AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Cavs hold off Warriors to take 2-1 lead
CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland is two victories away from celebrating its first major championship since Jim Brown and Frank Ryan led the Browns to the 1964 NFL title.
LeBron James just missed a triple-double and Matthew Dellavedova delivered at both ends of the court as the Cavaliers downed the Golden State Warriors 96-91 to take a two-games-to-one lead in the NBA Finals.
James fell two assists shy of his second consecutive triple-double, finishing with 40 points on 14 of 34 shooting and collecting 12 rebounds. James was 6-for-6 from the line in the final 51 seconds to help the Cavs close out the victory in regulation, two days after they blew an 11-point lead in the last 3:14 of the fourth quarter.
James and Dellvedova combined to take 51 shots, while the rest of the Cavaliers took 25. Dellavedova played tenacious defense and finished with 20 points, five boards and four assists in his second game since replacing the injured Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup. He converted a huge three-point play with about 2 ½ minutes left before James drained a 3-pointer to put the Cavs ahead 87-80.
The Warriors trailed by 17 heading into the fourth quarter and eventually cut the margin to one on Stephen Curry's 3-pointer with 2:45 to play. Curry finally found his shooting touch in the second half after shooting 6-for-29 over the previous six quarters.
The reigning MVP finished 10-for-20 from the floor and was 7-for-13 from 3-point range to finish with 27 points. He was 6-for-9 from beyond the arc in the second half, but it wasn't enough for Golden State to avoid its second straight loss.
Klay Thompson shot just 6-for-16 in scoring 14 points. Andre Iguodala had 15 points off the bench for the Warriors, who stay in Cleveland for Game 4 on Thursday.
Giants rookie no-hits Mets
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have become the second team in major league history to toss no-hitters in four straight seasons. The latest has come from a right-hander who entered the game 5-4 with a 4.43 ERA in 12 career major league starts.
Chris Heston turned the trick in leading the Giants to a 5-0 win over the Mets in New York. Heston hit Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda in the fourth inning, and plunked Anthony Recker leading off the bottom of the ninth. They were the only Mets to reach base against Heston, whose previous best outing was a two-hitter in an 8-1 win at Houston on May 12.
Heston also helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a two-run single. Matt Duffy and Joe Panik added solo homers as the Giants improved to 3-1 on their six-game road trip.
It's the 9th no-hitter by a Giants pitcher since the team moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season. Tim Lincecum has thrown no-hitters each of the last two years following Matt Cain's perfect game in 2012.
The Dodgers are the only other team to pitch no-hitters in four straight years, with Sandy Koufax doing the honors each time from 1962-65.
The Mets were no-hit for the first time since Houston's Darryl Kile in September 1993.
Heston's performance overshadowed the slugging of Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto, who homered three times and had four RBIs in an 11-2 rout of Philadelphia. Zach Cozart belted a three-run homer and Todd Frazier added his 17th of the season as the Reds won their third in a row.
In other major league finals:
— The New York Yankees picked up their seventh consecutive win as Masahiro Tanaka limited Washington to a run and five hits in seven innings of a 6-1 triumph over the Nationals. Stephen Drew hit a pair of solo homers for the Yankees, who were tied 1-1 before scoring four times in the seventh inning.
— Edwin Encarnacion capped his three-RBI night by smacking a two-run, walk-off homer to lift Toronto past Miami 4-3. The Blue Jays managed to stretch their winning streak to seven games after Giancarlo Stanton's second solo homer of the game put the Marlins ahead 3-2.
— Kole Calhoun was 3-for-4 with four RBIs as the Los Angeles Angels thumped Tampa Bay 8-2. Albert Pujols hit his 536th home run to tie Mickey Mantle for 16th on the all-time list.
— Baltimore beat Boston 1-0 as the Orioles' bullpen allowed just one hit over 4 2/3 innings. The game was scoreless until Steve Pearce scored on a wild pitch by Matt Barnes.
Robinson Cano and Logan Morrison hit RBI doubles to back Roenis Elias in Seattle's 3-2 victory at Cleveland. Elias allowed a run and five hits in six innings to help the Mariners win for just the second time in 10 games.
— Chris Young took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Salvador Perez hit a solo homer as Kansas City beat Minnesota 2-0 to take over first place in the AL Central. Young's no-hit bid ended when Trevor Plouffe smacked a one-out triple in the bottom of the seventh.
— Carlos Correa hit his first in two games since making his major league debut on Monday, but the Houston Astros saw their season-worst losing streak rise to six games with a 4-2 loss to the White Sox in Chicago. Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer, Melky Cabrera added a two-run double and Carlos Rodon held the Astros to four hits in six scoreless innings.
— Mitch Moreland's solo homer gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning of their 15th victory in 19 games, 2-1 at Oakland. Nick Martinez worked six shutout innings and gave up just one hit, a double by Josh Reddick leading off the fourth.
— Anibal Sanchez scattered six hits and struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings as Detroit blanked the Chicago Cubs 6-0. Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos drove in two runs apiece in the Tigers' third straight victory since an eight-game skid.
— Taylor Jungmann was terrific in his major league debut, holding the Pirates to a run and three hits in seven innings of Milwaukee's 4-1 triumph at Pittsburgh. Aramis Ramirez and Jason Rogers each hit a solo homer and finished with two RBIs.
— Atlanta erased a 5-0 deficit in the sixth inning before Joey Terdoslavich hit his first big league homer in the eighth to give the Braves a 6-5 win over San Diego. Andrelton Simmons hit a three-run double and scored the tying run on Jonny Gomes' single later in the sixth.
— Jorge De La Rosa struck out eight while yielding two earned runs and three hits in seven innings of Colorado's 4-3 verdict over St. Louis. DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-4 and snapped a 2-2 tie with an RBI double in the seventh and Nolan Arenado smacked a two-run homer in the sixth.
— The Dodgers beat Arizona 3-1 in Los Angeles as Howie Kendrick supplied a solo homer and a two-run single. The Dodgers blanked the Diamondbacks after Cliff Pennington scored on a wild pitch by Carlos Frias in the second inning.
Soriano gets minor league deal from Cubs...Holliday on DL
UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence could be headed back to the disabled list.
Pence hasn't has not played since June 2 because of a sore left wrist. He didn't make his season debut until mid-May because of a fractured left forearm suffered in spring training.
San Francisco could make a DL stint retroactive and Pence would be eligible to be activated June 17.
In other baseball:
— Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander is set to make his first start this season against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined all season after leaving a March 27 spring training game with a strained right triceps.
— The Chicago Cubs and free-agent reliever Rafael Soriano have agreed to a minor league contract that would be worth up to $4.1 million if he's added to the major league roster. The 35-year-old right-hander has 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 585 major league appearances
— The St. Louis Cardinals have placed left fielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain suffered Monday night. The Cardinals recalled right-hander Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Memphis.
Palmer returns from ACL surgery
UNDATED (AP) — Carson Palmer is back from a season-ending torn ACL suffered in a game last November. The quarterback took snaps and made throws in 11-on-11 drills on the first day of the Arizona Cardinals' three-day minicamp.
Palmer admitted to feeling rusty, though he did make some strong and accurate deep throws.
The Cardinals went 11-5 last season and made the playoffs, but they were 6-0 with Palmer as the starter.
In other NFL training camp news:
— Muhammad Wilkerson is back with his teammates, even though he's not happy about his contract situation. The New York Jets defensive end reported for the team's mandatory minicamp despite still looking for a long-term extension that he expected to be taken care of by now.
— Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman said he was happy to avoid offseason surgery on his injured left elbow since the procedure likely would have left him sidelined for up to nine months. Sherman initially believed he would need Tommy John surgery after being injured in the NFC Championship game. He says surgery is on the back burner for now.
— Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and defensive end Antonio Smith were absent from Denver's mandatory minicamp. Thomas is boycotting the Broncos' offseason program after the team placed its $12.8 million franchise tag on him. Smith is absent while prosecutors in Texas investigate a criminal complaint against him.
Blashill gets Red Wings job
DETROIT (AP) — Jeff Blashill has been named the new coach of the Detroit Red Wings, ending a fairly unsuspenseful coaching search that began when Mike Babcock left last month to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Blashill has coached Detroit's minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons and was an obvious candidate for the Red Wings once Babcock left. Detroit general manager Ken Holland acknowledged right away that he was going to talk to Blashill about the job, but the Griffins made it to the conference finals in the AHL playoffs.
Blashill led Grand Rapids to the Calder Cup in 2013.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-IOWA STATE-PROHM
Prohm takes over at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Steve Prohm has been introduced as the new men's basketball coach at Iowa State. He replaces the enormously popular Fred Hoiberg, who took the Chicago Bulls job last week.
The 40-year old Prohm left Murray State, where he won 104 games in four seasons.
He inherits a Cyclones roster that is perhaps the most talented roster in school history and is expected to contend for a national championship.
Pitino gets extension at Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has extended men's basketball coach Rick Pitino's contract four years through the 2025-26 season.
The Cardinals have reached the NCAA Tournament regional final five times in the past eight years. That stretch includes the 2012 Final Four and the school's third national championship the following year.
The 62-year old Pitino is the first coach to win NCAA titles at two schools, having previously won with Kentucky in 1996.
ROME (AP) — Police in northern Italy say Argentine businessman Alejandro Burzaco has turned himself in after being indicted by U.S. authorities in connection to the FIFA corruption case.
Police say Burzaco was "searched for across the world" after he and two other Argentines were named in the U.S. indictment.
Burzaco is the president of a sports marketing company.