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Warriors, Bucks win…Jackets, Sharks up 2-1…Nats shelve Rendon…Derby line favors Omaha Beach

UNDATED (AP) – The Golden State Warriors have taken a 2-0 lead in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals, while the Milwaukee Bucks have evened their series at two games apiece. Kevin Durant poured in 29 points and Klay Thompson scored 21 in the Warriors’ 115-109 win over the Houston Rockets. Khris Middleton nailed seven of the Bucks’ 20 3-pointers and finished with 28 points in a 123-102 rout of the Boston Celtics.

UNDATED (AP) – The Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks have two-games-to-one leads in their NHL second-round series after winning last night. Sergei Bobrovsky made 15 of his 36 saves in the third period to close out the Jackets’ 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Logan Couture completed his hat trick by scoring the tiebreaking and empty-net goals in the last 7:10 of the Sharks’ 4-2 win at Colorado.

UNDATED (AP) – Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) is finally heading to the injured list with a bruised left elbow after sitting out seven of the team’s last eight games. Rendon was hit by a pitch on his elbow during an April 20 game against Miami, ending a 17-game hitting streak. Rendon is batting .356 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 20 games this season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Omaha Beach is the 4-1 early favorite for the Kentucky Derby after drawing the No. 12 post position in the 20-horse field at Churchill Downs this weekend. Bob Baffert-trained Game Winner is the 5-1 second choice from the No. 16 post starting inside stablemate Roadster, the 6-1 co-third choice with Improbable, at the No. 5 hole. Baffert is going for his sixth Kentucky Derby win and second straight.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – USA Gymnastics has removed Edward Nyman’s appointment as the first full-time director of sports medicine and science, barely 24 hours after naming him to the position. USA Gymnastics sited an unspecified conflict of interest as the reason for re-opening the job. Nyman was a competitive gymnast from 1987-93 and spent time as a coach before getting a doctorate in biomechanics at the University of Toledo.

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