David Griffin’s run with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over after one championship and three straight trips to the NBA Finals.

The general manager and team mutually parted ways on Monday when owner David Gilbert said Griffin’s contract will not be extended once it expires June 30.

“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise’s first NBA Championship,” Gilbert said in a statement. “We have no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group, but we are confident our current front office will continue to aggressively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead.”

Griffin’s departure comes three days before the draft — the Cavs are currently without a pick — and on the eve of free agency.

The 47-year-old Griffin had been Cleveland’s GM since May 2014. He took over the role on a full-time basis after serving as an interim GM for three months following Chris Grant’s firing.

Griffin oversaw the team’s return to prominence after LeBron James came back from Miami. Griffin orchestrated the trade that brought Kevin Love from Minnesota, and he bolstered the Cavs’ roster with other trades and free agent signings.

Griffin was the fourth GM to work for Gilbert, who bought the Cavs in 2005.

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A pickup truck fell on top of a house in Yorba Linda on Saturday night, killing the two passengers and injuring some people inside the home, authorities said.

Yorba Linda residents Donald Wall, 38, and Danielle Velazquez, 40, were in the maroon Dodge pickup at around 11:20 p.m. Saturday driving downhill on the 5600 block of Lakeview Avenue. The driver lost control and the truck careened through an empty lot on the hill, becoming airborne before landing on top of the house, authorities said.

The car landed on top of an empty bedroom, but some of the occupants sustained minor injuries, authorities said

It’s unclear who was driving the truck, but both Wall and Velazquez died in the crash, according to the Orange County Coroner.

It’s also unclear how many people were inside the home — OC Sheriff’s Dept. said there were five people inside, while OC Fire Authority said there were six people inside, including three adults and three children.

“Two adults and one child were transported to local area hospitals with minor injuries,” said OC Fire Capt. Larry Kurtz.

There is extensive damage to the rest of the home, which houses a family, said Lt. Steve Gil of the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. Yorba Linda station. The OC Sheriff’s Dept. is investigating the crash.

Reach Sonali Kohli at Sonali.Kohli@latimes.com or on Twitter @Sonali_Kohli.

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Despite having not hit a shot, Rickie Fowler was still atop the leaderboard in the second round of the U.S. Open. But he has some company.

Paul Casey, who started the day at six under, has had one of the most interesting one-under par days you can imagine. Starting on the back nine, he actually moved into a tie with Fowler after a birdie on the 11th hole but followed that with a bogey on 12. He completely unraveled on the par five 14th with a triple bogey. But then he got five straight birdies on 17, 18, 1, 2 and 3 to get back to even on the day. He’s through 13 holes.

Fowler is scheduled to tee off at 1:36 p.m. CDT (11:36 a.m. PDT). He’s at seven under.

Fowler was briefly joined at the top of the leaderboard by Xander Schauffele, a San Diego native who attended Long Beach State and San Diego State. After four pars to start the day, he birdied the fifth hole to move into a tie with Fowler. But a bogey on the par three ninth dropped him back to six under. He’s played 10 holes.

Si Woo Kim also moved to six under when he birdied the first hole, his 10th of the day. It was his fourth birdie to go along with one bogey. He’s through 15 holes.
A trio of golfers are at five under, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka. All tee off in the afternoon.

Marc Leishman (through 16 holes), Bill Haas (14) and Patrick Reed (2:09 p.m. CDT, 12:09 p.m. PDT tee) are all at four under.


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In New York, just after the Lakers secured the second overall pick in this year’s NBA draft through the lottery, general manager Rob Pelinka made two things clear:

1) He’ll listen if teams want to talk about trades.

2) It’s unlikely the second pick in the draft gets moved.

In the month since, however, the Lakers have been taking and making calls about trading the pick, said a source who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. They’ve had scenarios presented to them, and offered their own.

This has been ongoing as the Lakers wrap up their work leading up to the draft June 22. In addition to the second overall pick, the Lakers have the 28th pick in the first round.

Thursday, they are meeting with University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz, widely expected to be taken first overall by the Boston Celtics.

Friday they’ll conduct draft workouts and also visit Lonzo Ball at a location of his choosing for a second meeting. The Lakers have also held double workouts with Kansas forward Josh Jackson. They met with De’Aaron Fox at his Pro Day in Thousand Oaks, at the NBA draft combine in Chicago and in for a workout at the Lakers facility this week.

Ball, whom Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson compared to himself in a radio interview last month, will work out near his home in Chino Hills. The former UCLA star helped lead the Bruins to a 31-5 record a year after the program went 15-17.

Fox had an impressive showing in the NCAA Sweet 16 against Ball’s Bruins, in a game that Johnson and Pelinka both attended.

And Jackson has recently emerged as a player to whom the Lakers have paid greater attention.

It is unusual for a top three pick to be traded once the draft order has been set.

The Portland Trail Blazers were involved in such trades in 2005 and 2006. In 2005 they traded away the No. 3 pick, the rights to Deron Williams, to the Utah Jazz. In 2006, they acquired the draft rights to Lamarcus Aldridge at No. 2.

Memphis traded for the rights to Pau Gasol at No. 3 in 2001, and the same year, Chicago traded with the Clippers for the rights to Tyson Chandler at No. 2. Memphis also made such a trade to acquire O.J. Mayo at No. 3 in 2008.

Perhaps the most significant trade of top-three picks came more than 20 years ago. In 1993, Orlando acquired the rights to Penny Hardaway at No. 3 and sent the rights to Chris Webber at No. 1 to the Golden State Warriors.

What could the Lakers offer in addition to their picks? They’ve talked about not giving up their future in order to address their present. But Johnson recently appeared on ESPN Radio and identified Brandon Ingram, the second overall pick last year, as their only untouchable player.


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All year long, AAA sends out anonymous inspectors to snoop on North American hotels and restaurants to see which are worthy of its coveted Diamond awards.

Now inspectors (described only by their numbers) are weighing in on their favorite places to stay and eat at the travel membership organization’s top 10 summer destinations, which include Anaheim (Disneyland, of course), Las Vegas and Honolulu.

AAA announced their picks Tuesday in time for vacation planning.

1. Orlando, Fla: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside and the resort’s Boathouse Waterfront Dining, each rated Three Diamond. Wow factors: horse-drawn carriage rides at the resort, vintage boats inside the restaurant where you can dine on Prince Edward Island steamed mussels and Atlantic swordfish.

2. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Blue Horizon Hotel and Absinthe Bistro, each rated Three Diamond. Wow factors: city views at the hotel, bohemian vibe at the restaurant with a vintage chandelier.

3. Cancun, Mexico: Hyatt Ziva Cancun (Four Diamond), La Habichuela Sunset (Three Diamond). Wow factors: hotel has been renovated and has great swimming beaches, the Maya-themed restaurant prepares “time-honored recipes … of the Pezzotti family.”

4. Seattle, Wash.: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Altura (each rates Four Diamond). Wow factors: “historic … Italian Renaissance-style hotel,” and exotic dishes made from fresh ingredients at the restaurant.

5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Sanctuary Cap Cana by Alsol (Four Diamond), Api Beach Restaurant (Two Diamond). Wow factors: the resort “has a historical feel with breathtaking sea views,” the restaurant has beach views too along with arepa (corn cakes), ceviche and empanadas.

6. Honolulu, Hawaii: Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club (Three Diamond), Chef Mavro (Five Diamond). Wow factors: hotel has roof-top views of the ocean and Diamond Head, the restaurant serves “imaginative and creative dishes.”

7. Anaheim: Disneyland Hotel (Four Diamond), Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen (Two Diamond). Wow factors: castle-themed headboards that “come to life with lights and music” at the hotel, beignets that taste like New Orleans originals at the restaurant.

8. Anchorage, Alaska: Crowne Plaza Anchorage Midtown, Kincaid Grill, which both have Three Diamond ratings. Wow factors: Guestrooms with soothing amenities such as “pillow mist, resting cream and foot balm,” and a seasonal and innovative menu at the restaurant.

9. Las Vegas: Aria Sky Suites, Joël Robuchon, each rated Five Diamond. Wow factors: Free limo ride from the airport to the hotel with its panoramic views, and dining where “every course is a piece of art and tastes as amazing as it looks.”

10. Montego Bay, Jamaica: Iberostar Rose Hall Suites (Four Diamond), MVP Smokehouse (One Diamond). Wow factors: All-inclusive resort offer lots of extras for families with kids, such as a lazy river and water park, and eating at the outdoor restaurant is all about smoked jerk chicken and pork.

AAA based its list of destinations on bookings for trips between June 1 and Aug. 15. To read more about the summer favorites, go to www.AAA.com/DiamondSummer


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In the month of May, the most expensive homes sold in Los Angeles County included record-setting deals on the Westside and South Bay. Here’s a larger look:

$85 million — Malibu

Music and movie mogul David Geffen sold his oceanfront compound on Pacific Coast Highway for an area-record $85 million. The off-market transaction is the most expensive sale historically in Malibu, public records show, besting the previous high-water mark set four years ago at $74.5 million.

Found along Carbon Beach, an affluent stretch named for its wealthy homeowners, the estate includes a main house, guesthouses and a pavilion/screening room. Gray shingles and white trim give an East Coast vibe to the exteriors.

Outdoors are an oceanfront swimming pool and spa, lawns and a patio.

The property previously made headlines when Geffen, 74, fought the California Coastal Commission over keeping closed the public beach access way next to his compound.

The buyer was ABS Capital Co. LLC, an entity with a Florida-based tax address.

$33.9 million — Bel-Air

A limited liability company tied to Ross Perot Jr., son of the onetime presidential candidate, sold in a deal completed outside the Multiple Listing Service.

The buyer was another entity managed by Andrea Wishom. Wishom is the chief operations office of Skywalker Properties, a private property management company owned by filmmaker George Lucas.

Called Mia Patria, the gated estate was previously owned by film and music producer Freddy DeMann and, before him, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

The Mediterranean-style house features 10,000 square feet of living space that includes a two-story entry, a screening room, a chef’s kitchen, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

French doors open to an expansive loggia and patios containing various fountain features. A swimming pool, a pool house/cabana, lawns, gardens and tropical landscaping complete the more than three-quarter-acre setting.

$27 million — Holmby Hills

On Charing Cross Road, the longtime home of film producer and executive Mario Kassar sold to a limited liability company for $2 million less than the asking price of $29 million.

Property records obtained by The Times show that the buying entity is managed by private equity investor and lifestyle entrepreneur Max Fowles-Pazdro.

Built in 1937, the sprawling estate sits behind gates and across from the Playboy Mansion. It includes a traditional-style main house, a swimming pool and spa, a tennis court and a motor court on more than 2 acres of grounds.

A total of five bedrooms and six bathrooms are within nearly 6,600 square feet of living space, according to tax records. French doors lead from the common areas to a brick-lined patio that surrounds the pool.

Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage was the listing agent. Stephen Resnick and Jonathan Nash of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, represented the buyer.

$21 million — Manhattan Beach

A Craftsman-style home in the 1000 block of the Strand set a price record for the South Bay community with its sale.

Built in 1922, the corner-lot property had been owned by the same family for six decades. It includes a four-bedroom main house and three guest apartments for a total of nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms in about 6,000 square feet.

Balconies and decking extend the living space outdoors. South-facing views take in the Manhattan Beach Pier and surrounding coastline.

The transaction bests the previous high-water mark set in March, when another home on the Strand sold for $18.4 million. To date, there have been a dozen sales of $10 million or more on the oceanfront stretch.

Victoria Beck of RE/MAX Estate Properties and Robert Schumann of Real Estate West were the listing agents. Schumann also represented the buyer.

$20.1 million — Beverly Hills

A former home of actress Marlene Dietrich and pianist Jose Iturbi sold in the 900 block of North Bedford drive for $105,000 over the asking price.

In most cases an above-ask sale would be cause for celebration. However, public records show that the sellers paid $23.5 million for the property two years ago.

The Mediterranean Revival-style house, built in 1926, has 8,790 square feet of living space that includes eight bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. A guesthouse with two additional bedrooms sits above the three-carriage garage.

A swimming pool and a pool house with his and hers changing rooms lie within more than an acre of grounds. Lawns, mature trees and formal landscaping complete the setting.

Florence Mattar of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is the listing agent. Mitra Sisatar, also with Coldwell Banker, represented the buyer.


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The Boston Red Sox did not literally draft a brain surgeon on Tuesday. But we don’t need too much poetic license to make this a good story.

Tanner Nishioka is smart — wicked smart, you might say. He just graduated from Pomona College, with a major in neuroscience, an academic All-American with a 3.62 grade-point average. He aspired to attend medical school.

He would have applied this year, except he was so busy excelling in baseball that he became perhaps the unlikeliest selection among the top 10 rounds in the draft.

When he answered the telephone at his family home in Hawaii on Tuesday night, you could sense the joy when he was asked how he was doing.

“I’m very good,” he said.

The draft extends 40 rounds. The Red Sox shocked Nishioka by picking him in the ninth round, lofty territory for any college senior, let alone one who had not been drafted out of high school or after his junior year of college.

His college competes at the NCAA Division III level — as Pomona-Pitzer, two liberal arts colleges that combine to form one athletic program. Never had a player from his team been drafted so high.

“I just wanted to play baseball for as long as I could,” Nishioka said. “I wouldn’t say I thought I would get drafted in the top 10 rounds at all. I still can’t believe it.”

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Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been on an NFL roster for more than three months, yet his jersey continues to be one of the league’s top sellers.

Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March and has yet to land a job with another team, had the 17th bestselling jersey in May, according to NFL.com.

His jersey ranks eighth in sales among quarterbacks, placing higher than Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, Carolina’s Cam Newton and New Orleans’ Drew Brees, as well as the many others at the position who didn’t even make the Top 25 list (including the four quarterbacks currently on the 49ers roster).

Kaepernick, a former Super Bowl quarterback, started the final 11 games last season for San Francisco. He put up some good numbers, throwing for 16 touchdowns with four interceptions, but led the team to only one victory.

Some have suggested teams may be avoiding Kaepernick because of his refusal to stand for the national anthem before games last season as a social protest. At one point last fall, Kaepernick’s jersey ranked as high as No. 5 in league sales.

The quarterbacks who sold more jerseys than Kaepernick last month were New England’s Tom Brady (No. 2 overall), Dallas’ Dak Prescott (No. 3), Houston rookie Deshaun Watson (No. 5), Oakland’s Derek Carr (No. 6), Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz (No. 8), Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (No. 12) and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford (No. 13).

After returning from retirement and switching from the Seahawks to the Raiders, running back Marshawn Lynch grabbed the No. 1 spot. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott rounded out the top five at No. 4.


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For weeks, pundits had debated. Would the Minnesota Twins select Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High pitcher and shortstop Hunter Green with the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft on Monday afternoon? Or maybe Brendan McKay, Louisville’s two-way player? That was the debate as MLB Network began its draft broadcast.

The answer? None of the above. In a surprise selection, Royce Lewis, from San Juan Capistrano JSerra, went No. 1 overall to the Twins.

Lewis played shortstop at JSerra and could also project as an outfielder. He was considered a top prospect, but he was mentioned only as a dark-horse candidate for the top pick.

Last season at JSerra, he hit .388 with 12 home runs and 25 stolen bases in 80 at-bats.

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s two closest aides resigned Saturday amid the fallout over her Conservative Party’s disastrous general election campaign.

Chiefs of Staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill became the first high-profile members of May’s core team to step down as the party worked out a way to regroup following a humiliating election that saw its majority wiped out.

“The general election result was a huge disappointment,” Timothy said in a statement posted on the Conservative Home website. “One can speculate about the reasons for this, but the simple truth is that Britain is a divided country.”

The pair were two of the prime minister’s top advisors and therefore many see them as responsible for her failure to connect with voters and win their support.

In his statement, Timothy made particular mention of a manifesto pledge to change the way older people pay for their social care, which is seen as a crucial turning point in the campaign where the tide started to turn toward the main opposition Labor Party.

It was dubbed a “dementia tax” by critics and so widely criticized that May was forced to modify her proposals.

Many saw her change of heart as a U-turn, and it alienated some of the Conservative Party’s key older voters.

Timothy said he stood by the entire manifesto, which he still saw as “an honest and strong program for government” but also took responsibility for its shortcomings.

“I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care,” he wrote.

But he said the key reason for the Conservatives’ failure to win an overall majority in Thursday’s election was an unexpected surge in Labor support, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

The Conservative Party won 318 seats in the election, eight short of the number it needed to secure a majority in Parliament and 13 fewer than it had going into the election.

Meanwhile, the Labor Party far exceeded expectations by securing 262 seats, an increase of 30.

When May called the election in April, all indications were that she was going to consolidate her majority — with some polls predicting the Conservatives could end up with a 100-seat majority.

But the campaign failed to inspire, May’s performance was described as stilted and lackluster and key manifesto pledges were roundly criticized.

Attempts to make the campaign about tough upcoming “Brexit” negotiations to pull out of the European Union and the prime minister’s ability to provide strong leadership during a time of uncertainty also fell flat as the Labor camp stirred passions with talk of increasing healthcare funding and ending university tuition fees, along with the need to stop years of the Conservatives’ austerity cuts.

Corbyn’s message also crucially appealed to younger voters who are overwhelming opposed to Brexit and voted in unexpectedly high numbers.

“Many [British citizens] are tired of austerity, many remain frustrated or angry about Brexit, and many younger people feel they lack the opportunities enjoyed by their parents’ generation,” Timothy said in his statement.

Two terrorist attacks in the space of a few weeks also temporarily halted campaigning and called into question May’s tenure as home secretary where she presided over the elimination of 20,000 police jobs.

Despite immediate calls for May to resign, the prime minister appeared defiant on Friday and said the country needed “certainty” and would form a government with the support of Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, or DUP, which won 10 seats.

But there were reports that Conservative lawmakers were threatening to challenge May’s leadership as soon as Monday if she did not remove her two closest advisors, who followed her from the Home Office where she worked until becoming prime minister in 2016.

Former Culture Minister Ed Vaizey told the BBC that Tory legislators were actively discussing a new leader using the WhatsApp messaging service.

Even sections of the British press that had ardently backed the prime minister before the election soured in their attitude toward her.

“Tories turn on Theresa,” the Daily Mail headline said Saturday. “May stares into the abyss,” the Times of London wrote.

Former Downing Street director of communications, Katie Perrior, said the atmosphere within May’s camp had been “pretty toxic” with Timothy and Hill at the helm. Staff members felt they could not speak freely when the pair was around, she said.

“She needed to broaden her circle of advisors,” Perrior said in a BBC radio interview. “She needed to have a few gray hairs in there who had been around the block a bit in politics.”

May’s new chief of staff was announced on Saturday as former Conservative Party Housing Minister Gavin Barwell.

A deal with the DUP also has the potential to disrupt the delicate balance between the British loyalists and Irish nationalists at a particularly sensitive time.

Britain’s split from the rest of the European Union could see the introduction of a new land border between Northern Ireland, which will remain part of the U.K., and mainland Ireland, which will stay within the EU post-Brexit.

Negotiations for a new power-sharing government in Northern Ireland are also due to restart soon, after breaking down this year, and London will not want to be accused of picking sides.


3:35: This article was updated with throughout with additional staff reporting.

Noon: This article was updated with staff reporting.

This article was originally published at 9:55 a.m.

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