Last Update on April 26, 2015 05:21 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors are heading to the second round of the NBA playoffs after eliminating New Orleans in four games, 109-98. Steph Curry had 39 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Warriors, who finished their first sweep in a seven-game series since 1975. Curry hit six 3-pointers. Klay Thompson added 25 points.
Draymond Green added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which raced to a 67-54 halftime lead and led by as many as 24.
The Warriors now play the winner of the Portland-Memphis series.
In other first-round playoff series:
-- The Milwaukee Bucks will not get swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Jerryd Bayless made sure of that. Bayless made a layup at the buzzer off an inbounds pass to give Milwaukee to a 92-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls. That draws the Bucks within 3-1 in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Bayless finished with 10 points, one of five Bucks in double figures. Bulls guard Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 33.
---- Playing in front of their own fans seemed to help the Brooklyn Nets. They cut the Atlanta Hawks series lead to 2-1 with a 91-83 victory. Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Thaddeus Young added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Game 4 will be played on the Nets home court Monday night.
---- The NBA schedule concludes with Portland hosting Memphis as the Grizzlies are trying to take a 3-0 series lead. Memphis is leading Portland 85-75 entering the fourth quarter.
DALLAS (AP) -- Coach Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing officials after a loss to Houston that left the Mavs trailing 3-0 in their first-round playoff series. He was fined for comments about a play early in the fourth quarter when Dwight Howard appeared to push Devin Harris out of bounds as they chased a loose ball. Howard grabbed the ball and passed to a teammate for a 3-pointer.
UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Islanders have forced a deciding seventh game of their NHL playoff series with Washington. Playing on their home ice the Isles beat the Capitals 3-1 to even things up at 3-3. Game seven will take place Monday in Washington.
Nikolay Kulemin (KOOL'-ay-mihn) scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left and Islanders captain John Tavares had a goal and assist. Nick Leddy had two assists in what could still be the franchise's final game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The winner advances to play the Rangers, defending Eastern Conference champions.
In other first-round hockey playoffs:
-- The Chicago Blackhawks finished off the Nashville Predators in six games with a 4-3 victory. Six goals were scored in a 3-3 first period before Duncan Keith got the game-winner at 16:12 of the third period. The defenseman, who had the winning goal in a 4-3 double-overtime victory in the series opener, also had two assists in the clinching game. Corey Crawford stopped 13 shots after replacing Scott Darling in the first period after the rookie gave up three goals.
-- The Calgary Flames are also moving ahead in the playoffs to play the Anaheim Ducks. They rallied to beat Vancouver 7-4 to eliminate the Canucks in six games. Matt Stajan broke a tie with 4:17 left. The Canucks added a pair of empty net goals in the final minute.
-- Detroit routed the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0. That gives the Red Wings a 3-2 series lead heading to Game 6 at Joe Louis Arena on Monday. Petr Mrazek (MRAH'-sehk) posted his second shutout of the series with 28 saves. Riley Sheahan, Drew Miller, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny DeKeyser scored for the Red Wings.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Major League Baseball has come down on seven members of the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox for their roles in a brawl earlier this week. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was suspended seven games, fellow starter Edinson Volquez suspended five games, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain and reliever Kelvin Herrera suspended two games apiece for taking part in the benches-clearing fight Thursday night.
White Sox pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR'-juh) were suspended five games.
All six players were fined an undisclosed amount, along with White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers. The Royals-White Sox game on Saturday was rained out, meaning all suspensions will begin Sunday unless a player chooses to appeal.
UNDATED (AP) -- Matt Harvey finished one out shy of a complete game and improved to 4-0 by pitching the New York Mets to an 8-2 victory over the crosstown rival Yankees.
Kevin Plawecki hit his first major league home run and drove in three runs. Lucas Duda and Eric Campbell also connected off an ineffective CC Sabathia, who fell to 0-4.
The Mets rebounded from having their 11-game winning streak snapped in the Subway Series opener and kept pace with the 1986 team for best start in franchise history at 14-4.
In other baseball:
---- St. Louis lost ace Adam Wainwright to an ankle injury, and then got a boost from Mitch Harris that helped the Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Wainwright was helped from the field by a trainer after injuring his left ankle while stumbling out the batter's box during an at-bat in the fifth inning.
-- Tom Koehler outpitched Stephen Strasburg, Giancarlo Stanton homered and the surging Miami Marlins earned their fourth win in a row by blanking the slumping Washington Nationals 8-0. Defending NL East champion Washington endured its fourth consecutive defeat and fell to 7-11 on the young season.
-- Andrelton Simmons led off the seventh inning with a homer, sparking a rally that helped the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2.
---- Pittsburgh nipped Arizona 2-1. Starling Marte (mahr-TAY') singled home Neil Walker with two outs in the ninth inning.
---- The L.A. Dodgers worked over San Diego 11-8. Adrian Gonzalez hit his sixth home run against San Diego this year, a three-run shot. Andre Ethier, Howie Kendrick and Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) each had a two-run homers.
---- San Francisco edged Colorado 5-4 in 11 innings. Nori Aoki (a-OH'-kee) scored from third on Joe Panik's bunt down the first base line in the 11th inning.
-- Houston star Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) hit a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak against Oakland to 28 games, and the surging Astros beat the Athletics 9-3. Houston has won six of seven.
-- After losing to the Indians 13-1 Friday night the Tigers clawed back for a 4-1 win. Alfredo Simon (al-FRAY'doh SY'-muhn) improved to 4-0 while the loser was last-minute replacement T.J. House. He was called on to work when Trevor Bauer called in sick.
-- David Lough hit a game-ending homer in the 10th inning to cap a two-run rally against Koji Uehara (oo-eh-hahr-ah), and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 to end a five-game losing streak.
-- Tim Beckham hit a tiebreaking double during a three-run eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their fourth straight game by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.
-- The L.A. Angels beat Texas 4-1 for their fourth straight victory. C.J. Cron hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the sixth inning.
-- A suspended game and a scheduled game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals have been postponed because of rain. The teams will resume Friday's rain-suspended game with the score tied 2-2 on Sunday, followed by the regularly scheduled game. No makeup date was announced for Saturday's game.
-- Also postponed because of bad weather was the Cubs at Reds game.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A strange night at Camden Yards for the Boston Red Sox ended with manager John Farrell wondering how their bus was going to weave through Baltimore to the safety of the team hotel.
While the Red Sox were losing to the Orioles 5-4 in 10 innings Saturday, thousands gathered outside the stadium and around the city to protest the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody after suffering an unexplained spinal injury.
Several helicopters circled Camden Yards as some of the protesters threw cans and plastic bottles in the direction of police officers. Inside the ballpark, fans watched a peaceful demonstration turn tense and violent.
TORONTO (AP) -- Jim Fanning, the longtime Montreal Expos executive who managed the franchise to its only playoff appearance in Canada, has died. He was 87. His death was confirmed by the Blue Jays.
Fanning was the Expos' general manager when the team entered the major leagues in 1968 and spent 25 years with the franchise that moved to Washington in 2005 and became the Nationals. As field manager in the strike-shortened 1981 season, he directed Montreal to playoffs where the Expos lost to the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson continues to lead entering Sunday's final round of the LPGA's Swinging Skirts Classic in Dale City, California, with a one-shot lead over Morgan Pressel and Min Seo Kwak. The 17-year-old Canadian had to settle for an even-par 72 and a 9-under 207 total.
RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) -- Boyhood rivals Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle took a two-stroke lead Saturday in the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Former Ohio State teammates John Cook and Joey Sindelar were tied for second with Corey Pavin and Duffy Waldforf.
In the Legends Division for players 65 and older, Larry Nelson and Larry Fleisher had a four-stroke lead at 11 under.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehz), Will Power and Team Penske will start from a familiar position at Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Alabama: Up front.
Castroneves earned his second pole in the Alabama race and second in a row this year after finishing No. 2 at Long Beach.