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Kevin Durant (L) and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder defend against Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the Western Conference FinalsStephen Curry scored 31 points as the defending champion Golden State Warriors kept their record-setting season alive with a 120-111 win over Oklahoma City in game five of their Western Conference playoff. After a record-setting 73 regular season wins, desperation set in for Golden State on Thursday as they now trail the Thunder 3-2 in the series. The Warriors have a daunting task ahead of them when the teams square off for game six Saturday in Oklahoma City as just nine NBA teams have rallied from being down 3-1 to win a playoff series.


NBA: Playoffs-Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors(The Sports Xchange) - Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes bombed in 3-pointers on consecutive possessions during an eight-point flurry that opened a 12-point lead early in the fourth quarter, and the Golden State Warriors held on from there to stay alive in the Western Conference finals with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma Thunder on Thursday night. The victory trimmed Golden State's deficit in the best-of-seven to 3-2, with the series returning to Oklahoma City for another possible close-out game for the Thunder on Saturday night. Stephen Curry poured in 31 points, going 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, as the Warriors overcame a 40-point explosion by Thunder star Kevin Durant to keep their hopes of a title repeat alive.


Bryce Molder birdied his last four holes at Colonial to grab a one-stroke lead over compatriots Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson and India's Anirban Lahiri at Fort Worth, TexasBryce Molder, seeking his first US PGA title in five years, fired a bogey-free six-under par 64 to grab a one-shot lead after Thursday's opening round of the Dean and Deluca Invitational. The 37-year-old American, whose only tour triumph came at the 2011 Frys.com Open, birdied his last four holes at Colonial to grab a one-stroke lead over compatriots Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson and India's Anirban Lahiri at Fort Worth, Texas. "I got some good looks late," said Molder, who began on the 10th tee and opened with nine pars.


LPGA: ANA Inspiration - Final Round(Reuters) - Red-hot Ariya Jutanugarn put herself in prime position in pursuit of a third successive LPGA victory as she fired an opening seven-under 65 at the inaugural PGA Volvik Championship in Michigan on Thursday. Ariya did not even carry a driver in her bag, but that did not stop her from bagging seven birdies in a bogey-free round that put her one stroke behind LPGA veteran Christina Kim, who has served as a friend and mentor to the 20-year-old Thai, who at one point missed 10 cuts in a row in her rookie season. "I think that for her it was just a matter of breaking the shell and getting over that first hump and getting that first win, and she is going to be just an absolute world beater." Ariya, coming off back-to-back wins at the Yokohama Tire Classic and Kingsmill Championship, echoed a mutual admiration for Kim, whose first of three LPGA titles came in 2003.


PGA: The Players Championship - Third Round(Reuters) - Bryce Molder wielded a red-hot putter on near-perfect greens, finishing with a four-birdie flurry to take a one-shot lead in Thursday's opening round of the Colonial tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. The 37-year-old American sank an 11-footer at the sixth, a 20-footer at the seventh, an 11-footer at the eighth and an 18-footer at the par-four ninth, his final hole, to shoot a flawless six-under 64 at Colonial Country Club. India's Anirban Lahiri, and Americans Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson, opened with 65s while the ominous figure of world number two and local favorite Jordan Spieth lurked just three strokes off the pace after carding 67.


Bryce Molder wielded a red-hot putter on near-perfect greens, finishing with a four-birdie flurry to take a one-shot lead in Thursday's opening round of the Colonial tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. The 37-year-old American sank an 11-footer at the sixth, a 20-footer at the seventh, an 11-footer at the eighth and an 18-footer at the par-four ninth, his final hole, to shoot a flawless six-under 64 at Colonial Country Club. India's Anirban Lahiri, and Americans Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson, opened with 65s while the ominous figure of world number two and local favourite Jordan Spieth lurked just three strokes off the pace after carding 67.

Christina Kim walks to the ninth green during the first round of the LPGA Volvik Championship on May 26, 2016, in Ann Arbor, MichiganAmerican Christina Kim fired an eight-under par 64 to seize a one-stroke lead over Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn after Thursday's first round of the LPGA Volvik Championship. The 32-year-old Californian made seven birdies and an eagle against a lone bogey in the debut event at Ann Arbor, Michigan, to grab the lead. Kim seeks her fourth career LPGA victory and her first since the 2014 Lorena Ochoa Invitational.


Nearly two dozen spelunkers safely made their way out of a Kentucky cave where they had been trapped on Thursday due to flooding, police said. Kentucky State Police said 19 Clemson University students and four tour guides entered the Hidden River Cave around 10 a.m. in the small city of Horse Cave, some 80 miles south of Louisville. Police said around 3 p.m. the group decided to make their way out of the cave, and the tour guides were able to lead everyone to safety within an hour and a half.

Baseball - Braves outfielder Olivera handed 82-game banAtlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was suspended for 82 games Thursday by Major League Baseball for violating its domestic violence policy in an incident last month. The 31-year-old Cuban, who helped his Communist homeland to Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing, defected in 2014 and last year signed a six-year deal worth $62.5 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who traded him to the Braves last July. Olivera, who will not appeal the suspension, was the third player punished under the major league's domestic abuse policy and received by far the longest ban after being arrested in an incident involving a woman in Arlington, Virginia, near where the team was playing the Washington Nationals.


(Reuters) - The Kansas City International Airport was evacuated briefly on Thursday over a tornado warning, airport officials said, a day after tornadoes destroyed or damaged nearly 30 homes in neighboring Kansas. Airport staff evacuated the Missouri terminals and led travelers into tunnels to the parking garages after the National Weather Service (NWS) issued the tornado warning, airport spokesman Joe McBride said. The incident lasted around 20 minutes, before the all clear was given and people were led back into the terminals at the airport, he said.
Allen Darrell Wade was found guilty on Monday on all charges related to the deaths, including two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery and three counts of theft. Alleghany County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko said Wade was sentenced by a jury to two consecutive life terms with 30 to 60 years added on after they were deadlocked in their deliberations surrounding the death penalty. Wade's attorney, Lisa Phillips, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Scott Hend is ranked as the 85th best golfer in the worldAustralian Scott Hend, South Korea's YE Yang, the 2009 US PGA winner, and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands were in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday. The trio shot seven-under par rounds of 65 but Masters champion Danny Willett, on his first appearance in England since his Augusta triumph, was on their tail only one shot back after a 66. Also in the mix were Jaco van Zyl from South Africa, another Englishman in Robert Rock and Australian Richard Green, who all fired 67s.


Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game four of the Western Conference Finals on May 24, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OklahomaNBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James led selections named Thursday for the All-NBA First Team announced by the league. Curry, who sparked the Warriors to last year's NBA crown and the best record in league history this season at 73-9, was a unanimous pick with all 129 voters in a media panel that decided the lineup. James, trying to reach the NBA Finals for the sixth season in a row, was selected to the All-NBA First Team for the 10th time, matching the second-most appearances on the list in league history, with 125 votes.


Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during a game on November 22, 2015 in Baltimore, MarylandThe Baltimore Ravens were fined and docked three days of off-season practice time by the NFL on Thursday after a workout violation of wearing pads during a mini-camp for rookies. The amount of the fines to the team and coach John Harbaugh was not disclosed. The Ravens will cancel next week's planned June 1-3 organized team activities, but they still will have seven such workout sessions as well as full mini-camp and training camp practice sessions for players.


Kenneth Starr speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington after arguing a case in WashingtonBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Baylor University has removed Kenneth Starr as president and will fire head football coach Art Briles after an independent report found administrators mishandled sexual abuse cases involving football players, the school announced on Thursday. The investigation found examples of actions by administrators at Baylor, the world's largest Baptist university, that directly discouraged students from reporting sexual assaults. In one case, the actions included retaliating against a complainant for reporting a sexual assault.


NFL: AFC Championship-New England Patriots at Denver Broncos(Reuters) - Retired quarterback Peyton Manning and four other players named in an Al Jazeera America report that linked them to performance-enhancing drugs will soon meet with the NFL, according to a report on the NFL's website on Thursday. Manning, who was the most prominent of the names mentioned in the December report, and four active players will meet with league officials "sometime next month," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart was quoted as saying in the report. Manning, who helped the Denver Broncos win a Super Bowl in February and retired a month later, has denied accusations made in the documentary that he took human growth hormone while recovering from neck surgery in 2011.


NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has played down suggestions that point guard Stephen Curry is nursing an injury that is hampering his performances in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors, who set an NBA record of 73 wins in the regular season, trail the best-of-seven series 3-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have overpowered the defending champions. Curry injured his right knee last month and website Yahoo Sports, citing an unnamed source, reported early on Wednesday the reigning Most Valuable Player is no more than 70 percent healthy, though Kerr later dismissed the report.


Tom Brady was plunged into controversy after New England routed Indianapolis in last year's playoffsThe reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots filed a federal court brief Wednesday asking the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals to hear Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension appeal. Brady faces a four-game ban at the start of the 2016 NFL campaign for the quarterback's supposed role in the underinflating of footballs for the 2015 American Conference championship game. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the four-game ban on Brady last year following a league investigation that declared Brady was generally aware of the lower than regulation air pressure in balls used by the Patriots in the playoff contest.


LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a dunk against the Toronto Raptors in game five of the Eastern Conference FinalsLeBron James tallied 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one victory of reaching the NBA finals with a 116-78 blowout home triumph over the Toronto Raptors. James, who is seeking his sixth straight appearance in the NBA championship series, also had six rebounds and eight assists for the Cavaliers, who lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals three games to two. Kyrie Irving added 23 points in the Cavaliers' most lopsided playoff victory in franchise history, eclipsing their 31-point victory at home in the series opener.


MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs(Reuters) - Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta's phenomenal streak of consistency put him in the record books on Wednesday. Arrieta, the reigning National League Cy Young winner, tossed five innings to lead Chicago to a 9-8 victory over St. Louis, their 23rd successive regular season win in a game started by the right hander. "He's on a nice run now, a historic run," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters.


NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers(The Sports Xchange) - LeBron James had 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love returned to form with 25 points as the Cavaliers dismantled the Toronto Raptors in a 116-78 win on Wednesday that gives Cleveland a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Kyrie Irving added 23 points in the Cavaliers' most lopsided playoff win in franchise history -- surpassing their 31-point victory at home in Game One of this series. The Cavs have outscored the Raptors by 88 points in their three home games.


(Reuters) - A bill to end sales taxes on tampons and sanitary napkins received final approval from New York lawmakers on Wednesday and is headed to the governor, who voiced strong support of the legislation. Several other states have already enacted such exemptions as a movement builds against a tax that critics say unjustly targets women. The New York State Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the bill, which exempts feminine hygiene products like sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners from the state's sales and compensating use tax.

South Korea's Park In-Bee has battled a left thumb injury for monthsSecond-ranked Park In-Bee will fight through left thumb pain at this week's LPGA Volvik Championship to prepare for the next major event and reach the International Golf Hall of Fame. The South Korean star, who completed a career Grand Slam last year, has battled a left thumb injury for months, one that forced her to withdraw from last week's Kingsmill Championship.


Jordan Spieth stumbled in the final round at the Byron Nelson ChampionshipReigning US Open champion Jordan Spieth has tried to relax ahead of Thursday's start of the US PGA's event at Colonial, hoping to find his form and put recent struggles behind him. The world number two from Texas stumbled in the final round last Sunday at the Byron Nelson Championship after lurking one shot off the lead after 36 and 54 holes at his hometown event. Add to that a missed cut at the Players Championship and a back-nine Sunday meltdown that cost him a repeat Masters crown last month at Augusta National and it's easy to understand why he's seeking to find the fun and shake swing problems at the Dean and Deluca International in Fort Worth, Texas.


A security camera hangs near a corner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in WashingtonA former National Basketball Association player famed for delivering a devastating punch during a 1977 on-court fight has been arrested and charged with fraud in conspiracy with a National Football League Hall of Famer, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. A grand jury indictment alleges retired basketball player Kermit Washington, 64, defrauded donors, eBay, PayPal and the Internal Revenue Service for nearly three years by persuading people, including former professional athletes, to make donations to Project Contact Africa, a charity he had founded. Ron Mix, a professional football Hall of Famer who played most of his career with the San Diego Chargers, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of filing a false tax return in connection with the case, prosecutors said in a statement.


Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, pictured on December 9, 2015, has reportedly told teammates in recent weeks that he is finished playing for the BullsJoakim Noah has told teammates in recent weeks that he is finished playing for the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday, saying he has no faith in team executives. This past season, the Bulls went 42-40, two games behind the Detroit Pistons for the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The report said Noah did not cite his early season tension with first-year Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg as part of the reason he was looking to leave.


Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley, pictured on January 14, 2015, made headlines with a radio interview regarding receiver Sammy WatkinsBuffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley backed off comments saying humans should not play American football, calling his earlier remarks "a poor choice of words" in a statement Wednesday. Whaley was asked Tuesday on Buffalo radio station WGR-550 if Bills receiver Sammy Watkins is injury-prone. Watkins is expected to be out of pre-season exhibition games with a broken left foot.


Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs during the 2016 NBA playoffs on May 8, 2016 in Oklahoma CityNBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs was a unanimous selection to the 2015-16 NBA All-Defensive First Team announced Wednesday. Also on the All-Defensive top lineup was forward Draymond Green of the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, center DeAndre Jordan and guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and guard Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics.


File Photo NFL: AFC Divisional-Kansas City Chiefs at New England PatriotsBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New England Patriots on Wednesday urged a U.S. appeals court to reconsider its decision to reinstate Tom Brady's "Deflategate" four-game suspension, saying its star quarterback faced "unprecedented, unjustified and unsupported penalties." The Patriots, in court papers, backed an appeal by Brady and National Football league players union of last month's ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, saying it would be "severely adversely affected" by the loss of its marquee player. "The Patriots have a keen interest in making sure that Mr. Brady is not unjustly punished through a fundamentally unfair process," the team's lawyers wrote. The Patriots also said they "strongly believe that nobody tampered with the footballs" used in the team's 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in January 2015's AFC championship game, the alleged scheme that led to the NFL's suspension of Brady.


PGA: The Players Championship - Second Round(Reuters) - Strong winds forecast for this week's Colonial tournament in Fort Worth, Texas have put a smile on the face of U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth who believes he will benefit from the challenge at Colonial Country Club. Spieth struggled with his swing at last week's AT&T Byron Nelson, fading into a tie for 18th after trailing by just two shots heading into the final round, but feels his game can only improve with a more imaginative approach in gusty conditions. "Given the forecast, it's going to take a lot of imagination," American Spieth told reporters on Wednesday while preparing for Thursday's opening round.


After pulling off a massive upset over Chandler Egan, who at the time was a 20-year-old reigning U.S. amateur champion, a playful Lyon turned himself upside-down and walked on his hands to receive his Olympic medal and trophy. "We started talking about it again when it was announced that golf was returning to the Olympics and it just sunk in, he's the defending champion. At 18, he set a Canadian record in the pole vault and would go on to represent his country at cricket, scoring 238 not out for his club, which stood as a Canadian record for nearly 40 years.

Donald Trump bought the Doonbeg golf course in 2013An Irish golf course owned by Donald Trump, a climate change denier, has put in a planning application for a sea wall to protect against coastal erosion, citing changing weather as the reason. The US Republican presidential hopeful's Irish holding company TIGL Ireland Enterprises submitted the application earlier this month to build a £7.6 million (10.0 million euro, $11.2 million) rock barrier saying that storms had swept away sand dunes. "The evidence for increased storm activity associated with climate change suggests that the erosion will accelerate," read the application by Doonbeg golf course in western Ireland, obtained by AFP on Wednesday.


Dubai Duty Free Irish Open(Reuters) - Former world number one Lee Westwood hopes his strong finish at last month's U.S. Masters proves to be the catalyst for the Briton to get back to his best, adding that poor form had led him to question his ability to compete at the top level. The Briton only just qualified for the season's first major by virtue of a top-50 ranking but his two-under total at Augusta was good enough to tie for second alongside Jordan Spieth, three shots behind compatriot Danny Willet. It was a welcome return to form for Westwood, who is still searching for a first win since recording a third Indonesian Masters triumph in April 2015, with his poor results leaving him as low as 67th in the world rankings earlier this year.


NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors are fast becoming a pale shadow of the 73-win team that stormed through the regular season and there is no shortage of theories as to why the league's most dominant team are now on the verge of playoff elimination. After Oklahoma City pummeled the Warriors 118-94 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series on Tuesday, questions poured in like Thunder fast-break points. Is the team's talismanic MVP Stephen Curry healthy?


Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives against Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors in game four of the Western Conference FinalsRussell Westbrook tallied a triple double and Kevin Durant finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma City routed Golden State 118-94 to put the Warriors on the brink of elimination. Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder who can advance to the NBA finals with a victory in Thursday's game five on the road. "I am proud of the way the guys hung in there," said Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan.


NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City ThunderRussell Westbrook collected 36 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma City grabbed a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals, thanks in large part to Westbrook's first triple-double of the postseason. Defending champions Golden State will attempt to stay alive on Thursday at home in Game 5. Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 26 points on 8-of-24 shooting to go with 11 rebounds.


(Reuters) - The NFL will stage the 2021 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, raising its profile in the country's second-largest media market after making a celebrated return to the city with the relocation of the Rams franchise to the West Coast starting next season. The National Football League also announced the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls would be played in Atlanta and South Florida, respectively, returning to those areas for its championship game, one of the most-watched television events of the year. The Super Bowl's move back to Los Angeles will also give the 'City of Angels' a welcome boost as it bids to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

A makeshift memorial is set up for former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn at Petco Park in San DiegoBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of the late baseball star Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer who played with the San Diego Padres, has filed a lawsuit in California accusing makers of dipping tobacco of causing his death from cancer by getting him hooked at a young age. With the legal action, Gwynn becomes one of the most high-profile Major League Baseball stars to have his name used in a public attack on the tobacco industry. "Throughout his career, our dad was proud of his work helping kids and being a positive role model to his fans," his daughter Anisha Gwynn-Jones said in a statement Tuesday.


Los Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021, on May 26, 2016 after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetingLos Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021 on Tuesday as National Football League chiefs picked Atlanta and Miami as venues for the money-spinning showpiece in 2019 and 2020. The host cities were announced after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina. The choice of Los Angeles had been widely anticipated following the NFL's decision earlier this year to sanction the move of the St Louis Rams back to the Californian metropolis.


NFL: AFC Championship-New England Patriots at Denver BroncosBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Ivory Tower has thrown its weight behind Tom Brady. A group of 21 physics and engineering professors on Tuesday urged a U.S. federal appeals court to reconsider its 2-1 decision to reinstate the New England Patriots quarterback's four-game National Football League suspension in the "Deflategate" case. In a brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, the professors said there is "no scientific proof" Brady did anything wrong in using underinflated footballs, which can be easier to grip, during the Patriots' 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts in the January 2015 AFC championship game.


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