MIAMI (Reuters) - LeBron James took the first step toward winning a first championship by leading the Miami Heat to a 92-84 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the Game One of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Tour de France contender Cadel Evans is mystified as to why Alberto Contador's doping case is taking so long to resolve and is hoping for a final decision sooner rather than later.
DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer, who started the season a perfect 6-0, struggled for the second game in a row on Tuesday but the Tigers still scratched and clawed their way to an 8-7 victory over division rivals Minnesota.
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The Vancouver Canucks will have to shake some rust off their skates when they finally take to the ice on Wednesday against the Boston Bruins in the NHL's Stanley Cup championship.
MIAMI (Reuters) - NBA owners and players must take "bold" steps to avoid a lockout and prevent a slowing of the league's upward momentum, Commissioner David Stern said Tuesday.
PARIS (Reuters) - Defending champion Rafa Nadal faces the only man to have beaten him at the French Open on Wednesday when Robin Soderling will have his 2009 triumph but also last year's final defeat rattling in his mind.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles unveiled the new face of the franchise by naming former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown as the successor to the enormously successful Phil Jackson on Tuesday.
ZURICH (Reuters) - Four of FIFA's six biggest sponsors raised pressure on Sepp Blatter to accept reform of soccer's scandal-torn governing body, as the president welcomed delegates due to re-elect him with jugglers and folk dancing.
PARIS (Reuters) - Marion Bartoli turned the pressure of playing at her home grand slam into a driving force on Tuesday as she became the first Frenchwoman to reach the Roland Garros semi-finals since 2005.
MIAMI (Reuters) - CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer has refused to cut ties with lawyers looking into bribery allegations, putting him at loggerheads with the troubled soccer confederation's new interim president.