Cavs close out Bulls

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers had their problems against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday as LeBron James had a poor shooting night and Kyrie Irving missed most of the last three quarters with a foot injury. The Cavs still enjoyed a lopsided victory as they moved into the NBA's Eastern Conference finals with a 94-73 stifling of the Bulls in Chicago.

The Cavaliers' bench accounted for 40 points, with Matthew Dellavedova scoring a team-high 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Dellavedova, J.R. Smith and James Jones each shot 3-for-6 from 3-point range for Cleveland, which was 12 of 27 from beyond the arc.

James shot just 7-for-23 and still came close to a triple-double, finishing with 15 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Irving scored six points in 12 minutes before he came down on teammate Tristan Thompson's foot early in the second quarter with the score 35-35

Thompson added 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds to the rout.

The Bulls shot under 38 percent from the field and scored just 29 points over the second and third quarters. Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 20 points and Derrick Rose added 14, but no other Bull had more than eight.

The Cavaliers next face either Atlanta or Washington.

The Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers are heading back to Houston for a seventh game in their Western Conference semifinal series. The Rockets stayed alive by outscoring the Clippers 40-15 in the fourth quarter of a 119-107 comeback in Los Angeles.

Corey Brewer scored 15 of his 19 points in the final period to lead the rally. Brewer tied the game with a dunk and put Houston ahead to stay by nailing a 3-pointer with about 3 ½ minutes remaining.

Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and a game-high 21 rebounds, while James Harden added a team-best 23 points despite shooting 5-for-20. Josh Smith hit four of the Rockets' 12 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to help the Rockets set up a Sunday showdown in Houston.

The Clippers were overwhelmed after taking a 19-point lead on Chris Paul's layup with 2 ½ minutes left in the third period. Paul had team highs of 31 points and 11 assists, while Blake Griffin contributed 28 points.

DeAndre Jordan was held in check, finishing with just eight points and nine boards while playing in foul trouble.


Quarterback appeals suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady is back on offense.

The New England Patriots quarterback has appealed the four-game suspension he was handed for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

The NFL announced the quarterback's suspension on Monday and also fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks.

Brady's appeal only deals with the suspension and must be heard within 10 days. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Commissioner Roger Goodell will preside over the hearing, rejecting the union's request for a neutral party.

League-appointed investigator Ted Wells found that Brady was "at least generally aware" of plans by two team employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated weight.


Carpenter's blast wins it for Cards...Tigers go batty

UNDATED (AP) — There was quite a pitcher's duel in Cleveland, although the game was eventually decided by a home run.

Matt Carpenter launched a two-run blast in the eighth inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals past the Indians 2-1. Carpenter's go-ahead homer off Marc Rzepczynski  came after Trevor Bauer held the Redbirds to four hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Michael Wacha was denied his sixth victory, leaving the game trailing 1-0 after limiting the Indians to a run and five hits in five innings.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Tampa Bay beat the New York Yankees 6-1 as Erasmo Ramirez limited the Bombers to one hit in five shutout innings. Rene Rivera carried the Rays' offense with a three-run homer and four RBIs.

— Mookie Betts hit a tiebreaking, sacrifice fly in the ninth and Shane Victorino homered as Boston nipped Seattle 2-1. Red Sox starter Joe Kelly lowered his ERA to 5.58 by holding the Mariners to a run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

— Marlon Byrd capped his three-RBI night by smacking a tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth inning to lift Cincinnati past San Francisco 4-3. Johnny Cueto left with a 3-2 lead but settled for a no-decision after allowing five hits and striking out nine in seven innings.

— Miguel Cabrera slammed a pair of two-run homers and had five RBIs as Detroit crushed Minnesota 13-1 in the rubber match of the three-game set. Nick Castellanos and Bryan Holaday also went deep to support Anibal Sanchez, who struck out nine while giving up only one run and five hits in eight innings.

— Alcides Escobar was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored as Kansas City doubled up Texas 6-3 to earn a four-game split. Eric Hosmer extended his hitting streak to 11 games by going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer.

— The Chicago Cubs earned their first four-game sweep of the New York Mets since 1992 by erasing a 5-1 deficit in a 6-5 victory. Dexter Fowler belted a solo homer and scored the tiebreaking run on a passed ball in the seventh inning.

— Aaron Harang scattered five hits over eight scoreless innings and Ryan Howard hit his team-leading seventh home run as the Phillies beat the Pirates 4-2. The Phillies won their second straight, matching their longest winning streak of the season and salvaging a split in the four-game series.

— Jonathan Villar slapped a go-ahead, two-run double while Houston scored four times in the seventh to beat Toronto 6-4. Rookie Preston Tucker was 3-for-4 and sparked the Astros' winning rally with an RBI double.

— Colorado's 11-game losing streak is over after Carlos Gonzalez blasted a three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning of the Rockies' 5-4 comeback win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Wilin Rosario cracked a solo homer and had two RBIs to help the Rockies end their longest skid since an 11-game drought in 2000.

— San Diego clobbered Washington 8-3 behind Derek Norris, who hit a three-run homer and a two-run triple. Cory Spangenberg added a pair of solo shots and Tyler Ross gave up two runs in five-plus innings for just his second victory.


Braves' lefty done before starting

ATLANTA (AP) — Braves left-hander Mike Minor will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. He is expected to return for the start of spring training next year.

Minor had not pitched this season. The 27-year-old was sidelined after experiencing soreness in spring training and went on the disabled list April 5 with what was described as shoulder inflammation.


Callahan skates in light workout

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan was back on the ice Thursday, less than 72 hours after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Callahan skated during a light practice in preparation for the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers. Callahan missed the Lightning's 4-1 clincher against Montreal in Game 6 of the second-round series on Tuesday.

Head coach Jon Cooper stressed the brief workout was "not physically demanding." Callahan described his status as day to day.


Two Hoosiers kicked off team

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana has dismissed sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

The school said the two basketball players were dismissed effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program. Davis was cited for pot possession in an incident Monday night at which Mosquera-Perea was also present.

Mosquera-Perea was arrested in February 2014 on drunken-driving charges. Davis missed last season after sustaining a serious brain injury when freshman Emmitt Holt hit him with a car.


Streb leads in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Robert Streb has the first-round lead at the PGA event in Charlotte.

Streb set the early pace with two quick birdies on the back nine and played a bogey-free round for a 7-under 65.

Patrick Reed and Kevin Chappell are one stroke back and one ahead of six others.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy opened with a 70 that included a double-bogey on the par-3 17th hole. Phil Mickelson opened with three birdies but had a double bogey on 18 for a 1-under 71.


Opening round for the women

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — France's Joanna Klatten had five birdies in a six-hole stretch en route to a 6-under 65 and the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship.

Klatten birdied Nos. 3 through 6 and 8 before closing with a par on No. 9.

Morgan Pressel, Alison Lee and Pat Hurst share second, one shot better than So Yeon Ryu, Paula Creamer, Jacqui Concolino and Perrine Delacour.

Michelle Wie (wee) withdrew because of a hip injury after a 78.


Maggert in front

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The first major of the year on the Champions Tour is underway in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jeff Maggert is the leader through 18 holes of the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek. Maggert birdied three of the final four holes for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke edge over Kevin Sutherland.

Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Wes Short Jr. are two strokes back.


Canadian-American bridge to be named after hockey great

DETROIT (AP) — A planned $2.1 billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will be named after hockey great Gordie Howe. The 87-year-old Howe, known as "Mr. Hockey," was born in Saskatchewan and led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships. The yet-to-be built Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be operational in 2020.

Howe has been undergoing treatment after suffering a significant stroke.