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Last Update on May 26, 2015 02:43 GMT


HOUSTON (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors almost experienced their worst-case scenario for the rest of the NBA playoffs.

League MVP Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry was able to walk to the locker room after a nasty spill where he flipped over in the air and his head crashed to the court in the first half of tonight's game at Houston. The All-Star point guard jumped in the air as Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zuh) was about to go up for a shot. Ariza saw him and stopped abruptly, causing Curry to be upended in midair when he crashed into Ariza's shoulder. His head hit the court and it propelled him up and back onto the floor where he remained for several minutes.

There was no immediate word as to whether he would return. The Rockets led 69-59 at halftime.

The Warriors lead the Western Conference final series 3-0.


UNDATED (AP) -- Not many baseball fans expected the Minnesota Twins to be playoff contenders through Memorial Day, especially after their 1-6 start. But the Twins are within two games of Kansas City for first place in the American League Central following their seventh victory in nine games.

Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer to cap the Twins' six-run second in a 7-2 trouncing of Boston. Eduardo Escobar was among six Twins with at least two hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Ricky Nolasco worked a season-high 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits to improve to 5-1 despite a 5.12 ERA.

Minnesota is 26-18 overall this season, 25-12 since the early-season skid.

In other major league action:

-- St. Louis pulled out a 3-2 victory over Arizona on Jhonny Peralta's (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tahz) solo homer in the bottom of the 10th. Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez tossed seven scoreless innings before Mark Trumbo tied the game with a two-run blast off Kevin Siegrist in the eighth.

-- Denard Span led off the game with a home run and Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs) broke a tie with a sixth-inning blast in Washington's 2-1 win over the Cubs. The NL East-leading Nationals have won eight of their last nine games and are 20-5 since April 27.

-- Charlie Morton looked good in his return from offseason hip surgery, allowing two runs in seven innings of Pittsburgh's fourth consecutive win, 4-2 over Miami. Francisco Cervelli (sur-VEH'-lee) put the Pirates ahead with a three-run homer in the second before Pedro Alvarez added a solo shot to help the Bucs reach .500 for the first time since May 11.

-- Toronto was a 6-0 winner over the Chicago White Sox behind Drew Hutchison's four-hitter. Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs, while Josh Donaldson added a solo blast to support Hutchison's second career shutout.

-- Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kehl) as Baltimore downed Houston 4-3. Keuchel entered the game 6-0 and had allowed just one home run all season.

-- Bartolo Colon is 7-3 after allowing three runs and six hits in six innings of the New York Mets' 6-3 triumph over Philadelphia. Wilmer Flores hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning after Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) went deep.

-- Roenis Elias gave up a run and six hits in six innings to pitch Seattle past Tampa Bay 4-1. Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') laced a pair of RBI singles and Mike Zunino smacked a solo homer in the Mariners' third victory in four games.

-- Jesse Hahn's first complete game is a four-hitter in Oakland's 4-0 shutout of Detroit. Max Muncy and Sam Fuld hit RBI doubles in the decisive four-run sixth inning.

-- Josh Hamilton was 0-for-3 in his season debut, but Prince Fielder and Elvis Andrus (AN'-droos) each homered and had three RBIs to carry Texas past Cleveland 10-8. The Indians led 8-7 in the seventh until Fielder hit an RBI single and scored on a throwing error by reliever Zach McAllister.

-- Chase Headley, Brian McCann and Brett Gardner homered during an eight-run first inning to spark the Yankees to 14-1 rout of the Kansas City Royals. Stephen Drew and Slade Heathcott also homered for the Yankees, who unleashed a 14-hit attack to snap a six-game losing streak.

-- Hunter Pence's two-run double capped a seven-run sixth inning in the Giants' 8-4 win over Milwaukee. Nori Aoki (NOHR'-ee ah-OH'-kee) homered and reached base in all five plate appearances to help the Giants overcome two homers by Khris Davis.

-- Nolan Arenado homered, had three hits and drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to help Colorado beat Cincinnati 5-4. The Reds have now dropped nine straight, their longest losing streak since they dropped 11 straight in June 1998.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz (MAT'-us) has appealed his eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during Saturday's game in Miami. Matusz will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard. Marlins manager Dan Jennings asked umpire Paul Emmel to inspect Matusz's right arm, and Emmel ejected the pitcher.


UNDATED (AP) -- Mets third baseman David Wright will travel to California to work with the staff of back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

Wright hasn't played since pulling his right hamstring against Philadelphia on April 14. His rehabilitation was put on hold May 6 when back pain developed. While Wright resumed baseball activities on May 18, the Mets said Saturday the seven-time All-Star felt lingering back pain and was diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.


-- The Blue Jays have activated shortstop Jose Reyes from the 15-day disabled list. Reyes has been sidelined since April 27 with a fractured left rib sustained on a check swing. He's batting .250 with no home runs and seven RBIs.

-- Tampa Bay has put first baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left middle finger. He was hurt sliding while stealing third base in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Oakland.

-- The Reds put catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left hip that limited him to pinch hitting and filling in as an interleague DH for the past six weeks. Mesoraco hasn't caught in a game since April 12. In the last six weeks. Mesoraco batted .178 with no homers and two RBIs.


UNDATED (AP) -- Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady's appeal won't be heard by Wednesday's 10-day deadline.

The Patriots quarterback is appealing the four-game suspension he received from the NFL for his alleged role in the use of deflated footballs during the AFC championship game. Although the collective bargaining agreement calls for it to be heard within 10 days, the league and the players' union can agree on delaying the hearing.

The union asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because it said he lacked impartiality and would be called as a witness.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have released defensive end Ray McDonald after he was accused of domestic violence and child endangerment in Northern California. It was the latest arrest for the former San Francisco 49er.

Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke tells the San Francisco Chronicle that McDonald was taken into custody at 7 a.m.

Chicago signed McDonald to a one-year contract in late March knowing it was a gamble given his history of legal issues.

He was released by the 49ers in December, just a month after the Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced it had declined to file charges against McDonald in a separate domestic violence investigation.

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