Sat, May 14, 2022 5:15 AM
Warriors advance, Celtics stay alive behind’s Tatum’s 46
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have played themselves into the NBA’s Western Conference finals.
Klay Thompson knocked down eight 3-pointers on the way to 30 points in the Warriors’ 110-96 victory over Memphis. Stephen Curry scored 29 with six 3s, making two baskets late in the third quarter to put the Warriors ahead.
Draymond Green contributed 14 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Andrew Wiggins scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth, including a pair of timely 3s.
Dillon Brooks hit a big baseline 3 with 8:02 left and scored 30 points with a career-best seven 3-pointers for the Grizzlies.
The Celtics are heading back to Boston, and they are bringing the Milwaukee Bucks with them.
The Celts have forced a seventh game in the Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 108-95 win at Milwaukee. Jayson Tatum furnished 46 points for the Celtics in a scoring duel with Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh), who finished with 44 points, 20 rebounds and six assists.
Jaylen Brown scored 22 and Marcus Smart had 21 for Boston, which was 17 of 43 from 3-point range.
Milwaukee went on an 11-1 run to get within 85-81 with 8:42 left before Boston became the third straight road team to win in the series.
Celtics forward-center Robert Williams missed his third straight game with an injured left knee.
Game 7 is Sunday afternoon.
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Panthers advance, Rangers stay alive
UNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers were able to advance in the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames weren’t as fortunate.
The Panthers have reached the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 6.
Series star Carter Verhaeghe (vur-HAY’-gee) followed his five-point performance in Game 5 by scoring 2:46 into the extra session. The goal came after TJ Oshie (OH’-shee) tied it on a power play with 63 seconds left in regulation.
Verhaeghe had six goals and six assists in the series for the Panthers, who hadn’t won a playoff round since reaching the 1996 Stanley Cup final. Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists for Florida.
The Caps haven’t won a series since winning the 2018 Stanley Cup.
The Rangers will host a Game 7 after a fluke goal put them ahead in a 5-3 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Chris Kreider took a shot that glanced off the glove of Louis Domingue (doh-MIHNG’), popped over the netminder’s head and across the goal line with 1:20 remaining.
Kreider and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jad) each scored twice for the Blueshirts, who stormed back from a two-goal deficit to win for the second straight game. Zibanejad also had two assists, Adam Fox set up four goals and Andrew Kopp scored into an empty net.
Jeff Carter, Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin scored for the Penguins, who played without Sidney Crosby because of an upper-body injury suffered in Game 5.
Igor Shesterkin (shehs-TUR’-kin) stopped 31 shots for the Rangers, who host Game 7 on Sunday.
The Stars wasted a 2-0 lead before forcing a Game 7 with a 4-2 downing of the Flames. Miro Heiskanen (MEE’-roh HAY’-skih-nehn) scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period.
Roope (ROO’-peh) Hintz and Michael Raffl (RAH’-ful) also scored for the wild-card Stars, and Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) added an empty-netter. Jake Oettinger turned back 36 shots for the Stars, who take on the Flames in Calgary on Sunday.
Calgary had tied the game at 2 with 8:01 left in the second period on a goal by Mikael Backlund
Astros make it 11 straight wins
UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros must feel like their 6-8 start this season is a distant memory.
The Astros earned their 11th straight win as Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vah) homered on the opening pitch of their 6-1 win at Washington. Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel also went deep to support Framber Valdez, who allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings for his first victory since April 7.
Houston has allowed just 12 runs while compiling a 0.91 ERA during its winning streak.
Also on major league diamonds:
— Chase Silseth allowed one hit in six strong innings while becoming the first player from last year’s draft to make his major league debut, leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory against the Athletics. The right-hander finished with four strikeouts and two walks during his 81-pitch outing, and allowed only one runner to reach second base. Elvis Andrus (AN’-droos) had the A’s only hit off Silseth with a leadoff single in the third.
— Giancarlo Stanton homered in his third consecutive game and Aaron Judge belted his major league-leading 12th home run of the season in the Yankees’ 10-4 assault on the White Sox. After connecting twice and driving in a career-high six runs in Thursday’s 15-7 win, Stanton smacked a two-run drive Friday in the first inning to spark the Yanks to their 19th win in 22 games. Josh Donaldson also homered in his second straight game and drove in three runs,
— The Red Sox earned a 7-1 thumping of the Rangers as Nick Pivetta allowed a run and three hits in a season-long seven innings to win for the first time since August. J.D. Martinez began Boston’s four-run sixth by lining a single that extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) went 2-for-5 with two RBI to raise his league-leading average to .347.
— Brandon Lowe (low) tripled twice and Manuel Margot (mahn-WEHL’ mahr-GOH’) had a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning of the Rays’ 5-2 downing of the Blue Jays. Lowe’s RBI triple capped a three-run eighth as the Rays sent Toronto to its fifth straight loss. Tampa Bay broke a 2-2 tie with three straight hits off starter Kevin Gausman.
— Royce Lewis hit a grand slam for his first big league homer, capping a nine-run fifth inning that pushed the Twins to a 12-8 decision over the Guardians. Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco and Gary Sánchez also homered for Minnesota, which was shut out twice by the Astros in the Twins’ previous series. Minnesota had gone four games without a home run before Buxton went deep leading off the bottom of the first.
— Miguel Cabrera doubled and homered to help the slumping Tigers beat the Orioles, 4-2. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and walking four as Detroit won for just the second time in 11 games. The Orioles left the bases loaded in each of the last three innings.
— The Mariners pulled out a 2-1 win over the Mets on an RBI single by Ty France in the eighth inning. France is 15 for 30 with runners in scoring position this season, the best among qualified batters and far above his .326 average overall. Seattle rallied after Max Scherzer held them to one run and three hits with six strikeouts over seven innings.
— Ha-Seong Kim hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off reliever Will Smith to give the Padres a 7-6 lead in an 11-6 victory over the Braves. Wil Myers went deep in the sixth and Trent Grisham’s three-run, pinch-hit double in the ninth capped the scoring. Eric Hosmer poked a two-run single for San Diego.
— The Phillies battered Dodger pitching for the second straight game in a 12-10 victory. Nick Castellanos had a two-run double during the Phillies’ three-run 10th inning. Justin Turner hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth and drove in four runs for the Dodgers.
— Logan Webb scattered three hits over six innings of the Giants’ sixth consecutive win, 8-2 at St. Louis. Webb gave up just one run and improved to 5-1 despite allowing the leadoff batter to reach in five innings. Curt Casali hit his first homer of the season during a five-run burst in the eighth inning.
— The Diamondbacks were 4-3 winners over the Cubs behind Ketel (keh-TEHL’) Marte’s three hits and one RBI. Marte had a pair of doubles off Drew Smyly and finished 3 for 4, raising his average to .222. Winning pitcher Zach Davies allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
— Jace (jays) Peterson walked against Anthony Bender with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to send the Brewers to a 2-1 win at Miami. Milwaukee starter and NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes allowed one run, five hits while fanning seven in seven innings of a no-decision. Marlins hurler Pablo López struck out a career-high 11 and limited Milwaukee to one run and three hits in his seven-inning outing.
— Hunter Dozier had his first career five-hit game and the Royals broke out of their offensive funk in a 14-10 victory at Colorado. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run homer and RBI triple hours after winning his salary arbitration case. Ryan O’Hearn also homered, Michael A. Taylor had two RBIs and Bobby Witt Jr. delivered a two-run triple for the Royals
— Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) homered twice and Brandon Drury drove in four runs to lead the resurgent Reds to an 8-2 romp over the Pirates. Moustakas hit a solo shot into the right field stands in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie and allow Tyler Mahle (MA’-lee) to win for the first time since Opening Day. Drury hit a two-run shot for Cincinnati, which has won six of eight since a 3-22 start.
Dodgers put Kershaw on IL
UNDATED (AP) — The Dodgers have placed Clayton Kershaw on the injured list with inflammation in a pelvic joint.
The 34-year-old Kershaw is off to an outstanding start to his 15th season with the Dodgers. The three-time NL Cy Young winner has 32 strikeouts and just three walks in his five starts, going 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
Los Angeles recalled left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to take Kershaw’s roster spot.
In other MLB news:
— Trevor Bauer’s arbitration appeal of his unprecedented two-year suspension has been scheduled to start May 23, according to a person familiar with the hearing. A San Diego woman has alleged Bauer beat and sexually abused her last year, prompting the punishment under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Bauer was suspended by Commissioner Rob Manfred on April 29, a penalty that if unchanged will cost the Dodgers pitcher just over $60 million of his $102 million, three-year contract.
— The Padres have signed veteran second baseman Robinson Canó (kah-NOH’) to a major league contract and plan to use him as a left-handed bat off the bench. The 39-year-old Canó, was designated for assignment last week after hitting .195 with one home run and three RBIs in 43 plate appearances for the Mets.
— The Padres say no cancer was found when manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery this week. The team says Melvin is recovering at home after being released from the hospital.
— Mets catcher James McCann will be sidelined for approximately six weeks with a broken bone in his left wrist. The Mets say McCann needs surgery to repair his broken left hamate bone. Catcher Patrick Mazeika (mah-ZEE’-kah) has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to back up Tomas Nido (NEE’-doh).
— Seattle rookie Jarred Kelenic (KEHL’-nihk) has been demoted to Triple-A Tacoma after hitting .140 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 30 games this season. The M’s also activated reliever Sergio Romo off the injured list, brought up Steven Souza Jr. and welcomed Mike Ford after he was reacquired from the Giants.
— The White Sox have placed ace Lucas Giolito on the COVID-19 injured list and activated outfielder Andrew Vaughn following a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. Giolito began experiencing mild symptoms Wednesday, a day after he pitched seven innings in a win over Cleveland.
— Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor has been added to the team’s COVID-19 injured list, marking the first player to be sidelined by the team’s recent outbreak. Pitching coach Carl Willis ran the team Friday night at Minnesota after manager Terry Francona was among several coaches placed in health and safety protocols.
— Mariners second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier and Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi have won their salary arbitration cases. Frazier was awarded $8 million million by the panel of that heard the case on May 2. Benintendi will received $8.5 million.
Landry says he’s a Saint
UNDATED (AP) — Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry has announced on Twitter that he’s joining the New Orleans Saints.
The second-round pick in the 2014 draft has 688 receptions for 7,598 yards and 37 touchdowns, but he’s coming off his worst NFL season. A knee injury limited Landry to 52 catches for 570 yards and two TDs in 2021.
In other NFL news:
— The Lions have signed defensive end Aidan Hutchinson to a four-year, $35.7 million, contract with a team option for a fifth season. The agent for the second overall pick out of Michigan says the package includes a signing bonus of more than $23.1 million. The Lions also announced they signed 12th overall selection Jameson Williams, the standout wide receiver from Alabama who injured his knee late in the season.
— The Bills have signed their entire eight-player draft class, including first-round pick cornerback Kaiir Elam. The deals come in time for the start of the Bills’ two-day minicamp.
— The Texans have signed six draft choices, including No. 3 overall pick defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. Houston also inked defensive back Jalen Pitre, a second-round selection.
— The girlfriend of Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (JOO’-dee) says she wants a misdemeanor case against him stemming from a domestic dispute dismissed. Jeudy was arrested for allegedly locking some of her and their baby’s belongings in his car. She said she didn’t feel threatened and made contact with authorities to “monitor the situation.”
Three-way tie at Byron Nelson
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Three players share the leader through two rounds of the Byron Nelson.
Ryan Palmer grabbed a share of the lead with a 10-under 62, leaving him 15 under for the tournament. Sebastian Munoz followed Thursday’s course-record 60 with a 69 that puts him in a tie with Palmer and David Skinns, who fired a 63.
Justin Lower is one shot back and one ahead of Charl Schwartzel.
Mickelson pulls out of PGA Championship
UNDATED (AP) — Defending champion Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship, less than a week before the start of the Major.
Mickelson has not played since Feb. 6 at the Saudi International, where he accused the PGA Tour of “obnoxious greed” in an interview with Golf Digest. Two weeks later, in an excerpt from Alan Shipnuck’s unauthorized biography to be released next week, Mickelson revealed how he had been working behind the scenes to promote the rival league funded by the Public Investment Fund and run by Greg Norman.
Mickelson authored one of the most stunning victories last year when he won the PGA at Kiawah Island at age 50, becoming the oldest champion in 161 years of the majors.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-TRADITION
Stricker retains lead
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Steve Stricker shot a 4-under 68 to maintain a two-stroke lead in the second round of the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors.
Stricker has won and finished second the last two trips to Greystone Golf & Country Club. He carded his first bogey of the tournament on the par 5 fifth hole but never lost his lead. He was at 11-under 133.
Scott McCarron shot a 65, and Padraig Harrington had a 66 for a share of second. World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els was three shots back after his second straight 68.
Detention of WNBA’s Griner in Moscow extended for 1 month
MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner says her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he thinks the relatively short extension indicated that Griner’s case would go to trial soon.
The 31-year-old American has been in custody for nearly three months. Griner was detained at a Moscow airport in February after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage.