Cavs take opener...Sens overwhelm Pens...Jags ink Fournette...A favorite Dream
BOSTON (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers took Game 1 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals by building a 26-point lead in the first half of a 117-104 rout of the Celtics in Boston. LeBron James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Cavaliers improved to 9-0 in the postseason. Kevin Love shot 6-for-9 from 3-point range and finished with a playoff career-high 32 points and 12 boards.
OTTAWA (AP) — The Ottawa Senators scored four times in the opening period to chase goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in a 5-1 thumping of the visiting Penguins. Mike Hoffman opened the scoring 48 seconds into the game before Marc Methot (meh-THAHT’), Derick Brassard and Zack Smith tallied in a 2:18 span of the first period. Craig Anderson’s 25 saves helped the Senators take a two-games-to-one lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals.
UNDATED (AP) — Running back Leonard Fournette has signed his rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The fourth overall pick in last month’s NFL draft received a four-year package expected to be worth more than $27 million and include an $18 million signing bonus, according to the league’s rookie salary system. Fournette ran for 3,830 yards in three years with the LSU Tigers, averaging 6.2 yards a carry and scoring 42 touchdowns.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Always Dreaming is the early 4-5 favorite for the Preakness as the colt tries to take another step toward the Triple Crown. The reigning Kentucky Derby winner will break from the No. 4 post in the 10-horse field. Classic Empire has drawn the No. 5 post and is the early 3-1 second choice for the 1 3/16-mile race.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Regan Smith will be Aric Almirola’s replacement driver for this weekend’s racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that Smith will take over for Almirola, who spent Saturday night in a hospital after fracturing a vertebra at Kansas Speedway. Almirola was airlifted to a local hospital following a fiery wreck.