Spurs hold off Warriors, advance to West finals
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs held off a furious final rally to beat the Golden State Warriors 94-82 in Game 6 on Thursday night and advance to the Western Conference finals.
Tim Duncan had 19 points and six rebounds, Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points and the Spurs won the series in six games.
Tony Parker shook off a poor start to score 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. Tiago Splitter added a career-playoff high 14 points for San Antonio, which led by 13 late in the third quarter.
Stephen Curry shot 10 of 25 from the floor to score 22 points on a nagging left ankle. Jarrett Jack had 15 points as the injury-saddled Warriors wore down. The Spurs outshot Golden State 45% to 39%.
Second-seeded San Antonio will open the conference finals at home against Memphis on Sunday.
Rangers rock Verlander, give Darvish 10-4 win
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Geovany Soto ended Justin Verlander's night with a three-run homer that capped a seven-run third, and Yu Darvish lasted eight innings even though an anticipated pitching duel fizzled in the Texas Rangers' 10-4 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.
Soto's drive just over the wall in left field came after Verlander walked in two runs - he had three previous bases-loaded walks in his career. Mitch Moreland's two-out double broke a 3-all tie before Soto's drive put Texas ahead 8-3.
Darvish (7-1) won his fifth straight decision despite allowing two home runs for the third start in a row. Baseball's strikeout leader needed a career-high 130 pitches and matched his season low of 6 strikeouts.
Rangers put right-hander Ogando on disabled list
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his right biceps.
The move Thursday came a day after Ogando (4-2, 3.08 ERA) allowed two runs over six innings in a victory at Oakland, in his ninth start of the season.
Texas recalled right-hander Cory Burns from AAA Round Rock, where he has spent all season. Burns' only major league action came last season with San Diego, when he was 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 17 relief appearances.
Ogando is on the disabled list for the second time in his career. He missed a month last season because of a strained right groin.
Reid Ryan reportedly headed to Astros
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros have called a Friday news conference amid multiple reports that a son of Hall of Fame pitcher and Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan has been chosen to be their next president.
Reid Ryan is the CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, which owns the AAA Round Rock Express and AA Corpus Christi Hooks.
Several media outlets reported the hiring citing anonymous sources. Reid Ryan didn't return a message left Thursday by The Associated Press.
The 41-year-old Reid Ryan helped create the Express, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers and the Hooks, an Astros' affiliate.
His father played for the Astros from 1980-88 and spent four years beginning in 2004 as a special assistant to the general manager in Houston before joining the front office of the Texas Rangers.
The younger Ryan will take over the position that was left vacant when George Postolos resigned on Monday.
Texans sign 4th-round pick Williams
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans have signed fourth-round draft pick linebacker Trevardo Williams.
The 6-foot-1, 241-pound Williams was taken with the 124th overall pick out of Connecticut. He's 1 of 5 drafted players signed by Houston, also including tackle David Quessenberry, receiver Alan Bonner, defensive tackle Chris Jones and tight end Ryan Griffin.
Williams started 30 of 50 games he played in for Connecticut and had a school-record 30½ career sacks.
Cowboys sign DE who was among bounty suspensions
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who sat out the 2012 season after he was suspended as part of the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.
Hargrove, who signed a 1-year deal Thursday, got an 8-game ban from Commissioner Roger Goodell after the NFL said the Saints ran a program that paid defensive players improper cash bonuses for hits that injured opponents from 2009 through 2011.
Hargrove's suspension was eventually reduced to two games, but he never signed with another team after Green Bay released him during the preseason last year.
The 9-year veteran was with Seattle the season before the bounty scandal broke. He played for the Saints in 2009 and 2010.
Hargrove was suspended the entire 2008 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Keegan Bradley opens with 60 at Nelson
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Keegan Bradley broke the TPC Four Seasons course record with a 10-under 60 in the opening round of the Byron Nelson Championship.
Bradley had consecutive bogeys midway through his round Thursday. After his second bogey, at No. 1 to start his second nine, he was 7 under his last eight holes.
The 60 matched the lowest round ever at the Nelson.
Arron Oberholser shot 60 in the second round of the 2006 tournament, but that was on the Cottonwood Valley course across the street that used to be used the first two rounds. Sam Snead shot 60 in the 1957 tournament at Glen Lakes Country Club.
Justin Leonard, Charlie Rymer, Cameron Beckman and Billy Mayfair shot 61s at TPC Four Seasons.
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