AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Thunder nose out win over Spurs...Cavs rally late to beat Hawks
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have grabbed home-court advantage from San Antonio by bouncing back from Saturday's 32-point loss to the Spurs.
Russell Westbrook delivered 29 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as the Thunder held off the Spurs 98-97 to even the series at a game apiece. Westbrook hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to give Oklahoma City a 98-94 lead.
Kevin Durant scored 10 of his 28 points in the final period, including a jumper that gave the Thunder a five-point cushion in the final minute. The Thunder also received 12 points and a game-high 17 boards from Steven Adams, who helped Oklahoma City hold Tim Duncan to two points on 1 of 8 shooting.
San Antonio lost despite an outstanding game by LaMarcus Aldridge, who poured in 41 points on 15 of 21 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds. Aldridge hit three free throws with 13 ½ seconds left to get the Spurs within a point before the Thunder turned the ball over.
Oklahoma City never secured the victory until Patty Mills missed a 3-point heave and San Antonio fumbled away the rebound at the buzzer.
Game 3 isn't until Friday at Oklahoma City.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series as they seek their second straight trip to the NBA Finals.
Kyrie Irving provided 10 of his 21 points while the Cavs were outscoring the Hawks 30-19 in the first quarter of a 104-93 triumph against Atlanta. Irving shot 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and had eight assists for the Cavaliers, who blew an 18-point lead but held the Hawks under 38 percent from the field.
Atlanta led by one with 4 ½ minutes left before the Cavaliers closed on a 17-5 run. J.R. Smith ignited the rally with a 3-pointer, part of his 12-point night.
LeBron James had 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers, while Tristan Thompson contributed 14 boards. James converted a key 3-point play that put the Cavaliers ahead 95-88 with 2:09 remaining.
Kevin Love shot just 4-for-17 and still delivered 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Dennis Schroeder had a game-high 27 points for the Hawks, who stay in Cleveland for Game 2 on Wednesday.
Warriors hopeful of Curry's return
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The NBA's reigning MVP could be returning to the court this weekend.
The Warriors are hopeful of having star guard Stephen Curry back for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday at Portland.
Coach Steve Kerr said Monday that Curry wouldn't be available for Tuesday night's Game 2 with the Warriors up 1-0 in the best-of-seven series after a 118-106 win Sunday in the opener.
Curry has been sidelined since spraining a knee ligament during Game 4 of Golden State's opening round series against Houston.
Rivers wants to keep core players
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clippers coach Doc Rivers says he would not break up the Los Angeles Clippers' big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan during the offseason, regardless of any trade offers.
Rivers says he likes the core and bench of the team, three days after the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers in six games.
The Clippers are coming off their fourth consecutive season of 50 or more victories but finished a distant second to Golden State in the Pacific Division.
Pens keep home-ice advantage
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A pair of early goals and a great performance by Matt Murray have the Pittsburgh Penguins up two games to one in their Stanley Cup second-round series against Washington.
Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart to give the Pens a 2-0 lead about 7 1/2 minutes into a 3-2 triumph against the Capitals. Carl Hagelin added a second-period goal that put the Penguins ahead 3-0 before they put the game in the hands of their goaltender.
Murray made 19 of his 47 saves in the third period to help Pittsburgh stay ahead. Alex Ovechkin ended Murray's shutout bid 8:02 into the final period, and Justin Williams made it a one-goal game with 56 seconds before Murray preserved the victory.
Game 4 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh, but the Pens could be without their top defenseman. Kris Letang leveled Marcus Johansson with a hit that likely will be reviewed by the NHL.
Calder finalists announced
NEW YORK (AP) — Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Chicago forward Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL's top rookie.
The 19-year-old McDavid had 16 goals and 32 assists despite missing much of the season due to a broken collarbone. Gostisbehere led rookie defensemen with 17 goals and 29 assists, and Panarin led all rookies with 30 goals and 47 assists.
Rangers bring back backup goalie
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have come to terms on a deal with backup goalie Antti Raanta. The 26-year-old appeared in 25 games with the Rangers this season after being acquired from the Blackhawks in June. He had an 11-6-2 record, with a 2.24 goals-against average and a shutout playing behind Henrik Lundqvist. He allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his 18 starts during the season.
Mets handle Braves
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets homered three times during a 16-pitch span against Atlanta. The Braves have hit just five home runs all season. Both stats are reasons why New York is 16-8 and the Braves are behind the horrendous pace of the 1962 Mets.
David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda all went deep in the first inning to back Bartolo Colon and send the Mets to a 4-1 triumph against Atlanta. The three home runs came off Mike Foltynewicz, who was summoned from Triple-A to make his season debut.
Colon gave up seven hits and no walks while fanning seven over eight shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 2.56. The soon-to-be, 43-year-old Colon coasted to his 220th career victory, breaking a tie with Pedro Martinez for the second-most among Dominican-born pitchers.
The Mets have won nine of their last 10 and are 4-0 against the Braves this season.
Atlanta dropped to a major league-worst 6-19.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Cubs are a major league-best 18-6 after Ben Zobrist and David Ross drove in two runs apiece to help Chicago whip the Pirates 7-2 in Pittsburgh. Jason Hammel improved to 4-0 despite allowing two runs in five innings, including Andrew McCutchen's solo blast and two RBIs.
— Gio Gonzalez was sharp in Washington's 2-0 shutout of Kansas City, limiting the defending champs to four hits in six innings. All the scoring came in the first inning on Ryan Zimmerman's RBI single and Daniel Murphy's grounder.
— Adam Wainwright highlighted the Cardinals' 10-3 pounding of Philadelphia by launching a three-run homer and allowing three runs in six innings. Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Randal Grichuk and Aledmyz Diaz also smacked round-trippers as the Cardinals ended the Phillies' six-game winning streak.
— Scott Shields worked six innings and Matt Kemp doubled home San Diego's only runs in the first inning of a 2-1 triumph against Colorado. Shields kept the Rockies in check despite allowing nine hits.
— Jonathan Lucroy laced a two-run double and Yadiel Rivera added a pair of RBI singles as Milwaukee outscored the Angels 8-5. Jimmy Nelson scattered four hits in seven innings and left with an 8-2 lead before improving to 4-2.
— Brandon Crawford belted a three-run homer while San Francisco put together a five-run seventh to turn a 6-3 deficit into an eventual 9-6 win at Cincinnati. Crawford had two hits and four RBIs, while Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with a ribbie in the Giants' second straight win.
— Dallas Kuechel's 17-game home winning streak is over after Eduardo Nunez hit a solo homer and drove in two runs as Minnesota beat Houston 6-2. Byung Ho Park laced a two-run triple to support Jose Berrios, who gave up two runs while striking out eight over 5 1/3 innings of the Twins' first win in five games.
— Nomar Mazara's solo homer in the eighth snapped a 1-1 deadlock and lifted Texas past Toronto 2-1. Brett Nicholas also homered and Rangers starter A.J. Griffin had to settle for a no-decision after yielding just a run and three hits with nine strikeouts in six innings.
— Seattle and Oakland were deadlocked at 1-1 until Kyle Seager doubled home the tiebreaking run and scored on Chris Iannetta's later in the sixth inning to help the Mariners beat the Athletics 4-3. The A's lost despite a pair of solo homers by Khris Davis.
Hardy shelved...Mesoraco sits again
UNDATED (AP) — Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will be sidelined for at least a month after fracturing his left foot during yesterday's loss to the White Sox. The three-time Gold Glove winner has played errorless ball over 22 games this season while batting .244 with two home runs and eight RBIs. Manny Machado will likely move from third base to shortstop during Hardy's absence.
In other major league news:
— Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval will have surgery on his left shoulder in the next few days. No timetable was provided for how long Sandoval is expected to be sidelined, and the Red Sox say they will comment after the operation. Sandoval is in the second season of a $95 million, five-year contract.
— The struggling Cincinnati Reds have put catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI detected a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Mesoraco missed most of last season with a hip injury that required surgery.
— Atlanta recalled right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who took the loss in Monday's game against the Mets. Infielder Reid Brignac, utilityman Chase d'Arnaud and outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo also were called up from Triple-A by the Braves. Utilityman Jace Peterson and righty John Gant were optioned to Triple-A, while outfielder Drew Stubbs was designated for assignment.
— Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test under Major League Baseball's drug program. The 28-year-old right-hander was 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA last year in nine relief appearances with the Dodgers as a rookie last year.
UNDATED (AP) — Now that the draft is over, NFL teams are getting their rosters ready for 2016.
The Steelers have announced the signing of backup quarterback Brad Gradkowski to a one-year deal. He will compete for the backup spot behind Ben Roethlisberger after missing all of 2015 after injuring his right hand during training camp.
Pittsburgh veteran linebacker James Harrison has announced on his Instagram page that he plans on playing this fall for the Steel City. Harrison turns 38 on Wednesday and said after the Steelers' playoff loss to Denver that he needed time to figure out if he wanted to come back for a 14th year.
The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on left tackle Eric Fisher after he appeared to break through last season.
The Lions are picking up the fifth-year option for 2017 on defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who had 14½ sacks last season and earned second-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press.
Tennessee has declined to pick up the fifth-year option for guard Chance Warmack, the 10th overall draft pick in 2013 out of Alabama.
The Jets have exercised their fifth-year option on defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and declined that option on oft-injured cornerback Dee Milliner. Richardson has 16 1/2 career sacks and was the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year after being selected 13th overall, four spots after the Jets took Milliner.
Minnesota has declined the fifth-year option on receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson and announced that defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and cornerback Xavier Rhodes both had their options picked up.
The Redskins have released injured cornerback Chris Culliver after signing Josh Norman as a free agent and taking Kendall Fuller in the third round of the NFL draft.
Ex-Niner charged with raping developmentally-delayed woman
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say they have charged former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield with the rape of a "developmentally delayed" woman.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office says the 45-year-old Stubblefield has been charged with sexually assaulting the woman last year at his home. Prosecutors say Stubblefield contacted the then 31-year-old woman on a baby sitting website and arranged an interview 13 months ago, when he assaulted her.
First Tour win for Stuard
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Brian Stuard earned the first PGA Tour win when he birdied the second playoff hole at the Zurich Classic.
Stuard finished regulation tied with Jamie Lovemark and Byeoung-Hun An at 15-under in the rain-delayed tournament.
Because of rain all weekend in Avondale, Louisiana, the tournament was reduced to 54 holes.
Leicester clinches first Premier League championship.
LONDON (AP) — For the first time in its 132-year history, Leicester (LEHS'-tur) is celebrating a Premier League title. The underdog Foxes clinched the championship when second-place Tottenham tied 2-2 at Chelsea.
Leicester started the season as a 5,000-1 longshot. It was playing in the second tier just two years ago and came close to being relegated again last year.
Four Tigers arrested for marijuana possession
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis was among four Tigers football players arrested on misdemeanor drug charges on Saturday. Davis, defensive end Byron Cowart, wide receiver Ryan Davis and cornerback Jeremiah Dinson were arrested on charges of second-degree possession of marijuana. Carlton Davis started nine games as a freshman last season, making 56 tackles and a team-high three interceptions.