Scene shifts to Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland gets to host an NBA Finals game tonight for the first time since LeBron James and the Cavaliers were swept by San Antonio in 2007.
James has the Cavs tied with Golden State at a game each following a Game 2 victory that was just the Warriors’ fourth loss at home this season.
Historically this is a pivotal game. Of the previous 37 Finals that were tied at a game each, the Game 3 winner has gone on to win the title 31 times.
Cleveland heads into the game having won 26 of its last 28 home games.
James has put the Cavaliers on his back, after Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving have been lost for the season during the playoffs. His 36 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists paced Cleveland in Game 2.
League MVP Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry will be looking to rebound from a 5 of 23 shooting performance in the Warriors’ Game 2 overtime loss.
Blashill gets Red Wings job
DETROIT (AP) — Jeff Blashill has been named the new coach of the Detroit Red Wings, ending a fairly unsuspenseful coaching search that began when Mike Babcock left to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Blashill has coached Detroit’s minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons, and he was an obvious candidate for the Red Wings once Babcock left. Detroit general manager Ken Holland acknowledged right away that he was going to talk to Blashill about the job, but the Griffins made it to the conference finals in the AHL playoffs.
Blashill led Grand Rapids to the Calder Cup in 2013. He says he’d been eyeing the Red Wings’ job since it became clear Babcock’s future was uncertain.
NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
Off day for Lightning, ‘Hawks
CHICAGO (AP) — The Lightning and Blackhawks have the day off in their Stanley Cup final before skating in Game 4 Wednesday night in Chicago.
The Lightning holds a 2-1 lead after its one-goal win Monday.
Palmer returns from ACL surgery
UNDATED (AP) — Carson Palmer is back from a season-ending torn ACL suffered in a game last November. The quarterback took snaps and made throws in 11-on-11 drills on the first day of the Arizona Cardinals’ three-day minicamp.
Palmer admitted to feeling rusty, though he did make some strong and accurate deep throws.
The Cardinals went 11-5 last season and made the playoffs, but with Palmer as the starter they were 6-0.
In other training camp news:
— Muhammad Wilkerson is back with his teammates, even though he’s not happy about his contract situation. The New York Jets defensive end reported for the team’s mandatory minicamp despite still looking for a long-term extension that he expected to be taken care of by now.
— Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman said he was happy to avoid surgery on his injured elbow in the offseason since the procedure likely would have left him sidelined for up to nine months. Sherman initially believed he would need Tommy John surgery on his left elbow after being injured in the NFC Championship game. Surgery is on the back burner for now, according to Sherman.
NFL-NINERS SOCIAL MEDIA
New Niners coach admits being in “Dark Ages”
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Admitting he’s in the “Dark Ages” when it comes to social media, new 49ers coach Jim Tomsula nevertheless will hold a meeting to give guidance about how to be responsible when taking thoughts to Twitter, Instagram or other sites.
“I don’t like it at all. I don’t know anything about it. I don’t do it, I don’t use it, I really don’t want everybody to know where I’m at all the time or what I’m eating,” Tomsula said Tuesday. “I don’t get it, personally. It just so happens every time I do hear about it, it’s not in a good way.”
On May 26, quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk) apologized for posts that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15. Kaepernick had posted a photo of submerged cars on Twitter and Instagram and this message: “I warned you the #7torms Coming !!! #Houston.” Kaepernick’s jersey number is 7.
Elsewhere around the NFL;
— Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and defensive end Antonio Smith were absent from Denver’s mandatory minicamp. Thomas is boycotting the Broncos’ offseason program after the team placed its $12.8 million franchise tag on him. Smith is absent while prosecutors in Texas investigate a criminal complaint against him.
Unbeaten Shields pitches for Padres
UNDATED (AP) — James Shields takes a 7-0 record into his start for San Diego against Atlanta as part of tonight’s major league schedule. Shields is off to the best start for a Padres pitcher since Andy Hawkins was 11-0 in 1985. But winning against the Braves has been a problem. He is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA in two career starts against the Braves — both with Tampa Bay, most recently in 2012.
Major league home run leader Bryce Harper and the Nationals face the streaking Yankees. AL East leading New York has won six in row. The slumping Nationals look to Max Scherzer to break them out of their slide that has seen them lose eight of 10 to drop a half game back of the Mets for first in the NL East. Scherzer takes a 6-4 record and 1.85 ERA into the start.
Toronto’s Chris Colabello has the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 18 games. He’ll try to extend it when Mark Buehrle (BUR’-lee) and Toronto take a six-game winning streak into their matchup with the Marlins and Dan Haren. Buehrle is 7-4, Haren is 6-2.
AL West leading Houston turns to Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kehl) to break them out of a five-game losing streak when they take on the White Sox in Chicago. He’s 7-1 with a 1.85 ERA.
Michael Wacha takes an 8-1 record and 2.18 ERA into his start for the Cardinals against the Rockies in Colorado. Wacha leads the majors with six road wins this season.
There is a full 15-game schedule in the majors.
Soriano gets minor league deal from Cubs…Holliday on DL
CHICAGO (AP) — Free-agent reliever Rafael Soriano has agreed to a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and would get s $4.1 million, one-year deal if added to the major league roster.
A 35-year-old right-hander, Soriano has 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 585 major league appearances. His deal, which includes $4 million in performance bonuses, was announced on Tuesday.
The contract could lead to a reunion for Soriano and Joe Maddon, who was the manager in Tampa Bay when the right-hander had 45 saves for the Rays in 2010. Soriano has three seasons with at least 40 saves.
In other baseball:
__The St. Louis Cardinals have placed left fielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain suffered Monday night. The Cardinals recalled right-hander Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Memphis.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-IOWA STATE-PROHM
Prohm takes over at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Steve Prohm has been introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at Iowa State, replacing the enormously popular Fred Hoiberg, who took the Chicago Bulls job last week.
The 40-year old Prohm left Murray State where he won 104 games in four seasons.
He inherits a Cyclones roster that is perhaps the most talented roster in school history and is expected to contend for a national championship.
Pitino gets extension at Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has extended men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino’s contract four years through the 2025-26 season.
The Cardinals have reached the NCAA Tournament regional final five times in the past eight years. That stretch includes the 2012 Final Four and the school’s third national championship the following year.
The 62-year old Pitino is the first coach to win NCAA titles at two schools, having previously won with Kentucky in 1996. He is 368-126 in 14 seasons at Louisville and 722-254 in 30 seasons overall.
The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee had seven years remaining on his current contract.
ROME (AP) — Police in northern Italy say Argenine businessman Alejandro Burzaco, who was indicted by U.S. authorities in connection to the FIFA corruption case, has turned himself in.
A Bolzano police official tells The Associated Press that Burzaco turned himself in this morning. He was with an Italian and Spanish-speaking lawyer.
Police say Burzaco was “searched for across the world” after being named, along with two other Argentines, in the U.S. indictment.
Burzaco is the president of a sports marketing company.