Bucks, Blazers win...Suns find a coach...Canes advance, Stars take control...Elliott has Dover pole
UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers have taken two-games-to-one leads in their respective NBA conference semifinals series. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) contributed 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Khris Middleton added 20 in the Bucks’ 123-116 win at Boston. The Blazers won in quadruple overtime as CJ McCollum matched his career playoff high with 41 points and Rodney Hood hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left in a 140-137 marathon against the Denver Nuggets.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have hired Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams to replace head coach Igor Kokoskov, who was fired last week after going 19-63 in his lone season at the helm. Williams will join Phoenix after the 76ers complete their run in the NBA playoffs. The 47-year-old has previous head coaching experience, spending five seasons in charge in New Orleans. He also played nine years in the NBA.
UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have swept themselves into the NHL’s Eastern Conference final, while the Dallas Stars have taken a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference second-round series. The Hurricanes and Islanders were tied 1-1 until Teuvo Teravainen (TOO’-voh tehr-ah-VY’-nehn) and Greg McKegg scored 66 seconds apart early in the second period of Carolina’s 5-2 win over New York. Ben Bishop made 38 saves and Jason Spezza (SPEHT’-suh) scored 2:42 into the Stars’ 2-1 victory at St. Louis.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chase Elliott has followed his first win of the season with a pole at Dover, topping the speed chart on a blistering day at the track with a record 165.960 mph. Elliott won last week at Talladega and kept the good times rolling Friday when he led a 1-2 start for Hendrick Motorsports. William Byron starts second for Sunday’s Cup race.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will ride in the Kentucky Derby after all. Race officials say Smith has picked up the mount on 30-1 shot Cutting Humor, trained by Todd Pletcher. The 53-year-old rider had been on the early 4-1 favorite, Omaha Beach, until that colt was scratched because of a breathing problem. Smith won last year’s Derby aboard Justify.