AP Sports Wrap from Friday, May 27 2016
TORONTO (AP)— Cleveland's Big Three has powered the Cavaliers into the NBA Finals for the second straight season.
LeBron James had 33 points, 11 rebounds and six assist in leading the Cavaliers past Toronto 113-87 to win the Eastern Conference final in six games. Kyrie Irving added 30 points and nine assists and Kevin Love chipped in with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
The Cavaliers shot 54.1 percent for the game, and were particularly deadline from 3-point land. They were 17 of 31 from beyond the arc. For James, it's his sixth straight trip to the finals, including four with Miami.
The Cavaliers now await the Oklahoma City-Golden State winner. The Thunder has a 3-2 lead in that series heading in tonight's Game 6 in OKC.
The NBA Finals start next Thursday.
Mets climb into NL East tie...Cardinals slam Nats...Cubs win at rainy Wrigley
UNDATED (AP) — Curtis Granderson homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give the New York Mets a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The win boosts the Mets into a tie with Washington atop the NL East.
Chase Utley, who was booed all night in his return to Citi Field, hit a tying three-run double off Jeurys Familia with two outs in a four-run ninth inning for the Dodgers.
In other baseball:
—The St. Louis Cardinals beat Washington 6-2 despite being outhit 8-4. Steve Piscotty delivered the big hit, a grand slam in the Cardinals' five-run third inning. Greg Garcia also went deep off Nats loser Matt Scherzer.
— Jorge Soler (HOHR'-hay soh-LEHR'), David Ross and Kris Bryant hit long home runs to back Jon Lester and lead the Chicago Cubs to a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on a rainy afternoon at Wrigley Field.
— The Pittsburgh Pirates kept pace with the Cubs in the NL Central with a 9-1 rout of Texas. That ends Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels' 12-game win streak dating to last season. He is 5-1. Jonathon Niese (NEES) improved to 5-2 with five shutout innings.
— The New York Yankees beat Toronto 4-1. Alex Rodriguez homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list. Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven shutout innings to improve to 3-0.
— Josh Donaldson hit two home runs and drove in five runs as the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a five-game home losing streak with a 7-5 win over Boston.
— Chris Davis' RBI double broke a seventh-inning tie, Manny Machado went 4 for 5 and the Baltimore Orioles ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Mark Trumbo followed Davis' clutch hit with a two-run homer, his AL-leading 15th of the season.
— The Kansas City Royals downed the Chicago White Sox 7-5. Eric Hosmer (HAHS'-mur) had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs.
— Atlanta doubled up Miami 4-2 behind a 14-hit attack. That improves the Braves home record to 3-20. Nick Markakis hit a tie-breaking, two-run single off third baseman Nick Prado's glove with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth.
— Mike Trout had a three-run double and Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in a big third inning to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 7-2.
— The San Diego Padres used 18 hits to rout the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 and snap a four-game losing streak. Yangervis Solarte (soh-LAHR'-tay) homered twice.
— Robbie Grossman's bases-loaded double keyed a five-run third inning and Pat Dean pitched effectively for seven innings for his first major league victory to pace the Minnesota Twins past the Seattle Mariners 7-2. Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was tagged for six runs in six innings and fell to 4-4.
— — Tyler Chatwood threw seven masterful innings, Charlie Blackmon had one of Colorado's three run-scoring doubles and the Rockies beat San Francisco 5-2. That ends the Giants' 10-game winning streak against NL West teams.
— Nick Castellanos homered and Detroit beat Oakland 4-1.
MLB-RANGERS-BLUE JAYS SUSPENSIONS
Odor starts suspension...Bautista serves his
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOOR') started serving his suspension last night for punching Toronto's Jose Bautista after the penalty was reduced from eight to seven games. Odor sat out last night's 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh. He will be eligible to return June 4 when Texas is home against Seattle.
Bautista's one-game suspension was upheld on appeal and he served it last night the Blue Jays beat Boston 7-5.
The penalties stem from a brawl May 15 between the Rangers and Blue Jays. Baseball disciplined 14 players and staff over the melee in Arlington.
AP source: Jets offer Fitz 3-year deal
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have made an offer that Ryan Fitzpatrick — so far — has refused.
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Jets made a three-year offer to the quarterback in March that includes $12 million guaranteed in the first year.
That offer is still on the table for Fitzpatrick.
Nadal pulls out with injury
PARIS (AP) — The road to the French Open championship has gotten a lot easier for Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich).
The top seed and winner of every major but the French will now not have to worry about the possibility of facing Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-EHL'l nah-DAHL'). The nine-time winner of the French Open has pulled out because of an injury to his left wrist.
Men's second seed Andy Murray has advanced to the fourth round with a three-set win over No. 27 Ivo Karlovic (EE'-voh KAR'-loh-vihch). Murray joins fourth-seed and defending champion Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah) in the next round as he advanced in three sets. Among the other winners for the men were fifth-seed Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR'-ee), eighth seed Milos Raonic (ROW'-nich) and No. 15 John Isner (IHZ'-nur). He is the last American male in the tournament and will now face Murray.
Women second-seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-nee-EHSH'-kuh rad-VAHN'-skah) was a winner as well as fourth seed Garbine Muguruza (GAHR'-been moo-guh-ROO'-zuh) and sixth seed Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp). Unseeded American Shelby Rogers pulled off a big upset by beating tenth-seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh), 6-love, 6-7, 6-love.
HOCKEY-US WORLD CUP ROSTER
Torts-heavy roster for Americans
UNDATED (AP)— Two-time Olympic forward Phil Kessel failed to make the final cut for the United States' World Cup of Hockey roster Friday, a day after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Final.
In passing over the 10-year NHL veteran, Team USA officials filled the final four forward spots with Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky, Toronto's James van Riemsdyk (REEMS'-dyk), Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan and St. Louis captain David Backes (BAH'-kihs). The remaining defense spots went to Colorado's Erik Johnson, Columbus' Jack Johnson and Washington's Matt Niskanen.
This is definitely a John Tortorella-coached team. Six players on the 23-man roster have played for Tortorella in the NHL. The eight-team World Cup of Hockey tourney is September in Toronto.
More positive tests
LONDON (AP) — The International Olympic Committee reports that nearly two dozen athletes tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics. Recently 31 Olympians from the 2008 Beijing Games were caught in retesting. The IOC says that 23 athletes from five sports and six countries had positive findings in retests with improved techniques on 265 samples from the London Games.
The IOC did not identify the athletes, their sports or their nationalities.
Health officials call for Games to be postponed
LONDON (AP) — A group of public health experts have urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika (ZEE'-kuh) outbreak. An open letter to the U.N. health agency, signed by almost 150 public health experts, calls for the games to be delayed or relocated "in the name of public health."
Several public health academics have previously warned that hundreds of thousands of people heading to the Aug. 5-21 games in Brazil will lead to brain-damaged babies and speed up the virus' global spread.
PGA-DEAN & DELUCA INVITATIONAL
Spieth in striking distance
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A lengthy weather delay backed up play in the second round of the PGA's Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial. They'll finish the second round early today.
First round leader Bryce Molder is through 15 holes his round and is 9-under. That's good for a one-shot lead over Webb Simpson who shot a second-round 67. Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) is one shot back heading into the weekend.
PGA CHAMPIONS-SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Mediate widens lead
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt) has held onto the lead after two rounds of the Senior PGA Championship after shooting a 4-under 66. That leaves him at 14-under par, good for a four-shot lead in the second major in as many weeks on the Champions Tour.
George Sauers posted a 69 and holds down second place.
Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) shot 7-under-64 and is tied with Colin Montgomerie for third place, five shots off the lead.
Jutanugarn grabs lead
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (joo-THAN'-oo-garn) shot a 4-under 68 to take the lead after two rounds of the LPGA Volvik Championship. Her 11-under total gives her a two shot lead over So Yeon Ryu, Marina Alex and first round leader Christina Kim.