matt Carpenter's one-out single in the first inning.
— Edwin Encarnacion belted a three-run homer and Danny Valencia added a solo shot as Toronto doubled up the Los Angeles Angels 8-4. R.A. Dickey went the distance on a four-hitter for his second victory of the season.
— Steve Pearce launched a grand slam in the first inning, but the Baltimore Orioles needed J.J. Hardy's RBI single in the eighth to pull out a 5-4 win against Seattle. The Birds collected just one hit between Pearce's first career grand slam and a single by Chris Davis in the eighth inning.
— Mitch Moreland was 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs as Texas downed Boston 3-1. Wandy Rodriguez allowed a run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings to help the Rangers take the rubber match of the three-game set.
— Cameron Maybin hit a two-run single while Atlanta was scoring seven times in the seventh to crush Milwaukee 10-1. Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis drove in two runs apiece to back Julio Teheran, who limited the Brewers to a run and two hits in seven innings.
— Tampa Bay shut out Oakland 3-0 as Alex Colome scattered four hits in five innings. David Dejesus supplied a solo homer and an RBI double for the Rays, who lead the American League East by a half-game over the New York Yankees.
— A.J. Pollock singled home the tiebreaking run and Ender Inciarte was 3-for-5 with two RBIs as the Diamondbacks nipped Miami 7-6. Arizona completed its first four-game series sweep in seven seasons and dealt the Marlins their seventh consecutive loss.
— Michael McKenry belted a two-run homer and Troy Tulowitzki singled home a pair in the Rockies' 7-3 triumph over Philadelphia. The Rockies' bullpen gave up two hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings after Jorge De La Rosa was lifted in the fifth.
— Kyle Hendricks tossed a five-hitter and Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the Chicago Cubs' 3-0 shutout of San Diego. Addison Russell also went deep as the Cubs won for the eighth time in 10 games.
— Cleveland's Danny Salazar struck out eight while tossing six shutout innings in a 5-2 triumph over the White Sox in Chicago. Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles socked solo homers in the Indians' four-run first.
Dodgers' Ryu has season-ending shoulder surgery
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has undergone season-ending surgery for a tear in his left shoulder.
The South Korean had been the team's projected No. 3 starter this season, but he never pitched because inflammation.
Ryu was 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA last year. He signed a $36 million, six-year deal in December 2012.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will miss the season opener after being suspended without pay by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension means the two-time Pro Bowl selection will miss Buffalo's home game against Indianapolis on Sept. 13.
The punishment stems from Dareus being arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by Alabama State Police on May 5. Dareus avoided trial, during which he would have faced felony drug charges, by agreeing to enter an NFL substance abuse program in August.
Ray Rice gets a pass
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A judge in New Jersey has dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator. His attorney had described what happened in February 2014 as "little more than a misunderstanding."
Judge Michael Donio dismissed the charges after the Atlantic County prosecutor told him the former Baltimore Ravens running back had completed the terms of his pretrial intervention. Under terms of the program, Rice paid $125 in fines and received anger management counseling.
Videos released by TMZ showed him pulling Janay Palmer, the woman he later married, out of an elevator at the Revel Casino Hotel after he struck her.
Another lawsuit filed against the league
BALTIMORE (AP) — Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit against the NFL. The players claim all 32 teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players —often illegally — as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.
The lawsuit reprises some of the allegations made in a federal lawsuit last year on behalf of 1,300 former players against the NFL. That complaint was filed in May 2014 and dismissed in December by a judge who wrote that the collective bargaining agreement was the appropriate forum to resolve such claims.
That decision is being appealed.
Sabres eye Bylsma
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Having failed to hire head coach Mike Babcock, the Buffalo Sabres are in the hunt for Dan Bylsma.
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has confirmed that the Sabres have been given permission to speak with Bylsma, who was let go as Pittsburgh's head coach last June and has one year remaining on his contract. Sabres GM Tim Murray declined to confirm the report.
Buffalo's coaching search continues after Babcock turned the team's offer and agreed to a reported eight-year, $50 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
PGA-CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL
Spieth shares Colonial lead
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Masters champion Jordan Spieth has a share of the first-round lead in the rain-delayed Colonial in Fort Worth.
Spieth drained a 20-foot birdie putt to complete a 6-under 64, putting him in a tie with Kevin Na, Boo Weekley and Ryo Ishikawa.
Na was in line for a 63 until he bogeyed 18.
George McNeill and Ian Poulter are one stroke back.
The start of play was delayed by three hours because of rain.
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Another major for the seniors
FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) — Massy Kuramoto is the first-round leader in the Senior PGA Championship at Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Indiana.
Kuramato opened with a 1-under 71, one stroke better than five players. The 59-year-old Kuramoto is a 30-time winner on the Japan Tour and chairman of the PGA of Japan.
Colin Montgomerie, Billy Andrade and Barry Lane share second with Jean Francois Remesy and Bart Bryant.
Gordon to move from behind wheel to booth
UNDATED (AP) — Jeff Gordon will join Fox as a full-time analyst in 2016, when he will join Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the three-man booth.
Gordon, who signed a multiyear contract with Fox, is retiring at the end of this season.
His first race in the booth will be next February from Daytona International Speedway. He will replace Larry McReynolds, who will move to an in-race analyst role alongside Michael Waltrip and host Chris Myers.