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Golden State Warriors Beat Cleveland Cavaliers In Game 1 Of NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors were victorious over the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 124-114 win in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. Golden State pulled off the victory despite LeBron James racking up 51 points — his most ever in a playoff game — on Thursday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.  Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 29 points and Kevin Durant scored 26 points in the game. Game 2 of the NBA Finals is on Sunday at 8 p.m. at Oracle Arena in Oakland. ...Read more

Serena Williams Rallies To Reach Third Round Of French Open

Serena Williams beat to No. 17 seed Ashleigh Barty in the second round of the French Open on Thursday. She won 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 to move on to the third round. Williams dropped the first set to Barty 6–3, but didn’t go down after that loss and mounted a comeback in the second set. She got the momentum early, taking a four games to one lead before winning the set 6–3. The 36-year-old unseeded Williams then took a 3–1 lead in the deciding final set before winning 6–4. Williams is seeking her 24th Grand Slam title. She’ll next face Julia Goerges or Alison Van Uytvanck in the third round.  ...Read more

Washington Capitals Beat Golden Knights 3-2 In Game 2 Of Stanley Cup Final

The Washington Capitals evened the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, with some help from Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby. Holtby made 37 saves, Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and Lars Eller added a goal and two assists in the Capitals’ 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2. The Capitals hung on through a scoreless third period for their first Stanley Cup Final victory in franchise history.  The Caps are just 4-5 at home in the postseason, but they’ll be riding a wave of momentum since taking away home-ice advantage in their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. Game 3 is Saturday night in Washington. ...Read more

Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala Ruled Out For Game 1 Against Cleveland

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has been ruled out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night against Cleveland. Iguodala is suffering with a left lateral leg contusion/bone bruise. After missing the last four games of the Western Conference finals, Iguodala, 34, was evaluated by Golden State’s medical staff on Tuesday. The Warriors announced that he “is making progress; however, the pain that accompanies the bone bruise persists, as does inflammation of the nerve surrounding his left knee.” Iguodala’s absence is a blow to the Warriors, who is working at their third NBA title in four years.  ...Read more

Serena Williams Wins In Her Return To The French Open

In her first Grand Slam match in nearly 16 months, Serena Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova, 7-6 (4), 6-4, in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday. Williams’s life has greatly changed since she last played on one of the game’s biggest stages, winning the 2017 Australian Open. Williams is now married and the mother of an infant daughter. Ranked No. 1 when she left the game, she arrived at Roland Garros as an unseeded player after playing only four singles matches on tour this season. Williams will face Ash Barty of Australia, the No. 17 seed, in the second round scheduled for Thursday. ...Read more

Cavaliers’ Kevin Love Still In Concussion Program; Status For Game 1 Of NBA Finals Unknown

Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol and his status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals is still unclear. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue gave an update Tuesday before the team flew to San Francisco for Thursday’s opener. Love missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at Boston after banging heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in the previous game. Jeff Green started for Love in Game 7 and finished with 19 points with eight rebounds in Cleveland’s 87-79 victory. Love has played center and forward this season and is averaging 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds this postseason. The Cavs are playing the Golden State Warriors in the finals for the fourth straight year. ...Read more

Cleveland Cavaliers Beat Boston Celtics 87-79 To Advance To NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers rallied back from a slow start and held on late in the fourth quarter to beat the Celtics 87-79 on Sunday night at TD Garden in Boston, earning a trip to the NBA Finals.  This will be LeBron James’ eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. James led the way with 35 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, shooting 12-of-24 from the field. Jeff Green also shot 50 percent from the field, adding 19 points for the Cavaliers. J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson also finished with double-figures, scoring 11 points and 10 points, respectively. Cleveland will head to the NBA Finals to take on the Golden State Warriors. Game 1 of that series will take place at Oracle Arena on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. ...Read more

Golden State Warriors Beat Houston Rockets In Game 7; Will Face Cavaliers In Finals

The Golden State Warriors are headed to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season, after their 101-92 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday. Kevin Durant (34 points) and Stephen Curry (27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds) were too much for Houston, and the Rockets missed 27 straight three-pointers at one point as they failed to capitalize on home-court advantage.  The Warriors will face the Cavaliers on Thursday in the NBA Finals. ...Read more

Houston Rockets Beat Golden State Warriors 98-94 In Game 5 Of Western Conference, Lead Series 3-2

The Houston Rockets took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win in close Game 5 against the Warriors. Eric Gordon scored a team-high 24 points, and Chris Paul had 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.  The Warriors got 20-plus points out of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, but wasted possessions cost them in the end. Golden State turned the ball over 16 times and finished with just 18 assists. Check out the highlights from Game 5 in the link below.  ...Read more

First Black Heavyweight Champ Jack Johnson Pardoned By President Trump

President Donald Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson on Thursday, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case. Trump said Johnson, the “Galveston Giant,” was the victim of what “many viewed as a racially motivated injustice”. Johnson held the heavyweight title from 1908-15, and was convicted by an all-white jury in 1913 of taking a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes”. The consensual relationship with a white woman was seen then by many as taboo, and Johnson fled to Europe, but returned in 1920 and spent a year in prison. Johnson died in a car crash in 1946 at the age of 68. Trump signed the pardon at a ceremony in the Oval Office attended by “Rocky” actor Sylvester Stallone, current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former champion Lennox Lewis. ...Read more