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Cavs clobber Celts to get within 2-1

CLEVELAND (AP) – Blown out in two games at Boston, the Cleveland Cavaliers turned the tables on the Celtics to get within two games to one in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron James delivered 27 points and 12 assists as the Cavs hammered the Celts, 116-86. James was 8-for-12 from the field and 3-for-3 from 3-point range to lead a team that was shooting 52 percent until the closing minutes.

The Cavaliers were 17-for-34 from beyond the arc, with Kyle Korver going 4-for-4. Kevin Love had 13 points and 14 boards for the Cavs, who outscored the Celtics 32-17 in the opening period and led by 19 at the half.

The Celtics shot under 40 percent after outscoring Cleveland by 38 in the first two games.

Jayson Tatum had a team-high 18 points for Boston.

Game 4 is Monday in Cleveland.


Basketball great Bill Russell hospitalized briefly

SEATTLE (AP) – NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell has been released from a Seattle hospital after an overnight stay for an unknown condition.

Russell confirmed on Twitter Saturday that he went to the hospital late Friday without saying why. He thanked fans for their concern and appeared to dismiss reports that the hospital visit was due to heart troubles.

The 84-year-old basketball great was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975. He was an 11-time NBA champion with the Celtics and won five NBA MVP awards.


Lightning hosting Caps

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The home team finally has a victory in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final, which means the Tampa Bay Lightning own a three-games-to-two lead over the Washington Capitals.

Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 28 shots and the Lightning built a 3-0 lead before holding off the Caps, 3-2. Vasilevskiy preserved the lead by stopping John Carlson on a point-blank shot from in close and the Capitals skating 6-on-5.

Cedric Paquette put Tampa Bay ahead to stay just 19 seconds after the opening faceoff. Ryan Callahan set up the first goal and scored the eventual game-winner, beating Braden Holtby 33 seconds into the second period.

Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’) also scored for the Lightning, who can advance to the Stanley Cup final as early as Monday in Washington.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT’-sahv) and Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) scored for the Capitals.


Report: Chicago forward Hossa retires due to health problems

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) – Chicago Blackhawks veteran forward Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah) says he’s retiring because of health issues.

In an interview with the Slovak newspaper Novy Cas, Hossa says he’s done playing hockey.

The 39-year-old missed the entire season due to a progressive skin disorder and side effects of medication to treat it. He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

Hossa recorded 525 goals and 1,134 points in 1,309 NHL games.


Justify takes Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) – Two down, one to go for Justify as he tries to become just the second Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

The colt captured Saturday’s Preakness by outracing the field on a sloppy track similar to the conditions in his Kentucky Derby victory two weeks earlier. Justify held off several hard-charging challengers and improved to 5-0.

Justify showed no ill effects from a bruised heel on his left hind foot that was discovered in the aftermath of the Derby, an injury trainer Bob Baffert insisted would not be a problem. The colt also had no trouble dealing with a thick fog that enveloped Pimlico.

Justify and Good Magic went to the lead early and traded first back and forth throughout the 1-3/16-mile race. Bravazo edged long-shot Tenfold for second, and Good Magic was fourth.

It’s the second Preakness win for jockey Mike Smith in 17 starts and keeps alive the chance for trainer Baffert’s second Triple Crown champion in four years. Baffert tied D. Wayne Lukas’ record with his 14th victory in a Triple Crown race and matched 19th-century trainer R.W. Walden with his seventh Preakness title.

Justify now prepares for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes on Jun 9. Just 12 horses have won the Triple Crown.


Kluber sharp before Indians hold off Astros

UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Indians are back at .500 after knocking off the defending World Series champs.

Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes (gohmz) hit solo homers while the Indians were building a 5-0 lead in a 5-4 victory at Houston. Brantley’s blast sparked a three-run first and Gomes gave Cleveland a five-run cushion with a sixth-inning homer.

Corey Kluber struck out 10 and scattered six hits over seven innings to improve to 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA. Kluber blanked the Astros until Carlos Corea slammed a two-run homer in the sixth.

Alex Bregman and Marwin Gonzalez also homered for the Astros, who had won three in a row.

Checking out Saturday’s other major league action:

– Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi hit consecutive home runs in the fifth inning of the Red Sox’s 6-3 win over the Orioles. Benintendi added a two-run single and Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) smacked a solo homer to help Rick Porcello improve to 6-1.

– Boston continues to share the AL East lead with the Yankees after Gary Sanchez banged out two of New York’s five home runs in an 8-3 pounding of the Royals. Gleyber Torres cracked a three-run homer in the eighth, Aaron Hicks hit his second inside-the-park home run of the season and Giancarlo Stanton also went deep in Luis Severino’s seventh straight win.

– The Mariners moved within two games of the AL West lead as James Paxton struck out eight in a three-hitter to lead a 7-2 win against the Tigers. Jean Segura furnished a solo homer and three RBIs as Seattle dropped Detroit 2 1/2 games behind the AL Central-leading Indians.

– Daniel Robertson’s grand slam carried the Rays to their sixth straight win, 5-3 over the Angels. Tampa Bay’s Sergio Romo worked just one inning in his first career start after 588 relief appearances over 11 seasons.

– Chad Pinder belted his first career grand slam while the Athletics were scoring five runs in the eighth to turn a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 win at Toronto. The Blue Jays’ bullpen stumbled after Sam Gaviglio pitched 5 1-3 shutout innings in his first start for Toronto.

– Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBIs as the White Sox beat the Rangers, 5-3. Daniel Palka put Chicago ahead with a two-run triple in the third to back Lucas Giolito, who gave up two earned runs over six innings to win his second straight start.

– The Brewers beat the Twins, 5-4 on tiebreaking, solo homer by Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) in the eighth inning. Rookie Jake Cave hit a two-run homer in his major league debut for the Twins, but Milwaukee rallied from a 4-2 deficit and expanded its lead in the NL Central to 1 1/2 games over Pittsburgh.

– The Padres were 6-2 winners over the Pirates behind Clayton Richard, who allowed two runs and seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. Christian Villanueva homered and drove in two runs as San Diego handed Pittsburgh its second straight loss since an 8-1 stretch.

– The Reds wasted three leads before beating the Cubs, 5-4 on Billy Hamilton’s bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th. Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) and Eugenio (ay-oo-HAY’-nee-oh) Suarez drove in two runs apiece to help Cincinnati take the opener of a twinbill.

– The Cubs earned a split in Cincinnati as Jason Heyward drove in four runs and Anthony Rizzo had three RBIs in a 10-0 laugher. Jose Quintana struck out eight and held the Reds to just one hit in the nightcap.

– Odubel (oh-DOO’-bul) Herrera smacked a third-inning homer and Jorge Alfaro singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning to push the Phillies past the Cardinals, 7-6. Herrera drove in three runs and extended his streak of reaching base to 45 consecutive games.

– Sean Newcomb won his fourth straight start by allowing just a run and four hits in six innings of the Braves’ 8-1 rout of the Marlins. Freddie Freeman cracked a two-run homer and John Camargo and Ozzie Albies drove in two runs apiece as the NL East leaders won for the eighth time in 11 games to stay a half-game ahead of Philadelphia.

– Ross Stripling gave up a run and just four hits while striking out a career-high nine over six innings of the Dodgers’ 4-1 victory at Washington in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Max Muncy drove in two RBIs against the Nationals, who ended a four-game winning streak in their first full game since Sunday due to four straight days of rain.

– Los Angeles wound up sweeping the twinbill in comeback fashion as pinch-hitter Matt Kemp provided a go-ahead, two-run double off Sean Doolittle in the ninth inning of a 5-4 win over the Nationals. Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger homered for the Dodgers, who have won three straight since a six-game losing streak.

– Arizona lost for the ninth time in 10 games as Wilmer Flores lifted a walk-off, sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mets a 5-4 comeback win over the Diamondbacks. Michael Conforto hit an early two-run homer, but New York eventually fell behind 4-2 until Devin Mesoraco (meh-soh-RAH’-koh) belted a two-run shot in the eighth.

– Brandon Crawford was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and a two-run double as the Giants thumped the Rockies, 9-4. Andrew McCutchen also had three of San Francisco’s 17 hits and collected two RBIs to help his team end a three-game slide and win for the fourth time in 13 games.


Mauer on DL

UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Twins are without one of their top players for a few days as they try to chase down Cleveland for first place in the AL Central.

First baseman Joe Mauer has landed on the Twins’ 10-day disabled list with a cervical strain and concussion-like symptoms. The former American League MVP was pulled from Friday’s game in the fifth inning with what the team called “neck stiffness” stemming from a dive for a foul ball on May 11.

The 35-year-old Mauer batted .305 last season and was hitting .283 this year with a .404 on-base percentage.

Minnesota filled the roster by recalling outfielder Jake Cave from Triple-A Rochester.

In other MLB news:

– Dodgers starter Rich Hill had to be lifted after just two pitches Saturday due to a recurring blister that has landed him on the DL twice this season. Television close-ups showed a broken and bloody fingernail on Hill’s left middle finger.

-The Texas Rangers have put left-hander Matt Moore on the 10-day disabled list with right knee soreness. The Rangers recalled right-hander Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco. The 22-year-old Jurado was scheduled to start against the Chicago White Sox in his major league debut.

– Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has been reinstated from the disabled list after missing 13 games with left wrist inflammation

– The Mets have recalled right-hander Chris Flexen and catcher Tomas Nido from Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League, optioned left-hander Buddy Baumann to the Triple-A farm team and designated catcher Jose Lobaton for assignment.


Harvick wins again

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – Add another victory to Kevin Harvick’s exceptional season.

Harvick earned $1 million on Saturday by winning the NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick won two of the first three stages and beat Daniel Suarez to the finish line on the 11th anniversary of his first All-Star win.

Harvick has already won five times on the Cup Series circuit this year, including the last two races at Dover and Kansas.

A crash involving Logano and Kyle Larson with two laps left set up a final two-lap shootout. Logano managed to finish third.


Wise, Leishman share Nelson lead

DALLAS (AP) – PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise shot a 3-under 68 in much windier conditions on the new Trinity Forest course in Dallas, pulling even with Marc Leishman (LEESH’-man) for the third-round lead at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

The 21-year-old Wise had consecutive birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 before a bogey on the final hole to fall into a tie at 17-under 196. He won the 2016 NCAA individual title as a sophomore at Oregon.

Leishman shot 69 after setting a 36-hole tournament record previously shared by Tiger Woods.


Jimenez grabs 3-shot lead at Regions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Regions Tradition.

Jimenez birdied the final hole to reach 17-under 199 at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, matching Gil Morgan’s 54-hole Tradition record set in 1997. Steve Stricker was second in the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors.


Rain shortens LPGA tournament

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) – Heavy rain has forced postponement of play at the Kingsmill Championship on Saturday, causing tournament officials to reduce the event to 54 holes.

In Gee Chun leads among players who have finished two rounds. She is at 11 under, with Austin Ernst and Nasa Hataoka one shot back.


Cardinals get Taylor from Browns

UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Browns have traded starting cornerback Jamar Taylor to the Cardinals for a sixth-round draft pick in 2020.

Taylor started 29 games in two seasons with Cleveland and is expected to start opposite Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson in Arizona.

Taylor is the sixth player traded during the offseason by new Browns general manager John Dorsey, who has overhauled Cleveland’s secondary.

In other NFL news:

– Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been arrested on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication after police responded to an accident involving his car. Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco say Williams’ Lamborghini left a roadway and struck a light pole near the team’s practice facility early Saturday. Police say the driver had left the scene but was soon found. He was released from jail on bond.

– Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL’) is heading to the Canadian Football League. Manziel says he has signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

INDY 500

Winding up qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves (EH’-lee-oh kas-troh-NEH’-vehs) has withstood a late afternoon charge from two-time Indy pole winner Ed Carpenter to hold onto the top seed in Sunday’s nine-car pole shootout.

Castroneves posted a four-lap average of 228.919 mph on the fourth attempt of the day then waited through two rain delays and 43 runs.

All 33 starting spots on the grid will be determined Sunday.

Danica Patrick, Simon Pagenaud (PA’-zheh-noh), Will Power and Josef Newgarden also made the pole shootout.

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