Update on the latest sportsAP
Second round begins with Milwaukee at Boston, Golden State at Memphis
UNDATED (AP) — The second round of the NBA playoffs begins Sunday with defending champion Milwaukee visiting Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Celtics are the only team to register a first-round sweep. Boston’s defense stymied a Brooklyn Nets team featuring two of the league’s elite scorers in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Now the Celtics will turn their attention to reigning NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh). The Bucks rolled to a 4-1 win over Chicago but may have to take on Boston’s top-rated defense without Khris Middleton. He hasn’t played since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Game 2 against the Bulls.
The Western Conference semifinals start Sunday with Memphis hosting Golden State. The Warriors are in their seventh Western Conference semi in 10 seasons. And they’re as healthy as they’ve been since reaching five straight NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019. That run started in 2015 when the Warriors rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the semifinals against Memphis. That marked big swing for both franchises. The rebuilt Grizzlies are back in the second round for the first time in seven years. Ja Morant leads a young, brash and deep roster that edged out Golden State for the No. 2 seed in the West.
Phillies face Scherzer…Yankees try for 9th straight win
UNDATED (AP) — New York Mets ace Max Scherzer starts against Bryce Harper and the Phillies Sunday night at Citi Field.
Scherzer is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts during his first year in New York. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has struck out 33 in 25 innings while allowing just 11 hits. Zach Eflin pitches for Philadelphia.
Scherzer hasn’t lost in his last 23 starts, the longest streak since Walker Buehler went 23 straight starts without a loss for the Dodgers from 2019-2021.
In other highlights of Sunday’s schedule:
— Luis Severino starts for the Yankees as they try for their ninth straight win. They’re wrapping up a series with the Royals in Kansas City. Left-hander Daniel Lynch starts for the Royals.
— Sandy Alcantara pitches for the Marlins as they go for their eighth win in a row, hosting the Mariners. Logan Gilbert starts for Seattle.
— Colorado lefty Kyle Freeland tries again for his first win since signing a $64.5 million, five-year contract last month. The 28-year-old Denver native is 0-3 with a 6.16 ERA in four starts for the Rockies this season. He’s set to pitch against the Reds at Coors Field.
Former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles gets released by Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have released veteran quarterback Nick Foles two years after acquiring the former Super Bowl MVP to compete with Mitchell Trubisky.
New general manager Ryan Poles had told reporters he hoped to trade Foles after signing Trevor Siemian to back up Justin Fields. He had one year left on his contract.
Foles took Super Bowl 52 honors for Philadelphia. The Bears acquired him from Jacksonville in March 2020. Foles was third string last year behind Fields and Andy Dalton. He started one game with the other two quarterbacks injured, and threw for 250 yards in a win at Seattle in late December.