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Last Update on May 27, 2015 05:34 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games and the Cleveland Cavaliers reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title.

By sweeping the top-seeded Hawks, the Cavs earned their second trip to the finals, where they will face either Golden State or Houston.

It will be the fifth straight visit to the league's showcase event for the inimitable James, who returned to Cleveland after four years in Miami to try and end this city's championship drought dating to 1964.

Jeff Teague scored 17 and Paul Millsap 16 for Atlanta, which won a team-record 60 games during the regular season and made the conference finals for the first time since 1970. But the Hawks were no match for the Cavaliers and had no answer for James, who nearly averaged a triple-double in the four games.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will have surgery on the right ankle he injured in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Korver went to New York on Tuesday to get a second opinion from a specialist and it was determined he'll need an operation to repair his ankle. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer did not say what damage Korver has in his ankle and there is no timetable for his return.

The NBA's best 3-point shooter in the regular season, Korver was injured when he was scrambling for a loose ball and his ankle was rolled on by Cleveland's Matthew Dellavedova.

Korver made 221 3-pointers this season, helping the Hawks win 60 games and get to the conference finals for the first time since 1993-94. Korver made a 3-pointer in 51 straight games this season. He holds the league record with 127 consecutive games.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Skip Schumaker hit a game-winning double in the ninth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds ended a nine-game losing streak -- their longest in 17 years -- with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Players piled out of their dugout for a wild celebration near second base after Schumaker's pinch hit ended the Reds' longest slump since they dropped 11 in a row under manager Jack McKeon in 1998.

Cincinnati had the second-longest losing streak in the majors this season, trailing Colorado's 11-game slide from April 28 to May 13.

Brooks Brown (0-2) walked Marlon Byrd opening the ninth. Kristopher Negron's sacrificed, and Schumaker hit an opposite-field liner that landed just inside the left-field foul line. Jay Bruce led the charge of Reds players onto the field, and injured pitcher Johnny Cueto poured a bottle of water of Schumaker's head.

Aroldis Chapman (3-3), who had given up runs in each of his prior two appearances, escaped a two-on threat in the ninth by striking out Nolan Arenado.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny will miss at least one more start after an MRI found inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Results on Tuesday showed no major damage in the right elbow. Cueto, who won 20 games last season, had to skip a scheduled start over the weekend because of stiffness.

Manager Bryan Price says Cueto will throw in the next few days and see how the elbow feels. If the stiffness is gone, he will have a bullpen session. The Reds would then consider when to let him start again.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mitch Moreland hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Prince Fielder also connected for a three-run shot as the Rangers (23-23) got back to .500 for the first time since the sixth game of the season. Fielder is batting .583 (14 for 24) with five homers and 15 RBIs in his last five games.

Moreland's fifth homer came on a 2-0 pitch from Nick Hagadone (0-1) with one out.

Josh Hamilton, playing his second game of the season for Texas, was hitless in four at-bats and is 0 for 7 in his return to the Rangers.

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Last Update on May 28, 2015 04:50 GMT


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Hey, what's four decades between NBA Finals appearances?

The Golden State Warriors are in the finals for the first time since 1975 after closing out the Western Conference finals in five games. The league MVP badly outplayed the runner-up as Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry led the Warriors to a 104-90 triumph over the Houston Rockets.

Curry never found his shooting touch, yet he still finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He shot 33 percent in each half, but he helped the Warriors close out the victory and the series by hitting five free throws in the final minute.

Curry was one of three Warriors with at least 20 points. Harrison Barnes scored 13 of his 24 points in the final period, and Klay Thompson delivered 20 points to help Golden State earn a meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

MVP runner-up James Harden had a miserable season finale, scoring 14 points on 2 of 11 shooting and amassing a playoff-record 13 turnovers.

Dwight Howard led Houston with 18 points and 16 rebounds.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals won't be played until June 4 in Oakland, although Warriors fans probably won't mind the eight-day wait after the team went 40 years between finals appearances.


CHICAGO (AP) -- There will be a Game 7 in each of the NHL's conference finals.

The Chicago Blackhawks are heading back to Anaheim after scoring three times in the second period of a 5-2 victory over the Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. The game was scoreless until Duncan Keith assisted on goals by Brandon Saad (sahd), Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) and Patrick Kane during a 3:45 span of the middle stanza.

Andrew Shaw added a pair of third-period goals in the final 3:32 to cap the scoring, sealing the Ducks' first regulation loss of the postseason.

Corey Crawford turned back 30 shots and blanked the Ducks after Clayton Stoner pulled Anaheim within a goal two minutes into the third period.

Frederik Andersen made 18 saves for the Ducks, who host the deciding game on Saturday.

The New York Rangers will host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks have settled on a new coach.

A person familiar with the search says the team will introduce former Florida and New Jersey bench boss Peter DeBoer (deh-BOHR') later this week.

DeBoer guided the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup finals but was fired last December after going 205-183-70 with the team. He would replace Todd McLellan, who was let go after compiling 311-163-66 mark with three division titles and six playoff appearances in seven seasons with San Jose.


ZURICH (AP) -- Soccer's governing body received plenty of red cards on Wednesday.

Law enforcement officials pulled FIFA (FEE'-fuh) executives from a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges, while regional offices in Miami were raided. Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged.

The raids and charges are part of an attack spearheaded by the U.S. government, which accuses FIFA of deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body.

Scandals and rumors of corruption have dogged FIFA throughout the 17-year reign of its President Sepp Blatter, although he was not named in either investigation. He is scheduled to stand Friday for re-election to a fifth, four-year term, and the organization said the vote would go ahead as planned, despite the latest turmoil.

In Miami, FBI and IRS agents carried computers and boxes out of the headquarters of CONCACAF, the governing body of North and Central America and the Caribbean, whose past and current presidents are among 14 defendants under indictment for corruption.

Swiss police arrested seven soccer officials at the request of American prosecutors and threatened them with extradition to the United States. Four other soccer and marketing officials agreed to plead guilty.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have baseball's winningest pitcher, they own the American League's top home run hitter and yet they possess a .500 record for the first time since April 12.

Felix Hernandez improved to 8-1 with a 1.91 ERA by firing a four-hitter with eight strikeouts in the Mariners' 3-0 shutout of Tampa Bay. King Felix took advantage of four double plays in posting his second shutout of the season.

But Hernandez was in danger of settling for a no-decision until Nelson Cruz belted his 18th homer of the season, a three-run blast with two out in the ninth.

The M's picked up their third straight win and sent the Rays to their fifth consecutive loss.

Also in the majors:

-- Bryce Harper is tied with Nelson Cruz for the major league home run lead after smacking his 18th in Washington's 3-0 shutout of the Cubs in Chicago. Winning pitcher Max Scherzer struck out 13 while giving up just five hits in seven innings.

-- A throwing error by catcher Jordan Pacheco allowed Matt Carpenter to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Cardinals past Arizona 4-3 in St. Louis. Jason Heyward tied the game with a solo shot in the ninth and Kolten Wong went deep in the Redbirds' fourth consecutive win.

-- Chris Davis broke a 4-4 deadlock with his second homer of the day, a solo shot in the eighth inning to carry Baltimore past Houston 5-4. Evan Gattis tied it with a two-run shot in the seventh before the Astros fell to 30-18, still tops in the American League.

-- Alex Rodriguez broke Lou Gehrig's American League record for career RBIs when he smacked a three-run homer in the New York Yankees' 4-2 triumph over Kansas City. Brian McCann also homered and Michael Pineda (pih-NAY'-duh) pitched into the seventh as the Yanks completed a three-game sweep in which they outscored the Royals 23-4.

-- Minnesota has a five-game winning streak after Aaron Hicks hit a two-run homer and Eddie Rosario added a solo blast in a 6-4 win against Boston. Torii Hunter added a two-run single as the Twins pulled into a tie with Kansas City for the AL Central lead at 28-18.

-- Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) snapped a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the fifth inning before Detroit held off Oakland 3-2. Six Tigers pitchers combined for a six-hitter.

-- Ryan Vogelsong won his third straight start by yielding just a run in six innings of San Francisco's 3-1 win at Milwaukee. Joe Panik hit a two-run homer to help the Giants complete a three-game sweep and earn the 11th victory in their last 13 games.

-- Carlos Santana launched a three-run homer that capped an eight-run third in Cleveland's 12-3 rout of Texas. Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits and three RBIs to help the Indians end the Rangers' seven-game winning streak.

-- Cincinnati lost for the 10th time in 11 games as Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH'-doh) socked a three-run homer in the first inning to put Colorado ahead to stay in a 6-4 decision over the Reds. Charlie Blackmon added a two-run homer to back Kyle Kendrick, who carried a 6-1 lead into the eighth before tiring.

-- Jung Ho Kang delivered a two-run single while the Pirates scored five times in the seventh to earn their sixth straight win, 5-2 over Miami. Gerrit Cole surrendered homers by Justin Bour and Christian Yelich before notching his seventh win, scattering seven hits in as many innings.

-- Noah Syndergaard (SIHN'-deh-gahrd) was the star in the New York Mets' 7-0 shutout of Philadelphia, going 3-for-3 with his first major league homer while holding the Phillies to five hits over 7 1/3 innings. Lucas Duda (DOO'-duh) homered twice and Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) added a two-run blast as the Mets completed a three-game sweep.

-- The White Sox blew a 3-0 lead before Adam LaRoche singled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning to send Chicago past Toronto 5-3. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) was 3-for-5 with a two-run double to help the White Sox win for just the second time in nine games.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves have finally pulled off a trade that was initially nixed when infielder Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS'-poh) exercised a provision in the collective bargaining agreement.

The Dodgers get Callaspo, lefty Eric Stults, southpaw Ian Thomas and right-hander Juan Jaime from the Braves for third baseman Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) and pitcher Chris Withrow. Callaspo finally agreed to the deal after rejecting it under a clause that allows a player to veto any trade on or before June 15th if he signed a free-agent contract the previous offseason.


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