Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has been ruled out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night against Cleveland. Iguodala is suffering with a left lateral leg contusion/bone bruise. After missing the last four games of the Western Conference finals, Iguodala, 34, was evaluated by Golden State’s medical staff on Tuesday. The Warriors announced that he “is making progress; however, the pain that accompanies the bone bruise persists, as does inflammation of the nerve surrounding his left knee.” Iguodala’s absence is a blow to the Warriors, who is working at their third NBA title in four years.
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In her first Grand Slam match in nearly 16 months, Serena Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova, 7-6 (4), 6-4, in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday. Williams’s life has greatly changed since she last played on one of the game’s biggest stages, winning the 2017 Australian Open. Williams is now married and the mother of an infant daughter. Ranked No. 1 when she left the game, she arrived at Roland Garros as an unseeded player after playing only four singles matches on tour this season. Williams will face Ash Barty of Australia, the No. 17 seed, in the second round scheduled for Thursday.
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Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol and his status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals is still unclear. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue gave an update Tuesday before the team flew to San Francisco for Thursday’s opener. Love missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at Boston after banging heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in the previous game. Jeff Green started for Love in Game 7 and finished with 19 points with eight rebounds in Cleveland’s 87-79 victory. Love has played center and forward this season and is averaging 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds this postseason. The Cavs are playing the Golden State Warriors in the finals for the fourth straight year.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers rallied back from a slow start and held on late in the fourth quarter to beat the Celtics 87-79 on Sunday night at TD Garden in Boston, earning a trip to the NBA Finals. This will be LeBron James’ eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. James led the way with 35 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, shooting 12-of-24 from the field. Jeff Green also shot 50 percent from the field, adding 19 points for the Cavaliers. J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson also finished with double-figures, scoring 11 points and 10 points, respectively. Cleveland will head to the NBA Finals to take on the Golden State Warriors. Game 1 of that series will take place at Oracle Arena on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
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The Golden State Warriors are headed to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season, after their 101-92 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday. Kevin Durant (34 points) and Stephen Curry (27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds) were too much for Houston, and the Rockets missed 27 straight three-pointers at one point as they failed to capitalize on home-court advantage. The Warriors will face the Cavaliers on Thursday in the NBA Finals.
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The Houston Rockets took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win in close Game 5 against the Warriors. Eric Gordon scored a team-high 24 points, and Chris Paul had 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. The Warriors got 20-plus points out of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, but wasted possessions cost them in the end. Golden State turned the ball over 16 times and finished with just 18 assists. Check out the highlights from Game 5 in the link below.
President Donald Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson on Thursday, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case. Trump said Johnson, the “Galveston Giant,” was the victim of what “many viewed as a racially motivated injustice”. Johnson held the heavyweight title from 1908-15, and was convicted by an all-white jury in 1913 of taking a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes”. The consensual relationship with a white woman was seen then by many as taboo, and Johnson fled to Europe, but returned in 1920 and spent a year in prison. Johnson died in a car crash in 1946 at the age of 68. Trump signed the pardon at a ceremony in the Oval Office attended by “Rocky” actor Sylvester Stallone, current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former champion Lennox Lewis.
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ESPN and the UFC have agreed to a five-year deal that will bring the mixed-martial arts league’s entire rights package to ESPN in 2019, according to ESPN and multiple reports. The new agreement follows a deal announced earlier this month between ESPN and UFC. The entire package will cost $1.5 billion over five years. The agreement was announced early Wednesday morning. The deal consists of 30 UFC Fight Night events per year, including 10 main cards on ESPN’s television networks. The other 20 will stream on ESPN+, the company’s newly launched streaming service.
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NFL owners approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league’s spring meeting in Atlanta. Any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team — not the players. “A club will be fined by the league if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem,” Goodell said in a statement.
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The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday they placed center fielder/second baseman Dee Gordon on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured toe on his right foot. Gordon came to the Mariners in a December trade with the Miami Marlins during the offseason. Gordon has played well through the adjustments, producing a line of .304/.330/.386 to go with an American League-leading 16 stolen bases in just 45 games.
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