For Steph and LeBron, an ultimate game to decide NBA title

CLEVELAND (AP) — It's the two-time reigning MVP who is trying to finish off a record setting season with a second straight title, against a two-time champion who is tantalizingly close to finally ending Cleveland's 52-year title drought.

  • Written by TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer

Russia makes last-minute plea for readmission of track team

VIENNA (AP) — Russia made a last-minute plea Friday for its track and field athletes to be allowed to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, claiming it has cleaned house and met all the requirements for reinstatement.

  • Written by NESHA STARCEVIC, AP Sports Writer STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer

Bengals keep trying to win a playoff game with same cast

CINCINNATI (AP) — Defensive end Carlos Dunlap couldn't resist having a little fun. He reached his large right hand into the group of reporters interviewing Bengals running back Giovani Bernard and rubbed his thumb and forefinger together.

  • Written by JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer