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Last Update on May 28, 2015 20:38 GMT

NBA FINALS

UNDATED (AP) -- The cities of Cleveland and Oakland are gearing up for the start of the NBA Finals. The first game of the series will take place on June 4 in Oakland as the Warriors entertain the Cavaliers.

Western Conference champion Golden State advanced with a win over Houston Wednesday night in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series while the Cavaliers closed out Atlanta in four straight Tuesday night.

Golden State guard Klay Thompson is one player who can use the time off as he suffered a concussion in Wednesday night's game. Thompson was injured after he faked a shot and Houston's Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zuh) knocked him to the floor with a knee to the head in the fourth quarter. Thompson received stitches in his right ear and passed a concussion test during the game but the Warriors said Thompson developed concussion symptoms after the game and will be evaluated by the medical staff. Thompson must pass the concussion protocol before he can return to play.

NBA-BULLS

CHICAGO (AP) -- Tom Thibodeau (THIH'-buh-doh) has been fired as coach of the Chicago Bulls. In five seasons on the job he led the team to a 255-139 record and a playoff appearance in each season. Apparent friction with management led to the change. The Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs this year in the second round by Cleveland.

Thibodeau's .647 winning percentage ranks seventh in NBA history among coaches with at least 200 games. He led the Bulls to the top seed in the playoffs his first two seasons and was the NBA's Coach of the Year in 2011, the same year Derrick Rose became the league's youngest MVP.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- A check of the schedule in baseball shows six games this evening with five of the games taking place on the West coast. The evening portion of the card features Boston playing at Texas, the Athletics home to the Yankees, Cleveland at Seattle, the Padres hosting the Pirates and the Braves in San Francisco for a game with the Giants.

FRENCH OPEN-DAY 5

PARIS (AP) -- Serena Williams, the top seed for the women at the French Open, has advanced to the third round. She needed three sets to dispatch her unseeded opponent. Williams is through to the third round for the first time since 2013, the year she went on to win the second of her two French titles. She lost in the second round last year.

Despite playing with a painful right leg Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) advanced to the third round with a straight sets victory. Djokovic repeatedly flexed his right leg after shots. He took a medical timeout before the last game of the second set, getting his upper leg and lower back massaged by a trainer.

Men's sixth seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL'), a nine-time winner of the event, is through to the third round after a straight-sets victory as is No. 3 Andy Murray. Women's fourth seed and two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) was a winner in three sets as well.

Among the Day 5 losers was women's ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee).

Madison Keys, Irina Falconi and Sloane Stephens of the U.S. were also winners on the fifth day of play.

OBIT-BYERS

UNDATSED (AP) -- Walter Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA, has died at the age of 93. He spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization that oversees college athletics. His son Fritz made the announcement that Byers died Tuesday at his home in Emmett, Kansas, from a urinary tract infection that spread into his bloodstream.

Byers took over the NCAA in 1951 and was key to the schools maintaining strict control of all revenues the athletes generated. Then, the figures weren't too impressive. Now, the deals for football and basketball rights are worth billions.

He helped invent the now widely used term "student-athlete," which he said was intended to disguise the fact that players had become de facto professionals. He was a big proponent of having the NCAA oversee women's athletics as well and that came to fruition in the early 1980s.

PGA-BYRON NELSON

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The opening round of the annual Byron Nelson Classic is being contested today in Irving, Texas. The early clubhouse leader is Steven Bowditch who opened with an 8-under-62. Jimmy Walker is two shots back while James Hahn is three off the pace.

Masters champ Jordan Spieth (speeth), who is from the Dallas area, is in the field and stands 1-under after eight.

NHL-CAPITALS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has had arthroscopic hip surgery and the team expects him to be ready for next season. Backstrom led the NHL with 60 assists and was sixth in points with 78 this season, playing in all 82 games. He became the team's career assist leader and is fifth in points.

The 27-year-old had three goals and five assists in 14 playoff games for Washington, which was eliminated by the New York Rangers in the second round.


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