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Chytil scores twice, Rangers rout Lightning 6-2 in Game 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Filip Chytil scored twice in the second period and the New York Rangers routed the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and an assist, Chris Kreider also scored and Alexis Lafrenière and Adam Fox each had two assists to help New York win its franchise-record seventh straight home playoff game. Igor Shesterkin stopped 37 shots. Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay, which had won six straight and was playing for the first time since completing its second-round sweep of Florida on May 23. Game 2 is Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Transformative year: Black coaches now lead 50% of NBA teams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The last 12 months have been a transformative year in the NBA when it comes to diversity among coaches. Eight coaching jobs have been filled by Black candidates. Now, half the league’s franchises have Black head coaches. When teams change head coaches the roster of candidates who should get those jobs starts getting bandied about. In recent years those lists always seemed to include Black candidates. Boston’s Ime Udoka was one of those can’t-miss candidates who still needed years to get an opportunity. And all Udoka did in Year 1 was reach the NBA Finals with the storied franchise.

Warriors, Celtics built Finals teams through draft

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Boston Celtics face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Warriors are making their sixth trip in eight years led by the homegrown core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Celtics made it over the hump this year after losing in the Eastern Conference finals three times in the previous five years. Boston won two Game 7s just to get to this point this season, beating defending champion Milwaukee at home in the second round and winning at Miami in the conference final.

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Cowboys say former running back Marion Barber dead at 38

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys say former running back Marion Barber III has died. He was 38. Barber is fourth in franchise history with 47 rushing touchdowns, even without recording a 1,000-yard rushing season. He played a final season with Chicago in 2011 after spending his first six years with the Cowboys. He had issues with mental health after his career. Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco say they made a welfare check at an apartment “believed to be leased” to Barber and were investigating an unattended death there.

On the hook: Angels’ Trout still fantasy commish, for now

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout says he’s talked to Cincinnati outfielder Tommy Pham and San Francisco outfielder Joc Pederson about their fantasy football dispute. This week, Pham told The Cincinnati Enquirer that Trout is the commissioner of their league. Pham recently was suspended three games by Major League Baseball for slapping Pederson over a dispute in their football competition. Trout playfully said he hasn’t decided whether he will resign as commissioner of the league. He also declined to say whether Pederson had violated league rules with transaction in question. MLB has strict rules about betting involving baseball games, but no rules against other sports as long as the gambling is legal – as in, no bookies.

For Jaylen Brown, NBA Finals is bit of a homecoming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jaylen Brown is starting the NBA Finals on the road. Except it might seem like a homecoming for him, in a couple of ways. Brown plays for the Boston Celtics, who will visit the Golden State Warriors for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals; the series starts Thursday night. But Brown played his one year of college basketball just on the other side of San Francisco Bay at Cal. If that wasn’t enough, one of his teammates with the Bears that season was Nick Kerr — the son of Golden State coach Steve Kerr.

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Donaldson disappointed Yankees didn’t publicly support him

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson was hurt when New York Yankees teammates didn’t back him after he made a remark to White Sox star Tim Anderson about Jackie Robinson that Chicago manager Tony La Russa called racist. Donaldson was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball for making multiple references to Robinson while talking to Anderson on May 21. Donaldson has appealed the discipline. Yankees manager Aaron Boone and slugger Aaron Judge both denounced Donaldson’s comment, which Donaldson said was “tough to hear” because he prides himself on being a good teammate.

Rahm ready to start over and get another chance at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm sees this Memorial as a fresh start. It’s still tempting to think of what could have been last year. He tied the 54-hole record at Muirfield Village. He led by six shots going into the final round. And then he was notified of his positive COVID-19 test that kept him out of the final round. Rahm says he was angry for 10 minutes and then able to laugh about his misfortune. It worked out well for him. Rahm won the U.S. Open two weeks later. It worked out well for Patrick Cantlay, who won the Memorial.

Names listed for Saudi golf league, battle lines drawn

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The first Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational has Dustin Johnson and 12 other PGA Tour members as part of its 48-man field next week outside London. The next move falls to the PGA Tour, which must decide whether to allow them to come back. The Royal Bank of Canada already has said it is dropping Johnson and Graeme McDowell as sponsors. Both are playing the LIV event being held at the same time as the RBC Canadian Open. The big shoe still to drop is whether the PGA Tour allows the players to return to the tour at any time. Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford are going. They says banning players from the tour is not a good look.

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Cleaning up: Pirates beat Dodgers 8-4 for rare sweep in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4. The Pirates completed their first sweep at Dodger Stadium in nearly 22 years. Rodolfo Castro went 2 for 2 with four RBI in three innings and the Pirates’ defense turned four double plays. The NL West-leading Dodgers lost their third in a row for the first time since dropping four straight from May 11-14 against the Pirates and Phillies. They were swept for the first time this season.

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