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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors have opened the NBA’s Western Conference finals with a 116-94 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers. Stephen Curry nailed nine 3-pointers and scored a game-high 36 points to outperform Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined for 36 points on 11 of 31 shooting. Klay Thompson had 26 points for the Warriors, who were without injured star Kevin Durant due to a leg injury.

CHICAGO (AP) – The New Orleans Pelicans have won the NBA Draft lottery and will have the option of taking Duke freshman forward Zion Williamson with the top pick next month. It’s the first time the Pelicans have won the lottery since 2012, when they selected Anthony Davis. The Memphis Grizzlies will choose second, followed by the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Tuukka  Rask stopped 35 shots and the Boston Bruins grabbed a 3-0 lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final by nipping the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2-1. Neither team scored until Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period of the Bruins’ sixth straight playoff win. Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves for the Hurricanes while starting in place of Petr Mrazek , who allowed 10 goals in the first two games of the series.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres have hired Ralph Krueger as head coach. The 59-year-old Krueger previously coached the Oilers during the NHL’s lockout-shortened season in 2012-13. He replaces Phil Housley, who was fired after just two seasons.

BOSTON (AP) – Chris Sale set a career high for strikeouts last night, but the Boston Red Sox blew a 3-2 lead and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Colorado Rockies in 11 innings. Sale needed just seven innings to fan 17 Rockies and was pulled after 108 pitches. The seven-time All-Star struck out the first six batters and didn’t allow a runner until Mark Reynolds doubled to begin the fifth.

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