(Oakland, CA) — The defending NBA champions are through to the West semifinals. The Steph Curry-less Warriors walloped the Rockets, 114-81, in Game Five of their first-round series. Next up will be either the Clippers or the Trail Blazers, who took a 3-2 series lead on LA with a 108-98 win.
>>Predators Stun Ducks In Game Seven
(Undated) — The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs concludes with a Game-Seven stunner. The Predators went into Anaheim and edged the heavily-favored Ducks, 2-1, in the decisive game of their West series. Meanwhile, the Islanders opened semifinal play with a 5-3 road win over the Lightning.
>>White Sox, Mets Extend Winning Streaks
(Undated) — Both the White Sox and Mets are riding six-game winning streaks. Chicago is an AL-best 16-and-6 after blanking the Blue Jays, 4-0. Neil Walker hammered his ninth homer of the season to power New York to a 5-2 victory over the Reds.
>>Cards Crush Diamondbacks
(Phoenix, AZ) — Adam Wainwright finally came away with his first win as the Cardinals crushed the Diamondbacks, 11-4, at Chase Field. Wainwright improved to 1-and-3, allowing four runs on seven hits in five-and-one-third innings. Aledmys Diaz was 2-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI for St. Louis, which has taken two of the first three in the four-game series.
>>Brewers-Cubs Postponed By Rain
(Chicago, IL) — Last night’s game between the Brewers and Cubs was postponed due to rain at Wrigley. A makeup date has not yet been announced. Jake Arrieta was scheduled to pitch for the Cubs in his first start since throwing a no-hitter last week against Cincinnati. He will now start Thursday’s series finale.
>>NFL Not Looking To Settle With Brady
(New York, NY) — Don’t look for the NFL to try and reach a “Deflategate” settlement with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. ESPN reports the league doesn’t feel the need to reopen talks after his four-game suspension was reinstated by a federal appeals court this week.
>>NFL Draft Begins With First Round Tonight
(Chicago, IL) — The top prospects in college football will wait to hear their name called at the NFL Draft. The first round starts tonight at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. The Los Angeles Rams hold the top pick after acquiring it from the Titans earlier this month.