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 Raptors rally past Bucks for series lead…No KD for Game 1 of Finals…Byron takes Coca-Cola pole

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Toronto Raptors are within one victory of their first berth in the NBA Finals following a 105-99 win over Milwaukee in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Kawhi  Leonard scored 15 of his game-high 35 points while the Raptors outscored the Bucks, 33-24 in the fourth quarter. Fred VanVleet hit seven of Toronto’s 18 3-pointers and finished with 21 points.

 

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Kevin Durant is yet to progress to on-court work in his recovery from a strained right calf. That means he won’t be ready to return for Golden State in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30. Durant was injured during Game 5 of the conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets. However, big man DeMarcus Cousins might be healthy for the series opener against either Milwaukee or Toronto as he works his way back from a torn left quadriceps muscle.

 

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – Charlotte native William Byron has become the youngest driver ever to capture the pole for the Coca-Cola 600. The 21-year-old Byron turned a lap of 183.424 mph in his No. 24 Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway to start out front Sunday in NASCAR’s longest race. Aric Almirola will start alongside Byron on the front row in his No. 10 Ford. It is one of six Fords starting in the top 10. Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick round out the top five qualifiers.

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Tony Finau  shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over local favorite Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Roger Sloan at Colonial in Fort Worth. Finau had five birdies over seven holes before closing with five straight pars. He hasn’t finished higher than 60th in three tournaments since tying for fifth at the Masters. Spieth ended up with seven birdies in a span of 10 holes, the other highlight a 46-foot putt on No. 4.

 

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) – Scott Parel took advantage of ideal scoring conditions Thursday morning to shoot a 4-under 66 and take the first-round lead in the weather-delayed Senior PGA Championship. The gusting afternoon wind hadn’t yet fully arrived when Parel closed with birdies on the par-4 17th and 18th. Retief  Goosen, Marco Dawson and Ken Tanigawa are a stroke back.

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