Update on the latest in sports:


Rest for the weary

CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time in NBA Finals history the first two games of a best of seven series have taken overtime to decide. Cleveland won Game 2 Sunday night to even things up with the next two games on the Cavaliers’ home court. Game 3 will be played Tuesday night, with Game 4 on Thursday.

A stifling defense pretty much shut down league MVP Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry in the second game while once again LeBron James dominated with 39 points, just days after scoring 44 in the opener.


Game 3 tonight

CHICAGO (AP) — The third game of the Stanley Cup Final is taking place this evening in Chicago. The visiting Lightning won the second game in Tampa, tying up the best of seven series at 1-1. Following this evening’s contest the fourth game will be in Chicago Wednesday night.

A big question surrounding tonight’s game is will Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop play, and if so, how much? He left midway through the third period of Game 2 and returned for a brief stretch and then left for good. There has been no word from the Lightning on why Bishop left. Coach Jon Cooper says he could be available for Game 3.


Light schedule of action

UNDATED (AP) — There are only eight games being played in Major League Baseball this evening, and who would have thought that the top game would feature the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals? When the season began, not many people gave the Twins much of a chance of being competitive, let alone a first place team, but that’s where they reside, a game up on the second place Royals in the American League Central.

Minnesota enters the game with a record of 33-23 while the Royals are 31-23. The pitching matchup has two four game winners, Jason Vargas for the Royals against Phil Hughes.

The red hot Pirates are home this evening to Milwaukee. The Bucs won five of six and 13 of 16.

The rest of the card has Miami playing at Toronto, the Reds home to the Phillies, San Diego at Atlanta, the White Sox hosting the Astros, St. Louis in Denver to play the Rockies and the Dodgers home to the Diamondbacks.


U.S. starts play

WINNIPEG (AP) — The U.S. entry in the Women’s World Cup starts tournament play this evening with a Group D match against Australia. The Americans have competed at every World Cup since the women’s tournament started in 1991 and won the championship twice. Four years ago the American squad got as far as the final before losing to Japan on penalty kicks.

An expanded field of 24 teams is competing in the month long tournament being played in six Canadian cities. It concludes on July 5 with the championship match in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tonight’s game is in Winnipeg.


Convicted Olympic murder may get house arrest

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African prison officials have recommended that Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR’-ee-uhs) be released from prison on Aug. 21 to go under house arrest. The acting commissioner of Correctional Services says that a prison committee has recommended Pistorius be released from the prison in Pretoria after serving one sixth of his five-year sentence, or 10 months, for the shooting death of his girlfriend. A decision by the parole board is pending.