Durant a champion, MVP...Judge blasts homer in front of parents...Tax charges for Cristiano Ronaldo
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant got what he came for. The Golden State forward is waking up today as an NBA champion with an MVP trophy. The Warriors beat the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers last night, 129-120, to reclaim the championship. Durant says he heard the criticism that he was “hopping on bandwagons,” when he joined the Warriors, who won a league record 73 games last season and an NBA championship the season before. But Durant says he worked hard to help the team, “be aggressive and sacrifice as well.”
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Judge continues to hammer baseballs out of the ballparks around the league. Last night, he did it in front of his parents in Anaheim. After striking out twice early in the game and airmailing a throw to the plate that allowed a run to score during the Angels’ tying rally, the Yankee right fielder hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth to lead New York to its sixth consecutive victory, 5-3 over Los Angeles.
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox knocked off Philadelphia, 6-5, last night on Dustin Pedroia’s (peh-DROY’-uhz) RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. Hanley Ramirez slammed a solo shot after Andrew Benintendi hit a bases-empty blast. Mookie Betts had four hits with three doubles and a single in the Bosox’s third win in four games.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea today. Speaking to reporters at the airport in Beijing on his way to Pyongyang, Rodman says he’s “trying to open a door” between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump. The former NBA star knows them both, making four previous trips to Pyongyang and having appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice.” In separate development, the State Department says North Korea has released an American university student who had been serving a 15-year prison term. That statement makes no mention of Rodman’s visit. U.S. officials say Rodman is in North Korea as a private citizen.
MADRID (AP) — Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is in some legal trouble in Spain. A state prosecutor has charged the Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo with defrauding Spain’s tax office of about $16.5 million in unpaid taxes. The prosecutor Ronaldo “took advantage of a business structure created in 2010 to hide from fiscal authorities income generated in Spain from image rights.” Ronaldo’s agency has said he was up to date on his taxes.