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Sports Report: Cavs Take 2-1 Lead In Finals


In the NBA finals, Cleveland bested Golden State 96-91 to give the Cavs a 2-1 series lead. LeBron James finished with 40 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, had eight assists and drained a big 3-pointer that put the Cavs ahead by seven with under two minutes remaining.


In baseball, in interleague play, the Yankees topped Washington 6-1, Toronto edged Miami 4-3, and it was Detroit over the Cubs 6-0.

In the American League, Baltimore beat Boston 1-0, the Angels bested Tampa Bay 8-2, Seattle edged Cleveland 3-2, the White Sox doubled up Houston 4-2, Kansas City blanked Minnesota 2-0, and it was Texas over Oakland 2-1.

In the National League, Chris Heston pitched the first no-hitter in the majors this season in his 13th career start, leading the San Francisco Giants over the New York Mets 5-0 last night. Milwaukee defeated Pittsburgh 4-1, Cincinnati toppled Philadelphia 11-2, Colorado edged St. Louis 4-3, Atlanta slid past San Diego 6-5, and it was the Dodgers over Arizona 3-1.

Enter Sandman — the sequel. The Washington Nationals drafted Iona College right-hander Mariano Rivera III, son of the former Yankees closer, in the fourth round yesterday. Rivera was 5-7 with a 2.65 ERA and a school-record 113 strikeouts with 27 walks in 85 innings this season for the Gaels, while also being selected the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's pitcher of the year.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has reported for the team's mandatory minicamp despite saying he's frustrated by his contract situation. Wilkerson stayed away from the team's facility during voluntary workouts while looking for a new deal. He's in the last year of his rookie contract and is seeking a long-term extension.

Right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson is scheduled to make his third rehab appearance, today for Triple-A Pawtucket. Masterson worked out with the Red Sox yesterday. He's coming back from right shoulder tendinitis. Meanwhile, manager John Farrell says outfielder Shane Victorino will need to undergo further testing before starting a rehab assignment. He's been out with a strained right hamstring.

Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie has sent flowers to the woman who was seriously injured when she was hit in the head by Lawrie's broken bat at Fenway Park last week.

Lawrie did not want to discuss his gesture Tuesday night following Oakland's 2-1 loss to the Texas Rangers but said he was "glad that she's doing well and I'm glad that she got my flowers."

Tonya Carpenter, 44, suffered what police initially said were life-threatening injuries when she was struck by Lawrie's broken bat Friday night when it flew into the stands during a game against the Boston Red Sox.

Her family released a statement Monday saying Carpenter is responsive, and her condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston was upgraded from serious to fair.


Jeff Blashill has been named the new coach of the Detroit Red Wings, ending a fairly unsuspenseful coaching search that began when Mike Babcock left last month to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Blashill has coached Detroit's minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons and was an obvious candidate for the Red Wings once Babcock left. Detroit general manager Ken Holland acknowledged right away that he was going to talk to Blashill about the job, but the Griffins made it to the conference finals in the AHL playoffs.

Blashill led Grand Rapids to the Calder Cup in 2013.


New York beat Indiana 86-79 and Tulsa defeated Seattle 68-45.


The knockout rounds of the Under-20 World Cup opened with a major upset Wednesday as Mali shocked Ghana 3-0, while Serbia beat Hungary 2-1 in extra time.

Bence Mervo put underdog Hungary ahead with his fifth goal of the tournament in the 57th minute but Serbia, reduced to 10 men, equalized though Ivan Saponjic in stoppage time and took the match with a heart-breaking own goal by Attila Talaber in the 118th minute. Talaber was inconsolable when the final whistle sounded.

Mali defied all pre-match predictions when it outclassed Ghana. It was the first time Ghana's 'Black Satellites' had fallen before the quarterfinals, and they won the tournament in 2009.

FIFA has suspended the 2026 World Cup bidding process amid a widening corruption scandal implicating previous bid contests.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says it would be "nonsense" to begin the process now.

FIFA planned to write to its 209 member federations this week to explain the bidding timetable and rules. The 2026 host is expected to be chosen by the 209 members at their May 2017 meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Potential bidders include the United States, Mexico, Canada and countries from Europe.

Valcke spoke at a news conference with Russian organizers of the 2018 World Cup, and defended his role in alleged bribes paid by South Africa during the 2010 bidding contest.

Meanwhile police in northern Italy say Argentine businessman Alejandro Burzaco has turned himself in after being indicted by U.S. authorities in connection to the FIFA corruption case.

Police say Burzaco was "searched for across the world" after he and two other Argentines were named in the U.S. indictment.

Burzaco is the president of a sports marketing company.

Elsewhere FIFA President Sepp Blatter will chair an executive committee meeting next month to choose a date for an election to replace him.

FIFA says the executive committee will meet "in July, the precise date to be confirmed within this week."

That meeting "needs to confirm a date and agenda for the extraordinary elective Congress."

FIFA says there are "various date options" for the election.

When Blatter announced his resignation plan last week, he said his successor would be elected between December and March.

FIFA rules require an election to be held four months after the deadline for prospective candidates to apply. Would-be candidates need to be nominated by five of FIFA's 209 member federations who vote in the election.

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