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NBA PLAYOFFS

Nets lose Irving, fall to Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have lost their lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals while losing another All-Star in the process.

The Bucks have evened the series at two games apiece with a 107-96 win over the Nets.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) finished with 34 points and Khris Middleton had 19 for the Bucks, who managed just 86 in each of the previous two games.

The Nets scored 13 straight points to take a 34-23 lead, but Milwaukee responded with a 19-4 spurt.

Brooklyn finished the game without Kyrie Irving because of a sprained right ankle suffered in the second quarter. The injury left the Nets without their starting guards.

Kevin Durant had 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who host Game 5 on Tuesday.

NHL-PLAYOFFS

Varlamov, Isles beat Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The New York Islanders have opened their semifinal series by knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champs.

Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) made 30 saves and the Isles got goals from Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock to beat the Lightning, 2-1 in Tampa.

Varlamov blanked Tampa Bay until Brayden Point netted a power-play goal in the final minute. Varlamov won his fourth straight playoff start, joining teammate Ilya Sorokin (sah-ROH’-kihn) as only the third pair of netminding teammates to have personal winning streaks of at least four games in a single postseason.

Barzal scored for the fourth time in five games, making it 1-0 on a breakaway in the second period following a bad pass by Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. Pulock doubled New York’s lead with a shot from the point that eluded Andre Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee), who was otherwise brilliant in net.

The Islanders will carry a four-game winning streak into Game 2 on Tuesday in Tampa.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Tatis’ tiebreaking slam in 7th sends Padres past Mets 7-3

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers will regain sole possession of the NL Central lead if the Chicago Cubs fall to St. Louis tonight.

Avisail (a-vih-sah-EEL’) Garcia slammed a two-run homer and the Brewers completed a three-game sweep with a 5-2 win over the Pirates. Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) added a pinch-hit sacrifice fly on his bobblehead day, helping the Brew Crew win for the 14th time in 16 games despite collecting just five hits.

Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his 17th save in as many chances, closing out the Pirates’ seventh consecutive loss.

Elsewhere around the majors:

— Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suárez hit an early two-run homer and the surging Reds climbed back over .500 for the first time since April 21 by beating the Rockies, 6-2. The Reds have won 10 of their last 13, including three straight over the Rockies.

— Austin Riley homered and drove in three runs to help the Braves dump the Marlins, 6-4 and end a four-game losing streak. Ender Inciarte (ihn-see-AHR’-tay) also homered to support Drew Smyly, who gave up two runs over five innings on his 32nd birthday.

— Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. launched a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning and Manny Machado (mah-CHAH’-doh) followed with a homer as the Padres topped the Mets, 7-3 to end a four-game skid. Chris Paddack struck out nine over six strong innings in his first win since May 21.

— Kyle Schwarber drove in four runs with homers in his first two at-bats as the Nationals blanked the NL West-leading Giants, 5-0. Joe Ross allowed five hits in eight innings as the Nationals gained a four-game split.

— The Dodgers were 5-3 winners over the Rangers behind Walker Buehler (BYOO’-lur), who is 6-0 after tossing four-hit ball over six scoreless innings. Zach McKinstry had a two-run double while going 3 for 3 with a walk in LA’s fifth victory in six games.

— The Phillies completed a two-game sweep of the Yankees as Aaron Nola allowed three hits and struck out nine in a 7-0 shutout. Odubel (oh-DOO’-bul) Herrera, Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) combined to go 7 for 13 with a double, a triple, four runs scored and five RBIs.

— Carlos Rodón flirted with another no-hitter and the White Sox completed a three-game sweep by knocking off Detroit, 4-1. Rodón was going for his second no-hitter of the season until Eric Haase doubled with one out in the seventh.

—Teoscar Hernández belted a pair of three-run shots over the Green Monster, two of the Blue Jays’ eight homers in an 18-4 rout of the Red Sox. Vladimir Guerrero (guh-REHR’-oh) Jr., Bo Bichette (bih-SHEHT’), Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr., Cavan Biggio (BIH’-zhee-oh), Rowdy Tellez and Semien also went deep, a day after Toronto homered five times at Fenway.

— The Rays won for the 23rd time in their last 28 games by drubbing the Orioles, 7-1. Randy Arozarena hit his first career grand slam and Tampa Bay relievers combined for seven no-hit innings to send Baltimore to its team record-extending 15th consecutive road loss.

— Michael Brantley had his second four-hit game of the series and drove in four runs to highlight the Astros’ 20-hit attack in a 14-3 assault on the Twins. Minnesota’s Michael Pineda left after four innings due to a reoccurrence of right forearm soreness that first bothered him June 1.

— Athletics hurler Chris Bassitt escaped a scary line drive to win his seventh straight decision, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings to beat the Royals, 6-3. Matt Olson hit a pair of solo homers and Matt Chapman also connected for Oakland.

— Jake Fraley slammed a two-run homer off AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber to give the Mariners a 5-0 lead in a 6-2 downing of the Indians. Fraley entered the game in place of Mitch Haniger, who suffered a bruise when he fouled a pitch off his left knee in the first inning.

— Patrick Sandoval pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning of the Angels’ sixth consecutive win, a 10-3 pounding of the Diamondbacks. Max Stassi hit a two-run homer in the first and Jared Walsh added a two-run shot in the eighth.

MLB NEWS

Indians send McKenzie back to minors

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have optioned Triston McKenzie to Triple-A Columbus for the fourth time this season.

The right-hander failed to get out of the first inning Saturday against Seattle. McKenzie began the season in the rotation and is now 1-3 with a 6.38 ERA in 11 games, leading the AL with 39 walks.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Steven Matz was placed on the COVID-related injured list by the Blue Jays, one day after the left-hander beat the Red Sox. Matz allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings on Saturday. Right-hander Jeremy Beasley was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo, a day after he was optioned.

FRENCH OPEN

Djokovic rallies for his 2nd French Open title

PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) has won his second French Open championship and his 19th Grand Slam title with a grueling comeback.

Djokovic rallied past Stefanos Tsitsipas (SEET’-see-pahs), 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic also erased a two-set deficit to win in the fourth round and has done it six times in his career.

Djokovic was coming off an epic semifinal victory over Rafael Nadal. But the 34-year-old Serb found his form and held every service game in the final three sets.

Meanwhile, Barbora Krejcikova (kreh-jih-KOH’-vah) became the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to sweep the singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros. Playing with fellow Cezch player Katerina Siniakova, they won the doubles final 6-4, 6-2 against Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States and Iga Swiatek of Poland.

PGA-PALMETTO CHAMPIONSHIP

Higgo wins Palmetto Championship

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — South Africa’s Garrick Higgo (HIH’-goh) has earned his first PGA victory by taking the Palmetto Championship in South Carolina.

Higgo went ahead when leader Chesson Hadley bogeyed his final three holes to lose his two-shot lead. The 22-year-old Higgo was making just his second tour start.

Hadley had to settle for a second-place tie with Doc Redman, Hudson Swafford, Tyrrell Hatton, Bo Van Pelt and Jhonattan Vegas.

PGA-TOUR CHAMPIONS

Jerry Kelly successfully defends hometown Champions title

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jerry Kelly has successfully defended his title in his hometown American Insurance Championship, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Fred Couples and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

The 54-year-old Kelly finished at 14-under 202 at University Ridge for his eighth PGA Tour Champions victory.

Couples bogeyed the par-5 18th for a 68.

NASCAR-TEXAS

All-Star field set

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Ross Chastain advanced to his first NASCAR All-Star race after a couple of inspection violations at Texas.

Chastain joined Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola and Matt DiBenedetto moving on to tonight’s main event worth $1 million to the winner.

The quartet joined the 17 drivers who had already qualified for the annual non-points All-Star race.

Chastain and Reddick advanced by winning 20-lap stages of the 22-car open qualifying race. Almirola took the checkered flag for a final 10-lap shootout. DiBenedetto got in on a fan vote.

NFL NEWS

Dolphins, LB Baker agree on extension

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins and linebacker Jerome Baker have agreed on a three-year, $39 million contract extension.

His agent Drew Rosenhaus says the deal includes $28.4 million in guaranteed money.

Baker has played in all 48 games in his first three seasons with the Dolphins and started 37 of them. He led the Dolphins in tackles in each of the past two seasons and had a career-best seven sacks in 2020.

RACING-INDYCAR

Pato O’Ward charges to win

DETROIT (AP) — Pato O’Ward has become IndyCar’s first repeat winner of the season by charging through the field on a final restart to steal the victory away from Josef Newgarden at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

O’Ward drove from fifth to first in five laps to win his second race of the season.

O’Ward dedicated the win to Arrow McLaren SP teammate Felix Rosenqvist, who was hospitalized overnight following his crash in Saturday’s first race of the doubleheader.

Newgarden finished second after leading 67 of the 70 laps.

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