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Around the Nation (June 5): NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998

The first two games of the NBA Finals are the most-watched since Michael Jordan's final championship

Associated Press Published: June 6, 2017 4:00 AM
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BASKETBALL

NBA Finals ratings highest since MJ's last title in 1998

CLEVELAND -- The first two games of the NBA Finals are the most-watched since Michael Jordan's final championship in 1998.

Despite two lopsided outcomes, Golden State's two home wins over Cleveland averaged 19.6 million viewers, according to numbers released Monday by the Nielsen company.

That's an increase of 5 percent from the 18.6 million average in 2016.

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The Warriors' 132-113 victory on Sunday drew an average of 20.1 million viewers, up 13 percent from Game 2 last year and the most for a Game 2 since Chicago and Utah met in 1998. The telecast peaked with 23.1 million viewers.

This is the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals.

Clippers to host two preseason games against

Raptors in Hawaii

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers will host two preseason games against the Toronto Raptors in Honolulu this fall.

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The games on Oct. 1 and 3 will be played at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii campus. That's where the Clippers will hold their training camp.

The Clippers will participate in a pregame fan fest at the Hawaii Convention Center as part of the Clippers Hawaii Classic event.

It will be the first time the Clippers have played a game in Hawaii.

FOOTBALL

49ers sign pass rusher Dumervil

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers have bolstered their pass rush by signing Elvis Dumervil.

General manager John Lynch announced the move Monday to bring in his former Denver teammate. He said the team "added another stud to harass QBs."

The 33-year-old Dumervil has 99 career sacks in 10 seasons with the Broncos and Baltimore. He had a career-low three sacks last season for the Ravens when he was limited to eight games because of an Achilles injury. Dumervil was cut in March.

The 49ers have been seeking an outside pass rusher this offseason. Dumervil has recorded 17 sacks in both 2009 and '14 -- more than every current member of the Niners other than linebacker Ahmad Brooks (53 1/2 sacks).

Seahawks add QB depth by signing former Brown Austin Davis

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks' search for some depth at quarterback has led them to journeyman Austin Davis.

Seattle released Jake Heaps to make room on the roster for Davis, who was signed Monday after spending time with the Rams, Browns and Broncos.

The 28-year-old Davis will be added to the backup competition with Trevone Boykin, last year's No. 2 behind starter Russell Wilson.

Davis is in his sixth NFL season after entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi in 2012.

Davis has appeared in 13 regular-season games with the Rams and Browns, including 10 starts. He has gone 236-for-378 for 2,548 yards with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He spent part of last season with Denver.

Are you ready? Hank Williams Jr. returning to 'MNF'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hank Williams Jr. is bringing his rowdy friends back to "Monday Night Football" six years after ESPN dropped the country singer for his comments about President Barack Obama.

ESPN says a new version of Williams' longtime "MNF" theme and its "Are you ready for some football?" catchphrase will debut before the first regular-season Monday night game -- a Sept. 11 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.

The network says in a statement that it's bringing back what it calls "most iconic music video in sports television history" because fans missed it.

ESPN dropped Williams in 2011 after he compared Obama golfing with then-House Speaker John Boehner to Adolf Hitler golfing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

ESPN executive Stephanie Druley tells USA Today Network-Tennessee that she's not concerned about any backlash over Williams' return.

BASEBALL

Cubs place closer Wade Davis on paternity leave

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have placed closer Wade Davis on paternity leave and recalled right-hander Dylan Floro from Triple-A Iowa.

Davis and his wife, Katelyn, are expecting their second child. The 31-year-old Davis is 2-0 with a microscopic 0.89 ERA and 12 saves in his first season with Chicago after he was acquired in an offseason trade with Kansas City.

Floro made two appearances with the Cubs last month, allowing six runs in 6 1/3 innings.

The team announced the moves before Monday night's game against Miami.

COLLEGE

Attorney: Three Michigan State players charged with assault

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- An attorney says three Michigan State football players are being charged in an alleged campus sexual assault in January.

Ingham County prosecutor Carol Siemon said Monday that "three persons" were being charged in the incident, but she didn't release details or names.

Karen Truszkowski, an attorney for the alleged victim, tells The Associated Press that the three are football players. They're not expected to appear in court until Tuesday.

Earlier Monday, Michigan State released a report from an external law firm that investigated the football program's handling of the allegations. The investigation found no evidence that coach Mark Dantonio violated the school's policy on relationship violence and sexual misconduct. The report says Dantonio "took prompt and decisive action" with respect to the January incident that has now led to criminal charges.

BYU adds Notre Dame transfer

Tristen Hoge (OL)

PROVO, Utah -- BYU has signed Notre Dame transfer Tristen Hoge, the nephew of former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Merril Hoge.

The 6-foot-4, 303-pound center played six games for the Irish in 2016 and was named offensive scout team player of the year.

in 2015. He will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2017 season per NCAA rules.

Hoge joins his cousin, quarterback Beau Hoge, on the BYU roster.

The Cougars also announced the return of missionary James Empey. The 6-4, 270-pound offensive lineman is the son of BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey. He served his two-year Mormon mission in Portugal.


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