AP Friday Sports Roundup
Cavs a perfect 10 after a rout of Raptors
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are two wins away from a return trip to the NBA Finals after becoming just the third franchise in NBA history to open 10-0 in a postseason.
LeBron James had a triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavs whipped the Toronto Raptors 108-89. James moved past Shaquille O'Neal into fourth place on the career postseason scoring list and posted his 15th playoff triple-double.
Kyrie Irving had 26 points for the Cavaliers, who were tied at 46 before ending the first half on a 16-2 run. Kevin Love added 19 points to the win.
The Spurs were the last team to win their first 10 games of a postseason, doing it four years ago. The Lakers did it in 1989 and 2001.
The Raptors received little help from Kyle Lowry, who scored just 10 points on 8 of 28 shooting. Lowry missed 14 of his 15 3-point tries.
Demar DeRozan had a team-high 22 points for the Raptors, who host Game 3 on Saturday.
Vogel not out of work long
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic have quickly filled their head coaching vacancy by hiring Frank Vogel. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Vogel and Magic officials met during the day Thursday and reached a deal, which will not be final until Friday afternoon.
Vogel was just let go after five seasons as head coach of the Indiana Pacers, where he posted a 250-181 record.
Vogel replaces Scott Skiles, who surprised the organization when he resigned last Thursday. Skiles led the Magic to a 37-45 mark in his lone season at the helm.
League's top rookies announced
NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota forward Karl-Anthony Towns and New York forward Kristaps Porzingis have been unanimously selected to the NBA All-Rookie first team. Each player received all 130 first-team votes from a panel of sports reporters.
Towns was Rookie of the Year and led all rookies in scoring and rebounding. Porzingis was third among rookies in scoring, second in rebounding and first in blocks. Joining Towns and Porzingis on the first team are Devin Booker of the Suns, Denver's' Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia's Jahlil Okafor.
Sharks blank Blues again
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks had never led a Western Conference finals until now.
Martin Jones stopped 20 shots and the Sharks grabbed a two-games-to-one lead with a 3-0 win over St. Louis. Jones has stopped 58 straight shots in posting the first back-to-back playoff shutouts in Sharks history. He hasn't allowed a goal in almost 151 minutes since Jori Lehtera's second-period goal in Game 1 led to a 2-1 victory.
Tomas Hertl scored twice, including the opening goal at 15:53 of the first period. Joonas Donskoi also scored to help San Jose earn its sixth consecutive home playoff victory.
Brian Elliott allowed three goals on 14 shots before being pulled following Hertl's second goal 6:09 into the final period.
The series stays in San Jose for Game 4 on Saturday.
Sale 9-for-9...8 straight for Giants...Cubs fall...Nats pound Mets
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago White Sox won tonight for only the second time in seven games. Chris Sale has provided both of those victories to become the majors' first nine-game winner of the season.
In fact, Sale is 9-0 in nine starts after tossing a four-hitter in Chicago's 2-1 victory against Houston. The White Sox's ace had a shutout until Evan Gattis nicked him for a solo homer in the eighth.
Jerry Sands had two of the White Sox's five hits, including an RBI single.
The AL Central leaders ended a four-game losing streak and improved to 25-16, 2 ½ games ahead of Cleveland.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants remain baseball's hottest team. The Giants picked up their eighth straight win as Jeff Samardzija held the Padres to a run and three hits in eight innings of a 3-1 triumph at San Diego. Samardzija didn't allow a hit after Alexi Amarista's RBI double in the second inning.
Hunter Pence singled home the tiebreaking run in the fourth, three innings before Brandon Crawford smacked a solo homer.
The Giants winning streak comes after they dropped three straight to fall a game under .500.
Elsewhere in the majors:
The Milwaukee Brewers took the rubber match of their three-game set with the Cubs by rallying from a 2-0 deficit in a 5-3 triumph at Miller Park. Kirk Nieuwenhuis snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the sixth, two innings after Chris Carter went deep off loser Jason Hammel. Winning pitcher Junior Guerra struck out a career-high 11 and gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings.
— Daniel Murphy ripped a two-run homer while Washington rocked Matt Harvey for nine runs and eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings of a 9-1 laugher against the New York Mets. Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos also had two RBIs as the Nationals took the rubber match of the three-game set. Stephen Strasburg fanned 10 while holding the Mets to one run in six innings.
— St. Louis outscored Colorado 13-7 behind Matt Carpenter, who was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and six RBIs. Matt Adams drove in four runs and Stephen Piscotty was 3-for-4 with two ribbies and two runs scored.
— Gregory Polanco smacked a two-run homer and Starling Marte added a two-run single to support Jeff Locke in Pittsburgh's 8-2 pounding of Atlanta. Locke allowed two runs in seven innings as the Pirates dropped the Braves to 10-30.
— Carlos Santana launched pair of two-run homers and the Cleveland Indians completed a sweep of their four-game season series with Cincinnati by whipping the Reds 7-2. Josh Tomlin is 6-0 after holding the Reds to a pair of runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
— The Blue Jays' five-game losing streak is over after they beat Minnesota 3-2 on Troy Tulowitzki's RBI single with two out in the 11th inning. The Twins led 2-0 until Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
— Adam Lind belted a three-run homer and Leonys Martin added a two-run blast in Seattle's 7-2 win over the Orioles in Baltimore. Nathan Karns helped the Mariners take the rubber match by holding the Orioles to a run and four hits in five innings.
— Carlos Beltran was the hitting star in the New York Yankees' 4-1 win at Oakland, delivering a two-run homer and an RBI double. Aaron Hicks doubled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth to back Ivan Nova, who gave up a run and four hits in six innings.
— Mike Trout hit a solo homer and collected three RBIs as the Angels beat the Dodgers 7-4. Carlos Perez added a solo homer and Johnny Giovatella supplied the go-ahead, two-run single in the Angels' sixth victory in seven games.
Mickelson has to return nearly a million bucks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson has agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million dollars that the Securities And Exchange Commission says he earned in an illegal insider trading scheme.
Mickelson's management group issued a statement saying he "has no desire to benefit from any transaction that the SEC sees as questionable."
The SEC says a gambler received tips and business information about Dean Foods Co. from a former Dean Foods director. Authorities say one of those tips was passed along to Mickelson, who made a big, successful stock trade with the information.
Garcia, Lee lead Nelson; Spieth one back
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Sergio Garcia, Johnson Wagner and Danny Lee were clubhouse co-leaders when the first round of the Byron Nelson Classic was suspended by darkness.
Garcia opened with a 7-under 63 that included five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole. Lee had seven birdies, including three straight to start the back nine. Wagner also birdied seven holes in a bogey-free round.
Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson completed 6-under 66s, as did Freddie Jacobson. Tom Hoge was 6-under through 14 before he was one of 30 players still on the course when play was stopped.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Perry in front in a major
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kenny Perry fired an 8-under 64 for a two-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Gene Sauers through one round of the Regions Tradition, one of five Champions Tour majors. Perry birdied five of the first eight holes in a bogey-free round, but he was tied for the lead until he birdied the final hole while Langer bogeyed it. Sauers birdied four of the final six holes, including 18.
LPGA TOUR-KINGSMILL CHAMPIONSHIP
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Mika Miyazato had five birdies in a six-hole stretch en route to a 6-under 65 and the first-round lead in the Kingsmill Championship. Miyazato closed her opening nine with the birdie run, dropped a stroke on the par-5 third, and rebounded with birdies on the par-4 sixth and eighth holes.
Defending champion Minjee Lee and Brittany Lincicome were a stroke back.
Federer pulls out of French Open
PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer has pulled out of the French Open, ending his record of 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearances since 2000.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion had knee surgery this year and returned to play at the Monte Carlo Masters in early April. Federer has also been dealing with a back problem that has limited his schedule in recent weeks.
The last major Federer missed was the 1999 U.S. Open.
USA Swimming won't train in Puerto Rico
ATLANTA (AP) — USA Swimming is taking a precautionary measure due to the threat of the Zika virus.
A person familiar with the situation said national team athletes and coaches have been told the team has moved a pre-Olympic training camp from Puerto Rico to Atlanta. The U.S. team is still scheduled to hold a training camp in San Antonio from July 11-21. After that, the team had been planning to make a stop in Puerto Rico for several more days of training before traveling on to Rio de Janeiro.
The Olympic swimming competition begins Aug. 6.