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Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Erythropoietin. The suspension is effective immediately, and Castillo is the first White Sox player to be suspended for PEDs since drug testing was implemented in 2004.
The Minnesota Timberwolves duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler were named to the All-NBA Third Team while Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Houston Rockets standout James Harden were unanimous selections to the All-NBA First Team, announced Thursday by the NBA. James is a first-team choice for a record 12th time, while MVP favorite Harden was a unanimous selection for the second straight season.
BOSTON—Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Jaylen Brown added 17 points, Al Horford had 15 points and 12 boards, and both Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart scored 13 for Boston. The Celtics have earned all three of their wins this series at home, where they are 10-0 in the playoffs.
TAMPA, Fla.—Andre Burakovsky scored twice, and goalie Braden Holtby produced his second shutout in a row as the Washington Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa.. Holtby made 29 saves, sending the Lightning into the offseason with a scoring drought of more than 159 minutes.
MINNEAPOLIS—Sylvia Fowles poured in 23 points and added 20 rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx took charge of the game in the second quarter and cruised to a 76-68 win over the Dallas Wings on Wednesday at Target Center in Minneapolis.
OAKLAND, Calif.—Eric Gordon's first 3-pointer of the game gave Houston a late five-point lead, and the Rockets held on from there to defeat the Golden State Warriors 95-92 in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday night to even the Western Conference finals at two games apiece. James Harden had 30 points and Chris Paul 27 for the Rockets, who regained home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series that returns to Houston for Game 5 on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS—Brian Dozier drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Lance Lynn tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and the Minnesota Twins downed the slumping Detroit Tigers 6-0 on Tuesday night. Ehire Adrianza also hit a pair of run-scoring doubles and he scored twice, while Byron Buxton also scored two runs and drove in another. Lynn (2-4) allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four. A trio of relievers completed the shutout. The Twins have won three straight following a three-game losing streak. They have given up just three runs during the upswing.
CLEVELAND—LeBron James scored 44 points on 17-of-28 shooting to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 111-102 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics on Monday night, May 21, at Quicken Loans Arena to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Kyle Korver scored 14 points (all in the first half) for the fourth-seeded Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 13 points and Kevin Love collected 11 rebounds while scoring nine points.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jose Berrios pitched eight strong innings, Logan Morrison drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the go-ahead run, and the host Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-2 at Target Field on Monday night. Berrios (5-4) held the Tigers to two runs on three hits in eight innings while walking two and striking out nine. He didn't allow a hit after the third inning. Fernando Rodney collected his 10th save. Max Kepler had a two-run double to lead the offense. Robbie Grossman scored a run and knocked in another.
WASHINGTON—Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made 24 saves in a 3-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning, forcing a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. The Capitals won Game 6 on Monday night, May 21, at Capital One Arena in Washington, marking their first home victory of the series. T.J. Oshie scored twice, including an empty-net tally, and Devante Smith-Pelly also produced a goal for the Capitals, who will return to Tampa, Fla., for Wednesday night's series finale. The winner meets the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.