NBA PLAYOFFS-FINAL SCORES
Warriors moving on to San Antonio...Nets and Bulls going the distance
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have won their first playoff series since 2007.
Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry scored 22 points to go with eight assists, Andrew Bogut (BOH'-gut) broke out with the best performance of his injury-plagued season and the Warriors eliminated the Denver Nuggets with a 92-88 victory in Game 6 last night.
Bogut had season-bests and career-playoff highs of 14 points and 21 rebounds. Rookie Draymond Green added a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds to power Golden State into the second round.
The Warriors-Spurs series starts Monday in San Antonio.
In last night's other first-round playoff series between the Nets and Bulls, there is going to a seventh game Saturday in Brooklyn. The Nets staved off elimination by beating the Bulls 95-92 to even the series. Brooklyn is trying to become the first team since Phoenix in 2006 to win a series after trailing 3-1. Three players -- Deron (DEHR'-ihn) Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez -- led Brooklyn with 17 points apiece. Williams also dished out 11 assists.
Rockets star will play despite strep throat
UNDATED (AP) — Houston Rockets star James Harden has been diagnosed with strep throat but is still expected to play tonight in Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Harden had what the team called flu-like symptoms on Wednesday, but scored 31 points to lead the Rockets to a 107-100 win in Game 5. The team says Harden was treated by doctors for the condition Thursday afternoon.
Oklahoma City won the first three games of the series and still holds a 3-2 lead.
In other NBA news:
__ Golden State coach Mark Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating in the Warriors' playoff series with Denver. He accused the Nuggets of sending "hit men" at his star guard, Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry.
— New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson sure didn't like his players' decision to wear black to Game 5 of their playoff series against Boston on Wednesday night, which they expected to be the Celtics' "funeral." The Celtics responded with a 92-86 win in the close out game to force a game 6 back in Boston tonight.
__ Facing an elimination game tonight, Atlanta coach Larry Drew figured his team needed a break. Saying he thinks the players are mentally and physically fatigued he gave them the day off yesterday. Atlanta was blown out by Indiana Wednesday night 106-83 putting them down 3-2 in the series.
— David Kahn is out as president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves after four seasons and no playoff appearances. Former T-Wolves coach Flip Saunders is in line to replace Kahn in the front office.
— Phil Jackson has agreed to help the Detroit Pistons search for a head coach as an advisor. The Pistons fired Lawrence Frank after a 29-53 season and 54-94 mark in his two seasons.
NHL PLAYOFFS-FINAL SCORES
Caps, Senators win openers...Blues go 2-up on Kings
UNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin's (oh-VECH'-kinz) franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before less-heralded teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 in Game 1 of their first-round series.
These teams have met in the playoffs three of the past four years with New York eliminating the Caps two of the three times.
Game 2 is Saturday in Washington.
In other first-round series openers:
__ Ottawa surprised Montreal with a 4-2 road victory despite being outshot 50-31. Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a spectacular night between the pipes for the Senators. Eric Karlsson had a goal and one assist. Neither team gets much rest before Game 2 scheduled for Friday night in Montreal. One player definitely out is Canadiens center Lars Eller. He suffered a concussion, plus facial and dental fractures on a hit from Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba, who was tossed out of the game.
__ The defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings are in an 0-2 hole against St. Louis. The Blues' Barret Jackman scored with 51 seconds left to give St. Louis a 2-1 victory. It was the defenseman's first career playoff goal. The series now moves to L.A. for the next two games.
__ Detroit is going home tied one game apiece with Anaheim. The Red Wings coughed up a 4-1 lead in the third period of regulation but recovered to beat the Ducks 5-4 in overtime. Gustav Nyquist's power-play goal at 1:21 of OT won it.
Injuries plague 'Hawks, Wild
CHICAGO (AP) — Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom and defenseman Clayton Stoner did not practice on Thursday, increasing the possibility they will be unavailable for tonight's Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against Chicago. Wild forward Jason Pominville also missed Thursday's practice and will not travel to Chicago. He missed Game 1.
Coach Mike Yeo says if Backstrom is unable to go, Josh Harding will get the start in goal.
Blackhawks center Dave Bolland and goalie Ray Emery have been ruled out for Game 2 due to lower-body injuries.
Nats earn split
UNDATED (AP) __The Washington Nationals have earned a split in their early-season four-game series with NL East-rival Atlanta. After dropping the first two games, the Nationals got outstanding pitching once again in beating the Braves 3-1. Dan Haren and closer Rafael Soriano combined on a five-hitter.
Denard Span went three-for-four and drove in two runs for Washington, which is 2-1/2 games behind the Braves.
In other NL action:
— Jake Westbrook allowed one run over six innings for his 100th career win and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5.
— Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown hit solo homers to back Kyle Kendrick and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-2.
— Yonder Alonso's two-out fly ball to right field dropped in front of Julio Borbon (bohr-BOHN') for an RBI single that led to a four-run eighth inning, boosting San Diego to a 4-2 win over the Cubs.
In the AL:
__ Chris Tillman returned to his hometown and outpitched Joe Blanton with eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1.
— Don Kelly had an RBI single to start a four-run 14th inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros 7-3.
— Hector Santiago allowed two in five-plus innings filling in for Jake Peavy, Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat Texas 3-1. Peavy was scratched with a bad back.
__ Ryan Dempster won his second straight start and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a season-high 10 walks to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1.
__ The game in Kansas City between the Royals and Tampa Bay was postponed due to rain and snow. The Royals were leading 1-0 when play was called in the fourth inning. No makeup date has been set.
Ump, players fined
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Major League Baseball has fined umpire Tom Hallion (HAHL'-yihn) and Tampa Bay pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore for their dustup last weekend.
Hallion was the plate umpire and crew chief during a game Sunday at Chicago against the White Sox and Price thought he missed a pitch. They exchanged words and the AL Cy Young winner accused Hallion of directing an expletive at him.
Hallion called Price a "liar" after the game.
Price, Hellickson and Moore later made comments about Hallion on Twitter. Each of the pitchers was fined $1,000. It was unknown how much Hallion was docked.
LOUISVILLE (AP) — As the lineup changed for the Kentucky Derby in the last few days, so did the jockey assignments. Jose Espinoza retains the mount on Giant Finish, the third-place finisher in the Spiral Stakes who joined the field late Tuesday. Edgar Prado will ride Charming Kitten, while Robby Albarado will be aboard Golden Soul.
The forecast for Saturday calls for occasional rain. It looks like a 50-percent chance of showers in the Louisville area.
Orb has been made the early 7-2 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with undefeated Verrazano the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. Post time is 6:24 p.m. EDT.
Mark Sanchez confident about Jets QB gig
UNDATED (AP) — Mark Sanchez says there's "no doubt" he expects to win the starting quarterback job for the New York Jets this season. Tim Tebow was cut on Monday, but the Jets' situation at quarterback is far from settled. New general manager John Idzik says Sanchez, David Garrard (guh-RARD'), Greg McElroy, Matt Simms and second-round draft pick Geno Smith are all candidates to be the starter.
Meanwhile, the Jets defensive end Claude Davis and cornerback Cliff Harris were cut a day after they were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
In other NFL news:
— The name Washington Redskins sounds just fine to a vast majority of people asked about the team's name. Four in five Americans don't think the NFL team should change its nickname. That's according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
— Phoenix police say they're investigating a domestic violence call involving Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington. Washington led the Cardinals with 134 tackles, 108 of them solo, and nine sacks last season. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
— Veteran offensive tackle Brian McKinnie has come to terms on a new two-year contract with Baltimore. The 33-year-old McKinnie is an 11-year NFL veteran who has played the last two seasons with Baltimore.
Hamlin cleared for Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has received medical clearance to return this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
Hamlin has missed four races after sustaining a compression fracture of a vertebra in his lower back in a last-lap accident at California on March 24.
Joe Gibbs Racing said exact plans will be determined at the track. Hamlin could start the No. 11 Toyota, then give way to a relief driver.
Rory soars to top
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Struggling Rory McIlroy found his game, at least for a while. The former No. 1 player in the world birdied the final hole for a 5-under 67 to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy is tied with Ryan Moore, Robert Garrigus (GEHR'-ih-guhs), Nick Watney, Daniel Summerhays, Nate Smith and Derek Ernst.
Phil Mickelson posted a 4-under 68 to pull to within a shot of the lead. The three-time Masters winner had just one bogey on his card at the Quail Hollow Club. Some 37 golfers are within three shots of the lead.
Teenager in front
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship.
Cristie Kerr, the only-two time winner in the tour's eight previous visits to the River Course, had six birdies and one bogey in a 66 that put her alone in second place.