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MLB:

Mookie Betts hit two home runs and a two-run triple, and the Boston Red Sox rolled past the Oakland Athletics 11-1. The Red Sox have won five of their last six and pushed their American League East lead back to four games over the Yankees. Betts went 3 for 5 with six RBIs. Eduardo Rodriguez allowed one hit over six innings for Boston.

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— The Boston Red Sox's principal owner says he wants to take steps to rename a Fenway Park street that has been an enduring reminder of the franchise's complicated racial past. John Henry told the Boston Herald that he is "haunted" by the racist legacy of former owner Tom Yawkey and that he welcomes renaming of Yawkey Way in front of the ballpark and offices.

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Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease in almost 90 percent of them, from athletes in the NFL down to high school. That includes 110 of 111 brains from former NFL players in the biggest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The disease has been linked with repeated head blows, and the results published by the Journal of the American Medical Association confirm that it can happen even in young players.

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Following a frightening moment for Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler in the first inning of his major league debut, Melky Cabrera and David Robertson combined to foil Aaron Judge, and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-3 last night. Fowler was set to have surgery for an open rupture of the patellar tendon in his right knee after being carted off the field. The 22-year-old started in right field and slammed into the short sidewall near the corner trying to catch Jose Abreu's foul ball with one out.

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Phil Jackson is out after just three full seasons as president of the New York Knicks, a stretch that included no playoff berths and just 80 victories. The Knicks issued a statement saying the two sides mutually agreed to part company with two years remaining on a $60 million contract. The team announced the move days after Jackson reiterated his desire to move Carmelo Anthony and said he would listen to deals for Kristaps Porzingis.

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The New York Knicks will announce later today that team president Phil Jackson and the franchise will part ways. ESPN reports the 71-year-old Jackson felt it was best that the Knicks let go forward Carmelo Anthony who refused to waive his no-trade clause. But conversations fast-tracked this week when owner James Dolan decided it would not buy out the forward who has two years left on his contract, a deal worth over $54 million.

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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.

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Doug Fister pitched pretty well in his Red Sox debut, but the Angels took the rubber match of their three-game set by earning a 4-2 win at Fenway Park. Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles. Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit solo homers for the Bosox, who have dropped two straight at home since winning 10 of their previous 12.

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A pair of Pac-12 freshmen guards went 1-2 in Thursday's NBA draft. The Philadelphia 76ers used the first pick to select Markelle Fultz of Washington, who was one of the most electrifying freshmen in college basketball last season. The 6-foot-4 Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Huskies. It's the second straight year the 76ers have owned the first overall selection. They acquired the pick from the Celtics on Monday and gave Boston the No. 3 choice.

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The Boston Red Sox have taken over first place in the American League East, moving a half-game ahead of the slumping New York Yankees. Chris Sale struck out 10 while holding the Royals to three runs and just four hits over 8 1/3 innings of the Red Sox's 8-3 win at Kansas City. The Yankees suffered their seventh consecutive loss as Cameron Maybin and Luis Valbuena each homered and drove in two runs apiece to lead the Angels' 8-3 rout in the Bronx.

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Winning streaks are on the line when Arizona and Colorado, probably the two most surprising teams in baseball this season, begin a three-game series at Coors Field Tuesday night. Rookie right-hander German Marquez (5-3, 4.19 ERA) starts for the Rockies, who have won five straight and own the best record in the National League at 46-26. Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.00) pitches for the Diamondbacks, winners of seven in a row and just a game behind Colorado in the NL West at 44-26. This is Arizona's best 70-game start in team history.

NHL:

The Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup champions for the second straight year following a 2-0 win in Game 6 over the Predators in Nashville. Patric Hornqvist scored the game-winner with just 1:35 left in regulation before Carl Hagelin's empty-netter secured the victory. Matt Murray picked up his second consecutive shutout for the Pens, who are the first repeat champions since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have taken a three-games-to-two lead in the Stanley Cup finals as they try to become the NHL's first repeat champions since the 1998 Red Wings. Matt Murray turned back 24 shots and the Penguins scored three times in each of the first two periods for a 6-0 rout of the visiting Nashville Predators. The offensive uprising came after the Pens were held to just two goals while dropping the previous two games in Nashville.

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The Golden State Warriors own a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals following a 118-113 comeback win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Kevin Durant had a team-high 31 points for Golden State, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45 seconds left. Klay Thompson had 30 points for the Warriors, who trailed by six with six minutes to play.

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Scooter Gennett has tied a major league record by homering four times for the Cincinnati Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. Gennett, who drove in 10 runs, connected for his second career grand slam off Adam Wainwright, then had a solo homer and two two-run shots as he became the 17th major leaguer with four in a game and the first since Josh Hamilton in 2012. No player has ever hit more than four in a game. Gennett singled his first time up and then homered in four straight at bats as Cincinnati hammered the Cards 13-1. His 10 RBIs matched the club record.

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Tomorrow Golden State will attempt another win over the Cavaliers. The Warriors lead the series 2-0.

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In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Nashville beat Pittsburgh 4-1 to tie the series at 2 games apiece. Game 5 is Thursday at 8 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

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It started out as a battle of heavyweights introduced by boxing hype man Michael Buffer. But in the end, Golden State knocked out the Cavaliers 113 to 91 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors, led by Kevin Durant, surged ahead with two 3rd quarter runs and never looked back. Durant led scoring with 38 points. LeBron James racked up 28. The win was the 13th in the playoff season for the Warriors, which ties the record set by the Los Angeles Lakes in 1988 and 1989.

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Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final is Saturday night in Nashville in what amounts to a last stand for the Predators. They were routed 4-1 on Wednesday night by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Standout goalie Pekka Rinne looked very average against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Pittsburgh scored three goals 3:18 apart in the third period and Rinne was yanked. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

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The Bruins have signed forward Anders Bjork to an entry-level contract. The team says the three-year deal for the 20-year-old Notre Dame standout is set to begin next season. Bjork led the Fighting Irish in points as a junior last season with 21 goals and 31 assists — both career highs.

The New York Islanders have added Scott Gomez to their coaching staff. Islanders coach Doug Weight says Gomez will begin his coaching career this season. Gomez retired after the 2015-16 season, ending a 16-year NHL career that saw him win the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1999-00 as the league's top rookie, and two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils.

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Advantage Penguins. Pittsburgh rookie Jake Guentzel beat Nashville's Pekka Rinne with 3:17 left in regulation to put the Penguins ahead to stay in a 5-3 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Guentzel snapped an eight-game goalless drought to help the defending champions escape after blowing a three-goal lead. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

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A little history was made at the Brickyard on Sunday. Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 as he denied Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory. Castroneves briefly took the lead in the closing laps but couldn't make it stick. Sato grabbed it back and gave Andretti Autosport its second consecutive win at the Brickyard.

NBA:

LeBron James poured in 35 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the third straight year by clobbering the Celtics, 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. James drained a 3-pointer in the third quarter to pass Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time scoring leader in postseason play. Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points to help the defending champs earn a third straight finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors, the 2015 titlists.

Game 1 is next Thursday in Oakland.

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Hal Childs, a former assistant general manager for the New York Knicks and public relations director for the Golden State Warriors and Seattle Mariners, has died due to complications from heart disease. He was 84. Childs' wife, Jacqueline, says her husband died Sunday at his home in Dublin, California.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks are opening up their search for a new general manager after John Hammond left to join the Orlando Magic. Assistant GM Justin Zanik was believed to be the heir apparent to Hammond when he left the Utah Jazz to join the Bucks. Zanik will interview for the position, but outside candidates will also be considered.

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The Boston Celtics erased a 21-point deficit in the second half and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-108 on Avery Bradley's 3-pointer with less than one second remaining. The Celtics ended the Cavaliers NBA record-tying 13-game playoff winning streak and pulled within 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals. Bradley finished with 20 points and Marcus Smart scored 27 points while Boston held LeBron James to 11 points on 4 of 13 shooting.

Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas has been ruled out for the remainder of the postseason with a hip injury. Coach Brad Stevens said at Sunday's shootaround that Thomas might need surgery for the hip impingement, which has bothered Thomas since March. The injury was so severe that Stevens said he was surprised Thomas was able to play Game 7 of Boston's semifinal series against Washington.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Houston Rockets guard James Harden have been selected to the NBA All-Star First Team and are joined by were Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans' Anthony Davis. James is a first-teamer for a record-tying 11th time after finishing eighth in the league in scoring and sixth in assists. Harden was the lone unanimous First Team selection, while James and Westbrook each received 99 of 100 votes.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers took Game 1 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals by building a 26-point lead in the first half of a 117-104 rout of the Celtics in Boston. LeBron James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Cavaliers improved to 9-0 in the postseason. Kevin Love shot 6-for-9 from 3-point range and finished with a playoff career-high 32 points and 12 boards.

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The Boston Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. The Los Angeles Lakers were other big winners. They moved up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it if it fell outside the top three. Philadelphia picks third in the June draft.

Stephen Curry delivered 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in just three quarters as the Golden State Warriors blasted the San Antonio Spurs, 136-100 to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA's Western Conference finals. Kevin Durant added 16 points for the Warriors, who had assists on 30 of their first 38 baskets while building a huge lead. Draymond Green did a bit of everything in contributing 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

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The Boston Celtics have advanced to the NBA's Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland as Isaiah Thomas and Kelly Olynyk led them past the Washington Wizards, 115-105 in Game 7. Thomas got hot late in the second half and finished with 29 points and 12 assists. Olynyk added a career playoff-high 26 points and helped Boston's bench outscore the Wizards' reserves 48-5.

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The Golden State Warriors trailed by 25 before taking Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference finals, a 113-111 decision over the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Stephen Curry scored 19 of his 40 points in the third period and hit a game-tying 3-pointer before Draymond Green followed with a three-point play that put Golden State ahead to stay.

Kevin Durant scored 10 straight during a key fourth-quarter stretch on his way to 34 points. The Spurs finished Sunday's playoff game without forward Kawhi Leonard, who re-injured his ankle in the third quarter. Leonard originally sprained the ankle during the conference semifinals and re-injured it after providing 26 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. Leonard's status for the remainder of the best-of-seven series is in question.

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It will be the San Antonio Spurs taking on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference finals. LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference finals by slamming the Rockets, 114-75 in Houston. Aldridge had a season-high 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who led by 19 at halftime and outscored the Rockets 27-11 in the fourth quarter. Jonathan Simmons had 18 points while starting in place of Kawhi Leonard, who sat out with a sprained ankle suffered in Game 5 on Tuesday.

Tonight, the Celtics take on Washington at 8 p.m. in Game 6. Boston leads the series 3-2.

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