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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Klay Thompson hit 32 points and the Golden State Warriors advanced to their sixth NBA Finals in the past eight seasons by beating the Dallas Mavericks 120-110 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals Thursday evening.

Thompson scored 19 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer that he punctuated with teammate Stephen Curry’s signature shake as the Warriors took a 17-point halftime lead and raced the rest of the way.

Andrew Wiggins added 18 points and 10 rebounds, Draymond Green scored 17 points, and Curry had 15 points and nine assists for Golden State.

Luka Doncic overcame a slow start to score 28 points for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie added 26.

Golden State will host the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between Boston and Miami on June 2 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Celtics hold a 3-2 lead going into Game 6 at home on Friday night.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have announced that forward Zion Williamson has been cleared to play this offseason without any restrictions after recent imaging on the fifth metatarsal of his right foot showed continued improvement. .

Barring any setbacks, this should pave the way for Williamson’s return next season after missing the entire 2021-22 season.

Williamson, Duke’s No. 1 overall pick in 2019, has been limited to 85 games in three seasons due to injuries. He only played 24 games as a rookie due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.


CALGARY, Alta. (AP) — Connor McDavid scored 5:03 into overtime and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Thursday to win the second-round playoff series in five games and advance to the Western Conference Finals.

The Edmonton captain scored his seventh goal of the playoffs, beating Jacob Markstrom on a pass from Leon Draisaitl to send the Oilers spilling over to the bench in celebration.

Zach Hyman had a goal and two assists and Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi and Evan Bouchard also scored for the Oilers. Mike Smith made 32 saves as Edmonton won Alberta’s first playoff battle in 31 years.

The Oilers will face either the Colorado Avalanche or the St. Louis Blues in their first conference finals appearance since 2006. Colorado leads this series 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Friday in St. Louis.


NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has told its clubs that some are failing to provide acceptable working accommodations for female employees, calling them “embarrassingly below” standard.

The May 20 memorandum from Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president for field operations, asks teams to provide by June 3 documentation of facilities for female coaches and staff at home and in visit. Hill told teams to comply with MLB regulations “as soon as possible.”

The memo was first reported by ESPN and was obtained by The Associated Press.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ association are allowing teams to have an extra pitcher through June 19.

MLB and the union said on March 31 that a 13-pitch limit would be enforced starting May 2, then on April 16 announced that the date had been pushed back to May 30. They said Thursday that the 13 pitcher limit would be enforced starting June 20. , allowing each team to have 14 pitchers until then.

MLB and the union said the change was made as they continued to monitor players’ health.

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson has apologized to the wife and family of Jackie Robinson for referencing the pioneering black baseball player in remarks that led to a confrontation with the Chicago White Sox star , Tim Anderson.

The New York Yankees third baseman was suspended for one game and fined Monday by Major League Baseball. The league said Donaldson’s comment on Saturday was “disrespectful and bad judgment.” Donaldson appealed the discipline.

Anderson did not speak to reporters before Thursday’s game against Boston. Scott Miranda, a spokesman for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, said the family had no comment.


The Sugar Bowl was moved from its usual prime-time location until noon EST on Dec. 31 to avoid a conflict with an NFL game on Monday night.

The bowl schedule for the upcoming season was released on Thursday.

Games begin Dec. 16 with the Bahamas Bowl and Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and conclude with the College Football Playoff Championship on Jan. 9 at the NFL Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

The CFP semi-finals will take place on December 31, a Saturday, at the Peach and Fiesta bowls.


A former member of the Canadian national gymnastics team has written a public letter accusing the country’s 2016 Olympic coach of inappropriate and unwanted touching.

The letter from Abby Pearson Spadafora, 38, revealed the latest in a long line of allegations of sexual, emotional and physical abuse by coaches Dave and Elizabeth Brubaker, who have been banned by Gymnastics Canada. Spadafora accused the coach of climbing into bed with her and reaching under her shirt.

“The abuse never stopped,” Spadafora wrote in his letter published Thursday. “My male trainer regularly broke the backs of my sports bras when I started wearing them. I was taught that weight gain and puberty were bad. Injuries were rarely taken seriously and I was taught to hide the pain.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics is turning to two of its most decorated athletes to help guide its elite women’s program.

Alicia Sacramone Quinn and Chellsie Memmel, teammates of the 2008 US Olympic team that won silver in Beijing, are part of the new leadership paradigm within the organization.

Memmel, 2005 world champion, will be the technical manager of the women’s program. Sacramone, a 10-time world championship medalist, will serve as the strategic leader of the program. They will be joined in the new system by Dan Baker, who will move from Elite Team Women’s Development Coordinator to Head of Development.

All three will take up their new duties on June 1.


CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will drive the No. 91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International Road Course on August 21 for Trackhouse Racing .

Raikkonen retired from Formula 1 last year after competing with the Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus and Alfa Romeo teams. The Finnish native has won 21 races and 103 podiums during his F1 career.

He won the F1 world driving title in 2007 driving for Scuderia Ferrari.


TORONTO (AP) — The CFL Players’ Association ratified a collective agreement Thursday night with the Canadian Football League.

The CFLPA made the announcement by email. The player vote came hours after the sides reached a tentative seven-year deal — and two days after CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie unveiled the league’s final offer.

With the players agreeing to the deal, the league’s exhibition season will open on time Friday night.


SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile hired Eduardo Berizzo as national team coach on Thursday as it seeks to recover from another disappointing performance in South American qualifying for the World Cup finals. .

The Chilean football association said the 52-year-old Berizzo’s contract would last until the end of the team’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Its president Pablo Milad said in a video that Berizzo had was chosen because he knew the country’s football as well as extensive international experience.

Uruguayan Martin Lasarte was fired in April after Chile failed to qualify for the World Cup for the second time in a row.


Wake Forest has hired American Megan Gebbia as their new women’s basketball coach.

The Demon Deacons announced the hiring of Gebbia Thursday night, just over two weeks after former Demon Deacons all-conference performer Jen Hoover was fired.

Gebbia, 49, had spent the past nine seasons at American, leading the Eagles to three NCAA Tournament bids while twice being named Patriot League Coach of the Year. Last year’s team won 23 games and reached the NCAA.


NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Kaiser, a former St. John’s baseball player and coach who then guided New York University through a changing landscape in 22 years as athletic director, has died. He was 95 years old.

St. John’s said Thursday that Kaiser died on Wednesday. The school did not provide a cause of death.

Considered the patriarch of Red Storm’s athletic department, Kaiser devoted part of nine decades to his alma mater, serving as the department’s athletic director emeritus from 1995 until his death.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Reggie Warford, who was Kentucky’s second black male basketball player and the first black basketball player to graduate, has died. He was 67 years old.

Kentucky basketball spokeswoman Deb Moore said Warford’s wife, Marisa, informed coach John Calipari that Warford died Thursday in Pittsburgh. Warford had faced numerous health issues over the past decade and had undergone a series of transplants.

Tom Payne was Kentucky’s first black signing in 1969 under legendary coach Adolph Rupp and played the 1970-71 season. In 1972, Warford became coach Joe B. Hall’s first signing after the former assistant took over from Rupp.

Warford became the Wildcats’ first black player for four years and in 1976 graduated with an arts and science degree.


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