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June 10, 2017


Cavs stay alive

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have staved off elimination while preventing the Golden State Warriors from pulling off a postseason sweep.

The Cavs have forced a fifth game in the NBA Finals by trouncing the Warriors, 137-116. Cleveland set NBA Finals record by draining 24 3-pointers, scoring 49 points in the first quarter and getting 86 points by halftime.

LeBron James also set a record with his ninth career triple-double in an NBA Finals games, delivering 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. James had 22 points, eight assists and six boards by intermission.

Kyrie (KY’-ree) Irving was deadly all night, shooting 7-for-12 from beyond the arc and finishing with a game-high 40 points. Kevin Love chipped in 23 points and J.R. Smith added 15 on 5 of 9 from 3-point range.

The Warriors received a subpar performance from starting guards Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry and Klay Thompson, who combined for just 27 points on 8 of 24 shooting. Curry missed nine of his 13 shots and finished with 14 points and a team-leading 10 assists.

Kevin Durant had a team-high 35 points for the Warriors, who will try again to wrap up their second NBA title in three years Monday at Oakland.


Astros sputter again

UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros have hit a rough patch since an 11-game winning streak gave them a major league-leading 42-16 record earlier this week.

Cameron Maybin had three hits and a career-high four stolen bases after coming off the disabled list to lead the Angels’ 9-4 drubbing of the Astros in Houston. Maybin doubled, had two infield singles and scored four times while moving into first place in the American League with 17 steals.

Martin Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) belted a two-run homer and Matt Shoemaker worked seven innings as Los Angeles handed the Astros their third loss in four games. Houston had scored at least five runs in 12 straight games before running into Shoemaker and the Angels’ bullpen.

Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer for Houston.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The Yankees put together their third straight rout as Aaron Hicks banged out a pair of homers in an 8-2 pounding of the Orioles. Starlin Castro also homered to back Jordan Montgomery, who set a career high with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The Bombers have outscored rivals Boston and Baltimore 25-3 since a one-run loss to the Red Sox.

— Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer while the Bosox scored three times in the eighth to pull out a 5-3 decision over Detroit. Mitch Moreland tied the game with an RBI single and scored on Bradley’s eighth homer of the year. Moreland went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored as the Red Sox rebounded from 8-0 and 9-1 losses in the Bronx.

— Greg Holland picked up his major league-leading 23rd save by pitching in and out of a bases-loaded jam to close out the Colorado Rockies’ sixth consecutive win, 5-3 over the Cubs in Chicago. Ryan Hanigan and Charlie Blackmon hit two-run homers for the Rockies, who are the first National League team to 40 victories following their sixth straight win. The Cubs are just 30-30 following their third loss in a row.

— Milwaukee put an end to Arizona’s nine-game home winning streak by overcoming Mark Lanb’s three-run blast in an 8-6 triumph over the Diamondbacks. Hernan Perez homered and Jesus Aguilar (AG’-ee-lahr) doubled home the tiebreaking run as the Brewers stretched their lead in the NL Central to two games over the Cubs. Brewers second baseman Jonathan Villar was carted off the field with an injury after making a diving stop in short right field to rob Chris Herrmann in the eighth inning.

— Justin Turner hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat off the disabled list before the Dodgers completing a 7-2 trouncing of Cincinnati. Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda combined on a five-hitter, with Hill allowing a run and just two hits over five innings. Enrique Hernandez added a solo shot and Franklin Gutierrez provided a two-run single.

— Andrew Cashner held the National League’s top offense in check and the Rangers homered twice while taking advantage of three errors in a 5-2 win at Washington. Cashner gave up a run and six hits in seven innings against the Nationals, who began the game leading their league in runs, homers, batting and slugging. Jonathan Lucroy (LOO’-kroy) slammed a two-run homer and added an RBI single, while Rougned Odor (ROOG’-nehd oh-DOHR’) added a solo shot in the Rangers’ fourth win in 15 games.

— The Twins were 4-0 winners at San Francisco as Ervin Santana pitched a four-hitter for his third shutout of the season. Santana also provided the bulk of Minnesota’s offense with a three-run double to help the Al Central leaders stay 1 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland. Santana went the distance on just 91 pitches after getting tagged for seven runs in his previous start.

— Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) went 3-for-4 and slammed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning of Cleveland’s 7-3 win over the White Sox. Corey Kluber improved to 5-2 by winning his second consecutive start, allowing three runs while striking out eight in six innings. Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) added a two-run single to the win.

— Seattle picked up its 10th win in 12 games as Danny Valencia and Jarrod Dyson hit RBI singles in the seventh to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead in a 4-2 victory against Toronto. Tyler Cloyd pitched one inning of relief to get the victory in his first major league appearance since September 2013. The outcome puts the M’s at .500.

— The Cardinals’ seven-game losing streak is over after Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-mees) Diaz hit a solo home run and Michael Wacha (WAH’-kah) pitched six strong innings to lead a 3-2 decision over Philadelphia. Seung Hwan Oh gave up a leadoff double in the ninth before nailing down his 14th save. Tommy Pham ended the game by making a diving catch on a line drive by Freddy Galvis.

— Steven Souza Jr. was in a 1-for-24 skid before hitting one of Tampa Bay’s five home runs, a three-run blast in the first inning of a 13-4 laugher against Oakland. Mallex Smith, Logan Morrison, Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson also went deep to give the Rays their sixth game with at least four home runs this season.

— Tyler Moore homered twice and Giancarlo Stanton sent a 449-foot blast over the batter’s eye at PNC Park as the Marlins outslugged the Pirates, 12-7. Moore hit a two-run homer off loser Tyler Glasnow in the second and took reliever Dovydas Neverauskas deep over the left field wall in the seventh. The Marlins have won 11 of 15.

— Dansby Swanson hit a two-run double in the sixth and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves a 3-2 win over the Mets. Swanson turned a routine grounder up the middle into a one-out double before scoring the walk-off run on a single by pinch-hitter Rio Ruiz. Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) homered for the Mets, who also wasted five shutout innings by Matt Harvey.

— Pinch-hitter Matt Szczur (SEE’-zur) hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning as San Diego beat Kansas City, 6-3 to halt a five-game skid. Rookie Franchy Cordero hit a two-run double in the eighth before Yangervis Solarte (yahn-HEHR’-vihs soh-LAHR’-tay) added an RBI single to cap the scoring. Jhoulys Chacin (zhoo-LEES’ shah-SEEN’) evened his record at 5-5 despite yielding a tying two-run homer to Salvador Perez in the fifth.


Cardinals shuffle coaching staff after disappointing start

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals’ just-completed seven-game losing streak has cost several people their jobs.

Redbirds general manager John Mozeliak (moh-ZEH’-lihk) says infielder Jhonny Peralta (JAH’-nee peh-RAHL’-tah) has been designated for assignment, and that third base coach Chris Maloney will be reassigned to another position within the organization. The Cards are also shuffling several other coaching positions.

The skid was the Cardinals’ longest in four years and has dropped St. Louis to 26-32.

In other MLB news:

— Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY’-uh) has returned to the lineup after being activated from the 10-day disabled list. Pedroia had been on the DL since May 30 with a sprained left wrist.

— New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) is about to rejoin the team following a six-week stay on the disabled list. Manager Terry Collins says Cespedes will be the team’s 26th man and play in one of the two games during Saturday’s doubleheader in Atlanta.

— Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (KEER’-my-ur) is expected to miss at least two months after breaking his right hip during a slide into first base Thursday against the Chicago White Sox. Tampa Bay recalled Mallex Smith from Triple-A Durham to replace Kiermaier, a Gold Glove winner last season.

— Darren O’Day has been placed on the Orioles’ 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain. O’Day is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and two saves in 24 appearances this season.

— Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has shaken up his bullpen after Tony Watson blew a pair of save opportunities in Baltimore this week. Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio will share the closing duties for the last-place Pirates, while Watson is used in less stressful situations.


Niners ink first-rounder

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have eight of their 10 draft picks under contract after signing first-rounder Reuben Foster to a four-year deal.

San Francisco traded back into the first round to select Foster 31st overall and upgrade their linebackers. The Alabama product was named a First-Team All-America by The Associated Press, the MVP of the SEC Championship Game and winner of the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker last season.

Third overall pick Solomon Thomas and third-round selection C.J. Beathard remain unsigned by the Niners.


Utah coach gets extension

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham has signed an extension designed to keep him in charge of the program through 2021.

Whittington is 104-50 in 12 seasons as head coach, including a 9-4 mark last season.


Preds’ Colton Sissons cleared for Game 6 after match penalty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators center Colton Sissons will be able to play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final after the NHL decided against suspending him.

The NHL reviewed Sissons’ cross-check of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta’s face inside the final minute of Thursday night’s 6-0 win by Pittsburgh. Sissons was given a match penalty, triggering an automatic review.

The Penguins can close out the series and become the first team in 19 years to win back-to-back Stanley Cups when they visit Nashville in Game 6 on Sunday.

In other NHL news:

— The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (GAHS’-tihs-behr) to a six-year, $27 million extension. The 24-year-old Gostisbehere had seven goals and 39 points in 76 games this season, a dropoff from a sensational rookie season that saw Flyers fans chanting for “Ghost.”


Rafael Nadal back in French Open final

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL’) has advanced to the French Open final for the 10th time and will take on Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRIHN’-kah).

The fourth-seeded Nadal cruised to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 win over No. 6 Dominic Thiem (teem). Nadal needed little more than two hours to secure his spot in Sunday’s final, doing it against a player who beat him twice on clay this spring.

Nadal has won all nine of his previous French Open final matches. He hasn’t lost a set at Roland Garros this year, dropping just 29 games in six matches.

The third-seeded Wawrinka twice fell behind by a set before earning a 6-7, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1 win over No. 1 Andy Murray. The 32-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest French Open finalist in 44 years.

Third seed Simona Halep (HA’-lehp) takes on unseeded Jelena Ostapenko in Saturday’s French Open women’s final.


Kyle Busch turns fastest lap at Pocono for 2nd straight pole

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kyle Busch turned a lap of 179.151 mph to win the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy Race Pocono Raceway.

Busch also won the pole for last weekend’s race at Dover, but his run was derailed when a tire came off during a pit stop.

Martin Truex Jr. starts second and Matt Kenseth third for a 1-2-3 start for Toyota. Ryan Blaney was fourth, followed by fellow Ford drivers Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski.

Darrell Wallace Jr. starts 16th in the No. 43 Ford. He’s the first black driver in a Cup race since 2006.


NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson ready to race after cancer scare

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson says he feels good and is ready to race after having skin cancer removed this week from his right shoulder.

Johnson tweeted on Monday that he was on a table having basal-cell carcinoma cut out of his shoulder. Basal-cell carcinoma is a common, slow-growing form of skin cancer. He says it had not spread.

The seven-time NASCAR champion says he was out for a bike ride on Wednesday, went for a run the next day and is ready to drive this weekend at Pocono Raceway.


Reavie, Schwartzel and Munoz share St. Jude lead

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — There’s a three-way tie for the lead through two rounds of the PGA’s St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

Chez Reavie shot a 5-under 65 to move to 9-under and a share of the lead with Charl Schwartzel and Sebastian Munoz. Schwartzel had a 66 while Munoz finished the round with a 67.

First-round co-leader Stewart Cink (sihnk) is one shot back following a 65 at Southwind.


Thompson co-leader through 36

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) — Lexi Thompson is part of a three-way tie for first at the midway mark of the LPGA Classic in Ontario.

Thompson’s 7-under 65 put her at minus-12 for the tournament, even with Alena Sharp and Hyo Joo Kim.

Three players are one shot back.


Langer surges to tie for lead at 6-under in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bernhard Langer, Kevin Sutherland and Glen Day each shot 6-under 66 to share the opening-round lead at the PGA Tour Champions event in Iowa.

Langer won the last two senior circuit events, both majors, and is seeking to become the first player on the 50-and-over tour with wins in three straight starts since Fred Couples in 2010.

Six players shot 5-under 67s at the Wakonda Club, including Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kah-lah-VEH’-kee-uh) and Scott McCarron.


3-on-3 basketball added to 2020 Tokyo Olympic program

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has added 3-on-3 basketball as an Olympic event for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

In another move toward urban youth sports, BMX Freestyle cycling will join the Olympic program for the first time among a “net increase of 15 events.”

However, the IOC says there will be 285 fewer athlete places than in 2016.

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