Jaylen Brown had 23 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 boards, and the Boston Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Al Horford scored 20 points for the Celtics, who ran off 17 consecutive points in the first quarter to pull away. Kevin Love had 17 points and LeBron James finished with 15 points, Game 2 is Tuesday night.
LeBron James says he has "zero" concern after the Cavaliers' lopsided loss to the Celtics in Game 1. He credited the Celtics' defensive strategy which included throwing multiple defenders at him. But he says he expects the Cavs to adjust and be ready for Game 2.
The Washington Capitals scored in the opening minute of the game and twice in the last 1:02 of the second period to pull away to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final. Since 1974-75, teams that take a 2-0 lead in the conference final or semifinal have a series record of 39-2. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Washington.
Corey Kluber became the American League's first six-game winner as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 11-2. The reigning Cy Young Award winner gave up two unearned runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits. Kluber (6-2) was backed by four hits from Yan Gomes, including a three-run homer.
J.D. Martinez homered and had three RBIs, Mookie Betts had two hits and made a sensational diving catch, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3. Martinez's 10th homer this season was a two-run shot in the first inning off right-hander Joe Biagini. John Axford came on to face Martinez in the fifth, and Martinez greeted him with an RBI single, scoring Betts. Betts ended the fourth by sliding into foul territory down the right-field line to catch Richard Urena's sinking liner.
New York's Jacob deGrom lasted just one inning in his return from the disabled list, and pinch-hitter Nick Williams had a go-ahead, three-run homer off Paul Seward in the sixth inning that carried the Philadelphia Phillies over the Mets 4-2. DeGrom needed 45 pitches to get through a scoreless and hitless first, which included 20 foul balls. New York said he was removed as a precaution.
The New York Yankees beat Oakland 6-2 and have the day off today. They will face the Washington Nationals tomorrow.
Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto homered, and the last-place Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 for their first four-game sweep of the Dodgers since the Big Red Machine accomplished the feat in August 1976. The defending NL champion Dodgers finished a 1-5 homestand and have lost seven of eight.
Robinson Cano left Seattle's game at Detroit in the third inning Sunday with a broken right hand after being hit by a pitch. Cano was struck by a pitch from left-hander Blaine Hardy, then went to the dugout while being replaced by a pinch runner. The 35-year-old Cano is hitting .287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this season. He hit a three-run homer in Seattle's win Saturday night.
In men’s Division I lacrosse, No. 2 UAlbany beat Richmond 13-9 on Saturday in Albany. The Great Danes take on Denver in Hempstead next Saturday.
In Central New York, Cornell took out No. 8 Syracuse 10-9 Sunday in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Cornell now faces Maryland next Sunday.
According to sources close to Spectrum News, UAlbany is set to name its next women’s basketball head coach. The cable news station says Army Associate Head Coach Colleen Mullen will be introduced at a press conference early this week.
Webb Simpson navigated his way through a few mistakes but not too much stress to win The Players Championship. Staked to a seven-shot lead, no one got closer than four shots of Simpson, even after a double bogey on the 18th hole when his only concern was finishing the hole. Tiger Woods made another big run that revved up the crowd but had a watery-mishap on the treacherous 17th, an island par-3.
Chuck Knox, the former NFL coach who took the Los Angeles Rams to three straight NFC championship games and also led the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills, has died. He was 86. The Rams and Seahawks said Knox died Saturday night.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in New Jersey in a lawsuit accusing New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of selling bogus "game-worn" equipment to unsuspecting collectors. Eric Inselberg and two other plaintiffs say they bought two helmets from Steiner Sports, which has a contract with Manning to provide the game-used equipment. Inselberg says emails show Manning engaged in a pattern of deceiving collectors. In court filings, Manning and the team deny the allegations.
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