Update on the latest sportsAP
Three Game 3s Thursday: Memphis at Minnesota, Dallas at Utah, Golden State at Denver
UNDATED (AP) — The first round of the NBA playoffs continues Thursday night with three Game 3s.
The Timberwolves move to their home court with their series against the Grizzlies tied 1-1. Minnesota dominated in their Game 1 win but missed layups and shot air-balls in knocking down 30 field goals, matching a season low. They were held to 96 points in Game 2, only the 10th time the NBA’s top-scoring team was held under 100. Grizzlies All-Star guard Ja Morant has been demonstrating his skills on both offense and defense in this series.
Dallas visits Utah with that series even. The Mavericks rebounded from a Game 1 loss at home by playing nearly a perfect game Monday to beat the Jazz 110-104, and did it without All-Star guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch). They got 41 points from Jalen Brunson and 25 more from Maxi Kleber and turned the ball over just three times. Doncic missed the first two games with a strained calf and is listed as questionable for Game 3. Utah center Rudy Gobert has grabbed 17 rebounds in each game of the series, but has just 13 total points after averaging 15.6 points in the regular season.
The bickering Nuggets will try to regain their composure for Game 3 in Denver, trailing the Golden State Warriors 2-0. The Nuggets lost their cool not only against Stephen Curry and the Warriors in Game 2, but with the officials and each other. There was a spat between Will Barton and DeMarcus Cousins that was broken up by Monte Morris and Jamal Murray. Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic showed his frustration by drawing a second technical in the fourth quarter and getting ejected. The Warriors’ style of play may be getting into the Nuggets’ heads.
Cabrera needs 1 hit for 3,000
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera needs one more hit for 3,000 in his career, and he’ll try to reach the mark Thursday at Comerica Park.
Cabrera added three more hits to his total Wednesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees. With fans standing and cheering while hoping to see history, he struck out in his final at-bat.
Cabrera is on deck to become the 33rd major leaguer with 3,000 hits, and the first player from Venezuela to achieve the feat. The 39-year-old Cabrera gets his next chance when Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery faces Detroit in an afternoon matchup.
In other highlights of Thursday’s MLB schedule:
— Hard-throwing Jordan Hicks is set to make his first big league start after 114 relief appearances for the Cardinals. The 25-year-old Hicks has been missed considerable time since making his major league debut in 2018. He’s had Tommy John surgery, opted out during the 2020 COVID-19-shortened season and had more elbow trouble. Hicks has pitched twice in relief this year, totaling four innings. He initially will have limited innings and pitches as he adapts to his new role, beginning with this start at Miami.
— San Francisco right-hander Anthony DeSclafani hopes to keep up his team’s streak of keeping the ball from clearing the wall. The Giants haven’t allowed a homer since the fifth inning of a game April 11, a span of 8 1/2 games and 307 batters. DeSclafani faces the Mets at Citi Field in the wrapup of a four-game series. New York righty Carlos Carrasco is off to a sharp start after injuries spoiled his 2021 season.
Mets manager Buck Showalter is expected to rejoin the team after missing a game because of an undisclosed medical procedure.
— The Astros will be minus Jose Altuve for a stretch after the All-Star second baseman strained his left hamstring. The 2017 AL MVP was injured legging out an infield single in the eighth inning Monday night and is now on the 10-day injured list. Manager Dusty Baker
said the Astros would split time at second base between Aledmys Díaz and Niko Goodrum while Altuve is out.
NHL returning to Europe with games in Prague, Tampere
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is going back to Europe this fall for its first games outside of North America since the start of the pandemic. The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators will play two games in Prague in October, and the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will play two games in Tampere, Finland, in November as part of the 2022 Global Series. The last NHL game in Europe was in November 2019 when the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres faced off in Stockholm. Nashville was set to open the 2020-21 season in Prague against Boston before the pandemic scrapped the NHL’s plans.
Lewis Hamilton, Serena Williams part of bid to buy Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — The crowded field to buy Chelsea now features 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams and seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.
A long-standing fan of Arsenal, Hamilton has seized the opportunity to invest in its London rival as three bidders try to buy the Premier League club from sanctioned Russian owner Roman Abramovich.
Williams and Hamilton are part of a consortium that features proposed investment from Josh Harris and David Blitzer, the owners of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers who would have to sell their stakes in Premier League club Crystal Palace to buy Chelsea.
13 Nassar victims seeking $130M from FBI over bungled probe
DETROIT (AP) — Thirteen sexual assault victims are seeking $10 million each from the FBI. They claim a bungled investigation by federal agents led to more abuse by the sports doctor. It’s an effort to make the government responsible for assaults that occurred after 2015. The Justice Department’s inspector general concluded last year that the FBI made fundamental errors when it became aware of allegations against Nassar. He was a Michigan State University sports doctor as well as a doctor at USA Gymnastics. He is serving decades in prison for assaulting female athletes, including medal-winning Olympic gymnasts. Under federal law, tort claims must be a filed with a government agency, which then has six months to reply. A lawsuit could follow depending on the FBI’s response.