Hawks crush Nets, advance to conference semis

NEW YORK (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have advanced to the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals with a convincing victory over the Nets in Brooklyn.

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Paul Millsap had 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Hawks ripped the Nets 111-87. Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll each had 20 points for the Hawks, who grabbed control of the game by outscoring the Nets 41-21 in the third period.

Korver drained three of his six 3-pointers during a 23-3 spurt in the third quarter.

Atlanta shot 51 percent from the field, including 13 of their 32 3-point attempts. The Hawks also had 34 assists and held Brooklyn under 37 percent shooting.

Brook Lopez was the lone Net with more than 13 points, finishing with 19.

The Hawks now prepare for the Washington Wizards, who completed a four-game sweep of Toronto in the opening round.


Donovan takes over in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Billy Donovan has been introduced as the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder a day after being hired. The 49-year old takes over a team that boasts former MVP Kevin Durant and league scoring champ Russell Westbrook.

Donovan says he hopes to build on the successful seven-year run of former coach Scott Brooks who was fired after the Thunder missed the playoffs this season.


Warriors Myers honored

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State general manager Bob Myers has been voted the NBA's executive of the year after assembling a roster that won a franchise-record 67 games and earned the top playoff seed.

Myers received 13 first-place votes and 82 total points from a panel of fellow league executives. Cleveland's David Griffin was second with eight first-place votes and 69 points.


Hype continues before Saturday's bout

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao (PAK'-ee-ow) took the stage at the MGM Grand arena and weighed in below the welterweight limit for tonight's fight.

Mayweather weighed in at 146 pounds, just one pound heavier than Pacquiao. A majority of the crowd appeared to favor Pacquiao, who raised both arms to the crowd with V's for victory.

Mayweather will enter the bout 47-0 with 26 knockouts. Pacquiao has knocked out 38 opponents in going 57-5-2 in his career.

Tickets for the weigh-in originally were sold at $10 apiece, with profits going to charity. Secondary prices for the seats topped $500 on StubHub earlier this week.


Lightning strikes Habs again...Hawks survive Wild comeback

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning were 5-0 against Montreal during the regular season, and they've carried their mastery of the Canadiens into the playoffs.

Ben Bishop turned back 43 shots and Nikita Kucherov scored the game-winner at 2:06 of double-overtime to lift the Lightning past the Habs 2-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference second-round series. Bishop made 13 saves in the first overtime period and blanked the Canadiens until Max Pacioretty scored with 5:13 left in regulation.

Kucherov also beat Price in the first overtime, but the goal was disallowed by goaltender interference upon video review because Kucherov bumped into the Price as the puck was about to cross the goal line.

Tyler Johnson scored his seventh playoff goal for the Lightning, who stay in Montreal for Game 2 on Sunday.

The Chicago Blackhawks also had success in the opener of their second-round series with Minnesota.

The Hawks coughed up a 3-0 lead before Teuvo Teravainen scored in the last minute of the second period to lift Chicago past the Wild 4-3. Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger scored in the first period to give Blackhawks a three-goal cushion, but the Wild stormed back on goals by Jason Zucker, Zach Parise and Mikael Grandlund during the first half of the middle stanza.

Corey Crawford finished with 30 saves for the Blackhawks, who will host Game 2 on Sunday.


Winston inks deal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Jameis Winston has signed a four-year, $23.35 million contract, less than 24 hours after being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the first pick of the NFL draft.

A person familiar with the contract said the deal includes more than $16.6 million in guaranteed money and contains a fifth-year option. Bucs general manager Jason Licht said the speedy conclusion with the contract was a reflection of how elated the team is to have Winston.


Reds Bailey to have Tommy John surgery

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds starter Homer Bailey will have season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow next Friday.

The Reds expect him to be fully recovered in time for next season.

It's been a tough year for Bailey, who signed a six-year, $105 million deal before the 2014 season. He had surgery last September to repair a tear in the forearm by the elbow.


A-Rod ties Mays and lifts Yankees

UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez didn't start last night's game against the Red Sox in Boston. That didn't stop him from tying Willie Mays for fourth on baseball's all-time home run list.

Rodriguez entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning before smacking his 660th homer, a tiebreaking blast in the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Bosox. He was booed when he came to bat and as he rounded the bases.

CC Sabathia entered the game 0-4 with a 5.96 ERA before giving up two runs and seven hits in six innings.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Matt Harvey became the first five-game winner in the majors this season, improving to 5-0 with seven scoreless innings to lead the New York Mets 4-0 triumph against Washington. Two relievers finished up a combined six-hitter against the Nationals, who had scored 33 runs in their previous 25 innings.

— St. Louis earned its fourth straight win by beating Pittsburgh 2-1 on Matt Adams' bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th. The Pirates led 1-0 until pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds singled home a run in the seventh.

— Addison Russell banged out his first big league homer and Jon Lester claimed his first victory as a Cub in a 1-0 shutout of the Brewers. Lester posted his best performance of the season, limiting the Brew Crew to three hits and a walk in seven innings.

— Miami picked up its eighth win in nine games by downing Philadelphia 4-3 on Marcell Ozuna's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth. Ozuna was 4-for-4 with three doubles.

— Atlanta fell behind 3-0 before Kelly Johnson ripped a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning of the Braves' 4-3 verdict over Cincinnati. Mike Foltynewicz began Atlanta's rally with a two-run double in the fourth and allowed two earned runs in five innings of his first major league victory.

— Alex Colome won his season debut by striking out six and allowing just three hits in five innings of Tampa Bay's 2-0 shutout of Baltimore. Evan Longoria doubled home the lead run in the fourth and scored on James Loney's single later in the inning.

— Brett Hayes belted a three-run homer and Carlos Carrasco labored for six innings before Cleveland completed a 9-4 triumph over Toronto. Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley also went deep for the Indians.

— Chris Young pitched five no-hit innings and Kendrys Morales had three RBIs as Kansas City beat Detroit 4-1. Young struck out nine and walked three before exiting with his pitch count at 81.

— Homers by Evan Gattis, George Springer and Jake Marisnick powered Houston to its eighth consecutive win, 4-3 over Seattle. The Astros carried a 4-1 lead into the ninth before Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz slammed his league-high 11th home run.

— Kyle Gibson won a pitchers' duel against Jose Quintana by holding the White Sox to four hits in eight innings of Minnesota's 1-0 verdict over Chicago. The Twins scored the game's lone run on a wild pitch in the fifth inning.

— Oakland erupted for seven runs in the eighth inning to turn a 5-0 deficit into a 7-5 victory at Texas. Mark Canha triggered the rally with a leadoff homer and capped it with an RBI single after Josh Reddick and Brett Lowrie delivered two-run hits.

— Joc Pederson launched a grand slam and Carlos Frias scattered four hits in 5 1/3 innings to highlight the Dodgers' 8-0 rout of Arizona. Justin Turner and Andre Ethier added solo blasts to help the Dodgers improve to 11-2 at home.

— San Francisco pulled out a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Angels on Jose Panik's RBI single with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Chris Heston had another good outing for the Giants, leaving with a 2-1 lead after allowing five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

— Yangevis Solarte was 2-for-5 with a pair of two-run singles as San Diego ripped Colorado 14-3. Derek Norris provided a two-run double while the Padres scored eight times in the eighth to break it open.


McIlroy, Furyk avoid host of upsets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Top seed Rory McIlroy is still alive in the World Match Play Championship in San Francisco, but several other stars were eliminated on Friday.

Facing elimination with two holes to play, McIlroy birdied three straight holes to outlast Billy Horschel.

Jim Furyk was the only other top-10 seed to reach Saturday's round of 16, beating Martin Kaymer on the second extra hole.

Masters champ Jordan Spieth was eliminated during Friday's play, as were Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia.


Ocean Course to host PGA Championship again

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The PGA Championship is returning to the Ocean Course in 2021, three decades after the seaside layout made its debut at the 1991 Ryder Cup.

Pete Dye's course hosted the PGA Championship three years ago.


17-year-old leads

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Brooke Henderson shot a 6-under 65 in the North Texas Shootout, giving the 17-year-old Canadian the lead going into the weekend for the second straight week on the LPGA Tour.

Henderson had a bogey-free round to reach 8-under 134 total at Las Colinas, a stroke ahead of 2013 winner Inbee Park and 54-year-old Juli Inkster.


Dawson, Allen share lead

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Marco Dawson and Michael Allen are co-leaders through one round of the Champions Tour's Insperity Invitation at The Woodlands Country Club near Houston. Both carded seven birdies and a bogey in a 6-under 66 that puts them one stroke ahead of Colin Montgomerie, Joe Durant and Woodlands resident Jeff Maggert.


El Kabeir scratched

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — El Kabeir is out of Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

The gray colt has a sore foot that kept him from his usual jog Friday.

El Kabeir's scratch deprives three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel of a mount in the race.


Lovely Maria wins Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lovely Maria passed Angela Renee down the stretch and won the 141st Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Lovely Maria ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.45 and paid $14.60, $7.80 and $5.40. The victory follows last month's Grade 1 Ashland victory at Keeneland.


Charges dropped against Tide's Jones

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tuscaloosa police have dropped domestic violence charges against Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones. The police say in a statement that probable cause existed for the charges filed against Jones, but they were dropped because he tried to deescalate by calling police.

Jones was charged Tuesday night after allegedly threatening a 22-year-old woman in front of a witness and damaged her phone.