Celtics on the brink of an 18th title, can close out Mavericks in Game 4 of NBA Finals on Friday

DALLAS — It’s over. That’s what the numbers say. There will be a record-setting 18th championship for the Boston Celtics to celebrate soon, maybe very soon. They have a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals, a lead that has never been wasted in any NBA series, ever. The stats are absolute. The Celtics, to their … Read more

Jessica Campbell could be candidate as an assistant in Seattle, new Kraken coach Dan Bylsma says

SEATTLE — New Seattle Kraken coach Dan Bylsma said current Coachella Valley assistant coach Jessica Campbell could be a candidate for a similar position with the NHL club. Bylsma has been the head coach at Coachella Valley for the past two seasons with Campbell as one of his assistants. Bylsma said Campbell and fellow Coachella … Read more

Juventus fires coach Massimiliano Allegri for his outburst toward the refs in the Italian Cup final

TURIN, Italy — Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. The move comes with only two games remaining in Serie A. Allegri lost his cool in stoppage time when he grew angry at a decision, ripped off his jacket and earned a red … Read more

Avs forward Valeri Nichushkin suspended for at least 6 months an hour before Game 4 against Stars

DENVER — Colorado Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin was suspended for at least six months without pay and placed in stage 3 of the league’s player assistance program before Game 4 on Monday night of a second-round series with Dallas. The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association announced the news about an hour … Read more

A jury awards $9 million to a player who sued the US Tennis Association over sexual abuse by a coach

ORLANDO, Fla. — A tennis player was awarded $9 million in damages by a jury in federal court in Florida after accusing the U.S. Tennis Association of failing to protect her from a coach she said sexually abused her at one of its training centers when she was a teenager. The lawsuit, filed by Kylie … Read more

Dallas Mavericks sign coach Jason Kidd to multi-year contract extension

DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd signed a multi-year contract extension with the team on Monday. The Mavericks announced the move a day before opening their second-round playoff series at Oklahoma City. Dallas advanced last week by eliminating the Los Angeles Clippers in six games. The hall of fame point guard, who won an … Read more

Sabres hire Lindy Ruff as coach. He guided Buffalo to the playoffs in 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lindy Ruff has some unfinished business in Buffalo. Some 11 years after being fired as the Sabres’ winningest coach, and following head-coaching stops in Dallas and New Jersey, the 64-year-old Ruff is getting his old job back after being hired by the Sabres on Monday. He takes over a team in the … Read more

Buffalo Sabres fire head coach Don Granato after extending playoff drought to 13th season

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres fired head coach Don Granato on Tuesday, making him the seventh coach to be ousted during what’s grown into an NHL-record 13-season playoff drought. The move was announced by the team a day after the Sabres closed their season with a 4-2 win at Tampa Bay. They finished with … Read more

USC’s Bronny James declares for NBA draft and enters transfer portal after 1 season

LOS ANGELES — Bronny James will enter the NBA draft after one season at Southern California that was shortened by his recovery from cardiac arrest. The 19-year-old son of LeBron James announced Friday on his Instagram account that he also plans to retain his college eligibility and will enter the transfer portal. “I’ve had a … Read more

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert believes All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell will sign long-term extension

DETROIT — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert believes All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell will sign a long-term contract to chase an NBA championship with Cleveland. “We’ve been talking to him, sure, for the last couple of years about extending this contract,” Gilbert said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. “We think he will extend. I … Read more