Update on the latest sportsAP
Jazz get even, Raptors avoid sweep, 3 straight for Celts
UNDATED (AP) — The Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors aren’t going away quietly in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Jazz and Wolves have knotted their respective series at two games apiece and the Raptors have avoided a four-game sweep.
Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) gave Utah the lead with an alley-oop dunk with 11.0 seconds left in a 100-99 win over the Mavericks. Gobert finished with 17 points and grabbed 10 of his 15 rebounds from the offensive glass.
Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points and Donovan Mitchell added 23 to help the Jazz withstand the return of Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) to the Dallas lineup. Doncic provided 30 points, 10 rebounds and four assists after missing the first three games of the series with a strained calf.
The Mavs had a chance to win it, but Spencer Dinwiddie missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Game 5 is Monday in Dallas.
Karl-Anthony Towns roared back from two rough games with a career playoff-best 33 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Timberwolves to a 119-118 win over second-seeded Memphis.
Anthony Edwards scored 24 points and backup Jordan McLaughlin went 4 for 4 from 3-point range to pitch in 16 points.
Minnesota hit 31 of 40 free throws and limited All-Star Ja (jah) Morant to 11 points on 4 of 13 shooting.
Desmond Bane hit his eighth 3-pointer at the buzzer to finish with 34 points for the Grizzlies, who will host Game 5 on Tuesday.
The Raptors pulled out a 110-102 win over the 76ers as Pascal Siakam scored 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter. After being held scoreless in the second half of Toronto’s Game 3 loss, Siakam shot 10 for 19 and went 13 for 15 at the free throw line.
Gary Trent Jr. had 24 points for the Raptors, who head to Philadelphia for Game 5 on Monday.
Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) started despite a right thumb injury that required him to wear a brace. He finished 7 for 16 and scored 21 points in 39 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are up 3-0 in their opening-round series after silencing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in a 109-103 decision over the Nets in Brooklyn.
Jayson Tatum scored 39 points and Jaylen Brown had 23 for Boston, which has won the three games by a combined 14 points.
Durant took only 11 shots, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Irving was 6 for 17 and also had 16 points for the Nets.
Bruce Brown had a team-high 26 points for Brooklyn.
Celtics center Robert Williams III played 16 minutes after missing a month with a knee injury. Williams had two points and two rebounds.
The Nets now have to decide if they will give Ben Simmons his debut on Monday in an elimination game.
Barnes is top rookie
NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto’s Scottie Barnes in the Rookie of the Year, edging Cleveland’s Evan Mobley in a close vote. Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 35.4 minutes per game, starting all of the 74 games he played. He led all rookies in minutes and was third in points and rebounds.
Cabrera reaches 3,000 hits
UNDATED (AP) — Miguel Cabrera is the 33rd player in major league history with 3,000 hits.
Cabrera did it with a first-inning single as the Detroit Tigers dismantled the Colorado Rockies, 13-0 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He’s the seventh player with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, and the first Venezuelan to reach three grand in hits.
Cabrera added a bases-loaded, two-run single in the sixth, then was pulled for a pinch-runner and drew another huge ovation.
Spencer Torkelson slammed a three-run homer that drove in Cabrera in the opening frame.
In the nightcap, Austin Gomber tossed six scoreless innings and the Rockies spoiled the major league pitching debut of Beau Brieske with a 3-2 victory. Briese allowed only three hits in five innings but two were homers by Connor Joe and Charlie Blackmon.
Meanwhile, Yankees fans marred the end of their team’s 6-5 comeback win over the Guardians. Fans in the right-field bleachers pelted Cleveland outfielders with bottles, cans and debris in a chaotic scene moments after Isiah Kiner-Falefa (KY’-nur fah-LEH’-fah) and pinch-hitter Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres got RBI hits with two out in the bottom of the ninth.
Kiner-Falefa hit a tying double over rookie left fielder Steven Kwan, who was shaken up running into the wall. Before play resumed, Cleveland right fielder Oscar Mercado pointed at the stands and center fielder Myles Straw climbed the chain-link fence to confront face-to-face at least one fan.
In other MLB action:
— The Rays tossed no-hit ball for the first nine innings before Kevin Kiermaier’s two-out, two-run home run in the 10th gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox. Bobby Dalbec’s RBI triple in the 10th inning was the first hit for Boston.
— Toronto sent Houston to its fourth straight loss as George Springer hit a leadoff homer in the first game against his former team, helping the Blue Jays down the Astros by a 3-2 margin. The game was tied at 2 with one out in the seventh inning when Santiago Espinal went deep for the second straight game.
— Ty France had five hits and five RBIs, including a three-run homer in the eighth inning of the Mariners’ 13-7 victory against the Royals. The game was tied 7-7 in the eighth until Jesse Winker laced a two-run double.
— The Rangers pulled out a 2-0 win over the Athletics on Brad Miller’s two-run single in the eighth inning. Texas starter Martín Pérez settled for a no-decision after two-hitting Oakland over six innings.
— Luis Arraez (ah-RY’-ehz) had four hits and three RBIs in the Twins’ 9-2 pounding of the White Sox. Byron Buxton was 4-for-4 with a solo homer, two ribbies and three runs scored to support Dylan Bundy’s five shutout innings.
— Ryan Mountcastle collected three RBIs, including the go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning of the Orioles’ 5-4 win versus the Angels. Mike Trout set an Angels’ record with his 21st multi-home run game, but the Birds have their first two-game winning streak of the season.
— The Diamondbacks’ offense had a season-high 11 hits and Humberto Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs) allowed two runs over five innings of a 5-2 downing of the Mets. Daulton Varsho and Pavin Smith each had two hits and an RBI as Arizona handed New York it’s second loss in seven games.
— Pinch-hitter Garrett Cooper’s bases-loaded, go-ahead single in the seventh drove in two runs in the Marlins’ 9-7 victory in Atlanta. Miami’s Jazz Chisholm drove in three runs with four hits, including a leadoff homer.
— Dakota Hudson had a 7.71 ERA this season before limiting the sputtering Reds to one hit over 6 2/3 innings of the Cardinals’ 5-0 shutout. Paul Goldschmidt furnished a two-run double against Cincinnati, which has its first 11-game losing streak since 2016.
— The Cubs buried the Pirates, 21-0 as Alfonso Rivas had three hits and five RBIs. Rivas belted a three-run homer while Chicago scored eight times in the second, one day after he was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs finished with 23 hits in their most lopsided shutout win dating to at least 1901.
— Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) stole home, Hunter Renfroe homered and Adrian Houser tossed six solid innings in the Brewers’ 5-3 win at Philadelphia. Losing pitcher Zack allowed four runs in the fifth and lost his third straight start.
— Alex Wood worked five effective innings before San Francisco’s bullpen closed out a 5-2 win at Washington. Joc Pederson had two hits and an RBI for the Giants, who scored four in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead.
— The Padres had dropped 10 straight to the Dodgers before Austin Nola lifted a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give San Diego a walk-off win against Los Angeles, 3-2. Jurickson Profar threw out a runner at third base in the 10th, two innings after his miscue gave the Dodgers two runs.
Means needs Tommy John surgery, ending his season
UNDATED (AP) — John Means has announced he needs Tommy John surgery, ending the season for Baltimore’s opening day starter. The 2019 All-Star was 0-0 in two starts this year, giving up three runs in eight innings.
Means was 6-9 with a 3.62 ERA in 2021, leading a staff that had the worst ERA in the majors.
Elsewhere around the majors:
— White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez had to be carted off the field after he hurt his right hamstring in the second inning of Saturday’s game in Minnesota. Jiménez stretched for first base while running out a ground ball to third.
Hurricanes move ahead of Rangers with 3-2 comeback win over Devils
UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have taken sole possession of first place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, moving two points ahead of the New York Rangers.
The Hurricanes staged a frantic comeback in their third straight win, 3-2 over the Devils.
Rookie Seth Jarvis won it 1:39 into overtime after Carolina erased a 2-0 deficit in the final five minutes of regulation. Brady Skjei (shay) started the rally and Nino Niederreiter (NEE’-dur-eye-tur) tied it with 1:56 remaining in the third period.
The Rangers lost their share of the division lead with a 3-1 setback in Boston. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) scored his team-leading 39th goal after missing the previous eight games with an undisclosed injury.
Taylor Hall and Trent Frederic also scored to support Linus Ullmark (LEE’-nuhs OOL’-mahrk), who finished with 30 saves.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Brandon Montour scored 2:26 into overtime to give league-leading Florida a 3-2 triumph over Toronto. Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) had a goal and two assists for the Panthers, whose winning streak matches the seventh-longest in NHL history and is the league’s best since Columbus won 16 straight in the 2016-17 season.
— Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) provided power-play goals in the first period of the Lightning’s 6-2 rout of the Predators. Kucherov also had two assists, and Steve Stamkos had a goal and an assist to help Tampa Bay stay three points ahead of the Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division.
— Evgeni Malkin scored twice in the Penguins’ third win in four games, 7-2 against the Red Wings. Kris Letang had a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh, while Sidney Crosby, Rickard Rakell and Chad Ruhwedel (roo-WEE’-dehl) each finished with a goal and an assist.
— The Blues wasted a three-goal lead before Justin Faulk scored his second goal of the night 30 seconds into overtime to complete their 5-4 win over the Coyotes. Logan Brown, Ivan Barbashev and Brandon Saad (sahd) scored for St. Louis, which is 13-0-2 in its last 15 games.
— Dallas trailed 2-0 until Roope (ROO’-peh) Hintz scored two goals in a span of about two minutes to catapult the Stars past the Kraken, 3-2. Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHST’-nih-kahv) got the game-winner soon after Hintz netted his 37th goal of the season.
— Dillon Dube (doo-BAY’) scored twice and Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Lindholm notched his 40th goal in the Flames’ ninth win in 11 games, 6-3 versus the Canucks. Dan Vladar (vlah-DAHR’) started at home for just the third time this season and made 28 stops to improve to 12-5-2.
— The Kings are on the verge of their first playoff berth in four years following their 4-2 win over the Ducks. Alexander Edler scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period.
— Tage (tayj) Thompson notched his team-leading 37th goal while the Sabres scored three times in the second period of a 5-3 win over the Islanders.
— Mark Kastelic (KAS’-teh-lihk) scored his first NHL goal and his second ended up being the game-winner in the Senators’ 6-4 verdict over the Canadiens.
— Kaapo Kahkonen (KA’-poh KAH’-koh-nehn) stopped 27 shots and the Sharks won for just the second time in 13 games by defeating the Blackhawks, 4-1.
Duke’s Trevor Keels takes one-and-done leap to NBA draft
UNDATED (AP) — Freshman Trevor Keels is the fourth Duke player in the past week to announce plans to enter the NBA draft. The school announced Keels’ decision and said he planned to hire an agent. The 6-foot-5, 221-pound guard is a potential first-round prospect and is ranked as ESPN’s No. 25 draft prospect.
Keels averaged 11.5 points while providing size and strength to the Blue Devils’ perimeter.
Cantlay-Schauffele team still sizzling
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) played the back nine in 8-under 28 and shot a 12-under 60 in best-ball play to shatter the Zurich Classic three-round record at 29 under.
Their blazing finish topped the old mark of 23 under set in 2019.
The South African tandem of Garrick Higgo and Branden Grace are second at 24 under after a 63.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-CLUBCORP CLASSIC
Alker is line for 2nd straight win
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Steven Alker is in position for his second straight PGA Tour Champions victory after shooting a 5-under 66 in windy conditions to take a two-stroke lead in the ClubCorp Classic.
The winner three weeks ago in the Rapiscan Systems Classic in Mississippi, Alker played the four par-5 holes in 4 under with an eagle on No. 3 and birdies on 10 and 18. The 50-year-old New Zealander had an 8-under 134 total at Las Colinas Country Club.
First-round leader Jerry Kelly and Lee Janzen share second.
JAPAN-BASEBALL-PITCHER’S STREAK ENDS
Perfection ends for Japanese pitcher Sasaki — on first pitch
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese pitcher Roki Sasaki of the Chiba Lotte Marines is mortal, after all. After throwing a perfect game two weeks ago — the first in Japanese baseball in 28 years — and eight perfect innings a week ago before being pulled after 102 pitches, Sasaki gave up a hit on his first pitch against the Orix Buffaloes. That ended a streak of 52 batters retired.
Sasaki retired 27 in the perfect game, another 24 in the eight-inning outing, and the last batter he faced in the game prior to the perfect game. In the perfect game, and the eight-innings of perfection, Sasaki had 33 strikeouts in facing 51 batters.
Sasaki worked five innings on Sunday in Chiba Lotte’s 6-3 win. He allowed two earned runs, walked three, hit two batters and gave up six hits.