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Blazers, Nuggets all even…Wolves hire a new exec…Stars, Canes win…Derby favorite scratched

DENVER (AP) – The Portland Trail Blazers have tied their NBA Western Conference semifinal series at a game apiece by carrying a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter before holding off the Nuggets, 97-90 in Denver. CJ McCollum scored 20 points and picked up the offensive slack for backcourt mate Damian Lillard, who added 14 points but was just 5 of 17 from the floor and 1 of 7 from 3-point range. Nikola Jokic  had 16 points and 14 boards but got off to a slow start and wasn’t nearly the take-control force he was in Game 1, when he scored 37 points.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A person with knowledge of the process tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have decided to hire current Houston Rockets executive Gersson Rosas as president of basketball operations. Rosas has been a finalist for the top job with several other NBA teams and had a three-month stint as general manager of the Dallas Mavericks in 2013 before returning to the Rockets. He replaces Tom Thibodeau, who was fired at midseason from his dual role as president and coach.

UNDATED (AP) – The Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues are tied at two games apiece in their NHL second-round series, while the Hurricanes own a 3-0 lead over the New York Islanders. Ben Bishop made 27 saves and Jason Spezza  scored a power-play goal late in the first period to put the Stars ahead to stay in a 4-2 victory over the Blues. Teuvo Teravainen  scored twice and Justin Williams broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period of the Hurricanes’ 5-2 victory against the Islanders.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach has been scratched from Saturday’s race because of a breathing problem. The colt from Southern California was made the 4-1 early favorite for Saturday’s 145th Derby. Omaha Beach galloped Wednesday morning without any problem and trainer Richard Mandella said everything was fine, but that changed by late afternoon when Rogers said Omaha Beach has an entrapped epiglottis.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago Bears have exercised their fifth-year option on linebacker Leonard Floyd, locking him up through the 2020 season. The move was expected after Floyd played in all 16 regular-season games last season and recorded four sacks and had a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in Week 9 at Buffalo.

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