AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Warriors end title drought, knock off Cavs in 6
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Bay Area can prepare for another championship parade, although the locals have waited 40 years to celebrate an NBA title.
The Golden State Warriors are champions for the first time since 1975 following a 105-97 triumph over the Cavaliers in Game 6 at Cleveland. Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry each scored 25 points and combined for four free throws in the closing seconds. Iguodala came away with the Bill Russell Award as MVP of the finals.
Draymond Green compiled a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors, who won despite being outrebounded 56-39.
Cleveland made it interesting after the Warriors went ahead by 13 with just under two minutes left. J.R. Smith drained a 3-pointer that got the Cavaliers within 101-97 in the final minute before the Warriors clinched it at the line.
The Warriors closed out the finals despite a poor performance by Klay Thompson, who scored just five points on 2 of 7 shooting before fouling out with 4:16 remaining. However, Thompson drained a 3-pointer that put Golden State ahead by 14 with about seven minutes to play.
Shaun Livingston picked up the slack for Thompson, delivering 10 points off the bench on 4-for-6 from the field.
LeBron James was unable to deliver Cleveland's first championship team since 1964, although he finishing with 32 points, 18 boards and nine assists in almost 47 minutes. James shot just 13-for-33 from the floor and missed eight of his 10 3-point attempts.
Smith had 19 points off the bench for the Cavs.
The Warriors took the title by winning the last three games after falling behind 2-1 in the series.
Golden State's Steve Kerr is the first rookie coach to win the title since Pat Riley with the Lakers in 1982.
Cards investigated over Astros hacking
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are usually very patient at the plate, but there are accusations of hacking by their front office.
Sources for The Associated Press and The New York Times are saying federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on players.
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says subpoenas have been issued, but did not provide details.
Three skippers, three losses for Padres
UNDATED (AP) — The San Diego Padres lost under their third different manager in as many games. The Oakland A's pulled out a 6-5 victory at San Diego on Eric Sogard's tiebreaking single in the top of the ninth. Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer and Billy Burns delivered a two-run triple as the Athletics earned their third consecutive win.
The outcome spoiled the debut of Padres interim manager Pat Murphy, who had managed the team's Triple-A affiliate in El Paso the last three seasons. Murphy took over for Dave Roberts, who ran the ballclub during Monday's loss after Bud Black was dismissed.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Pitcher Chris Young was 2-for-3 with three RBIs while tossing seven shutout innings to lead Kansas City's 7-2 rout of Milwaukee. Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run homer and Mike Moustakas added a solo shot as the Royals stretched their lead in the AL Central to 3 ½ games over Minnesota.
— Michael Wacha is 9-2 after yielding two runs and just three hits in 6 1/3 innings of the Cardinals' 3-2 triumph over the Twins. Mark Reynolds hit a two-run single in the third inning to put the Cardinals ahead to stay in their fifth straight win.
— Carlos Santana socked a three-run homer and added an RBI double as Cleveland blanked the Cubs 6-0 in Chicago. Trevor Bauer fanned seven and gave up only four hits with three walks in seven innings to improve to 6-3.
— Charlie Morton combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as Pittsburgh earned its sixth consecutive win and third straight shutout, 3-0 over the Chicago White Sox. Francisco Cervelli and Sean Rodriguez hit solo home runs to back Morton, who gave up four hits in seven innings to improve to 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA.
— Matt Harvey tossed seven shutout innings and hit an RBI double to lead the New York Mets past Toronto 3-2. Bobby Parnell helped the Mets win for the fifth time in six games by earning his first five-out save since 2009, doing it in his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery.
— Clint Robinson provided four of Washington's 23 hits and one of the Nationals' four home runs in a 16-4 laugher against the Rays in Tampa. Wilson Ramos capped the Nats' assault with a pair of homers, Bryce Harper launched his 22nd home run and Tanner Roark gave up a run and six hits in seven innings.
— Todd Frazier banged out his 19th and 20th home runs as Cincinnati beat Detroit 5-2 to end a three-game losing streak. Jay Bruce also homered and Michael Lorenzen limited the Tigers to one earned run and six hits in six innings.
— The Baltimore Orioles won for the eighth time in nine games by crushing eight home runs in a 19-3 dismantling of Philadelphia. Manny Machado and newcomer Chris Parmelee homered twice, and David Lough, Jimmy Paredes, Ryan Flaherty and Chris Davis went deep to help the Birds send the Phillies to their eighth consecutive loss.
— Adeiny Hechavarria hit a two-run triple while Miami scored eight times off Nathan Eovaldi in the first inning of a 12-2 pounding of the New York Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton added his major league-leading 24th home run, a three-run blast that put the Marlins ahead 11-0 in the fifth.
— Texas blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning before beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on a solo blast by Robinson Chirinos in the bottom of the ninth. Chi Chi Rodriguez was working on his first career shutout until Justin Turner hit a two-run homer.
— The Angels were 4-1 winners over the Diamondbacks as Garrett Richards gave up an unearned run and four hits in seven innings. Albert Pujols put Los Angeles ahead with a two-run homer in the sixth, two innings before David Freese added a two-run blast.
— The Giants' nine-game home losing streak is over after Matt Duffy hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs to lead San Francisco's offense in a 6-2 win over Seattle. Casey McGehee added a two-run double for the Giants, who snapped their longest home skid since an 11-game run at New York's Polo Grounds in 1940. Tim Lincecum gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 7-3.
— The Houston Astros knocked off Colorado 8-5 behind Luis Valbuena's two home runs and four RBIs. Hank Conger also went deep for the Astros, who top the majors with 91 home runs and are 25-0 when homering twice in a game. Houston's bullpen came through with 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, with Will Harris retiring four batters to improve to 3-0.
— Brock Holt hit for the cycle while collecting two RBIs and scoring twice to lead Boston's 9-4 rout of Atlanta. Holt completed his cycle with an RBI triple in the eighth, one inning after he homered. Alejandro De Aza added an RBI double and a run-scoring triple to support Wade Miley, who struck out eight while giving up two runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Broadcast Uecker injured
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker has been released from the hospital after an overnight stay. Uecker was hit in the head by a baseball during batting practice Monday prior to the game against Kansas City. The 81-year-old broadcaster worked the first six innings of the game and started feeling dizzy. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has been optioned to Class A Frederick, just a day after he tossed eight shutout innings against Philadelphia.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Chen was sent down to give him a short break after he complained about arm fatigue following his June 10 start. Showalter said Chen is to throw three to four innings Saturday and return to the Orioles when he is eligible on June 26.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have recalled another of their highly-touted prospects.
Catcher Kyle Schwarber has been promoted from Double-A Tennessee, where he was hitting .320 with 13 homers and 39 RBIs in 58 games this year. Schwarber struck out in his only at-bat on Tuesday and is expected to serve as the designated hitter while Chicago plays road games in Cleveland and Minnesota this week. The Cubs plan to send him to Triple-A Iowa next week for more seasoning.
The Cubbies already have promoted promising players Kris Bryant and Addison Russell this season.
WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
U.S. beats Nigeria
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The United States has won Group D in the Women's World Cup, improving to 2-0-1 in the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria.
Abby Wambach scored late in the first half as the Americans bounced back from Saturday's scoreless tie against Sweden. It was Wambach's 14th World Cup goal, pulling her even with Birgit Prinz for second on the all-time list behind Brazil's Marta, who has 15.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Day 4 play in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The defending NCAA baseball champs are 2-0 at the College World Series.
Zander Wiel led off the seventh with a solo homer to break up Alex Young's no-hit bid and help Vanderbilt beat TCU 1-0. Philip Pfeifer and Kyle Wright combined on a five-hitter as the Commodores moved within one victory of advancing to the best-of-3 finals.
Vandy will have to be beaten twice by either TCU or LSU to miss a spot in the finals.
LSU has stayed alive by knocking out Cal State Fullerton. Alex Lange pitched his second complete game in three starts, allowing only three base runners after a rocky first inning to lead the Tigers to a 5-3 triumph over the Titans. LSU rallied after Fullerton took a 3-0 lead in the opening inning.
Alex Bregam had four hits for the Tigers.
LSU next plays Thursday against TCU, with the winner taking on the Commodores.