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SEATTLE — James Paxton continued his impressive month of May, allowing one run in seven innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Minnesota Twins 2-1 Friday night, May 25, at Safeco Field. Paxton (4-1) allowed three hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out 11, the fourth time this season he has reached double-digits. The left-hander improved to 3-0 this month, in which he's had a career-high 16-strikeout game (May 2 vs. Oakland), pitched a no-hitter (May 8 at Toronto) and a three-hitter (May 19 vs. Detroit).
CLEVELAND—LeBron James' 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists Friday night, May 25, carried the Cavaliers to a 109-99 win over the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, tying the Eastern Conference finals at 3-3. Game 7 of the series is Sunday night, May 27, in Boston, with the winner meeting either Houston or Golden State in the NBA Finals. The Rockets take a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Maya Moore canned a 3-pointer with 19.5 seconds left Friday night to give the Minnesota Lynx the lead for good as they edged the New York Liberty 78-72 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y. Sylvia Fowles added two foul shots with 12.9 seconds remaining after Kia Nurse missed a potential game-tying jumper, and Danielle Robinson sealed the outcome by draining two free throws with 1.6 seconds left after Tina Charles' 3-pointer went begging.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Japan's Nasa Hataoka fired a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the LPGA Volvik Championship on the Travis Pointe Country Club track in Ann Arbor, Mich., over Minjee Lee of Australia. North Dakota native and former North Dakota State University golfer Amy Olson and Germany's Caroline Masson, who began the day tied for first, are now tied for 21st after shooting 3 overs.
HOUSTON — Eric Gordon sank two free throws with 2.4 seconds left, and the Houston Rockets eked out a 98-94 victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday, May 24, at the Toyota Center. With the Rockets clinging to a two-point lead, Gordon sealed the victory at the foul line. The Warriors had an opportunity to pull even on their previous possession, but Draymond Green lost the basketball attempting a drive to the basket. Gordon recovered the loose ball.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Americans Danielle Kang and Amy Olson are tied for the lead along with Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn and Germany's Caroline Masson after each shot 6-under-par rounds of 66 during the first round of the Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Thursday, May 24. Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free round during the morning wave at Travis Pointe Country Club, where she was paired with Masson.
A Major League Baseball study has concluded increased home run rates since 2015 are not the result of changes to the structure of the baseball, the league announced Thursday, May 24.
Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Erythropoietin. The suspension is effective immediately, and Castillo is the first White Sox player to be suspended for PEDs since drug testing was implemented in 2004.
The Minnesota Timberwolves duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler were named to the All-NBA Third Team while Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Houston Rockets standout James Harden were unanimous selections to the All-NBA First Team, announced Thursday by the NBA. James is a first-team choice for a record 12th time, while MVP favorite Harden was a unanimous selection for the second straight season.
BOSTON—Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Jaylen Brown added 17 points, Al Horford had 15 points and 12 boards, and both Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart scored 13 for Boston. The Celtics have earned all three of their wins this series at home, where they are 10-0 in the playoffs.