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Update on the latest in sports:





Halep, Muguruza reach semifinals


PARIS (AP) – Top-ranked Simona Halep has rallied past Angelique Kerber to reach the French Open semifinals. Halep went all out in the first set but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors. Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title. She next faces third-seeded Garbine Muguruza, who overwhelmed Maria Sharapova today in a matchup of past French Open champions to reach the semifinals. The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.




Cavaliers facing critical Game 3


CLEVELAND (AP) – For LeBron James, losing is no longer an option.


With Cleveland down 2-0 to Golden State in the NBA Finals, James knows better than anyone that he and the Cavaliers are facing a must-win situation in Game 3 tonight at Quicken Loans Arena.


No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series. James acknowledged the Cavs are facing a “tall task” as it is against the Warriors, who are seeking their second straight title and third in four years.


Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers in Golden State’s Game 2 win, and the Warriors, who live by a “Strength In Numbers” slogan, could get back forward Andre Iguodala for Game 3. Iguodala has missed the past six games with a knee injury but practiced Tuesday.


Cavs coach Tyronn Lue plans to switch up his rotation and play forward Rodney Hood, whose role has been reduced since the start of the postseason.




Ohtani on the mound


UNDATED (AP) – Shohei Ohtani makes his ninth major league start on the mound as the Angels host Kansas City. Back on his usual once-a-week pitching schedule, the two-way rookie phenom from Japan is 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA. Los Angeles gave him extra rest before his most recent outing in Detroit.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Bartolo Colon gets his fourth crack at tying Hall of Famer Juan Marichal’s 243 career wins, most for a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic, when the Texas Rangers play Oakland. The 45-year-old right-hander earned win No. 242 on May 16 when he threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings at Seattle. He is 0-2 with an 8.80 ERA over his last three starts. Colon has pitched for 11 major league teams – including the Athletics from 2012-13. He was an All-Star for the A’s at age 40 in 2013, when he went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts.


– After spending most of his career in the American League, Diamondbacks right-hander Clay Buchholz makes his second start against the Giants. The other one also came in San Francisco on June 26, 2010, for the Red Sox. Buchholz signed a minor league deal with Arizona last month after his release by the Royals.



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