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Celtics complete 4-game sweep of Nets with 116-112 victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown had 22 and the Boston Celtics completed a four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first team to reach the second round of the playoffs with a 116-112 victory. Marcus Smart added 20 points and 11 assists for the No. 2-seeded Celtics, who made easy work of what was thought could be a tough series. Boston will await the winner of the series between Milwaukee and Chicago. The defending champion Bucks hold a 3-1 lead in that series. Kevin Durant had 39 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. 

Raptors top 76ers 103-88 behind Siakam, force Game 6 at home

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 23 points, Precious Achiuwa had 17 and the Toronto Raptors forced a return home for Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors eat the Sixers 103-88 to move within 3-2 in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Game 6 is Thursday night in Toronto. The Raptors have won the last two games in the series. Joel Embiid had 20 points and 11 rebounds playing with a thumb injury. James Harden scored 15 points. The Raptors opened the second quarter on a 12-0 run to take control. The 76ers were booed off the court at halftime and throughout their latest lackluster postseason effort.

Mock Draft: Look to the trenches at beginning of selections

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Our head is still spinning from all the draft movement over the past five weeks. There might very well be more trades involving first-round picks before everyone settles in near Caesars Palace and the Bellagio fountains for what promises to be a wild event. Maybe as wild as the restructuring of the draft order already.

Mickelson signs up for 3 events without saying he'll play

Phil Mickelson has signed up for the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open. His manager also asked the PGA Tour for permission to play in a Saudi-funded golf tournament outside London. That doesn't mean Lefty is going to play. Steve Loy is his longtime manager. He says Mickelson has no concrete plans on when and where he'll play. He's just keeping his options open. In other Saudi news, Greg Norman has announced Trump National Doral Miami as the host course for the team championship finale in the lucrative LIV Golf Invitational series. It's the second Trump course on the list.

Dodgers pitcher Bauer files suit against sex abuse accuser

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has sued the woman who accused him of sexual assault in federal court in a move that came less than three months after prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges against the athlete. The woman, whom the pitcher had met through social media, had alleged that Bauer beat and sexually abused her last year. She later sought — but was denied — a restraining order. LA prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to win a conviction. Bauer named the woman and one of her attorneys as defendants. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they have been victims of sexual assault.

Deion Sanders highlights HBCU prospects ahead of NFL draft

Deion Sanders did his part to make sure NFL teams don’t overlook players from historically Black colleges in this week’s draft. The Jackson State coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer released his “Prime Prospects” on Monday, featuring 16 players from 12 HBCUs. Last year, not one HBCU player was drafted. Neon Deion has helped provide a spotlight on HBCU players since leaving his analyst duties at NFL Network and taking over at Jackson State in 2020. Sanders was the Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2021 after leading the Tigers to an 11-2 record.

Biden avoids politics in honoring hockey champion Lightning

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden avoided politics in honoring the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning for winning the Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons. It was a rare sports break for the president amid his administration's response to Russia's war in Ukraine. Russian players Andrei Vasilevskiy, Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev attended the White House ceremony and shared photos on social media. The president cracked jokes about captain Steven Stamkos but made little mention of other players. There were no notable boycotts by Lightning players, who made an extra trip to Washington just for this occasion.

Arenado's error helps Mets stun Cards 5-2 with 5 in 9th

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Dominic Smith hustled for an infield single that drove in two pivotal runs, and the New York Mets capitalized on an uncharacteristic error by Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado to rally for five unearned runs with two outs in the ninth inning of a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. After the hit by Smith gave New York the lead, Brandon Nimmo capped the outburst with a two-run homer. Max Scherzer struck out 10 over seven innings of two-hit ball in a scoreless duel with Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas. A two-run single by Tyler O’Neill off Trevor May put St. Louis ahead in the eighth. 

Bichette breaks tie with 1st slam, Blue Jays top Red Sox 6-2

TORONTO (AP) — Bo Bichette broke an eighth-inning tie with his first career grand slam and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Boston Red Sox 6-2. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Matt Chapman also homered for the Blue Jays. José Berríos allowed two runs in a season-high seven-plus innings and Adam Cimber got three outs for his major league-leading fourth win as Toronto won for the fifth time in six games. Boston has lost three straight and five of six. The Red Sox have scored two runs or fewer in all five of those defeats.

Column: Chastain calms down to surge into title contention

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Ross Chastain was a journeyman driver struggling to find a team willing to give him a good ride for most of his career. Things didn't start falling into place until last season but six months into his new job, Chip Ganassi sold his NASCAR team to Justin Marks. Chastain was retained by Trackhouse Racing. On Sunday, he won for the second time in five Cup Series races. When the Florida farmer smashed a watermelon in his signature celebration at Talladega Superspeedway, the crowd roared as if Dale Earnhardt himself had just won the race. 

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Lyon has beaten defending champion Barcelona 3-1 to secure a record-extending eighth Women’s Champions League trophy. Lyon was 3-0 up after just 33 minutes. There were strikes by Amandine Henry, a header from Ada Hegerberg and a tap-in from Catarina Macario. Barcelona captain and Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas pulled one back shortly before halftime. Lyon has taken eight of the past 12 editions of the Women’s Champions League. Captain Wendie Renard, Sarah Bouhaddi and Eugénie Le Sommer have been part of all those successes.

Third-seeded Paula Badosa needed just 54 minutes to beat wild-card entry Fiona Ferro 6-2, 6-0 at Roland Garros. The 24-year-old Badosa lost only two points in the second set as she looks to build on her run to the quarterfinals at last year’s French Open. Jessica Pegula also reached the second round with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Qiang Wang of China. The 11th-seeded American led the second set 5-1 before Wang fought back. Pegula finally clinched it on her 10th match point.

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Chongqing Liangjiang has withdrawn from the Chinese Super League just over a week before the start of delayed season in yet another setback for the domestic soccer scene. It's an unwanted echo of the build-up to the 2021 season when defending champion Jiangsu FC folded. Chongqing issued a statement saying “after careful deliberation by the club’s shareholders, we very regretfully decided to withdraw from the league and disband the team.” China's top-flight competition is scheduled to kick off on June 3 after a delay of two months.

Keibert Ruiz had three hits, including a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 5-4. César Hernández tripled and doubled, Maikel Franco singled twice, and Juan Soto had three walks for the Nationals, who avoided their second three-game sweep to the Marlins this season. Ruiz’s smash down the third-base line off reliever Daniel Castano scored automatic runner Dee Strange-Gordon from third. Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s sacrifice fly against Washington reliever Tanner Rainey with the bases loaded in the ninth tied it at 4.

Tim Anderson hit a three-run homer and then put a finger to his lips to silence the booing fans, capping a tumultuous weekend at Yankee Stadium and helping the Chicago White Sox beat New York 5-0 for a doubleheader sweep. A day after Anderson, who is Black, accused Yankees slugger Josh Donaldson, who is white, of making a racist remark, the All-Star shortstop didn’t play in the first game. AJ Pollock hit a tiebreaking homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning as the White Sox won 3-1. Anderson was booed during pregame introductions and prior to each at-bat in the nightcap. After homering in the eighth, Anderson took a slow trot and put his hands to his lips in a shushing gesture as he rounded the bases.

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