- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Ken Starr was stripped of his job as president of Baylor University after a scathing review found that under his leadership, the school did little to respond to accusations of sexual assault involving members of its vaunted football program.

The board of regents at the nation’s largest Baptist university said Starr will vacate the presidency on May 31 and stay on as chancellor and law school professor, jobs that will not include any “operational” duties for the school.

Baylor also fired football coach Art Briles and placed athletic director Ian McCaw on probation after an external investigation found the actions of football staff and athletics leadership “in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the university.”

The report didn’t identify specific cases, but two football players have been convicted of sexual assault since 2014. In the past year, there have been multiple reports of other alleged assaults and women who said the school did nothing to help.

PRO BASKETBALL

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State’s raucous crowd, and the defending champion Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

The MVP made a snazzy layup late and dished out six assists, while Klay Thompson added 27 points as Golden State sent the best the best-of-seven series back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Saturday night. Golden State trails 3-2 and is trying to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit.

Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for the fifth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and chasing just the second championship after the 1978-79 Seattle SuperSonics won it all.

NEW YORK (AP) - Stephen Curry has knocked down another honor.

The dead-eye point guard who led the Golden State Warriors to a record 73 wins in the regular season was named to the All-NBA first team. The league’s MVP was the only player named on all 129 ballots in voting by a panel of writers and broadcasters.

Curry was joined on the first team by Cleveland’s LeBron James, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan.

HOUSTON (AP) - Mike D’Antoni is taking his “Seven Seconds or Less” offense to Houston, where James Harden is waiting to give his new coach the kind of weapon that could be a perfect fit for his system.

D’Antoni reached agreement with the Rockets on a four-year deal, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the hiring, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies have their new coach: David Fizdale.

The Miami Heat assistant has accepted the Grizzlies’ offer to be their next coach, a person familiar with the negotiations said. Fizdale accepted the offer after he met with Memphis controlling owner Robert Pera on Wednesday in California, the person said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Grizzlies have not commented on the negotiations.

Yahoo! Sports first reported Fizdale has agreed to a four-year deal. Fizdale replaces Dave Joerger, who was fired May 7 after three seasons and three playoff appearances. This will be Fizdale’s first head coaching job.

HOCKEY

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Bryan Rust scored a pair of second-period goals and Matt Murray stopped 16 shots to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals to send the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009.

Pittsburgh will host Western Conference champion San Jose in Game 1 of the final Monday night.

Jonathan Drouin scored his fifth goal of the playoffs for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, but it wasn’t enough to send Tampa Bay back to the Cup Final for a second straight year. Captain Steven Stamkos had two shots in his return from a two-month layoff while dealing with a blood clot.

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed the league’s commitment to concussion research in a letter to the 32 team owners.

In the wake of a congressional study that concluded that NFL officials tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking away a project from a researcher the NFL feared was biased, Goodell called for “continued and robust support of independent medical research.”

Goodell told the owners the league never considered not honoring a $30 million commitment to the NIH “in its entirety.” He also stressed that the league will provide substantial additional funding for projects relating to safety equipment, treatment of athletes who have experienced concussions, and a study relating to the incidence and prevalence of long-term health consequences.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens have forfeited one week of offseason practices for violating the labor agreement on such workouts.

The NFL also fined coach John Harbaugh $137,000, while the team was fined $343,000 under current collective bargaining agreement guidelines. When the Ravens had rookies and first-year players don pads at a minicamp, it was a violation of the CBA rules.

BASEBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers are ready to unveil highly touted pitcher Julio Urias, calling him up to make his major league debut on Friday night in New York against the Mets.

The 19-year-old left-hander is 4-1 with a 1.10 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he has a 27-inning scoreless streak and 44 strikeouts in 41 innings.

Urias will replace lefty Alex Wood, who was scratched with triceps soreness. Wood is expected to make his next start on Monday in Chicago against the first-place Cubs. Urias will be the first 19-year-old to pitch for the Dodgers since fellow Mexican Fernando Valenzuela, who was promoted to the majors in September 1980. Urias will be the first teen to start for the team since Dick Calmus in 1963.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Such injuries usually sideline a player for a long period. Moustakas said he will seek a second opinion on the injury. Moustakas and left fielder Alex Gordon collided Sunday while chasing a fly ball in Chicago. Gordon went on the disabled list Monday with a right wrist fracture.

BOSTON (AP) - Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Boston Red Sox had his hitting streak ended at 29 games and teammate Xander Bogaerts took over the mantle of the longest current streak in the majors by keeping his alive at 19 games.

Bradley went 0 for 4 in the 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies after moving up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season. Thursday marked the first time this season any Red Sox player besides Mookie Betts, who had the night off, had led off a game.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have suspended pitching coach Neil Allen indefinitely with pay, following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

Minor league pitching coordinator Eric Rasmussen, who’s based in Fort Myers, Florida, at the team’s spring training and minor league facility, was named the interim pitching coach. The Twins were off Thursday, traveling to Seattle for a three-game series starting Friday. They issued a statement acknowledging awareness of the pending DWI charge, but they did not comment further.

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