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Enes Kanter wants to become U.S. citizen, received death threats

NEW YORK — After having his Turkish passport canceled and receiving death threats, Enes Kanter is back safely in the United States and says he hopes to stay here for good as an American citizen. After he was held in Romania by authorities there because his Turkish passport was canceled by Turkish authorities, Kanter said he plans on taking steps toward becoming a U.S. citizen. “Right now I am country-less,” Kanter said at the National Basketball Players Association headquarters in Manhattan. “I am open to adoption definitely. I am going to try to become an American citizen. I have a green card. We will see if they can speed up the process a little bit. It would definitely be nice. Right now my next move is becoming an American citizen.” Kanter, who said he has received death threats including two on Monday morning, has been critical of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Oklahoma City Thunder center said his Turkish passport was canceled because…

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Celtics find motivation in East finals loss to Cavaliers

BOSTON — While trying to savor a rewarding season in which they won 53 games, earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, members of the Boston Celtics acknowledged the gap that still exists with the Cleveland Cavaliers in their quest to elevate to a true title contender. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving paired up for 59 points as the Cavaliers flattened Isaiah Thomas-less Boston 135-102 during Game 5 of the East finals on Thursday night at TD Garden. The 33-point rout was the worst loss when facing elimination in Celtics history. The Cavaliers won the best-of-seven series 4-1 and advanced to meet the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. “We see that the team to get past is Cleveland, and right now we’re not there,” said Celtics big man Al Horford, who is now 1-15 against James in his postseason career and has been eliminated by…

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Celtics find motivation in East finals loss to Cavaliers

BOSTON — While trying to savor a rewarding season in which they won 53 games, earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, members of the Boston Celtics acknowledged the gap that still exists with the Cleveland Cavaliers in their quest to elevate to a true title contender. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving paired up for 59 points as the Cavaliers flattened Isaiah Thomas-less Boston 135-102 during Game 5 of the East finals on Thursday night at TD Garden. The 33-point rout was the worst loss when facing elimination in Celtics history. The Cavaliers won the best-of-seven series 4-1 and advanced to meet the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. “We see that the team to get past is Cleveland, and right now we’re not there,” said Celtics big man Al Horford, who is now 1-15 against James in his postseason career and has been eliminated by…

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Longtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has surgery to replace pacemaker

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is “doing well” after undergoing surgery Thursday to have his pacemaker replaced, the team announced Friday on Twitter. The team said last Saturday that the 89-year-old Lasorda had been in the hospital and was resting comfortably. Lasorda has spent almost seven decades in the Dodgers’ organization, starting as a minor league pitcher in the Brooklyn system in 1949. He has been a pitcher, coach and manager for the Dodgers, and guided them to their last World Series championship in 1988. He is a special adviser to the chairman and is a consistent presence in the seats next to the Dodgers’ dugout, where Magic Johnson — part of the team’s ownership group — also sits when he’s in attendance. Lasorda guided the Dodgers to two World Series titles while managing the team from 1976 to 1996. During his tenure, the Dodgers won four National League pennants and eight division titles. He makes…

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