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May 9, 2017


Capitals square series 3-3 against Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andre Burakovsky scored twice, Nicklas Backstrom got his sixth of the playoffs and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday night to force a Game 7 in their taut Eastern Conference semifinal.

John Carlson and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Capitals. Braden Holtby stopped 16 to send the series back to Washington for the deciding game on Wednesday night.

Jake Guentzel picked up his playoff-leading ninth goal and Evgeni Malkin added another 52 seconds later late in the third period to make the score look cosmetically better, but the Penguins were never in it. The Capitals controlled play throughout. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 21 saves and received little help in front him.

This is the fourth time the Penguins and Capitals will meet in a Game 7. Pittsburgh has won each of the three previous deciding games, the last in 2009 in Washington on its way to the Stanley Cup.


Rangers need win at home for another shot in Ottawa

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rangers have had a tough time closing out against the Senators in Ottawa, a challenge they’re eager to take on again. First, there’s business to take care of in New York.

After giving up another late lead before losing in overtime again on the road, the Rangers return home needing a win in Game 6 on Tuesday night to avoid elimination in their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Ottawa.

Rangers forward Jesper Fast said: “We have no time to waste right now.”

The Senators took the series lead with a 5-4 overtime win in Game 5 on Saturday after tying the score with about 1 1/2 minutes left in the third period. It was the second time in the series Ottawa tied the score in the closing minutes at home before winning in the extra period. In Game 2, the Senators got two goals 2:17 apart late in the third before winning in the second overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. Ottawa leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.


Warriors pushing to sweep Utah Jazz in Western Conference NBA playoff series

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Heading into Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series against Utah, the Golden State Warriors led 80-73 with a little over 4 minutes left in the third quarter as they try to sweep the Jazz in four games.

Golden State has won a franchise-record seven consecutive playoff games in a single postseason and only one victory was by fewer than 11 points.

The Jazz played their best game of the series in Game 3 and still lost by 11. The trio of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green has been too much for the Jazz.

The Golden State defense has allowed just 99.3 points per game — second-best among teams still alive in the postseason.


Beltway rivalry goes to the O’s in win over Nationals

BALTIMORE (AP) — Trey Mancini capped a three-homer binge in the first inning against Gio Gonzalez, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 for their season-high fifth straight victory.

Kevin Gausman (2-3) limited baseball’s most potent offense to two runs over seven innings. He retired the first 10 batters and struck out eight in his longest outing of the year.

Joey Rickard hit a leadoff homer and Mark Trumbo added a solo shot before Mancini connected with a runner on to make it 4-0. That was enough offense for the Orioles, who now hold a 37-24 advantage over their neighboring rivals in the so-called “Beltway Series,” which began in 2006.

Caleb Joseph had a career high-tying four hits for the Orioles. Baltimore (21-10) owns the second-best record in the majors behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees.

Bryce Harper homered and drove in two runs for the Nationals.

In other games:

— Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez drove in four runs, compensating for the two homers he gave up to Marcell Ozuna and leading St. Louis over the Miami Marlins 9-4 for their season-best fourth straight win. Martinez (2-3) came into the game hitless this year. He hit a two-out, three-run double off Adam Conley in the second inning and singled home a run in the fourth.

— Marcus Stroman pitched six shutout innings, Kevin Pillar made in sensational catch in center field and the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Cleveland Indians 4-2. Ryan Goins hit a two-run homer and Justin Smoak added a two-run single as the Blue Jays beat the team that eliminated them from last year’s AL Championship Series.

In other baseball news:


— Matt Harvey is set to rejoin the New York Mets’ rotation Friday at Milwaukee after serving a three-day suspension for not showing up at Citi Field for a game last weekend. Mets manager Terry Collins says: “You make a mistake. You stand up be accountable and move on. And you know what, people forget about it.” Collins commented a day after general manager Sandy Alderson revealed the discipline for the 28-year-old pitcher.

— The Atlanta Braves released former National League MVP Ryan Howard from his minor league contract after he struggled at Triple-A Gwinnett. Atlanta signed Howard, a longtime star with the Philadelphia Phillies, shortly after the season began. He went to extended spring training in Florida before joining the G-Braves a couple of weeks ago. He lasted only 11 games. Howard was released Monday after hitting .184 with one homer and five RBIs.

— Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon underwent surgery Monday morning for suspected testicular cancer. The right-hander had the surgery at Allegheny General Hospital. After alerting the team’s medical staff of an abnormality, the 26-year-old Taillon consulted with Dr. John C. Lyne during the weekend. Lyne performed the surgery.

—Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will miss the rest of the season after having surgery to restore cartilage in his left knee. The team says the right-handed knuckleballer had the procedure on Monday. Boston manager John Farrell said last week that no one specific thing caused Wright’s injury. The 2016 All-Star had some issues during spring training.

—Two-time AL MVP Mike Trout says he plans to play at Oakland after missing two straight games for the Angels and three of four because of a tight left hamstring. He has a 17-game hitting streak. The outfielder has played in at least 157 games in four consecutive seasons, and he missed only three games in each of the past two years.


Proposed Raiders stadium would be finished by 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A preliminary timeline for the proposed stadium that would be home to the Raiders in Las Vegas shows construction would be finished only three months before the 2020 regular season begins.

The draft of the timeline made public Monday by the Las Vegas Stadium Authority shows construction on the proposed 65,000-seat stadium would begin in January and last 30 months, giving the team three months to move in.

Members of the board overseeing the $1.9 billion project are expected to discuss the preliminary timeline during their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday. The Raiders did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

The NFL’s newest stadium took two-and-a-half years to complete. The first Minnesota Vikings preseason game at the venue took place in August.


Los Angeles, Paris await Olympic inspectors in 2024 race

GENEVA (AP) — Los Angeles and Paris are awaiting their Olympic inspectors this week. Both cities are seen as winning options for the 2024 Games.

The cities will host three-day visits by an International Olympic Committee panel, whose chairman has no doubt about their hosting credentials.

IOC evaluation commission chairman Patrick Baumann tells The Associated Press, “I think today at least you can already say, either way, we will have fantastic Olympic Games.”

IOC President Thomas Bach seems so sure of the two cities’ qualities that he asked his four vice presidents for advice on also bringing the 2028 Olympics into play, rewarding both cities with hosting duties.


Tebow re-ups with ESPN to be analyst for SEC network

UNDATED (AP) — ESPN has announced a multiyear agreement with Tim Tebow, who will continue as an analyst on the SEC Network.

Tebow has worked as a studio analyst for the SEC Network since its 2014 debut. He will remain part of “SEC Nation,” the network’s traveling Saturday pregame show.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is currently playing minor league baseball in the New York Mets organization. The 29-year-old Tebow is hitting .242 with two home runs in 26 games for the Columbia Fireflies of the Single-A South Atlantic League.

Tebow helped the University of Florida win national championships in 2006 and 2008 before being selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos in 2010. He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets.


Trump congratulates golfer John Daly for winning PGA event

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is congratulating golfer John Daly for winning his first PGA Tour Champions title.

The 51-year-old Daly had not won on tour since the PGA Tour’s 2004 Buick Invitational. Daly, who endorsed Trump during the campaign, was wearing American flag pants when he finished at 14-under 202 at The Woodlands.

Trump is an avid golfer who owns more than a dozen golf courses and says he likes to use the game to conduct business. Trump tweeted his congratulations to Daly early Monday. Trump wrote: “John is a great guy who never gave up - and now a winner again!”

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