Update on the latest in sports:


Game 1 for Cavs and Warriors

OAKLAND (AP) — After a long break since the end of the conference finals, the NBA’s championship series starts tonight in Oakland as the Golden State Warriors entertain the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This marks the Warriors first return to the NBA Finals since winning it all in 1975. For the Cavs, it’s their first trip back since losing to the Spurs in 2007. Sports fans in the Bay Area have had a lot more to cheer for over the years than Clevelanders have as the area has seen multiple World Series and Super Bowl championships. For sports fans in Cleveland, the last title of any kind came in 1964 when the Browns beat the Colts for the NFL championship.

On paper, this is a matchup of the current league MVP, Stephen Curry (STEH’-fehn), and past winner, LeBron James. That said, defense, as in the case in every championship series, will probably determine the winner.

The best-of-seven series also features two rookie NBA coaches, Steve Kerr of the Warriors and David Blatt of the Cavaliers.

The Cavs and Warriors split the season series 1-1. For all the talk of Western Conference supremacy this season, the Cavaliers won 14 of their last 15 games against teams from the West.

Following tonight’s opening contest, the series resumes in Oakland Sunday night with Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland next Tuesday and Thursday.


Hops or Chardonnay?

CLEVELAND (AP) — It’s beer versus wine.

That really kind of sums up the two regions vying for the NBA championship as Golden State is facing Cleveland. As is often the case when teams play for a championship, the politicians have laid down a bet. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman from Ohio has wagered a six-pack of Sharpshooter Wheat IPA from Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company, while California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has put up Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the Golden State Warriors’ home state of California.

Beer versus Wine. Ohio and California. Say no more.


Blackhawks take first game

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals was won by visiting Chicago as the Blackhawks beat the Lightning 2-1.

The Blackhawks trailed until Teuvo Teravainen (TAY’-voh tehr-uh-VY’-nuhn) scored with 6:32 left. Then Antoine Vermette (AN’-twahn vuhr-MEHT’) scored the game-winner with 4:34 left.

The Blackhawks are trying for their third Stanley Cup title in the last six years.

Game 2 is Saturday night in Tampa.


Light afternoon schedule

UNDATED (AP) — The American League pitcher of the month for April and May, Houston’s Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kehl), is back on the mound this afternoon as the Astros entertain the Orioles. The left-hander has had an outstanding start to the season with a record of 7-1 and a great earned run average of 1.76

In other day games, the Tigers are looking to snap a six-game losing streak as they entertain the Athletics. The losing skid has dropped the Tigers from first place in the American League Central as they trail the Royals by four games.

The Twins are just percentage points behind the Royals in the AL Central, and this afternoon they are facing the Red Sox in Boston.

A check of the evening portion of the card shows the Royals and Indians wrapping up a three-game set. They’ve split the first two games. The Reds are in Philadelphia, the Rangers are playing host to the White Sox, New York’s Mets are at Arizona, Seattle is home to Tampa Bay, and in a game featuring two first place clubs, the Cardinals are in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. Tonight’s game kicks off a four-game series featuring the two winningest teams in the National League as the Cards are 35-18 and the Dodgers 31-22. Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh), who has won seven of his first eight decisions, is on the mound for the Cardinals while the Dodgers use Carlos Frias.


Day 12

PARIS (AP) — The women’s semifinals are being played today at the French Open in Paris. Top-seed Serena Williams heads the schedule with a match against Timea Bacsinszky (ba-CHIHN’-skee). The matchup presents quite a contrast as Williams has won 19 Grand Slam titles while her opponent is in a Grand Slam semi for the first time.

Williams leads her 66-3 in career titles, making twice as much prize money this year as the Swiss player has in her career.

The other semi has Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH’-noh-vich) of Serbia facing off with Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic. Safarova won the first set 7-5.

American twins Bob and Mike Bryan have advanced to the championship match in men’s doubles. They won their semifinal match with two Italians in straight sets. The Bryans are seeking their 17th Grand Slam title. Mike has a busy day, also teaming with fellow American Bethanie Mattek (MAT’-ihk)-Sands in the mixed doubles semis.