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Bucks defeat Nets 104-89 and force Game 7

Brooklyn Nets' James Harden, right, is guarded by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, during the first half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Khris Middleton scored 38 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 30 and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed in a 104-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday to force a decisive seventh game in their second-round playoff series

Stanton HR, triple play key Yankees' 8-4 win over Blue Jays

New York Yankees celebrate an 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead homer in a four-run seventh inning and the New York Yankees pulled off a wacky triple play in an 8-4 win over the reeling Toronto Blue Jays

Hendricks wins 7th straight start, Cubs beat Mets 2-0

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks winds up during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Kyle Hendricks flummoxed the Mets for six innings to win his career-best seventh straight start, Javier Báez hit a two-run homer in the first off Marcus Stroman and the Chicago Cubs beat New York 2-0 to avoid a four-game series sweep

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics

Spain's Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd after losing to Serbia's Novak Djokovic in their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Friday, June 11, 2021 in Paris. Djokovic won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Rafael Nadal says he will not play at Wimbledon or at the Tokyo Olympics

European soccer capsules

Denmark's Simon Kjaer, left, and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku clap hands as the Belgium's team pays tribute to Denmark's Christian Eriksen in 10th minute during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Belgium at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday, June 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)

Substitute Kevin De Bruyne set up one goal and scored the winner himself to give Belgium a 2-1 victory over Denmark in a European Championship game marked by an emotional tribute to Christian Eriksen in the first half.

Mets' deGrom gets clean MRI on shoulder, no plans for IL

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom’s shoulder showed no abnormalities, but New York was not yet ready to commit to him taking his next turn in the rotation Sunday against Washington

Lightning beat Islanders 2-1 in Game 3

New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) collides with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinals, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Brayden Point kept up his scoring touch with a tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup...

Henley has happy return to Torrey and takes early Open lead

Russell Henley watches his shot on the first green roll wide of the cup during the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Russell Henley made the most out of his return to Torrey Pines

Hawks rally from 26 points down, stun 76ers in Game 5

Atlanta's Trae Young goes up for a shot against the 76ers' Joel Embiid (21), Matisse Thybulle (22) and Seth Curry during the second half of Game 5 in an NBA Eastern Conference second-round playoff series on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Atlanta won, 109-106, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Trae Young scored 39 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-106 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals

Clippers beat Jazz 119-111 to take series lead

Utah center Rudy Gobert, rear, defends against Clippers guard Paul George during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA Western Confernce second-round playoff series on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The Clippers won, 119-111, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

Paul George had 37 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 119-111 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series

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Stanton HR, triple play key Yankees' 8-4 win over Blue Jays

New York Yankees celebrate an 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead homer in a four-run seventh inning and the New York Yankees pulled off a wacky triple play in an 8-4 win over the reeling Toronto Blue Jays

Hendricks wins 7th straight start, Cubs beat Mets 2-0

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks winds up during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Kyle Hendricks flummoxed the Mets for six innings to win his career-best seventh straight start, Javier Báez hit a two-run homer in the first off Marcus Stroman and the Chicago Cubs beat New York 2-0 to avoid a four-game series sweep

Mets' deGrom gets clean MRI on shoulder, no plans for IL

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom’s shoulder showed no abnormalities, but New York was not yet ready to commit to him taking his next turn in the rotation Sunday against Washington

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Jim Fassel, coach who took Giants to Super Bowl, dies at 71

In this Oct. 22, 2001, file photo, New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel reacts after referees overturned a ruling on a completed Philadelphia Eagles pass in a game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky)

The former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel has died

Former Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid pleads not guilty in crash

Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has pleaded not guilty in a crash that left a young girl critically injured

Titans agree to deal with Falcons for Julio Jones

In this Dec. 6, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones leaves the field during the first half of a game against the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Falcons for seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones

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Bucks defeat Nets 104-89 and force Game 7

Brooklyn Nets' James Harden, right, is guarded by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, during the first half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Khris Middleton scored 38 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 30 and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed in a 104-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday to force a decisive seventh game in their second-round playoff series

Hawks rally from 26 points down, stun 76ers in Game 5

Atlanta's Trae Young goes up for a shot against the 76ers' Joel Embiid (21), Matisse Thybulle (22) and Seth Curry during the second half of Game 5 in an NBA Eastern Conference second-round playoff series on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Atlanta won, 109-106, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Trae Young scored 39 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-106 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals

Clippers beat Jazz 119-111 to take series lead

Utah center Rudy Gobert, rear, defends against Clippers guard Paul George during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA Western Confernce second-round playoff series on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The Clippers won, 119-111, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

Paul George had 37 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 119-111 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series

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Lightning beat Islanders 2-1 in Game 3

New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) collides with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinals, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Brayden Point kept up his scoring touch with a tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup...

Russian goalies highlight Lightning-Islanders series

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) sprays water on his face during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series against the New York Islanders Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Two Russian goaltenders are on center stage in the NHL semifinal between Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders

Price makes 29 saves, Canadiens beat Golden Knights 3-2

Montreal goaltender Carey Price deflects a shot by Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Montreal won, 3-2, to tie the best-of-seven series. (David Becker/AP Photo)

Carey Price made 29 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Stanley Cup semifinal series at a game apiece

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Sun fall to Sky, 81-75

Chicago Sky's Diamond DeShields (1) shoots and scores over Connecticut Sun's Kaila Charles (3) and Brionna Jones during the second half of a WNBA game on Thursday in Chicago. The Sky won 81-75. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Kahleah Copper had 18 points and eight rebounds as the Chicago Sky used a third quarter surge to beat the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night, 81-75, before 1,293 at Wintrust Arena.

Sun head to Chicago for two-game series

Connecticut Sun assistant coaches Brandi Poole, left and Chris Koclanes direct the team against the Seattle Storm during a May 25 game in Everett, Wash. The assistants will lead the Sun again on Thursday at Chicago while head coach Curt Miller is attending to a family matter in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Connecticut Sun are looking to find themselves while spending a few days in the Windy City playing the Chicago Sky on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon.

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Hawks rally from 26 points down, stun 76ers in Game 5

Atlanta's Trae Young goes up for a shot against the 76ers' Joel Embiid (21), Matisse Thybulle (22) and Seth Curry during the second half of Game 5 in an NBA Eastern Conference second-round playoff series on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Atlanta won, 109-106, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Trae Young scored 39 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-106 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals

Clippers beat Jazz 119-111 to take series lead

Utah center Rudy Gobert, rear, defends against Clippers guard Paul George during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA Western Confernce second-round playoff series on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The Clippers won, 119-111, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

Paul George had 37 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 119-111 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series

DeGrom pulled with shoulder issue from Mets' 6-3 win vs. Cubs

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom walks on the field before a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Jacob deGrom was pulled from a second straight start with an arm injury, this time leaving after three perfect innings with right shoulder soreness, but the New York Mets bullpen stepped up to finish a three-hitter in a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs

A return to Torrey and prime time for US Open on West Coast

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, left, and Dustin Johnson, right, point from the second tee box during a practice round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The US Open is back at Torrey Pines and back to prime-time for East Coast viewers

Harden available, Irving out for Nets as they try to advance

Brooklyn forward Kevin Durant watches as he sinks a 3-pointer during the fourth quarter of Game 5 of an NBA Eastern Conference second-round playoff series against Milwaukee on Tuesday at Barclays Center. Brooklyn won, 114-108, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

The Brooklyn Nets will continue to play without Kyrie Irving and don’t know exactly what they can expect from James Harden as the star players deal with injuries

Suns say Paul in protocols, status for West finals unclear

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, front, reacts after hitting a basket late in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Denver. Phoenix won 125-118 to sweep the series. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Phoenix guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and it is unclear whether he’ll be available for the start of the Western Conference finals next week

Hornets' LaMelo Ball selected NBA Rookie of the Year

Hornets guard LaMelo Ball brings the ball up against the Clippers during a May 13 game in Charlotte, N.C. Ball’s versatility as a passer, scorer and rebounder earned him NBA Rookie of the Year honors Wednesday despite his missing 21 games with a fractured wrist. Ball beat out finalists Anthony Edwards from Minnesota and Tyrese Haliburton from Sacramento to win the award, which was determined by a global panel of 100 writers and broadcasters who cover the league. (Jacob Kupferman/AP Photo)

Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball’s versatility as a passer, scorer and rebounder earned him NBA Rookie of the Year honors despite missing 21 games with a fractured wrist

Russian goalies highlight Lightning-Islanders series

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) sprays water on his face during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series against the New York Islanders Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Two Russian goaltenders are on center stage in the NHL semifinal between Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders

ON THE AIR

Australian Rules Football

2:30 a.m. (Saturday), FS2 — AFL: Brisbane Lions at North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Auto Racing

5:25 a.m., ESPN2 — Formula One French Grand Prix practice from Le Castellet.

8:55 a.m., ESPNU — Formula One French Grand Prix practice from Le Castellet.

11 a.m., FS2 — NASCAR Truck Rackley Roofing 200 practice from Nashville, Tenn.

4 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Tennessee Lottery 250 practice from Nashville, Tenn.

5 p.m., FS2 — NASCAR Truck Rackley Roofing 200 qualifying from Nashville, Tenn.

8 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Rackley Roofing 200 from Nashville, Tenn.

5:55 a.m. (Saturday), ESPN2 — Formula One French Grand Prix practice from Le Castellet.

Baseball

7 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees.

7 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals.

8 p.m., NESN, WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals.

Basketball

7:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA playoffs: Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks.

10 p.m., ESPN — NBA playoffs: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers.

10:30 p.m., CBSSN — WNBA: Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks.

Golf

10:30 a.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Meijer Classic from Grand Rapids, Mich.

12:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: U.S. Open from La Jolla, Calif.

6 p.m., Ch. 30 — PGA: U.S. Open from La Jolla, Calif.

9 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: U.S. Open from La Jolla, Calif.

Hockey

8 p.m., USA — NHL playoffs: Vegas Golden Knights at Montréal Canadiens.

Horse Racing

8:30 a.m., NBCSN — The Royal Ascot from England.

12:30 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from New York.

Rugby

5:30 a.m., FS2 — NRL: Sydney Roosters at Penrith Panthers.

Soccer

9 a.m., ESPN — UEFA Euro: Sweden vs. Slovakia from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Noon, ESPN — UEFA Euro: Croatia vs. Czech Republic from Glasgow, Scotland.

3 p.m., ESPN — UEFA Euro: Scotland at England from London.

5 p.m., FS1 — Copa América: Chile vs. Bolivia from Cuiabá, Brazil.

8 p.m., FS2 — Copa América: Argentina vs. Uruguay from Brasília, Brazil.

8 p.m., MSG — MLS: Nashville SC at New York Red Bulls.

Surfing

6 p.m., FS2 — WSL: Surf Ranch Pro from Lemoore, Calif.

Swimming

6 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying heats from Omaha, Neb. (taped today)

9 p.m., Ch. 30 — U.S. Olympic Trials from Omaha, Neb.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Fever-Tree Championships from London; WTA Birmingham Classic from England; ATP Noventi Open from Halle, Germany; Bett1open from Berlin.

Track & Field

7 p.m., NBCSN — U.S. Olympic Trials from Eugene, Ore.

10 p.m., Ch. 30 — U.S. Olympic Trials from Eugene, Ore.