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Celtics Beat Cavs to take 3-2 lead


BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Celtics are within one victory of their first trip to the NBA Finals in eight years.


Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and the Celtics took a three-games-to-two lead in the Eastern Conference finals by stifling the Cavaliers, 96-83. Tatum added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals one day after finishing one vote shy of a unanimous selection to the NBA’s All-Rookie team.


Al Horford had 15 points and 12 boards for the Celtics, who maintained control after outscoring Cleveland, 32-19 in the first quarter.


The Celts went on a 15-3 run in the opening period to turn a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead. They also scored nine straight bridging the first two quarters to take a 36-19 lead, their biggest of the game.


Boston is 10-0 at home in the postseason, but just 1-6 on the road.


LeBron James contributed team highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, while Kevin Love finished with 14 points. The rest of Cleveland’s starters contributed just 10 points.


Game 6 is Friday at Cleveland.




Police chief apologizes to Bucks’ Brown


UNDATED (AP) – Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include use of a stun gun.


The apology came as police released body-camera footage that showed how a simple interaction over an illegally parked car quickly escalated. Earlier this week Mayor Tom Barrett said he found the content of the video concerning.


Brown responded with a statement that described the incident as “an attempt at police intimidation” and said it “shouldn’t happen to anybody.”


Morales says some officers have been disciplined.


In other NBA news:


– The Clippers and coach Doc Rivers have agreed to a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed. The 56-year-old Rivers is 259-151 in five years with the Clippers. They missed the playoffs with a 42-40 record this season as Rivers used a league-high 37 difference starting lineups. Rivers was set to enter the final year of his five-year contract next season.


– The Houston Rockets will wear patches on their jerseys to honor the victims of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. The school’s high school choir will perform the national anthem, and there will be a moment of silence and a video tribute before tipoff.


– The NBA is headed to India next week, bringing another Basketball Without Borders camp to Asia. The NBA says Miami’s Kelly Olynyk, Oklahoma City’s Corey Brewer, Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert and Dallas’ Dwight Powell will be among the coaches at the camp that starts May 30. The camp runs through June 2 at the NBA Academy in India. Boys and girls from 16 countries were invited. Other BWB camps are planned this year in Serbia and South Africa.




Caps reach Cup final for 2nd time in team history


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Washington Capitals are going to the Stanley Cup final for just the second time in their 43-season history, and the first in 20 years.


Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH’-kin) scored an early goal and Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots as the Caps blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Ovechkin put the Capitals in front just 62 seconds after the opening faceoff. The Washington captain leads all playoff scorers with 12 goals.


Holtby became just the fifth goaltender in league history to post shutouts in Games 6 and 7 in a series. The whitewashes were his first in a postseason game since April 24, 2016.


The Caps led just 1-0 until Andre Burakovsky scored twice in a 7 1/2-minute span of the second period. Nicklas Backstrom capped the scoring with an empty-netter.


The Lightning’s inability to score in the last two games comes after they led the NHL with 296 goals during the regular season, 19 more than Winnipeg and Toronto.


Washington went 3-1 on the road in the series and improved to 8-2 away from home this postseason. The Capitals will travel to Vegas to take on the Golden Knights.




Rangers hire Boston University’s David Quinn as coach


NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Rangers have hired Boston University’s David Quinn as their new head coach. He replaces Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh), who was fired hours after the team’s season finale.


The 51-year-old Quinn coached the Terriers to four NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons, including a trip to the 2015 national championship game. He takes over a franchise that missed the playoffs this season for the first time since 2010.




Diamondbacks lose again


UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks continue to surge in opposite directions.


The Brewers won for the eighth time in 10 games by erupting for seven runs in the fourth inning of a 9-2 pounding of the Diamondbacks. Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer after Jesus Aguilar provided a go-ahead, two-run single during the big rally.


The fourth-inning explosion was more than enough offense to support Brent Suter (SOO’-tur), who allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Suter actually trailed after allowing solo homers by Paul Goldschmidt and John Ryan Murphy in the second inning.


The Brewers’ 31-19 record is the best 50-game start in team history. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks have lost seven straight and have scored just 26 runs while dropping 13 of their last 14 games. Arizona was a National League-best 24-11 before the skid.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Pittsburgh coughed up a 4-1 lead in the eighth before beating the Reds, 5-4 on Josh Harrison’s run-scoring triple in the 12th inning. Francisco Cervelli cracked a two-run homer and pitcher Chad Kuhl (kool) laid down a bunt single to put the Pirates ahead, 4-0 in the fifth.


– Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH’-tuh) yielded seven hits over 6 2/3s and Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Phillies blanked Atlanta, 4-0 to get within a half-game of the NL East-leading Braves. Arrieta has allowed just three earned runs in 32 innings over five home starts since signing with the Phillies last winter.


– J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and Starlin Castro hit RBI singles off Jeurys Familia (jeh-REES’ fah-MEEL’-yah) in the ninth inning to rally the Marlins past the Mets, 2-1. Familia ruined a nice performance by Jacob deGrom, who tossed four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to an NL-leading 1.54.


– Christian Villanueva hit a two-run double and the Padres avoided a three-game sweep by topping the Nationals, 3-1 in Washington. Tyson Ross scattered five hits over 6 2/3 innings and blanked the Nats until Matt Adams homered in the seventh.


– The Dodgers were 3-0 winners over the Rockies behind Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah), who struck out 12 and surrendered just two hits over 6 2/3s. Kenley Jansen struck out three in the ninth for his 10th save as Los Angeles won for the sixth time in seven games.


– Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrtz) lined a tiebreaking, RBI double to spark the Red Sox’s three-run ninth in a 4-1 victory at Tampa. Former Ray David Price gave up a run and three hits with nine strikeouts over six innings as Boston stretched its lead in the AL East to 1 1/2 games over the Yankees.


– Isaiah Kiner-Falefa, Nomar Mazara, Jurickson Profar and Ronald Guzman drove in three runs apiece and the Rangers erased deficits of 4-0 and 10-7 in a 12-10 slugfest win over the Yankees. Guzman smacked a three-run homer and Profar delivered the go-ahead, three-run double in the sixth to help Texas withstand home runs by Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs), Neil Walker, Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge.


– Justin Verlander struck out nine while allowing a run and just three hits over six innings of the Astros’ 4-1 victory against the Giants. George Springer hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth to support Verlander, who is 6-2 with a major league-best 1.08 ERA.


– Marco Gonzales tossed two-hit ball over seven innings and the Mariners stayed two games behind the AL West-leading Astros by nipping the Athletics, 1-0. Guillermo Heredia scored the lone run on a fielder’s choice and an error by shortstop Marcus Semien in the fourth inning.


– The Angels were two outs from a 3-1 loss until Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) and Andrelton Simmons hit two-run singles off Tyler Clippard in the ninth inning to send Los Angeles past the Blue Jays, 5-4. Kole Calhoun kept the Angels ahead by throwing out Curtis Granderson at the plate for the second out before Blake Parker struck out Justin Smoak to end the game.


– Adam Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller provided stellar relief work in the Indians’ 1-0 shutout of the Cubs. Recalled from the minors to make the start, Plutko retired 13 in a row before Anthony Rizzo led off the seventh with a double for Chicago’s first hit.


– Drew Butera lined a tiebreaking, two-run single in the 10th inning of the Royals’ 5-2 win at St. Louis. Salvador Perez homered and Abraham Almonte lifted a game-tying, sacrifice fly to help Kansas City win a series for the first time since May 6.


– Niko Goodrum ended a 0-for-14 skid with a two-run homer and the Tigers stopped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 win at Minnesota. Michael Fulmer gave up one run and four hits over 5 2/3s to win for the first time in four starts.


– Yoan Moncada belted a three-run homer before Adam Engel and Jose Rondon added two-run blasts in the White Sox’s 11-1 drubbing of the Orioles. Dylan Covey was sharp over seven innings, striking out eight and yielding a run and six hits.




Indians, A’s add to DL


UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics have made roster moves because of injuries.


Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer has landed on the 10-day disabled list with a neck strain suffered during a collision with a fan while attempting to catch a foul ball in Houston last weekend. The move allowed Cleveland to recall pitcher Adam Plutko to start Wednesday’s game against the Cubs.


The Athletics have placed slugging outfielder/designated hitter Khris Davis on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain. The A’s also recalled right-hander Daniel Gossett and infielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville while designating right-hander Wilmer Font for assignment.


Also in the majors:


– Police in Linden, New Jersey, arrested former Mets and Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra Wednesday morning. Police say an Uber driver told them that Dykstra put a gun to his head when he declined to change the trip’s destination. Police say they found cocaine, MDMA and marijuana among Dykstra’s belongings, but a weapon wasn’t found.




NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests


ATLANTA (AP) – The NFL is taking steps to end player protests during the national anthem.


Owners have approved a new policy that permits players to stay in the locker room during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but requires them to stand if they come to the field. The rule was passed without any discussions with the NFL Players Association, which said it will challenge any part of the new policy that violates the collective bargaining agreement.


Also at the owners meeting, the NFL awarded the 2023 Super Bowl to Glendale, Arizona, and will host the 2024 title game in New Orleans. The league also said next year’s draft will be held in Nashville.




Tannehill practicing


UNDATED (AP) – Ryan Tannehill is back on the field with the Miami Dolphins and says he’s not thinking about his surgically repaired left knee.


Tannehill is practicing this week for the first time since tearing his left ACL during training camp last summer. He hasn’t played in 18 months, missing the last four games of 2016 due to an injury to the same knee.


In other NFL news:



– Two-time All-Pro right guard Zack Martin missed the first session of the Cowboys’ voluntary offseason practices as he works on a contract extension. Martin is in the fifth year of his rookie contract at a salary of $9.4 million. He has started all 67 games in the regular season and playoffs for the Cowboys.


– A Santa Clara County judge has ruled that 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster will not have to stand trial on domestic violence charges after the accuser recanted her allegations at a preliminary hearing. Judge Nona Klippen said prosecutors didn’t meet the burden of probable cause on charges of felony domestic violence and forcefully attempting to dissuade a witness.


– Veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito has been taken into custody for a psychiatric examination following an incident at a Florida gym. Boca Raton police took Incognito into custody under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows for involuntary psychiatric commitment for people seen as a danger to themselves or others.




Clemson sticks with Bryant


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Clemson has announced that returning quarterback Kelly Bryant enters the fall as the starter, beating out incoming freshman Trevor Lawrence.


Bryant led Clemson to a 12-2 mark last year including an ACC championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff.


Lawrence came in this January as the country’s top quarterback prospect. He broke many of former Tiger star Deshaun Watson’s Georgia high school passing marks.





Hinchcliffe likely to miss Indy 500


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – James Hinchcliffe has stopped looking for a way to get back into Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 and says barring “unforeseen circumstances” he will not race this weekend.


He was one of two drivers left out of the field following qualifying last week along with Pippa Mann, who will not race.




Lawmaker wants states to reject sports bet ‘integrity fee’


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – A top New Jersey lawmaker is urging all 50 states to reject so-called “integrity fee” payments to professional sports leagues in any sports betting legislation they enact.


Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney says it is “extortion” for the leagues to demand money in return for hosting honest games.


The U.S. Supreme Court last week allowed states to legalize sports betting after a suit brought by New Jersey.


The leagues are seeking payments from states or sports betting providers to help them pay for the cost of making sure their games remain free from cheating.



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