AP Friday Sports Roundup
Warriors stave off elimination
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are still very much alive in the NBA's Western Conference finals.
Stephen Curry pumped in 31 points and the Warriors pulled within three games to two by downing the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder
120-111. Curry also provided seven rebounds, six assists and five steals for the Warriors, who bounced back after losing the third and fourth games in Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.
Klay Thompson shot just 8-for-21 from the field, including a 2-for-9 showing from 3-point range. But he managed to finish with 27 points, while Andre Bogut chipped in 15 and 14 rebounds.
Golden State held the Thunder under 43 percent shooting and limited them to 50 first-half points after Oklahoma City poured in 72 points during each of the previous two games. But the Thunder kept in close and trailed just 103-98 with 4:34 left before Curry converted a 3-point play.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 40 points, and Russell Westbrook added 31, eight assists and seven boards for the Thunder. Serge Ibaka was the only other Oklahoma City player with more than 10 points, finishing with 13.
Game 6 is Saturday in Oklahoma City.
D'Antoni hired by Rockets
UNDATED (AP) — Mike D'Antoni is back among the NBA coaching ranks.
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the former Suns, Nuggets, Lakers and Knicks coach has reached agreement with the Rockets on a four-year deal.
The 65-year-old D'Antonio led the Suns to a pair of Western Conference finals appearances over five seasons, with Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire running his fast-paced offense. But his time with the Lakers and Knicks were not nearly as successful, leaving him with a 455-426 record in 12 seasons as an NBA head coach.
Curry and James top All-NBA Team
NEW YORK (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is a unanimous selection to the All-NBA First Team after taking every first-place vote in the MVP balloting.
Curry was joined on the first team by Cleveland forward LeBron James, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. James is a first-team choice for the 10th time in 13 seasons.
The Second Team consists of Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Warriors forward Draymond Green, Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins, Clippers guard Chris Paul and Portland guard Damian Lillard.
Pens beat Bolts to reach finals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will be making their fifth appearance in the Stanley Cup final, and their first since 2009.
Bryant Rust scored twice while the Pens dominated the second period of a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Rust opened the scoring 1:55 into the middle period and snapped a 1-1 tie just 30 seconds after Jonathan Drouin tied the game for the Lightning. Evgeni Malkin assisted on both Penguins goals.
Rust has scored five times in the postseason after scoring just four in 41 regular-season games.
The Pens outshot the Lightning 39-17 overall, including a 21-5 margin in the second period. Tampa Bay put just seven shots on goal against Matt Murray in the final period.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, but he needed 39 to send Tampa Bay back to the Cup final for a second straight year.
Captain Steven Stamkos had two shots in his return from a two-month layoff while dealing with a blood clot.
The outcome sets up a final series between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks, which will begin Monday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins will be gunning for their fourth Stanley Cup since joining the NHL in 1967. The Sharks are in the finals for the first time.
Bradley's hit streak ends
UNDATED (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hitting streak has ended at 29 games, but Xander Bogaerts has continued his hitting streak.
Bradley went 0-for-4 as the Boston Red Sox mustered just six hits in an 8-2 loss to Colorado. Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a first-inning single to run his hit streak to 19 games.
The Rockies rallied after David Ortiz launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the first. Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau hit two-run homers off Clay Buchholz, who is 2-5 with a 6.35 ERA. He was outpitched by Jon Gray, who limited the Bosox to five hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— George Springer socked a pair of solo homers and Luis Valbuena added a two-run shot as Houston completed a three-game sweep of Baltimore, 4-2. Astros starter and winner Lance McCullers walked six over just five innings, but he also limited the Orioles to one hit while striking out 10.
— J.A. Happ allowed a run and three hits in seven innings of Toronto's 3-1 triumph over the Yankees in New York. Edwin Encarnacion hit a go-ahead, two-run single to spoil the return of Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez, who was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first game since straining his right hamstring.
— Pinch-hitter Josh Harrison lined a tiebreaking, two-run double in the sixth to help the Pittsburgh Pirates earn their fourth straight win, 8-3 over Arizona. Gerrit Cole hit a three-run double and a double for the Bucs, but the bullpen blew his victory after he left with a 3-1 lead.
— Solo homers by Danny Espinosa and Bryce Harper pushed Washington past St. Louis 2-1. Espinosa's seventh-inning blast made a winner out of Joe Ross, who gave up a run and six hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.52.
— Jose Fernandez won his sixth straight start by striking out 12 while scattering six hits in seven innings of Miami's 9-1 pounding of Tampa Bay. Adeiny Hechevarria and Chris Johnson belted two-run homers to help the Marlins win the season series 3-1.
— Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar hit solo homers and pinch-hitter Hernan Perez added a two-run triple as Milwaukee beat the Braves 6-2. The Brewers earned their first three-game sweep in Atlanta and dropped the Braves to 2-20 at home.
— The White Sox and Royals were postponed by rain in Kansas City. No makeup date was announced, but it will not be rescheduled as part of the weekend series.
No Moose on loose
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The defending World Series-champion Royals have lost yet another player to a major injury.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas has landed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn ACL in his right knee. Moustakas was injured in Sunday's outfield collision with teammate Alex Gordon, who suffered a fractured right wrist on the play and was placed on the DL earlier this week.
PARIS (AP) — Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal achieved a major milestone during Day 5 of the tournament. The fourth-seeded Nadal has claimed his 200th career Grand Slam victory by taking his second-round match in straight sets.
The 14-time Grand Slam champ dropped just six games in reaching Round 3 and improving to 200-30 in majors.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic won in straight sets to join Nadal in the third round. Seventh seed Tomas Berdych and 11th seed David Ferrer needed four sets to advance, and No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was extended to a fifth set before winning.
The Williams sisters moved into the third round of the women's bracket, each winning 6-2, 6-1. Serena Williams is the No. 1 seed and seeking her 22nd Grand Slam title, which would equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record.
Eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky also reached Round 3.
Friday's schedule has second seed Andy Murray, third seed Stan Wawrinka and No. 5 Kei Nishikori highlighting the men's action. Women's No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska is on the schedule, as is No. 4 Garbine Muguruza.
Ravens punished by league
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens will lose a week of offseason practices. The NFL has mandated that the club has to forfeit one week of offseason practice sessions for violating the labor agreement on such workouts. The NFL also fined the team an undisclosed amount.
The Ravens broke the rules when they had rookies and first-year players don pads at a minicamp, in violation of the CBA rules.
Sex scandal brings down coach and president
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University has fired football coach Art Briles, placed athletic director Ian McCaw on probation and reassigned president Kenneth Starr in response to questions about the school's handling of sexual assault complaints against players.
The moves come after a law firm hired by Starr found that football coaches and athletics administrators at the school had run their own improper investigations into rape claims, and that in some cases they chose not to report such allegations to an administrator outside of athletics. The firm reviewed Baylor's handling of sexual assault cases following allegations that the school mishandled several cases in which football players were accused of attacking women.
The university said in a statement that it had suspended Briles "with intent to terminate." Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor.
The university's statement said the review revealed "a fundamental failure."
PGA-DEAN & DELUCA INVITATIONAL
Molder sets pace
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Bryce Molder birdied six of his last nine holes for a 6-under 64 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial.
Molder carded all six of his birdies on the front nine after playing his first nine at even par. He was in the first group of the day off the 10th tee, and was on the 16th green when play was stopped for 75 minutes because of rain and lightning.
Patrick Reed, Anirban Lahiri and Webb Simpson shot 65.
PGA CHAMPIONS-SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Mediate sizzles at Harbor Shore
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Rocco Mediate played the first 13 holes in 9 under and closed with five pars for a 62 to match the Senior PGA Championship and Harbor Shore records.
Mediate matched the marks set by Kenny Perry in the 2012 final round. The 53-year-old Mediate capped a front-nine 29 with an eagle on the par-5 ninth and added birdies on the par-3 11th and 13th holes at Jack Nicklaus-designed course.
Gene Sauers had a bogey-free 63. Bernhard Langer opened with a 69 as he goes for an unprecedented sweep of all five PGA Tour Champions majors.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Christina Kim fired an 8-under 64 to top the leaderboard in the LPGA's inaugural Volvik Championship.
Ariya Jutanugarn was a shot back as she tries to win her third consecutive start. Minjee Lee, So Yeon Ryu and Marina Alex shot 68, putting them four shots behind Kim.
Second-ranked Inbee Park's lingering thumb injury led her to withdraw from the tournament.
Truex wins qualifying for Sunday's Coca Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has won the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's longest race of the year.
Truex turned a lap of 192.328 to take the top spot from Joey Logano, who had the top qualifying time in the first two rounds and won the All-Star race last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is the fifth time this year Logano has started on the front row.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start third, Denny Hamlin fourth and Brad Keselowski fifth.