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Update on the latest in sports:

 

 

NBA FINALS

 

Warriors take 2-0 NBA Finals lead

 

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Game 3 of the NBA Finals is Wednesday night in Cleveland.

 

On Sunday night, the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-103 in Game 2, giving the Warriors a 2-0 game lead.

 

Golden State’s Stephen Curry hit an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers last night and scored 33 points. Kevin Durant scored 26 points.

 

FRENCH OPEN

 

Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with injury

 

PARIS (AP) – Serena Williams has called off her Grand Slam comeback, pulling out of the French Open because of a chest injury before she was supposed to play Maria Sharapova.

 

Williams announced her withdrawal at a news conference at Roland Garros today.

 

Williams’ voice quivered as she said she can’t serve because of a problem with her tight pectoral muscle.

 

She and Sharapova were scheduled to play a fourth-round match today.

 

In other French Open action:

 

– Caroline Wozniacki’s bid for a second straight Grand Slam title is over. The second-seeded Dane lost to Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (5), 6-3 today in the fourth round of the French Open.

 

Kasatkina broke for a 5-3 lead and then served out the match, which started Sunday but was suspended by darkness. It was Kasatkina’s third straight win over Wozniacki, who won the Australian Open for her first major but has never been beyond the quarterfinals at the French Open. Kasatkina has reached the quarterfinals for the first time at any major, and she will next play U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.

 

– Top-seeded Simona Halep remains on course for her elusive first major after beating 16th-seeded Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1. Halep lost this year’s Australian Open final to Wozniacki. She also lost in last year’s French Open final and in the 2014 final at Roland Garros. The 26-year-old Romanian will next face either two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber or Caroline Garcia.

 

MLB

 

In baseball action today:

 

N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 1:10 p.m., 1st game

 

N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 7:10 p.m., 2nd game

 

Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

 

Arizona at San Francisco, 10:10 p.m.

 

Atlanta at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Game 4 of Stanley Cup Finals

 

UNDATED (AP) – In Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, it’s Vegas at Washington tonight. Game time is 8 p.m. Eastern.

 

BUCKS-STERLING BROWN-ARREST

 

Video: Police discuss backlash of arresting Bucks player

 

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Newly released police videos showing the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown show one officer stepping on Brown’s ankle while he was handcuffed on the ground and others discussing the potential backlash of taking down an African American professional basketball player.

 

Brown was arrested for a parking violation in Milwaukee in January.

 

The body camera and squad car videos, obtained by WISN-TV , show Brown asking why the officer was stepping on his ankle. The officer told Brown he wanted to make sure Brown wouldn’t kick officers.

 

Later an officer converses with two others who are seated in a squad car as they explained they were trying to protect themselves during the arrest and how police could be perceived as racist for arresting a black Bucks player.

 

FIFA-OFFICIAL SUSPENDED

 

FIFA suspends president of Dominican Republic soccer body

 

ZURICH (AP) – The FIFA ethics committee has suspended Dominican Republic soccer president Osiris Guzman for 90 days, barring him from attending the World Cup and meetings in Moscow next week.

 

FIFA says the interim order applies while Guzman is under investigation.

 

Details of the case were not published Monday, though Guzman reportedly allowed FIFA-funded facilities to be used for a political meeting. FIFA rules require soccer federations to stay neutral from politics.

 

Guzman served a 15-day ban in 2011 in fallout from an investigation into bribery of some Caribbean voters in the FIFA presidential election.

 

In 2015, the Dominican federation president used a speech at a meeting of regional soccer body CONCACAF to compare then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter to Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill.

 

PGA TOUR-DISCOVERY

 

Discovery signs $2 billion rights deal with PGA Tour

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Discovery, Inc. has signed a $2 billion agreement that gives it media rights to PGA Tour programming for its 220 markets outside the United States.

 

The deal is designed to allow Discovery to deliver golf around the world on every screen and device. The 12-year deals starts next year and runs through 2030.

 

It’s the PGA Tour’s latest effort to expand its fan base around the world.

 

The PGA Tour has U.S. television deals with NBC Sports, CBS Sports and Golf Channel.

 

The agreement gives Discovery live rights outside the U.S. to some 2,000 hours of PGA Tour content. That includes all six circuits the PGA Tour runs, such as the PGA Tour Champions and smaller tours in China, Canada and Latin America.

 

PACE CAR CRASH

 

Detroit race delayed after GM executive crashes pace car

 

DETROIT (AP) – The start of an IndyCar race in Detroit was delayed by 30 minutes when a General Motors executive who was driving the pace car crashed into a wall.

 

No one was seriously injured in the crash Sunday afternoon.

 

Mark Reuss was driving the Corvette during a pace lap shortly before the race’s scheduled start time when it spun and crashed. Mark Sandy, a manager with IndyCar, was a passenger.

 

The Detroit News reports that Reuss, a product development chief for Detroit-based GM, got out of the car to assess the damage. Team Chevy blamed the weather and track conditions.

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay went on to win his first IndyCar victory since 2015 at Belle Isle on Sunday. He described the delay as “no big deal.”

 

SPORTS BETTING-NJ

 

Lawmakers facing key decisions on sports betting rules

 

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey lawmakers are scheduled to make some key decisions as they race to legalize sports betting after winning a case in the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly are scheduled today to take up several measures that would authorize sports betting.

 

They’ll have to work out differences among the various proposals and make important decisions on how much the activity should be taxed.

 

New Jersey won a Supreme Court case last month overturning a federal law that limited sports betting to only four states. Individual states are now free to pass laws legalizing it, if they desire.

 

 

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