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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Klay Thompson fought his way up to 32 points and the Golden State Warriors advanced to their sixth NBA Finals in the last eight seasons by beating the Dallas Mavericks 120-110 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals Thursday night defeated.

Thompson scored 19 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer which he punctuated with teammate Stephen Curry’s signature shake as the Warriors sped out to a 17-point halftime lead and coasted the rest of the way.

Andrew Wiggins added 18 points and 10 rebounds, Draymond Green had 17 points, and Curry had 15 points and nine assists for Golden State.

Luka Doncic overcame a slow start to score 28 points for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie added 26.

Golden State hosts the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between Boston and Miami on June 2 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Celtics lead 3-2 at home into Game 6 on Friday night.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans announced that forward Zion Williamson has been released for this offseason without restrictions after recent footage of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot showed continued improvement.

Setbacks aside, this should pave the way for Williamson’s return next season after missing the entirety of 2021-22.

Williamson, ranked No. 1 overall by Duke in 2019, was limited to 85 games in three seasons due to injuries. He only played 24 games as a rookie due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid scored after 5:03 of overtime and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Thursday to win the second-round playoff series in five games and the Finals of the to reach the Western Conference.

The Edmonton captain scored his seventh goal of the postseason by defeating Jacob Markstrom after a pass from Leon Draisaitl to bench the Oilers for a cheer.

Zach Hyman had a goal and two assists and Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi and Evan Bouchard also scored for the Oilers. Mike Smith made 32 saves as Edmonton won their first post-season Battle of Alberta in 31 years.

The Oilers will face either the Colorado Avalanche or the St. Louis Blues in their first conference final since 2006. Colorado leads that series 3-2 with Game 6 scheduled for Friday in St. Louis.


NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball told its clubs that some do not provide acceptable work housing for female employees, calling them “embarrassingly below” the standard.

The May 20 memorandum from Michael Hill, the MLB senior vice president of field operations, requires teams to submit documentation on home and visiting coach facilities by June 3. Hill urged teams to comply with MLB regulations “as soon as possible.”

The memo was first reported by ESPN and sourced from The Associated Press.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association are allowing teams to have an extra pitcher through June 19.

MLB and the union said on March 31 that a 13-pitcher limit would be enforced beginning May 2, and then announced on April 16 that the date had been pushed back to May 30. They said Thursday the 13-pitcher limit will be enforced beginning June 20, allowing each team to have 14 pitchers by then.

MLB and the union said the change was made as they continue to monitor player health.

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson has apologized to Jackie Robinson’s wife and family for referring to the groundbreaking black baseball player in comments that led to a confrontation with Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson.

The New York Yankees third baseman was suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball on Monday. The league said Donaldson’s comment on Saturday was “disrespectful and poor judgement.” Donaldson has challenged the discipline.

Anderson did not speak to reporters ahead of Thursday’s game against Boston. Scott Miranda, a spokesman for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, said the family had no comment.


The Sugar Bowl was moved from its usual primetime slot to noon on Dec. 31 EST to avoid a conflict with an NFL game on Monday night.

The bowl schedule for the upcoming season was released on Thursday.

Games begin December 16 with the Bahamas Bowl and Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida and conclude with the College Football Playoff Championship on January 9 at NFL Stadium in Inglewood, California.

The CFP Semifinals will take place on December 31, a Saturday, at the Peach and Fiesta Bowls.


A former member of Canada’s national gymnastics team wrote a public letter accusing the country’s 2016 Olympic Games coach of inappropriate and unwanted touching.

The letter from Abby Pearson Spadafora, 38, revealed the latest in a long line of allegations of sexual, emotional and physical abuse by trainers Dave and Elizabeth Brubaker, who have been banned from Gymnastics Canada. Spadafora accused the coach of climbing into bed with her and putting his hand under her shirt.

“The abuse has never stopped,” Spadafora wrote in her letter released Thursday. “My male trainer would regularly snap my sports bras up the back once I started wearing them. I was taught that weight gain and puberty are bad things. Injuries were rarely taken seriously and I was taught to hide the pain.”

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics is turning to two of its most decorated athletes to lead its elite women’s program.

Alicia Sacramone Quinn and Chellsie Memmel, teammates on the 2008 US Olympic team that won silver in Beijing, are part of the new leadership paradigm within the organization.

Memmel, the 2005 world champion, will take over the technical direction for the women’s program. Sacramone, a 10-time World Championships medalist, will serve as the strategic director of the program. They will be joined in the new system by Dan Baker, who will transition from Elite Team Development Coordinator to Lead Development.

All three will take up their new positions on June 1st.


CONCORD, NC (AP) – Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula One World Champion, will drive the #91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Trackhouse Racing in a NASCAR Cup Series race at the Watkins Glen International street circuit on August 21.

Raikkonen retired from Formula 1 last year after competing with the teams Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus and Alfa Romeo. Born in Finland, he has won 21 races and had 103 podiums in his F1 career.

He won the F1 World Driving title in 2007 driving for Scuderia Ferrari.


TORONTO (AP) — The CFL Players’ Association ratified a collective bargaining agreement with the Canadian Football League Thursday night.

The CFLPA made the announcement via email. The players’ vote came hours after the sides negotiated a tentative seven-year agreement – and two days after CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie unveiled the league’s final offer.

If the players accept the agreement, the league’s exhibition season will kick off on Friday night, on time.


SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile hired Eduardo Berizzo as national team coach on Thursday as they recover from another disappointing performance in South America’s World Cup qualifiers.

According to the Chilean Football Federation, 52-year-old Berizzo’s contract runs until the end of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Its president Pablo Milad said in a video that Berizzo was chosen because he has knowledge of the country’s football and extensive international experience.

Uruguay’s Martin Lasarte was sacked in April after Chile failed to qualify for the World Cup for the second straight year.


Wake Forest has signed American Megan Gebbia as their new women’s basketball coach.

The Demon Deacons announced Gebbia’s hiring Thursday night, just over two weeks after the firing of former Demon Deacons All-Conference performer Jen Hoover.

Gebbia, 49, had spent the last nine seasons with American and led the Eagles to three NCAA tournament bids while twice being named Patriot League Coach of the Year. Last year’s team won 23 games and made the NCAAs.


NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Kaiser, a former St. John’s baseball player and coach who later guided New York University through a changing landscape as athletic director for 22 years, has died. He was 95.

St. John’s said Thursday Kaiser died Wednesday. The school did not give a cause of death.

Kaiser, who is considered the patriarch of Red Storm’s athletic department, dedicated portions of nine decades to his alma mater and served as the department’s athletic director emeritus from 1995 until his death.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Reggie Warford, Kentucky’s second black men’s basketball player and first black basketball player to graduate, has died. He was 67.

Kentucky basketball spokeswoman Deb Moore said Warford’s wife Marisa told coach John Calipari that Warford died Thursday in Pittsburgh. Warford had dealt with numerous health issues over the past decade and had undergone a number of transplant operations.

Tom Payne was Kentucky’s first black signer in 1969 under legendary coach Adolph Rupp and played the 1970-71 season. In 1972, Warford became coach Joe B. Hall’s first signing after former assistant Rupp succeeded him.

Warford became the Wildcats’ first black four-year-old player, graduating in 1976 with a degree in Arts and Sciences.


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