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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors were unable to close out their NBA first-round series, falling to the Los Angeles Clippers, 129-121 in Game 6. Lou Williams scored 33 points, had 10 assists and hit a big fadeaway jumper with 1:29 remaining to help Los Angeles close on a 13-5 run. Patrick Beverley took a big charge against Klay Thompson with 1:40 left and scored 17 points for his best outing of the series. Golden State leads the series 3-2.

HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Rockets are in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals for the second straight year after James Harden scored 26 points and hit two key free throws in a 100-93 victory against Utah. Harden blocked a shot and followed with two free throws to put Houston ahead, 98-93 with 38 seconds to play. Clint Capela had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who won three straight after splitting the first two games in Houston.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Capitals have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs after the Carolina Hurricanes took out the defending champs in Game 7 of the first round, 4-3 in double-overtime. Brock McGinn won it at 11:05 of the second OT after Jordan Staal provided the tying goal early in the third period. The Hurricanes trailed the series three games to two and were down 3-1 in Game 7 before earning a second-round meeting with the New York Islanders. The first time in NHL history all the divisional champs have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers and two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger  have agreed to terms on a contract extension that runs through 2021. The 36-year-old Roethlisberger had been set to enter the final year of a contract he signed in 2015. Roethlisberger is coming off the finest statistical season of his 15-year career, throwing for a league-best 5,129 yards and a team-record 34 touchdowns.

DALLAS (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys have picked up the fifth-year option on Ezekiel Elliott’s rookie contract, keeping the star running back with the club at least through 2020. The two-time NFL rushing champion is set to make $3.9 million this season and $9.1 million in his fifth year unless Elliott and the team agree on a contract before then. Elliott had 1,434 yards for his second rushing title in three years last season as Dallas won the division again.

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