Update on the latest in sports:
Jun. 09, 2018
Golden State sweeps Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Warriors have romped to their second straight NBA championship, beating Cleveland 108-85 to finish a four-game sweep.
It's the third title in four years for the Warriors and the second one they won in Quicken Loans Arena, where their 2015 title was secured. The Cavaliers won the rematch the next year but Golden State has handled them easily to finish the last two seasons.
Stephen Curry scored 37 points and Kevin Durant had 20 for the Warriors, who won their sixth NBA title to tie Chicago for third place behind Boston and the Lakers.
LeBron James checked out with 4:03 remaining in what could have been his final game in Cleveland, with fans chanting "MVP! MVP!" as he went to the bench after congratulating some of the Warriors.
But it was Durant who was voted MVP of the series.
Bryant gets 3 hits in leadoff spot as Cubs beat Pirates 3-1
UNDATED (AP) — Kris Bryant had three hits and scored a run while batting leadoff for the first time in his career, Ian Happ made a spectacular diving catch near the left-field corner to end the game and the surging Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Friday.
Bryant seemed comfortable at the top of the order after manager Joe Maddon decided to put his superstar in a "different seat for the day" because he hasn't been driving the ball with his usual force. He singled in his first three at-bats and scored in a two-run first inning, helping the Cubs win for the 10th time in 12 games. The Pirates lost for the 10th time in 13 games.
In other MLB action:
— Paul Goldschmidt continued his sizzling June with two long home runs and a double, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4. Goldschmidt had just 14 hits in May, batting .144 in 27 games, but has already collected 13 hits in seven games this month.
— Walker Buehler dominated before being pulled with rib soreness, and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame another blow to their injury-depleted pitching staff by hitting five home runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3. Yasmani Grandal went deep twice, and Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger also homered to help the Dodgers win their sixth in seven games despite a decimated rotation.
— Frankie Montas pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning to win his third straight start since being called up from the minors and Khris Davis homered twice to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 7-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Dustin Fowler also homered and Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs to help the A's send the Royals to their sixth straight loss.
— Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run for the lead in the seventh inning and Justin Upton went deep in the eighth, powering the Los Angeles Angels past the Minnesota Twins 4-2. Blake Parker pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in seven attempts. Angels rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani (SHOH'-hay oh-TAH'-nee) has an elbow injury and will be out for at least three weeks.
— Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasberg exited after two innings because of tightness in his right shoulder, and San Francisco had eight extra-base hits. Strasburg (6-6) gave up three runs and five hits. He was scheduled for an MRI on Saturday. The Giants beat the Nats 9-5.
— Justin Verlander struck out nine in seven innings after Shin-Soo Choo homered on the Houston Astros' ace's first pitch of the game in Houston's 7-3 win over the Texas Rangers. Verlander, who is 8-2 on the season, gave up three earned runs after allowing just two in his first 40 2/3 innings on the road this season.
— Ryan Braun homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Milwaukee Brewers busted out of an offensive funk to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-4 and snap a three-game losing streak. Braun, who came in batting .229, hit a three-run shot off Vince Velasquez in the first inning and a two-run blast off Mark Leiter Jr. in a six-run fourth that made it 11-0.
Jose Martinez homered twice off Matt Harvey, and Jedd Gyorko singled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to a 7-6 victory, their 12th in a row over the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals haven't dominated the Reds so completely since the Great Depression.
— Caleb Smith pitched into the sixth inning and had an RBI single for his first career hit to help the Miami Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 4-0. Smith gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. Brad Ziegler pitched 1 2/3 innings, and Drew Steckenrider and Kyle got three outs each to finish the shutout.
— Trayce Thompson had an RBI single in the seventh inning off Chris Sale, Dylan Covey pitched six innings as part of a three-hitter and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0. Kevan Smith had two hits and scored the only run after leading off the seventh with a ground-rule double.
— J.A. Happ allowed two hits in seven innings to earn his 100th career victory, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 to win consecutive games for the first time in more than a month. Russell Martin homered and drove in two runs for Toronto. The Blue Jays recorded their first back-to-back victories since April 30 and May 1 at Minnesota.
— Marco Gonzales won his fourth straight start and the surging Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 for their 16th win in 20 games. Gonzales pitched into the eighth inning, leaving the game after taking a throw at first base too late to retire a sliding Mallex Smith.
— Jason Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1. Jose Ramirez almost broke the tie earlier in the ninth, hitting Shane Greene's 3-1 pitch just past the foul pole down the right-field line, but ended up drawing a walk.
— Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Jacob deGrom on an eighth-inning changeup, and the New York Yankees beat the reeling Mets 4-1 Friday night in the Subway Series opener after losing Masahiro Tanaka to hamstring problems when the pitcher sprinted home to score his first major league run.
Ohtani goes to DL
UNDATED (AP) — Shohei Ohtani will be placed on the Los Angeles Angels' disabled list with a sprained elbow ligament.
The Angels announced the potentially serious injury for their two-way rookie sensation Friday before opening a road trip in Minnesota.
Ohtani underwent injections of platelet-rich plasma and stem cells Thursday in Los Angeles. He will be out for at least three weeks before the Angels re-evaluate him.
Ohtani's ligament has a Grade 2 sprain.
In other MLB news:
— Closer Jeurys Familia is the latest New York Mets player to get hurt. Familia was placed on the 10-day disabled list before Friday's Subway Series opener against the Yankees because of a sore right shoulder.
— 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. The penalty is retroactive to June 5 and covers 100 games. Torres has agreed not to appeal and will take part in an evaluation and treatment program.
Two top draft picks to meet again
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — There will be a matchup of soon-to-be-millionaires tomorrow in the NCAA baseball tournament in Florida.
Casey Mize and Brady Singer will take the mound for the first time since becoming first-round picks in the Major League Baseball draft. Mize was the top selection out of Auburn, taken by Detroit, and Florida's Singer went 18th overall to Kansas City.
Their third meeting in 15 months is the rubber match between two of the best arms in college baseball. It comes in the opening game of the best-of-three Auburn-Florida super regional. The team that loses the opener will be in a hole, needing to win back-to-back games to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup parade set for Tuesday
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitals will hold their Stanley Cup parade on Tuesday, riding down Constitution Avenue to the National Mall to celebrate the first championship in franchise history.
The team announced details of the parade and rally Friday shortly before players, coaches and staff returned from their clinching Game 5 victory in Las Vegas. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern at Constitution and 17th Streets NW and move east to pass the Washington Monument to the National Mall at 7th Street where a stage will be set up.
For a city known for parades, inaugural and otherwise, it's the first for a championship team in the major four North American professional sports leagues since the NFL's Redskins in 1992.
The team is encouraging fans to take public transportation and bring plenty of water.
GOLF-ST. JUDE CLASSIC
Dustin Johnson shoots 7-under 63 to grab lead at St. Jude
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dustin Johnson shot 7-under 63 for his lowest round this year and grabbed a one-stroke lead Friday after 36 holes at the St. Jude Classic.
With a victory at TPC Southwind, Johnson would reclaim his spot as the world's top-ranked player going into the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. He had four of his seven birdies and an eagle on his back nine for a 29 and finished with a 10-under 130 total.
Ryan Blaum and Andrew Putnam each shot 64 and were tied second, and C.T. Pan (65) and Wesley Bryan (66) followed at 8 under.
Brandt Snedeker shot his best round this year with a 62 that was one stroke off the course record. He was at 7 under.
Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies after cancer battle
SAO PAULO (AP) — Hospital officials say that Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno had died after a battle with mouth cancer. She was 78.
The hospital said in a statement that it would not release any more details on the passing of Bueno out of respect for her family.
Bueno won three Wimbledon singles titles and four at the U.S. Open in the 1950s and 1960s. Nicknamed "The Tennis Ballerina" because of her graceful style, Bueno was a former top-ranked player who spent most of her career on the court before the professional era.
She won 19 Grand Slam titles overall, seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles, between 1959 and 1966. She also reached the singles final at both the Australian Open and the French Open.