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class 3a At Ottawa (Twp.) SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL

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class 2a At Peoria (Dozer Park) STATE SEMIFINAL

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NBA

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Warriors capitalized on J.R. Smith's mistake that sent the game into overtime, overcoming a 51-point performance by LEBRON James to beat Cleveland 124-114 in Game 1. The game nearly over, James jawed with both Curry and Klay Thompson, then Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green tangled moments later and made contact. After replay review, Tristan Thompson received a Flagrant 2 foul and ejection with 2.6 seconds left. James was in utter disbelief as regulation ended stunningly: George Hill made the first of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left after being fouled by Klay Thompson, but when Smith secured the rebound of the second, he dribbled back toward halfcourt instead of shooting, apparently thinking the Cavs had a lead. Smith insisted he knew the score. Green figured Smith was simply looking for James. The Warriors then took over in overtime.

CUBS 5, METS 1

NEW YORK -- Jose Quintana pitched six shutout innings, Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer and Chicago won the opener of a four-game series WITH THE METS 5-1. Zobrist also doubled and singled in the leadoff spot as the Cubs won for the fourth time in five games. An inconsistent Quintana (6-4) continued his run of strong starts following poor ones. The left-hander allowed three hits and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third when he threw a called third strike past Jose Bautista and retired cleanup man Michael Conforto on a grounder. Quintana struck out six and walked two on a foggy, misty night in Queens. Brandon Morrow, the fourth Chicago reliever, needed only two pitches to earn his 13th save.

CARDINALS 10, PIRATES 8

ST. LOUIS -- Yairo Munoz hit a three-run, game-ending homer to cap St. Louis' five-run ninth inning TO BEAT THE PIRATES 10-8. Munoz ripped the first pitch from closer Felipe Vazquez (2-2) over the wall in center field to give St. Louis its sixth walk-off win of the season. Francisco Cervelli hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth to give the Pirates an 8-5 lead. However, Pittsburgh couldn't hold on and lost in St. Louis for the fifth straight time and 12th in the last 14. Josh Bell also homered for the Pirates. Mike Mayers (2-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

TIGERS 6, ANGELS 2

INDIANS 9, TWINS 8

THE WHITE SOX, ROYALS, REDS AND BREWERS ALL HAD THE DAY OFF.

BASEBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have learned how to win for long stretches without Clayton Kershaw and might need to do so again. Jorge Alfaro drove in two runs, Aaron Nola pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Dodgers 2-1, spoiling Kershaw's first start in almost a month. Kershaw, who returned after spending 30 days on the disabled list for left biceps tendinitis, admitted after the game another DL trip might be necessary - this time for a third back injury in three seasons. He is expected to undergo an MRI and will not travel with the team for this weekend's series at Colorado. Kershaw missed more than two months with a back issue in 2016, and a separate back problem last year cost him five weeks. He called that 2016 injury ''very, very severe'' and said this one feels more like what he dealt with last season. The Dodgers have gone 75-46 in the past three years without Kershaw, good for a .620 winning percentage. This year, the Dodgers were 14-12 without their ace.

NFL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The daughter of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced her desire to take over the leadership role of the team and was informed she hasn't met the criteria. The Bowlen Trust issued a statement that said Beth Bowlen Wallace ''is not capable or qualified at this time.'' The team was placed in a trust when Pat Bowlen stepped down in 2014 because of Alzheimer's. The trust is overseen by three people, including team president and CEO Joe Ellis, who has final say on day-to-day operations until one of Bowlen's seven children can succeed him as controlling owner.

COLLEGE SPORTS

NEW YORK (AP) - The NCAA is about two weeks away from finally making some substantial reforms to transfer rules. The changes will not be quite as extensive as some had hoped and the work is not complete, but considering previous failed attempts, getting anything accomplished on transfers can be counted as a success. The NCAA's transfer working group, led by South Dakota State athletic director Justin Sell, will reconvene in Indianapolis on June 11 and plans to present a proposal to the Division I Council that will end the practice of schools and coaches blocking an athlete from transferring or dictating where an athlete can go. Currently, an athlete must ask a coach for permission to contact other schools when choosing to transfer. A school interested in recruiting a transferring player also must ask the athlete's current school for permission to recruit the athlete. Without permission from the athlete's original school, the athlete cannot get financial aid from another school. The new model would free athletes to be contacted when they notify their current coaches. The athletes' names would go into a database created and managed by the NCAA, alerting schools of who can be recruited. The changes will come with stricter tampering rules to help appease coaches who worry illegal recruiting could rise.

NBA

NEW YORK -- Kenny Smith is an outsider wanting in. The Detroit Pistons could change that. Detroit needs a new head coach and reportedly has plans to interview the TNT NBA analyst, who has no prior coaching experience. The former first-round draft pick out of the University of North Carolina played in the NBA for a decade, making appearances with six teams. He's mainly known for his six-year stint in Houston, where the Rockets won championships in 1994 and `95. He hung up all his jerseys in 1997 and put on a suit for TV. During his final season, Smith made a pit stop in Detroit. He played just nine games for the Pistons.

SMOLTZ

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz is making his mark in a new sport. Golf. The 51-year-old Smoltz qualified for the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday, emerging from a three-man playoff to take the final spot. Smoltz spent most of his career with the Atlanta Braves. He finished with a record of 213-155 with 154 saves -- making him the only pitcher in baseball history with 200 wins and 150 saves. He was an eight-time All-Star and captured the NL Cy Young Award in 1996. Smoltz also was an avid golfer in his spare time, along with teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. All three were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. The 2018 U.S. Senior Open will be held June 28-July 1 at The Broadmoor-East Course in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

JUSTIFY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has completed a half-mile workout at Churchill Downs in preparation for his Triple Crown bid next month. The 3-year-old colt covered the distance in 46.80 seconds on Tuesday with trainer Bob Baffert and co-owner Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm looking on. It was the fastest among 43 workouts at the distance. Jockey Martin Garcia flew in from Southern California to work Justify, who is ridden in races by Mike Smith. Baffert says Justify performed the way he wanted, and he believes the colt is progressing ahead of the June 9 Belmont Stakes. Justify is expected to have one more workout, possibly on Monday, before he flies to New York next Wednesday.

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