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NBA PLAYOFFS-SUNS/CLIPPERS Ayton gives Suns 2-0 lead PHOENIX (AP) — Deandre Ayton was the hero as the Phoenix Suns took a two-game-to-none lead in the NBA's Western Conference Finals. Ayton jammed an alley-oop pass from Jae Crowder with 0.7 seconds left to give the Suns a 104-103 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns were down one with 0.9 seconds left when Crowder lofted a high pass on an out-of-bounds play on the baseline. After Ayton's winning slam, the referees spent about a minute reviewing the play before ruling the basket was good. The Suns were led by Cameron Payne, who

The Latest: Luuk de Jong injures knee, out of Euro 2020

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Netherlands striker Luuk de Jong’s European Championship is over. The Dutch soccer federation says De Jong injured his knee in training on Tuesday and has left the team’s training camp. The Sevilla forward has played 38 times for the Netherlands. He did not start any of the team’s Group C matches but came on as a late substitute in the first two games of Euro 2020. Netherlands coach Frank de Boer started twice with Wout Weghorst next to Memphis Depay in a two-man forward line and once with Donyell Malen. The Netherlands won all three of

The Latest: Final group games on schedule at Euro 2020

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ The final group games at this year’s European Championship will decide the lineup for the round of 16. Spain is still looking to assure itself of a spot in the next round at Euro 2020 and will face Slovakia in Seville. Sweden will take on Poland in St. Petersburg at the same time. The Swedes are already assured of a spot in the round of 16. The late games have the biggest names. World Cup champion France has already qualified and will face Portugal in Budapest. Germany will play Hungary in Munich needing a draw to make sure it continues on

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NBA PLAYOFFS-SUNS/CLIPPERS Ayton gives Suns 2-0 lead PHOENIX (AP) — Deandre Ayton was the hero as the Phoenix Suns took a two-game-to-none lead in the NBA's Western Conference Finals. Ayton jammed an alley-oop pass from Jae Crowder with 0.7 seconds left to give the Suns a 104-103 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns were down one with 0.9 seconds left when Crowder lofted a high pass on an out-of-bounds play on the baseline. After Ayton's winning slam, the referees spent about a minute reviewing the play before ruling the basket was good. The Suns were led by Cameron Payne, who

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NBA-DRAFT LOTTERY Pistons get top pick NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit Pistons fans finally have something to celebrate after the team finished with the NBA's second-worst record during the regular season. The Pistons have won the NBA Draft lottery and will have the first pick next month. Detroit just recorded a 20-52 record that was the worst in the Eastern Conference and 14 wins away from a playoff berth. If the Pistons keep the pick, it’ll be the first time they select No. 1 overall since taking Bob Lanier in 1970. Houston will choose second after finishing with the league's worst record.

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MLB SCHEDULE Reds end skid after blowing huge lead UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds managed to end their five-game losing streak despite blowing a five-run lead. Tyler Naquin (NAY'-kwihn) capped his 4-for-4 performance by ripping a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the ninth inning of the Reds' 10-7 win over the Twins in Minnesota. Tucker Barnhart homered and had three RBIs and Jesse Winker hit a two-run double for the Reds. The Twins stormed back from a 7-2 deficit with a five-run eighth against Cincinnati's bullpen before ending a five-game winning streak. Max Kepler hit a two-run

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MLB SCHEDULE Naquin’s 3-run homer in 9th gives Reds 10-7 win over Twins UNDATED (AP) — Tyler Naquin went 4 for 4 with a three-run home run that broke a ninth-inning tie after the ragged Cincinnati bullpen lost a five-run lead. That gave the Reds a 10-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins to stop their five-game losing streak. Amir Garrett got his fourth save in six chances with a scoreless ninth after fellow relievers Art Warren, Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone stumbled through a five-run eighth. The Twins had their season-long five-game winning streak end. MLB-NEWS Indians expect MLB wins

The Latest: Croatia advances, beats Scotland 3-1

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Croatia advanced to the round of 16 at the European Championship by beating Scotland 3-1. Nikola Vlašić, Luka Modrić and Ivan Perišić all scored for the 2018 World Cup finalists. Scotland briefly equalized at 1-1 when midfielder Callum McGregor scored with a long-range shot in the 42nd minute. Scotland finished last in Group D with one point from its three matches. ___ Raheem Sterling scored again at the European Championship and England beat the Czech Republic 1-0 to win Group D. Jack Grealish drove down the left and chipped the ball

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NBA PLAYOFFS Phoenix hosts Clippers in Game 2 PHOENIX (AP) — After losing the opening game of the NBA Western Conference finals to the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Clippers are looking to bounce back tonight in Game 2 in Phoenix. Los Angeles fell behind 2-0 against both the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz in the first two rounds. The Clippers roared back to beat the Mavericks in 7 and the Jazz in 6. The Suns will again be without 11-time All-Star Chris Paul. He's been in the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols since last Wednesday. The Clippers are still dealing with their own

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NBA PLAYOFFS Phoenix hosts Clippers in Game 2 PHOENIX (AP) — After losing the opening game of the NBA Western Conference finals to the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Clippers are looking to bounce back tonight in Game 2 in Phoenix. Los Angeles fell behind 2-0 against both the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz in the first two rounds. The Clippers roared back to beat the Mavericks in 7 and the Jazz in 6. The Suns will again be without 11-time All-Star Chris Paul. He's been in the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols since last Wednesday. The Clippers are still dealing with their own

The Latest: Handshakes are fine for Sweden, but no hugs

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Handshakes are fine but no hugs. That’s what Sweden’s players have been told about their post-match conduct in the wake of two England players needing to isolate after coming into close contact with an opponent who ended up having the coronavirus. Sweden plays Poland at the European Championship on Wednesday and coach Janne Andersson says “we want to make sure we are not faced with those situations and potentially get COVID.” Andersson says “we don’t think hugs are a good idea but we think you can do a handshake if you wash your hands

The Latest: Wijnaldum to wear OneLove armband at Euro 2020

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Georginio Wijnaldum will wear a captain’s armband emblazoned with the text “OneLove Football Unites” when the Netherlands plays in the round of 16 at the European Championship in Budapest on Sunday. Wijnaldum says the team wants “to emphasize that we stand for inclusivity and connection. We are against any form of exclusion and discrimination.” The Dutch soccer federation made no mention of Hungary’s National Assembly last week approving a bill against sharing LGBT content with minors. Human rights groups have denounced the measure. The

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NBA PLAYOFFS Phoenix hosts Clippers in Game 2 PHOENIX (AP) — After losing the opening game of the NBA Western Conference finals to the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Clippers are looking to bounce back tonight in Game 2 in Phoenix. Los Angeles fell behind 2-0 against both the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz in the first two rounds. The Clippers roared back to beat the Mavericks in 7 and the Jazz in 6. The Suns will again be without 11-time All-Star Chris Paul. He's been in the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols since last Wednesday. The Clippers are still dealing with their own

The Latest: British government to allow more fans at Wembley

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ The British government says more than 60,000 fans will be allowed into the semifinals and final of the European Championship at Wembley Stadium. No details have been provided yet on how fans from overseas can attend without having to quarantine after flying into London. The government had already agreed to increase the current group-stage capacity of about 22,000 to at least 40,000 for one game in the round of 16 game and the final three matches of the Euro 2020 tournament at the 90,000-seat stadium. Now Wembley will be allowed to be at

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NHL-ISLANDERS-LIGHTNING Stamkos, Vasilevskiy pace Lightning’s 8-0 rout of Islanders TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist and Andrei Vasilevskiy notched his fourth career playoff shutout, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning rout the New York Islanders 8-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinal series. The defending NHL champions improved to 13-0 in games following a postseason loss since launching their 2020 title run and will take a 3-2 series lead over the Islanders into Game 6 of their best-of-7 matchup Wednesday night in Uniondale, New York. Brayden Point had a goal

The Latest: Mount, Chilwell to isolate for 10 days

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ England says players Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will continue isolating until Monday. The 10-day isolation comes after they came into contact with Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour at Wembley Stadium after Friday’s game. England says the decision to extend the isolation followed talks with health authorities. They will train alone. ___ Some Spain players were not happy with criticism from former Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. Van der Vaart is a commentator for a Dutch television channel at the European Championship and

The Latest: Spain players respond to Dutch criticism

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Some Spain players were not happy with criticism from former Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. Van der Vaart is a commentator for a Dutch television channel at the European Championship and reportedly criticized Spain for its poor performances at the tournament. Spanish media quoted him as saying that the team was “horrible” and only “passes the ball from one side to the other.” Van der Vaart was a former Real Madrid and Real Betis player. He was a member of the Dutch team that lost to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final. Spain

The Latest: UEFA rejects Munich request for rainbow colors

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ UEFA has declined the Munich city council’s application to have its stadium illuminated in rainbow colors for Germany’s final group game against Hungary at the European Championship. The governing body says it understands the intention behind the proposal but it “must decline this request” because of its political context. Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter’s application on behalf of the council made clear that it was to protest a law passed by Hungarian lawmakers last week that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or

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NHL-ISLANDERS-LIGHTNING Stamkos, Vasilevskiy pace Lightning’s 8-0 rout of Islanders TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist and Andrei Vasilevskiy notched his fourth career playoff shutout, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning rout the New York Islanders 8-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinal series. The defending NHL champions improved to 13-0 in games following a postseason loss since launching their 2020 title run and will take a 3-2 series lead over the Islanders into Game 6 of their best-of-7 matchup Wednesday night in Uniondale, New York. Brayden Point had a goal

The Latest: England and Czech Republic meet after advancing

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ England and the Czech Republic both advanced to the round of 16 at the European Championship a day before their match. Results in other groups allowed both to be guaranteed of at least one of the four best third-place spots. The teams will meet at Wembley Stadium in London with no pressure for advancement but with first place in Group D on the line. Scotland or Croatia can join them in the round of 16 with a victory. They both have one point from their opening two matches and will play each other at Hampden Park in Glasgow. ___ More AP

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