Rockets rout Warriors 127-105 to tie series at 1-all

Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, and forward Luc Mbah a Moute vie for a loose ball during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were the best team in the NBA in the regular season.

Golden Knights top Jets 4-2, take 2-1 series lead

Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference finals hockey playoffs series against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals — including an empty-netter in the closing seconds — to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Western Conference final Wednesday night.

Justify draws 7 post, is heavy favorite in Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Justify walks in a barn with trainer Bob Baffert, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, after Justify's arrival at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 19. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Having the Preakness favorite has never bothered Bob Baffert before and it doesn’t bother him with Justify.

Rangers beat Mariners 5-1, Marlins top Dodgers 6-5

Texas Rangers trainer Kevin Harmon, left, touches the stomach of starting pitcher Bartolo Colon after Colon was hit with a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Jean Segura during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Seattle. Colon stayed in the game. The Rangers won 5-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Bartolo Colon laughed off having Jean Segura’s line drive hit him in the stomach, allowing four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and giving the Texas Rangers a 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

Reyna helps Whitecaps to 2-2 draw with Earthquakes

Vancouver Whitecaps' Yordy Reyna, left, beats San Jose Earthquakes' Francois Affolter to the ball and takes a shot on goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jordy Reyna had a goal and an assist to help the Vancouver Whitecaps rally for a 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night.

Illini rely on student who geeks out on baseball analytics

In this May 15, 2018 photo, Charlie Young, an intern in the Baltimore Orioles' analytics department, poses for a photograph outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. As a self-described baseball geek and a student at the University of Illinois, Young was at the right place at the right time when the Illini became one of the increasing number of college teams to delve into analytics. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Charlie Young, a student at the University of Illinois and a self-described baseball geek, was at the right place at the right time when the Illini became one of the increasing number of college teams to delve into analytics.

Coach in Japan denies telling players to commit fouls

Kwansei Gakuin head coach Hideaki Toriuchi, right, and the team football director Hiromu Ono attend a press conference in Nishinomiya, western Japan Thursday May 17, 2018. The head coach of Nihon University football team has denied instructing his players to commit fouls against opponents after footage of a controversial tackle went viral. In the video played widely on Japanese television, a Kwansei Gakuin quarterback is blindsided with a late hit by a Nihon University player in the May 6 game. (Keiji Uesyo/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — The head coach of a Japanese college football team has denied instructing his players to commit fouls against opponents after footage of a controversial tackle went viral.

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