Update on the latest in sports:
Penguins regroup, Predators look for road magic in Game 5
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Somewhere between the catfish lobbing, A-list national anthem singers, and Charles Barkley’s surprise cameo, there’s been another notable development during the Stanley Cup Final: A series has broken out. Perhaps the seeds of an upset, too.
A week ago, the Nashville Predators headed home down 2-0 to the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
But now, the vibe inside PPG Paints Arena for Game 5 tonight figures to be more anxious than anticipatory after the Predators evened the series at 2-2, delivering a very clear message that the first-timers are a clear threat to become first-time winners.
Through four games, Nashville has more goals, more shots on goal and a bit more swagger than Pittsburgh. What began as a two-month slog to the Cup is now a three-game dash, one that appears to be a coin flip.
Perfect shot: Durant’s late 3 gives Warriors 3-0 Finals lead
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant drained the shot of his professional life — a 3-pointer over LeBron James with 45.3 seconds left — and scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of a title and payback by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 last night to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals.
With their 15th straight win, the Warriors now have the longest postseason streak for any team in the four major professional sports.
But that means little to Golden State’s players, who with a victory in Game 4 tomorrow night can exorcise those haunting demons from last June when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers.
Rockies visit Wrigley; Price vs. Pineda, Yanks
UNDATED (AP) — A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
— The surprising Rockies, who lead the National League with 38 wins, get a tough test when they open a four-game series at Wrigley Field against the World Series champion Cubs. Colorado is a season-best 15 games above .500 and has outscored its opponents 32-6 during a four-game winning streak. Tyler Chatwood starts against Chicago lefty Jon Lester.
— David Price starts for the Red Sox in the rubber game of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium, his third outing since returning from a sore elbow that had sidelined the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner since spring training. Price allowed one run and three hits over seven innings in a 5-2 win against Baltimore on Saturday. Michael Pineda pitches for New York, which leads the AL East by two games over rival Boston.
— Coming off his no-hitter against Arizona, right-hander Edinson Volquez starts for Miami in Pittsburgh. Volquez tweaked his right ankle in the first inning last Saturday but stayed in and tossed the sixth no-hitter in Marlins history.
— San Francisco right-hander Johnny Cueto takes an eight-game winning streak against the Brewers into his start at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The run began in September 2012 when Cueto was with Cincinnati, and he has a 1.68 ERA during that stretch.
— Ben Lively makes his second career start for Philadelphia in the finale of a four-game series against the Braves. Lively drew praise from Phillies manager Pete Mackanin because he “showed no fear” in winning his major league debut last week. The 25-year-old allowed only four hits and one run in seven innings of a 5-3 win over the Giants on Saturday.
Dabrowski-Bopanna win mixed doubles title
PARIS (AP) — Seventh-seeded Gabriela Dabrowski and Rohan Bopanna have won the mixed doubles title at the French Open.
Dabrowski, who is from Canada, and her Indian partner rallied to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10.
It’s the first time a Canadian woman has won the mixed doubles title at Roland Garros.
“Hopefully you’ve enjoyed that final, there were lots of efforts on both sides,” Dabrowski said in an on-court interview.
Groenefeld was looking for another mixed title at the clay-court major, having already won in 2014 alongside Jean-Julien Rojer. She double-faulted on match point to hand Bopanna and Dabrowski the victory.
LA, Paris Olympic bids await meeting on 2024-2028 hosting
GENEVA (AP) — Los Angeles and Paris should edge closer tomorrow to both getting Olympic hosting rights.
Ahead of a key meeting of the International Olympic Committee executive board, the French capital is now seen as the favorite to host the 2024 Games. But that doesn’t mean that LA will get left out in the cold.
The strangest Olympic bidding race in four decades will take clearer shape when the IOC board weighs opening up the 2024 contest to also include the 2028 award in September.
The expected agreement would fulfil IOC President Thomas Bach’s wish to avoid making a loser of either world-class candidate, though it must be ratified by the Olympic body’s voting members.