- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA championship, beating the Miami Heat 104-87 Sunday night to win the series in five games.

Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who added this title to the ones they won in 1999, 2003, ‘05 and ‘07. They nearly had another last year, but lost to the Heat in seven games.

LeBron James had 31 points and 10 rebounds as Miami’s two-year title reign ended.

CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the Cavaliers’ coaching search says the team will interview former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt on Wednesday.

Blatt stepped down from his job with the European champions last week, saying he will accept an unspecified job in the NBA. The 55-year-old will meet with the Cavs about their vacancy, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing its plans.



PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Martin Kaymer of Germany won the U.S. Open on Sunday after four days of dominance at Pinehurst No. 2.

Kaymer made a 15-foot par putt on the last hole for a 1-under 69 that gave him an eight-shot victory over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton and his second major championship.

He became only the seventh player in 114 years of the U.S. Open to go wire-to-wire, and no one ever had a chance. Kaymer led by at least four shots for the final 48 holes of this U.S. Open.

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The man who drove NBC Sports analyst Roger Maltbie’s golf cart during the third round of the U.S. Open is facing four charges after an incident with a state trooper on the course, a North Carolina State Police spokeswoman said Sunday.

According to a police report, Tommy Lineberry was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run, driving while impaired, and resisting, obstructing and delaying a law enforcement officer.

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Zach Johnson made a hole-in-one at the U.S. Open, acing the 172-yard ninth hole at Pinehurst No. 2 by taking advantage of a favorable pin placement on the right side of the green.

His shot landed about 20 feet left of the flag, bounced twice, then curled down a ridge into the cup.



BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson won for the first time in 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Michigan International Speedway, outlasting pole winner Kevin Harvick by 1.214 seconds on Sunday.

It was Johnson’s third victory in four races - and the fifth in a row for Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports.

Brad Keselowski finished third after two straight runner-up showings, at Dover and Pocono. Paul Menard was fourth, followed by Kasey Kahne, Gordon and Earnhardt in the 400-mile, 200-lap race.

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Paul Menard won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday when leader Joey Logano had a flat tire with about five laps remaining.

Menard ended up holding off Sam Hornish Jr. by a half-second for his first series victory since 2006. It was his first Nationwide start of the season.

LE MANS, France (AP) - Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer overcame turbocharger problems to drive Audi to its 13th title at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday.

It was the trio’s third victory in the world’s most famous endurance race. Their Audi No. 2 finished three laps ahead of Audi No. 1 driven by Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gene and defending champion Tom Kristensen.

Audi has won 10 of the last 11 races at Le Mans, including the last five.

MADISON, Ill. (AP) - Darrell Wallace Jr. raced to his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck victory Saturday night, holding off German Quiroga at Gateway Motorsports Park.



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A police officer sitting on a motorcycle can be seen in an Associated Press video firing what appeared to be a live pistol round at anti-World Cup protesters near Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana soccer stadium.

During the small but violent and chaotic protest that played out about a mile from the stadium, a second man, who was in street clothes but identified himself as a police officer, also pulled a pistol and fired two shots into the air. The AP couldn’t confirm the man was an officer.

Pedro Dantas, a spokesman for the Rio de Janeiro security secretariat that oversees all security forces, said in a phone interview that if authorities verify the accuracy of the video, “we’ll immediately open an investigation into the incident.”



FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Rodney Thomas, who played running back for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons during a seven-year NFL career, has died. He was 41.

Thomas died Saturday at the home in Groveton, a small East Texas town where he grew up, that he bought for his mother after signing his first professional contract, Groveton Funeral Home owner Terry Cartwright said Sunday. The cause of death wasn’t known and an autopsy was underway, he said.



DALLAS (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys tackle Josh Brent was released from jail Sunday following his conviction for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown, the Dallas County sheriff’s office said.

The 26-year-old Brent was convicted in January of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash that killed Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player. Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years’ probation. It was not immediately clear whether he would be required to report to a rehab facility to complete his six-month sentence, which was expected to end in July.



PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jimmy Rollins passed Mike Schmidt as the Philadelphia Phillies’ hits leader with 2,235 when he singled leading off the fifth inning Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.



NEW YORK (AP) - Jamaica’s Warren Weir won the 200 meters in 19.82 seconds, a world best this season, and countryman Nesta Carter took the 100 in 10.09 on Saturday in the Adidas Grand Prix at Randall’s Island.

Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim each cleared 7 feet, 11 1/4 inches in the high jump, the highest ever in the United States. They broke the Diamond League record and set a world best. Bondarenko won the event based on fewer failed attempts.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Oregon senior Mac Fleet successfully defended his title in the 1,500 meters Saturday at the NCAA track and field championships, denying Arizona senior Lawi Lalang a ninth national title in his final college race.

Fleet pulled ahead down the stretch and bore down for the final 50 meters to win in a personal-best 3 minutes, 39.09 seconds, with Lalang close behind in 3:39.13.

Fleet’s victory helped push the Oregon men (88 points) to the team’s first outdoor national title since 1984. Texas A&M; (75 points) won the women’s title on the final day of the event.



HALLE, Germany (AP) - Roger Federer made a statement Sunday at the Gerry Weber Open, winning the Wimbledon warmup for the seventh time.

Federer fired five aces and saved three of the five break points he faced to defeat Alejandro Falla 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the final. It was the 14th title on grass and 79th overall for the 32-year-old Swiss.

LONDON (AP) - Grigor Dimitrov saved a match point to defeat Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (8), 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6) Sunday and win the grass-court tournament at Queen’s Club, a Wimbledon warmup.



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyke-Rouen was moved from intensive care to a regular hospital room, nine days after severing her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Hospital spokeswoman Jamie Grimm said the six-time gold medalist was in good condition and moved from the ICU on Sunday morning.

NEW YORK (AP) - Grace Van der Byl won the 31st annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on Saturday, completing the 28.5 mile counterclockwise course in 7 hours, 14 minutes, 3 seconds.

The first male finisher was Samir Barei of Brazil in 7:17:59.

CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) - Alex Meyer and Haley Anderson won the 5-kilometer titles on the final day of the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships at Castaic Lake.

Meyer, from Ithaca, New York, finished in 55 minutes, 34.30 seconds.

Anderson, from Granite Bay, won the event for the second time, finishing in 1:00:08.37.



NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Algieri won the WBO junior welterweight title, outpointing Ruslan Provodinkov in a split decision Saturday night at Barclays Center.

Judges Don Trella and Tom Schreck scored the fight 114-112 for Algieri (20-0), while Max DeLuca had it 117-109 for Provodinkov (23-3).



VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Demetrious Johnson won a unanimous decision against Ali Bagautinov to retain his flyweight title at UFC 174 on Saturday night.

Johnson put on a display of speed against the challenger, who scored a couple of takedowns but was never really a threat. The fight was scored 50-45 by all three judges.



LUHMUEHLEN, Germany (AP) - German equestrian Benjamin Winter was killed in a fall during an eventing competition at a cross-country event on Saturday.

The 25-year-old from Dortmund received serious head injuries after falling from his horse, Ispo, at an obstacle on the 6,500-meter course. He was taken to a local hospital but died from the injuries.



COURCHEVEL, France (AP) - American Andrew Talansky was the surprise winner of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday by holding off two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador in a gripping finale of the eighth stage.

The 25-year-old Talansky was in tears after it was confirmed he had won the race when Contador crossed the line more than a minute after him.

Talansky was fourth on the day, 9 seconds behind stage winner Mikel Nieve on the 81.7-mile run from Megeve to Courchevel.

Contador finished 27 seconds behind Talansky in the overall standings, with Jurgen Van den Broeck 8 seconds further back in third.

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