NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Rockets take out Westbrook, Thunder UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have found a way to stop Russell Westbrook from getting triple-doubles - by ending the Oklahoma City Thunder's season. The Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by knocking off the Thunder, 105-99 in Game 5. James Harden had 34 points and Lou Williams added 22 to help Houston reach Round 2 for the second time in three seasons.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Dallas Keuchel pitched another masterpiece and the Houston Astros endured a frightening collision in a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Keuchel pitched a complete game to extend his promising start to the season, even as Jose Altuve and Teoscar Hernandez left after colliding in the eighth inning. The pair appeared to avoid serious injury and was in Houston's clubhouse following the game.
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DALLAS (AP) -- The woman seen sobbing in a viral video after an American Airlines flight attendant took away her stroller now has a lawyer -- the same attorney representing a man dragged off a United Express flight earlier this month. The Chicago lawyer, Thomas Demetrio, says the American flight attendant was "out of control" and nearly hit one of the woman's two young children with the stroller.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Jerry Jones honored DeMarcus Ware with a ceremonial signing Monday that allowed the franchise sacks leader to retire as a Dallas Cowboy on the same day the team owner discussed how the draft might help find the next dominant pass rusher. Whenever the Cowboys decide to pay homage to Tony Romo with their 10-year starter heading to the broadcast booth, they will do so feeling secure about their future under center.
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HOUSTON (AP) -- The Latest on the confrontation on an American Airlines flight (all times local): 6 p.m. A passenger on an American Airlines flight says a flight attendant who has since been grounded nearly hit a baby when he jerked a stroller away from a woman holding the child. Olivia Morgan, an executive with an education-related nonprofit, tells the New York Times (http://nyti.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Another day, another cellphone video of a conflict on an airplane. American Airlines said it grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger on a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth.
NC STATE-KEATTS CONTRACT NC State coach Keatts signs 6-year deal worth $2.2M annually RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- New North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts has signed his six-year contract with the school worth at least $2.2 million per year. N.C. State officials released a copy of the contract Friday. The deal will pay the men's basketball coach an annual salary of $1.1 million plus another $1.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The American Athletic Conference announced ESPN Events has acquired the Miami Beach Bowl and the game will move out of Florida. The Miami Beach Bowl was created by the American and has been played at Marlins Park the past three seasons.
April 23 1903 -- The New York Highlanders, later renamed Yankees, win their first game as a major league team, 7-2 over the Washington Senators. 1946 -- Ed Head of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitches a no-hitter against the Boston Braves, 5-0 at Ebbets Field. 1950 -- The Detroit Red Wings edge the New York Rangers 4-3 in Game 7 to win the Stanley Cup.
One of the spoils of being champion: The New England Patriots will kick off the NFL season on Sept. 7 by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. New England earned that honor with its record comeback to beat Atlanta in the Super Bowl. Its opening opponent in a Thursday night game won the AFC West last season. The Falcons visit Chicago in their first game.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Republican-drawn map setting the boundaries of Texas' statehouse districts violates the U.S. Constitution by intentionally discriminating against minority voters, a federal court found Thursday -- the third such ruling against the state's voting laws in roughly a month.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kelsey Plum went first in the WNBA draft Thursday. Then, South Carolina took over. Plum was taken No. 1 by the San Antonio Stars. The Washington guard finished her college career with an NCAA-record 3,527 points. The Stars had the worst record last season and held the top pick for the first time in franchise history. "I've been dreaming about it for so long," Plum said.
DALLAS (AP) -- A deal to build a new Trump-brand hotel in Dallas has been abandoned. A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization said Thursday that the president's company told the developer not to pursue the deal with the city council. The developer, Mike Sarimsakci, declined to comment when reached by phone.
DALLAS (AP) -- Ken Hitchcock feels like he is coming home with his return to the Dallas Stars, more than 15 years after they fired the coach who led them to their only Stanley Cup championship. Hitchcock also knows his re-introduction to Dallas is about now -- not then. "I study history. I look at it all the time, but I don't live in it," the veteran coach said Thursday.
NHL PLAYOFFS Playoffs begin tonight UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL playoffs get underway tonight, with 16 teams aiming for the Stanley Cup. Defending champion Pittsburgh will try to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 to win consecutive championships. The Penguins begin their quest tonight when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Also tonight, the New York Rangers visit Montreal, Boston is in Ottawa, Minnesota hosts St.
DALLAS (AP) -- Coach Rick Carlisle draped his arm around Tony Romo as the crowd roared in the final minutes of the Dallas Mavericks' honorary game for the retiring Cowboys quarterback. Fans desperately wanted to see the career passing leader for the storied Cowboys franchise get in for at least a few seconds in a meaningless 109-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, and he was acting like he might actually play.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- As teammates changed around him in the locker room and made postgame dinner plans, guard Jason Terry eased forward in his seat at his locker, still in full uniform. The elder statesman of the Milwaukee Bucks is savoring another trip to the playoffs. The 39-year-old Terry can still provide energy off the bench and bury 3s as he approaches the end of his 18th NBA season.
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