SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs shot 59 percent and closed the game with a 31-9 run to rally past Miami 110-95 to capture the opener of the NBA Finals. LeBron James had to leave the game with seven minutes left because of leg cramps as an air conditioning malfunction in AT&T Center caused arena temperatures to approach 90 degrees. James scored 25 points in his 33 minutes.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)— Flip Saunders is joining a short list in the NBA of coaches who also have final-say executive authority in the front office. Saunders, who is president of basketball operations at the Minnesota Timberwolves, also is taking over as their coach, a post he held from 1995-2005.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has given coach John Calipari a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and $8 million over each of the final three seasons. Already one of college basketball’s highest-paid coaches, Calipari led the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA championship and the Wildcats reached the title game last April before losing to Connecticut 60-54.
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — High school pitchers went 1-2 in the MLB draft last night. The Houston Astros selected California high school pitcher Brady Aiken with the No. 1 pick and with the second pick, Miami took hard-throwing Texas high school pitcher Tyler Kolek. He’s a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Shepherd High School in Texas who has touched as high as 102 mph on the radar gun.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)— The Tampa Bay Rays’ losing streak reached 10 as the Miami Marlins finished a four-game sweep with an 11-6 triumph as J.T. Realmuto had three RBIs in his major league debut. Marcell Ozuna homered and drove in four runs for the Marlins, who climbed into a virtual tie with Atlanta for the NL East lead.