LeBron leads Irving-less Cavs…Lundqvist, Nash lift Blueshirts…Goodell to preside in Brady appeal

ATLANTA (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers headed home after beating Atlanta 94-82 to take a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James carried the Cavs while Kyrie Irving sat out with a left knee injury that makes him questionable for Game 3 Sunday in Cleveland. James scored 11 of his 30 points in the third quarter and finished with 11 assists and nine rebounds in the Cavs’ fifth straight win.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots and Rick Nash doubled his postseason goal output as the New York Rangers hammered Tampa Bay 5-1 to knot the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Lundqvist made 16 saves in the second period and blanked the Lightning after Steven Stamkos scored midway through the contest. Nash finished with two goals and an assist, but the game was tied until Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle scored 1:48 apart late in the second period.

NEW YORK (AP) — Several people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) will not withdraw from Tom Brady’s appeal hearing. The New England Patriots quarterback is fighting the four-game suspension he received for his alleged role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. The union asked Goodell to remove himself from the casee because it said he lacked impartiality and that Goodell would be called as a witness.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and cornerback Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a one year contract extension worth $9.5 million, which pushes the total value of his deal to $20 million through 2019. The 28-year-old Scandrick was Dallas’ best cornerback last year but was set to make $1.5 million this season. Under the new deal he will get $4 million this year.

UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school’s academic fraud scandal. In a statement the school’s Chancellor and athletic director said they are reviewing the “lengthy” notice and will release it publicly “as soon as possible” after redactions to comply with privacy laws. The NCAA reopened a probe into academic misconduct last summer connected to the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department.