AP Monday Sports Roundup
Warriors crush Cavs to go 2-up
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors won the opener of last year's NBA Finals against Cleveland, only to lose the second and third games before capturing the title. There was no letup this time.
Draymond Green poured in 28 points and had seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors crushed the Cavaliers 110-77 to take a 2-0 series lead. Green scored 18 points in the first half and helped the Warriors close the second quarter on a 30-9 run that put them ahead 52-44 by intermission.
Stephen Curry scored 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting, including a 4-for-8 mark from 3-point range. Klay Thompson also shot 4-for-8 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points.
The Warriors shot 54 percent from the floor and held the Cavs to 35 percent. Cleveland missed 18 of its 23 3-point attempts.
The Cavaliers were outscored 60-27 from the last 10 minutes of the first half through the third quarter. The Cavs played most of the second half without Kevin Love, who took a blow to the head from Harrison Barnes and finished with just five points.
LeBron James had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, who host Game 3 on Wednesday.
Arrieta finally at a loss.
UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have put an end to Jake Arrieta's winning streak and avoided a three-game sweep by the Cubs in Chicago.
Arrieta had won 20 consecutive decisions before he was outdueled by Patrick Corbin in the Diamondbacks' 3-2 triumph at Wrigley Field. Arrieta fell behind for good on a two-run double by Yasmany Tomas in the second inning.
The Cubs ace struck out 12 in just five innings, but he also surrendered three runs and nine hits in suffering his first loss since Cole Hamels beat him with a no-hitter for the Phillies last July 25.
Corbin allowed two runs and five hits in seven frames as the Diamondbacks dropped the Cubbies to 39-16.
Chicago continues to top the NL Central by 9 ½ games over Pittsburgh, by far the largest division lead in the majors.
— Albert Pujols capped his three-RBI day by belting a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to send the Angels past the Pirates 5-4 in Pittsburgh. The Bucs led 4-1 until C.J. Cron and Gregorio Petit hit RBI doubles in the seventh.
— Jose Fernandez was brilliant over seven innings and batterymate J.T. Realmuto singled home the lone run as Miami held off the New York Mets 1-0 to dodge a three-game sweep. Fernandez tied a career high with 14 strikeouts and scattered four hits in improving to 23-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 33 career starts at Marlins Park.
— Daniel Murphy homered and drove in three runs while Washington was erasing a 5-0 deficit in a 10-9 triumph against the Reds in Cincinnati. Wilson Ramos also went deep and had two ribbies as the Nationals salvaged the series finale to expand their lead in the NL East to two games over the Mets.
— The Giants have their first losing streak since May 10 after Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the Cardinals' 6-3 comeback win over San Francisco. The Redbirds scored four times in the sixth to erase a 3-1 deficit and make a winner out of Carlos Martinez, who struck out seven in six innings.
— The Dodgers finished off a three-game sweep of Atlanta as Corey Seager went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs in a 12-6 rout of the Braves. Yasmani Grandal launched a three-run blast and Enrique Hernandez ripped a solo shot as the Dodgers pulled within 3 ½ games of the NL West-leading Giants.
— The Phillies had dropped eight of nine before Jimmy Paredes and Cameron Rupp smacked back-to-back homers in a five-run fifth that secured Philadelphia's 8-1 rout of Milwaukee. Aaron Nola fanned nine and blanked the Brewers on eight hits over six innings.
— Carlos Gonzalez had the big hits in Colorado's 10-3 drubbing of San Diego, hitting a pair of two-run homers and driving in five runs. Nolan Arenado slammed his National League-leading 18th homer and was 3-for-3 with three ribbies and four runs scored.
— Cleveland won its fifth in a row and completed a four-game sweep of the defending champs as Corey Kluber combined with two relievers on a three-hitter in the Indians' 7-0 shutout of Kansas City. Mike Napoli homered in the fourth, one inning after Tyler Naquin, Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor went deep to chase Royals starter Chris Young. The Indians lead the AL Central at 31-24, 1 ½ games ahead of the Royals.
— Detroit was a 5-2 winner over the White Sox as Justin Verlander held Chicago to two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings. Justin Upton doubled home a pair off Jose Quintana, who lost his fifth consecutive start since opening the season 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA.
— Baltimore and Boston share the AL East lead after Matt Wieters poked a two-run single in a three-run eighth that pushed the Orioles past the New York Yankees 3-1. Yanks starter CC Sabathia left with a 1-0 lead after throwing 111 pitches through five innings, yielding six walks but just two hits.
— Toronto rode homers by Jose Bautista, Darwin Barney, Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. Marco Estrada carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning for the third time in a year before Chris Young hit a one-out homer.
— Texas completed a three-game sweep and expanded its lead in the AL West to three games over the Mariners with a 3-2 triumph in Seattle. The Rangers scored three times in the fifth to back Derek Holland, who worked seven innings and combined with three relievers on a three-hitter.
— Evan Gattis homered for the third straight game and the Astros made it eight wins in their last nine contests by downing Oakland 5-2 for a three-game sweep. Carlos Gomez also went deep and Lance McCullers limited the A's to a pair of runs while striking out nine in seven innings for his third straight win.
— Evan Longoria belted a pair of solo homers before providing an insurance run with an RBI single in the ninth inning of Tampa Bay's third consecutive win, 7-5 over Minnesota. Steven Souza Jr. led off the ninth with a double and scored the tiebreaking run on Brad Miller's sacrifice fly.
UNDATED (AP) — The Dodgers have dropped ties with Carl Crawford by designating the outfielder for assignment. Crawford is hitting .185 with two doubles, a triple and six RBI's in 30 games. The 34-year-old left fielder batted .278 with 18 home runs and 99 RBI in 320 games after being acquired in a nine-player trade with Boston in August 2012,
Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Guyer started 29 of the past 33 games for Tampa Bay, and is hitting .271 with six home runs and 14 RBI's.
Broncos corner shot
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos say star cornerback Aqib Talib is OK and recovering after being shot in the lower right leg at a Dallas nightclub early Sunday morning.
The team issued a statement saying Talib is expected to be released from the hospital soon and make a full recovery.
Police told The Dallas Morning News that Talib was one of two people shot in an altercation at the club and that both victims were hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds.
Talib's 30 interceptions and eight pick-6s are tops in the league since 2008, his rookie year in Tampa Bay.
Djokovic wins in Paris
PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic has his career Grand Slam. After losing the first set to second seed Andy Murray, the top-seeded Djokovic roared back to win the French Open men's singles championship 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. The victory gives him a win in each of the four majors: the Australian and U.S. Opens, Wimbledon and now the French. He is the first man to achieve the milestone of winning four straight majors since Rod Laver in 1969.
A crowd favorite in Paris the fans kept cheering, "Nole, Nole, Nole," which is his nickname.
The appearance in the French final was his fourth and proved to be the winner. After losing in Paris last year, he has won 28 straight Grand Slam matches from Wimbledon to the U.S. Open last year to the Australian Open and now the French Open this year.
Before the match began, the fans stood and paid tribute to Muhammad Ali, who passed away Friday at the age of 74.
Sprint Cup race washed out
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Rain has postponed the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway until Monday. Brad Keselowski will start on the pole in Pocono's first Monday race since 2009.
The 2012 rain-shortened race at Pocono was marred by lightning strikes that killed one fan and injured nine others.
This is the first postponed Cup race of the season and ninth since 2011.
A powerful showing by Power
DETROIT (AP) — Will Power raced to his first IndyCar victory of the season by holding off points leader Simon Pagenaud at Detroit's Belle Isle.
Power also won Saturday's event in Detroit and would have set a track record in qualifying on Sunday, but the Australian was penalized for interference and had his top two laps taken away.
Pagenaud won the pole and Power started eighth, but Power prevailed in the end for his 26th career victory and first since the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May 2015.
McGirt gets first PGA victory
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — William McGirt has finally claimed his first PGA victory by rolling in a 6-foot par putt on the second extra hole to beat Jon Curran and capture the Memorial at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
McGirt played the final 22 holes without a bogey before securing his first win in 165 PGA starts. He closed with a 1-under 71 that left him 15-under for the tournament.
The win vaults him to 43rd in the world ranking, putting him into the U.S. Open at Oakmont in two weeks.
Curran's final-round 70 allowed him to finish one stroke ahead of Dustin Johnson. Rory McIlroy was among those two shots behind.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Scott McCarron birdied his final three holes for a 7-under 65 and a one-shot win over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Billy Andrade at the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines.
McCarron won for the first time since taking the 2001 Bellsouth Classic, the last of his three PGA Tour titles.
Andrade had a 68 after shooting a course-record 63 on Saturday.
Nordqvist captures ShopRite Classic
GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) — Anna Nordqvist successfully defended her ShopRite LPGA Classic title by finishing 17 under par. She closed out the tournament with a final-round 7-under 64 in breezy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Hana Numura, who shot a 66.