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Sports Report: Raptors Clinch; Brawl In Blue Jays' Game

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In the NBA playoffs, Toronto beat Miami 116-89 in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Karl-Anthony Towns will be named the NBA's Rookie of the Year on Monday. A person with direct knowledge of the award says the Minnesota Timberwolves center has won the honor after posting the best rookie season for a big man since Tim Duncan. He averaged 18.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks and helped the Timberwolves win 13 more games than they did the previous season.


In the NHL playoffs, St. Louis beat San Jose 2-1 to lead the series 1-0.


In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees topped the White Sox 7-5, Boston edged Houston 10-9, Detroit beat Baltimore 6-5, Texas slid past Toronto 7-6, the Angels blanked Seattle 3-0, Oakland defeated Tampa Bay 7-6, and it was Minnesota over Cleveland 5-1.

In the National League, Colorado beat the Mets 4-3, San Francisco won against Arizona 2-1, St. Louis topped the Dodgers 5-2, Pittsburgh beat the Cubs 2-1, Cincinnati bested Philadelphia 9-4, Miami topped Washington 5-1, and it was Milwaukee over San Diego 2-1.

In interleague play, Kansas City doubled up Atlanta 4-2 in 13 innings.

Former major league pitcher Sammy Ellis, who became an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965, has died. He was 75. The New York Yankees held a moment of silence for Ellis before playing the Chicago White Sox on Sunday and put his picture on the scoreboard. Ellis was a pitching coach for several teams, including the Yankees.

A feud simmering since Jose Bautista's bat flip in last year's AL division series boiled over into a wild brawl in the final game of the season between Toronto and Texas, a 7-6 victory for the Rangers on Sunday. Bautista and Texas second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fistfight behind the bag after a hard slide by the Toronto slugger in the eighth inning. Players from both teams rushed the field as Odor landed a punch to Bautista's face.


Meanwhile the Blue Jays have placed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil on the 15-day disabled list with a muscle strain in his left arm. He felt soreness in his left triceps after a seven-pitch outing in a 6-5 loss to Texas Saturday night. He is 0-5 with a 5.23 ERA in 16 appearances this season.


Top-ranked Jason Day closed with a 1-under 71 to complete a wire-to-wire win at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Day was 15-under for the tournament, four strokes better than Kevin Chappell. The 28-year-old Australian has won seven titles in the last 10 months, including one major, a World Golf Championship and a pair of FedEx Cup playoff events.


In the WNBA, the Sparks won against Seattle 96-66 and it was the Liberty over Dallas 79-71.


Matt Kenseth held off Kyle Larson to win a wreck-filled, Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway. The victory was the first of the season for Kenseth, who battled Larson door-to-door for part of the final five laps before the 2003 NASCAR champion picked all the right lines and pulled away at the end. Kenseth is the seventh different driver to win a race this year, and the fourth from Joe Gibbs Racing.


With the top two drivers on the Formula One circuit eliminated on the first lap, Max Verstappen of Red Bull became Formula One's youngest race winner at age 18 with a victory at the Spanish Grand Prix. On the first lap Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed into each other to end their race day. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was second and teammate Sebastian Vettel third.


Thomas McNamara scored in the 65th minute to give New York City FC a 2-1 victory over the Portland TimbersSunday. McNamara's 20-yard shot curled around goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and into the upper corner of the net for his third goal of the season.

NYCFC (4-3-4) took the lead in the 12th minute under controversial circumstances. Defender RJ Allen appeared to use his hands to knock the ball away from Darlington Nagbe, but no foul was called. Instead, Allen sent an inch-perfect 30-yard rolling pass into the path of David Villa, who calmly shot the ball past Gleeson for his eighth goal of the season. New York has won three straight, tied for the longest in the team's short history, to move into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with Montreal, at 16 points.

Field Lacrosse:

Brodie Merrill just let a shot rip, he wasn't expecting to become an Internet sensation. A video of the Boston Cannons defenceman scoring a field lacrosse goal from more than 90 yards out became a viral sensation on Sunday, a day after his Hail Mary shot forced overtime and led to an eventual victory over the Rochester Rattlers in Major League Lacrosse competition.

Meanwhile in the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament, Syracuse beat UAlbany 11-9 and will play Maryland on Saturday.

The UMass women’s lacrosse team scored the first four goals of the game and then let its dominant defense take over from there in beating host and eighth-seed Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1984.


In an All-American final, Serena Williams ended a nine-month title drought with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Madison Keys in the Italian Open. On the men's side, Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic on clay for the first time to win the men's division in Rome with a 6-3, 6-3 victory.


Manchester United's season-ending Premier League match against Bournemouth at Old Trafford was postponed after a suspicious package was found at the stadium. Police initially tweeted that the package contained an "explosive device" that was "incredibly lifelike." The venue was evacuated before stadium police determined the device was a fake bomb that had been left in the stadium following an earlier security exercise. The scare comes just days after Britain raised its terror alert against Irish extremism. The match is now slated for Tuesday.

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