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The Los Angeles Lakers are the world champions. A hard-fought Game 7 came down to the final few possessions before the Lakers clutch foul shooting kept them ahead for good. Kobe Bryant struggled offensively shooting 6-for-24, but finishing with a team-high 23 points in the, 83-79, victory. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 18 points in defeat.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failed to birdie any hole during Thursday's opening round of the U.S. Open. Mickelson shot 4-over-par 75 and Woods finished 3-over-par 74, trailing clubhouse leaders Shaun Micheel, Paul Casey and Brendan de Jonge, all tied for first at 2-under (69).
The Pac-10 now has 12. Mountain West powerhouse Utah accepted an invitation to join the now aggressive Pacific-10 Conference. It'll be Utah and Colorado now joining. The move is scheduled for 2012, but the schools are pushing to make it happen in 2011.
Ubaldo Jimenez allowed just one run on eight hits in Colorado's, 5-1, victory over Minnesota today, improving to 13-1 on the season. The Rockies' ace has a 1.15 ERA through 14 starts, leading the majors. Jimenez is just the fourth pitcher since 1920 to win 13 of his first 14 starts.
Roger Goodell wants to see change. The NFL's commissioner says the league no longer needs four preseason games, but should change its offseason training programs. Goodell said Thursday that even players don't like the four exhibition games - and neither do fans, especially as most starters play sparingly during the preseason.
Amar'e Stoudemire had MRI tests on both knees Monday at a Miami clinic, according to the Miami Herald. Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, said that he arranged for the MRIs at the request of the Phoenix Suns. Amar'e and the Suns are negotiating a contract extension that could keep the five-time all-star from entering free agency July 1.
John Wall is already being wooed by the Washington Wizards. The Kentucky PG was given the special privilege of a solo workout with the Wizards, who own the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft June 24. Wizards' coach Flip Saunders, GM Ernie Grunfeld and owner Ted Leonsis all attended Wall's 30-minute workout.
ESPN.com's Chad Ford reports the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to swap Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes. The deal was agreed to on Tuesday night and now both sides are working out details.
Jaroslav Halak won't be making any saves for the Canadiens next season. The team traded the 25-year-old to the St. Louis Blues Thursday for forwards Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. Halak was red hot in the playoffs, leading his team to the Eastern Conference Finals by winning two Game 7s and eliminating the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.
The New Jersey Devils have a new coach. The team announced Thursday that John MacLean will replace the retired Jacques Lemaire. MacLean spent last season coaching the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate in Lowell, Mass. The new coach is also New Jersey's all-time leading goal scorer with 347 lamp-lighters.