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NBA PLAYOFFS

T-wolves try to avoid ‘hero’ ball, stay alive vs. Grizzlies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves will try to stave off elimination by the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of their first-round series. They’re aiming to show they have an ample supply of the late-game resolve needed to be a factor in the NBA playoffs.

Minnesota is down three-games-to two after giving up a double-digit-point fourth-quarter lead twice in this series.

Memphis has been the better team in the last half of the fourth quarter, even if the other 90% of the game has mostly gone the way of the Wolves. The Grizzlies are outscoring the Wolves by an average of 8.8 points in the fourth quarter. Taking an early lead at Target Center Friday night could go a long way toward sending the Grizzlies to a Game 1 on Sunday at Golden State.

The Wolves have been unproductive in the final stretches due in large part to a stagnant offense and forced shots from one of the trio of Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards or D’Angelo Russell. Coach Chris Finch says “Everybody wants to be the hero, and that’s not how you’re going to win these games.”

MLB-SCHEDULE

Streaking Yankees visit Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The streaking Yankees open a three-game series in Kansas City Friday night. New York has won six straight and eight of nine as its hitters have shaken off early season rust with a string of slugfests. The Yankees have reached double-digit runs three times in four games after failing to top six runs through their first 15 contests.

Nestor Cortes takes the mound for the Yankees against fellow lefty Kris Bubic. Cortes is following up a breakout 2021 with an even more stellar season, posting a 1.15 ERA through three starts with 25 strikeouts and three walks in 15 2/3 innings.

Elsewhere around the majors:

— The Miami Marlins have surged into second place in the NL East with five straight wins heading into a home series against Seattle. At 10-8, the franchise is above .500 during April for the first time since 2017. Other than the 60-game, pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Miami last finished with a winning record in 2009. Miami’s Elieser Hernandez starts Friday’s opener against fellow right-hander Matt Brash.

— Cincinnati Reds fans will have a close eye on rookie starter Hunter Greene against Colorado after the fireballer wasn’t so hot in his previous start. Five days after throwing an unprecedented 39 pitches over 100 mph against the Dodgers, Greene topped out at just 97.2 mph last week against St. Louis. Cincinnati says there isn’t a health concern with the 22-year-old, but the team did give him an extra day of rest between starts. Greene is 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA through three starts with the Reds, who are an MLB-worst 3-16 and could use some good news.

— Cardinals star Nolan Arenado remains with St. Louis while appealing his two-game suspension from Major League Baseball for his role in a brawl against the Mets this week. He’ll stay in the lineup against Arizona until the appeal is heard. Arenado is off to one of the best starts of his career and leads the NL in slugging percentage at .703. Cardinals reliever Génesis Cabrera was banned one game by MLB and served his suspension Thursday — a day after pitching two innings.

NFL-DRAFT

Plenty of possibilities in Round 2

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NFL draft continues Friday night, with some top prospects still on the board for Round 2. Among them is former University of Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean. He watched a half dozen of his former teammates get drafted in the first round Thursday night, including Jermaine Johnson, who transferred from the Bulldogs to Florida State in 2021.

One of the best players available on Day 2 is Colorado State tight end Trey McBride. Liberty’s Malik Willis is the top quarterback available after Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett was the only QB taken in Round 1.

TENNIS-BECKER SENTENCED

Becker gets 2 1/2 years in prison for bankruptcy offenses

LONDON (AP) — Tennis great Boris Becker has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for illicitly transferring large amounts of money and hiding assets after he was declared bankrupt.

The three-time Wimbledon champion was convicted earlier this month on four charges under the Insolvency Act and had faced a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

The 54-year-old German was found to have transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars after his June 2017 bankruptcy from his business account to other accounts. Becker was also convicted of failing to declare a property in Germany and hiding an $871,000 bank loan and shares in a tech firm.

SOCCER-CHELSEA SALE

Ratcliffe rivals U.S. offers with late $5B bid for Chelsea

UNDATED (AP) — British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has launched a late bid to buy Chelsea for 4.25 billion pounds, or $5.3 billion. Rival offers featuring American investors were already being assessed as the sale process is nearing a conclusion.

The Premier League club was put up for sale in March after Russia owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government over his ties to President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine.

Ratcliffe is the chairman of chemical giant INEOS. He is a Chelsea fan who owns European teams Nice and Lausanne as well as a cycling team and Britain’s America’s Cup sailing team.

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