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DUCKS-BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks beat Ducks 5-2 to force Game 7 in West finals

CHICAGO (AP) — Duncan Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals.

Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane scored in the second to help the Blackhawks hand the Ducks their first regulation loss of the playoffs. Andrew Shaw had two goals in the third, and Corey Crawford finished with 30 saves.

The Blackhawks improved to 31-0 when leading after two periods and erased some of the sting from Monday night's 5-4 overtime loss. Game 7 is Saturday night in Anaheim.

Patrick Maroon and Clayton Stoner scored for the Ducks, and Frederik Andersen made 18 saves.

BLACKHAWKS-TIMONEN

Blackhawks bench D Kimmo Timonen for Game 6

CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen is inactive for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.

Chicago acquired the 40-year-old Timonen in a trade with Philadelphia in February, but he has struggled to come back after missing most of the season while recovering from blood clots discovered in his leg and lungs last summer. He had a minus-two rating in eight minutes of ice time in the Blackhawks' 5-4 overtime loss in Game 5 on Monday night.

The Ducks had a 3-2 series lead heading into Wednesday night's game at the United Center. Timonen has said he plans to retire after the season.

David Rundblad replaced Timonen in the lineup. It was his first appearance since Chicago's 4-1 loss in Game 1 against the Ducks.

ROCKETS-WARRIORS

Warriors eliminate Rockets, end 40-year NBA Finals drought

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years with a 104-90 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

After decades of wishing and waiting for this moment, the Warriors have finally arrived. They shook off a slow start and sweated out a shaky finish in Game 5 to close out the Rockets and set up a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers beginning June 4.

All five Rockets starters scored at least 10 points, but MVP runner-up James Harden had a forgettable finale. Harden had a playoff-record 13 turnovers and scored 14 points on 2-of-11 shooting.

Dwight Howard led Houston with 18 points and 16 rebounds.

ROCKETS-HOWARD TECHNICALS

Howard could face suspension if Rockets force Game 6

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dwight Howard could miss Houston's next playoff game after picking up his seventh technical foul of the playoffs.

Howard and Golden State's Andrew Bogut were called for a double technical in the second quarter of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night.

Unless the call is rescinded by the NBA, Howard would miss Game 6 if the Rockets are still alive. Houston trails the series 3-1.

BRAVES-DODGERS

Simmons and Maybin help Braves beat Dodgers 3-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrelton Simmons had two hits and scored the go-ahead run on Adam Liberatore's wild pitch in the eighth inning, Cameron Maybin homered to continue his hot month and the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

With the game tied 1-1, Simmons led off the eighth with a single against Chris Hatcher (1-4) and, after making his way to third base, came home when Liberatore uncorked a wild pitch over the head of catcher A.J. Ellis with two outs.

Maybin had two hits to raise his average to .306 in May and Nick Markakis added an RBI double in the eighth for the Braves (23-23). Juan Uribe went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his Atlanta debut.

Alex Wood (3-2) went seven innings for the win and Jason Grilli pitched around an Alex Guerrero homer in the ninth for his 14th save.

PADRES-ANGELS

Cashner pitches Padres to 5-4 win over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Upton and Matt Kemp hit two-out RBI singles in the seventh inning and Will Middlebrooks had a two-run homer to help give run-starved Andrew Cashner all the support he would need as the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Cashner (2-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings and struck out six in the rubber game of the interleague series. The right-hander, making his Angel Stadium debut, had received only three total runs of support in his previous six starts since beating the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on April 19.

Cashner handed a 5-3 lead to Brandon Maurer, who gave up a sacrifice fly to Kole Calhoun in the eighth before Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 12th save in 13 attempts.

Garrett Richards (4-3) was charged with five runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings.

TIGERS-ATHLETICS

Cespedes homers in Tigers' 3-2 win over Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes homered with two outs in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie against his former team and six Detroit pitchers combined on an six-hitter to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

Cespedes hit a three-run home run off Oakland reliever Dan Otero (2-3) after Ian Kinsler doubled to end an 0-for-22 drought and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked.

The Cuban slugger's sixth home run of the season was his first at the Coliseum since being traded from the A's to the Boston Red Sox on July 31 in exchange for pitcher Jon Lester. Cespedes, who was later dealt to the Tigers in the offseason, hadn't been back to Oakland since then and was 2 for 7 with three walks in the series before hitting a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall.

NCAA WOMEN

Stanford wins NCAA women's golf title

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Mariah Stackhouse rallied to beat Hayley Davis in 19 holes to give Stanford its first NCAA women's golf title, 3-2 over Baylor on Wednesday.

Stackhouse, a junior from Riverdale, Georgia, won when Davis' 3-foot par putt missed to the right on the par-4 10th hole at The Concession Golf Club.

Two holes down after losing the par-4 16th, Stackhouse won the par-5 17th with a two-putt birdie and took the par-4 18th with a 15-foot birdie putt. Davis, a senior from England, birdied the 16th, hitting a 134-yard shot from a muddy lie in the left-side hazard to 8 feet.

Casey Danielson and Shannon Aubert also won matches for Stanford.

After Danielson gave Stanford a 2-1 lead with a 2-up victory over Laura Lonardi, Baylor tied it with Dylan Kim's 3-and-1 victory over Lauren Kim.

Stanford took a 1-0 lead when Aubert beat Lauren Whyte 4 and 3. Baylor pulled even with Giovana Maymon's 4-and-3 victory over Quirine Eijkenboom.

MLS-REAL SALT LAKE-GALAXY

Galaxy extend home unbeaten streak to 23 games

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Juninho scored on a penalty kick early in the first half and Los Angeles beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Wednesday night to extend the Galaxy's home unbeaten streak to 23 games.

Juninho caught goalkeeper Nick Rimando diving the wrong way on a penalty kick in the seventh minute. RSL was whistled for an unlucky hand ball in the penalty area when the ball bounced off Jamison Olave's stabilizing hand during a slide.

Los Angeles (5-4-5) had a few quality chances in the second half. Ignacio Maganto's breakaway cross to Alan Gordon at the back post was intercepted by Rimando in the 55th minute. Gyasi Zardes sailed a header from inside the 6-yard box in the 56th and Maganto skied an open shot in the 67th.

Olave was given a red card in second-half stoppage time for Real Salt Lake (4-4-5) after a rough challenge of Robbie Keane. Keane entered as a second-half substitute for the second straight game after missing seven consecutive matches due to an injury.

WCWS PREVIEW

5 SEC teams ready to start women's College World Series play

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Southeastern Conference is well represented at the Women's College World Series.

Five of the eight teams — Florida, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee — are from the SEC.

Defending champion Florida is the No. 1 seed, but the Gators open Thursday with No. 8 seed Tennessee, which beat them during the SEC tournament.

In other opening-day matchups, No. 2 Oregon faces No. 7 UCLA, No. 3 Michigan battles No. 6 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn takes on No. 5 LSU.

All eight seeded teams made the field for the first time since 2006.