Update on the latest sports
Cavaliers face elimination
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers face their second elimination game of the postseason when they host the Boston Celtics Friday night in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
The Cavaliers are counting on LeBron James to save the day, as he has before. James has had six 40-point games and two buzzer-beaters in these playoffs. He played through cramps and scored 45 points in a Game 7 win over Indiana. But the 33-year-old has played nine games since then, and has gotten less and less rest as the playoffs have progressed. This will be his 99th game of the season.
So far in this series, the home team has won every game. Boston is 10-0 at home this postseason, but only 1-6 on the road.
If Cleveland wins, Game 7 will be in Boston on Sunday.
NBA-BUCKS-STERLING BROWN ARREST
Bucks player says he tried to stay calm during arrest
MILWAUKEE (AP) – NBA player Sterling Brown says he tried to remain calm when Milwaukee police used a stun gun to take him down during his arrest for a parking violation.
In an interview aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks player says police pinned him down and held his hands behind his back then used a Taser on him outside a Walgreens store Jan. 26.
An officer approached Brown for illegal parking, called for backup and six squads responded.
Brown says he gets mad every time he watches the police body camera video because he was “pretty much defenseless.” The video was publicly released Wednesday.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports three officers have been disciplined in the arrest, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days.
Red Sox to get Pedroia back
UNDATED (AP) – Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is set to be activated by the Red Sox after missing Boston’s first 50 games while recovering from knee surgery. Manager Alex Cora says Pedroia will come off the disabled list for a weekend series at Fenway Park against Atlanta and will start one of the first two games.
Pedroia’s return to the AL East leaders will come exactly seven months after cartilage-restoration surgery on his left knee. The 34-year-old former AL MVP went 1 for 14 in a five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Miami right-hander Jose Urena pitches at home against three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Nationals. Urena went 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA last season and was the Marlins’ opening day starter this year. But Miami has lost all 10 of his starts, and 12 straight dating to last September – tying Brian Moehler’s dubious club record set from 2005-06.
– The Diamondbacks have lost seven in a row and 13 of 14, scoring a total of just 26 runs in that span and dropping out of the NL West lead. Slugger Paul Goldschmidt, an All-Star in each of the last five seasons, is batting .200 and has only four RBIs in his last 34 games. Arizona hopes for better results all around when Patrick Corbin starts a weekend series at Oakland.
– Pittsburgh outfielder Austin Meadows is 11 for 25 in his first six major league games, including three home runs, two doubles and five RBIs. The 23-year-old rookie will aim to keep it going when the Pirates host St. Louis.
Ilie Nastase arrested twice in a day for traffic offenses
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Romanian police have arrested former tennis player Ilie Nastase (EE’-lee nah-STA’-see) twice in the same day, first on suspicion of driving while drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and then for riding a scooter without a license.
Police initially stopped the 71-year-old early Friday while he was driving his car and said he was visibly drunk. He refused to take a breathalyzer and was detained, then later released as police opened an investigation. Police stopped him again six hours later after he allegedly went through a red light on a scooter. His driving license had been suspended after the first incident.
Nastase, once the world’s No. 1-ranked player, admitted that he had drunk beer but claimed police had manhandled him and thrown him to the ground during his first arrest. The second time he was apprehended, he was filmed mocking police officers and accusing them of acting like the communist-era militia.