Top National Sports Stories: Warriors rip Spurs...Celtics get top pick...Predators nip Ducks...USA beats Russia in hockey

Published on May 17, 2017 at 07:00AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are heading to San Antonio with a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA’s Western Conference finals following a 136-100 dismantling of the Spurs. Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry sat out the final period after providing 29 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Durant finished with 16 points and rookie Patrick McCaw had 18 points and five assists off the bench.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery and will have the No. 1 pick next month. The Celtics actually got the pick from the Nets following a 2013 trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn. The Los Angeles Lakers have the second selection, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi (YOH’-see) scored a power-play goal with 2:43 remaining to send the Nashville Predators a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Filip Forsberg tied it early in the third period before Josi gave the Predators a two-games-to-one lead in the NHL’s Western Conference finals. Corey Perry scored the opening goal and John Gibson handled 38 shots for the Ducks.

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The United States has won Group A at the world ice hockey championship by erasing three one-goal deficits in a 5-3 win over Russia in Cologne, Germany. Kevin Hayes scored twice and Anders Lee provided the game-winner as the Americans won their sixth in a row since a tournament-opening loss to Germany. The U.S. takes on Finland in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

UNDATED (AP) — Maria Sharapova learned she won’t be playing in the upcoming French Open. The president of the French Tennis Federation has denied Sharapova a wild-card entry due to her 15-month suspension for a positive drug test. Sharapova also had to withdraw from the Italian Open in the third set yesterday, citing a left thigh injury.