AP Friday Sports Roundup
Sixers take Simmons at No. 1
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers' current rebuilding project now includes Ben Simmons.
The Sixers have used the first pick in the NBA draft to select the LSU forward, who averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Tigers as a freshman last season.
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Simmons led the SEC in rebounding and was third in points before being named a consensus All-American. He joins a team that went a league-worst 10-72 last season, one off the NBA record for losses.
Duke freshman forward Brandon Ingram was the second player selected, grabbed by the Los Angeles Lakers. Ingram averaged 17 points a game and hit 41 percent of his 3-point attempts for the Blue Devils.
Boston used the first of their eight draft picks to take California small forward Jaylen Brown, making it 3-for-3 on freshmen selections in the draft. Brown scored 14.6 points a game for the Bears.
Phoenix went the international route with the fourth choice, getting seven-foot power forward Dragan Bender. The Croatian-born Bender spent last season playing in the Israeli Winner League, the Euroleague and Eurocup for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Providence guard and defensive wiz Kris Dunn went to the Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick. Dunn was the Big East Player of the Year the last two seasons and averaged 16.4 points and 6.2 assists in 2015-16.
James says Rio's a no-go
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team will not include LeBron James.
His agent tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Cavaliers forward will not play in the Rio Games. The 31-year-old James was named MVP of the Finals after leading the Cavs past Golden State, ending Cleveland's 52-year championship drought.
James has played in three Olympics and ranks as the team's career leader in points and assists, while ranking second in rebounds.
The four-time league MVP is the latest big-name to withdraw from the American team, joining Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard.
On the flipside, a person with knowledge of the details tells the AP that Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will head to Brazil for the Olympics, as will Toronto teammates Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
AP source: Pacers get Young from Nets
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Indiana Pacers have acquired veteran forward Thaddeus Young from the Brooklyn Nets for the 20th overall pick.
The Pacers took Michigan forward Caris LeVert with the No. 20 pick and will send him to Brooklyn once the new salary cap takes effect.
In other NBA draft day transactions:
— Orlando and Oklahoma City pulled off a deal that sends forward Serge Ibaka to the Magic. The Thunder received guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis.
— A person familiar with the situation says the Hornets have acquired shooting guard Marco Belinelli from the Kings for the 22nd pick in the NBA draft. Belinelli has averaged 9.5 points and 1.6 assists per game over nine NBA seasons. Syracuse forward Malachi Richardson was selected by Charlotte for Sacramento.
Cubs lose again...Panik paces Giants win
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs entered the month of June with a sizeable lead in the battle for the best record in the majors. That could change by the end of the month as they now find themselves just one game ahead of Texas and 1 ½ games in front of San Francisco following the Cubbies' season-high fourth consecutive loss.
The Miami Marlins scored twice with two out in the bottom of the eighth to pull out a 4-2 victory over Chicago. Giancarlo Stanton singled home the tiebreaking run and scored on J.T. Realmuto's double later in the eighth. The rally came a half-inning after David Ross belted a solo homer to tie the game.
Stanton and Marcell Ozuna homered for the Marlins, who are a surprising 39-34.
The Cubs are just 8-9 since opening the year 39-15.
Meanwhile, the Giants have added another half-game to their ever-expanding lead in the NL West, moving six games ahead of the Dodgers by completing a series win at Pittsburgh.
Joe Panik laced a bases-loaded triple and the Giants won for the 12th time in 14 games by downing the Pirates 5-3. Mac Williamson belted a 446-foot homer to back Albert Suarez, who threw a season-high 102 pitches while limiting the Bucs to two earned runs and four hits in five innings.
The Giants took three of four at PNC Park to move a season-high 20 games over .500.
Pittsburgh lost for the 11th time in 14 games and fell five games under .500 for the first time in two years.
— Adonis Garcia ripped a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Braves a 4-3 win over the New York Mets. A.J. Pierzynski had two RBIs in Atlanta's seventh victory in its last eight games. Neil Walker drove in two for the Mets, who lost their fourth straight meeting with the Braves and fell four games behind the NL East-leading Nationals.
— The Boston Red Sox avoided a four-game sweep by beating the Chicago White Sox 8-7 on Xander Bogaerts' walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. Dustin Pedroia had two hits and two RBIs to help the Red Sox pull within 1 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles. Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer and Alex Avila had four hits for the White Sox, who had leads of 3-0, 4-1 and 7-5.
— Freddy Galvis homered and drove in a career-high five runs as Philadelphia beat Minnesota 7-3 to end a nine-game losing streak. Cesar Hernandez tied a career-high with four hits and Ryan Howard homered as part of his first multiple-hit game since April 29. Jerad Eickhoff limited the Twins to one earned run and five hits in six innings.
— Steve Cishek uncorked a wild pitch with two out in the 10th inning to allow Cameron Maybin to score the winning run in Detroit's 5-4 triumph against Seattle. James McCann smacked a two-run homer as the Tigers completed a four-game sweep and sent the Mariners to their sixth consecutive loss. Nelson Cruz homered twice for the Mariners, who also got back-to-back round-trippers from Chris Iannetta and Leonys Martin.
— Arizona squandered a 6-3 lead in the eighth before Nick Ahmed singled home the tiebreaking run with two out in the top of the ninth to push the Diamondbacks past Colorado 7-6. Socrates Brito and Jake Lamb hit two-run homers in the third inning, and Paul Goldschmidt was 3-for-5 with an RBI single. Mark Reynolds homered for the Rockies.
— San Diego is 10-3 versus the Reds since 2014 after Derek Norris provided a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning of the Padres' 7-4 comeback win at Cincinnati. The Reds enjoyed a 4-1 lead until Matt Kemp smacked a solo shot in the fourth. J.C. Ramirez served up the go-ahead blast, the 54th home run already allowed by Cincinnati's bullpen this season.
— Marcus Semien ripped a three-run homer off loser Tim Lincecum and Khris Davis added a solo blast that gave Oakland a 5-2 lead in the fifth inning of a 5-4 triumph over the Angels. Kendall Graveman held Los Angeles to a pair of runs despite allowing eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Jeff Bandy had three RBIs for the Angels, including a two-run blast that made it a one-run game in the ninth.
GOLF-QUICKENS LOAN INVITATIONAL
Spain's Rahm has early lead
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Jon Rahm owns a one-stroke lead over Jhonattan Vegas after one round of the PGA's Quicken Loans Invitational near Washington, D.C. Rahm had a bogey-free round in firing a 7-under 64 at Congressional Country Club.
Ernie Els is among seven players at minus-5.
McDowell to skip Olympics with baby due
DUBLIN (AP) — Graeme McDowell has ruled himself out as a replacement for Rory McIlroy at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.
The former U.S. Open champ announced on Twitter that he is not available to the Ireland team. McIlroy opted out of the Olympics because of concerns about the Zika (ZEE'-kuh) virus.
But McDowell says he decided months ago that he would not play or travel outside of the United States while his wife was expecting their second child.
U.S. Tennis coaches named
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Jay Berger will coach the U.S. men's tennis team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in place of Davis Cup captain Jim Courier, while Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez will coach the country's women at the Summer Games.
U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says that Courier "elected not to accept" the position as Olympic coach. Berger is the head of men's tennis for USTA Player Development who also coached the American men at the 2012 London Olympics.
Fernandez has been the coach of the U.S. Fed Cup team since 2009, and she coached the women's Olympic tennis team four years ago.
Azarenka bows out of Wimbledon
LONDON (AP) — Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from Wimbledon because of a right knee injury.
It was the same knee she hurt at the French Open, forcing her to retire during her first-round match. She hasn't played since.
Azarenka was seeded sixth for the grass-court Grand Slam that starts Monday
Kuwait to sue IOC
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A Kuwaiti government official says the Arab nation will sue the International Olympic Committee for $1 billion.
The dispute comes over the IOC suspending Kuwait in October on grounds of government interference in sports. The suspension could keep Kuwaiti athletes from representing their country at this year's Olympics.
The IOC's executive board authorized Kuwaiti sportsmen to compete as individual athletes under the Olympic flag if they qualify.