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SLO Rundown: Cavaliers have life in NBA Finals, Euros turn ugly

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▪ Who knew, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t quite ready to concede NBA supremacy to the Golden State Warriors just yet. And LeBron James reminded everyone that he’s still capable of mind-blowing things — he even had some help this time around. So the series shifts back to Cleveland, where if James and Co., are able to pull another rabbit out of the hat, things could get very, very interesting in Game 7 back in Oakland. Some soundbites for you:

▪ The Pittsburgh Penguins also didn’t get the memo that this was supposed to be the sports summer to remember in the Bay Area, dispatching of the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals for the franchise’s fourth title. Yes, it was a great and historic season for the Sharks, but they were left wondering what could have been following the defeat. Now, do they have what it takes to get back to another finals?

▪ It was a bad weekend for the 2016 Euro Tournament, which has been marred with violence among supporters groups. Saturday saw the worst of it, when clashes between Russian and England supporters got ugly before the two teams met in the tournament and drew 1-1. Rolling riots in the streets saw many injured and the use of tear gas. English supporters climbed fences and ran from Russian supporters, some which were reportedly carrying knives. It led to UEFA ruling Tuesday that Russia would be disqualified from the tournament should there be more violence. England captain Wayne Rooney and coach Roy Hodgson also appealed for calm ahead of their Thursday clash with Wales.

▪ It was a rather good weekend for a trio of former Cal Poly baseball players, as pitcher Justin Calomeni, utility player Brett Barbier and outfielder John Schuknecht saw their names called in the Major League Baseball Draft. Reporter Lucas Clark tracked down Mustangs head coach Larry Lee for reaction.

▪ Staying here in SLO County, Travis Gibson profiled a group of young surfers who are looking to make it big on the professional tour. The video clips along are worth checking out.

▪ And in the world of millionaire athletes haggling with billionaire owners, Denver Broncos star Von Miller made his feelings very clear about where he stands in their contract negotiations in an Instagram post Saturday, cropping out team president John Elway from a picture. It certainly underscores how social media has become a way for athletes to express themselves — and even gain a little leverage in negotiations. Miller and the Broncos have been mired in contract talks for some time now, but the two sides are as far as ever from reaching an agreement.

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