Warriors pull away early in fourth, take opener

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — This year's NBA Finals have begun the same way last year's ended, with the Golden State Warriors coming out on top.

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Shaun Livingston came off the bench to score 20 points and the Warriors dominated the early part of the fourth quarter before cruising to a 104-89 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Golden State led by eight before opening the final period on a 12-4 run to take control. Livingston had six points during the spurt and contributed 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors overcome quiet performances by the Splash Brothers.

The Warriors' reserves outscored the Cavaliers' bench 45-10, with Leandro Barbosa contributing 11 on 5-for-5 shooting. Andre Iguodala had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists after being replaced on the starting lineup by Harrison Barnes.

Stephen Curry drained two of his first three 3-point attempts before finishing with just 11 points on 4 of 15 shooting. Klay Thompson missing eight of his 12 shots while scoring just nine points, but Golden State also received 16 points, 11 boards and seven assists from Draymond Green.

The Cavaliers shot just 38 percent and gave up 25 points on their 17 turnovers. LeBron James had 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavs.

Game 2 is Sunday in Oakland.


Hornacek gets Knicks job

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have hired Jeff Hornacek as head coach.

Hornacek emerged last month as Phil Jackson's surprising coaching choice, after the Knicks president indicated he would likely pick someone he already knew. He has not played or worked under Jackson.

Hornacek takes over a Knicks team that went 32-50 this season, missing the playoffs for the third straight year. He went 101-112 in 2 1/2 seasons as the Suns' head coach.

Hornacek is the fourth Knicks coach since Jackson joined the organization as president of basketball operations in March 2014.


Bird blasts bury Bosox...Bumgarner sparks Giants win

UNDATED (AP) — Xander Bogaerts extended his career-high hitting streak to 26 games, but it wasn't enough offense for the Boston Red Sox to avoid their second straight loss.

Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones each belted two of the Orioles' seven home runs in a 12-7 win over the Bosox in Baltimore. The Birds blew a 4-0 lead before Trumbo hit his second homer of the game and 17th of the season, a solo blast in the sixth inning. Trumbo and White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier share the major league home run lead.

Manny Machado added a three-run homer in the seventh, one inning before Pedro Alvarez, Francisco Pena and Jones went deep.

Bogaerts was 2-for-5 with three RBIs for the Red Sox, whose lead in the American League East is down to one game over the Orioles. David Ortiz ripped a three-run homer for Boston, giving him a major league-leading 51 RBIs this season.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The Mariners pulled off the greatest comeback victory in team history, falling behind 12-2 before erupting for 14 runs over the sixth and seventh innings to earn a 16-13 win over the Padres in San Diego. Dae-Ho Lee launched a three-run homer and had four RBIs, while Kyle Seager collected five ribbies for Seattle .

— Kansas City had a six-game winning streak until the Indians scored once in the eighth inning and twice in the ninth to beat the Royals 5-4. Francisco Lindor tied it with an RBI triple and scored the winning run on Mike Napoli's sacrifice fly.

— Jacoby Ellsbury laced a two-run triple while the New York Yankees scored four times in the seventh to take a 5-1 lead in a 5-4 win at Detroit. Dellin Betances got the win in relief of Michael Pineda (pih-NAY'-duh), who struck out eight and held the Tigers to one run over 5 2/3 innings.

— Eduardo Nunez led off the bottom of the first with an inside-the-park home run and Brian Dozier supplied the tying and go-ahead RBIs in Minnesota's 6-4 verdict over Tampa Bay. Dozier knotted the score with a fifth-inning homer and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth.

— Madison Bumgarner smacked his 13th career home run and scattered four hits in seven innings as San Francisco won for the 17th time in 21 games, 6-0 over Atlanta. The game was scoreless until Bumgarner, Joe Panik and Buster Posey slammed two-run homers off Aaron Blair in the top of the fifth, allowing the Giants to earn a split of the four-game series.

— Matt Hendricks worked eight innings and the Chicago Cubs banged out four home runs in their eighth victory in nine games, 7-2 over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hendricks is 4-4 with a 2.84 ERA after limiting the Dodgers to two runs and three hits. Javier Baez smacked a two-run homer, while Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo added solo blasts to help the Cubs improve to a major league-best 37-15.

— Zack Greinke was sharp in Arizona's 3-0 shutout of the Astros in Houston, fanning 11 and giving up just four hits in seven innings. Astros starter Dallas Keuchel was working on a three-hit shutout until Rickie Weeks led off the seventh with a single and scored on Welington Castillo's RBI double.

— Miami squandered a 3-0 lead before beating Pittsburgh 4-3 on Christian Yelich's  RBI double in the bottom of the 12th. Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen no-hit the Pirates until Jung Ho Kang led off the seventh with a double.

— Chase Anderson gave up a run and three hits over 5 2/3 innings before Milwaukee's bullpen tossed scoreless ball in a 4-1 triumph at Philadelphia. Jonathan Villar hit a two-run homer and Chris Carter provided a solo blast to help the Brewers hand the Phillies their seventh consecutive loss.

— Eugenio Suarez was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs to lead Cincinnati's 14-hit attack in an 11-4 rout of Colorado. Zack Cozart, Adam Duvall each added solo homers and two ribbies as the Reds won for the fourth time in six games since an 11-game losing streak.


Braves Beckham goes on DL

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta has placed infielder Gordon Beckham on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring suffered in Wednesday's win over the Giants. Beckham is hitting .284 with two homers and 16 REBIs in 95 at-bats this season.

Brandon Snyder was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and made his first major league appearance since 2013, striking out as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's game.


Djokovic sets record with quarterfinal win

PARIS (AP) — Top seed Novak Djokovic has marched into the semifinals at the French Open for a record sixth consecutive year.

Djokovic beat seventh seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 to make it into his 30th career major semifinal.

Djokovic improved to 24-2 lifetime against Berdych.

The world's No. 1 player is trying to win the French Open for the first time and earn his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title. The last time a man accomplished that was Rod Laver in 1969.

Dominic Thiem advanced to a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time by beating David Goffin 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Top seed Serena Williams continued her drive for a record-tying 22nd major championship title when she beat Yulia Putintseva 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Williams will take on 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the semifinals.


Former champ in hospital for respiratory problem

UNDATED (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali is hospitalized in the Phoenix area with what two people familiar with his condition say may be more serious than his previous hospital stays.

The people told The Associated Press that Ali is fighting respiratory issues that are complicated by the Parkinson's that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s. The two spoke separately in describing Ali's condition that they say is concerning to family members.

A spokesman for Ali sent out a release earlier Thursday saying the three-time former heavyweight champion is being treated at an unidentified hospital for a respiratory issue. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said that the 74-year-old was in fair condition, and that a brief hospital stay was expected.


Browns tight end has surgery

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (AP) — Browns Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge could miss the start of training camp next month after undergoing sports hernia surgery.

Barnidge is coming off a breakout season in which he established career highs with 79 receptions, 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns.

He had been practicing with the injury before the team's medical staff decided an operation was necessary.


Hurns gets extension

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns has a new deal.

A person familiar with the process says Hurns has signed a four-year extension worth $40 million that includes a guaranteed $20 million.

The former Miami Hurricanes standout has 115 receptions for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons, making him the best undrafted rookie to ever sign with Jacksonville. Hurns caught 64 passes for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.


Johnson leads with birdie barrage

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Dustin Johnson is the leader through one round of the Memorial at Muirfield Village.

Johnson opened and closed his front nine with three straight birdies and carded four straight birdies on the back nine for an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Brendan Steele.

Matt Kuchar and Jason Day are among five players at minus-6. Jordan Spieth opened with a 70 and Rory McIlroy carded a 71.


Islanders give Cizikas an extension

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders have agreed to a five-year, $16.75-million extension with forward Casey Cizikas.

The 25-year-old set a career high in points last season with 30 on eight goals and 22 assists to help the Islanders make the playoffs for the second straight year. He had three assists in 11 playoff games.


NAPA backs Rossi

DETROIT (AP) — Alexander Rossi's win in his first Indianapolis 500 Sunday continues to pay off.

NAPA Auto Parts says it will sponsor the rookie driver for two more races.

NAPA signed on with Andretti Autosport for the Indy 500 a little under two weeks before Rossi's surprising victory.

He'll now have sponsorship from NAPA through the double-header on Detroit's Belle Isle this weekend.

Rossi's team hopes to continue sponsorship conversations with NAPA beyond Detroit.


American cyclist skips Rio due to Zika concerns

UNDATED (AP) — American cyclist Tejay van Garderen has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Rio Olympics amid concerns that he may contract the Zika virus and pass it along to his pregnant wife. He is believed to be the first athlete to back out of the Summer Olympics because of the mosquito-borne illness.

The member of the 2010 Olympic team would have been a likely choice for the U.S. team.