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#SportsReport: Russell Westbrook Voted NBA MVP

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MLB:

Jordan Montgomery matched his season high with seven solid innings and closer Aroldis Chapman shut down a ninth-inning rally just in time, lifting the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 6-5 last night. New York won for the third time in 13 games to keep pace with Boston atop the AL East.

Charlie Sheen hasn't portrayed Babe Ruth in a film, but the actor was the owner of two of the most prized items of Ruth memorabilia. Sheen yesterday revealed himself as the owner of Ruth's 1927 World Series ring and the 1919 contract of Ruth's sale from the Red Sox to the Yankees which are part of the first Lelands.com Invitational Auction, which ends on Friday.

New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has exited a game with a strained right hamstring. Castro had trouble getting down the line after grounding out in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox.

The slumping New York Yankees have activated outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list and put him back in the starting lineup. Ellsbury was set to play center field and bat sixth against the Chicago White Sox. He has been out since May 24 with a concussion, and played two rehab game in Triple-A over the weekend.

Chris Sale pitched 6 1/3 overpowering innings with nine strikeouts, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the third straight game and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 in matchup of two of the AL's top teams. Dustin Pedroia had two hits and drove in a run and Moreland added a sacrifice for Boston, which kept pace with the New York Yankees atop the East.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she supports new legislation by Pawtucket's mayor that outlines how to finance a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium. The Democratic governor said Monday that under Mayor Donald Grebien's revised bill, the state ultimately pays nothing for the new ballpark.

NHL:

Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill continues filling out his staff by hiring Randy Sexton and Steve Greeley as assistant GMs. Their responsibilities will include player development and overseeing Buffalo's minor-league affiliates, with Sexton also named GM of the American Hockey League Rochester Americans.

Nico Hischier is discovering that being taken No. 1 in the NHL Draft has its perks. The New Jersey Devil has flown from Chicago to New Jersey, watched the New York Red Bulls play a MLS game and gone to a New York Yankees game.

Teemu Selanne and longtime Ducks teammate Paul Kariya headline the Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2017. Selanne and Kariya are joined by Dave Andreychuk, Mark Recchi, women's star Danielle Goyette, coach Clare Drake and Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.

NCAA:

Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jonathan India doubled in two runs, and Florida beat LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night. The Gators (51-19) need a win Tuesday or Wednesday to earn their first national championship. Singer's strikeout total was highest by a single pitcher in a CWS finals game. Singer (9-5) limited LSU (52-19) to three singles before Antoine Duplantis homered in the sixth.

Baylor University officials say the school is being investigated by the NCAA in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departure of the school president. In a legal filing last week, Baylor lawyers told a federal judge the NCAA probe is "an ongoing, pending investigation."

PGA:

The U.S. Golf Association has announced that Omaha Country Club in Nebraska and Saucon (SAH'-kuhn) Valley Country Club in Pennsylvania will host the 2021 and 2022 U.S. Senior Open Championships, respectively. The USGA says the 2021 Senior Open will run July 8-11 at the Omaha course and will be the second Senior Open and second USGA championship held there. Saucon Valley Country Club, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will host its third Senior Open and eighth USGA championship from June 23 through 26 in 2022.

Two-time major champion John Daly has withdrawn from the U.S. Senior Open with a shoulder injury. Daly has not played since he tied for 17th in the Senior PGA Championship on May 28. The U.S. Senior Open begins Thursday at Salem Country Club in Massachusetts.

Tennis:

John McEnroe says Serena Williams would be "like 700" in the world tennis rankings if she played on the men's tour. McEnroe, speaking to NPR about his memoir "You Cannot Be Serious," says Williams is the best female player ever, "no question." But when asked about her being the best ever, without gender qualifiers, McEnroe was clear that he didn't think so. McEnroe says "if she played the men's circuit she'd be like 700 in the world." The former tennis bad boy added that he thought Williams could beat some male players, "but if she had to just play the circuit -- the men's circuit -- that would be an entirely different story." McEnroe won seven Grand Slam titles in his career. Williams has won 23.

NBA:

Russell Westbrook has been voted NBA MVP after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles last season. Westbrook's victory ended the first NBA Awards show, which included two wins apiece for the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks. He led the league with 31.6 points and added 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for the season. He easily beat James Harden and Kawhi Leonard.

Nearly three months after he was introduced as Georgetown's new basketball coach, Patrick Ewing has a staff of assistants and recruiters: Louis Orr, Robert Kirby and Akbar Waheed. The school announced Ewing's choices yesterday. Orr was the head coach at Bowling Green from 2007-14, at Seton Hall from 2001-06 and at Siena in 2000-01. He and Ewing were NBA teammates with the New York Knicks.

D'Angelo Russell wasn't only traded, he was criticized on the way out the door. Lakers President Magic Johnson said he wanted a leader at point guard. But Russell said the Lakers are in his past and their comments are irrelevant. He's looking for a fresh start in Brooklyn after being acquired by the Nets. Brooklyn also got Timofey Mozgov in the deal that sent Brook Lopez to Los Angeles.

NFL:

Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green has been charged with felony child abuse after his 15-year-old daughter told police he punched her in the face. The 40-year-old Green is also charged with disorderly conduct in the incident late yesterday in the Green Bay suburb of Ledgeview.

An Arizona judge has ordered Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd to serve one day in jail for failing alcohol tests that he blames on a type of fermented tea. Floyd and his lawyer did not attend the Scottsdale City Court hearing Monday and had a teleconference with Judge Statia Hendrix. The hearing was meant to give Floyd the chance to make his case regarding the failed alcohol tests and another one he missed earlier this month, which stemmed from a 2016 drunken driving arrest where Scottsdale police say they found him passed out behind the wheel. Vikings officials say they encouraged Floyd to drink a fermented tea called kombucha. Hendrix ordered Floyd to start his additional jail time Monday evening in Phoenix before concluding his final five days of house arrest.

Sailing:

Helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have won the America's Cup by routing software tycoon Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA. The Kiwis claimed the oldest trophy in international sports on the Great Sound, winning Race 9 to clinch the match at 7-1. It was sweet atonement for the Kiwis. In 2013 on San Francisco Bay, Team New Zealand reached match point at 8-1. Oracle then staged one of the biggest comebacks in sports, winning eight straight races to retain the Auld Mug.

Soccer:

The 23 players on the U.S. roster for next month's CONCACAF Gold Cup are mostly young and lack international experience. They need little reminding of what's at stake _ spot on the World Cup roster. Past regional championships gave the likes of Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley a chance to showcase their skills. The U.S. plays Ghana in an exhibition Saturday in Connecticut. It begins the Gold Cup in Nashville on July 8. World Cup qualifying resumes Sept. 1 against Costa Rica.

Swimming:

Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky has won the Honda Cup as the nation's top collegiate female athlete. Ledecky won five medals, including four golds, and set two world records at last summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. 

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