Warriors try to finish sweep in Portland

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(AP) -- PORTLAND, Ore., -- The Golden State Warriors will go for their second Western Conference finals sweep in the last three seasons Monday night when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers for Game 4 in the best-of-seven series.

Having become the first squad in NBA history to rally from at least a 13-point deficit in consecutive playoff wins, the Warriors find themselves one victory away from a fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

It appears Golden State will take its first shot at the series-clinching win without Andre Iguodala, who experienced pain in his left Achilles during Saturday's 110-99 win in Portland.

Magic: Pelinka reason for my resignation

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Frank Vogel's goal to build "organizational togetherness" within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team's current dysfunction Monday.

Vogel's introduction as the Lakers' latest coach was almost overshadowed by comments made earlier by Magic Johnson. The former Lakers great appeared on ESPN's "First Take" and said general manager Rob Pelinka was largely responsible for his resignation as president of basketball operations and that Pelinka was talking behind his back, putting the GM in the position of using the Vogel news conference to respond. (MORE)

Wolves retain Saunders, 33, as coach

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have chosen Ryan Saunders as their full-fledged head coach - and the first millennial to hold the job in the NBA.

The team announced Monday that the 33-year-old Saunders will stay in the post he held on an interim basis during the second half of this past season, the role long held by his father. The widely expected decision was made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. (MORE)

Callaway stays; Cespedes breaks ankle

NEW YORK (AP) On a hectic day at Citi Field, the slumping New York Mets have announced they are sticking with embattled manager Mickey Callaway "for the foreseeable future" - and sidelined slugger Yoenis Cespedes broke his right ankle in an accident on his ranch.

Cespedes has been out most of the last two seasons and was recovering from surgery on both heels. New York had hoped he could return sometime after the All-Star break, but this latest setback certainly puts Cespedes' entire season - and perhaps his career - in jeopardy. (MORE)

Phillies' Arrieta set for Wrigley return

Jake Arrieta had his most successful seasons when he was with the Chicago Cubs from 2013-17.

The right-hander will face them for the first time when he takes the mound for the visiting Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a four-game series on Monday night at Wrigley Field. (MORE)

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