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Warriors, Celtics open with wins…Canes up 2-0, Avs get even…More Yankee injuries…Elliott wins

UNDATED (AP) – The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics have opened their respective NBA conference semifinal series with victories. Kevin Durant poured in 35 points and Draymond Green almost had a triple-double to help the Warriors post a 104-100 win over the Houston Rockets. Kyrie Irving finished with 26 points and 11 assists, while Al Horford chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Celtics blew out the Bucks, 112-90 in Milwaukee.

UNDATED (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes have a two-games-to-none lead in their NHL second-round series, while the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks are deadlocked at a game apiece. Warren Foegele (FOH’-gul) and Nino Niederreiter scored in the first 65 seconds of the third period to send the Hurricanes past the New York Islanders, 2-1. Tyson Barrie scored the tiebreaking goal and had two assists as the Avalanche downed the Sharks, 4-3.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The New York Yankees lost two more players to injuries when second baseman DJ LeMahieu and third baseman Gio Urshela left yesterday’s game against San Francisco. LeMahieu was removed in the bottom of the third because of right knee inflammation, and Urshela left after he was hit on his left hand by an 88.5 mph cutter from Nick Vincent in the fifth inning. New York has had 15 players on the injured list this year and just two have come back: Gary Sanchez and pitcher CC Sabathia.

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) – Chevrolet completed a sweep of the top two spots at yesterday’s NASCAR Cup race at Talladega. Chase Elliott took the lead shortly after a restart with four laps to go and worked with three other Chevy drivers to hold off the rest of the field. Hendrick teammate Ryan Bowman was second, followed by rookies Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric.

AVONDALE, La. (AP) – Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm shot a 3-under 69 in the alternate-shot final round of the Zurich Classic and won the PGA Tour’s only team event by three strokes over Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood. The 42-year-old Palmer won for the first time since 2010. The 24-year-old Rahm has won once in each of the past three seasons and has seven top-10 finishes in 2019.

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