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Last Update on June 02, 2015 05:31 GMT

FINALS-IRVING

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has been kept out of portions of practice as the team tries to get him ready for the NBA Finals.

Irving has been slowed by left knee tendinitis and a sprained right foot throughout the playoffs. He sat out two games in the Eastern Conference finals because of his knee. Irving said Monday he feels he's in a good place as he recovers. He's continued to receive medical treatment during the long break before the Cavs play Game 1 at Golden State on Thursday.

Irving says he won't be 100 percent in the finals "unless something miraculous happens."

Irving played 22 minutes in Cleveland's series-clinching win over Atlanta in the conference finals after missing two games. The All-Star is averaging 18.7 points in his first postseason.

With Irving not himself, backup Matthew Dellavedova has stepped up and provided big plays.

FINALS-WARRIORS-THOMPSON

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has returned to practice after suffering a concussion last week.

Thompson was a full participant in Monday's practice, a major step in the All-Star shooting guard's recovery. The Warriors say Thompson still needs to receive final clearance from doctors to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he expects Thompson will be cleared to play.

Thompson suffered a concussion after getting kneed in the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza in Golden State's Western Conference finals clinching win Wednesday night. Team doctors initially cleared Thompson to return to the game. He ended up not playing, and the team said he started developing symptoms after the game.

NBA FINALS-WADE

MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is going back to the NBA Finals -- as an analyst.

The three-time NBA champion will join ABC for pregame and halftime shows during Games 2 and 3 of the Cleveland-Golden State series. Wade also will have the same arrangement for Games 6 and 7 if those games are played.

Wade has played in five NBA Finals, winning titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He and the Heat were in each of the last four title series, and Wade has remained close friends with former Miami teammate LeBron James -- who has led the Cavaliers to this year's finals.

Earlier this offseason, Wade told The Associated Press that he was considering TV work, "but only if it was right and made sense for me."

National Sports News

Last Update on June 03, 2015 01:14 GMT

NBA-FINALS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State will have All-Star Klay Thompson available for the opening game of the NBA Finals Thursday night against Cleveland.

Thompson has been cleared to return after recovering from a concussion he sustained when he was kneed in the head during the clinching game of the Western Conference final against Houston on Tuesday. He missed two days of practice but returned to the court on Monday and has been symptom free.

NBA-BULLS

CHICAGO (AP) -- Fred Hoiberg has been hired as the Chicago Bulls new head coach. Hoiberg is coming off a successful five-year run at Iowa State where he went 115-56 including four straight trips to the NCAA tournament and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.

Hoiberg replaces Tom Thibodeau (THIH'-boh-doh), who was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago.

FIFA-BLATTER

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA (FEE'-fuh) President Sepp Blatter is stepping down as head of soccer's governing body. The action comes just days after he was elected to another term amid a widening corruption scandal. He has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor.

Elections are expected to take place sometime between December and March. In the interim Blatter says he will continue to rule the sport.

The U.S. Department of Justice indicted 14 men last Wednesday, including the seven arrested in dawn raids on a luxury Zurich hotel.

The Swiss attorney general said Blatter was not under investigation in Switzerland, but authorities said last week they have opened a criminal probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding votes.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Rookie Joc Pederson belted his 15th homer of the season this afternoon, but it wasn't enough for the Los Angeles Dodgers to avoid a loss in Game 1 of their doubleheader in Colorado.

Pederson's two-run blast came off Jorge De La Rosa, who allowed just one other run in six innings of the Rockies' 6-3 triumph over the Dodgers. De La Rosa was pitching for the first time since his start was pushed back twice because of a cut on his middle finger. He struck out six, allowed just four hits and lowered his ERA to 6.15.

Michael McKenry hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs in the Rockies' eighth victory in 10 games.

The Dodgers still lead the NL West at 30-21, but they are 9-14 on the road.

Washington also won the opener of a twinbill as Jordan Zimmerman allowed six hits in eight innings of a 2-0 shutout of Toronto. Bryce Harper put the Nationals ahead with a run-scoring single in the fifth, the 29th RBI in his last 27 games. Ryan Zimmerman added a sacrifice fly as the Mats ended a three-game skid.

NFL-BRADY APPEAL-GOODELL

NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has made it official, saying he will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.

The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his alleged role in the use of deflated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in January. The players' union said Goodell should recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he can't be impartial and could be called as a witness.

The appeal will be heard June 23.

NFL-PANTHERS-NEWTON

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has agreed to franchise-record $103.8 million, five-year contract extension. A person familiar with negotiations says Newton will earn $67.6 million over the first three years, the most money ever paid to an NFL player during the first three years of a contract. Newton has been to two Pro Bowls and led Carolina to back-to-back NFC South championships since the Panthers made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, but he's just 30-31-1 as a starter.

NFL-VIKINGS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson returned to the Vikings today and practiced for the first time since September. The running back said he has apologized to the 4-year-old son he struck with a wooden switch and had "learned a lot from my mistake." Peterson was placed on the commissioner's exempt list last September after he was charged with felony child abuse in Texas.

Peterson and his agent had indicated in April the two-time NFL rushing champ wanted to be traded so he could make a fresh start. When that didn't happen, the focus turned to his contract as he sought more guaranteed money on the final two years.

NHL-DEVILS-COACH

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils have introduced new coach John Hynes, who joins the team after five years as head coach of Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. His teams made the playoffs each season after he was hired by Devils general manager Ray Shero, who was the Penguins' GM.

The 40-year old Hynes becomes the youngest head coach in the NHL.

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