Update on the latest sportsAP
Warriors crush Grizzlies…Bucks barely hold off Celtics
UNDATED (AP) — It was a blowout win for the Golden State Warriors and a nail-biter for the Milwaukee Bucks as both teams took two-games-to-one leads in the NBA’s conference semifinals.
The Warriors rebounded from their Game 2 loss by blowing out the Grizzlies, 142-112. Golden State actually trailed by seven at halftime before torching Memphis for 78 points. The Warriors opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run.
Steph Curry dropped in 30 points in 35 minutes, while fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson had 21 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Poole chipped in 27 points off the bench.
Grizzlies guard Ja (jah) Morant delivered 17 of his 34 point by intermission, but he limped off with 6:19 to play, rubbing his tender right knee.
Golden State hosts Game 4 on Monday.
In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) made the go-ahead basket with 44.3 seconds left before the Bucks hung on for a 103-101 win over the Celtics. Antetokounmpo finished with 42 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, while Jrue Holiday provided 25 points.
Boston had numerous chances to force overtime. Milwaukee led 103-100 when Marcus Smart went to the line to shoot two with 4.6 seconds left. He hit the first, missed the second intentionally and grabbed his own rebound. Smart missed his putback attempt, Robert Williams missed a follow-up and Al Horford finally hit a putback, but replay showed Horford’s shot was released after the horn sounded.
After trailing by 13 with less than 10 minutes left, the Celtics pulled ahead 100-99 before falling. Jaylen Brown finished with 27 points and 12 boards for the Celts, and Horford delivered 22 points and 16 rebounds.
Game 4 is Monday in Milwaukee.
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE
Caps, Avs coast to victory
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL’s regular-season conference champions are having polar opposite success in their respective Stanley Cup playoff series. The Colorado Avalanche are on the verge of a four-game sweep, while the Florida Panthers are trailing their series for the second time.
Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) had a four-point game and the Avalanche went 4-for-5 with the man advantage in a 7-3 downing of the Predators. Landeskog scored twice in the second period and had two assists as the Avs took a 3-0 series lead.
Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) and Devon Toews (deh-VAHN tayvz) each added a goal and an assist for Colorado, while Arturri Lehkonen (ahr-TOOR’-ee LEH’-koh-nehn) and Nathan MacKinnon each furnished power-play goals.
Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper (KEHM’-pur) took a stick to the eye with a minute left in the first period. Pavel Francouz (FRAN’-sohs) replaced him and made 20 saves in his seventh career playoff appearance.
The Avalanche can wrap up the series in Nashville on Monday as the Predators try to avoid being swept for the first time.
Special teams are a big reason why the Washington Capitals own a two-games-to-one lead over the NHL’s regular-season champs in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist while the Caps were going 2-for-6 on the power play in a 6-1 win over the Panthers. Ovechkin set up TJ Oshie’s power-play tally that tied the game with 26 second in the first period. Ovi (OH’-vee) also ignited Washington’s three-goal third period.
The Capitals have gone 4-for-12 with the man advantage in the season, while the Panthers are 0-for-9.
Ilya Samsonov (EEL’-yah sam SOH’-nahv) stopped 29 shots for his first victory in four career postseason starts.
The series stays in Washington for Game 4 on Monday.
The Penguins coughed up a 4-1 lead before scoring three times in the final nine minutes of their 7-4 victory over the Rangers. Danton Heinen broke the 4-4 deadlock before Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) and Jeff Carter added empty-netters, securing the Pens’ two-games-to-one lead in the opening-round series.
Pittsburgh appeared to be in control after Evan Rodrigues scored the last two goals of the opening period, putting the Penguins up by three. But the Rangers eventually tied it on Andrew Copp’s short-handed goal late in the second after Frank Vatrano and Artemmi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) tallied 67 seconds apart in the period.
Louis Domingue (doh-MIHNG’) stopped 32 shots for the Penguins, who host Game 4 on Monday.
In Dallas, Joe Pavelski’s second goal of the night was the game-winner in the Stars’ 4-2 victory against the Flames. Pavelski tied it 2-2 midway through the second period and added a power-play goal halfway through the third.
Jake Oettinger (AH’-tihn-jur) handled 39 shots and blanked the Flames after Elias Lindholm beat him 3:40 into the second period.
Radek Faksa had the first goal and Roope Hintz added an empty-netter for the Stars, who host Game 4 on Monday.
HORSE RACING-KENTUCKY DERBY
Rich Strike strikes it rich at Churchill Downs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rich Strike came charging up the rail to overtake the leaders in the closing strides for a stunning 80-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby.
Jockey Sonny Leon guided Rich Strike from well back in the 20-horse field to run by 4-1 favorite Epicenter and Zandon at Churchill Downs. Rich Strike wasn’t even in the Derby field until Friday when Ethereal Road was scratched.
Rich Strike triggered the second-biggest upset in the race’s 148-year history, paying $163.60 to win. Only Donerail in 1913 had a higher payout of $184.90.
Rich Strike ran the 1 1/4 mile in 2:02.61.
Kershaw sharp as Dodgers blank Cubs in DH opener
UNDATED (AP) — Clayton Kershaw hasn’t made more than 28 starts in a season since 2015, but the 34-year-old is giving signs that he’s completely healthy and in contention for a fourth NL Cy Young Award.
Kershaw scattered five hits over seven innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers hammered the Chicago Cubs, 7-0. He’s allowed fewer than two runs in four of his five starts this season, allowing him to open 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
Freddie Freeman doubled three times and scored twice, helping the NL West leaders win for the 16th time in 21 games. Austin Barnes homered and drove in three.
Mookie Betts drove in five runs in the nightcap to send the Dodgers to a 6-2 win and a sweep of the doubleheader. Betts smacked a three-run double in the second inning to cap a four-run rally and added a two-run homer in the ninth.
Los Angeles’ only other hit was a single in the ninth by Freddie Freeman. But Los Angeles drew nine walks on the way to its 17th win in 22 games.
Also on major league diamonds:
— Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam in the first inning and matched his career high with six RBIs as the Giants ripped the Cardinals, 13-7 to end a five-game losing streak. Mauricio Dubón and Darin Ruf also homered on a day the Giants honored former catcher Buster Posey in a pregame ceremony. Cardinals catcher Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina reached 1,000 career RBIs.
— Yonathan Daza, José Iglesias and Connor Joe hit consecutive, two-out, run-scoring singles in the ninth inning to help the Rockies rally past the Diamondbacks, 4-1. Colorado trailed 1-0 and pieced together four runs off Arizona closer Mark Melancon, who had a 1.08 ERA coming into the game. Jordan Luplow stole back-to-back bases in the eighth and scored on Christian Walker’s double to put Arizona ahead, 1-0.
— Joe Dunand homered on the third pitch he saw as a big leaguer and then doubled as the Marlins clobbered the Padres, 8-0 to end a six-game losing streak. The nephew of Alex Rodriguez hit a 1-1 pitch from left-hander Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) into the first row in left-center with one out in the third just hours after his contract was selected from Triple-A Jacksonville. Jorge Soler (HOHR’-hay soh-LEHR’) hit his first career grand slam and Pablo López pitched eight strong innings for Miami.
— Max Fried (freed) outpitched Corbin Burnes and Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr belted a solo homer to break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning of the Braves’ 3-2 decision over the Brewers. Fried allowed one run on four hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings to end Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak. Acuña’s homer off Burnes is his second in as many games as he continues to prove he has fully recovered from knee surgery.
— The Reds ended their nine-game losing streak by erupting for seven runs in the eighth inning of a 9-2 win over the Pirates in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Tyler Stephenson keyed the big rally with a two-run double to help Cincinnati win for just the fourth time in 26 games this season. Stephenson finished with three hits and four RBIs.
— In the nightcap, Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a two-run homer and Yoshi Tsutsugo (TOH-shee soo-SOO’-goh) and Diego Castillo had back-to-back shots as Pittsburgh won, 8-5 for a split. Brandon Drury homered, doubled and drove in four runs for the Reds in the second game.
— Homers by Josh Bell, Yadiel Hernandez and Nelson Cruz powered the Nationals past the Angels, 7-3. Maikel Franco drove in three runs and Josiah Gray won his second straight start, allowing three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jared Walsh and Brandon Marsh homered for the Angels, who had won three straight.
— Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) homered early and Michael Brantley tripled in a two-run eighth that pushed the Astros to their sixth straight win, 3-2 versus the Tigers. The Astros trailed 2-1 in the eighth when Altuve singled with one out and scored on Brantley’s three-bagger. The walks followed to bring in the lead run.
— The White Sox earned their fifth consecutive victory as Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) delivered a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning of their 3-1 decision over the Red Sox. Leury (lay-OO’-ree) García had two singles and a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth to help Chicago reach .500 for the first time since April 21. The Red Sox have dropped 13 of 17.
— The Athletics are owners of an eight-game losing streak after Jorge Polanco’s sixth-inning homer stood up in Minnesota’s 1-0 victory against Oakland. Four Minnesota pitchers combined to fan 15 and allow just three hits. Polanco had three hits as the AL Central leaders moved to 17-11.
— The Blue Jays coasted to an 8-3 win over the Guardians as George Springer and Raimel Tapia each drove in three runs in the first four innings against Shane Bieber. Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman worked 6 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the doubleheader, allowed one run and finally issued his first walk of the season. Bieber gave up a career-high-tying seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.
— Brandon Lowe (low) produced his second career multi-homer game with a pair of solo shots off Seattle starter Marco Gonzales in the Rays’ sixth consecutive win, 8-2 at Seattle. Manuel Margot (mahn-WEHL’ mahr-GOH’) added the first grand slam of his career, one night after crushing a three-run homer in the ninth. Winning pitcher Drew Rasmussen tossed one-run ball for five innings.
— The Guardians rebounded to take the nightcap against Toronto, 8-2. Owen Miller delivered a two-run double and Franmil (FRAHN’-meel) Reyes homered and had two RBIs in Cleveland’s sixth win in eight games. Triston McKenzie earned his second straight victory with six innings of two-run ball, striking out nine.
— The Mets and Phillies were rained out in Philadelphia, as were the Yankees and Rangers in New York and the Orioles and Royals in Baltimore. The Mets and Phillies will make up the game as part of a Sunday twinbill, as will the Orioles and Royals. The Yankees and Rangers will play Saturday’s postponed game on Monday, which was a scheduled off day for both teams.
McCutchen tests positive
ATLANTA (AP) — Brewers outfielder Andrew McCutchen has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the team to recall infielder Mike Brosseau from Triple-A Nashville. McCutchen is hitting .240 with two homers.
PGA-WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP
Bradley’s 67 good enough for Wells Fargo lead
POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — Keegan Bradley will carry a two-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA’s Wells Fargo Championship in Potomac, Maryland, on Sunday.
Bradley shot the lowest score for the second straight day, a 3-under 67 that gives him a three-day total of 8-under 202. He braved British Open-like weather conditions on an Avenel course that normally provides tournament temperatures in the mid-to-high 90s.
Homa fired a 71 to remain in second, but midway leader Jason Day went from three shots up to seven shots back with a 79.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-MITSUBISHI CLASSIC
Toms takes lead
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — David Toms is the leader through two rounds of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic as he seeks his third career PGA Tour Champions title.
Toms flipped the script with a four-shot swing on the 15th hole. He closed with pars for a 1-under 71 that gave him a two-shot lead over Ken Duke going into the final round.
Toms is at 8-under.
Ernie Els finished with three birdies over his last five holes on the front nine for a 68. He’s part of the group four shots behind at 4-under.
Chelsea being sold for $3.1B to LA Dodgers owners, investors
LONDON (AP) —Chelsea is being sold to a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly.
The deal will end the 19 years of ownership and lavish investment by Roman Abramovich pending approval of the Premier League. The Russian oligarch was sanctioned and forced to offload the club over the war in Ukraine.
The sale price of $3.1 billion is the most lucrative ever for a sports team worldwide. Abramovich cannot receive the proceeds, which he hopes will go to a foundation for the victims of the war.