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On The Fly: Warriors And Cavs Finally Ready To Go At it Again

If you want to know why so much space was scheduled between games in the NBA Finals just ask Commissioner Adam Silver. The boss thought it was a good idea to squeeze two or three days between the games to aid recovery and feed the hype that fuels the series. Well, the wait for Game 5 ends Monday night when the Warriors and Cavaliers meet in Oakland. And if the Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have another one of those nights, Cleveland's long wait for another professional sports championship will switch again to the Indians and the Browns because the Cavs will be toast.

Meanwhile, in the WNBA, its looks like Minnesota and Los Angeles are already headed to a meeting in the finals, even though the regular season isn't even one-third complete. The Lynx, the defending league champion, improved to 10-0 on Saturday with their win over Washington. It's Minnesota's best start since beginning the 2010 season at 10-0. And right behind are the Los Angeles Sparks, now 9-0.

There was only one reason Jason Day would be hanging out with the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend. He's not there to be a pinch hitter. He's warming up for this week's U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club, 14 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

Although all the attention was placed on the local teams and state players taken in the Major League Baseball draft, here are three names that will eventually be making their way through Hartford with the Eastern League's Yard Goats. The parent Colorado Rockies took three strapping pitchers in the first 45 picks beginning with high school star Riley Pint with the fourth overall selection. The Rockies then took Georgia's Robert Tyler and Vanderbilt's Ben Bowden with the 38th and 45th picks. … Add Cubs star Jake Arrieta to Madison Bumgarner of the Giants on the list of pitchers who want to participate in this year's Home Run Derby during the All-Star break. Giants manager Bruce Bochy has already said no to Bumgarner, who has 13 career homers.

On Monday we may find out just exactly how long Oscar Pistorius will serve in jail. The double-amputee Olympic runner's sentencing hearing opens following his conviction for murder by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. This is the second time Pistorius has been sentenced for the killing following an appeal by prosecutors. He could get up to 15 years. … No team won more on Sunday than the one that brought "Hamilton" to the Broadway stage. The blockbuster musical hit a ton of walk-off homers during Sunday's Tony Awards in New York City.

—jaltavilla@courant.com

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