PRO BASKETBALL OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are preparing to play without NBA MVP Stephen Curry for Game 2 of their playoff series against Houston as he nurses an ankle injury.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are preparing to play without NBA MVP Stephen Curry for Game 2 of their playoff series against Houston as he nurses an ankle injury.
Even if they know he will beg and plead to play through any pain. As long as he can't make it worse, Curry insists it will be hard to keep him off the court Monday night.
Coach Steve Kerr called Curry's status questionable again Sunday, when the point guard didn't practice a day after hurting his right ankle late in the first half of a 104-78 win over the Rockets in the playoff opener.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Boston Celtics will likely be without their best perimeter defender for the rest of the opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Guard Avery Bradley sustained a severely sprained right hamstring in the fourth quarter of a Game 1 loss.
Before the Celtics practiced Sunday at Georgia Tech, coach Brad Stevens announced that Bradley was out for Game 2 and probably won't return in the best-of-seven series. Bradley remained at the team hotel, undergoing treatment.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are hurting in more ways than one in their backcourt.
The team said J.J. Barea will miss Monday's playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a right groin strain, and Deron Williams is doubtful with pain in his pelvis and groin. Both guards started Game 1.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets hired Atlanta assistant Kenny Atkinson as their new coach on Sunday, though he won't be taking over until the Hawks' season ends.
Atkinson spent the last four seasons in Atlanta, with the Hawks making the playoffs each year. Before that, he was an assistant with the New York Knicks for four seasons.
The Nets fired second-year coach Lionel Hollins in January with the team off to a 10-27 start. Under interim coach Tony Brown, Brooklyn went on to finish 21-61 — its worst showing since the 2009-10 season and the second-worst mark in the Eastern Conference. Atkinson will be Brooklyn's sixth coach in five seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez, dropped three spots to sixth in the batting order, hit a two-run homer that snapped his hitless skid and sent the New York Yankees past the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Sunday, ending their four-game losing streak.
Masahiro Tanaka topped old pal Hisashi Iwakuma in the first major league pitching matchup of former Japanese teammates, a game that was broadcast live on television back home — at 2 a.m. in Tokyo.
Tanaka (1-0) yielded three runs — two earned — and six hits in seven efficient innings. He struck out six and walked none, improving to 4-0 in four career starts against Seattle. Iwakuma (0-2), teammates with Tanaka from 2007-11 with Rakuten in Japan, was charged with four runs and eight hits in seven innings.
CLEVELAND (AP) — New York Mets manager Terry Collins says the newborn son of pitcher Jacob deGrom could be released from a hospital on Monday.
Collins said he spoke Sunday with the pitcher, who is with his family in Deland, Florida. Stacey deGrom gave birth to Jaxon on April 11.
DeGrom, who missed his last turn in the rotation because of a sore lat muscle in his right side, was placed on the family medical emergency list Saturday. The 2015 NL All-Star will be on the list from three to seven days.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Carl Edwards avoided tire issues that hampered his teammates and took off on the final restart to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Starting on the pole for the second straight week, Edwards led 276 of 500 laps in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 19 Toyota en route to his first victory of the season and fourth on the half-mile oval. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second, followed by Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne.
Edwards' flawless day contrasted the right-front tire problems endured by teammates Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin after all of them started in the top five.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Simon Pagenaud raced to his first victory for Team Penske by holding off Scott Dixon in the caution-free Grand Prix of Long Beach.
It was a controversial win, though, as Dixon and his Chip Ganassi Racing team believed Pagenaud should have been penalized for crossing a blend line as he returned to the track following a pit stop. The Dixon camp interpreted the rule as a clear violation, but IndyCar only gave Pagenaud a warning.
"They told us with the steward system this year there would be no warnings," Ganassi team manager Mike Hull said during the race. "What we were told in the driver meeting that if anyone did that, there would be a penalty. They didn't tell us what the penalty was, but he shouldn't be leading the race."
Dixon wanted to see a clearer replay of Pagenaud's move, but also disagreed on him being issued a warning.
SHANGHAI (AP) — Nico Rosberg of Mercedes escaped unscathed from a wild first lap at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, and then showed why he's the driver to beat this year in Formula One.
Rosberg started on pole position and led nearly the entire race by a wide margin to extend his perfect start to the season with a third consecutive win — and his sixth straight dating back to last season. He becomes just the fourth driver in F1 history to win six straight races, joining Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Alberto Ascari.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Woody Austin tied the tournament record with an 8-under 64 and beat Wes Short Jr. with a par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday in the PGA Tour Champions' Mitsubishi Electric Classic.
The 52-year-old Austin has two victories in the last three events on the 50-and-over tour, also winning in Tucson, Arizona, last month. He won the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship at age 49 for the last of his four PGA Tour titles.
Short bogeyed the second playoff after pulling his tee shot left into tall grass for the second time. He finished with a 68.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Branden Grace shot a 5-under 66 to overtake Luke Donald and win the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title and 11th worldwide victory.
Three shots behind Donald entering the day, Grace moved to the top with four birdies on his first six holes. The South African pulled three shots in front of Donald after birdies on the 12th and 13 holes.
Grace finished at 9-under 275, two shots ahead of Donald and Russell Knox. Donald shot a 71, and Knox had a 67. Grace earned $1,062,000 and a PGA Tour exemption through the 2017-18 season.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Madelene Sagstrom won the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial on Sunday at Cypress Lake for her first Symetra Tour title, and Lorie Kane took the Legends Tour event.
The 23-year-old Sagstrom, the Southeastern Conference player of the year last season at LSU, closed with a 3-over 75 in strong wind for a one-stroke victory. She earned $30,000 to take the season money lead with $52,914, breaking the $50,000 mark in a tour-record three events.
Undefeated star filly Songbird will not run in the Kentucky Oaks after developing a slight fever.
Considered one of the leading 3-year-olds in the country — male or female — Songbird would have been the overwhelming favorite for the Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6, the day before the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer told The Associated Press on Sunday night that "she will be taken care of and will go back to the track only when she is 100 percent."
Songbird has won all seven of her races and took the Santa Anita Oaks by 3 3/4 lengths April 9 in her last start. The filly is owned by Rick Porter Jr., who also owned the filly Eight Belles, the Derby runner-up in 2008 who broke down after the race and was euthanized.
MONACO (AP) — Rafael Nadal overcame a sloppy performance on his serve to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 on Sunday and win the Monte Carlo Masters for the ninth time.
This was the Spaniard's first tournament win in Monte Carlo since winning the last of his eight straight titles there in 2012. It is also the record-equaling 28th Masters title for Nadal, bringing him alongside top-ranked Novak Djokovic.