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SportShorts for Monday, June 2, 2014


Spurs headed back to finals

The San Antonio Spurs are back in the NBA Finals, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime on Saturday night in Game 6 to set up a rematch with the Miami Heat.

Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who will host Game 1 on Thursday night as they try to avenge last year’s heartbreaking seven-game defeat.

Boris Diaw scored 26 points for the Spurs, who won despite point guard Tony Parker missing the entire second half and overtime with left ankle soreness.

Russell Westbrook had 34 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals, and Kevin Durant added 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder.

Vogel to return as Pacers coach

The Indiana Pacers plan to bring back head coach Frank Vogel next season, according to Yahoo Sports.

Vogel is 167-100 in four seasons as the Pacers’ coach. Indiana went 56-26 in the regular season, and reached the Eastern Conference finals as the No. 1 seed before losing to the Heat for the second straight season.

There was earlier speculation that team President Larry Bird might replace Vogel with former Warriors coach Mark Jackson.


Matsuyama wins Memorial in playoff

Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama made birdie on the final hole Sunday at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, and then won with a par in the playoff for his first American victory.

Matsuyama didn’t look like a winner when he hit a poor tee shot on the 18th hole. Lightly slamming his driver on the ground in disgust, the head broke off. He hit an approach to 5 feet for birdie for a 3-under 69.

That put him in a playoff with Kevin Na, who finished off his 64 about 2 hours earlier.

In the playoff, Na drove into the creek. Matsuyama holed a 10-foot par putt for the win.

Masters champion Bubba Watson was in the lead until a drive out-of-bounds led to double bogey. He missed the playoff by one shot.


EA Sports, NCAA athletes agree to settlement

EA Sports reached a $40 million settlement with college football and basketball players in the case involving the use of the likeness of athletes, reported Saturday.

After attorney fees, as many as 100,000 current and former NCAA athletes could receive up to $4,000 each. The settlement applies to athletes whose likeness appeared in EA Sports college basketball and college football video games since 2003.


Former Nets, Devils owner Katz dies in plane crash

Lewis Katz, the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, and former owner of the New Jersey Nets and Devils, was among seven people killed when a private jet ran off the end of a runway, plunged down an embankment, and erupted in a fireball during a takeoff attempt Saturday night at Hanscom Field outside Boston, authorities said. There were no survivors.

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