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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jaylen Brown made a comeback and scored 24 points, Al Horford hit six 3-pointers and the Boston Celtics ran through the most one-sided fourth quarter in NBA Finals history to a 120-108 win the golden state warriors game 1

Horford finished the game with 26 points and the Celtics beat the Warriors 40-16 in the last 12 minutes after being 15 points behind late in the third quarter.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points on his return to the NBA big stage for the first time in three years, but the Warriors were able to keep up the momentum of a 38-point third quarter that put them 92-80 ahead with 12 minutes left. not maintained.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series takes place Sunday night at the Chase Center.

The Celtics’ comeback was their biggest in the Finals after three quarters since Michael Jordan’s Bulls closed a 15-point deficit in Game 6 to beat the Trail Blazers in 1992.


DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri had three assists in a 2:04 span in the second half, backup Pavel Francouz stopped 24 shots for his second career playoff shutout and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 to to achieve a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

The Avalanche broke through in the second after a goalless opening period that featured something seldom seen in this series before – defense. Artturi Lehkonen and Josh Manson scored goals 15 seconds apart to get things going, while Mikko Rantanen scored another after Kadri’s third assist.

Nathan MacKinnon scored late in the third.

Game 3 is Saturday in Edmonton. The Avalanche are 5-0 in the playoffs so far and 15-4 in a best-of-seven series if they lead 2-0.


PARIS (AP) — American teenager Coco Gauff reached her maiden Grand Slam final by beating Martina Trevisan of Italy 6-3, 6-1 at the French Open.

18th seed Gauff meets No. 1 Iga Swiatek for the championship on Saturday. Swiatek is aiming for a second title at Roland Garros. She continued her 34-game winning streak by defeating No. 20 Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday.

Gauff and Trevisan even tied 3-3 in the second semi-final on a sunny, windy afternoon on Court Philippe Chatrier. Then Gauff grabbed the last three games of this set. The 18-year-old has won all 12 sets she played in the tournament.


DETROIT (AP) — Minnesota Twins broadcaster Jim Kaat referred to New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes as “Nestor the Molester” during a broadcast, the 83-year-old Hall of Fame pitcher’s second offensive remark in last year calling a game .

When Minnesota’s Chris Archer defeated Detroit star Miguel Cabrera, Kaat began explaining that Cortes had become one of his favorite pitchers during a breakout season with New York.

“‘Nestor the Defiler,’ Nestor Cortes,” said Kaat. “Angles and different speeds. He is a pitcher.”

Dustin Morse, the twins’ vice president of communications and content, spoke to Kaat about the comment after the show. Kaat planned to contact Cortes directly and speak to the pitcher about the situation.

After the Yankees swept a day-night doubleheader from the Los Angeles Angels, Cortes said he heard Kaat’s comment. “I’m sure he didn’t really mean it, and people make mistakes, but it didn’t offend me at all,” Cortes told The Associated Press. “So you know, I don’t really have much more than that, honestly,” he said.


DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) – Just visiting the memorial was a reminder of how far Cameron Young has come in the last year. Being part of a six-way tie for the lead was another reminder of how well he’s playing.

In his first start since entering the PGA Championship, Young finished a 5-under 67 in the rain-soaked Muirfield Village with two birdies on his last three holes.

Even with slightly softer greens, the 67 was the highest score the Memorial’s first round had seen since 2004. And it was the second straight week on the PGA Tour with a major backlog at the top — eight were tied after a round Colonial.

Young was joined by Morning Wave’s Luke List, Cameron Smith and KH Lee, and Mackenzie Hughes and Davis Riley each shot 67s in the afternoon. Bryson DeChambeau, in his first tournament since the Masters due to left hand surgery, had a 76. Harris English made his first start since January’s Sony Open due to hip surgery. He opened with a 77.

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (AP) — Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad shot the lowest round by an amateur in the 77-year history of the US Women’s Open, a 6-under 65 that gave her the early lead at Pine Needles.

Being an amateur, Lindblad could not scoop the record $1.8 million first place prize if she won the event. She should have declared herself a professional before the tournament started.

Australia’s Minjee Lee and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist both shot 67s in the morning and are two shots behind after early starts. Several golfers stayed on the course.

Lindblad tied for 30th in her only other appearance at the US Women’s Open in 2020 with 6 over 292.


POCATELLO, Ohio (AP) – Idaho State assistant soccer coach DaVonte’ Neal has been arrested on suspicion of killing a man in Arizona and the school intends to terminate his contract.

Neal was charged with first-degree murder, a drive-by shooting and a shot at a structure in the 2017 death of Bryan T. Burns. The indictment does not contain any information about the circumstances that led to the shooting.

Neal was indicted on May 16 by a grand jury in Maricopa County, which includes the Phoenix metro area, and an arrest warrant was issued for him shortly after. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the shooting, but spokeswoman Kahri Harrion said the agency was unable to release any information about the case. The shooting happened in a busy commercial area along Interstate 10 about eight miles south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Neal, who played college football at the University of Arizona, is being held without bail in the Bannock County Jail in the eastern city of Idaho awaiting extradition to Arizona.

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