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Last Update on May 23, 2015 07:51 GMT

NBA PLAYOFFS-CAVALIERS/HAWKS

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers enjoy a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals after LeBron James made up for the absence of Kyrie Irving.

James finished with 30 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds as the Cavs dumped the Hawks 94-82 in Atlanta. He scored 11 points during a third quarter in which Cleveland held the Hawks to 32 percent shooting to take an 18-point lead into the final period.

The Cavaliers hit 12 3-pointers and outrebounded Atlanta 47-39. Tristan Thompson had 16 boards for Cleveland, which has won five in a row since falling behind 2-1 against Chicago in the conference semifinals.

Irving was scratched before the game because of an ailing left knee. The Cavaliers say he's questionable for Game 3 on Sunday in Cleveland.

None of Atlanta's starters had more than 12 points. Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll was a surprise starter after spraining his left knee in the series opener, but he finished with just six points and three rebounds. Paul Millsap contributed only four points on 2 of 8 shooting in 27 minutes.

Backup guard Dennis Schroder had a team-high 13 points for Atlanta.

NHL PLAYOFFS-RANGERS/LIGHTNING

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Henrik Lundqvist stopped almost everything, Rick Nash doubled his playoff goal output and even Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') scored as the New York Rangers knotted the NHL's Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

Lundqvist made 16 of his 38 saves in the second period as the Rangers thumped the Lightning 5-1 in Tampa Bay. Lundqvist surrendered only a Steven Stamkos goal midway through the conetst after giving up six goals in each of the previous two games.

Nash scored the game's first and last goals after entering the night with just two in New York's 15 postseason games. St. Louis added an insurance tally, his first goal of the playoffs.

But the game was tied 1-1 until Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle scored 1:48 apart late in the second period to put the Rangers in control. Nash also had an assist, Yandle finished with a goal and two assists, while Kevin Klein and Kevin Hayes each set up two tallies.

Game 5 is Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Bryce Harper remains one of baseball's hottest hitters, while his Washington Nationals remain baseball's hottest team following Friday's 2-1 triumph over Philadelphia.

Harper homered for the 11th time in his last 14 games to help the Nats improve to 18-4 in their last 22 contests. The Nationals outfielder is batting .400 with 28 RBIs, a .511 on-base percentage and a .968 slugging average since the Nationals caught fire.

Washington also received a tiebreaking double from Ian Desmond.

Max Scherzer silenced the Phillies over eight innings, holding them to a run and four hits as the Nationals stretched their lead in the NL East to 1 1/2 games over the New York Mets.

Washington was eight games off the division lead before beginning their hot stretch.

Also in the majors:

-- Felix Hernandez is the year's first seven-game winner, allowing a run and four hits in seven innings of Seattle's 4-3 win at Toronto. Nelson Cruz smacked his major league-leading 17th home run and Logan Morrison lined a two-run triple while the Mariners built a 4-1 lead.

-- J.D. Martinez smacked a three-run homer and James McCann added a two-run single in Detroit's 6-2 win against Houston. Alfredo Simon pitched the Tigers to their third straight win, limiting the Astros to a pair of unearned runs and four hits in seven frames.

-- Cleveland whipped Cincinnati 7-3 as Brandon Moss hit a solo homer and a two-run double. Jason Kipnis was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to back Carlos Carrasco, who held the Reds to two runs and four hits in six innings.

-- Gerrit Cole struck out 10 and allowed just an unearned run and six hits in 8 1/3 innings of Pittsburgh's 4-1 triumph over the New York Mets. Chris Stewart was 2-for-3 with an RBI double as the Pirates stopped a two-game skid and dealt the Mets their third loss in four games.

-- Evan Longoria socked a three-run homer and Chris Archer allowed just one run while fanning eight over 5 1/3 innings of Tampa Bay's second straight win, 5-2 over Oakland. Steven Souza Jr. and Tim Beckham added solo shots as the AL East leaders moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the New York Yankees.

-- Prince Fielder hit a three-run shot before Mitch Moreland's solo shot capped a seven-run third in the Texas Rangers' 10-9 triumph over the Yanks. Fielder had four RBIs against the Yankees, who've dropped eight of their last nine.

-- Chris Young lowered his ERA to 0.78 by tossing shutout ball over six innings of Kansas City's 5-0 win against St. Louis. Kendrys Morales provided the scoring with a three-run homer and a two-run blast in the Royals' fourth consecutive win.

-- Chris Iannetta (eye-ah-NET'-uh) and Erick Aybar (EYE'-bahr) homered in the Angels' nine-run fifth inning, and Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) also hit a home run in a 12-5 romp over the Red Sox in Boston. Mike Trout furnished both of his hits while the Angels sent 13 batters to the plate and took an 11-3 lead midway through the game.

-- The Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Diego 2-1 on Joc Pederson's 11th homer of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth. Andre Ethier (EE'-thee-ur) doubled home the Dodgers' first run and Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) took a no-decision after giving up a run and six hits over 7 2/3 innings.

-- Brandon Belt and Matt Duffy hit two-run homers and Ryan Vogelsong surrendered two hits in six shutout innings to carry San Francisco to its seventh straight win, 11-8 at Colorado. Buster Posey was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Giants, who scored 10 times over their final four at-bats.

-- Paul Goldschmidt tied it with a two-out, two-run homer in the 10th inning and Nick Ahmed singled home the winning run in the 13th to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Randall Delgado (2-2), the last of all eight relievers used by Arizona, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 13th for the victory.

-- The Miami Marlins are 0-8 on their homestand and 0-5 under new manager Dan Jennings following an 8-5 setback against Baltimore. Manny Machado had two hits and three RBIs, while Caleb Joseph went 3-for-4 with a two-run single in the Orioles' second win in a row.

-- Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs to highlight Milwaukee's offense in an 11-0 drubbing of the Braves in Atlanta. Michael Blazek (BLAY'-zehk) worked three innings of one-hit relief to move to 4-1.

-- The Chicago White Sox pulled out a 3-2 win over Minnesota on J.B. Shuck's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth. Geovany Soto laced a two-run double and winning pitcher Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAHR'-juh) gave up just three hits with nine strikeouts in eight innings for his fourth win.

MLB-BREWERS

ATLANTA (AP) -- Major League Baseball says Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith plans to appeal his eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his right arm during last night's game in Atlanta.

The lefty was ejected for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in the seventh inning of a 10-1 loss to the Braves. He will be allowed to pitch until after his appeal is heard.

NFL-BRADY APPEAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Several people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') will not withdraw from Tom Brady's appeal hearing.

The New England Patriots quarterback is fighting the four-game suspension he received for his alleged role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. The union asked Goodell to remove himself from the case because it said he lacked impartiality and that Goodell would be called as a witness.

No date has been set for the appeal. The collective bargaining agreement calls for it to be heard within 10 days. However, both sides can agree on delaying a hearing, which would need to be held by Wednesday without any requested delays.

NFL-COWBOYS

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys and cornerback Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a one year contract extension worth $9.5 million, which pushes the total value of his deal to $20 million through 2019.

The 28-year-old Scandrick was Dallas' best cornerback last year but was set to make $1.5 million this season. Under the new deal he will get $4 million this year.

PGA-CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Kevin Na is the leader at the midway mark of the PGA's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Na began the round in a four-way tie for the lead following Thursday's 64 with a 4-under 66. He's two strokes ahead of Ian Poulter and three in front of Boo Weekley, each of whom owned a piece of the lead through 18 holes.

Jordan Spieth (speeth) also had a share of first before carding a 3-over 73 that puts him seven shots back.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS-NORTH CAROLINA

UNDATED (AP) -- North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school's academic fraud scandal. In a statement the school's Chancellor and athletic director said they are reviewing the "lengthy" notice and will release it publicly "as soon as possible" after redactions to comply with privacy laws.

The NCAA reopened a probe into academic misconduct last summer connected to the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department. The focus was courses which were often treated as independent studies that required no class time and one or two research papers.

An eight-month investigation stated that an office administrator, not a faculty member, typically handed out assignments, and then high grades, after only a scan of the work.

The fraud case has led to several lawsuits from ex-UNC athletes against the school or NCAA, and the school also faces questions from its accreditation agency.

SCHUMACHER UPDATE

GLAND, Switzerland (AP) -- Michael Schumacher's manager says the seven-time Formula One champion is still improving, almost 17 months after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident. Schumacher won a record seven Formula One titles and 91 races.

He was injured when skiing during a French Alps vacation.


 

Business News

Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves

UNDATED (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she expects the Fed to begin raising interest rates later this year -- if the job market improves and it is confident that inflation will rise closer toward its target rate.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The long holiday weekend is upon us -- and so is a deadline for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to decide whether the NSA can keep collecting our phone records.

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