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May 15, 2017


Climactic Game 7 of Boston-Washington NBA playoff this evening

BOSTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards tonight will try to defeat the home-standing Boston Celtics and go to the NBA conference finals for the first time since 1979.

That’s a tall order for a team that hasn’t yet beat the Celtics on their home court in this best-of-seven series.

The Wizards will again be counting on strong scoring from the backcourt tandem of John Wall and Bradley Beal, while the Celtics can counter with their own one-two punch of late, guard Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley.

The winner of tonight’s game will take on the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics would host the conference championship series based on their regular season edge over Cleveland. If Washington wins, it will have to travel to Cleveland.


Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard ruled out for Game 2 vs Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Antonio’s Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard has been ruled out for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday after re-injuring his left ankle in Sunday’s loss to Golden State.

Coach Gregg Popovich says, “Obviously, he won’t play tomorrow.”

Leonard was hurt in the third quarter when Warriors center Zaza Pachulia’s foot slid under Leonard’s following a jumper by the All-Star forward.

Leonard didn’t return, giving Golden State an opening for an 18-0 run and a 113-111 comeback victory. Leonard scored 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting in nearly 24 minutes to go with eight rebounds and three assists. He made all 11 of his free throws.


AP source: Cavs to wear Goodyear logo on jerseys next season

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the contract says the NBA champion Cavaliers will wear Goodyear’s wing-foot logo on their jerseys starting next season.

The team will announce a multi-year sponsorship deal with the Akron-based tire manufacturer, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Cavs and Goodyear are not disclosing any details in advance of a Monday news conference.

The agreement will give Goodyear tremendous exposure because the Cavs are one of the league’s most televised teams. There’s also an obvious local tie in as four-time MVP LeBron James is from Akron.

Last year, the league approved teams signing companies to place logos on the upper left portion of their jerseys starting with the 2018-19 season. The Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz all plan to wear corporate patches next season.


Pens try to even series with Sens

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins try to even their NHL Eastern Conference final series against the Ottawa Senators tonight in Pittsburgh.

Ottawa took Game 1 in overtime. The Senators are now 6-1 in overtime during the postseason.


Back home, Predators eager to match Ducks’ physical play

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally are facing their first real adversity this postseason, with the Anaheim Ducks eager to push, hit and poke them out of what’s already been a historic run.

The Predators insist they can play that game too — and keep their cool no matter what pesky Ducks center Ryan Kesler does.

Nashville center Ryan Johansen vented his frustration at how Kesler plays after the Ducks rallied twice in pulling out a 5-3 win Sunday night that tied the Western Conference finals at a game apiece. Johansen said he didn’t know how anyone could cheer for a guy like that constantly prodding and poking. Each picked up a penalty, with Johansen high-sticking Kesler off a faceoff.


Archer vs Carrasco in Cleveland

UNDATED (AP) — Two of the American League’s top pitchers this year square off tonight in Cleveland when Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer faces Indians righty Carlos Carrasco. Archer has struck out 11 in consecutive starts, including when he pitched eight shutout innings in a 12-1 victory over Kansas City last time out. Carrasco pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in a 6-0 win over Toronto in his previous start and has yet to allow more than three runs in a game this season.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The Angels open a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox in Los Angeles. After missing over a week with a hamstring issue, Mike Trout is back in full force for the Angels. He’s homered in three straight games for the third time in his career, giving him 11 for the season. The two-time AL MVP also stole two bases Sunday, joining Alex Rodriguez as the only players to get 175 homers and 150 steals before their age-26 season.

— Brandon McCarthy returns from the DL to start for the Dodgers against the Giants tonight in San Francisco. McCarthy was off to a strong start this season before injuring his left shoulder.


Pomeranz to have MRI

UNDATED (AP) — Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz is scheduled for an MRI after leaving his start Sunday with left triceps tightness. He said it felt similar to what he experienced in spring training, which caused him to open the year on the 10-day disabled list. Manager John Farrell was optimistic that Pomeranz wasn’t looking at “anything long term.”

In other MLB news:

— Giants outfielder Hunter Pence could be headed for the disabled list after an MRI revealed a minor strain in his left hamstring. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pence may be able to pinch hit, but “we just have to make the call whether we’re going to be able to afford to use him strictly off the bench or get a healthy body up here to help out in the outfield.”

— The Yankees’ ceremony to retire Derek Jeter’s No. 2 jersey and dedicate his plaque in Monument Park was the most-viewed program in the New York area during its time period Sunday night. It was also the most-watched non-game in the history of the YES Network, which launched in 2002. The previous high for a non-game on YES viewers was 651,000 for the dedication of George Steinbrenner’s plaque in Monument Park on Sept. 20, 2010.


Chiefs’ rookie quarterback robbed

UNDATED (AP) — Authorities in Texas say rookie Kansas Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) escaped injury after being robbed last weekend. The Smith County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office says Mahomes and three other victims were stepping from a vehicle on a driveway outside Tyler on Friday night when a suspect approached and gestured he had a handgun in his waistband. Investigators say the man took property from the victims and sped away. Deputies later arrested two suspects and recovered items taken during the holdup.

Mahomes played at Texas Tech and last month was selected by the Chiefs with the 10th pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

In other NFL news:

—Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the team is considering Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III as possible backup options to starting quarterback Russell Wilson. In an interview with KIRO-AM, Carroll was asked specifically about the pair of veteran quarterbacks who would seem to fit the style Seattle desires in Wilson’s backup. He says, “We’re looking at everybody. We really are.”

— The Indianapolis Colts have signed fourth-round draft pick Zach Banner and waived second-year center Austin Blythe. Banner, a 6-foot-9, 360-pound tackle, was Southern California’s 2015 offensive lineman of the year and was chosen No. 137 overall. Blythe was Indy’s seventh-round pick in and played in eight games last season. Indy replaced Blythe with free agent guard Blake Muir, who spent last season on two teams’ practice squads.

— The Tennessee Titans have signed five players, including four who took part in their rookie minicamp on a try-out basis. They signed defensive lineman Jimmy Staten, originally a fifth-round pick by Seattle in 2014 out of Middle Tennessee. The other try-outs added include defensive lineman Cameron Robbins of Northwestern, linebacker Johnny Ragin of Oregon and cornerback Trevon Hartfield of Southwestern Oklahoma State. Tennessee also signed kicker Jordan Gay, who played 30 games with the Bills in 2014 and 2015. The Titans waived defensive lineman Roderick Henderson and linebacker Reshard Cliett.

— The Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers will practice together for two days before their preseason game Aug. 19. The teams are scheduled to play each other on Aug. 19 at Nissan Stadium. They will work against each other Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 at the Titans’ practice fields.

— The Seattle Seahawks and CenturyLink have extended the naming rights agreement on the team’s stadium through the 2033 season. The naming rights extension announced on Monday begins in 2019. The deal also extends to the events center attached to CenturyLink Field.


Roger Federer says he will skip French Open

UNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer says he won’t play in the French Open. In a message posted on his website, Federer says he will prepare to play on grass and hard courts later this season.

His agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed that the 18-time Grand Slam champion won’t compete at the year’s second major tournament, which starts in Paris on May 28.


Angelique Kerber retakes No. 1

UNDATED (AP) — Angelique Kerber is back at No. 1, replacing Serena Williams atop the WTA rankings. Monday’s move up from No. 2 represents Kerber’s third stay to the top spot, for a total of 26 weeks.

Because of a quirk in the rankings due to a slight shift in the tour calendar, Williams briefly returned to No. 1 last month, even though she has not played a match since winning the Australian Open in January. It was her 23rd Grand Slam title.

Williams is due to give birth in the fall and is taking the rest of the year off, but she plans to return to competition in 2018.

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