NBA Finals Game 3 ratings up 22 percent from last year
CLEVELAND (AP) — Game 3 of the NBA Finals drew 20.5 million viewers on ABC, an increase of 22 percent from last season.
Golden State's 118-113 victory over Cleveland was the closest game of the series and the most-watched Game 3 ever on ABC, according to Nielsen numbers announced Thursday.
The overall ratings for the series, the first time the same two teams have played in three straight Finals, are the highest since 1998, when Michael Jordan won his last championship. It is averaging 20 million viewers, up 11 percent from 2016.
Raiders, UNLV still working on deal to use planned stadium
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are still working on an agreement that would allow the football team of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to play at their planned stadium in Sin City.
The public entity overseeing the $1.9 billion plan for the Raiders' future home in Las Vegas on Thursday addressed a long list of preliminary issues that the NFL team and the school are still negotiating. A draft of the agreement was not presented at the meeting of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board.
Some of the issues under discussion include scheduling, UNLV signage and rent.
Nevada lawmakers and others criticized a draft of a document released earlier this year was that called for the Raiders to sign off on any field markings and use of the stadium for any college football games.
Body of former NFL player found in Indiana river
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say former NFL wide receiver James Hardy has been found dead in a river in northeast Indiana.
The Allen County Coroner's Office says the 31-year-old's body was identified Thursday, but that the cause and manner of death are still being investigated.
The coroner says the former Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens player was reported missing a few weeks ago by relatives. His body was discovered Wednesday in the Maumee River in Fort Wayne.
The former Indiana University star was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Bills. A series of injuries limited him to 16 games over two seasons in Buffalo. He also played for Baltimore before being released in 2011.
Police say an employee of Fort Wayne's water filtration plant discovered his body.
Sharks sign goalie Troy Grosenick to 2-year deal
SAN JOSE (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have re-signed goalie Troy Grosenick to a two-year contract extension.
General manager Doug Wilson announced on Monday the deal to keep the AHL's top goaltender from the past season under contract. Grosenick had been eligible to be an unrestricted free agent in July.
The 27-year-old Grosenick ranked second in the AHL with 30 wins, tied for second with a .926 save percentage and was third in goals against average at 2.04. He also had a league-leading 10 shutouts.
In 2014-15, Grosenick became the first Sharks goalie to record a shutout in his NHL debut by making 45 saves against Carolina on Nov. 16. He went 1-1 with a .948 save percentage and 1.53 goals-against average for San Jose that season.
4 share lead after 1st round at St Jude Classic
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Every, Scott Brown, Stuart Cink and Sebastian Munoz each shot 6-under 64s on Thursday to share the lead after one round at the St. Jude Classic.
Charl Schwartzel and Matt Jones were each one stroke back at the final tuneup before the U.S. Open.
Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and Chez Reavie each shot a 66 on the par-70 TPC Southwind course.
The 33-year-old Every has two wins on the PGA Tour, but none since 2014. He's only made two cuts this year and hasn't finished better than a tie for 62nd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
US women score in 2nd half, beat Sweden 1-0
Rose Lavelle scored in the second half, lifting the U.S. women to a 1-0 victory over Sweden in a friendly on Thursday night.
A perfectly timed run from the midfield by Crystal Dunn led to a through-ball for Lavelle inside the 18-yard box. Lavelle, 22, calmly put it home in the 56th minute for her second international goal in her fifth international appearance.
"I pulled out wide, Crystal popped in that pocket, and Crystal was running out the backline and laid an awesome ball to me and I hit it with my right foot," Lavelle said of the goal. "When I got the ball, I was debating should I play it across the face of the goal or should I shoot it. I decided to be a little selfish.
"It was a good choice this time."
Earlier, Dunn had a semi-breakaway, but her shot was saved by Hilda Carlen.
In the match at Goteborg, Sweden, Alyssa Naeher got the shutout, with lots of help from Allie Long. Sweden had a dangerous chance in the 44th minute when Caroline Seger got free in the box. Her shot from the left side of the penalty area looked to be going wide before it was blocked by Long. The ball bounced over sliding goalkeeper Naeher, but Long recovered to sweep the ball off goal line.
"It feels good coming in, getting a game against a good opponent," Naeher said. "I am happy with it."
The United States is 21-6-11 against Sweden, including 3-0-0 in Sweden.
"To travel this far and get a result, sometimes those games you dominate and some you don't," coach Jill Ellis said. "And sometimes you just have to find a way to win, and I think we did that tonight.
"A lot of great lessons."
The women will play Norway on Sunday to finish their two-game trip.