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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Celtics have built a 3-2 lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals, while the Los Angeles Clippers are up 2-1 in the West semis. Jaylen Brown scored 27 points and the Celtics led by 28 in the first half of a 111-89 blowout over the Toronto Raptors. Paul George dropped in 32 points and Kawhi  Leonard added 23 to carry the Clippers past Denver, 113-107.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning took Game 1 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference final by destroying the New York Islanders, 8-2. Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov each collected five points and combined for three goals in a game that got out of hand midway through the first period. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist for the Isles.

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams needed three sets before reaching the U.S. Open women’s quarterfinals before second seed Sofia Kenin was ousted. Williams dropped a second-set tiebreak before edging Maria Sakkari , 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Kenin’s bid for a second consecutive Grand Slam title ended with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Elise Mertens.

ATLANTA (AP) — Dustin Johnson is $15 million richer after capturing the FedEx Cup. Johnson won the Tour Championship by closing with a 2-under 68 for a three-stroke victory over Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas. Johnson is the first player since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win the Cup as the No. 1 seed.

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed All-Pro defensive tackle Cam Heyward to a five-year contract extension worth around $75 million. The 31-year-old was entering the final season of a six-year deal he signed in 2015. Heyward is coming off a stellar 2019 season in which he had nine sacks while helping Pittsburgh’s defense become one of the league’s best.

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