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Celtics thrive on 3s, beat Heat 110-97 in Game 5 to extend Eastern Final

BOSTON (AP) — Derrick White had 24 points, including six 3-pointers, helping lead the charge as the Boston Celtics outscored the Miami Heat 110-97 in Game 5 to extend the Eastern Conference Finals. Marcus Smart had 23 points and five steals. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown finished with 21 points apiece as the Celtics earned their second straight victory and cut Miami’s lead to 3-2. That keeps Boston’s hopes alive of becoming the first team in NBA history to overcome 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 the power play, Stars beat Golden Knights 3-2 to avoid West sweep

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

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

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams, suspended for the first six games of the season, said he was unaware of the NFL playing policy he had. 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 could seek reinstatement. Williams and teammate Stanley Berryhill were benched for six games for betting on non-NFL games at a league facility.

No certain respite from politics as title-winning athletes visit the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politics and sports go together like baseball and apple pie. Title-winning teams have been visiting the White House for decades. But what started as a nonpartisan rite of passage has increasingly become entangled in politics. It’s a change that some associate with Bill Clinton’s presidency. A professional golfer declined an invitation to the White House and described Clinton in unflattering terms. On Friday, President Joe Biden will host the NCAA-champion LSU women’s basketball team as well as the UConn men’s team. Some took umbrage when first lady Jill Biden suggested also inviting the Iowa team that lost in the Finals to LSU. After a significant setback, this idea faded away.

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

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — So much for the Block Party at Colonial. California club pro Michael Block had a dream week at the PGA Championship when he holed a hole-in-one and finished tied for 15th. He came back to reality in the Charles Schwab Challenge. Block had three double bogeys on the last four holes and shot 81. He’s in last place in the 120-man field. Harry Hall of England shot a 62 and leads Harris English by three shots. Scottie Scheffler and defending champion Sam Burns opened with 67 seconds. Jordan Spieth shot a 72. Block says he had a day when it all went wrong.

Man United secure Champions League return with Chelsea 4-1 defeat

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 secured a victory which means a top-four finish in the Premier League is now certain for Erik ten Hag’s side. United moved into third place and two points above Newcastle heading into the final 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 Christian Eriksen’s free-kick. United’s win ensures Liverpool will finish fifth with a Europa League place.

Manfred: Voting on moving Athletics to Las Vegas could take place at June meetings

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said a vote on whether Oakland Athletics would move to Las Vegas could potentially take place when league owners meet next month. Manfred noted that “it’s very difficult to have a timeline” regarding the move “until there’s actually a deal to consider.” MLB Owners Meetings are June 13-15 in New York City. Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo said Wednesday that legislative and athletic leaders have reached an agreement in principle on a $1.5 billion stadium funding plan that would lure the franchise to Las Vegas.

The Panthers throw knockout blows at anyone who gets in their way, en route to the Stanley Cup final

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers are heading to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 27 years. They swept the Carolina Hurricanes and became the third team in NHL history to eliminate three of the top four teams this season in the same playoff series. The first to do so were the Montreal Canadiens in 1969. The second was the New York Islanders of 1980. They both won the Stanley Cup. Florida now has a chance to join them.

4 years after missing the Indy 500 with Alonso, McLaren Racing is a contender

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — McLaren Racing missed the Indianapolis 500 in 2019 with Fernando Alonso in a humiliating loss that could have prevented the team from moving to full-time IndyCar. But McLaren entered the series in 2020 and slowly established themselves as one of the top contenders. Arrow McLaren will launch its four cars into the top 12 at the 107th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Sunday. The team believes the chemistry it has built within the organization has helped make it one of IndyCar’s elite.

4 people accused of hanging the effigy of Vinícius Júnior freed

MADRID (AP) — Four people accused of hanging an effigy of Real Madrid player Vinícius Júnior from a road bridge have been released while still under investigation for committing a hate crime. A Spanish judge banned the four people from attempting to communicate with Vinícius. They also have a temporary restraining order prohibiting them from getting too close to Madrid’s stadium and training facilities and any football stadium between four hours before and four hours after a Spanish league game. The court statement says the four are also being investigated for attempting to undermine Vinícius’ moral integrity.

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