Sports News for Thursday June 9, 2016

>>Cavs Clobber Warriors In Game Three


(Cleveland, OH)  —  There won’t be a sweep in the NBA Finals.  The Cavaliers clobbered the Warriors, 120-90, in Game Three last night.  Cleveland cut Golden State’s lead in the best-of-seven series in half with the win.  LeBron James scored 32 points for the Cavs, who host Game Four on Friday.


>>ITF Bans Maria Sharapova For Two Years


(London)  —  Tennis star Maria Sharapova won’t be seeing the court for the foreseeable future.  The International Tennis Federation has banned Sharapova for two years after a failed drug test earlier this year.  The five-time Grand Slam winner said on Facebook she will appeal the suspension.


>>Nats Smoke Sox In Shields’ Debut


(Chicago, IL)  —  The Nationals ambushed James Shields in his White Sox debut and coasted to an 11-4 win in Chicago.  Shields was shelled for seven runs and eight hits in only two-plus innings to take the loss in his first start since being acquired last weekend.


>>Cardinals Thump Reds


(Cincinnati, OH)  —  A trio of Cardinals homered as St. Louis thumped the Reds, 12-7, at the Great American Ball Park.  Matt Adams, Brandon Moss, and Jhonny Peralta each drove in three runs and scored twice for the Cardinals, who have won three of four.  Matt Bowman picked up the first win of his career by striking out the only batter he faced.


>>Lackey Dominates As Cubs Crush Phillies


(Philadelphia, PA)  —  John Lackey combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as the Cubs crushed the Phillies 8-1 at Citizens Bank Park.  Lackey struck out eight while allowing just three hits and no walks over seven innings to move to 7-and-2.  Javier Baez went 4-for-4 with three RBI and Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist both homered as Chicago took two-of-three in the series.


>>Pens Look To Close Out Sharks


(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  The Stanley Cup could be hoisted tonight in Pittsburgh.  The Penguins will look to close out the Sharks when they host Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final.  The Pens can capture their first title since 2009 with a victory.


>>Colts, Luck Working On Extension


(Indianapolis, IN)  —  The Colts and quarterback Andrew Luck are working towards a contract extension.’s Ian Rappoport reports Luck is likely aiming for a deal that makes him the highest paid player in league history.  Luck is due to make 16.1-million dollars in 2016.  Colts owner Jim Irsay said yesterday he’d be surprised if the contract wasn’t done before the start of training camp.


>>Exaggerator 9-to-5 Favorite To Win Belmont Stakes


(Belmont, NY)  —  Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator is the early favorite for Saturday’s running of the Belmont Stakes.  The three-year-old colt will break from gate 11 in the 12-horse field and is the 9-to-5 choice to win the final leg of the Triple Crown.  Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not race.

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