UNDATED (AP) – Sunday will see a pair of game 7s in the NBA. The Philadelphia 76ers ran past the Toronto Raptors 112-101 Thursday thanks to Jimmy Butler’s 25 points. That tied the series at 3-3. In the West, it was Damien Lillard pacing the Portland Trail Blazers in a 119-108 win over the Denver Nuggets to stave off elimination. That series is also even at 3.
HOUSTON (AP) – Golden State Warriors stalwart Kevin Durant is out of the series as the Houston Rockets try to force a game 7. Game 6 is tonight in Houston. Durant has a strained right calf and will be re-evaluated next week.
BOSTON (AP) – Boston has broken on top in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron scored power-play goals 28 seconds apart, and Boston scored four times in the third period to rally from a one-goal deficit and beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 in Game 1. Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston, which trailed 2-1 before capitalizing on back-to-back power plays.
DALLAS (AP) – Denny McCarthy shot a career-low 8-under 63 for the first-round lead Thursday at the Byron Nelson, where the local spotlight is on Trinity Forest members Jordan Spieth and Tony Romo. McCarthy had 10 birdies over a 12-hole stretch after a double bogey in his morning round. The former Virginia player was a stroke ahead of Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge. Spieth shot 68 in the afternoon. Romo, the CBS NFL analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback playing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption, had a 76.
UNDATED (AP) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women – and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too. Silver spoke Thursday at The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., There are now three female officials. There’s never been a female head coach.