The Sports Xchange
CLEVELAND — Avery Bradley's 3-pointer found its way into the hoop with 0.1 seconds left, and for the time being, the Boston Celtics found their way back into the Eastern Conference finals. Bradley's shot in the last second of Game 3 touched every part of the rim before bouncing in, giving the Celtics an improbable 111-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland leads the series 2-1. Game 4 will be Tuesday in Quicken Loans Arena.
MINNEAPOLIS — After scoring the tying goal for Minnesota United in the second half, Christian Ramirez's 84th-minute own goal sent the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Minneapolis. Giovani dos Santos also scored a brilliant volleyed goal off the outside of his left foot earlier for LA (4-5-2), which won its second straight to complete the first half of a four-match road trip.
MINNEAPOLIS—Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler and Chris Gimenez each homered for Minnesota, and rookie Adalberto Mejia pitched seven strong innings in his return to the majors as the Twins earned an 8-4 win against the Kansas City Royals to gain a doubleheader split on Sunday. Grossman and Kepler each hit two-run homers in the first inning as Minnesota recovered to take the second game after losing 6-4 in the opener. The teams combined for 10 home runs in the two games, six in the nightcap.
IRVING, Texas—Billy Horschel returned to the winner's circle for the first time since 2014 when he parred the first playoff hole, beating Australia's Jason Day on Sunday to win the AT&T Byron Nelson. Horschel, who won the FedExCup in 2014 when he captured the Tour Championship, outlasted Day by two-putting the 18th hole in the playoff. He then watched from the side as Day, the world's fourth-ranked player, missed a 4-foot putt that would have extended the competition. It was Day's lone three-putt of the week.
PITTSBURGH — Goaltender Matt Murray picked up his second career postseason shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins thrashed Ottawa 7-0 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena, pushing the Senators to the brink of elimination Pittsburgh leads the series 3-2 and can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Final as soon as Game 6 on Tuesday in Ottawa. Murray, making his second start after being injured most of the postseason, made 25 saves. His Ottawa counterpart, Craig Anderson, got pulled twice and gave up four goals on 14 shots.
SAN ANTONIO—Kevin Durant scored 33 points, 19 of them in the decisive third quarter, and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors easily dispatched the San Antonio Spurs 120-108 on Saturday in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at the AT&T Center. The Warriors lead 3-0 in the best-of-seven series with Game 4, a potential clincher for Golden State, set for Monday in San Antonio. No NBA team has ever come back to win a series after losing the first three games.
CONCORD, N.C.—The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team became $1 million richer Saturday night after Kyle Busch's win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch won the exhibition event for the first time in his career. Kyle Larson got past Jimmie Johnson on the last lap to take second and relegate Johnson to a third-place finish.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pontus Aberg's first career playoff goal was the decisive score as the Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday. The Predators lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Monday night in Nashville. The Predators will have an opportunity to clinch their first Stanley Cup finals berth in franchise history. Colin Wilson and Austin Watson scored the other Nashville goals, and Pekka Rinne stopped 32 of 33 Anaheim shots.
BALTIMORE — Cloud Computing, a long shot ridden masterfully by Javier Castellano, chased down Classic Empire in the stretch to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, ending Always Dreaming's quest to claim the coveted Triple Crown. With Classic Empire and Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming battling for the lead the entire race, Cloud Computing came storming down the stretch to overtake the leaders. Race favorite Always Dreaming faded badly and finished eighth in the 10-horse race.
BOSTON — Charles Barkley walked into TD Garden for Friday night's television gig and greeted a familiar face with the words, "Came in for this mercy killing." Sir Charles clearly had no idea how right he would be. The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers exploded to a 72-31 halftime lead—the largest halftime advantage in playoff history—and cruised to 130-86 blowout of the Boston Celtics to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.