Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — They are defending champions and decided underdogs.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, however, say they aren't using any snubs to get ready for the NBA Finals.
Set for a third straight championship matchup against Golden State, the Cavs are ignoring the Las Vegas odds makers and others who don't think they have a shot at beating Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant & Co.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue doesn't feel his team needs the underdog label for inspiration, saying being in the NBA Finals is "enough motivation alone."
Kevin Love was reminded that Warriors forward Draymond Green said earlier this season that he wants to "destroy and annihilate" the Cavs in the Finals. Says Love said: "He wanted us, and he has us starting next Thursday."
Angels star Trout sprains left thumb at Miami
MIAMI (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has sprained his left thumb stealing a base and is out of the game.
There was no immediate word on whether Trout would miss more time. X-rays were negative Sunday.
Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game and took the field in the bottom of the inning, but was replaced in the sixth.
Trout, the reigning American League MVP, was 0 for 2 when he departed. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337. He has 16 home runs, tied for the major league lead with Aaron Judge of the Yankees.
Cueto bounces back as Giants top Braves 7-1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched six strong innings and Brandon Crawford drove in three runs as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-1 on Sunday.
Cueto (5-4) bounced back from his roughest stretch as a Giant. The two-time All-Star was 0-3 with a 4.33 ERA in his previous four starts.
The Giants won their third straight home series and posted their 11th victory in 18 games overall.
Crawford's two-run single highlighted a four-run second against R.A. Dickey (3-4).
Utley, McCarthy lead Dodgers over Cubs 5-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chase Utley drove in three runs with a pair of two-out singles, and Brandon McCarthy and Ross Stripling combined on a three-hitter that led the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Chicago Cubs 5-0 Saturday for their eighth win in 10 games.
Chicago has been shut out in three consecutive road games and held scoreless in four of its last six games away from Wrigley Field, scoring five runs in that span. The Cubs have not scored in 29 consecutive road innings, including a 3-0 defeat to St. Louis on May 14, and a 4-0 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night.
McCarthy (5-1) allowed two-out singles to Ian Happ in the fourth and Addison Russell in the fifth. He struck out six and walked one, winning his second straight start and lowering his ERA to 3.28.
12 referees selected to officiate NBA Finals
NEW YORK (AP) — Danny Crawford has been chosen to officiate his 23rd NBA Finals, making him the most experienced of the 12 referees selected for the series.
John Goble was the lone first-time selection Tuesday when the NBA announced the referees who would work the series beginning Thursday between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Mike Callahan was selected for his 14th NBA Finals, Ken Mauer his 12th and Scott Foster his 10th. Monty McCutchen, Derrick Stafford, Tony Brothers, James Capers, Marc Davis, Ed Malloy and Zach Zarba round out the staff. Each has been picked at least four times.
The officials were selected by NBA Referee Operations management based on their postseason performance. Referees were evaluated after each round to determine advancement.
Crawford has officiated 33 NBA Finals games and Callahan 18.
Tom Washington and Sean Wright are the alternates for the series.
UCLA creates $1M in Jackie Robinson scholarships
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA is creating $1 million worth of scholarships in the name of Jackie Robinson for male athletes in the four sports the baseball Hall of Famer played while attending the school.
The Jackie R. Robinson Centennial Scholars Endowed Scholarships will cover baseball, football, men's basketball and men's track and field.
The school said Tuesday that the $1 million was donated by local philanthropists with the UCLA Chancellor's Centennial Scholars Match providing a 50 percent match.
Robinson attended UCLA from 1939-41. Six years later, he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In 2014, UCLA renamed several recreation and athletic facilities in Robinson's honor and retired his jersey number 42 across all 25 collegiate sports.