NBA playoffs begin...Archer to start vs Nationals while appealing suspension
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State begins its NBA title defense tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers. Game 1 in the best-of-seven series is at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, where the top-seeded Warriors have home court for the entire postseason. It’s one of four playoff openers today. The others are Brooklyn at Philadelphia, Orlando at Toronto and San Antonio at Denver.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks are turning to Patrick Ewing in hopes of lottery luck. Ewing joined the Knicks when they won the first NBA draft lottery in 1985. He’ll represent the team on stage when it attempts a turnaround by landing the No. 1 pick on May 14 in Chicago. The Knicks had the NBA’s worst record this season at 17-65, matching the worst in franchise history. They have a 14% chance of winning the lottery.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Archer takes the mound for Pittsburgh today when the Pirates continue their series in Washington. It will be his first start since being suspended for touching off a bench-clearing fracas at PNC Park last Sunday. He’s appealing the five-game suspension but can play until there’s a final ruling. Anibal Sanchez starts for the Nationals.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks starts at Wrigley Field this afternoon against the Angels, who won’t have Mike Trout this weekend because of a strained groin. Hendricks has struggled in each of his first two outings, yielding 18 hits in 8 1/3 innings. Chris Stratton starts for Los Angeles.
ZURICH (AP) — The head of world soccer’s governing body is calling for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents. In a statement today, FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Gianni Infantino said “harsh sanctions” should be applied for racist behavior. He encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases.