Brown expecting to coach Warriors in Game 1
OAKLAND (AP) — Mike Brown planned to coach Game 1 of the NBA Finals as expected for the Golden State Warriors, with Steve Kerr likely watching again from behind the scenes as he deals with continued complications following back surgery nearly two years ago.
Brown addressed the media pregame and said he hadn't spoken yet to Kerr.
"I imagine I'm going to coach until Steve tells me he's ready," Brown said. "That's kind of how I look at it. I know he wanted to if he could try to coach Game 1 tonight."
The 51-year-old Kerr had left open the possibility he might feel well enough to return to the bench by Thursday's opener against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. Yet he hadn't felt well enough in the previous days to feel like he was ready.
Kerr hasn't coached Golden State — 12-0 heading into its third straight Finals against LeBron James and the Cavs — since Game 2 of the first round against Portland. He underwent a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but said he is still ailing and in debilitating pain.
Oakland Raiders select broadcast partners in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have selected the team's official broadcast partners in Las Vegas.
The team announced a FOX affiliate and radio stations owned by Beasley Media Group will carry exclusive Raiders content and coverage.
KVVU-TV will hold the television rights for the Raiders starting in 2017 and running through 2019. The station will air all Raiders preseason games not televised by a national network. It will also broadcast a weekly show with exclusive player and coach interviews.
Beasley's 102.7 The Coyote, KCYE-FM and KDWN-720 AM will cover preseason and regular-season games beginning this year.
The Raiders plan to relocate to a yet-to-be-built stadium in Las Vegas in 2020. Their proposed 65,000-seat domed stadium will be located near the Las Vegas Strip, west of the Mandalay Bay casino-resort.
49ers sign cornerback Will Davis to 1-year contract
SANTA CLARA (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have signed cornerback Will Davis to a one-year deal.
The 49ers waived receiver Rashad Ross on Thursday to make room on the roster.
Davis was originally drafted by Miami in the third round in 2013. He played 17 games for the Dolphins before being traded to Baltimore in September 2015. He played five games with the Ravens the past two seasons before being waived in November.
Ross was originally signed by the 49ers to a reserve/future contract in January.
Cardinals 2, Dodgers 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy and pitched six innings of four-hit ball, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Thursday for a four-game split.
Wainwright (6-3) struck out six and walked two, pitching out of two-on, one-out jams in the fourth and fifth, and extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings. Matt Bowman, Trevor Rosenthal and Seung Hwan Oh pitched an inning each to complete a five-hitter. Oh threw a one-hit ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Wainwright followed Paul Dejong's second-inning single with a drive over the left-field bullpen for his 10th career homer. Wainwright has six hits and seven RBIs this season.
McCarthy (5-2) gave up seven hits in four innings, struck out six and walked one.
Indians 8, Athletics 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched six shutout innings and struck out 10 in his first start since May 2, and Cleveland scored four runs during a strange sixth inning to beat Oakland.
Kluber (4-2) had been sidelined with a strained lower back, an injury that kept Cleveland's ace sidelined for a month. Despite the long layoff, however, Kluber looked like his dominant self, allowing just two hits and recording his 26th career double-digit strikeout game.
The Indians scored four runs — three unearned — off Jharel Cotton (3-6) in the wild sixth. The game was momentarily delayed when sprinklers in left field went on automatically.
Jharel Cotton (3-6) allowed five runs, one earned, and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out four.