Warriors' Durant available for Game 4

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Golden State's Kevin Durant is available to play in Monday night's Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers after missing the past two games because of a strained left calf, the Warriors announced.

Durant participated in shootaround earlier in the day, but was listed as questionable going into the game. The Warriors led the series 3-0 with a chance to eliminate the Blazers.

Acting head coach Mike Brown told reporters before the game. There were no restrictions on his minutes, but he would be closely monitored.

Powell helps Raptors go up 3-2 on Bucks

TORONTO (AP) Norm Powell scored a career playoff-high 25 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 10 assists and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-93 in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Monday night.

Serge Ibaka scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 for the Raptors, who can advance to face defending champion Cleveland in the second round with a victory in Game 6 at Milwaukee on Thursday night.

Many in the sellout crowd of 20,251 rose to their feet and chanted `Raps in six' in the final minute of the game. (MORE)

Judge: Release Hernandez suicide notes

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Aaron Hernandez's family and friends bid farewell to the former NFL star at a private funeral Monday, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time he is buried.

Dozens of mourners turned out for the invitation-only service in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, including his mother and fiancee, several of his defense attorneys, and friends from his playing days with the University of Florida and the New England Patriots.

Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, hanged himself in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts on April 19. Only days earlier he had been acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012. (MORE)

Seahawks GM: Sherman trade unlikely

RENTON, Wash. (AP) As has often been the case for the past month, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider had to address the latest Monday about star cornerback Richard Sherman and his future.

From Schneider's position, nothing the Seahawks have heard thus far leads him to believe that Sherman will be traded.

"Right now we've kind of moved past it and if somebody calls and goes crazy with something then we'll discuss it again," Schneider said. "I don't mean go crazy, but you know what I mean. Like, give you compensation where it's something where you really, truly have to think about it and consider it, then we would have to consider it. And we could consider it because, like I said, it's been a mutual thing. It's OK. And we feel like it would clear cap room and we would be able to get younger, but that's the only reason we'd do it. I mean, the guy's one of the top cornerbacks in the league. You don't just give him away." (MORE)

Gillislee to Pats as Bills don't match

BOSTON (AP) The Buffalo Bills have not matched the contract offer tendered by the New England Patriots to restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee.

The team announced the decision Monday, making official the offer sheet Gillislee signed. Terms were not disclosed, but a person with direct knowledge of the tender offer told The Associated Press last week that it is a two-year, $6.4 million deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not being made public.

As a result of not matching the Patriots' offer, the Bills receive New England's fifth-round selection, 163rd overall, in this week's draft as compensation. (MORE)

Barnes 4 game-ban for buzzing Machado

NEW YORK (AP) Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined for throwing a fastball past the head of Baltimore star Manny Machado.

The commissioner's office issued the penalty Monday. The Red Sox are off and Barnes is appealing, meaning the reliever can continue to pitch until the process is done.

Barnes was ejected Sunday after sailing a fastball past Machado's helmet at Baltimore. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in nine games this season. (MORE)

Northwestern extends Fitzgerald to 2026

Northwestern has agreed to a new contract with football coach Pat Fitzgerald that runs through the 2026 season, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because Northwestern planned to make a formal announcement on Tuesday. In a news release, the school said a news conference was scheduled with Fitzgerald, athletic director Jim Phillips and basketball coach Chris Collins at the Under Armour Brand House in Chicago on Tuesday. One of the people who spoke to the AP says Collins is also receiving a new contract.

ESPN was first to report Fitzgerald's deal. (MORE)

Gun accident kills dad of draft hopeful

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The father of former Florida State football star Travis Rudolph was killed when authorities say a gun accidentally went off at a Florida strip club.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 55-year-old Darryl Rudolph was in a storage room fixing items at Sugar D's Adult Club in West Palm Beach when another worker moved a gun off a shelf in an adjacent room and it fired. The bullet struck Rudolph in the back of the neck on Friday.

Wide receiver Travis Rudolph led Florida State in receiving the past two seasons and is forgoing his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft this week. (MORE)

Thornton has torn ACL, future unclear

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Before Joe Thornton heads into an uncertain offseason where he could be a free agent and leave San Jose after nearly 12 years, he had more pressing business.

Thornton underwent surgery on a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee Monday to repair an injury that sidelined him less than two weeks before he returned to play the final four games of a first-round series loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

"I've been in this business a long time," general manager Doug Wilson said. "You see a player play with that type of injury tells you all you need to know about him." (MORE)

Canadiens seek best fit for Galchenyuk

BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) The Montreal Canadiens haven't given up on hope that Alex Galchenyuk will one day be their top-line center.

But heading into the NHL offseason, he remains on the left wing.

General manager Marc Bergevin and coach Claude Julien met with the 2012 third overall draft pick on Monday at exit meetings following their first-round playoff loss to the New York Rangers. (MORE)

Blue Jackets may look to add offense

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Despite an early exit from the playoffs, Columbus Blue Jackets executives like the team's development and defensive depth.

However they won't rule out a trade this summer that would bring another standout goal-scorer to town.

The Blue Jackets, picked by many to finish near the bottom of the stout Metropolitan Division, won a franchise-record 50 games and 108 points on the way to a third-place finish in the division behind Washington and Pittsburgh. (MORE)


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