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June 9, 2018

CLEVELAND (AP) — Displaying their firepower and their poise, the Golden State Warriors have won back-to-back NBA championships. They cruised to a 108-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin Durant was voted MVP. LeBron James revealed afterward that he played the final three games with “a broken hand” he injured himself by punching a white-board after the Game 1 overtime loss.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels say rookie pitching sensation Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) was put on the disabled list by with a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow. It’s an ominous injury that will be re-evaluated in three weeks and brought his season to at least a temporary halt. The Angels said Ohtani’s right ulnar collateral ligament has a Grade 2 sprain, which typically indicates some degree of damage but not a complete tear.

DENVER (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt has looked like a new slugger since the calendar turned. Goldschmidt continued his sizzling June with two long home runs and a double, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4 on Friday night. It was his second straight game with at least three hits, and he has raised his average by 32 points in the past eight days.

NEW YORK (AP) — San Diego Padres pitcher Jose Torres has accepted a suspension without pay for the rest of the year by Major League Baseball after his December arrest on domestic violence charges. Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday the penalty is retroactive to June 5 and covers 100 games. The suspension will cost the reliever $349,000 of his $550,000 salary.

NEW YORK (AP) — Justify is seeking to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years when he runs in the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is the early 4-5 favorite for Saturday’s 1 ½-mile Belmont, the longest and most grueling of the three-race series. If Justify beats nine rivals in the 150th Belmont, Bob Baffert would become the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice.

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