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Golden State Warriors sweep Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 for NBA championship title

The Golden State Warriors won their second straight NBA title Friday night, 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

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Stephen Curry scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and a triple-double.

Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors were not going to be denied and won the fourth straight finals matchup against Cleveland with ease.

The Warriors sweep might drive Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James from his home again to chase championships.

>>Read: Would LeBron James leave the Cleveland Cavaliers?

James finished Game 4 with 23 points.

He walked off the court with over 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter and did not stay to shake hands with the other players.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Would LeBron James leave the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Update June 9, 12:30 AM EST: Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James took a seat with about 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter Friday night, indicating he would not finish Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Golden State won its third NBA title in four years with a 108-85 victory. 

James scored 23 points in a losing effort. The Cleveland crowd could be heard shouting “MVP” in the background as James went to the bench.

Original story: LeBron James has some tough choices to make after the 2018 NBA Finals.

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James, 33, can sign as a free agent after July 1, or opt into a final season of his current Cleveland contract, the New York Times reports.

>>Read: Golden State Warriors sweep Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 for NBA championship title

The odds that the Akron, Ohio, native will stay with Cleveland are tough.

The Cavaliers trail the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals 3-0, a lead that has never been overcome in the NBA.

During this season’s playoffs, James accounted for nearly a third of his team’s box-score statistics: points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots. 

No player has contributed a higher share of his team’s playoff output.

The Akron native has a strong family base and runs a nonprofit organization called The LeBron James Family Foundation, which helps needy children in his hometown area.

Those ties may be enough to resist the opportunity to switch teams, but James’ numbers show he may be ready to move on.

He has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player four times (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and has been to the NBA All-Star Game every year since 2005.

Nicknamed “King James,” James has been named the NBA Finals MVP three times, in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

He is the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points.

As of June 2017 LeBron James’ net worth is $86 million, according to Forbes magazine.

NBA Finals Game 4: Cavaliers vs. Warriors schedule, odds, predictions

The 2018 NBA Finals could be over Friday night if the Golden State Warriors complete their sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4.

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History books say the series is about finished - an NBA team has never recovered from a 3-0 deficit. 

Here is how to watch Game 4 of the NBA Finals, odds and series schedule:

Who: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

What: Game 4, NBA Finals

When: Friday, June 8, 2018

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

Time: 9 p.m. EST


Livestream: WatchESPN

Line: Warriors -4.5

Over/under: 216

2018 NBA Finals Game 4 Updated Series Odds

BetOddsG4 SpreadGSW -5G4 MoneylineGSW -185, CLE +160G4 Total215SeriesGSW -20000, CLE +4000

Odds via BetDSI Sportsbook

2018 NBA Finals series schedule:

Game 1 from Oakland: Thursday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET, ABC (Warriors 124, Cavaliers 114)

Game 2 from Oakland: Sunday, June 3, 8 p.m. ET, ABC (Warriors 122, Cavaliers 103)

Game 3 from Cleveland: Wednesday, June 6, 9 p.m. ET, ABC (Warriors 110, Cavaliers 102)

Game 4 from Cleveland: Friday, June 8, 9 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 5* from Oakland: Monday, June 11, 9 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 6* from Cleveland: Thursday, June 14, 9 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 7* from Oakland: Sunday, June 17, 8 p.m. ET, ABC

*if necessary

Capitals' T.J. Oshie shares Stanley Cup with dad, who has Alzheimer's

T.J. Oshie had a memorable run during the Stanley Cup playoffs with eight goals and 13 assists in 24 games. But the veteran forward’s most treasured memory was sharing the Stanley Cup with his father after the Capitals won pro hockey’s most prestigious trophy Thursday night.

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After the Capitals’ 4-3 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 sealed the first Stanley Cup in the franchise’s 44-year history, Oshie found his father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and gave him a bearhug, WBAL reported.

Tim Oshie nurtured his son’s love of hockey as a coach in Everett, Washington. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago and his memory is sometimes cloudy, WBAL reported.

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"My dad, he doesn't remember a lot of stuff these days," T.J. Oshie, 31, told WBAL. "He remembers enough. But I tell you what, he's here tonight. I don't know where he's at, but this one will stick with him forever. You can guarantee that."

>> DC deputy mayor writes tardy note for joyous Capitals fans

Oshie found his father moments later, and the two savored the biggest win of his career.

DC deputy mayor writes tardy note for joyous Capitals fans

Washington Capitals fans had plenty of reasons to celebrate late Thursday. The team's 4-3 victory in Game 5 gave the franchise its first Stanley Cup in the 44-year history of the team.

>> Read more trending newsFor those fans who celebrated late into the night, D.C. Deputy Mayor Keith Donahue wrote a tongue-in-cheek tardy note for Friday, WRC reported.Donahue tweeted a note signed by the DC Government that fans can fill out and present to their employer, WRC reported. 

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However, it is not a real note.

The note says that "Due to the #ALLCAPS victory last night, your valued employee was Rocking the Red and being DCProud well past a reasonable hour."The note also puts in a request for a sick day in advance of the victory parade in honor of the Capitals' first NHL crown, WRC reported.

Soccer team members help save Georgia man after massive heart attack

Peter Jones had just started playing soccer in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park when he suddenly felt unusually winded and tired. The 35-year-old looked toward the sidelines and raised his hand to call for another player to sub in.

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That was when the lights went out. 

Teammate Taylor Tyger watched him fall gracefully to the ground. She took it as a joke, just him being dramatic as usual. 

“Get up, it’s not even that hot outside,” she thought playfully that early April evening. Then she got close enough to see him frothing at the mouth with his eyes rolled back, and she was filled with terror. 

No one knew it yet, but Jones had suffered cardiac arrest caused by a major heart attack so bad it’s commonly referred to as a “widowmaker.” A lot of things had to go right for him to survive.

Two of the soccer players, who happened to be medical professionals at Emory, sprinted over and began administering CPR to get blood flowing to his brain, but they couldn’t find a pulse. In order to shock his heart back to a normal rhythm, they needed an Automated External Defibrillator. 

AEDs are portable electronic devices that diagnose cardiac irregularities of the heart rhythm and attempt to stop them with defibrillation. They’re equipped with voice instructions so anybody can use them, even without prior training.

When Jones went down on the park’s field, no one in the crowd could immediately find an AED. Then someone thought to check at the nearby Sharon Lester Tennis Center and found one there.

After about four minutes of CPR, Jones’ teammates tore off his jersey, strapped the AED to his chest and shocked him twice. His pulse returned, and he began breathing better on his own. Paramedics arrived minutes later.

Jones came to on a stretcher, oblivious to the chaos that’d just ensued. Tyger recalls him already joking during the ambulance ride: “Did I at least score when I fell over?”

At Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Dr. Christopher Meduri stabilized him and put a stent in an artery -- a procedure that the interventional cardiologist said was “100 percent necessary.” Meduri, who shares Jones’ love of soccer –- they’re both Atlanta United season ticket holders — credits Jones’ teammates for helping save his life. 

“What stood out was Peter’s young age and how incredibly fortunate he was to have teammates there to do good CPR during his cardiac arrest,” Meduri said. “Without that, his chances of survival would have been much worse and further, if he did survive he would have a high chance of permanent brain damage.”

Jones has played with Hotlanta Soccer, a coed LGBT and ally team that plays with leagues such as Atlanta Sport and Social Club, for about a year. His teammates Dr. Payton Reiter and registered nurse Christian van Scherpenseel are the ones who initially administered CPR. 

Reiter said she was grateful she was there for the game and not on call. 

“As an exhausted resident it’s these kind of direct positive impact encounters that remind me why I went into medicine in the first place,” Reiter said. “I'm also grateful that an AED was available because the shocks most likely saved his life.”

Van Scherpenseel also stressed the importance of CPR and access to defibrillators in emergency situations. 

“Nothing can prepare you for when these workplace scenarios unexpectedly occur in public settings,” he said. “But it wouldn't have mattered if I was in a hospital or on a soccer field, my goal was to keep my friend alive.” 

The team started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Jones’ medical bills, with any money collected beyond his needs going toward an organization that would place more AEDs around Atlanta. More than $7,500 of a $15,000 goal has been reached. 

Washington Capitals capture first Stanley Cup

It has been a long wait for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, but they can finally call themselves Stanley Cup champions.

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Lars Eller scored a goal with 7:37 to play in the third period Thursday and Ovechkin also scored earlier to give Washington a 4-3 victory against the expansion Vegas Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals, ESPN reported. After 44 seasons, the Capitals won their first Stanley Cup, and it was the first NHL crown for Ovechkin, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP. Ovechkin scored 15 goals and added 12 assists during the postseason.

The Capitals won their first Stanley Cup after 3,701 games -- regular and postseason -- and 28 postseason appearances, The Washington Post reported.

It is the first title for the Washington area in the four major sports -- NHL, NBA, NFL or Major League Baseball -- since the Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI in January 1992.

"Obviously, this emotion is just unbelievable," Ovechkin told reporters after the game. “I can't imagine what's happening right now back in Washington. It's gonna be so crazy. I'm so happy for team, for our organization. We've been waiting for so long, and finally we got the result and we got the Cup.”

Washington became the second team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after trailing in every round of the playoffs, joining the 1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins, the Post reported. The Capitals also became the fifth team in league history to win 10 road games during the playoffs.

The Capitals debuted in the NHL in 1974-75 and won just eight games that season. Ovechkin, drafted No. 1 in the 2004 NHL draft by Washington, had been frustrated by nine postseason appearances that ended short of the conference final. That ended this season, as the Capitals eliminated Columbus, defending champion Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay to reach the championship round. After losing Game 1 to the expansion Golden Knights, Washington won the next four games to take home Lord Stanley’s Cup.

"At the beginning of the year, we said we weren't going to be second," Ovechkin said.

His prediction came true Thursday night.

Georgia Tech investigation dismisses claim basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted woman

An investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech has found “no credible evidence” to support allegations that its head men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted a fan.

A lawyer hired by Tech issued a lengthy report that the school says exonerated coach Josh Pastner. The coach had been accused by the girlfriend of a former friend of groping and inappropriately touching her numerous times between 2016 and 2017.

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Tech said that Athletic Director Todd Stansbury would be meeting with Pastner to discuss access to the basketball program by outsiders.

Pastner had been coach at the University of Memphis from 2009 before going to Georgia Tech.

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Serena Williams withdraws from French Open due to injury

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open.

USA Today reported that, according to French TV, the the 36-year-old pulled out of the match because of an arm injury.

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Williams recently returned to tennis after giving birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., and marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Williams was due to play against Maria Sharapova in a fourth-round match at the Open. She and her sister, Venus Williams, lost in a doubles match Sunday to Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

“I've had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can't serve,” Williams said at a news conference addressing her withdrawal, according to BBC News.

Williams said her appearance at Wimbledon will depend on her MRI results.

“I’ll have a scan. I won’t know about Wimbledon until I get the results.”

“I’ve never felt this in my life so I don’t really know how to manage it yet, but this is a little different,” Williams said. “I’m clueless as to what to do.”

The injury, Williams said, makes her unable to serve. She said she did not have problems with it before the tournament.

Sports Illustrated reported that Williams also expressed disappointment over the withdrawal because of her time away from her family.

“I’m beyond disappointed,” she said. “I gave up so much from time with my daughter and time with my family all for this moment. So it’s really difficult to be in this situation.”

On her Instagram page, Williams said the withdrawal is “just the beginning,” thanking fans for their support.

“You always live to fight for another chance,” Williams captioned a photo of herself serving at the tournament. “I’ve done a lot of fighting and this is just the beginning. Thank you a for the support. I love you.”

Williams won the French Open in 2002, 2013 and 2015. The French Open was her first major since the 2017 Australian Open.

Dad of late ex-Ohio high school football player sues helmet makers

The father of a former Ohio high school football player who died in 2016 after a seizure led to his drowning has sued the manufacturers of helmets worn by Cody Hamblin.

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Darren Hamblin alleges in a suit filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) suffered by his son while he played at Miamisburg High School led to seizure and death.

The suit names Riddell Sports Group and the parent company of Schutt Sports as defendants. The plaintiffs allege negligence, product liability, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and wrongful death.

Cody Hamblin, 22, died May 29, 2016, in Fayetteville, Ohio, when he was fishing during Memorial Day weekend with his grandfather. He had a sudden seizure while on a boat, fell overboard into the water and died within a minute, according to the suit.

CTE is only determined by postmortem analysis, and an autopsy was performed on Cody Hamblin on June 30, 2016, the suit said.

The court document claims that Hamblin played football from 2001, when he was 8 years old, until 2011 and that he developed brain and neurological damage while using those companies’ helmets.

The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs “did not know the long-term effects of repeat brain injuries, subconcussive hits and cumulative brain trauma and relied on” the defendants to protect them.

“Upon information and belief, there are no specific safety standards for youth sports,” the suit alleges. “In other words, (the companies’) ‘safety standards’ utilized in the design and manufacture of their tackle football helmets fail to differentiate between adult tackle football participants and children tackle football participants, despite the drastic and varying differences between the two.”

“Children possess unique features and vulnerabilities not possessed by fully developed, exceptionally fit adult athletes,” the suit said.

In addition, the suit said children are more vulnerable to head, neck and brain injuries than adults because youth football players’ heads and brains are disproportionately large compared to the rest of their bodies.

The suit cites design defects and that the companies failed to provide necessary and adequate information and made misrepresentations about their products.

The defendants have not yet filed an answer in court.

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