LEBRON JAMES, ANTHONY DAVIS LEAD LAKERS TO NBA TITLE
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — When Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in January, the Los Angeles Lakers promised to dedicate the rest of the season to his memory. And they created a memory in the process, winning the NBA title and turning a city’s grief into a moment of triumph. The Lakers clinched the title last night with a 106-93 win over the Miami Heat. The win gives the Lakers their first title since Bryant won his fifth and final NBA crown a decade ago. Shortly after the final buzzer, Lakers’ star Anthony Davis said, “All we wanted to do was do it for him — and we didn’t let him down.”
DOZENS OF ARRESTS MADE AS L.A. CELEBRATES LAKERS’ TITLE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — What should have been a time of celebration in Los Angeles was spoiled by some bent on creating chaos — as people thronged around the Staples Center to celebrate the Lakers’ NBA title. Police say 76 people were arrested and more than 30 buildings and businesses damaged when some acted out. A police statement says about 1,000 people gathered at the arena after the game. Most were peaceful but police say some “unruly individuals” infiltrated the crowd and threw glass, bottles, rocks and other things at officers. Eight were treated for injuries.
FORMER MLB STAR, BROADCASTER JOE MORGAN DIES
CINCINNATI (AP) — He was the smallest cog in what was known as baseball’s Big Red Machine — but Joe Morgan is being remembered as one of the giants of the game. The Hall of Fame second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds has died. He was 77. Morgan helped lead the Reds to two straight World Series titles. His single in Game 7 of the 1975 series beat Boston and the following year, he capped a Most Valuable Player season with a sweep of the Yankees. After his playing career, Morgan went into broadcasting, doing games for the Reds, Giants and A’s — as well as for NBC, ABC, CBS and ESPN.
KILLER MIKE TO BE HONORED AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
NEW YORK (AP) — He’s been part of the music world for more than 20 years. But the honor Killer Mike will get at the Billboard Music Awards this week is for his efforts to promote social justice. Producers for the show say Killer Mike will receive the first-ever Billboard Change Maker Award on Wednesday. Killer Mike has spoken out against police brutality, inequality in Black areas and on race relations. Last year, he hosted a Netflix documentary series about issues affecting Blacks in this country.
BRITISH GOVERNMENT OFFERING GRANTS TO CAVERN CLUB, OTHER ARTS VENUES
LONDON (AP) — The place where The Beatles rose to fame is among the venues getting financial help from the British government. The Cavern Club in Liverpool is one of the arts and cultural organizations who will get a chunk of a $335 million grant. Nearly 1,400 organizations will share the grant, being issued to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic.
BOOK PUBLISHEERS SET UP VOTING INFORMATION SITE
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a different kind of “write-in” campaign, for sure. Some book publishers and civics groups have joined forces to create Book the Vote. It’s an online initiative to give people information about the elections system, voting registration and key civics issues. The site will feature videos from Anita Hill, Jeffrey Toobin and Alan Cumming, among others. Organizers say the site is a way to present credible and authoritative information about the U.S. election — and voting rights.
Book The Vote site: https://www.bookthevote.com