Court clears the way for legal wagers...Warriors, Rockets meet...Reds look for seventh straight
WASHINGTON (AP) — A decision by the Supreme Court means American sports fans will soon have many more places to place legal bets on the results of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other games. Five states have the edge in the race to legalize sports betting because they’ve already passed laws contingent on the Supreme Court striking down the 1992 federal ban on such gambling. That happened today as the high court ruled 6-3 against a 1992 law that barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions.
HOUSTON (AP) — It’s a series that many basketball fans have been waiting for all season. The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets meet tonight in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The defending champion Warriors are looking to reach the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year. For the Rockets, a win in this series would put them in the Finals for the first time since 1995 when they won the second of their back-to-back titles.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Game 2 of the NHL’s Western Conference finals takes place tonight in Winnipeg, where the Jets are hoping for a repeat of their Game 1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. If the expansion Golden Knights can’t figure out a way to keep the puck away from Dustin Byfuglien (BUHF’-lihn) and work around him offensively, their inaugural season may not last beyond this series. The 6-5, 260-pound defenseman had a goal and an assist in the first game.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cincinnati is the hottest team in baseball, taking a six-game winning streak into a series at San Francisco, and another win would finally get them out of the NL cellar. The Reds still have the league’s worst winning percentage, but they would pass idle Miami by beating the Giants. They have more work to do in the NL Central, though. Cincinnati trails the fourth-place Cubs by nine games, even after sweeping the Dodgers over four games this weekend.
NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Andujar will keep the New York Yankees’ third base job, for now. Brandon Drury was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre today following the end of his injury rehabilitation assignment. Acquired from Arizona just after the start of spring training in February, Drury hit .217 with one homer and four RBIs in New York’s first eight games, then went on the disabled list April 7 with severe migraines that caused blurry vision.