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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry capped his 34-point night by hitting two free throws in the closing seconds of the Golden State Warriors' 110-106 triumph over Houston in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference finals. Golden State trailed 49-33 until Shaun Livingston scored 10 points during a 25-6 run that ended the first half and put the Warriors ahead by three. James Harden contributed 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals for the Rockets, but Dwight Howard finished with just seven points after bruising his left knee in the first quarter.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves will have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. It's the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record has won the lottery. The Los Angeles Lakers moved from the fourth spot to second, followed by Philadelphia and New York.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — NFL owners have approved the competition committee's proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on extra-point kicks to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2. That proposal places the 2-point conversion at the 2, and allows the defense to return a turnover to the other end zone for the two points, similar to the college rule.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he will not appeal the penalties for the team's role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. However, his decision will not affect quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft choices, including a first rounder next year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's now a first-place tie in both the American League East and NL East following Washington's 8-6 comeback win over the New York Yankees. The Nationals erased a 6-2 deficit and won it on Ryan Zimmerman's two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. The Yanks now share the AL East lead with Tampa Bay, while the Nats pulled even with the New York Mets in the NL East.
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