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Sports Report: Stephen Curry Will Continue Reign As NBA's MVP

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NBA:

In the NBA, Miami beat Toronto 94-87 to even the series at 2 games each and Golden State bested Portland 132-125 to lead the series 3-1.

Stephen Curry will continue his reign as the NBA's Most Valuable Player. He also reclaimed his spot in the Golden State Warriors' lineup tonight. A person with knowledge of the award tells The Associated Press that the Warriors guard will be named MVP again, with an announcement coming as soon as Tuesday. Curry led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game and shattered his own record for 3-pointers by making 402. He starred on a Warriors team that set an NBA record with 73 victories during the regular season. Curry earned his first MVP before helping the Warriors win the NBA championship last season.

Dave Joerger has been named the new coach of the Sacramento Kings, two days after being let go by Memphis. He replaces George Karl and becomes the Kings' ninth head coach since the team went to the playoffs in 2006 under Rick Adelman. Joerger went 147-99 in three seasons with the Grizzlies and took them to the playoffs each year. He led the injury-ravaged team to 42 wins this season, pushing them to the playoffs, where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.

Charlotte Hornets guard and former UConn standout Kemba Walker has had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Walker averaged a career-high 20.9 points a game this season for the Hornets. He also had surgery on the same knee early last year to repair a torn lateral meniscus.

San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has been named the NBA's Executive of the Year for the second time in three seasons after the team won a franchise-record 67 games. Buford re-signed leading scorer Kawhi Leonard and brought in free agents LaMarcus Aldridge and David West over the past year to bolster an aging team. Portland's Neil Olshey finished second in voting by fellow league execs, followed by Bob Myers of Golden State.

NHL:

In the NHL, Dallas edged St. Louis 3-2 to tie the series at 3 games apiece and it was Nashville over San Jose 4-3 to bring the series to Game 7 after tying the series at 3 games.

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees doubled up Kansas City 6-3, Boston won against Oakland 14-7, the White Sox bested Texas 8-4 in 12 innings, Houston beat Cleveland 7-1, and it was Seattle over Tampa Bay 5-2. The Baltimore at Minnesota game was postponed.

In the National League, the Mets bested the Dodgers 4-2, Miami defeated Milwaukee 4-1, Cincinnati edged Pittsburgh 3-2, and Arizona won against Colorado 10-5. The San Diego at Cubs game was postponed.

In interleague play Washington beat Detroit 5-4 and it was Toronto over San Francisco 3-1.

Also in the majors:

— The White Sox activated Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list in time for tonight's series opener against the Rangers in Texas. Avila had been sidelined with a strained right hamstring since getting hurt running the bases on April 23. The AL Central leaders designated catcher Hector Sanchez for assignment to make room for Avila.

— Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will undergo surgery after tearing a ligament in his left thumb while diving for a grounder in yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay. The team said it would have an update on Simmons following the surgery to repair the tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Simmons was batting .219 with a home run and eight RBIs before the injury.

— The Washington Nationals and pitcher Stephen Strasburg have reached terms on a contract extension. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Nats will pay Strasburg $175 million over seven seasons starting in 2017. Strasburg would have been eligible for free agency for the first time after this season. Instead, he stays with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009 and shut him down before the playoffs in 2012 to protect his surgically repaired right elbow. Strasburg is 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA in seven starts this season.

NFL:

Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford has reported for voluntary workouts and says he is committed to the organization, one month after demanding a trade. Bradford signed a two-year contract worth $36 million with $22 million guaranteed before the Eagles traded up twice in the NFL draft and selected quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick. Bradford started 14 games for Philadelphia last season, completing 65 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

The New England Patriots have dealt linebacker Jon Bostic to the Detroit Lions, getting back a conditional draft choice. Bostic started one game last season for the Patriots and played in 11. The Patriots also say they have signed defenseman Anthony Johnson, who has seen playing time with the Miami Dolphins.

The Washington Redskins have signed Boston College linebacker Steven Daniels and five of their other draft picks. The Tennessee Titans say they have also agreed to terms with wide receiver Tajae Sharpe out of UMass, among deals they've made with six of their 10 picks so far.

The New York Jets have claimed tight end Jerome Cunningham off waivers from the Giants, with the Jets also waiving running back Dri Archer. The Jets yesterday also signed cornerback Bryson Keeton, who tried out for the team at a rookie minicamp over last weekend.

The New York Giants have signed four players who took part in a team minicamp last week. The Giants also waived four players, including two who played for the Giants last season, wide receiver Ben Edwards and linebacker James Morris.

NCAA:

After two seasons as assistant coach, Rowan has named Joe Crispin its new men's basketball coach. Longtime Rowan coach Joe Cassidy will also stay on the staff as associate head coach.

Arkansas' Moses Kingsley says he has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season. The 6-foot-10 center from Nigeria was a second-team All-SEC selection, averaging 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks last season, his first as a starter.

Duke and Team USA men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has undergone hernia surgery but says he'll be just fine for the Olympics and that he will be in "great physical condition." It's the second procedure for the 69-year-old Krzyzewski this offseason. He previously underwent left knee replacement surgery in early April.

University of Vermont men's lacrosse coach Ryan Curtis is stepping down after leading the Catamounts to their first America East title in program history. The Burlington Free Press reports that Curtis served for 10 years with the team.

WNBA:

The WNBA is expanding its live access, allowing fans to purchase single game or team pass options for the first time, as well as a full-season package. The new WNBA League Pass will be available through WNBA.com and the WNBA App. The league will tip off the new service with a free trial at the start of its 20th regular season Saturday. The free trial will go through Tuesday, May 17.

The feature also will have archives of all nationally televised games. Those games aren't available live through the league pass. The NBA unveiled single game and team pass options for the first time last season and established records for game views, minutes viewed and digital subscriptions sold in a season.

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