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The Celtics thrive with 3s, beat Heat 110-97 in Game 5 and extend East Finals

BOSTON (AP) — Derrick White had 24 points, including six 3-pointers, to help lead the offense as the Boston Celtics dominated the Miami Heat 110-97 in Game 5 to secure the finals of the Eastern Conference extended. Marcus Smart had 23 points and five steals. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown finished the game with 21 points each as the Celtics clinched their second straight win and reduced Miami’s lead of the series to 3-2. It keeps Boston’s hopes alive of becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Saturday in Miami. Duncan Robinson led the heat with 18 points.

Joe Pavelski scores on OT power play, Stars beat Golden Knights 3-2 to avoid a west sweep

DALLAS (AP) — Joe Pavelski scored on a power play after 3:18 of overtime and the Dallas Stars denied a win in the Western Conference Finals with a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights Thursday night. Jason Robertson scored twice in his first multi-goal playoff game of his career for Dallas, who were playing without suspended captain Jamie Benn. Jake Oettinger had 37 saves two nights after being drafted 7-10 in Game 3 after conceding three goals on five shots. Benn was suspended by the NHL for two games Wednesday for landing his stick near Vegas captain Mark Stone’s neck in the first two minutes of Game 3 on Tuesday night. William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Vegas.

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Brittney Griner and Phoenix Earn First Victory of WNBA Season 90-81; Make 13 3-pointers against Lynx

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury earned their first win of the WNBA season Thursday night with a 90-81 win over the Minnesota Lynx. Diana Taurasi had 23 points and 10 assists, while Griner added 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. The Mercury finished the race with 13 3-pointers. Phoenix scored 11 of 17 threes in the first half and took a 57-40 lead. Aerial Powers beat the Lynx by 20 points from the bench (0-3). The Lynx managed 3 of 18 from outside the arc.

Suspended Lions WR Jameson Williams says he was unaware of NFL rules on gambling that he broke

ALLEN PARK, Michigan (AP) — Detroit Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams, who was suspended for the first six games of the season, said he was unaware of the NFL gambling policy he violated. Williams told reporters Thursday that the suspension hit him out of the blue. The league suspended former Lions players Quintez Cephus and CJ Moore and Washington’s Shaka Toney for the entire 2023 season in April for betting on NFL games last year, adding they may seek reinstatement. Williams and teammate Stanley Berryhill were benched for six games for betting on non-NFL games at a league facility.

Spain is cracking down on racism in the wake of the Vinícius case, but punishing fans remains a challenge

MADRID (AP) – The attention drawn by the recent abuse case against Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior has led Spain to a turning point in the fight against racism in football. Never before have local authorities acted so swiftly against fans who insult players. Never before had football officials sanctioned a club so harshly for racist behavior by its fans. Things have clearly changed after Vinícius put the spotlight on Spain by pointing the finger at those who racially abused him in Valencia last weekend. But some of the challenges that existed before Vinícius’ fall prompted Spain to act remain.

Sport isn’t a safe diversion from politics when champs visit the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politics and sports go together like baseball and apple pie. For decades, title-winning teams have visited the White House. But what began as an impartial rite of passage becomes increasingly entangled in politics. It’s a shift some associate with the presidency of Bill Clinton. A professional golfer declined an invitation from the White House and described Clinton in unflattering terms. On Friday, President Joe Biden will welcome the NCAA champion women’s basketball team, LSU, along with the men’s team from UConn. Some were outraged when First Lady Jill Biden suggested inviting the Iowa team, which lost to LSU in the Finals, as well. After considerable resistance, this idea disappeared.

Harry Hall crashes ‘Block’ party at Colonial at 62 while club pro shoots 81

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – So much for the block party at the Colonial. California club pro Michael Block had a dream week at the PGA Championship as he hit a hole-in-one to secure 15th place. He returned to reality at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Block had three double bogeys and an 81 shot in the last four holes, putting him last in the 120-man field. Harry Hall of England scored a 62 to lead Harris English by three strokes. Scottie Scheffler and defending champion Sam Burns opened with 67 seconds. Jordan Spieth shot a 72nd block says he had a day when everything went wrong.

Heat travels to Miami confident as ever with another chance at victory

BOSTON (AP) — After squandering their second straight chance to knock out the Celtics, the Miami Heat are headed home with two more chances to earn a berth in the NBA Finals. But it would be smart if they made it into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night and avoided a crucial Game 7 in Boston. Miami star Jimmy Butler says the Heat are “everyone smiling” even after the Celtics won Game 5 110-97, cutting the Heat’s lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2. None of the other 150 teams in NBA history that trailed 3-0 have come back and won a best-of-seven playoff series. But the Celtics won Game 4 in Miami by 17 points and then led by 24 points with a Game 5 win.

Man United secure a return to the Champions League with a 4-1 win over Chelsea

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United secured a return to the Champions League with a 4-1 win over Chelsea. Goals from Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford ensured a win that saw Erik ten Hag’s team finish in the top four in the Premier League. United moved up to third place and two points ahead of Newcastle before the last game of the season. United needed a point from their last two games to secure Champions League qualification and took the lead in the sixth minute when Casemiro headed in a Christian Eriksen free-kick. United’s win secures Liverpool fifth place with a Europa League spot.

Manfred: The vote on moving the Athletics to Las Vegas could happen at the June meetings

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says a vote on the Oakland Athletics’ potential move to Las Vegas could potentially take place when the league’s owners meet next month. Manfred noted that it’s “very difficult to put a timeline” on the move “until there’s actually a deal to consider.” MLB owners meetings will be held June 13-15 in New York. Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo said Wednesday that lawmakers and the athletics had reached a tentative agreement on a $1.5 billion stadium funding plan that would lure the franchise to Las Vegas.

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