Celtics rout Cavaliers...Capitals beat Lightning, again...Webb Simpson runs away with Players Championship
BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown had 23 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 boards, and the Boston Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Al Horford scored 20 points for the Celtics, who ran off 17 consecutive points in the first quarter to pull away. Kevin Love had 17 points and LeBron James finished with 15 points, Game 2 is Tuesday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Capitals scored in the opening minute of the game and twice in the last 1:02 of the second period to pull away to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final. Since 1974-75, teams that take a 2-0 lead in the conference final or semifinal have a series record of 39-2. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Washington.
NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton went 4 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, sending Luis Severino and the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics after a long rain delay. Severino struck out seven in six innings as New York won for the 19th time in 22 games to remain tied with rival Boston for the best record in the majors at 28-12.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber became the American League’s first six-game winner as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 11-2 on Sunday. The reigning Cy Young Award winner gave up two unearned runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits. Kluber, who is no 6 and 2, was backed by four hits from Yan Gomes, including a three-run homer. Jose Ramirez also hit a three-run shot and Michael Brantley had a two-run homer as the Indians had 15 hits.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson navigated his way through a few mistakes but not too much stress to win The Players Championship. Staked to a seven-shot lead, no one got closer than four shots of Simpson, even after a double bogey on the 18th hole when his only concern was finishing the hole. Tiger Woods made another big run that revved up the crowd but had a watery-mishap on the treacherous 17th, an island par-3.