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Cavaliers make Irving No. 1 pick; Timberwolves take Williams No. 2 17

Posted: June 24, 2011 10:29 AM ; Updated: June 24, 2011 10:31 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Kyrie Irving headed to Cleveland as the No. 1 pick minutes after the NBA draft started.

Jimmer Fredette had to wait hours to officially become a member of the Sacramento Kings.

Plenty other players, from veterans to picks, were on the move Thursday night in a draft that was considered a dud talent-wise but certainly wasn't dull.

There was no chance the Cavs would deal Irving, confident his foot is healthy enough to lead the rebuilding effort that follows LeBron James' departure.

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U.S. beats Panama to advance to Gold Cup final 5

Posted: June 23, 2011 10:26 AM ; Updated: June 23, 2011 10:28 AM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Clint Dempsey struck again, and the United States is back in the Gold Cup final for the fourth straight time.

Dempsey scored in the 77th minute off an assist from Landon Donovan, and the Americans earned a 1-0 victory over Panama in the semifinals Wednesday night, avenging a stunning loss in group play.

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Boston Bruins win Stanley Cup, beat Vancouver 4-0 31

Posted: June 16, 2011 9:55 AM ; Updated: June 24, 2011 10:30 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- While the Boston Bruins beelined across the ice to mob him at the buzzer, Tim Thomas tapped both goalposts, sank to his knees and rubbed the ice in front of his empty goal.

Thomas drew a virtual line in his crease throughout these crazy, contentious Stanley Cup finals, and Boston's brilliant goalie just wouldn't allow the Vancouver Canucks to cross it whenever it really mattered. After 39 years without a championship, the Bruins ripped the Cup - and several thousand hearts - out of a Canadian city that has waited four decades itself for one sip.

Thomas was just too good, and the Bruins are the NHL's best.

The Cup is headed back to the Hub of Hockey.

The 37-year-old Thomas made 37 saves in the second shutout of his landmark finals performance, Patrice Bergeron and rookie Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece, and the Bruins beat the Canucks 4-0 Wednesday night to win their first NHL championship since 1972.

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Bruins batter Luongo's Canucks 5-2, force Game 7 2

Posted: June 14, 2011 10:59 AM ; Updated: June 14, 2011 10:59 AM

BOSTON (AP) -- When Brad Marchand whistled a shot over Roberto Luongo's shoulder early in Game 6, Vancouver's enigmatic goalie looked a bit surprised, a little shaky.

When Milan Lucic trickled another goal through Luongo's legs 35 seconds later, the Boston Bruins could tell Luongo was off - and they were on.

The tension of an elimination game eroded right along with Luongo's poise. With another goal by Andrew Ference moments later, Luongo was history and the Bruins were headed back to Vancouver for the Stanley Cup finals' grand finale.

The Canucks could have raised the Stanley Cup on Monday night, but the Bruins refused to allow a Garden party for the visitors. They even chased Luongo off their home ice in the first period, evening the series with a 5-2 victory.

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Big D: Mavericks top Heat 105-95 for NBA title 28

Posted: June 13, 2011 10:28 AM ; Updated: June 13, 2011 11:16 AM

MIAMI (AP) -- For Dirk Nowitzki, the resume is complete. He's an NBA champion.

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Canucks edge Bruins, move to brink of NHL title 2

Posted: June 12, 2011 11:15 AM ; Updated: June 13, 2011 11:15 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Roberto Luongo went for another walk on the picturesque Vancouver seawall before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals, clearing his mind of criticism and failure while soaking in an anxious city's soothing beauty.

With a peaceful mind, Luongo achieved a small slice of perfection: a shutout in the biggest game of his NHL career.

And when Maxim Lapierre finally managed one goal against Tim Thomas, Luongo's brilliant Boston counterpart, Luongo carried Vancouver to the verge of its first championship Friday night, taking a 3-2 series lead with a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins.

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Mavericks overcome James' triple-double, lead 3-2 4

Posted: June 10, 2011 9:12 AM ; Updated: June 10, 2011 9:12 AM

DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki waited five long years for that elusive third victory over Miami, yet there was only a short celebration when it finally came.

He briefly thrust both arms in the air, a sea of blue screaming around him, but then quickly walked off the floor.

To Nowitzki, the real party can't come until next week.

"There's really nothing to celebrate," he said. "We're going in there Sunday swinging, like we did today, from the jump, and hopefully steal one Sunday."

And now it really is "now or never" for LeBron James and the Miami Heat .

Nowitzki scored 29 points, driving for the go-ahead dunk with 2:45 remaining, and the Mavericks beat the Heat 112-103 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead.

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