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Miami opens Finals off, and Nikola Jokic reminds us of just how thoroughly he resurrected the Denver franchise
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Peter Abraham | On Baseball
If the Red Sox lose a resurgent Chris Sale again, where does the rotation go from here?
Sale was 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA over his last four starts, until Thursday spelled trouble for the lefthander once more. 2 hours ago
WNBA | SUN 89, LYNX 84
Alyssa Thomas smashes franchise assist record in Connecticut Sun victory
Thomas passed Lindsay Whalen’s single-game mark of 13 for the team record before finishing two shy of Courtney Vandersloot’s WNBA record of 18. 2 hours ago
NBA FINALS GAME 1 | NUGGETS 104, HEAT 93
Denver makes it look easy against Miami in NBA Finals opening victory
Denver trailed for all of 34 seconds and eventually led by as many as 24 in winning the franchise's first-ever NBA Finals game in 47 years.
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Chris Cannuscio helps Marblehead hold off furious rally by Somerville in preliminary-round win of Division 2 baseball tournament
The junior righthander roared triumphantly after striking out the final batter to seal a 13-11 win for the No. 29 Magicians (13-8) over No. 36 Somerville (10-11).
Tom Brady talks about returning to Foxborough, his current relationship with Bill Belichick
"I’ve always felt like I’ve been a member of that organization," Brady said of the Patriots.
Red Sox 8, Reds 2
Red Sox break out in eighth to avoid being swept by Reds, but Chris Sale exits with sore pitching shoulder
Kiké Hernández belted solo homer in the seventh inning that put the Sox ahead, 2-1. He later added a two-run single in the Sox’ six-run eighth.
Max Scherzer rips into pitch clock, says umpires want discretion to ‘allow the game to be normal’
Scherzer had praised the clock earlier this season for eliminating dead time, but declared "Why do we have to be so anal about this?" when the between-innings clock denied him a final warmup pitch on Thursday.