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Heat get within 2-1…Pats-Chiefs tonight…Hamlin wins

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Heat have closed within two games to one in the NBA Finals by downing the Los Angeles Lakers, 115-104. Jimmy Butler recorded the third 40-point triple-double in finals history, delivering 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. LeBron James finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, but Anthony Davis added just 15 while dealing with early foul trouble.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are scheduled to host the Kansas City Chiefs tonight. The game was pushed back a day after Pats starting quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs backup QB Jordan Ta’amu tested positive for COVID-19. As of last night, it was uncertain whether Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham would start at quarterback for the Patriots.

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Denny Hamlin finally got a playoff win in a messy wreck-fest that took three overtimes, the longest race in Talladega Superspeedway history. Hamlin made the winning pass on the 200th lap with a three-wide sweep coming out of the fourth turn. The Daytona 500 winner had the throttle open on the No. 11 Toyota to nip Matt DiBenedetto and Erik Jones at the finish line, although DiBenedetto was pushed back to 21st due to a driving penalty.

UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma has dropped out of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since September 2016, while Iowa State jumped back into the Top 25 after a day of upsets. Largely, there was stability at the top of the rankings after No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Florida all won big, though the Bulldogs and Gators switched spots. Five teams dropped out of the rankings after eight ranked teams lost Saturday, six of them to unranked opponents.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sergio Garcia birdied the final hole of the Sanderson Farms Championship for his first PGA Tour win since the 2017 Masters. Garcia closed with a 5-under 67 and won for the 10th consecutive year worldwide. Peter Malnati closed with a career-best 63 and walked off the course as the leader before falling short in his bid for a second PGA title.

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