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Celtics rout Mavericks 107-89 in Game 1 of NBA Finals behind Brown, returning Porzingis

BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 22 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 20 in his first game in more than a month and the Boston Celtics powered past the Dallas Mavericks 107-89 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Derrick White finished with 15 points for Boston, which led by 29 points in the first half and connected on 16 3-pointers in a powerful start to its quest for an 18th NBA title. Porzingis, who had been sidelined since April 29 with a strained right calf, came off the bench and provided an immediate spark, adding six rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes. Six Celtics finished in double figures.

Oklahoma wins record fourth straight NCAA softball title, beating Texas 8-4 for 2-game sweep

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma slugged its way to a record fourth straight NCAA softball title, getting a go-ahead, bases-clearing double from Cydney Sanders and beating Texas 8-4 for a two-game sweep of the Women’s College World Series championship. The Sooners won their eighth title overall, all under coach Patty Gasso, and moved into a tie with Arizona for the second-most national championships behind UCLA’s 12. Second-seeded Oklahoma scored eight runs in each of the two games and pounded 21 hits total against a top-seeded Texas team that came in having thrown three consecutive one-hit shutouts in the World Series.

Iga Swiatek defeats Coco Gauff at the French Open and will face Jasmine Paolini in the final

PARIS (AP) — Iga Swiatek has eliminated Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4 in the French Open semifinals and will face Jasmine Paolini for the championship. The top-ranked Swiatek stretched her winning streak at Roland Garros to 20 matches with Thursday’s victory as she tries to become the first woman with three consecutive titles in Paris since Justine Henin from 2005 to 2007. Paolini reached her first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 6-1 victory against unseeded 17-year-old Mirra Andreeva. Swiatek improved to 11-1 against Gauff overall and has defeated her at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament three years in a row. That includes in the 2022 final and last year’s quarterfinals. in Saturday’s title match. Swiatek is 4-0 in major finals so far.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says finalizing the new media rights deals is ‘complex’ process

BOSTON (AP) — Getting the NBA’s next round of media rights deals completed is an extremely complex proposition, Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday, especially because nobody can say with any certainty what the viewing landscape will look like in the future. Silver, speaking in his annual pre-NBA Finals news conference, did not offer any hints on when the next series of deals will be completed, other than saying “in the relative near term.” The current deals with ABC-ESPN and Turner Sports expire after next season and the NBA has been talking with NBC, ESPN and Amazon, among other networks and platforms, about what comes next.

Celtics pay tribute to 1986 champion Bill Walton before Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Dallas

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Walton only spent one full season with the Boston Celtics, but his impact was unforgettable. The franchise paid tribute to the sixth man on their 1986 championship team before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Walton’s family was in the crowd for a pregame moment of silence that was interrupted by a fan yelling, “We love you, Bill!” Walton died on May 27 at the age of 71. He was a three-time national player of the year at UCLA and led the Bruins to the NCAA championship in 1972 and ’73. He won a championship with Portland in 1977 and was the NBA MVP the following year.  He arrived in Boston in 1986 in time for the franchise’s unprecedented 16th championship.

Lakers conduct a public coaching search, considering Redick and Hurley, in hopes of pleasing LeBron

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers’ reported plan to offer a massive contract to UConn coach Dan Hurley is the latest twist in the monthlong race to replace Darvin Ham. Former NBA player J.J. Redick and ex-Charlotte coach James Borrego are also reported candidates. The 17-time NBA champion franchise was knocked out of the first round of the current playoffs, but the Lakers have nicely filled the void of hoops drama during the week before the NBA Finals with steady leaks about the progress of their quest for a coach who can entice LeBron James to finish his career in purple and gold.

Coco Gauff loses an argument with a French Open chair umpire and wants to see replays in tennis

PARIS (AP) — Coco Gauff thinks it’s about time that tennis moved into the 21st century and relied on video replay technology at all events, the way many other sports do. The 20-year-old American was not thrilled about the chair umpire’s ruling that went against her during a French Open semifinal loss to Iga Swiatek. And Gauff made that quite clear to the official. Early in the second set of Swiatek’s victory, the four-time major champion hit a serve that initially was called out at around the same time as Gauff was swinging to hit a return, which landed out. The call on the serve itself was reversed to “In,” and Tourte awarded the point to Swiatek. Gauff said that was unfair because she thought she was affected by the original “Out” call.

Caitlin Clark, Indiana Fever hope 4-day break can help recharge season after early struggles

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Caitlin Clark finally got the break she needed this week. After playing 39 college games, enduring training camp and two preseason games followed by a stretch of 11 WNBA games in 20 days, the two-time national player of the year finally had four days off. It’s about time. Clark has spent months doing media rounds, fending off the critics and cheap shots. Some of it is to be expected of a high-profile rookie — in any league. But in this league, where Clark has quickly emerged as the key figure, it’s also has created lots of frustration for the former Iowa star.

Hadwin hoping to turn corner at Memorial as Scheffler and Schauffele start strong again

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Adam Hadwin shot 66 and is leading the Memorial by one shot over Scottie Scheffler. The timing couldn’t be better. The 60-man field in the Olympics will be determined in two weeks after the U.S. Open. Hadwin has dropped from No. 44 in the world to No. 59 since late March. And now he’s in the third spot for Canada. For this year’s major champions Scheffler and Xander Schauffele, it was more of the same. Scheffler was slowed by mud on his golf ball that led to his lone bogey in a round of 67. Schauffele scrambled his way to a bogey-free 68.

Bloomberg joins Lore-Rodriguez group for in-dispute purchase of Timberwolves, AP source says

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Billionaire media magnate and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has agreed to partner with Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez on their in-dispute attempt to purchase the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details were not being made public. Bloomberg is currently ranked as the 12th-richest person in the world by Forbes. Lore and Rodriguez agreed in 2021 to buy the Timberwolves for $1.5 billion. Glen Taylor halted the sale in March because he said they missed the deadline for the final payment.

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