Sat, May 21, 2022 7:47 AM
NBA-WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Warriors go up 2-0 with 2nd-half comeback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have control of the NBA’s Western Conference finals.
The Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the series by flipping the script in the second half of their 126-117 win over the Mavericks. Trailing by 14 at halftime, the Warriors outscored the Mavs 25-13 in the third quarter before lighting up Dallas for 43 points in the final period.
Stephen Curry scored 32 points with six 3-pointers and eight rebounds. Kevon (keh-VAHN’) Looney had a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State.
Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) scored 18 of his 42 points in the first period and shot 12 of 23 for the game. But the Warriors were 56% from the field and 14 of 28 from beyond the arc.
Game 3 is Sunday in Dallas.
Smart, Bridges lead NBA’s top defenders
UNDATED (AP) — Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive first team, with Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns joining him as the other guard.
Smart received 99 first-place votes and 198 points from the panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.
Former Defensive Players of the Year Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) of Utah and Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) of Milwaukee were also voted to the first team along with Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr.
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Raanta blanks Rangers, puts Canes up 2-0
UNDATED (AP) — Antti Raanta (an-TEE’ RAHN’-tah) is making things difficult for his former team these days.
Raanta stopped 21 shots and the Hurricanes took a two-games-to-none lead in their second-round series by blanking the Rangers, 2-0. It was the first career playoff shutout for Raanta, who has allowed just one goal in the series.
Igor Shesterkin (shehs-TUR’-kihn) was perfect until Brendan Smith scored a short-handed goal 15:54 into the second period. It was Smith’s first postseason goal in nine years.
Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) provided the primary assist on the game-winning goal before sending a shot into an empty net.
Shesterkin made 20 saves for the Rangers, who host Game 3 on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Oilers knotted their second-round series at a game apiece with a 5-3 comeback win over the Flames.
Zach Hyman snapped a 3-3 tie with a short-handed goal at 10:14 of the third period. Leon Draisaitl (DRY'-sy-tul) and defenseman Duncan Keith each had a goal and two assists to support Mike Smith, who was sharp in stopping 37 shots after getting pulled early in the opener.
Edmonton captain Connor McDavid’s goal and assist Friday made him the fastest player to reach 20 points in a single postseason since Mario Lemieux in 1992.
Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH'-leez) power-play goal early in the second period gave Calgary a 3-1 lead.
The Oilers will host Game 3 on Sunday.
Bowness won’t be back as Stars coach
UNDATED (AP) — Rick Bowness won’t return as the coach of the Dallas Stars.
The 67-year-old Bowness says he is stepping away to allow the organization the opportunity to go in a different direction. The decision comes less than two years after he led the Stars to a surprising run to the Stanley Cup finals.
Dallas just lost a competitive seven-game series to Calgary in the first round.
Bowness was not under contract past this season. He has been on an NHL bench for a record 2,562 regular-season games as a head coach or an assistant over nearly four decades.
Zalatoris leads after bogey-free 65
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Will Zalatoris (zal-ah-TOHR’-ihs) is the leader through two rounds of the PGA Championship Southern Hills in Tulsa. Zalatoris took the outright lead with a birdie on 17 and is 9 under following Friday’s bogey-free, 5-under 65. That puts him one stroke ahead of Mito Pereira and three in front of Justin Thomas.
In the seven previous majors at Southern Hills, the leader after the second round went on to win.
Another good omen for Zalatoris is that he’s won at the venerable Perry Maxwell layout before, doing so as a 17-year-old amateur in 2014.
Pereira surged up the leaderboard with a 6-under 64, one off the tournament record for lowest score. Thomas fired his second consecutive 67.
Bubba Watson matched the tournament scoring record with a 63 that leaves him four shots back.
First-round leader Rory McIlroy had his struggles on Friday, shooting a 71 that leaves him at minus-4. He’s tied with Abraham Ancer (AN’-sur)
Tiger Woods made the cut with a 69 that included a pair of late birdies, putting him at plus-3.
Notables missing the cut are world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington.
Six straight wins for Dodgers
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers still haven’t lost since ending a four-game skid last Sunday.
Freddie Freeman singled three times and had two RBIs in the Dodgers’ sixth consecutive win, 4-1 versus the Phillies. Julio Urías (oo-REE’-uhs) pitched five shutout innings and the Dodgers blanked Philadelphia until J.T. Realmuto’s (ree-al-MOO’-tohz) RBI double with two out in the ninth. The late hit ended the Phils’ 21-inning scoreless drought.
Ranger Suarez lasted just three innings, allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts.
Elsewhere around the majors:
— Manny Machado hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and the Padres won in manager Bob Melvin’s return, holding off the Giants, 8-7. Jake Cronenworth homered, Wil Myers doubled in two late runs and the Padres recovered after blowing leads of 4-1 and 6-4. Darin Ruf homered twice for San Francisco, which has dropped four of six.
— Eric Lauer worked seven innings and the Brewers overcame a triple play to whip the Nationals, 7-0. Rowdy Tellez (TEH’-lehz) broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Michael Taylor had a three-run homer and Hunter Renfroe delivered a two-run single as the Brewers broke the game open in the eighth.
— Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings of one-run ball to extend his domination of Pittsburgh and lead the Cardinals past the Pirates, 5-3. Wainwright has won 10 straight decisions against the Pirates and gone 19 starts since last losing to Pittsburgh in the 2016 season opener. Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina singled home a pair during the Redbirds’ four-run sixth.
— Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nah) homered for the third consecutive game, while Dansby Swanson and Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) also went deep for the Braves in their 5-3 decision over the Marlins. Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. had two hits and stole a base in his first game in Atlanta since suffering a season-ending knee injury there last July 10. Braves starter and winner Charlie Morton pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball.
— Arizona and Chicago combined for 11 home runs before the Diamondbacks completed a 10-6 win over the Cubs. Josh Rojas launched his first three longballs of the season and David Peralta furnished two of the Diamondbacks’ seven homers. Arizona also received round-trippers from Alek Thomas and Christian Walker in winning its second straight since a six-game losing streak.
— Houston’s nine-game home winning streak is over after Martín (mahr-TEEN’) Pérez tossed a seven-hitter in the Rangers’ 3-0 shutout of the Astros. Pérez has won his third straight start and has allowed one run or fewer in five of his last six starts. Kole Calhoun gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the fourth with a solo home run to left.
— Seth Brown hit a go-ahead home run in the fifth inning as the Athletics handed the Angels their fourth straight loss, 4-2. Jed Lowrie also went deep and scored two runs for Oakland, which had dropped four of five. Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') had two hits and drove in a run for the Angels.
— Trevor Story belted a grand slam and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run shot as the Red Sox topped the Mariners, 7-3. Story’s fourth home run in two games landed above the Green Monster and into the hands of former Boston player Jonny Gomes (gohmz). Boston has won seven of 10 since a season-high, five-game skid.
— The Orioles got a walk-off homer for the second straight game as Rougned Odor (ROOG’-nehd oh-DOHR’) belted a two-run shot that completed an 8-6 win over the Rays. The Rays led 5-3 in the 10th before Anthony Santander (sahn-tahn-DEHR’) laced a two-run double, one day after slamming a game-ending, three-run homer versus the Yankees. Tampa Bay also led in the 11th and still lost to Birds for the first time in their last 14 meetings.
— The Blue Jays earned a 2-1 win over the Reds as Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six shutout innings to earn his first victory of the season. Ryu surrendered five doubles and one single, lowering his ERA from 9.00 to 6.00. Toronto broke a scoreless tie in the fifth when George Springer hit an RBI single and scored on Bo Bichette’s double.
— Kyle Garlick and Jose Miranda each drove in two runs, leading Devin Smeltzer and the Twins past the Royals, 6-4. Garlick put Minnesota on the scoreboard with an RBI single in a three-run first and Miranda had two hits, including a two-run double in the eighth. Smeltzer allowed one run and five hits over 5 1/3 innings, throwing 74 pitches in his second major league start this season.
— José Ramírez hit a three-run homer and a triple in the Guardians’ 6-1 downing of the Tigers. Ramirez was playing a day after taking a foul ball off his right shin, forcing him from the game. Detroit starter Tarik Skubal (TAR’-ehk SKOO’-bul) extended his scoreless innings streak to 19 but left the game after being struck on the leg by a line drive after pitching five frames.
— A winter storm warning caused the postponement of the Mets-Rockies game in Colorado. A split doubleheader is now scheduled for Saturday, but snow is in the morning forecast and gametime temperatures for Game 2 are expected to be in the low 30s.
— The Yankees and White Sox will try to play two on Sunday in New York after Friday’s game was rained out.
Harper still out
UNDATED — Phillies slugger Bryce Harper missed his fifth straight game on Friday versus the Dodgers, five days after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow.
The reigning NL MVP has been playing exclusively at designated hitter since injuring his arm on a throw from right field last month.
The Phillies originally hoped Harper could return on Tuesday.
Also around the majors:
— The Reds activated Canadian slugger Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) off the injured list before Friday’s game in Toronto against the Blue Jays. The Reds also placed infielder Brandon Drury, outfielder Albert Almora, right-hander Joel Kuhnel and right-hander Tyler Mahle (MA’-lee) on the restricted list. To enter the country, the Canadian government requires a person to have received a second COVID-19 vaccine dose or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days before entry.
— The Tigers and Guardians were without their managers for Friday’s game in Cleveland. Bench coach George Lombard is running the Tigers while A.J. Hinch deals with a non-COVID illness. Terry Francona is recovering from minor surgery and has been replaced by DeMarlo Hale, although the Guardians skipper is expected back on Saturday.
Mountain West to eliminate 2-division format in football
UNDATED (AP) — The Mountain West Conference is the latest league to say it will eliminate its two-division format in football for the 2023 season.
The conference has announced that the two teams with the highest winning percentage will compete in the league championship game. The decision came two days after the NCAA threw out requirements dictating how conferences can determine their champions and the Pac-12 scrapped its two-division format.
Wimbledon’s Russia ban prompts tours to cut ranking points
PARIS (AP) — The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours say they will not award ranking points for Wimbledon this year because of the All England Club’s ban on players from Russia and Belarus over the invasion of Ukraine.
The WTA and ATP announced their decisions two days before the start of the French Open and a little more than a month before play begins at Wimbledon on June 27.
The All England Club said in April it would not allow Russians or Belarusians to compete at the Grand Slam grass-court tournament. Russian athletes have been prevented from competing in many sports since the country began attacking Ukraine in February. Belarus has aided Russia in the invasion.