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Celtics vow to ‘get up off mat, go after it again’

2:49 AM ET CLEVELAND — Missed dunks and missed opportunities — that was the story of Game 4 for a Boston Celtics team that squandered a chance to put the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ backs against the wall in the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics dug themselves an early first-quarter hole highlighted by three missed dunk attempts on a night Boston would miss a staggering 15 dunks and layups overall. And despite numerous second-half surges, the Celtics never truly got over the hump as the Cavaliers fended them off en route to a 111-102 triumph at Quicken Loans Arena. “It’s the best two out of three to go to the NBA Finals. Doesn’t get better than that,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “Ultimately, anybody that didn’t think this was going t...

LeBron passes Kareem to set playoff FG record

2:08 AM ET CLEVELAND — LeBron James‘ two game-winning buzzer-beaters these playoffs might be more memorable, but his jump shot midway through the second quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday was the most historic. LeBron James’ sixth 40-point game of the postseason helped Cleveland hold off Boston’s second-half push to tie the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. The 22-foot jumper off a JR Smith feed was the 2,357th made field goal of James’ postseason career, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time lead in that category. “To know where I come from, small city 35 miles south of here, and to hear I’m in the same category or talked about and jumping these greats in the playoffs, it’s pretty cool,” James said. ...

D-backs can start worrying about Paul Goldschmidt

1:57 AM ET First off, apologies to the Milwaukee Brewers. They beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 with three home runs off Zack Greinke and Corey Knebel recorded his first save since March 30. They’re in first place in the NL Central and deserve credit for sitting 10 games over .500 even though their lineup has been extremely mediocre. The bullpen, however, has not, and it’s only strengthened if Knebel resumes the closer role, freeing up Josh Hader for those multi-inning stints as needed. What most intrigues from this game, however, is yet another 0-fer for Paul Goldschmidt. He’s down to .201/.322/.361 and he looks broken right now. We’re now talking about 199 plate appearances with no improvement in sight. An Arizona Republic story on April talked about his slow sta...

Capitals’ Orpik: ‘Desperation’ drove us to win

1:31 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN WASHINGTON — The destination is the Stanley Cup Final, a place the Washington Capitals haven’t been in 20 years. The obstacle is the Tampa Bay Lightning, who entered Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-2 series lead, having won three straight games. How do the Capitals break through that obstacle to get to that destination? By transforming into a battering ram. The Capitals played their most physical game of the series, registering 39 hits and wearing down the Lightning in a 3-0 victory to force a Game 7 on Wednesday in Tampa. T.J. Oshie and Devante Smith-Pelly scored, Braden Holtby stopped all 24 shots he faced and the Washington Capitals beat up the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 Monday night to even the Eastern Conference final and force a...

Phillies, Braves looking to settle in atop NL East

2:07 AM ET PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves left spring training with the label of fashionable young teams on the upswing, but it was hard to know precisely how that improvement might translate in the standings. Realistically, this season was supposed to be about patience, continued development and taking the steps necessary to try to supplant the (potentially) post-Bryce Harper Washington Nationals at the top of the National League East in 2019. The margins between the best have never been closer, but do we have a new No. 1? And which NL East team pushed its way into the top five? During chemo, the Rockies righty declared, “I’m going to beat the s— out of this and come back and dominate.” And that’s exactly what he’s doi...

Pressure flips to Celtics after Cavs win Game 4

11:55 PM ET CLEVELAND — No franchise has a deeper playoff history than the Boston Celtics, and almost no player has a deeper history of beating them than LeBron James. James had yet another fantastic game with 44 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a second-half push to secure a 111-102 Game 4 victory to even the East Conference finals, 2-2. Earlier this series, James crossed the 1,000-point barrier in career playoff scoring against Boston, a reminder of just how many spring battles he has had against various generations of Celtics over the past decade. Monday was his seventh career 40-point game against the Celtics and the second of this series. It was also his 22nd playoff game with more than 30 points against Boston, second all time to Jerry West’s 25. Midway through...

Rams’ Donald absent; ‘pay the man,’ Peters says

12:50 AM ET THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Cornerback Marcus Peters is new to the Los Angeles Rams but has quickly developed an opinion on defensive tackle Aaron Donald‘s contract situation. “Pay the man,” Peters said Monday after the Rams’ first organized team activities workout. Donald, a four-time Pro Bowler and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, did not report for voluntary OTAs on Monday because of an ongoing contract dispute. Rams coach Sean McVay said that he doesn’t anticipate seeing Donald until a resolution is reached. Tom Brady, Julio Jones and Aaron Donald are conspicuously absent but Odell Beckham Jr. is attending OTAs. “It is something that we want to get resolved,” McVay said. “As far as a timetable, don’t really h...

Rams’ Donald absent; ‘Pay the man,’ says Peters

9:41 PM ET Lindsey Thiry THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Cornerback Marcus Peters is new to the Los Angeles Rams, but has quickly developed an opinion on defensive tackle Aaron Donald‘s contract situation. “Pay the man,” Peters said Monday after the Rams’ first organized team activities workout. Donald, a four-time Pro Bowler and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, did not report for voluntary OTAs on Monday because of an ongoing contract dispute. Rams coach Sean McVay said that he doesn’t anticipate seeing Donald until a resolution is reached. Tom Brady, Julio Jones and Aaron Donald are conspicuously absent but Odell Beckham Jr. is attending OTAs. “It is something that we want to get resolved,” McVay said. “As far as a timetable, don...

Harbaugh to take U-M to South Africa in 2019

7:15 PM ET Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said he is taking his team to South Africa in 2019. Harbaugh revealed the destination of next year’s trip on Monday during an interview with WTKA-AM. He said the Wolverines will visit Cape Town and Johannesburg and go on a safari. Harbaugh took his team to France this year and Italy last year.

Warriors list Iguodala as doubtful for Game 4

9:14 PM ET The Golden State Warriors have listed Andre Iguodala as doubtful for Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Houston Rockets. Iguodala sustained a left leg contusion when he banged knees with James Harden in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night. A Warriors source said the bruise got worse overnight, so Iguodala was held out of practice on Monday. The bruise is slightly below the knee. Iguodala had an X-ray on Monday and it came back clean, but the team still listed him as doubtful Monday evening. Iguodala is averaging 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists through three games of the series. He has played a little more than 27 minutes per game.

Tim Tebow timeline: Has he dispelled doubt on the diamond?

7:40 AM ET From the outset, Tim Tebow’s pro baseball journey was going to follow its own unique path. Making the move to baseball as a 29-year-old in 2016 was a bold step. Tebow had not played the game competitively since his junior year of high school. His athleticism provided Tebow with no guarantees, but after his first 162 games as a pro in baseball’s minor leagues, we look at where his career on the diamond has taken him so far. Tim Tebow joining the Mets might seem like a punch line to some, but it is actually a risk worth taking for baseball reasons and beyond. We know Tim Tebow’s path with the Mets will start in their instructional league later this month. What will happen after that? Jerry Crasnick lays out the possibilities. 1 Related Tebow came to the game afte...

Lowe: Game 4 might tell all in this Cavs-Celtics series

11:40 AM ET Everyone has their favorite games within series. Game 1 of some series — including Houston-Golden State — can take an outsized importance. Game 5 of a 2-2 series is pivotal. After that, one team will be facing elimination, so the stakes are naturally higher. I’ve always been partial to Game 4 of a 2-1 series. It determines the entire feel going forward. After 48 minutes, the series is either tied or almost decided, with very little middle ground. The tension is momentous. We have two such Game 4s in these otherwise very boring conference finals — starting Monday night in Cleveland. If the Cavs win, they go to Boston with the world’s best player, momentum, and very rational confidence — as opposed to the irrational brand that drives every Jord...