AP Sports Wrap from Friday, June 10, 2016
CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry rediscovered his long-range shooting touch while the Golden State Warriors pulled within one victory of their second straight NBA title.
Curry poured in 38 points and the Warriors grabbed a three-games-to-one lead in the finals by downing the Cavaliers 108-97 in Cleveland. The Warriors shot 17-for-36 from 3-point range, with Curry hitting seven of his 13 attempts.
The game was tied at 81 until Golden State went on a 12-3 run to go ahead by nine with 5:56 to play.
Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes each drained four treys for the Warriors, who trailed by eight with 9:29 left in the third quarter before going on a 19-9 run. Thompson finished with 25 points and Barnes had 14 and eight rebounds.
Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving scored 34 points to lead the Cavaliers in scoring for the second straight game. LeBron James fell one assist shy of a triple-double, contributing 25 points and 13 rebounds.
The Warriors can wrap up the NBA championship Monday in Oakland.
Wiggins to pass on Canada's qualifying slate
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins will not play for Canada in the Olympic qualifying tournament this July, saying he wants to ensure he was ready to try and help push the Minnesota Timberwolves into the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.
Wiggins would still be eligible to participate in the Rio Games should Canada qualify in July by winning its tournament.
Former No. 1 pick dies
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former NBA first-round pick and one-time Texas-San Antonio men's basketball coach Brooks Thompson has died at age 45.
Thompson was selected 27th overall by Orlando in the 1994 draft before making stops in Utah, Denver, Phoenix and New York during four NBA seasons. Thompson played college ball at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, and coached at UT-San Antonio for 10 seasons.
"The Greatest" laid to rest
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The streets of Louisville were lined with thousands of mourners as Muhammad Ali's funeral procession took him to the cemetery where he was buried. His cherry-red casket was draped in an Islamic shroud. Pallbearers included former boxers Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, along with actor Will Smith. Ali's nine children, his wife, two of his ex-wives and other family members joined the procession.
There were an estimated 100,000 people along the route, some yelling "Ali, Ali," while others threw flowers. Others were quiet and reverent as the champ went by.
The funeral service was private, but the memorial service was attended by some 15,000 mourners and included eulogies by former President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal and sports commentator Bryant Gumbel. Clinton called Ali a "truly free man of faith" who took "perfect gifts we all have" and released them to the world. Crystal lightened the mood with his imitations of Ali and boxing broadcaster Howard Cosell before speaking of Ali's charisma, outspokenness and talent.
Lonnie Ali took the stage at her husband's memorial to thunderous chants. In her first public remarks since his death, she said Ali wanted to "use his life and his death as a teaching moment."
Hockey great passes away
UNDATED (AP) — Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe has died at the age of 88. His son, Murray, said his father passed away from old age.
Howe won four Stanley Cup championships with Detroit from 1950 through 1955 and played 25 seasons for the Red Wings before retiring for the first time in 1971. The 23-time All-Star was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.
After his outstanding NHL career, Howe went on to be a key factor in the growth of the World Hockey Association. The new league allowed him to play with his sons Mark and Marty for the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers. He made a return to the NHL in 1979-80, playing for the Hartford Whalers.
Known as "Mr. Hockey," he still holds several major NHL records. He retired as the league's all-time leader with 801 goals and 1,850 points, numbers that were eclipsed by Wayne Gretzky. He now ranks second in goals and fourth in points.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said no sport could have hoped for a greater, more-beloved ambassador.
Strasburg, Sale get 10th win
UNDATED (AP) — Stephen Strasburg and Chris Sale didn't have their best stuff on Friday, but their teammates helped them become the majors' first 10-game winners of the season.
Strasburg has won 13 consecutive decisions since last September 9, even after he spotted the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-0 lead in the Nationals' 9-6 victory in Washington. Daniel Murphy lined a tiebreaking, two-run double and collected three RBIs as the Nationals won for the fourth time in five games. Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs), Stephen Drew and Danny Espinosa added solo homers to back Strasburg, who didn't allow a run after Tommy Joseph smacked a two-run homer in the third. Strasburg struck out 10 over seven innings and improved to 10-0 with a 3.03 ERA this season.
Sale is 10-2 despite struggling over six-plus innings of the Chicago White Sox's 7-5 triumph over slumping Kansas City. Sale served up three home runs and was tagged for five runs and 11 hits. But he got help from Alex Avila, who homered twice as the White Sox dealt the Royals their eighth consecutive loss.
Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera also went deep for Chicago.
Eric Hosmer smacked a pair of home runs for the Royals.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— San Francisco's lead in the NL West is down to three games after Justin Turner led off the ninth with a solo blast to give the second-place Dodgers a 3-2 triumph over the Giants. Clayton Kershaw is 9-1 with a 1.52 ERA after giving up two runs and five hits while striking out 13 over eight innings.
— Dae-Ho Lee belted a three-run homer and a solo shot as Seattle topped Texas 7-5 to pull within three games of the AL West-leading Rangers. Kyle Seager also homered against the Rangers, who lost for just the third time in 13 games.
— Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers hit back-to-back homers in the second inning to put Atlanta ahead to stay in a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Ender Inciarte (EHN'-dur ihn-see-AHR'-tay) added two RBIs and Bud Norris worked seven strong innings as the major league's worst team beat the best.
— Cardinals pitcher AdamWainwright came through as a pinch-hitter by lining a tiebreaking, two-run double while St. Louis scored six times in the 12th inning of a 9-3 win at Pittsburgh. Matt Carpenter's three-run homer put the Redbirds ahead 3-1 in the eighth, but the Pirates forced extra innings on Jordy Mercer's RBI single in the ninth before the Cards won their third in a row.
— The Mets remain 2 ½ games behind the NL East-leading Nationals after Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera led off the 11th with a single and scored on a bizarre fielder's choice to give New York a 2-1 triumph at Milwaukee. Cabrera came home while the Brewers inadvertently retired runner Kelly Johnson twice on the same play.
— San Diego put together a four-run ninth to overcome Nolan Arenado's (ar-eh-NAH'-dohz) 19th homer in a 7-5 win at Colorado. The Rockies were one out from a 5-3 victory until Jon Jay laced an RBI double and scored on Wil Myers' three-run homer.
— Miami trailed 5-1 until Justin Bour belted a grand slam in a seven-run seventh that highlighted the Marlins' 8-6 win at Arizona. Christian Yelich (YEH'-lihch) broke the 5-5 stalemate with a two-run double and scored on Marcell Ozuna's (oh-ZOO'-nuhz) second RBI single of the night.
— Cincinnati stopped a two-game skid by scoring twice in the seventh to beat Oakland 2-1. Adam Duvall tied it with an RBI double with two out before scoring the eventual winning run on a wild pitch.
— Corey Kluber tossed a three-hitter and Cleveland built a 6-1 lead by the second inning of a 6-2 triumph over the Angels. Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with an RBI single as the AL Central leaders moved three games ahead of Detroit and Chicago.
— Boston posted an 8-1 rout of Minnesota behind Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts), who was 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs. Jackie Bradley Jr. capped the scoring with a two-run triple and Steven Wright pitched into the eighth inning as the Red Sox pulled within one game of the AL East-leading Orioles.
— Toronto pulled out a 4-3 win over Baltimore on Edwin Encarnacion's (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHNZ') leadoff homer in the bottom of the 10th. Michael Saunders also went deep and Russell Martin delivered a game-tying single for the Blue Jays. The Orioles ended a five-game winning streak despite homers from Jonathan Schoop (skohp) and Chris Davis.
— The New York Yankees have a five-game winning streak after CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) scattered five hits over seven innings of a 4-0 shutout of Detroit. Didi Gregorius (DEE'-dee greh-GOHR'-ee-uhs) poked a two-run double in a three-run first that helped the Yanks move over .500 for the first time since April 13.
— Steve Pearce was 3-for-4 with a two-run double while Tampa Bay was building a 4-0 lead in a 4-3 victory over Houston. Rays closer Alex Colome (KAH'-loh-may) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before closing out the win.
Sox give up on Rollins
UNDATED (AP) — The roster shakeup on the South Side of Chicago continues.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been designated for assignment by the White Sox. The 2007 NL MVP hit .221 in 41 games after signing in late February. Rollins' roster spot was filled by Tim Anderson, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte.
The moves come one day after the White Sox designated pitcher Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) for assignment and signed former AL MVP Justin Morneau, who is recovering from left elbow surgery.
In other major league news:
— The Seattle Mariners have activated center fielder Leonys Martin (lee-OH'-nees mahr-TEEN') from the disabled list before their AL West showdown against the first-place Texas Rangers. Martin was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 27 after suffering a strained hamstring.
— Yankees first baseman Chris Parmelee is expected to miss at least a month after straining his right hamstring during Thursday's win over the Angels. He joined Mark Teixeira, Greg Bird and Dustin Ackley as Yankees first basemen on the DL.
— The Minnesota Twins have placed right-handed relievers Phil Hughes and Trevor May on the 15-day disabled list. Hughes was hit with a line drive Thursday against Miami, leaving him with a bruised left knee. May has lower-back spasms that have limited his availability this month.
— The Milwaukee Brewers have placed outfielder Domingo Santana on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness. Outfielder Keon Broxton was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace Santana.
— The New York Mets have activated utilityman Kelly Johnson after acquiring him from Atlanta on Thursday. The Mets made roster room by sending infielder Ty Kelly back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
PGA-ST. JUDE CLASSIC
Berger grabs the lead in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Daniel Berger carded six birdies in a bogey-free 64 that gives him a three-stroke edge over first-round leader Tom Hoge at the midway point of the PGA's FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
Dustin Johnson had a chance to catch Berger at 9-under until dropping three strokes on the final two holes. That finish left Johnson in a three-way tie for third with Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kuh) at minus-5.
Jobe has the lead
FLOURTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two-time defending champion Bernhard Langer is within a stroke of leader Brandt Jobe after two rounds of the Constellation Senior Players Championship, the third of the PGA Tour Champions' five major championships.
Langer shot a 2-under 68 at windy Philadelphia Cricket Club. Jobe topped the leaderboard at 2 under after his second straight 69.
LPGA-WOMEN'S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Co-leaders at midway point
SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — Brooke Henderson and Mirim Lee withstood wild conditions Friday to share the lead at 2 under halfway through the KMPG Women's PGA Championship.
Henderson and Lee fought through a mix of heavy rain, wind and a significant temperature drop while playing in the afternoon at Sahalee Country Club in Washington state.
Top-ranked Lydia Ko scrambled to a 70 to put her in a group with Gerina Piller and Brittany Lincicome (LIHN'-sih-kuhm) at 1 under.
Logano wins 16th career pole
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Joey Logano has won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Logano completed his final lap at 199.557 mph to beat Martin Truex Jr. Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.
The defending champion is Kurt Busch, who held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his second win of the season.
Munoz earns first pole
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Carlos Munoz has earned his first IndyCar Series pole with a two-lap average of 217.137 mph at the high-banked Texas Motor Speedway.
Defending race-winner Scott Dixon qualified second at 216.901 mph. Four-time Texas winner Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehz) will start third on the 1 1/2-mile oval.