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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors find themselves in familiar territory after failing to close out a series on the road. For the third straight series, the Warriors lost their first chance to advance while playing on the road but they can make it to their sixth NBA Finals in the past eight years by finishing off the Dallas Mavericks at home in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night. The Warriors managed to rebound after those slipups in the first two rounds against Denver and Memphis and are hoping for a repeat after losing 119-109 at Dallas in Game 4.

UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have been perfect at home in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They’re leaning on that home success to carry them since they haven’t won a road game so far. Carolina hosts the New York Rangers tonight in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series. The home teams are unbeaten in the first four games to set up a 2-2 tie. Carolina also advanced past Boston in the first round by winning all four home games in a series that lasted seven games. Tonight’s schedule also includes the Edmonton Oilers trying to close out the Calgary Flames. The Oilers have won three straight since a 9-6 road loss in Game 1.

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The ailing New York Yankees open a four-game series at Tampa Bay tonight. It’s the first meeting this year between the heated AL East rivals. New York leads the division over the second-place Rays, but manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees know Tampa Bay will “be there the whole way.” Tampa Bay went 11-8 against the Yankees last season, outscoring them 98-50 on the way to its second successive AL East title. Nestor Cortes pitches for the Yankees against fellow lefty Ryan Yarbrough.

PARIS (AP) — U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev has made it to the third round at the French Open for the second straight year with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Laslo Djere. The second-seeded Russian has won all six sets he has played so far this week and dropped a total of only 16 games. Medvedev began his French Open career with an 0-4 record by losing his opening matches in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He snapped that skid by getting to the quarterfinals in 2021.

PARIS (AP) — No. 3 Paola Badosa has become the first woman seeded in the top 10 to reach the third round at the French Open this year. Badosa outlasted 68th-ranked Kaja Juvan 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 today in a match that took more than two hours. All five of the women seeded in the top 10 and placed on the bottom half of the draw are already out of the field. Badosa is in the top half, where No. 8 Karolina Pliskova lost earlier today. The two-time major finalist was ousted by a French wild-card entry playing in her first Grand Slam tournament.

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