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BASKETBALL PRO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jaylen Brown fueled a comeback charge and scored 24 points, Al Horford hit six 3-pointers and the Boston Celtics rode the most lopsided fourth quarter in Finals history of the NBA for a 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1.

Horford finished with 26 points and the Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the final 12 minutes after trailing 15 points late in the third quarter.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points as he returned to the big NBA stage for the first time in three years, but the Warriors couldn’t sustain their momentum after a 38-point third quarter that put them ahead 92- 80 in the last 12 minutes.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday night at the Chase Center.

The Celtics’ comeback was the biggest in the Finals after three quarters since Michael Jordan’s Bulls overcame a 15-point deficit to beat the Trail Blazers in Game 6 in 1992.

HOCKEY

DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri had three assists in 2:04 of the second period, backup Pavel Francouz stopped 24 shots for his second playoff shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4- 0 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

The Avalanche broke through in the second after a scoreless opening period that featured something rarely seen so far in this series: defense. Artturi Lehkonen and Josh Manson scored 15 seconds apart to get things going in second, with Mikko Rantanen adding another on Kadri’s third assist.

Nathan MacKinnon scored late in the third.

Game 3 is Saturday in Edmonton. The Avalanche are 5-0 on the road so far in these playoffs, and 15-4 in a best-of-seven series taking a 2-0 lead.

TENNIS

PARIS (AP) — American teenager Coco Gauff reached her first Grand Slam final by beating Italy’s Martina Trevisan 6-3, 6-1 at Roland Garros.

Gauff, seeded 18, will face No. 1 Iga Swiatek for the championship on Saturday. Swiatek is aiming for a second title at Roland Garros. She ran her winning streak to 34 games by beating No. 20 Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday.

Gauff and Trevisan were even 3-all in the second semi-final on a sunny and windy afternoon at Court Philippe Chatrier. It was then that Gauff won the last three games of this set. The 18-year-old won all 12 sets she contested in the tournament.

BASEBALL

DETROIT (AP) — Minnesota Twins broadcaster Jim Kaat called New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes “Nestor the Molester” on a broadcast, the pitcher’s second offensive remark of the past year. 83-year-old Hall of Famer while calling a game.

As Minnesota’s Chris Archer knocked out Detroit star Miguel Cabrera, Kaat began to explain that Cortes had become one of his favorite pitchers in a breakout season with New York.

“Nestor the Aggressor”, Nestor Cortes, says Kaat. “Different angles and speeds. It’s a launcher.

Twins vice president of communications and content Dustin Morse spoke to Kaat after the comment aired. Kaat planned to contact Cortes directly and speak with the pitcher about the situation.

After the Yankees swept a day-night doubleheader from the Los Angeles Angels, Cortes said he heard about Kaat’s comment. “I’m sure, you know, he didn’t really mean it, and people make mistakes, but that didn’t offend me at all,” Cortes told The Associated Press. “So, you know, I really don’t have anything more than that, honestly,” he said.

GOLF

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Just being at the Memorial was a reminder of how far Cameron Young has come in the past year. Being part of a six-for-lead tie was another reminder of just how well he plays.

In his first start since challenging for the PGA Championship, Young finished with two birdies on his final three holes for a rain-softened 5-under 67 over Muirfield Village.

Even with slightly softer greens, the 67 was the highest score to lead after the Memorial’s first round since 2004. tied after a round at Colonial.

Alongside Young were Luke List, Cameron Smith and KH Lee of the morning wave, and Mackenzie Hughes and Davis Riley each shot 67 in the afternoon. Bryson DeChambeau, in his first tournament since the Masters due to left-hand surgery, had a 76. Harris English made his first start since the Sony Open in January due to hip surgery. He opened with a 77.

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (AP) — Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad shot the lowest round by an amateur in the 77-year history of the US Women’s Open, a 6-under 65 that gave her the first lead at Pine Needles.

Because she is an amateur, Lindblad could not win the record $1.8 million first-place prize if she held on to win the event. She should have declared herself as a professional before the start of the tournament.

Australia’s Minjee Lee and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist both shot 67 in the morning and are two shots behind after the first few hours of tee time. Several golfers stayed on the course.

Lindblad finished tied for 30th at 6 of 292 in her only other US Women’s Open appearance in 2020.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

POCATELLO, Ohio (AP) — Idaho State assistant football coach DaVonte ‘Neal has been arrested on suspicion of killing a man in Arizona and the school has the intention to terminate his contract.

Neal has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of drive-by shooting and one count of discharging a firearm at a structure in the death of Bryan T. Burns in 2017. The indictment does not contain any details about the circumstances leading up to the shooting.

Neal was indicted by a grand jury in Maricopa County, which includes the Phoenix metro area, on May 16, and a warrant for his arrest was issued shortly thereafter. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigated the shooting, but spokeswoman Kahri Harrion said the agency was unable to release information about the case. The shooting occurred in a busy commercial area along Interstate 10, about eight miles south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Neal, who played college football at the University of Arizona, is being held without bond in the Bannock County Jail in eastern Idaho, pending extradition to Arizona.

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