AP Monday Sports Roundup
Cavs advance, but Love separates shoulder...Wizards sweep...Clippers pull even with Spurs...Mavs still alive
UNDATED (AP) — In a very physical game the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Boston 101-93 to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs. The Cavs took the best of seven series 4-0. Up next they will face the winner of the Chicago-Milwaukee series.
LeBron James led the way for Cleveland with 27 points. The Cavaliers played most of the game without Kevin Love, who dislocated his shoulder during a muscle tussle with Kelly Olynyk. Love's status is uncertain, but he could be out as much as two weeks. In the locker room he called the play "bush-league" and felt it was intentional. Love says he intends to return in the playoffs but wants the NBA to review the play.
In other NBA first round series:
__ Washington has its first postseason sweep in 34 years by routing Toronto 125-94. Bradley Beal led the Wiz with 23. Marcin Gortat added 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. John Wall added 14 points and 10 assists. Washington has reached the second round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since getting to the NBA Finals in 1979, a year after winning its only title. The Wizards next play the Atlanta-Brooklyn winner.
— Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 to even their first-round series at two games apiece. J.J. Redick added 17 points. Clippers coach Doc Rivers got an unexpected boost from his son, Austin Rivers, who provided an unexpected boost off the bench with a postseason career-high 16 points.
__ Dallas avoided eliminating by beating Houston 121-109 to cut the Rockets' lead to 3-1 in that series. Monta Ellis led the Mavs with 31 points. J.J. Barea took over at point guard for Rajon Rondo and contributed 17 points and 13 assists. The series moves to Houston for Game 5 Tuesday.
Conley to miss Monday game
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Memphis guard Mike Conley will not play Monday night in Game 4 of the Grizzlies' playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers. He is suffering from a facial injury. Conley left Saturday night's Game 3 in the third quarter after he appeared to be caught inadvertently by Portland guard CJ McCollum's elbow while going after the ball.
Minnesota and Montreal moving on
UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs by eliminating St. Louis in six games. Playing on the home-ice the Wild beat the Blues 4-1. The Wild will now face the Blackhawks with an eye on revenge as Chicago eliminated the Wild from last year's playoffs.
In other first-round NHL series:
__ The Montreal Canadiens are moving onto the second round after eliminating Ottawa in six games, 2-0. Carey Price turned back 43 saves for his fifth career playoff shutout. Brendan Gallagher scored early and Max Pacioretty added an empty-net goal with three-tenths of a second left.
Robertson gets win and save as White Sox sweep Royals in delayed twinbill...A-Rod hits No. 659
UNDATED (AP) — The White Sox finished off the Royals in the conclusion of a game they started on Friday. Avisail Garcia hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two out in the ninth inning as the Sox got the win 3-2. The game was suspended Friday night by rain after eight innings. David Robertson pitched the ninth for the win.
Robertson got the save in the second game as the White Sox rallied for a 5-3 win. Robertson, who signed a $46 million, four-year contract with Chicago over the winter, then returned for the ninth inning of the second game and got Omar Infante to bounce out with two runners on for his third save.
In other baseball:
__ Alex Rodriguez moved one home run away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list by hitting No. 659 in the New York Yankees' 6-4 win over the Mets. A-Rod also doubled as the Yanks took two of three in the Subway Series. It was the fifth homer of the season for A-Rod, who sat out last year while serving a drug suspension.
— Evan Gattis hit a two-run double in the ninth inning and the AL West-leading Houston Astros completed their first sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 7-6 win.
— Tampa Bay has won five straight. The Rays beat the Blue Jays 5-1 as Chris Archer pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings. Brandon Guyer provided all the offense with four runs batted in. The 3-2 Archer became the first American League pitcher to go four starts within one season without giving up an earned run since Zach Greinke did it for Kansas City in 2009.
— Miguel Cabrera did what he does best, homer and drive in runs, as the Tigers tripped Cleveland 8-6. Cabrera homered and drove in three runs in the win, which game the Tigers the series 2-1. Cabrera has three homers this season, all against Cleveland, and nine of his 13 RBIs this season are against the Indians.
— Delmon Young had a big day with five runs batted in as the Orioles blew out the Red Sox 18-7. Baltimore took control with a six-run third inning and led 12-0 in the sixth. Davis, Jimmy Paredes and Steve Pearce each contributed three RBIs to the Orioles' second straight win following a five-game skid.
__ Leonys Martin led off the 11th inning with a homer and the Texas Rangers scored another run on Erick Aybar's error then held on for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels to end a three-game skid.
— Brandon Morrow pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win with San Diego and Alexi Amarista and Derek Norris homered as the Padres beat the NL-West leading Dodgers 3-1. That ends the Padres' four-game losing streak.
— Rookie Addison Russell doubled with the bases loaded and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 5-2 victory and a sweep of their rain-shortened series against the Reds. Cincinnati, which has dropped three in a row, went 0 for 20 with runners in scoring position during the two games against Chicago.
— Miami completed a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals with a 6-2 win. The Marlins have now won five straight after a 3-11 start. The defending NL East champion Nationals lost their fifth game in a row to fall to 7-12.
— Ryan Howard hit his second homer in two games and the Phillies beat the Braves 5-4. Howard, who hasn't had a good start to the season, came into the game hitting.189. Jonathan Papelbon came on to get his fourth save of the season.
—Adam Lind hit a two-run homer in Milwaukee's 6-3 win over St. Louis. The Brewers, who have just two wins in their last 12 games, are off to the worst start in team history at 4-15.
— Francisco Liriano pitched effectively into the seventh inning in a combined three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed their first sweep in Arizona with an 8-0 win.
The game in Denver involving the Giants and Rockies was rained out.
Cards and Dodgers lose players...Scherzer likely to miss next start
MILWAUKEE (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left Achilles and left ankle injury. The club admits he could be out much longer. The 33-year-old was injured while batting in the top of the fifth inning of a 5-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers last night. The injuries occurred after Wainwright broke from the batter's box on a fifth-inning popup.
The Card' general manager says there is a chance Wainwright might miss the rest of the season.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed right fielder Yasiel Puig and reliever Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list.
Puig strained his left hamstring running out a ground ball in Friday night's victory against San Diego. Peralta has been dealing with what he described as a "dead arm."
MIAMI (AP)— — Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer will likely be scratched from his next scheduled start Tuesday at Atlanta because of a sprained right thumb. The right-hander threw off flat ground before the Nationals' 6-2 loss to Miami but said his thumb is still sore. He jammed it batting Thursday against St. Louis.
Rose wins the Zurich Classic
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Justin Rose finished first in the PGA's Zurich Classic in Avondale, Louisiana. Rose shot a final round 6-under-66 to complete play at 22-under, one in front of Cameron Tringale. Boo Weekley was another shot back.
To secure the win Rose birdied the final two holes. He has now won at least once in six seasons.
Ko wins for second straight year
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — World No. 1 Lydia Ko won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic for the second straight year, beating Morgan Pressel on the second hole of a playoff.
Brooke Henderson, the 17-year-old from Canada, had a 74 and missed the playoff by one shot.
CHAMPIONS-LEGENDS OF GOLF
Andrade-Durant team wins
RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Joe Durant had a hole-in-one and teamed with Billy Andrade to win the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam finished second.
Busch takes first
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kurt Busch dominated once he took the lead and won the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. Busch led 291 of the 400 laps and outran Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick over the final dozen laps. The race was delayed because of rain Saturday night.
It's a first for Newgarden
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Josef Newgarden of Hendersonville, Tennessee, held off a hard-charging Graham Rahal to win the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for his first IndyCar Series victory. Newgarden had posted second-place finishes in each of the past two years before finally finishing up front.