Kanter ‘playing through it’...Desperation, dilemma in Carolina...Court: discrimination necessary
DENVER (AP) — Portland’s Enes Kanter says he’s going to “just keep playing through it.” Despite a sore left shoulder, the Blazers center had 26 points in the team’s loss to the Nuggets in Game ! of their playoff series Monday night. Game 2 is tonight in Denver, the lone game on the NBA playoff schedule.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Islanders will be desperate for a win when they take the ice tonight in Raleigh. The Carolina Hurricanes take a 2-0 lead into Game 3 of their best-of-seven playoff series. Carolina is facing a dilemma in net. Starting goalie Petr Mrazek is dealing with a lower body injury that forced him out of the net in Game 2 and now has him day to day. Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour says the team has equal confidence in Mrazek’s replacement, Curtis McElhinney.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — After roaring to the top of the National League Central Division in mid-April, the Pittsburgh Pirates took a hard fall. Last night, however, they managed to end their eight-game losing streak with a win in Texas against the Rangers. The Pirates were scoreless until the ninth, when they produced three runs off closer Jose Leclerc. The Bucs won the game in the 11th thanks to rookie Bryan Reynolds’ first career homer.
GENEVA (AP) — Caster Semenya has lost her appeal against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners. In a landmark judgment, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said the IAAF’s proposed rules on athletes with “differences of sex development” are discriminatory but should be applied. Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion, will now be forced to medicate to suppress her testosterone levels if she wants to defend her world title this September.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds gathered in Kansas last night to remember a Washburn University football player who was killed in a shooting that also wounded a friend who had been drafted hours earlier by the New York Giants. At a vigil, Dwane Simmons, the team’s coach said the 23-year-old “shined the light on everybody.” The university says injured cornerback Corey Ballentine is expected to make a full recovery. There have been no arrests in the incident.