AP Friday Sports Roundup
Cavs come through again, force Game 7 against Warriors
CLEVELAND (AP) — Now who has the momentum in the NBA Finals?
LeBron James had his second straight 41-point game and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their second straight must-win game, beating Golden State 115-101 to force a decisive Game 7 Sunday night in Oakland. No team has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA championship series, but the Cavs are giving it their best shot.
Afterward James said of the 3-1 comeback jinx: "Records are made to be broken."
James also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out 11 assists. Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving added 23 points as the Cavaliers led by as many as 24.
Stephen Curry had 30 to lead the Warriors before getting ejected with 4:22 left. It's the first ejection in the NBA MVP's career.
James welcomes Sager to the finals
CLEVELAND (AP) — After taking down one of the best teams in NBA history, LeBron James had a heartfelt moment with one of the game's most popular sideline reporters.
James was interviewed by Craig Sager after Cleveland's 115-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors that tied the NBA Finals at three games apiece.
It was Sager's first NBA Finals in 34 years on the job. His employer, TNT, worked out a deal with ABC, the network that broadcast the game, to get Sager on the air.
Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and has been in a fight for his life over the last two years.
Lewis loses no-hitter in ninth...Three homers for Martinez
UNDATED (AP) — Colby Lewis came close to perfection. He'll have to settle for a perfect 6-0 record.
The Rangers right-hander lost a perfect game in the eighth and his no-hitter in the ninth in a 5-1 win over Oakland.
Lewis retired 23 in a row before Yonder Alonzo worked him for a four-pitch walk.
Max Muncy broke up the no-hitter with a double to right to lead off the ninth. Nomar Mazara tried to make a running catch, but the ball popped out of his glove as he came close to the wall. Coco Crisp doubled Muncy home.
Ian Desmond opened the scoring in the seventh with his 10th homer of the season and Adrian Beltre had a two-run double in the Rangers' eighth.
Texas has won 15 of 19.
In other major league action:
— The Baltimore Orioles regained a one-game lead in the American League East race by beating Boston 5-1. Tyler Wilson allowed three hits over eight innings to improve to 3-5. Adam Jones added a home run and three RBIs.
— Detroit routed Kansas City 10-4. Victor Martinez matched a career-best with three home runs to help Justin Verlander improve to 7-5.
__ NL East-leading Washington opened a 10-game road trip by beating San Diego 8-5. Bryce Harper hit a go-ahead opposite field two-run homer, his 14th of the season but first since May 23. Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon (rehn'-DOHN') also homered for the Nats.
— Milwaukee's Jonathan Villar cracked a two-run homer in the top of the ninth and the Brewers beat the L.A. Dodgers 8-6.
— The New York Mets topped Pittsburgh 6-4. Neil Walker and Michael Conforto gave the Mets an immediate jolt by hitting home runs in their return from nagging injuries, and Bartolo Colon improved to 6-3 with the win.
— Freddie Freeman homered and drove in two to help Atlanta to a 7-2 win over Cincinnati. He entered the series hitting .242 but went 10 of 18 against the Reds with three homers and six RBIs. Atlanta won back-to-back home games for only the second time this season.
— Dae-Ho Lee drove in three runs to lead Seattle to a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay. He is tied for the team-lead with Robinson Cano with seven games of three or more RBIs this year. The Mariners won the series finale after losing leads to drop the first two games.
— Didi Gregorius hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees stopped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. CC Sabathia had another strong start and improved to 5-4. He struck out seven in six innings.
— Toronto rapped out 17 hits and five home runs in routing Philadelphia 13-2. J.A. Happ improved to 8-3. Kevin Pillar homered twice. Edwin Encarnacion added his 18th homer. Michael Saunders and Dervon Travis also went deep for the Jays.
Mets Wright has neck surgery, may miss rest of season
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets third baseman David Wright had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, and is out for the foreseeable future. He's expected to miss most of the remainder of the season -- perhaps all of it.
Wright says in a statement the neck didn't respond to any of the treatments over the past few weeks. He says he's determined to make a full recovery.
DL for Cincy's Morris
ATLANTA (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have placed right-hander A.J. Morris on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain. He left Wednesday night's game against Atlanta in the fifth inning after experiencing difficulty with the shoulder. He returned to Cincinnati after the game for further examination which found he had to be shut down.
To fill his roster spot the Reds recalled right-hander Dayan Diaz from Triple A- Louisville.
Rain limits play in opening round
OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — Not much golf was played on opening day of the US Open with rain interrupting the action three times before it was suspended. They will try to complete the first round early this morning.
Little-known Andrew Landry tops the leaderboard at 3-under through 17 holes and set up a 10 foot birdie putt on the final hole when play was halted. The PGA Tour rookie is ranked 624th in the world.
Amateur Scottie Scheffler has the clubhouse lead after posting a 1-under 69. Only nine of the 156 golfers were able to complete their round.
Defending champ Jordan Spieth is 1 over through 11 holes. Masters champ Danny Willett is 4 over through 12 and Rory McIlroy is 4 over through 13 holes.
Thompson in logjam at the top
BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Defending champion Lexi Thompson shot a 6-under 65 for a share of the Meijer LPGA Classic lead.
Thompson is tied with 52-year-old Laura Davies, Sei Young Kim, Carlota Ciganda and Paula Reto.
Women's PGA Championship winner Brooke Henderson and top-ranked Lydia Ko are two off the pace.
News of player signings
UNDATED (AP) — Goalie Cam Ward has signed a two-year, $6.6 million dollar contract extension with Carolina. Ward will be paid $3.5 million next season and $3.1 million in 2017-18, keeping the 32-year-old netminder with the team that selected him in the first round of the 2002 draft.
His tenure with the team includes the Hurricanes' run to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship, with Ward earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.
— The Red Wings have signed center Riley Sheahan to a two-year, $4.15 million contract. He had 14 goals and 25 points in a career-high 81 games this past season. The 24-year-old has 36 goals and 85 points in his career, which began toward the end of the 2011-12 season. Detroit also signed defenseman Brian Lashoff to a two-way contract. He will make $650,000 if he plays in the NHL and $275,000 if he is in the American Hockey League again.
Former coach not going down without a fight
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Fired Baylor football coach Art Briles is accusing the school of wrongful termination and has indicated he has no interest in settling a federal lawsuit filed against him and the university by a woman who was raped by a football player. The criticism was in a motion filed as part of the lawsuit. Briles says he wants a judge to assign him new attorneys and his personal legal team is demanding that Baylor turn over all its files in the sexual assault scandal.
Briles' petition says he met April 7 with Baylor attorneys and that they used information he shared to support his firing.
US beats Equador 2-1 to reach semis
SEATTLE (AP) — The United States nipped Equador 2-1 to reach the semifinals of the Copa America tournament. Clint Dempsey opened the scoring with a header into the net in the 22nd minute. Gyasi Zardis added a goal in the 66th minute before Equador scored late.
The win sends the U.S. into the semifinal round. The Americans will play the winner of Saturday's Argentina-Venezuela quarterfinal. The Americans will play next in Houston next Tuesday.