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Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy and Russell Henley were tied at 1-under-par 69 as the first round of the U.S. Open concluded.

Shinnecock Hills got the best of many of the world's top players, including Tiger Woods (8 over) and Phil Mickelson (7-over).

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SOCCER WORLD CUP

The FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday in Moscow as Russia takes on Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m. EST.

Russia has failed to win in seven non-competitive attempts since beating Korea Republic in October, while the Saudis have lost three friendly matches in a row.

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MLB

The New York Yankees kept their share of first place in the AL East while causing the Washington Nationals to lose their piece of the NL East lead.

CC Sabathia combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as the Yanks blanked the Nats, 3-0. Sabathia scattered four hits over 5 2/3 innings and hit Bryce Harper on the right elbow in the fifth.

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve no doubt done years of mental gymnastics — trying to imagine an alternate universe in which Bill Bucker stops a World Series grounder, Butler sinks a buzzer-beater in the NCAA championship game, or Wally Pipp decides to stick it out at first base. Mike Pesca, of the podcast The Gist, is more interested in even bigger alternate realities. A frequently heard voice on WAMC, the longtime NPR sports reporter is out with a new book: "Upon Further Review: The Great What-Ifs In Sports History." In it, he has gathered a murderers' row of sportswriters and other cultural critics to probe at some of the underlying issues that link society and sports.

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The Boston Red Sox are back in a virtual tie with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East after outlasting the Orioles in the opener of a series in Baltimore.

Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. lifted sacrifice flies in the 12th inning to give the Bosox a 2-0 win over the Birds. Rafael Devers doubled in the 12th to put runners on second and third before Mychal Givens hit Eduardo Nunez to load the bases with nobody out.

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Seth Lugo pitched six dominant innings in a stellar spot start, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer off Luis Severino, and the New York Mets beat the Yankees 2-0 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game skid.

Frazier went deep for the second consecutive night to help the Mets prevent a Subway Series sweep at Citi Field. They ended a 10-game home losing streak and avoided an 0-9 homestand that would have matched the worst in team history.

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The Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup.

Alex Ovechkin scored midway through the game and Lars Eller had a go-ahead goal with 6:37 left in the third period, lifting the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night.

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NBA

Kevin Durant scored a playoff career-high 43 points, including a long 3-pointer in the final minute and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

The win moved the Warriors within a game of their second straight NBA title and third in four years.

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The University at Albany has won the Stuart P. Haskell Commissioner’s Cup, for the sixth consecutive year.  The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded annually to a top-performing athletic department in the America East.

The Great Danes earned six America East titles, two runner-up finishes and four regular-season championships.

The Cup is determined by a scoring system under which athletic departments earn points for their teams’ performances both during the season and in the conference tournaments for the league’s 17 sports.

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The Washington Capitals are one win away from the first Stanley Cup championship in the 43-year history of the franchise.

T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly all scored in the first period and the Capitals cruised from there in routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are two wins away from their second straight NBA championship and third in four years.

Curry set an NBA Finals record by nailing nine 3-pointers while scoring 33 points to lead the Warriors' 122-103 win over the Cavaliers. Cleveland was trailing 90-80 until Curry hit five 3-pointers while the Warriors outscored the Cavs 32-23 in the final quarter.

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The University at Albany’s men’s lacrosse team has become one of the nation’s top programs in recent years, with player of the year award-winners and booming attendance. This year, UAlbany beat lacrosse giant Syracuse and notched its first No. 1 ranking. But on Saturday, the Great Danes are taking a big step forward: their first trip to the Final Four.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have squared the NBA's Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece with a dominant first quarter against the Boston Celtics.

The Celts shot just 7-for-26 while the Cavaliers outscored them 34-18 in the first period of Cleveland's 111-102 triumph at Quicken Loans Arena. LeBron James poured in 44 points and surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most field goals in playoff history. James also recorded his 25th career postseason game with at least 40 points, six coming in these playoffs.

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No. 2 UAlbany has made it to the men’s NCAA men's lacrosse Final Four.  The Great Danes defeated Denver 15-13 Saturday.

They'll play third-seeded Yale Saturday.  The Bulldogs topped UAlbany 14-6 in New Haven, Conn. last month.

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The NCAA tournament is heating up this weekend as No. 2 UAlbany goes against unseeded Denver Saturday at 2:30 p.m. 

Top-seeded Maryland will take on unseeded Cornell Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

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NASSAR SETTLEMENT:

Officials say Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history.

The deal announced Wednesday surpasses the $100 million-plus paid by Penn State University to settle claims by at least 35 people who accused assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual abuse, though the Nassar agreement involves far more victims.

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Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 Tuesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Second-seeded University at Albany men’s lacrosse team will host unseeded Richmond Saturday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA tournament. 

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Jayson Tatum caught a pass underneath the basket, shook off a hit and went up for the go-ahead layup with 23 seconds left and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-112 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

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Former University at Albany guard Joe Cremo will be a Villanova Wildcat next season.  The Scotia native announced his decision to transfer to the defending NCAA champion Tuesday morning on Twitter. He has one year of eligibility left and can play immediately as a graduate transfer.

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T.J. McConnell turned a surprise start into the save of the season and Dario Saric scored 25 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers stave off elimination in a 103-92 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4. The Sixers still face daunting odds headed into Game 5 Wednesday and trailing 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. McConnell had a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in only his second start of the season

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The University at Albany has drawn the second-seed in NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament.  The bid comes after a 14-4 victory over Vermont that gave the Great Danes their fifth conference title in six years.

UAlbany will host unseeded Richmond in the first round May 12th.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are both two wins away from meeting in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. made it official, Wednesday, after days of rumors: 36-year-old Jamion Christian, who spent the past six years at Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland, will become the 17th head coach in Saints history.

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The Times Union reports that Siena College has hired Jamion Christian as its new men’s basketball coach. 

Christian comes from Mount St. Mary’s University where he has been head coach since 2012.  He has a 101-95 record at the university, including a 67-39 record in Northeast Conference play. He guided the Mountaineers to 2 NEC titles and the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2017.

Christian replaces Jimmy Patsos, who resigned on April 13 following a college investigation into alleged verbal and physical abuse of team members.  There are also allegations that Patsos improperly handled player per diem money.

The Loudonville, N.Y. college is coming off of its worst seasons in program history with a record of 8-24, and many players have already been granted transfer releases.

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The Philadelphia 76ers may have a bevy of outstanding young talent, but the Boston Celtics demonstrated they also have some productive youngsters while taking Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Terry Rozier scored 29 points and first-year Celtics forward Jayson Tatum added 28 in a 117-101 win over the Sixers. Rozier also delivered eight rebounds and six assists, while veteran Al Horford contributed 26 points and seven boards for Boston.

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2018 NFL DRAFT

Baker Mayfield, until the past few days considered an outsider to be chosen at the top of the NFL draft, has been taken by the Cleveland Browns to begin this year's NFL draft.

The first Heisman Trophy winner taken No. 1 overall in the following draft since Cam Newton went to Carolina in 2010, Mayfield joins a team that went 0-16 in 2017.

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LeBron James saved the Cleveland Cavaliers once again.

James nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cavs a 98-95 win over Indiana and a three-games-to-two lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The game-winning shot came after James blocked Victor Oladipo's possible go-ahead driving layup.

James also went 15-for-15 from the line and finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Kyle Korver had 19 points for the Cavaliers, who lead the series for the first time.

Domantas Sabonis had a team-high 22 points for the Pacers, who will try to avoid elimination when they host Game 6 on Friday.

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The Philadelphia 76ers have advanced to the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals just two years after a 10-72 season.

The 76ers wrapped up their quarterfinal series in five games as Joel Embiid scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat. Ben Simmons added 14 points and 10 boards amid a raucous crowd that included rapper Meek Hill, who sat courtside just hours after being released from prison.

JJ Redick led Philadelphia's offense by shooting 5-for-10 from 3-point range and finishing with 27 points.

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NHL

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions have reached the second round of the playoffs. So has the first overall seed.

The Pittsburgh Penguins survived a wild series clincher as Jake Guentzel scored four straight goals in an 8-5 win over the Flyers in Game 6. Philadelphia led 4-3 until Guentzel began his scoring burst, beating Michal Neuvirth with 54 seconds left in the second period. He put the Pens ahead to stay 30 seconds into the third before adding his fifth and sixth goals of the series to make it 7-4.

The Flyers were eliminated despite Sean Couturier's hat trick and five points.

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