AP Sports Wrap from Saturday, May 28 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have forced a Game 7 in the NBA's Western Conference finals with a fourth-quarter comeback at Oklahoma City.
Klay Thompson poured in 19 of his game-high 41 points while the Warriors outscored the Thunder 33-18 in the final period of a 108-101 victory. Thompson drained a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:35 remaining and added a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to ice the win.
Thompson set an NBA playoff record by hitting 11 3-pointers. Golden State shot 21-for-44 from beyond the arc.
The Thunder led 97-93 until Stephen (STEH'-fehn) hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it with under three minutes to play. Curry shot just 8-for-21 but finished one assist shy of a triple double, providing 29 points and 10 rebounds.
Draymond Green had 14 points and 12 boards for the Warriors who lost their previous two playoff games in Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.
The Thunder outscored the Warriors in each of the first three quarters to take an eight-point lead before Golden State won for the second straight game. Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28, but they shot a combined 34 percent from the field and were a miserable 1-for-13 from 3-point range.
Game 7 is Monday in Oakland, where the Warriors will attempt to become the 10th time in league playoff history to win a series after trailing 3-1.
Pelicans player shot dead
DALLAS (AP) — Police say New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has been fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment.
Officers were called early Saturday morning and found the 23-year-old player collapsed in an outdoor passageway. He was taken to a hospital where he died.
A police spokesman says a person living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his door kicked open. The man retrieved a handgun and fired when Dejean-Jones began kicking the bedroom door.
His agent said Dejean-Jones was knocking on the wrong door after being locked out of his girlfriend's apartment. The agent said Dejean-Jones was visiting his girlfriend for his daughter's first birthday and was locked out while the girlfriend was out and he went for a walk.
Utley batters Mets bullpen...Royals explode in the ninth to beat the White Sox
UNDATED (AP) — Chase Utley got the better of the New York Mets again on Saturday.
Utley hit a grand slam and a solo shot as the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the Mets 9-1. The two home runs came after Mets starter Noah Syndergaard (SIHN'-dur-gahrd) was ejected for throwing behind Utley during the third inning, in apparent retaliation for Utley's vicious slide on former Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (the-HAH'-dah) in last year's National League Division Series.
Utley has nine RBIs in the first two games of the series.
Mets relievers followed Syndergaard and proceeded to surrender five home runs, including blasts by Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick and Cory Seager.
Kenta Maeda (mah-AY'-duh) blanked the Mets on two hits in five innings of the Dodgers' fifth victory in six games.
There were a pair of impressive comebacks in the American League.
The Kansas City Royals were two outs away from a 7-1 loss until they recorded the biggest ninth-inning comeback in team history, scoring seven times to stun the Chicago White Sox 8-7. Whit Merrifield hit a two-run single and Lorenzo Cain added an RBI grounder before the Royals added four runs with two out. Eric Hosmer and Drew Butera kept the rally alive with RBI doubles that tied the game, and the Royals re-loaded the bases to set up Brett Eibner's game-winning single. Eibner had two hits in the ninth inning of his second big league game to help Kansas City move into a second-place tie with the White Sox, a half-game behind Cleveland.
The White Sox have dropped five straight and are 4-13 since opening the season an American League-best 23-10.
The Royals have won nine of 12 since falling 6 ½ games off the AL Central lead.
The other late comeback occurred in Toronto as the Blue Jays scored six times over their final two at-bats to beat Boston 10-9. The Jays erased an 8-4 lead in the eighth and rallied again after David Ortiz homered in the ninth. Russell Martin doubled home the tying run in the bottom half, moved to third on Craig Kimbrel's wild pitch and scored the winner on a two-out single by Devon Travis.
Martin had three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored for the Blue Jays, who earned their fourth consecutive win to climb over .500 for the first time since May 13.
Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) went 3-for-5 with a solo homer to run his career-high hitting streak to 21 games, but the Red Sox dropped their third in a row.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Yan Gomes (gohmz) drove in three runs and Danny Salazar limited Baltimore to a pair of runs and six hits in six innings of Cleveland's fourth win in five games, an 11-4 pounding of the Orioles. Mike Napoli's (NAP'-oh-leez) two RBIs helped the Indians take over first place in the AL Central, a half-game ahead of Kansas City and Chicago.
— Khris Davis belted a three-run homer after Billy Butler and Danny Valencia hit solo shots in Oakland's 12-3 trouncing of Detroit. Butler had three RBIs and Valencia scored three times as the Athletics dealt the Tigers just their third loss in 12 games.
— Jason Castro's two-run shot in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie in Houston's 4-2 verdict over the Angels. Dallas Kuechel (KY'-kul) allowed just three hits in seven innings, including back-to-back homers by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz).
— Miguel Sano (sah-NOH') hit a first-inning homer and broke a 5-5 tie with an RBI single in the seventh inning to lift Minnesota past the Mariners 6-5 in Seattle. Eduardo Nunez and Joe Mauer homered in the fifth after the M's took a 4-2 lead.
— Evan Longoria belted a two-run homer and had four RBIs in Tampa Bay's 9-5 rout of the New York Yankees. Hank Conger added a three-run blast to back Matt Moore, who gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
— Adam Wainwright hit a two-run double and gave up four runs over seven innings of the Cardinals' 9-4 rout of the Nationals. Matt Holliday added a solo homer and pinch-hitter Matt Adams added a two-run double as St. Louis beat Washington for the second straight night.
— Yu Darvish was terrific in his first major league appearance since 2014, holding the Pirates to a run and three hits with seven strikeouts over five innings of the Rangers' 5-2 win over Pittsburgh in Texas. Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) slammed a two-run homer and Mitch Moreland added a solo blast as the Rangers ended the Bucs' five-game winning streak.
— Kyle Hendricks tossed a five-hitter and Dexter Fowler hit a solo homer in the Cubs' 4-1 triumph over the Phillies in Chicago. Hendricks lost his shutout when Miguel Montero had to throw to first following Ryan Howard's strikeout in the ninth, allowing Freddy Galvis (GAL'-vees) to score from third with two out.
— San Francisco won for the 14th time in 16 games as Buster Posey ripped a pair of three-run homers, including the go-ahead blast while the Giants scored six times in the eighth to beat the Rockies 10-5 in Colorado. Giants starter Madison Bumgarner had to settle for a no-decision after leaving the game with a 4-1 lead through six innings.
— Jake Lamb, Michael Bourn and Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs apiece while Arizona built an early 8-1 lead in an 8-7 triumph against San Diego. Goldschmidt cracked a two-run homer to cap a five-run second that put the Diamondbacks ahead 7-1 against Cesar Vargas.
— Adam Duvall smacked a game-tying, three-run homer in the seventh and added an RBI grounder that snapped a 6-6 deadlock in the ninth inning of Cincinnati's 7-6 comeback win at Milwaukee. Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy) had three RBIs before the Brewers blew a 6-1 lead in the seventh.
— Gordon Beckham hit a three-run homer and Atlanta rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Miami 7-2. Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) lined a go-ahead, two-run single for the Braves, who have won two straight at home since going 2-20 in Atlanta.
Mets get Loney
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets have found a veteran first baseman after losing Lucas Duda (DOO'-duh) to a back injury acquiring James Loney from San Diego for cash.
Loney had spent the entire season with Triple-A El Paso, batting .342 with two homers and 28 RBIs in 43 games. He hit .280 with 32 RBIs and 16 doubles in 104 games for Tampa Bay last season.
— The Giants have placed right-hander Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Cain felt tightness early in last night's loss to Colorado.
— Toronto has placed Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-IHTS'-kee) on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad injury. He suffered the low grade strain Tuesday against the Yankees and has only played once since then.
Muguruza advances, Raonic doesn't
PARIS (AP) — Garbine Muguruza (GAHR'-been moo-guh-ROO'-zuh) has advanced to the French Open quarterfinals for the third straight year with an intensely fought 6-3, 6-4 victory against 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova (svet-LAH'-nah kooz-NET'-so-vah).
Under storm-laden skies, the fourth-seeded Spanish player started at lightning pace, serving an ace with her first and third balls of the first game. In the last game, she needed five match points to finish off the 13th-seeded Russian.
In the men's draw, eighth-seeded Milos Raonic (ROW'-nich) fell 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 to Albert Ramos-Vinolas, a 55th-ranked player from Spain who had never made it past the second round of 18 previous Grand Slam tournaments.
Spieth grabs lead
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jordan Spieth (speeth) will carry a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial near Dallas.
Spieth fired a 5-under 65 that included three birdies and a huge par save in a four-hole stretch. The former world No. 1 player is seeking his first PGA victory in his home state of Texas.
Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson share second, one stroke better than Harris English, Kyle Riefers and Martin Piller. Palmer fired a 66 and moved to 11 under as he tries to win on his home course.
GOLF-SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Mediate still in front
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt) shot a par 71 to take a two-shot lead after the third round of the Senior PGA Championship. He is 14-under par for the 54 holes as he tries to notch his first major title and third overall win on Champions Tour.
Two-time defending champ Colin Montgomerie is in second place after shooting a 3-under 68.
Club pro John DalCorobbo shot a 69 and is in third place, three shots back.
Jutanugarn looks for three in a row
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn (joo-THAN'-oo-garn) is within 18 holes of her third straight LPGA Tour victory.
The Thai golfer shot a 1-over 73 to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the Volvik Championship.
The 20-year-old is coming off a win at the Kingsmill Championship after becoming the first Thai winner in tour history the previous week in Alabama.
Jessica Korda shot a 70 and Christina Kim a 72 to share second place.
Yanks blank Bolivia
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Christian Pulisic became the youngest American in the modern era to get a goal for the national team.
The 17-year-old scored in his third national team appearance as the United States whipped Bolivia 4-0 to sweep their three exhibition games leading into next month's Copa America.
Gyasi Zardes had his first two-goal international game scoring in the 26th and 52nd minutes around defender John Brooks' goal in the 37th.
Red Bull's Ricciardo takes pole position for Monaco GP
MONACO (AP) — Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will start from the pole position for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix after finishing ahead of Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in Saturday's qualifying. The Australian will seek his fourth career victory and his first since winning three in 2014.
Rosberg will bid for his fifth win in six races this season and is well placed to extend his 43-point lead over Hamilton.