Tuesday Sports in brief
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo finished one of the greatest finals in the NBA with 50 points – and a championship that Milwaukee waited 50 years to win again.
Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday night to win the Series 4-2.
It was the third game in this series with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds for Series MVP Antetokounmpo, a dominant performance in the first final that takes its place among some of the game’s greats.
He shot 16 for 25 from the field and had an incredible 17 of 19 free throws.
The Bucks became the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after falling 2-0 down and the first to do so by winning the next four games since Miami against Dallas in 2006.
Chris Paul scored 26 points to end his first NBA Finals appearance in his 16th season. Devin Booker added 19 points but shot only 8 for 22 and missed all seven 3 points after scoring 40 points in each of the last two games.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – There was history – and history too – in the broadcast booth at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.
For the first time in Major League Baseball history, an all-female announcing team called a game as the Tampa Bay Rays faced the Baltimore Orioles.
The YouTube show starred Melanie Newman in play-by-play with Sarah Langs as an analyst. Alanna Rizzo was the on-field reporter, and Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner hosted the pre-game and post-game coverage.
The Rays won 9-3.
DETROIT (AP) – Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the 2021 season and most or all of 2022, the team announced on Tuesday.
Turnbull, who pitched a hit against the Seattle Mariners on May 18, was 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA in nine starts this season. He last pitched on June 4, then was put on the injured list with a stretched forearm.
The 28-year-old right-hander went 3-17 in 2019 as Detroit lost 114 games, but came back last season with a 4-4 record and a 3.97 ERA in 11 starts.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Oakland City Council on Tuesday approved the preliminary conditions for a new $ 12 billion waterside baseball stadium project for Oakland Athletics, but it is not unclear if the vote will be enough to keep the baseball team at the bargaining table instead of leaving the Bay Area city of San Francisco.
The 6-1 vote supported the proposal that requires development to include affordable housing, tenant protections and environmental measures, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
But A chairman Dave Kaval said the financial terms were not working for the team.
NEW YORK (AP) – New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was hit by a car while cycling in California in a “horrific” accident over the weekend.
Knapp was hit on Saturday in the city of San Ramon, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 58-year-old longtime NFL aide was hospitalized and in critical condition on Tuesday, Lt. Tami Williams of the San Ramon Police Department said.
The crash happened around 3 p.m. and the driver involved is cooperating with the investigation, Williams said in a statement.
The nature of Knapp’s injuries was not immediately known.
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden welcomed Super Bowl-winning Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House on Tuesday, the defending NFL champions’ first visit since 2017.
It was Brady’s first visit since 2005 with the New England Patriots when George W. Bush was in power. Brady won the Super Bowl in four different administrations, but skipped Patriots tours in 2015 with Barack Obama and in 2017 with Donald Trump.
The Patriots as a team chose not to attend after winning in 2019.
IndyCar on Tuesday announced an expansion with NBC Sports that ensures a majority of its races will air on the mainnet rather than cable, including 13 serial events on the flagship channel next season.
Still, the migration to streaming will hit full speed next season as NBC Sports plans to exclusively air two IndyCar races on Peacock. The rest of the IndyCar schedule, which is slated to feature 17 races but has yet to be released, will air on USA Network.
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Jack Roush implemented a long-term vision for Roush Fenway Racing on Tuesday when the team owner, 79, introduced Brad Keselowski as a new NASCAR team partner .
Keselowski is leaving the Penske team, where he won the 2012 championship, because he wanted a role of owner in an organization as part of his legacy in NASCAR. Along with Roush Fenway, Keselowski will not only drive the No.6 Ford next season, but play a huge role off the track.
Keselowski will replace Ryan Newman, who has driven the Roush flagship car for the past three seasons.
LONDON (AP) – Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against former undisputed world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.
The fight pits two London 2012 Olympic gold medalists against each other: Joshua took the podium in the super heavyweight division and Usyk reigned supreme in the heavyweight category.
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