Update on the latest sportsAP
Grizzlies rally past Wolves 114-106 to reach 2nd round
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks each scored 23 points and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied yet again to eliminate the Minnesota Timberwolves, winning 114-106 in Game 6.
Brandon Clarke added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Grizzlies, who withstood another quiet night by star Ja Morant and another double-digit deficit entering the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies advanced in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, this time to meet Golden State. They’ll host Game 1 in Memphis.
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.
No-no-no-no-no! 5 Mets pitchers combine to no-hit Phillies
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets starter Tylor Megill and four relievers combined on the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season, teaming up to throw a whopping 159 pitches in a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Megill was pulled after five innings and 88 pitches. The bullpen took over from there, with Drew Smith, Joely Rodríguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz completing the second no-hitter in Mets history. Díaz finished it off in style, striking out Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and J.T. Realmuto in the ninth.
In other major league action:
— The Yankees winning streak is now at seven after clubbing the Royals in Kansas City. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Rizzo and Gleyber Torres all homered for a 12-2 victory in a rain-shortened game. The game was called after eight innings.
— The Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1, as Hunter Renfroe hit two of Milwaukee’s season-high five home runs. Adrian Houser struck out six and scattered two hits over six shutout innings to earn the win.
— Taylor Ward and Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) hit first-inning solo home runs off Lucas Giolito and Los Angeles rode a combined three-hitter to beat Chicago 5-1. The Angels used seven pitchers to climb seven games over .500 for the first time since June 2018.
— 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.
— Jeremy Peña hit a three-run home run, Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman also connected, and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-7. The Astros matched a season-high with 14 hits and extended their winning streak to four games.
— The Padres were 7-3 victors over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Ha-Seong Kim and Jake Cronenworth homered. 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.
— William Contreras hit two long home runs, Austin Riley also connected and Travis Demeritte had an inside-the-park homer as the Atlanta Braves beat the Texas Rangers 6-3. Atlanta starter Ian Anderson allowed two runs and three hits over six innings.
— Madison Bumgarner pitched five strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2. Bumgarner outdueled Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright in a game featuring two starters who have combined for 314 career wins.
— Cincinnati continues to founder at the bottom of the standings. This time it was in Denver, where the Rockies trounced them 10-4. The Reds have lost 17 of 20 games so far this season.
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.
Playoff matchups take shape as teams close out the regular season
TORONTO (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and an assist and the Minnesota Wild clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs by beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-1.
Jordan Greenway had two goals and Tyson Jost also scored while Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for the Wild.
Minnesota will face St. Louis in the first round next week.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
— Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) had two goals and an assist, leading the Vegas Golden Knights to a 7-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Golden Knights missed the playoffs. for the first time since entering the NHL as an expansion franchise in the 2017-18 season.
— 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.
— Steven Stamkos scored three goals for his first hat trick of the season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied to beat the New York Islanders 6-4. Tampa Bay trailed by two before scoring five times in the third period. The Islanders will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2018.
— 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.
— Devin Shore scored the lone shootout goal and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. The Oilers rested star forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl as the prepare to face the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.
— Jason Robertson scored on a power play against an emergency replacement goalie midway through the third period and the Dallas Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Thomas Hodges made his first appearance in an NHL game after Ducks’ goalies John Gibson and Anthony Stolarz were injured. Hodges has been the emergency goalie for the Stars and the ECHL’s Allen Americans for three seasons.
— Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) made 32 saves to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the playoff-bound Calgary Flames 3-1. Blake Wheeler, Mason Appleton and Brenden Dillon scored for Winnipeg, who will conclude their season Sunday at home against the Seattle Kraken.
— 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.
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.
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.
There were no quarterbacks taken in the second round, but there was a run on the position in the third. The Atlanta Falcons took Desmond Ridder of Cincinnati and the Tennessee Titans selected Malik Willis with the 86th overall pick. That prodded the Carolina Panthers to trade for the 94th pick so they could grab Matt Corral from Mississippi. The first quarterback taken was Pitt’s Kenny Pickett by the Steelers at No. 20 overall.