Saturday, April 30
Blazers advance 4-2 with 106-103 victory over the Clippers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by holding off the resilient Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 on Friday night to claim the first-round playoff series 4-2.
Portland will open the series against the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
CJ McCollum added 20 points for the Blazers, who became the first team to overcome a 2-0 deficit since Memphis came back against the Clippers in the first round in 2013.
Jamal Crawford had 32 points and Austin Rivers added 21 points and eight assists despite having 11 stitches above his left eye from a collision in the first quarter. But the Clippers could not recover from injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in Game 4 of the series.
Joel Ward leads Sharks past Predators 5-2 in Game 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joel Ward scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with 8:11 remaining in regulation to help the San Jose Sharks rally past the Nashville Predators 5-2 Friday night in Game 1 of their second-round series.
Ward also set up Tomas Hertl's power-play goal that tied the game earlier in the period before scoring one of his own to help San Jose win its first playoff game when trailing after two periods since 2011.
Logan Couture added a power-play goal and an empty-netter, before Tommy Wingels sealed it with another empty-net goal as the Sharks showed some rust after having six days off since beating Los Angeles in five games in the first round. Martin Jones made 29 saves
Mike Fisher and Ryan Johansen scored for the Predators, who had only one day off after beating Anaheim in Game 7 of the first round. Pekka Rinne made 33 saves.
49ers likely to look for quarterback on draft's final day
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are likely to land a quarterback on the final day of the NFL draft.
Even now with it looking as if Colin Kaepernick will stay put and is guaranteed $11.9 million for the 2016 season. Super Bowl champion Denver, which had been in talks to trade for him, drafted Paxton Lynch as the likely heir apparent to Peyton Manning.
Kaepernick, demoted in favor of Blaine Gabbert in November, is recovering from surgeries on his thumb, knee and shoulder.
General manager Trent Baalke might try to move up from late in the fourth round, the first of eight remaining scheduled picks Saturday.
San Francisco has addressed needs on both sides of the ball so far, choosing Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and Stanford guard Joshua Garnett in the first round and Mississippi State cornerback Will Redmond in the third round.
Raiders may not be done adding to their defense in draft
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Raiders spent their first three draft picks on a safety and two defensive ends. That doesn't mean that coach Jack Del Rio and general manager Reggie McKenzie are done addressing the defense.
Oakland has five picks over the final four rounds Saturday and still has a need at middle linebacker after releasing last year's starter Curtis Lofton in the offseason. The team may also look to add depth at cornerback and safety despite using its first-round selection on West Virginia safety Karl Joseph.
The Raiders could also use another running back to complement Latavius Murray. Murray was second in the AFC and sixth overall with 1,066 yards in 2015.
Chargers ready for 'fun' final day of NFL draft with 5 picks
SAN DIEGO (AP) — General manager Tom Telesco claims the San Diego Chargers don't rank their needs during the draft, which means they'll probably be going in every direction imaginable during the final four rounds.
The Chargers will have five picks Saturday, which Telesco calls "the fun day."
"It goes fast. Picks come off quickly. This is where you make your money," Telesco said. "If there's starters on the board tomorrow, we have to find them. That's the fun part."
The Chargers took Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry in the second round Friday and Southern California center Max Tuerk in the third round.
On Thursday, the Chargers selected Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa with the third pick overall.
After grabbing Goff, Rams finally get 4 more picks Saturday
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After using a big chunk of their resources to land the biggest prize in the NFL draft, the Los Angeles Rams are ready to add some more pieces.
The Rams didn't have a pick in the second or third rounds because they gave up those selections to get their new franchise quarterback. Los Angeles chose Jared Goff with the first overall pick, sending a package of six picks to Tennessee to move up.
But the Rams have two fourth-round picks and two sixth-round selections Saturday, hopefully adding depth to a young core of talent.
Rams general manager Les Snead wasn't worried about having a light draft because he has been piling up young talent for four years, giving him a cushion to absorb the price necessary to get Goff.
Jaguars trade up to draft UCLA standout Jack in 2nd round
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected UCLA linebacker Myles Jack with the 36th overall pick in the NFL draft, landing a speedy player with huge upside who is recovering from a serious knee injury.
If Jack returns to form, the Jaguars could have the steal of the draft.
Jacksonville traded up two spots to get Jack, who had been widely projected to go early in the first round. The Jaguars traded the 38th and 146th (fifth round) overall picks to Baltimore to grab Jack.
Jack tore the meniscus in his right knee on September 23rd and missed the remainder of the season. He left school in early October to rehab in Phoenix.
Jack said earlier this week that he could possibly need micro-fracture surgery down the road. The Jaguars examined his knee and worked him out a few weeks before the draft, and clearly didn't have enough concerns to pass on him.
Alonso's 3-run homer gives Athletics 7-4 win over Astros
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso hit a game-winning three-run homer to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 7-4 win over the Houston Astros Friday night.
Stephen Vogt doubled to left center leading off the ninth off reliever Tony Sipp (0-1). After Coco Crisp was intentionally walked, Alonso homered to right off reliever Pat Neshek.
The Astros, who were expected to contend for the divisional title, lost for the eighth time in 10 games. They entered Friday tied for the league's worst record and haven't won consecutive games this season.
Ryan Madsen (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for Oakland. He was the fifth A's pitcher on the night.
Sean Manaea, a hard-throwing left-hander acquired from the Royals last season in the Ben Zobrist trade, allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in five-plus innings. He had three strikeouts and hit a batter.
Padres get 3-run HR from Kemp in 5-1 win over Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning against his former team, and the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Chris Hatcher (2-3) walked pinch-hitter Brett Wallace leading off the eighth, and Jon Jay followed with a bouncing single off the pitcher's right leg that caromed past diving third baseman Justin Turner and sent pinch-runner Travis Jankowski to third.
One out later, Kemp drove an 0-2 pitch into the Dodgers' bullpen in left for his seventh homer of the season — and the third allowed by Hatcher in 10 2-3 innings. Kemp had just five RBIs in his previous 16 games, after totaling 10 over a two-game stretch on April 8th through 9th at Colorado.
Desmond, Lewis lead Rangers over Angels 4-2 in series opener
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ian Desmond continued his batting surge with two hits, including the go-ahead double in a three-run sixth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Friday night.
Colby Lewis (2-0) allowed two runs and nine hits in seven innings to reverse his fortunes against the Angels. He went into the game 6-11 all-time against Los Angeles with a 6.82 ERA.
Lewis didn't record a strikeout for the first time in 117 regular season and postseason starts, since May 2011.
Desmond doubled past third baseman Yunel Escobar's backhand attempt as Texas scored three times with two out. He's hitting .394 in his last 10 games after hitting .091 in his first 12.
Hector Santiago (2-1) went into the game tied for sixth in the American League in opponents' batting average (.179). He allowed all four runs and a season-high eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Cespedes has 6 RBIs during Mets' record 12-run inning vs SF
NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets broke loose for a team-record 12 runs in the third inning Friday night, rolling to their seventh straight victory with a 13-1 blowout of the San Francisco Giants.
Cespedes set a club mark with six RBIs in the inning, connecting for a two-run single off starter Jake Peavy (1-2) and a grand slam off reliever Mike Broadway that capped the outburst.
The early barrage made it an easy night for Steven Matz (3-1) in the opener of a three-game series between the last two NL champions. The left-hander tossed six shutout innings to win his third consecutive start.
Michael Conforto had an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the Mets third, which lasted 39 minutes, 47 seconds. He and Cespedes were two of the four players who scored twice. Asdrubal Cabrera greeted Broadway with a two-run double.