Hedge fund manager to buy Panthers...Darvish looks for first win with Cubs...Cavs hope to bounce back
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — People familiar with the situation say hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Carolina Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson for a record $2.2 billion. The purchase is subject to a vote at the NFL owners meeting next week in Atlanta. Richardson announced in December he was selling the team amid an NFL investigation for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. The $2.2 billion eclipses the $1.4 billion price for the Buffalo Bills in 2014.
MIAMI (AP) — The struggling Dodgers are hoping to jumpstart their season with a series against the lowly Marlins in Miami. Of course, Los Angeles was thinking the same heading into a weekend set against last-place Cincinnati, then the Reds pushed the Dodgers around in a four-game sweep.
ATLANTA (AP) — Yu Darvish pitches against the Braves aiming for his first victory since signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs in the offseason. Darvish is 0-and-3, and is returning from the disabled list after fighting off a virus. He hasn’t pitched since allowing three homers and six runs in a loss to Colorado on May 2.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock is set to see a hand specialist after spraining his left thumb diving for a ball Monday. The slumping Diamondbacks lost their sixth straight shortly after Pollock was pulled, and they’ll have a hard time getting on track without him. He leads the club with a .293 average, 44 hits, 11 home runs and 33 RBIs.
BOSTON (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are putting their 25-point loss to Boston in Game 1 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals out of their mind as they head into Game 2 tonight. That’s because they’re more than familiar with LeBron James’ ability to bounce back after lopsided playoff losses. A lineup change could be in the works to help him. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue says he’s weighing inserting Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup to combat the Celtics’ Game 1 dominance inside.