Update on the latest in sports:
Russell Westbrook wins NBA’s MVP Award
NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Westbrook has won the NBA’s MVP award after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles last season.
The Oklahoma City All-Star joined Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for an entire season, leading the Thunder into the playoffs after Kevin Durant left for Golden State.
Westbrook beat out Houston’s James Harden and San Antonio forward Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard for the league’s top honor.
He ended the two-year reign of Stephen Curry, who last season was the league’s first unanimous MVP.
It capped off the NBA Awards show Monday night, which included stirring tributes to Monty Williams, Craig Sager and Bill Russell.
In other NBA awards:
—Draymond Green is the Defensive Player of the Year, ending Kawhi Leonard’s two-year reign. Green was rewarded for his do-everything role with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. He led the league in steals and on Feb. 10 had the league’s first triple-double ever that didn’t include points, finishing with 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists.
—The Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets have become double winners. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KAHM’-poh) won the Most Improved Player award, following Malcolm Brogdon’s victory for Rookie of the Year to open the show Monday night.
—Houston’s Mike D’Antoni was voted Coach of the Year, the second time he has won the award. He led the Rockets to 55 victories and a league record for 3-pointers this season. D’Antoni, who also won the award while coaching Phoenix, followed Rockets guard Eric Gordon’s win for Sixth Man of the Year.
—Houston guard Eric Gordon has won the Sixth Man of the Year award in his first year as a reserve. Gordon beat out Rockets teammate Lou Williams and former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala for the award given to the league’s top player off the bench. He set an NBA single-season record for most 3-pointers off the bench, helping the high-scoring Rockets make more shots behind the arc than any team in history.
—Brogdon won the first award Monday night during the first NBA Awards show that was hosted by Drake. Brogdon beat out finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, both of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Cubs edge Nationals 5-4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wade Davis struck out big league batting leader Ryan Zimmerman with runners on second and third to end Washington’s ninth-inning rally, and the Chicago Cubs held off the Nationals 5-4 Monday night.
In jeopardy of being shut out for the first time this season, the NL East-leading Nationals scored four times in the ninth. Their comeback began against Hector Rondon and continued when Davis entered.
With Washington down 5-3, Bryce Harper’s single loaded the bases with two outs. Davis threw a wild pitch that scored a run before striking out a swinging Zimmerman, who’s hitting .344. The final pitch bounced, and catcher Willson Contreras zipped a low throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to close out the victory.
Contreras hit a leadoff home run in his first career game-opening at-bat and Eddie Butler (4-2) worked five scoreless innings to keep the Cubs ahead.
In other games:
—Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana each had three RBIs to help the Cleveland Indians rally from a seven-run deficit and beat the Texas Rangers 15-9 after manager Terry Francona left the game because he wasn’t feeling well. The Indians came back after trailing 9-2 in the fourth inning to avoid their first four-game losing streak since 2015.
—Chris Sale pitched 6 1/3 overpowering innings with nine strikeouts, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the third straight game and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 Monday in a matchup of two of the AL’s top teams. Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY’-uh) had two hits and drove in a run and Moreland added a sacrifice for Boston, which kept pace with the New York Yankees atop the East.
—Randal Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko each homered and drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 8-2. It was a makeup for an April 29 game that was postponed because of severe weather. Grichuk hit his second homer in two games since being recalled from Triple-A. The two-run drive in the fourth inning was his sixth of the season.
— Zack Greinke pitched five effective innings after a shaky start, Daniel Descalso had three RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Diamondbacks were sluggish Sunday against the Phillies, scratching out a 2-1 victory in 11 innings. They took advantage of a rough outing by Nick Pivetta (1-4) in the series finale, racking up six runs in less than three innings against the rookie right-hander.
— Jordan Montgomery matched his season high with seven solid innings and closer Aroldis Chapman shut down a ninth-inning rally just in time, lifting the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 6-5. New York led 6-1 entering the ninth, but Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve gave up a three-run homer to Tim Anderson and Chapman allowed an RBI double to Jose Abreu.
— Ricky Nolasco pitched into the seventh inning to pick up his first win in almost exactly two months, Yunel Escobar drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Angels snapped the Dodgers’ 10-game winning streak, 4-0. Nolasco (3-9) gave up five hits while striking out five and walking two in 6 2/3 innings.
— Buster Posey hit an RBI double in the first and a sacrifice fly two innings later, Jeff Samardzija struck out five pitching into the seventh and the San Francisco Giants snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Colorado Rockies 9-2. Brandon Belt and Denard Span each added run-scoring triples to back Samardzija (3-9).
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Singer’s 12 Ks help Gators beat LSU 4-3 in CWS finals opener
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jonathan India doubled in two runs, and Florida beat LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals.
The Gators (51-19) need a win Tuesday or Wednesday to earn their first national championship.
Singer’s strikeout total was highest by a single pitcher in a College World Series finals game. Singer (9-5) limited LSU (52-19) to three singles before Antoine Duplantis homered in the sixth.
Florida led 3-0 after LSU starter Russell Reynolds (1-2) issued three straight walks in the fourth, with India driving in two runs on a ground-rule double.
Vikings player jailed for failed alcohol tests
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona judge has ordered Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd to serve one day in jail for failing alcohol tests that he blames on a type of fermented tea.
Floyd and his lawyer did not attend the Scottsdale City Court hearing Monday and had a teleconference with Judge Statia Hendrix.
The hearing was meant to give Floyd the chance to make his case regarding the failed alcohol tests and another one he missed earlier this month, which stemmed from a 2016 drunken driving arrest where Scottsdale police say they found him passed out behind the wheel.
Vikings officials say they encouraged Floyd to drink a fermented tea called kombucha.
Hendrix ordered Floyd to start his additional jail time Monday evening in Phoenix before concluding his final five days of house arrest.
Baylor says it’s being investigated by NCAA after sexual assault scandal
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University officials say the school is being investigated by the NCAA in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departure of the school president.
In a legal filing last week, Baylor lawyers told a federal judge the NCAA probe is “an ongoing, pending investigation.” Attorneys for several women suing the school have demanded Baylor turn over its communications with the NCAA. A Baylor spokeswoman declined further comment.
ESPN reported in May that the NCAA had conducted interviews with Baylor officials, former employees and alleged victims but that the school hadn’t been given a formal notice of investigation. NCAA officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
Murray withdraws from exhibition match because of sore hip
LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray has withdrawn from an exhibition match in London because of a sore hip, less than a week before the start of Wimbledon.
Murray’s management company said the decision was made as a precaution.
The top-ranked Murray had been scheduled to play two matches at the Aspall Tennis Classic exhibition event at Hurlingham Club this week following his first-round loss at the Queen’s grass-court tournament last week.
Murray, who won the Wimbledon title last year, is still planning to play the second exhibition match Friday.
Wimbledon starts Monday.
McEnroe: Williams would be ranked ‘like 700’ on men’s tour
LONDON (AP) — John McEnroe says Serena Williams would be “like 700” in the world tennis rankings if she played on the men’s tour.
McEnroe, speaking to NPR about his memoir “You Cannot Be Serious,” says Williams is the best female player ever, “no question.” But when asked about her being the best ever, without gender qualifiers, McEnroe was clear that he didn’t think so.
McEnroe says “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.”
The former tennis bad boy added that he thought Williams could beat some male players, “but if she had to just play the circuit -- the men’s circuit -- that would be an entirely different story.”
McEnroe won seven Grand Slam titles in his career. Williams has won 23.
Obit mourns death of Nationals fan — but also blown lead
WASHINGTON (AP) — “KILLEBREW (KIHL’-uh-broo), Patrick, ‘Pat,’ age 68, passed away peacefully at home, June 20, 2017, after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead.”
That’s the start to the obituary the family placed in The Richmond Times-Dispatch after the death of Killebrew, an “avid” Nationals fan. Killebrew, a longtime Virginia attorney, died a day after watching Washington’s relief pitchers lose a six-run lead in a loss against the Miami Marlins.
Killebrew’s 25-year-old son, Jake, said Monday that he and his mother Rachel felt the good-natured obit was something they had to do. Patrick says his dad would have loved it, and it has helped in the grieving process.
The obit ends with, “In lieu of flowers, send ‘donations’ to the ‘Nationals Bullpen Fund.’”