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Warriors beat Rockets but lose Durant…Bucks advance…Sharks oust Avalanche

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State State Warriors have a three-games-to-two lead in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals, but they lost Kevin Durant before completing a 104-99 win over the Houston Rockets last night. Durant contributed 22 points before he left the game for good with a right calf injury suffered in the third quarter. Klay Thompson picked up the offensive slack and finished with 27 points, including a huge layup with 4.1 seconds to play.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo led a balanced attack as the Milwaukee Bucks ripped the Boston Celtics, 116-91 to advance to the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2001. The All-Star forward had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Bucks, who won four straight after dropping the series opener by 22 points. Khris Middleton was among seven Bucks to score in double-figures, finishing with 19 while grabbing eight boards.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The San Jose Sharks have reached the NHL’s Western Conference final with a 3-2, Game 7 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Joe Pavelski scored the opening goal and had an assist in his first game since suffering a head injury during Game 7 of their first-round series against Vegas. Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi¬† also scored as the Sharks earned a matchup against the St. Louis Blues.

AMSTERDAM (AP) – Tottenham has advanced to the Champions League final by rallying for a 3-2 victory over Ajax to earn a meeting with Premier League rival Liverpool. Spurs trailed 1-0 at halftime and 3-0 on aggregate until Lucas Moura completed a hat trick, the last goal coming in the sixth minute of injury time. Although the two-game semifinal ended in a 3-3 aggregate, Tottenham captured the series based on road goals.

NEW YORK (AP) – An aspiring sports business manager and an amateur basketball coach have been convicted of bribery conspiracy at a trial that showed top college coaches were paid off to steer NBA-bound athletes to favored handlers. Yesterday’s verdict capped a two-week trial of Christian Dawkins and youth basketball coach Merl Code in a case that forced the NCAA to confront corruption affecting basketball players at elite universities. The two were convicted on a single conspiracy count, but acquitted of some other charges.

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