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    He's Kevin Durant, and the Los Angeles Clippers got reminded of it. Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to win 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. 'He came out super-aggressive, in kill mode,' teammate Draymond Green said of Durant. 'That was all the difference for us. We took control of the game right there in the first quarter and never lost control of it.' The Warriors began the game on a 22-9 tear and went on to shoot 73% from the floor in the first, taking the crowd out of it early. Durant was perfect, making all five of his field goals and both free throws for 12 points. He and Curry picked up two fouls each, but the Warriors still built a 19-point lead. 'As much momentum as we lost in the final 16 minutes of Game 2, we got it all back early,' Curry said. 'Everybody was aggressive, decisive, getting good shots on every possession. The way we went about our business was the sign of a resilient team.' Game 4 is Sunday at Staples Center. Kevon Looney, again filling in for injured DeMarcus Cousins, shot 4 for 4 in the first, dunking three times in a row. Durant had 27 points at halftime despite not making a 3-pointer. Golden State coach Steve Kerr had said he wanted Durant shooting much more than the eight times he did in Game 2. When relayed his coach's comment earlier in the week, Durant replied, 'I don't play like that. I'm Kevin Durant. You know who I am.' The Clippers won Game 2 on the road after trailing by 31 points in the third quarter, stunning the Warriors with the largest comeback in NBA playoff history. But they couldn't find the basket this time, shooting 37% from the floor. 'They dissected us,' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. 'You kind of felt they were going to come in and throw a punch, and we just didn't respond.' The Clippers' only starter in double figures was rookie Ivica Zubac, who finished with 18 points after playing most of the fourth. Patrick Beverley, a defensive pest guarding Durant in Game 2, was limited to six points, four fouls, one rebound and no assists in 18 minutes. Lou Williams had 16 points, and Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green added 15 each off the bench. Los Angeles never led and failed to put together any kind of sustained run. 'We just got our (rear) kicked,' Williams said. 'That's it.' Golden State's biggest run came in the third at the same time Curry was whistled for his fourth foul. The Warriors scored 14 straight points to lead 88-57. Durant and Green got hit with offsetting technicals during the spurt. Durant laughed it off and sank a jumper from the left corner seconds later. 'We were conversing about the play that happened before. Somebody came out of nowhere and checked us both,' Durant said. 'That was pretty quick. Hopefully they rescind that one because I don't want anybody to think that somebody's in my head, that's why I got that tech.' The Warriors extended the margin to 35 on Alfonzo McKinnie's 3-pointer late in the period. TIP-INS Warriors: Curry is five 3-pointers away from become the first player to make 400 postseason 3s. ... They controlled the boards, 50-43, led by Andrew Bogut with 14. ... They had 35 assists. Clippers: Kentucky coach John Calipari sat in the second row to support his former player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who finished with seven points. ... Floyd Mayweather, Meek Mill, Scottie Pippen and Sheila E. with her dad Pete Escovedo were in the crowd. AWAY FROM HOME The Warriors set an NBA record by winning at least one road game in each of their last 20 playoff series. HE SAID IT 'I took a little vacation in the second half.' — Curry on his foul trouble. CASH AND CARRY The $2,000 that Rivers dropped on the street in San Francisco earlier in the week was his per diem while on the road. A man picked up the dough and caught up to Rivers to return it. 'They give you cash these days,' the coach said. 'Maybe we need to go back the other way.' UP NEXT Game 4 is Sunday in Los Angeles. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell had built a Hall of Fame career over more than three decades with the Tar Heels, including a national championship and becoming the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time winningest coach. That tenure ended with her resignation after a program review found concerns over 'racially insensitive' comments and pressuring players to compete through medical issues. The school announced the 67-year-old Hatchell's resignation late Thursday, along with findings from that external review conducted this month by a Charlotte-based law firm. Among the issues: a 'breakdown of connectivity' between Hatchell and the players after 28 interviews of current players and program personnel. The was enough to end Hatchell's time in Chapel Hill, which began in 1986. 'The university commissioned a review of our women's basketball program, which found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction,' athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. 'It is in the best interests of our university and student-athletes for us to do so. Coach Hatchell agrees, and she offered her resignation today. I accepted it.' Hatchell — who has 1,023 victories, with 751 coming in 33 seasons at UNC along with the 1994 NCAA title — and her coaching staff had been on paid administrative leave since April 1. At the time, UNC announced the review amid player concerns to 'assess the culture' of the program. 'The university will always hold a special place in my heart,' Hatchell said in a statement. 'The game of basketball has given me so much, but now it is time for me to step away.' In its release, UNC said the review found 'widespread support' among three areas of concern, including the Hatchell-players connection. The first centered on the racially insensitive comments, compounded by her failure to respond 'in a timely or appropriate manner' when confronted by players or staff. 'The review concluded that Hatchell is not viewed as a racist,' the school said, 'but her comments and subsequent response caused many in the program to believe she lacked awareness and appreciation for the effect her remarks had on those who heard them.' Regarding injury concerns, the review reported frustration from players and medical staff with Hatchell's 'perceived and undue influence,' though medical staffers 'did not surrender to pressure to clear players' before they were ready. Wade Smith, Hatchell's attorney, had defended her earlier this month by saying players had misconstrued comments she made as racist and that she wouldn't try to force someone to play without medical clearance. That came after The Washington Post, citing unnamed parents of players, said complaints had been made about inappropriate racial comments and players being pushed to play while injured. In a statement to The Associated Press at the time, Smith said Hatchell 'does not have a racist bone in her body' and 'cares deeply about (players') health and well-being.' Hatchell, who reached 1,000 wins in 2017, trailed only Tennessee's Pat Summitt, Stanford's Tara VanDerveer and Connecticut's Geno Auriemma in women's Division I career victories. But there had been difficulties in recent years. She missed the 2013-14 season while battling leukemia and undergoing chemotherapy. The program also spent several seasons under the shadow of the school's multi-year NCAA academic case dealing with irregular courses featuring significant athlete enrollments across numerous sports, a case that reached a no-penalty conclusion in October 2017. UNC returned to the NCAA Tournament this year for the first time since 2015 after upsets of top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 7 North Carolina State on the road, though her contract was set to expire after next season. Hatchell said she will still support the school, including raising money for UNC's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and advocating for gender equity issues. 'While this is a bittersweet day, my faith remains strong,' Hatchell said. 'After the fight of my life with leukemia, I count every day as a blessing.' ___ Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/CollegeBasketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • Tomas Hertl provided the fast start and Martin Jones delivered the key saves that helped the San Jose Sharks flip the script in their playoff series against Vegas. Hertl scored the first of his two goals just 76 seconds into the game, Jones delivered his biggest save to preserve the lead in the third period and the Sharks staved off elimination by beating the Golden Knights 5-2 in Game 5 of their first-round series Thursday night. 'It's huge, in our building too because right away from the first minute we get the fans behind our back,' Hertl said. 'They helped us. They were cheering all game. It's huge. ... Finally we have a great start.' Hertl's early goal gave San Jose its first lead since Game 1 and ended a run of three straight games where the Sharks fell behind less than 90 seconds into the game. That helped steady the team and the Sharks delivered a complete performance to send the series back to Vegas for Game 6 on Sunday with the Golden Knights leading 3-2. Logan Couture, Barclay Goodrow and Joe Pavelski also scored but the key was the fast start and the strong play from Jones, who had 30 saves after getting pulled twice in the previous three games. Jones had allowed 11 goals on 54 shots in those games but coach Peter DeBoer showed confidence to go back to him once again. That proved justified when he robbed Reilly Smith's attempt at the tying goal in the third period on a 2-on-1 after Vegas had cut it to 3-2 on Jonathan Marchessault's power-play goal. 'Totally what we expected. He's a heck of a goalie,' captain Joe Pavelski said. 'I know everybody wants to write their things, but we've got a lot of belief in this guy. We played the right way tonight. It probably started with him and led the way out, but we were committed and helping him out a little bit. He made some great saves, especially that 2-on-1 there after they score. Game-saving save there. That's what he's always done for us, he's made those key saves.' The Sharks then responded on a power play of their own when Marchessault was called for high-sticking Couture in the face. The referees initially didn't make a call before huddling together after Couture rushed to the locker room holding his face. Hertl capitalized when he knocked a rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury to make it 4-2. 'Big players are needed in big games and that was as big a game as we've had all year and I thought he was the best player on the ice,' DeBoer said. Pavelski sealed the win with an empty-net goal. Fleury made 24 saves after a shutout in Game 4. Smith scored earlier in the game on a power play for the Golden Knights, who were hoping to eliminate the Sharks on their home ice for the second straight year. 'We knew they would play their best game of the series tonight and they did, credit to them,' forward Max Pacioretty said. 'Wipe it clean and just worry about the next one.' There was nervous energy in the Shark Tank but that quickly turned to celebration when the Sharks were the team that ended up with the early goal. Hertl skated in on the rush and beat Fleury for his third of the series to give San Jose its first lead since the opener. The Sharks confidence only grew when they added a second goal midway through the period. Jones made a stop against Pacioretty and Erik Karlsson gathered the rebound and sent a stretch pass to Timo Meier. Meier deked Deryk Engelland and got a shot on goal that Fleury stopped but Couture knocked in the rebound. 'They had a good start,' Vegas defenseman Colin Miller said. 'Better than us, and anytime you're chasing it it's a tough game to play. You see the other games before when we jumped out to that hot start. It's tough.' The Golden Knights got on the board in the final minute of the period after Evander Kane took a penalty on a hard hit while forechecking in the offensive zone. Smith sent a centering pass from behind the net that deflected off Karlsson's stick and into the net. San Jose then added an insurance goal in the second when Goodrow got in front of Fleury and deflected Justin Braun's point shot in for his first career playoff goal. The Sharks nearly added to the lead late in the period on the power play but somehow were unable to get the puck into the net after a mad scramble in front of Fleury. NOTES: Karlsson had two assists for San Jose. ... Vegas' line of Paul Stastny, Mark Stone and Pacioretty, who combined for 28 points the first four games, were held off the score sheet. ... Sharks D Marc-Edouard Vlasic returned to the lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. UP NEXT Game 6 is Sunday night in Las Vegas. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Jaden Schwartz called it a lucky goal for the St. Louis Blues. It was a dagger to the Winnipeg Jets. Schwartz scored with 15 seconds remaining to cap St. Louis' three-goal third period in a 3-2 win over the Jets on Thursday night, giving the Blues a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference playoff series. Tyler Bozak sent a pass over to Schwartz, who batted the puck in the air and sent it past Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck for the winner. '(Bozak) came on, he was fresh, and probably knew there wasn't much time left so he just threw (the puck) on net and I kind of got lucky, it just hit my stick,' Schwartz said of his first goal in the playoffs. Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn scored earlier in the final period for the Blues, who host Game 6 of the best-of-seven series on Saturday. Jordan Binnington stopped 29 shots. Winnipeg was up 2-0 after the first period on goals by Adam Lowry and Kevin Hayes. Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves as the Jets lost their sixth straight at home, including the regular season. 'If we lose, we're done,' Hayes said. 'That's enough motivation. Game 6 will be our best game.' The Blues' win marked the first time in 15 years, and fourth time overall, the road team has won each of the first five games in a seven-game series. 'You don't see that too often, right?' Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. 'You don't see the road team win all the games but, again, we've got to go home and we played better in Game 4 there so we've got to build off that.' According to a league stat, when a best-of-seven NHL playoff series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 takes the series 78.8 per cent all time (205-55). St. Louis went on its first power play with 21 seconds remaining in the second period when Jacob Trouba was called for roughing. The period ended with Winnipeg holding the 22-21 edge in shots on goal. O'Reilly scored with 11 seconds remaining in the power play, off a rebound in a crowd in front of the net at 1:29 of the third to pull St. Louis to 2-1. Schenn tied it with 6:09 remaining following a review. Oskar Sundqvist passed the puck over to Schenn and then was pushed down by Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and into the net, knocking it off. A review determined Schenn had shot the puck before a defensive player caused the net to come off. That set up Schwartz's winner in the final minute. 'Lucky pinballs,' Hellebuyck said of the Blues' go-ahead goal. 'The puck just bounced and ended up right on their tape. Tough to eat that one, but I thought we were the better team. If we keep fighting here, it's not over.' Winnipeg mounted a 2-0 lead after the first period, even though the Blues had the 15-12 advantage for shots on goal. Lowry got the crowd fired up 12 seconds into the game when he used Brandon Tanev's rebound to notch his first goal in the series. It set a franchise record for fastest goal in the playoffs. Trouba had the previous mark of 31 seconds, scored in Game 5 against Minnesota last season. After fans stopped cheering, some on the rink side of St. Louis's net started chanting 'You look nervous' to Binnington. Before Game 1, a video clip of the rookie saying, 'Do I look nervous?' to reporters made the rounds on social media. 'Yeah, that's incredible,' Binnington said of hearing the chants. 'You get what you ask for because when I was younger, I really enjoyed that stuff and always wanted it, and now it's here. It doesn't feel as good as I thought, but it's cool, it's really cool.' Hayes cut to the front of the net with 6:25 left in the first and sent the puck under Binnington's pad to make it 2-0 with his second goal of the playoffs. Hayes almost scored twice more in the second period. He took away his own goal when his close shot slid under Binnington and started going toward the goal line. He tried to swipe it across, but his stick pulled the puck out instead. Hayes also had a breakaway late in the period, but Binnington sprawled on the ice and the shot from the side went into his pads. Winnipeg got a four-minute power play when Robert Thomas was dinged for high sticking Mark Scheifele in the face shield, but the Jets only had one shot on goal after a number of misses and blocked attempts. Another Winnipeg power play early in the third delivered one shot on goal. NOTES: The last series in which the road team won the first five games was in 2004 when Calgary beat San Jose in six games, clinching it in Game 6 at home. ... Schwartz's goal was the second-latest winning goal in regulation in franchise postseason history. Only Gino Cavallini's goal with 9 seconds left in Game 3 of the 1990 division finals against Chicago came later. ... St. Louis was missing injured third-pairing D Robert Bortuzzo, who was replaced by Carl Gunnarsson. ... Lowry's goal was the fifth scored in the opening minute this postseason, tied for the most in the opening round of any playoffs. The others were in 1981, 2012, 2016. UP NEXT Game 6 is Saturday night at St. Louis. ___ More AP NHL: www.apnews.com/NHL and www.twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • San Antonio point guard Derrick White was screaming, flexing and stomping around the court after almost every basket against Denver. It was completely out of character for White, but the mild-mannered point guard has never been in this situation before. White had a career-high 36 points and the Spurs beat the Nuggets 118-108 on Thursday night, withstanding a first-half lapse to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. 'I just had a chip on my shoulder,' White said. 'This is the way I've played since I was young. Just try to go out there, compete and have fun.' Nikola Jokic had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Denver. Game 4 is Saturday in San Antonio, where the Spurs are 3-0 against the Nuggets this season. White attacked Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray from the opening tip after being on the receiving end of Murray's career outing Tuesday night. Murray had only six points, a game after scoring 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help Denver overcome a 19-point deficit to even the series. 'There is no doubt in my mind that Derrick White, the last couple of days, has been reminded about Jamal Murray's fourth-quarter performance,' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. 'Derrick White came out like he hadn't eaten in two days. He came out hungry, he came out (ticked) off and he sent a very loud and clear message. I'm anxious to see our guys, how do we respond to that.' White set his career high after being fouled by Paul Millsap on a driving layup that bounced off the side of the rim, hit the backboard and fell in to give the Spurs a 99-89 lead with 8:52 remaining. White added five rebounds, five assists and three steals while shooting 12 for 17. The point guard matched his overall career high with 26 points in the first half. DeMar DeRozan took over after that, scoring 21 of his 25 points in the second half. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Rudy Gay had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Spurs finished with 62 points in the paint and had a 45-37 rebound advantage. 'They are doing a good job of attacking the paint,' Jokic said. 'They were living in our paint. I think it's not just smalls, it's our bigs, too. I think we all need to be more disciplined and more focused.' White had 10 points in the opening quarter while primarily being defended by Murray. 'He was obviously spectacular,' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. 'I don't know what else to say. At both ends of the floor.' Denver's second unit dominated, turning a 31-22 deficit after the first quarter into a 38-31 advantage early in the second quarter. The Nuggets opened the second quarter shooting 7 for 8, including a pair of 3-pointers by Malik Beasley. San Antonio's first points came on Jakob Poeltl's two free throws with 8:41 left. Beasley finished with 20 points, and Gary Harris added 12 points. Harris stole the ball from Gay at midcourt and then calmly drained a 3-pointer before the Spurs' defense could set for a 50-40 lead. San Antonio then went on a 21-8 run to close the half and recapture a lead it would not relinquish. 'We got our (butts) kicked because we couldn't guard anybody,' Malone said. TIP-INS Nuggets: Denver is the eighth youngest team in playoff history. . Jokic is averaging 11.7 rebounds and 9.7 assists the series. ... Isaiah Thomas was eligible to play but did not. ... Millsap picked up his third foul with 2:12 remaining in the first half after bumping Aldridge near the 3-pointer. Millsap threw his hands up in frustration as he exited. He finished with five fouls. Spurs: The Spurs are 22-7 against the Nuggets in the postseason, including 13-3 at home. ... White's previous career highs were 26 points in the regular season against Brooklyn on Jan. 31 and 17 against Denver in Game 2. ... Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are the only players to score more points in any half for the Spurs in the postseason than White's 26 points in the first half. MINDSET? Popovich was bemused when asked what the Spurs' mindset is after earning a split on the road. 'What's their mindset,' Popovich asked. 'I didn't give any psychological tests today or anything. It's their job, they are going to come play, so will the Nuggets. They are going to try to win. Nuggets are going to try to win. It's a competitive sport, that's the mindset. It's not too difficult to imagine.' EXPERIENCED White made his first postseason start in Game 1 at Denver, but he joked that he has plenty of playoff experience. 'Everybody said I didn't have playoff experience, but I did this in the G League,' White said. 'Just kidding. But it was big for my development.' UP NEXT Game 4 is Saturday in San Antonio.
  • Joel Embiid took off his warmup gear and changed into street clothes, his left knee feeling too sore to play. Even with the All-Star center sitting down, the Philadelphia 76ers were flying high in Game 3. Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds and the 76ers shook off the absence of their leading scorer to beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. The 76ers relied on Simmons slashing to the basket, and Harris and JJ Redick shooting from the perimeter. 'We have the pieces to get games, to complete games and I think everybody in the organization knows that,' Simmons said. Simmons was 11 for 13 from the field, repeatedly getting to the rim even with the Nets sagging well off him in hopes he would shoot a jumper. He added nine assists and eventually quieted a crowd that loudly booed him every time he touched the ball early. Harris had his playoff highs in both points and rebounds, and was 6 for 6 from 3-point range. Redick was 5 of 9 behind the arc and finished with 26 points. 'Listen, I think their big players came to play,' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. 'Ben had a great game, I thought JJ was great, Tobias also hit some big 3s.' Embiid warmed up before the game but the 76ers announced shortly before the start that the All-Star center wouldn't be available because of a sore left knee. Greg Monroe started in his place and had nine points and 13 rebounds. 'Just came in, obviously with Joel down that's a big scoring loss that we had there,' Harris said. 'So just had to be aggressive from the start.' D'Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert each scored 26 points for the Nets, who host Game 4 on Saturday afternoon. They have dropped the last two games after surprising the No. 3 seed in the opener in Philadelphia. Energized by a lively Brooklyn crowd seeing playoff basketball for the first time since 2015 and perhaps by the absence of Embiid, who averaged 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the first two games, the Nets started well but then stalled. They went about 4 1/2 minutes without a basket and Philadelphia took advantage to lead 32-24 after one. 'When, arguably, their best player sits out, you have to take advantage of that and we just couldn't perform on it,' Nets center Jarrett Allen said. The lead quickly went into double digits in the second before LeVert got going. He scored six straight points and had Brooklyn's first 14 of the period to tie it at 38. The 76ers regained control and opened an 11-point lead with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining before halftime, but LeVert had another burst to cut Philadelphia's lead to 65-59 at the break. He finished with 19 points in the period. Redick hit a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched around Harris' three-point play, pushing it to 81-67, and another 3 by Redick had the Sixers leading 97-81 with 1:16 left in the third. But a four-point play by Spencer Dinwiddie highlighted Brooklyn's run of nine straight points to end the period and trim it to 97-90. The Nets cut it to six in the fourth on Russell's 3-pointer, but the 76ers soon pulled away again. It was another poor defensive effort by the Nets, who allowed just 102 points in Game 1 but an average of 138 in the last two games. 'We didn't do a good enough job of getting stops,' guard Joe Harris said. 'You can't have three guys go for 30 and expect to win games.' Jimmy Butler scored 16 points for the 76ers and backup big man Boban Marjanovic finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. TIP-INS 76ers: Simmons was 5 for 5 on free throws when the Nets fouled him intentionally with 3:38 remaining. He missed both, but hit two on the next possession and finished 9 for 11. ... Monroe didn't even make his Sixers debut until April 6. Nets: Brooklyn was 8 for 39 (20.5 from 3-point range. Joe Harris, who led the league in 3-pointer percentage, missed all four of his attempts. ... LeVert's 19 points were the most he scored in any quarter of his career. ... The Nets had won their last three Game 3s. UP NEXT Game 4 is Saturday in Brooklyn. ___ Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://twitter.com/briancmahoney ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Carolina Hurricanes lost another forward — and won another playoff game. ''Next guy up' has been the memo lately,' rookie Warren Foegele said. Enough of them have stepped up to even their series with the Washington Capitals. Carolina beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 2-1 on Thursday night to square the series at two games apiece, with Teuvo Teravainen scoring the go-ahead goal with 27.9 seconds left in the second period. Foegele scored 17 seconds in, giving him three goals in two home games, and Petr Mrazek made 30 saves for Hurricanes. They lost another key forward to injury yet fed off the energy of the largest hockey crowd in PNC Arena history to win their second straight on home ice after routing Washington 5-0 in Game 3. Road teams have yet to lead — much less win — in this series. 'All we've done,' Hurricanes captain Justin Williams said, 'is hold serve.' Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and Braden Holtby finished with 22 saves for the Capitals, who hadn't lost consecutive games in regulation since late January but lost key forward T.J. Oshie 'for a while' after he was hit by Foegele late in the third, coach Todd Reirden said. Foegele received a boarding minor for his hit with 5:08 remaining that left Oshie doubled over in pain as he skated to the dressing room. 'It was a defenseless player that was quite a distance from the boards,' Reirden said. 'It's an extremely dangerous play, and he will not be with our team for a while.' The ensuing power play gave the Capitals their best chance to tie it down the stretch, but Mrazek stopped a pair of bang-bang shots from Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson as the penalty expired. Oshie had been moved to Ovechkin's top line before the game in an attempt to shake things up after that Game 3 rout. The Capitals also moved Wilson down to Evgeny Kuznetzov's second line. Ovechkin called the two losses in Raleigh 'a wake-up call for all of us. 'We can't hope that one guy is going to make a save or score a goal,' he added. 'You have to go out there and play your game. If you don't want to do it, don't play.' Injuries have been a critical subplot during the series for the Hurricanes, who have lost three forwards in two games. 'We got way more injuries than they do,' Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. The latest to go down was Jordan Martinook, who appeared to sustain a right knee injury after his heel slammed into the boards while attempting a first-period hit on Dmitry Orlov in the offensive zone. Brind'Amour said he may have reaggravated a lower body injury that has nagged him for a while. Martinook briefly returned later in the period but did not play after that. Rookie Andrei Svechnikov was in the concussion protocol after taking a punch from Ovechkin in Game 3 and physical forward Micheal Ferland also was out with an upper body injury. But Teravainen and Foegele were at full strength — and the Hurricanes needed them. Teravainen put the Hurricanes up 2-1 with 27.9 seconds left in the second. Sebastian Aho passed to Nino Niederreiter, who found Teravainen streaking down the center of the ice and he slipped the puck between Holtby's pads for his first goal of the series. 'I don't know what happened there,' Teravainen said. 'I saw Nino get the puck, and I was a little open, so I just took a couple steps and I had a pretty good chance. ... I just closed my eyes and put it in.' That came after Ovechkin tied it at 1 with 9:25 remaining in the second and with 8 seconds left on a hooking minor to Teravainen. His one-time blast from the circle off a pass from Orlov got past a stickless Brock McGinn and by Mrazek. Foegele, who scored the first two goals of Carolina's Game 3 romp, immediately picked up where he left off and put them up 1-0 with the quickest goal they've ever scored in a playoff game. Carolina caught the Capitals with an early 2-on-nobody rush and Jaccob Slavin passed to Foegele, who scored into an open net. 'He's a prototypical playoff guy,' Williams said of Foegele. 'I feel like he's kind of built for playoffs.' NOTES: The record crowd was announced at 19,202. ... Carolina D Calvin de Haan played for the first time in the series. He had been out since March 31 with an upper body injury. ... Svechnikov skated earlier in the day.... Washington scratched D Christian Djoos while rookie D Jonas Siegenthaler made his series debut. UP NEXT The series shifts to Washington for Game 5 on Saturday night. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of 'God Bless America' during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. The New York Daily News reported Thursday there are conflicting claims about Smith's 1939 song 'That's Why Darkies Were Born.' The song originated in the 1931 Broadway revue 'George White's Scandals,' and was considered satire. It was recorded by Smith and also by Paul Robeson, who was black. The team said in a statement: 'The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information. The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.' Smith died in 1986. The Yankees have used her recording of 'God Bless America' and sometimes live singers during the seventh inning since the 2001 terrorist attacks. They used an organ version Wednesday and Thursday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Joel Embiid is not playing for the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night in Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets because of a sore left knee. Embiid warmed up before the game but the 76ers announced shortly before the start that the All-Star center wouldn't be available. Greg Monroe was listed as their starter. Embiid was troubled by the knee late in the regular season and was listed as doubtful for Game 1 of the series. But he played in both games in Philadelphia, collecting a pair of double-doubles. The series is tied 1-1.
  • Eun-Hee Ji rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 18th with a pitch-in eagle on the par-5 first and shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Nelly Korda on Thursday in the Lotte Championship. Ji had a 15-under 129 total to break the tournament 36-hole record by five strokes. 'I think it was lucky (today),' Ji said. 'I had to chip it in three times. Makes a lot of difference for me.' She played her final nine in the afternoon at Ko Olina in 6-under 30, following the eagle with birdies on four of the next seven holes. 'I just kept focus on my game,' Ji said. 'I hit it well and made a lot of putts from there. That makes it a lot different.' The 32-year-old South Korean won the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January in Florida for her fifth LPGA Tour title. Her biggest victory came in the 2009 U.S. Women's Open. Korda birdied four of her final five in the breezy morning session in a 68, also finishing on No. 9. 'It was completely different to yesterday,' Korda said. 'I actually experienced Hawaii weather today. It was tough. I didn't hit every shot perfect. I had a couple bogeys. But I ended up playing pretty solid today.' The 20-year-old American won the Women's Australian Open in February for her second LPGA Tour title. She opened the season with five straight top-10 finishes before tying for 52nd two weeks ago in the major ANA Inspiration. Defending champion Brooke Henderson (68) and 2016 winner Minjee Lee (68) were tied for third at 11 under. If the 21-year-old Henderson claims her eighth LPGA Tour title Saturday, she will tie Sandra Post's record for victories by a Canadian. Henderson and Korda played junior golf together. 'It's pretty cool to have us both make it this far on tour,' Henderson said. 'Growing up playing junior events together I think this was both of our dreams, so it's pretty cool to come out here and have it be a reality every single day.' Azahara Munoz (66) and Moriya Jutanugarn (67) were 10 under. Michelle Wie shot her second straight 77 to finish ahead of only one of the 143 players to complete two rounds. The 2014 winner in her home event, she has struggled with pain in her right hand following offseason surgery.