NFL owners voted to approve several rule changes at the spring league meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, including shortening overtime periods to 10 minutes after the idea was proposed at the annual league meeting in March. The owners also voted to allow two players to return off the injured reserve list during the season instead of one and to eliminate the waves of preseason roster cuts and create one deadline to set a 53-man roster.
SAN ANTONIO—Stephen Curry scored 36 points and Kevin Durant added 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors strolled to a 129-115 win over the short-handed but game San Antonio Spurs on Monday at the AT&T Center, finishing off a four-game sweep of the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. Golden State moves on to play either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. The Warriors will have nine days to rest for that series, which begins in Oakland, Calif., on June 1.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A date with history awaited the Nashville Predators on Monday night. They kept it, in spite of being badly outshot by the Anaheim Ducks. Colton Sissons' third goal of the game at 14:00 of the third period broke a tie and led Nashville to a 6-3 win that gave the Predators the Western Conference finals four games to two. The Predators clinched their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
BALTIMORE -- Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs, and Miguel Sano homered and finished with three RBIs as the Minnesota Twins rallied from an early five-run deficit and defeated the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 on Monday night. Sano went 4-for-6 with three runs. He hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and had three singles. Kepler finished 3-for-6 with three runs. Eduardo Escobar also drove in three runs, which came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and a two-run double in the sixth that gave the Twins an 11-6 lead. Jorge Polanco went 4-for-5 with one RBI.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nolan Arenado homered and German Marquez pitched five strong innings as the Colorado Rockies continued their success on the road with a 5-1 win in the first game of a split doubleheader on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins. Marquez (2-2) gave up one run on four hits and a walk to win his second straight start. Mark Reynolds added a two-run single for Colorado, which won its 13th road game of the season. The Rockies are tied for second in the majors in road wins behind Houston's 15 and trail only Houston in overall wins this season with 26 victories.
OTTAWA—The Ottawa Senators regained the lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday night. Mike Hoffman, Marc Methot, Derick Brassard, Zack Smith and Kyle Turris scored for the Senators, who now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Sidney Crosby replied for the Penguins, who trailed 5-0 after two periods. The Senators chased Penguins starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with four goals on nine shots in the first 12:52. Fleury was replaced by Matt Murray, who made 19 saves.
BOSTON—So much for the layoff hurting the Cleveland Cavaliers. The defending champions, playing their first game since May 7, put on a clinic, leading wire to wire and cruising to a 117-104 blowout of the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. Game 2 is Friday night at TD Garden before the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4.
The Minnesota Twins game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday at Target Field in Minneapolis was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up Thursday following the originally scheduled early afternoon game against the Rockies to close out the three-game set. Wednesday's scheduled starters, Minnesota's Ervin Santana (6-1, 1.50 ERA) and Colorado's German Marquez (1-2, 4.88), will be the starters in Thursday's first game. In Thursday's second game, the Twins' Jose Berrios will face the Rockies' Tyler Chatwood.
The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a one-year contract with former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount on Wednesday. The deal is worth up to a reported $2.8 million for the 30-year-old Blount, who entered free agency after the best season of his seven-year NFL career in 2016.
OAKLAND, Calif.—The Golden State Warriors took full advantage of Kawhi Leonard's absence Tuesday night, bombing the uninspired San Antonio Spurs with 18 3-pointers en route to a 136-100 trouncing in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Stephen Curry scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in a 33-16 first-quarter run-away, propelling the Warriors into a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that now shifts to San Antonio.