Update on the latest sportsAP
76ers’ Embiid has broken orbital bone, as East semis loom
MIAMI (AP) — Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) has a right orbital fracture and a mild concussion and the Philadelphia 76ers say the MVP finalist is out for the foreseeable future.
Embiid was injured late in Philadelphia’s victory at Toronto on Thursday night, when the 76ers were closing out the Raptors and finishing off a six-game win in an Eastern Conference first-round series.
The win sent fourth-seeded Philadelphia into the East semifinals against top-seeded Miami, a matchup that begins Monday night. But Embiid’s status is now very much in doubt. A similar fracture, to his left orbital bone, kept him out for about three weeks — spanning 10 games, including two playoff games against the Heat.
Playoff matchups take shape as teams close out the regular season
TORONTO (AP) — William Nylander scored twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 5-2. Both teams rested most of their stars in the regular-season finale.
The Maple Leafs ensured they will face the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, while the Bruins are set to meet the Carolina Hurricanes.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
— Dryden Hunt scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, Alexandar Georgiev (GEER’-gee-ehv) made 34 saves and the New York Rangers closed out the regular-season season with a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. The Capitals’ loss means the Pittsburgh Penguins take the No. 3 seed in the Metropolitan Division and will play the Rangers, who are in the postseason for the first time since 2017. Washington will go into the playoffs as the East’s second wild card, and will match up with the Florida Panthers.
— Evgeni Malkin scored his 20th goal of the season and had an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3. Kris Letang, Brian Boyle, Evan Rodrigues and Marcus Pettersson also scored for the Penguins, while Casey DeSmith stopped 33 shots.
— The Florida Panthers have finished the regular season with best record in the NHL. But the Presidents’ Trophy winners got knocked around in Montreal in their season finale. Cole Caufield had his first NHL hat trick as the Canadiens blasted the Panthers 10-2.
— Brady Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) had a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Neither team qualified for the postseason and the Philadelphia fans booed their team off the ice.
— Pius Suter (pyoos SOO’-tur) scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 in the teams’ season finale.
— Casey Mittelstadt scored 2:07 into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the final regular-season game for two non-playoff teams.
NHLPA begins search for executive director Fehr’s successor
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL Players’ Association has begun a search for Don Fehr’s successor as executive director.
Fehr has been in charge of the union since December 2010. Fehr led players through two rounds of collective bargaining negotiations in 2013 and 2020. He will remain in his job until a successor is found by a seven-player committee.
An investigation recently found he was not at fault for the NHLPA’s handling of sexual assault allegations made by a player early in his tenure.
In other major league action:
— The Red Sox used a dominating pitching performance by Rich Hill and four relievers to beat the Orioles 3-1 in Baltimore. Christian Arroyo hit his first homer of the season in the second inning to provide Boston with all the offense they needed to saddle the Orioles with their fifth straight defeat.
— The Padres were 7-3 victors over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Ha-Seong Kim and Jake Cronenworth homered, and Yu Darvish pitched six effective innings for San Diego.
— Jorge Soler (soh-LEHR’) and Miguel Rojas homered and the Miami Marlins won their sixth straight game, beating the Seattle Mariners 8-6. The first inning blast by Soler bounced off a column behind the left-center field pavilion and was measured at 468 feet, the third-longest in the major leagues this season.
— Josh Lowe and Mike Zunino homered for the first time this season, as the Tampa Bay Rays beat Minnesota 6-1 to snap the Twins’ seven-game win streak. Corey Kluber gave up one hit in six innings for the Rays.
Dodgers’ Bauer suspended 2 seasons over alleged sex assault
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has given Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer an unprecedented two-season suspension without pay for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy, a charge he has denied.
Bauer is vowing to overturn the discipline before an arbitrator.
The suspension covers 324 games without pay and if left in place would cost the 31-year-old pitcher just over $60 million.
The 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner was placed on administrative leave last July under the joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy of MLB and the players’ association.
Elsewhere around the majors:
— The Colorado Rockies placed struggling left fielder Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list because of back pain. Bryant, who signed a $182 million, seven-year free-agent deal in March, is still looking for his first home run with the Rockies. He’s batting .281 with four RBIs and 12 strikeouts in 65 plate appearances.
Trades, RBs, DBs, but no QBs early in Round 2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Both players of the year from the Big 12, a standout receiver from an FCS powerhouse, and more trades marked yet another dizzy and busy round at the NFL draft.
Quarterbacks in the second round Friday? Not yet — the first time since 2000 only one QB, Kenny Pickett of Pitt to the Steelers, went in the top 40 picks.
The round began with Houston defensive tackle Logan Hall going to the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay, under new head coach Todd Bowles owned the spot after trading with Jacksonville last night.
Raiders decline options on three 2019 1st-round picks
UNDATED (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders are declining the fifth-year options on all three of their 2019 first-round picks as the new regime doesn’t want to commit to players inherited on the roster.
General manager Dave Ziegler announced that the team will let defensive end Clelin Ferrell, running back Josh Jacobs and safety Johnathan Abram play out the final year of their rookie contracts instead of extending them through 2023.
In other NFL news:
— The Carolina Panthers have picked up the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl defensive end Brian Burns’ contract, keeping him with the team at least through the 2023 season.
— New Seattle Seahawks left tackle Charles Cross says he’s betting on himself by choosing to not have an agent to begin his NFL career. Cross was selected with the No. 9 pick in the first round by the Seahawks and was introduced at the team’s facility on Friday.
Becker gets 2 1/2 years in prison for bankruptcy offenses
LONDON (AP) — Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for illicitly transferring large amounts of money and hiding assets after he declared bankrupt.
The 54-year-old German was convicted earlier this month on four charges under Britain’s Insolvency Act and had faced a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. Becker was found to have transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars after his June 2017 bankruptcy from his business account to other accounts, failing to declare a property in Germany and hiding an $871,000 bank loan and shares in a tech firm.