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May 13, 2018

NBA-PLAYOFFS

Cavs and Celtics get series started in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — The Cavaliers and the Celtics meet in Boston this afternoon for Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

It’s the eighth playoff matchup between the teams overall, with Boston leading 4-3.

The Cavaliers are trying to get back to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season. The Celtics are seeking their first trip since 2010.

Cleveland’s LeBron James is aiming to become the sixth player in league history to play in at least eight consecutive NBA Finals.

James has eliminated the Celtics four times, going 8-1 in the past two matchups.

NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay looks to rebound in Game 2 vs Washington

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay looks to bounce back from a home loss as the Lightning host the Washington Capitals Sunday night in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals.

The Capitals won the opener 4-2, ending an eight-game playoff losing skid to Tampa Bay dating to the 2003 postseason.

In that game, Tampa Bay’s All-Star goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sihl-EHV’-skee) yielded four goals on 25 shots in two periods after entering the series with an 8-2 record, 2.20 goals-against average and .927 save percentage through two rounds.

The Lightning are confident they’ll play better this time. And Caps coach Barry Trotz agrees, noting that Tampa Bay lost Game 1 of its second-round series to Boston only to storm back and win four straight games.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Diamondbacks hope to avoid being swept

UNDATED (AP) — The Diamondbacks hadn’t lost a series all season before the surging Nationals arrived in Arizona. Now the D’Backs are hoping to avoid a four-game sweep after scoring just one run in each of their first three games against Washington.

The Nationals have won 12 of 14 to get close to first-place Atlanta in the NL East, while Arizona continues to lead the NL Central.

Jeremy Hellickson, who allowed just two hits in his last outing, starts for Washington against Arizona’s Zack Godley, whose last win came on April 27 against the Nationals.

Among other games on the Sunday schedule:

— Adam Wainwright returns to the St. Louis rotation when he starts at San Diego. The longtime Cardinals ace hasn’t pitched since April 17. He’s been out with inflammation in his right elbow, which underwent surgery in the offseason. The 36-year-old is 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA this season.

— Fans will be watching to see what Ben Zobrist wears when the Cubs host the White Sox. Zobrist and Major League Baseball are at odds over his spikes. Zobrist says he’s worn black cleats in day games at Wrigley Field for the past two years to honor the sport’s past. But the traditional look drew a letter from MLB, saying his cleats must be at least 51 percent blue — the Cubs’ color — and warned he could be fined and disciplined if he doesn’t comply.

MLB-TIGERS-INJURIES

Castellanos, Candelario out of starting lineup for Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos is out of the starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers for Sunday’s game against Seattle after he injured a finger on his left hand Saturday.

Niko Goodrum is set to start in Castellanos’ spot in right field, and third baseman Jeimer Candelario isn’t starting either because of a sore wrist. Pete Kozma is in the lineup at third.

Castellanos was hit by a pitch in the first inning of the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and he left soon after that. Detroit is nowhere near full strength heading into Sunday’s matchup with Seattle’s James Paxton, who threw a no-hitter at Toronto in his previous start. The Tigers are also without slugger Miguel Cabrera and outfielder Leonys Martin, who are on the disabled list with hamstring strains.

F1-SPANISH GP

Hamilton wins Spanish GP by 20 seconds, Vettel 4th

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday by 20 seconds for his second straight Formula One victory, increasing his championship lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Valtteri Bottas secured a one-two for Mercedes, while Max Verstappen completed the podium despite finishing the race with a broken front wing on his Red Bull.

Vettel, who now trails Hamilton by 17 points in the drivers’ standings, was fourth after a slow pit stop.

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