CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James scored 46 points in 46 minutes, George Hill added 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame the loss of All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury to beat the Boston Celtics 109-99 and force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. James added 11 rebounds and nine assists. Terry Rozier led the Celtics with 28 points. Boston will host the series' climactic game Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love injured his head in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals and his status for Game 7 remains unclear. Love banged heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum in the first quarter and sat out the second half of Cleveland's 109-99 win as a precaution. Love has not been placed in concussion protocol but that could change if he experiences symptoms before Sunday's game.
BOSTON (AP) - Mookie Betts hit his major-league leading 17th home run, J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 hours after a surprising roster shakeup. Boston got its fifth win in six games shortly after announcing it had designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. The Red Sox fared fine without Ramirez. Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts also went deep as Boston converted big time on its seven hits.
BOSTON (AP) - Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox, who are responsible for the $15.25 million remaining on his contract but avoided him triggering a $22 million salary for 2019. Boston made the move to clear a roster spot for All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was activated from the disabled list and was set to make his season debut against Atlanta after recovering from knee surgery. The 34-year-old Ramirez hit .163 with three homers and 12 RBIs in May.
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