• BC-AP Sports Digest

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    The supervisor is Jake Seiner, followed by Fred Lief at 9 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800 845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT. TOP STORIES BKN--WARRIORS ADVANCE OAKLAND, Calif. — As the Golden State Warriors made the long, frustrating flight home from Oklahoma City last week suddenly facing elimination, Draymond Green gathered with a few fellow starters at a table in the front of the plane to discuss how to get back to winning — and fast. No other choice to avoid a premature

  • Storm of 3s sinks Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    In the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 96-88 loss to Golden State Warriors on Monday, the Warriors kept those fans on their feet with a barrage of 3-pointers — 17 in total, including 13 combined from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

  • Restricted free agent Dion Waiters says he'd like to return to the Thunder: "Of course"

    Restricted free agent Dion Waiters says he\'d...

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 2 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Thunder's season ended late Monday night in Oakland, which officially marked the beginning of the Kevin Durant free agency watch. KD predictably side-stepped questions about his future postgame, saying he hadn't even begun thinking about it. But another Thunder free agent made his offseason desire clear. Reserve guard Dion Waiters is a restricted free agent. But he said he hopes to return to the Thunder. "Of course," Waiters said. "Why not? Since I got here I feel as though they have helped me become a better person off the court. It’s not even about basketball. I’ve never been connected with a group of guys like this that I’m actually close to. Why not? The best fans in

  • Stormed by 3s

    Stormed by 3s

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — For the final five minutes of the finest series of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, Oracle Arena didn't sit. No stoppages in play, no free throws, no brushback from Kevin Durant could quell the mass trying to yell the Thunder back to Oklahoma City, out of the Bay Area in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. In the Thunder's 96-88 loss to Golden State on Monday, the Warriors kept those fans on their feet with a barrage of 3-pointers — 17 in total, including 13 combined from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The final 3-pointer from Curry with 26.

  • 'Memorial Day has become ... our reality check'

    \'Memorial Day has become ... our reality check\'

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The rain clouds broke just in time Monday morning for the Memorial Day ceremony at the 45th Infantry Museum. The threat of getting wet didn't stop more than 100 people who turned out for the solemn celebration of those who died while serving in the nation's armed forces. The colors were posted by the governor's guard sharply at 10 a.m., and the tunes of the 145th Army Band kept the ceremony moving swiftly.   The keynote speaker at the event was Brig. Gen. David Burgy. Burgy is the chief of staff for the Joint Force Headquarters of the Oklahoma Air National Guard. Burgy is directly responsible to the adjutant general for the combat readiness and operational effectiveness of all units of the Oklahoma Air

  • Educators give high marks to bill that reduces tests

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    In a year when educators remain frustrated by state budget cuts, many school officials are praising legislation that eliminates some high school exams required for graduation. Schools across Oklahoma were asking for reductions in the number of mandated tests, and last week, the Legislature approved House Bill 3218, which removes the seven end-of-instruction exams high school students had been required to take. The bill was sent to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to approve the measure. If she does, the state's Board of Education will spend the next several months creating a single assessment to be considered by lawmakers next year. “We want to shift the focus to assessments that have value after high school,”

  • THUNDER-WARRIORS GAME 7 WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Paul Flannery, SB Nation, @Pflanns: “This game is going to leave deep scars.”  Tyler Lockett, Oklahoma native and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, @TDLockett12: “The 3-point line needs to be scooted back! They make it look too easy.”  Fran Fraschilla, ESPN, @franfraschilla: “Not that I would ever go into a bar, but if I did go into a bar, I want Steven Adams going in there with me.”  Robert Klemko, Sports Illustrated, @RobertKlemko: “This series makes you think about a best-of-three Super Bowl.” Bill Reiter, CBS Sports, @sportsreiter: “What a series. What a game.” Pat Forde, Yahoo! Sports, @YahooForde: “Boiling down to (Golden State) threes vs OKC offensive boards. Dazzling skill

  • Durant's late flurry comes up short

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — With the rope slipping, Kevin Durant made one last late push, a wing 3, a hard drive for free throws, a pull-up jumper and then a halfcourt roar as the Warriors called timeout. KD's personal 7-0 run had sliced Golden State's lead from 11 to four in 71 desperate seconds, giving the Thunder brief hope as its season — and Durant's future with the franchise — ticked toward a summer of uncertainty. “Can't leave anything in the clip,” Durant said. “Last game. Had to let it all fly.” But that brief hope didn't last long.

  • Thunder will regret Game 6, not 7

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — You thought Oracle Arena might lose its lid, and the Thunder its composure, when Steph Curry hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first quarter Monday night. Same when Klay Thompson went nuts in the second quarter, draining four 3-pointers in a four-minute span that cut into a 13-point Thunder lead. Definitely when the Warriors made 3-pointers on four straight possessions in the third quarter that wiped out the last lead of this Thunder season.

  • TNT analysts said Thunder altered its winning script in blowing 3-1 lead

    TNT analysts said Thunder altered its winning...

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com   | Updated: 3 hr ago

    TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith said the Oklahoma City Thunder blew their 3-1 series lead and lost the Western Conference Finals because they altered a winning script. “They resorted to what they did to blow the most regular-season leads,” Barkley said on the postgame show Monday night. “They play hero ball. You look at the first half. If they played like that the last two games, they would have been fine. But the last three games they did not play well.” Smith said the Thunder got away from its script of team basketball. “They (Golden State) stuck around long enough to see if the leopard would show his spots. They waited to see if Oklahoma would resort back to it, and they did.

  • Thunder Report Card: Grading the Thunder's 96-88 loss to Golden State in Game 7

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    The Thunder played hard and mostly smart, if not always well, and the grades reflect a performance that was laudable, if not impressive, in difficult circumstances: THIRD-QUARTER OFFENSE F The Thunder was in reasonably good shape at halftime, leading 48-42. But in the third quarter, the Thunder went from missing good shots to not getting good shots. OKC made just five of 19 shots in the period, including 0-of-7 from 3-point range. Few of those misses were good looks. The Thunder also committed three turnovers. Kevin Durant made two of five shots in the quarter. His teammates made three of 16. In 20 third-quarter possessions, the Thunder scored 12 points. That's where the game was lost.

  • THUNDER-WARRIORS GAME 7 BY THE NUMBERS

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    .043 Series winning percentage for teams that faced a 3-1 deficit in the history of the NBA Playoffs. Golden State became only the 10th team out of 233 to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the series. 0 Wins in the last 18 attempts for a team going against an opponent with the regular-season MVP in a Game 7.  3 Players in NBA Playoffs history who have scored at least 25 points in every game of a seven-game conference-finals series. Kevin Durant, who scored 27 points Monday night, became the third, joining Michael Jordan and LeBron James. 5:45 Left in the first quarter before Durant took his first shot of the game, the latest into a game that he attempted his first shot in any game this season, according to ESPN

  • Golden State coach praises Oklahoma City’s improvement

    By Anthony Slater   | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Just minutes after reaching his second NBA Finals in his second season as a coach, Steve Kerr began his news conference by congratulating the team he'd just dispatched to make it there — the Thunder. Here are a few of his postgame comments: Opening statement Kerr: “Before we get to the questions, I want to first say congratulations to OKC and their organization. Phenomenal basketball team that we just played, and we survived by the skin of our teeth. But they're incredibly talented, incredibly well-coached. I thought Billy (Donovan) and his staff did a phenomenal job. They had us on our heels constantly in this series. I want to say congrats also to Sam Presti, who is a good friend of mine. With the joy of winning,

  • OKC’s Adams, Golden State’s Green end rugged series with respect

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Six games and two quarters into the Western Conference finals, you could feel it coming. Draymond Green and Steven Adams just had to continue their tradition of dust-ups in the climatic series. Be it a knee a foot or an elbow, there had to be some contact between the two physical frontcourt players. The final physicality between Adams and Green wasn't of violence. When the Warriors finished off the series with a 96-88 win in Game 7, Green and Adams shared a hug. “That was a battle, bro,” Adams said. “That's why I felt I needed to go up after the game, to just give him credit, man.” “There was no apology from either of us. Just a congratulations.

  • Tributes: Former Gov. David Hall played for Classen's state title team in 1948

    By Scott Munn | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: David Hall, 85, of La Jolla, Calif. The 20th governor of Oklahoma was an exceptional athlete. He helped Classen High School win the state basketball championship in 1948. Hall moved to California in 1976 and continued to play sports. He won Senior Olympics medals in basketball and tennis. Hall also played on an over-80 basketball team that took the bronze medal at a national tournament in 2014. One of Hall's Classen High teammates, Jim Gonders, died at age 85 in Oklahoma City. A former U.S. Marine who worked for Cities Service Co. in Bartlesville. Gonders once oversaw the drilling and production for the Gulf of Mexico.

  • OCU shut out by Saint Xavier

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Saint Xavier (Ill.) knocked off top-ranked Oklahoma City 1-0 in the NAIA Softball World Series in Sioux City, Iowa, on Monday. Saint Xavier pitcher Nicole Nonnemacher held the Stars to just one hit with nine strikeouts and no walks while tossing a complete-game shutout. She also threw a one-hit shutout on Sunday for fifth-ranked Saint Xavier (45-8-1) in a 1-0 win over Simpson (Calif.). Nonnemacher's performance marked the first time all season OCU (62-3) had been shutout. Freshman Georgia Wall took her first loss of the season after 23 consecutive victories. The Marlow native allowed four hits and three walks with two strikeouts over six innings. OCU will face Williams Baptist in an elimination game at 1 p.m. on

  • Thunder journal: Steven Adams, Draymond Green end rugged series with respect

    Thunder journal: Steven Adams, Draymond Green...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Six games and two quarters into the Western Conference finals, you could feel it coming. Draymond Green and Steven Adams just had to continue their tradition of dust-ups in the climatic series. Be it a knee a foot or an elbow, there had to be some contact between the two physical frontcourt players. The final physicality between Adams and Green wasn't of violence. When the Warriors finished off the series with a 96-88 win in Game 7, Green and Adams shared a hug. “That was a battle, bro," Adams said. “That's why I felt I needed to go up after the game, to just give him credit, man." “There was no apology from either of us. Just a congratulations.

  • Thunder Report Card: Grading the Thunder's 96-88 loss to Golden State in Game 7

    Thunder Report Card: Grading the Thunder\'s...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Thunder played hard and mostly smart, if not always well, and the grades reflect a performance that was laudable, if not impressive, in difficult circumstances: THIRD-QUARTER OFFENSE: F. The Thunder was in reasonably good shape at halftime, leading 48-42. But in the third quarter, the Thunder went from missing good shots to not getting good shots. OKC made just five of 19 shots in the period, including 0-of-7 from 3-point range. Few of those misses were good looks. The Thunder also committed three turnovers. Kevin Durant made two of five shots in the quarter. His teammates made three of 16. In 20 third-quarter possessions, the Thunder scored 12 points. That's where the game was lost. 3-POINT DEFENSE: C.

  • Game 7 Q&A: Warriors coach Steve Kerr

    Game 7 Q&A: Warriors coach Steve Kerr

    By Anthony Slater   | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Just minutes after reaching his second NBA Finals in his second season as a coach, Steve Kerr began his news conference by congratulating the team he'd just dispatched to make it there — the Thunder. Here are a few of his postgame comments: Opening statement Kerr: “Before we get to the questions, I want to first say congratulations to OKC and their organization. Phenomenal basketball team that we just played, and we survived by the skin of our teeth. But they're incredibly talented, incredibly well-coached. I thought Billy (Donovan) and his staff did a phenomenal job. They had us on our heels constantly in this series. I want to say congrats also to Sam Presti, who is a good friend of mine. With the joy of

  • Kevin Durant's late flurry comes up short as Thunder season ends, uncertain begins

    Kevin Durant\'s late flurry comes up short as...

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — With the rope slipping, Kevin Durant made one last late push — a wing 3, a hard drive for free throws, a pull-up jumper and then a halfcourt roar as the Warriors called timeout. KD's personal 7-0 run had sliced Golden State's lead from 11 to four in 71 desperate seconds, giving the Thunder brief hope as its season — and Durant's future with the franchise — ticked toward a summer of uncertainty. “Can't leave anything in the clip,” Durant said. “Last game. Had to let it all fly.” But that brief hope didn't last long.




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