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May 20, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Playing on the road hasn’t posed a challenge for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’ve won the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals in Boston. They also set an NBA record by building a 41-point halftime lead in last night’s 130-86 win, and tied an NBA record with their 13th straight playoff victory. They return to Cleveland for Game 3 tomorrow night.

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James will have to settle for trying to win another NBA title. He isn’t even a finalist for the MVP award. Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard are the three players in the running for the league’s top individual honor. The winners will be announced June 26 in New York during the NBA’s first awards show.

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have tied up their Eastern Conference final series against Ottawa at two games apiece. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist in last night’s 3-2 win, and Matt Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs. Game 5 is Sunday in Pittsburgh.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is the early favorite for today’s Preakness. The dark bay colt will break from the No. 4 post, a spot that has produced 13 winners but none since Curlin in 2007. After three consecutive days of 90-plus heat in Baltimore, the forecast calls for a high of 68 today and cloudy skies when the race goes off about 6:48 p.m. Eastern time.

ATLANTA (AP) — Washington’s Max Scherzer says he is ready to start against Atlanta this afternoon, six days after he was struck on the left knee by a line drive off the bat of Philadelphia’s Michael Saunders. Bartolo Colon is to start for the Braves.

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