Knicks stifle Boston again
BOSTON (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks had little trouble taking three-games-to-none leads in their respective NBA first-round series last night.
The Spurs handed the Lakers their worst home playoff loss in team history as Tim Duncan dropped in 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 120-89 laugher in Los Angeles. Tony Parker had 20 points and seven assists while taking advantage of the short-handed Lakers, who are without their top four guards due to injury.
Dwight Howard had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, while Pau Gasol added his first career playoff triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Spurs can close out the series Sunday in L.A.
The Knicks allowed just 31 points in the first half and carried a 16-point lead into the break before completing a 90-76 win over the Celtics in Boston. Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 26 points and J.R. Smith added 15 before he was ejected for a flagrant foul early in the fourth quarter. Raymond Felton also had 15 points and a team-high 10 assists for the Knicks, who haven't allowed more than 78 points in any of the first three games of the series.
Jeff Green had a team-high 21 points for the Celtics, while Kevin Garnett added 12 and 17 rebounds.
New York can complete a four-game sweep and their first playoff series win in 13 years by winning Sunday in Boston.
Golden State has grabbed a 2-1 series lead by defeating Denver for the second straight game, this time 110-108 in Oakland. Stephen Curry played through a sprained ankle to score 29 points and collect 11 assists. Jarrett Jack added 23 points and seven assists for the Warriors, who trailed by 13 in the third quarter.
Ty Lawson had a career playoff-high 35 points and 10 assists for the Nuggets.
Game 3 is Sunday at Golden State.
Surgery for Westbrook
UNDATED (AP) — All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee and be out indefinitely. The team says it won't have an accurate timeline for his return until after the procedure is done. The Thunder have not ruled out the possibility that Westbrook could return if the team keeps advancing in the playoffs.
The three-time All-Star was hurt in Game 2 of the Thunder's playoff series against Houston on Wednesday night.
Also in the NBA, Miami's Dwyane (dwayn) Wade has received more treatment for his injured right knee. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (SPOHL'-struh) hasn't made a decision about Wade's playing status, preferring to wait and see how his guard feels. Miami leads Milwaukee 3-0 in their best of seven NBA playoff series.
Billy King has a new contract to serve as general manager of the Brooklyn Nets. King, hired by the Nets in 2010, put together a team that went 49-33 in its first season after moving from New Jersey, matching the second-best record in franchise history.
Braves become Sanchez's fan club
UNDATED (AP) — Anibal Sanchez had broken the Detroit Tigers' 44-year-old record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game.
Sanchez fanned 17 and allowed just five hits over eight innings of the Tigers' 10-0 pounding of Atlanta. He struck out the side in the eighth inning to break Mickey Lolich's record of 16, accomplished twice during a three-week span in 1969.
Matt Tuiasosopo (too-ee-ah-sah-SOH'-poh) homered and drove in five runs for the Tigers.
Adrian Beltre homered and Texas won for the seventh time in eight games by nipping Minnesota 4-3. Lance Berkman, Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler each had RBI doubles to support rookie Justin Grimm, who's 2-0 after scattering five hits in seven shutout innings.
David Ross homered twice over the Green Monster and David Ortiz went deep for the second straight night as Boston handled Houston 7-3. Ryan Dempster struck out a career-high 10 over six innings to help the Red Sox improve to 16-7.
Homers by Hector Gimenez, Tyler Greene and Conor Gillaspie powered the Chicago White Sox past Tampa Bay 5-4. The White Sox trailed 3-1 in the fifth before Gimenez hit a solo shot and Greene added a two-run blast.
Wei-Yin Chen (way yihn chehn) allowed two hits in eight innings of Baltimore's 3-0 shutout in Oakland. Neither team scored until Steve Pearce's RBI single in the seventh.
David Phelps recorded a career-high nine strikeouts and Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead RBI triple as the New York Yankees beat Toronto 6-4. Phelps entered the game for an injured Ivan Nova, and Chris Stewart threw out two baserunners as an emergency fill-in for Francisco Cervelli. Cervelli broke his right hand and Nova left due to elbow pain.
Mark Trumbo and Hank Conger hit two-run homers as the Los Angeles Angels doubled up Seattle 6-3. Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) also had two RBIs to back C.J. Wilson, who struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings.
Lance Lynn extended his winning streak to nine games by limiting Pittsburgh to one run over seven innings of the Cardinals' 9-1 drubbing of the Pirates. Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate and collected three RBIs in the Redbirds' fourth straight win.
Troy Tulowitski (too-loh-WITS'-kee) laced a bases-loaded triple in the fifth inning to put Colorado ahead to stay in a 6-3 win at Arizona. The Rockies' other runs came on Michael Cuddyer's (kuh-DY'-urz) two-run single and Wilin Rosario's solo homer.
Andrew Cashner allowed a run and five hits in six innings of San Diego's 2-1 verdict over San Francisco. Cashner also led off the Padres' two-run third with a single and stole second with two out before scoring on Chase Headley's single.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run double to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 7-5 win over the Brewers. Carl Crawford homered for Los Angeles.
Jordan Zimmermann fired a one-hitter and Jayson Werth drove in the lone run in Washington's 1-0 win over Cincinnati. It marks the first time the Reds managed just one hit in consecutive games since July 5-6, 1900.
Kyle Kendrick tossed a three-hitter and Ryan Howard launched a three-run homer as Philadelphia blanked the New York Mets 4-0. Michael Young went 3-for-4 and put the Phillies ahead with an RBI single before scoring on Howard's blast.
The Chicago Cubs were a 4-2 winner over Miami behind Anthony Rizzo's two homers and four RBIs. Scott Feldman allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings for his first win of the year.
Cleveland was postponed at Kansas City, a game that will be made up Sunday as part of the first day-night doubleheader in Kauffman Stadium history.
Verlander on target to start
UNDATED (AP) — Detroit ace Justin Verlander is expected to make his next start despite a blister on his pitching thumb that caused him to leave Thursday's game. Tigers trainer Kevin Rand says Verlander's blister is something the right-hander has had to deal with in the past as well, but it doesn't look as if he'll miss any more time.
Elsewhere in the majors, St. Louis rookie Matt Adams has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique after hitting .542 with three homers and eight RBIs in eight games. Adams hasn't played since he had two hits in a 7-3 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.
The Toronto Blue Jays scratched Josh Johnson from his start against the New York Yankees Friday because of right triceps tightness, a precautionary move the team hopes will keep him from missing any further outings. Johnson said he felt something in his previous start and skipped his usual side session this week.
Wild lose, Isles fall
UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Wild failed to clinch a playoff berth last night and are in danger of missing the postseason for the fifth straight year.
Nail Yakupov and Corey Potter each scored twice as Edmonton thumped the Wild 6-1. Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle each added a goal and two assists for the Oilers, who prevented Minnesota from jumping over Detroit for seventh place in the Western Conference.
Minnesota will enter Saturday's season finale at Colorado tied with Columbus for eighth place in the West, one point behind the Red Wings. The Wild own the tiebreaker and can secure a postseason spot with a win.
If Detroit gets a point in its season finale, the Blue Jackets win and Minnesota loses, the Wild would be eliminated.
Also on ice, Thomas Vanek scored the lone shootout goal and Ryan Miller finished with 30 saves as Buffalo downed the Islanders 2-1. The Islanders finish the regular season 24-17-7 and are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Ottawa and the New York Rangers. But the Blueshirts have one game remaining while the Senators have two.
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored 3:28 apart in the first period before Chicago completed a 3-1 win over Calgary. The Blackhawks are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games.
Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN') set up three goals before scoring in a shootout to complete Colorado's 5-4 comeback win over Phoenix. P.A. Parenteau (PAR'-ehn-toh) had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who erased a 2-0 lead and overcame Antoine Vermette's two goals.
Crosby's return remains uncertain
CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby has returned to practice, but his status for next week's playoff opener remains uncertain. Crosby hasn't played since breaking his jaw last month. He took part in non-contact drills, wearing a protective facemask that he'll likely keep on for the duration of the postseason.
Te'o, Smith, Lacy are second rounders
NEW YORK (AP) — Linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-oh), quarterback Geno Smith and running back Eddie Lacy had to wait an extra day before being selected in the NFL draft.
Te'o has been selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 38th overall pick, one spot before Smith was chosen by the New York Jets. Both were projected as possible first-rounds before they were snubbed Thursday night.
Lacy slid all the way down to the 61st pick before becoming a Green Bay Packer.
Meanwhile, quarterbacks Matt Barkley of Southern Cal and Ryan Nassib of Syracuse still haven't been taken.
Also during Day 2 of the draft:
— Miami sent wide receiver Davone Bess to Cleveland, pending a physical. The Dolphins also sent their fourth- and seventh-round picks to the Browns for a fourth-round selection and a fifth-round choice.
— The New York Jets acquired running back Chris Ivory from New Orleans for a fourth-round pick.
Rodgers get NFL's top deal
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has leapt to the head of the pack as the NFL's top paid player.
The quarterback has signed a new contract extension with Green Bay. Though the team didn't release details, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported it's for five years and $110 million. That would be the highest salary in NFL history. The Baltimore Ravens gave quarterback Joe Flacco $120.6 million over six years in March.
The Packers are 53-27 in Rodgers' five years as a starter, and he led them to the Super Bowl title following the 2010 season. He was named the league's MVP in 2011.
Kenseth wins another pole
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Matt Kenseth has won the pole for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Richmond, less than a week after his tainted victory at Kansas Speedway. Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing were penalized earlier this week for an illegal part in Kenseth's engine.
JGR driver Brian Vickers was second in Friday's qualifying, followed by Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne (kayn), Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur) and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Glover leads through 36
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Lucas Glover birdied his final hole Friday to take a one-shot lead over Boo Weakley at the midway point of the PGA's Zurich Classic. Glover shot a 5-under 67 for a 12-under total at TPC Avondale. Fourteen-year-old Guan Tianlang has made the cut at minus-3.
LPGA-NORTH TEXAS SHOOTOUT
Shootout in Texas
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Germany's Caroline Masson shot a par 71 to hold onto the lead through two rounds of the LPGA's North Texas Shootout. The tour rookie's 7-under total is good for a one-shot edge over Carlota Ciganda (SHAR'-lah-tah SUH'-gahn-dah), who shot a 70.
Faxon and Sluman lay claim to lead
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The team of Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman has the lead through 18 holes of the Champions Tour Legends of Golf tournament in Savannah, Ga. They stand 10-under par, one shot in front of Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn) and Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur).
The duo of Lehman and Langer has dominated Champions Tour play of late, having won six of the last 20 events and two of six this year.
Louisville coach gets a tat
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino (pih-TEE'-noh) is a man of his word. He has followed through on his promise to players to get a tattoo if the Cardinals won the NCAA championship. The tattoo, which is on his left shoulder blade. Features the school's old-English 'L' emblem in red. It's perpendicularly surrounded by the words '2013 NCAA champions, 35-5.
Napier to stay put
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier is staying for his senior season and will not enter the NBA draft. He led the Huskies in scoring last season with more than 17 points a game. UConn went 20-10 this season but was barred from the Big East and NCAA tournaments after failing to qualify academically.
HORSE RACING-HALL OF FAME
Borel becomes Hall of Famer
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel (bor-EHL') has been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
The 46-year-old has won 5,012 races and has purse earnings in excess of $120 million in a career that began in 1983. He's the only jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times in a four-year span, accomplishing the feat with Street Sense (2007), Mine That Bird (2009), and Super Saver (2010).
He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 9.