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The Cleveland Cavaliers made NBA history on June 19th when they won the league championship by defeating the Golden State Warriors four games to three. The club is the first ever to win the title after trailing a best-of-seven Final series by three games to one. The Cavaliers dropped the first two games on the road in Oakland before winning the first outing in Cleveland to narrow the gap to 2-1. Golden State then went up 3-1 with a win in Cleveland before the Cavaliers came storming back with three straight victories to win the series. The final game was the closest of the seven with Cleveland taking it 93-89. Cleveland’s LeBron James was named the playoff MVP. Golden State beat Cleveland in six games last year to take the NBA crown.
American golfer Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open at Oakmont on June 19th for his first ever major win after finishing as last year’s runner up. However, he had to go through the last seven holes wondering if he’d be penalized a stroke for a possible infringement on the fifth hole. Johnson finished the fourth and final round by shooting 68 to finish the tournament at five under par, but was penalized for moving his ball back on the fifth green. Therefore, his official score ended up being four under par for the event, but it was still enough to win it as he finished three in front of Shane Lowry of Ireland and fellow Americans Scott Piercy and Jim Furyk.
The world’s governing body for track and field, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has banned Russia’s track team from competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil due to widespread illegal drug use. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has the final say on the matter, but recently announced they support the ban. However, Russia stated that it will appeal the move. Sebastian Coe, the president of the IAAF said his organization came to a unanimous decision on the matter and Russia doesn’t seem to be doing much of anything to tackle the cheating allegations.
Japanese baseball star Ichiro Suzuki of the Florida Marlins recently set the all time record for hits by a professional baseball player. But even though Ichiro has played in North America’s Major League baseball since the 2001 season, his hit total isn’t a MLB record. Suzuki entered his game on June 15th in San Diego against the Padres just one hit shy of the record of 4,256 hits set by former MLB player Pete Rose. He tied the record with an infield single in his first at bat in the contest at Petco Park. Ichiro then failed to reach base during his next three plate appearances, but in the top of the ninth inning he managed to hit a two-out double to set a new pro mark of 4,257 hits.
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2015/16 Stanley Cup in six games with their 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Arena in San Jose, California on Sunday, June 12th. This is the fourth Stanley Cup triumph in the team’s 48-year history and it comes exactly seven years to the day after their last championship. It’s also the fourth time they’ve won it on the road. They also won the title in 1990/91 and 1991/92. In addition, Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs and finished the postseason with six goals and 13 assists. The Sharks were attempting to become the first club since the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs to win a Final series after falling behind three games to one. In fact, the Leafs won their series in seven games after losing the first three.
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