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NBA

James improving, returns to Heat practice ahead of Game 2

SAN ANTONIO – LeBron James was back on the practice floor with the Miami Heat yesterday, two days after he was forced to leave Game 1 of the NBA Finals because of cramps.

Game 2 of the series against the San Antonio Spurs is tonight.

James said he’s continuing to improve and was planning to get some cardio work in yesterday to get his heart rate up. He’s also been getting hours of treatment and stretching in as part of his recovery regimen, along with plenty of fluids.

NBA

Source: Sterling’s wife could play meaningful role after sale

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling would continue to play a meaningful role in the team’s fortunes as part of the terms of the deal negotiated with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the team.

Two individuals who are close to the negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly told the Associated Press the deal allows for up to 10 percent of the team to be spun off into a charitable foundation that Shelly Sterling would essentially run.

NBA

Grizzlies’ Johnson arrested for domestic assault

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Grizzlies forward James Johnson was arrested for domestic assault and accused of hitting and choking his wife at their home.

Johnson was booked into the Shelby County Jail at 4:35 a.m. yesterday and was still there yesterday afternoon.

WMC-TV cited a police affidavit that Johnson and his wife had just returned home when Johnson allegedly hit his wife in the face with an open hand before choking her. Johnson left and returned when the police arrived and was arrested. The Memphis Police Department did not immediately return several messages from the Associated Press.

BASEBALL

Dodgers coach Valentin hit near eye by stray ball

DENVER – Los Angeles Dodgers assistant batting coach John Valentin was struck by a ball near his left eye as he worked with players in the batting cage before Saturday’s game at Colorado.

The ball apparently ricocheted off the netting and hit Valentin. A preliminary examination showed no damage to the eye, and Valentin was taken to a hospital to undergo a CT scan.

Valentin, an infielder with the Red Sox from 1992-2001, has been with the Dodgers organization for the past seven years, including the last two as the team’s assistant batting coach.

BASEBALL

Rose to manage one game in independent league

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – All-time hits king Pete Rose is going to manage one game this month for the Bridgeport Bluefish in the independent Atlantic League.

The 73-year-old Rose will run the Connecticut team on June 16. The Bluefish host the Lancaster Barnstormers that night.

Rose was managing the Cincinnati Reds in 1989 when he agreed to a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball. He later admitted that he bet on Reds games while managing them.

Rose is able to take this one-game job because the Bluefish are not affiliated with any team in Major League Baseball.

BASEBALL

Padres draft Browns QB Manziel in 28th round

NEW YORK – Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft yesterday – the 837th player taken. Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he never played for the Aggies as he focused on football.

Manziel, who was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012, was taken by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft last month.

GOLF

Crane still St. Jude leader in suspended third round

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ben Crane went more than 28 hours between competitive shots due to weather delays, and he stayed atop the leaderboard through six holes yesterday before another storm stopped play again at the St. Jude Classic.

Crane birdied his first hole, putting him at 13 under for the tournament. After that, no one got closer than four strokes at rain-softened TPC Southwind.

Troy Merritt, a group ahead of Crane, was at 9 under, with playing partner Peter Malnati at 8 under. Billy Horschel, Retief Goosen and Camilo Villegas were at 7 under on their front nines.

GOLF

Feng takes LPGA Tour lead

WATERLOO, Ontario – Shanshan Feng took a two-stroke lead yesterday in the LPGA Tour’s Manulife Financial Classic, shooting a 4-under 67 in calm conditions at Grey Silo.

The 24-year-old Chinese player had a 15-under 198 total.

Michelle Wie and second-ranked Inbee Park are tied for second.

GOLF

Luiten takes two-stroke lead at Lyoness Open

ATZENBRUGG, Austria – Defending champion Joost Luiten carded a 6-under 66 yesterday to take a two-stroke lead over home crowd favorite Bernd Wiesberger going into the final day of the Lyoness Open.

The Dutchman carded seven birdies and dropped one stroke to go 11 under for the tournament. Wiesberger, who won the tournament in 2012, also had a round of 66.

FORMULA ONE

Rosberg takes pole for Canadian Grand Prix

MONTREAL – Nico Rosberg earned the pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Formula One points leader had the fastest lap in qualifying yesterdayday. Teammate Lewis Hamilton was second, just 0.079 seconds slower. Sebastian Vettel was third.

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