Update on the latest in sports:
Change for Cavs in Game 3
CLEVELAND (AP) - He may not be the secret weapon, but Rodney Hood is expected to get more playing time for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. With J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver struggling, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue plans to give some minutes to Hood, who was in the starting lineup at the start of the postseason but has played little of late. Golden State’s Stephen Curry is on the verge of NBA playoff history. If he makes one 3-pointer tonight, Curry will become the first player with a 3-pointer in 43 consecutive NBA playoff road games. Golden State leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 and the defending champs can move within one win over their third NBA title in four years with a victory in Cleveland tonight.
Nationals beat Rays
UNDATED (AP) - Anthony Rendon’s four hits and three runs batted in powered the Washington Nationals to an 11-2 thumping of the Tampa Bay Rays. Michael A. Taylor added three hits and three RBIs, as the Nats swept the series and made it 11 wins in their last 15 games.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— A sacrifice fly from Manny Machado produced the only run of the game as the Baltimore Orioles edged the New York Mets, 1-0, sweeping the two-game interleague series. Dylan Bundy worked seven scoreless innings for the Orioles, allowing the Mets just three hits while striking out five and walking three.
— Carlos Carrasco registered 10 strikeouts and allowed just one run in seven innings as the Cleveland Indians beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1. Carrasco (7-4) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second.
— San Diego’s Matt Strahm combined with four relievers on a four-hitter as the Padres beat Atlanta 3-1 to take two of three from the Braves. The Padres turned to their bullpen for the second time in 11 games because rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi remains on the disabled list.
In other MLB news:
— Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes has undergo ne season-ending surgery to repair a strained right lat. The Cardinals say Reyes had partial fraying between the lat tendon and the bone and the surgery reattached the tendon to the bone. Recovery time is expected to be six months.
— Yoenis Cespedes could soon be adding some much needed punch to the New York Mets lineup. Cespedes is expected to play this weekend in the Subway Series against the New York Yankees. He’s been out since May 16 with a strained right hip. He participated in some drills today.
— Bartolo Colon gets his fourth crack at tying Hall of Famer Juan Marichal’s 243 career wins, most for a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic, when the Texas Rangers play Oakland.
— The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned reliever Pedro Baez to Triple-A Oklahoma City to find a spot on the roster for rookie starting pitcher Caleb Ferguson. Baez is 2-3 with a 3.25 ERA for Los Angeles this season. The 30-year-old Baez has appeared in 28 games for the defending National League champions but has struggled with his command. Baez has allowed 16 walks in 27 2/3 innings of work.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS
Tennessee signs incoming freshman forward D.J. Burns
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has added incoming freshman forward D.J. Burns to its veteran-laden roster. Burns was originally considered a 2019 prospect before deciding last month to reclassify to the 2018 class. He graduated early on May 25. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says Barnes is a good passer who can make perimeter shots.
Eagles coach says he wanted to go to White House
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eagles coach Doug Pederson says he was looking forward to going to the White House to be recognized as Super Bowl champions but he wouldn’t further discuss a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump.
Pederson spoke to reporters for about eight minutes on Wednesday before the team held one of its scheduled practices and repeatedly made clear he didn’t want to discuss details of the trip’s breakdown.
He declined to provide information on how things escalated to the White House accusing players of abandoning their fans by deciding to not attend
Trump rescinded his invitation late Monday and instead turned the ceremony for the Eagles on Tuesday into his own brief “Celebration of America” after it became clear most players weren’t going to show up.
Trump tied the dispute to his criticism of players who have kneeled during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality, even though no Eagles players kneeled for the song during the 2017 season.
Pederson says the team is united and plans to move on from the issue.
In other NFL News:
— The Baltimore Ravens have been fined by the NFL and forced to forfeit two days of practice this week for violating offseason workout rules. The NFL cited the team for pass coverage contact during earlier Offseason Team Activity sessions. Coach John Harbaugh was also fined by the league.
— Richie Incognito tells The Associated Press he’s back home training in Arizona and feeling great, two weeks after the former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman spent three days in a mental hospital following an alleged outburst at a south Florida gym. Without discussing the outburst, Incognito wrote in a text to The AP that he is still pursuing continuing his NFL career for a 12th season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
Ex-Spartan football players avoid jail in sex assault case
LANSING, Mich. (AP) —Three former Michigan State University football players accused in the sexual assault of a woman have avoided jail time after pleading guilty.
Josh King, Donnie Corley Jr. and Demetric Vance were sentenced Wednesday to three years’ probation, as well as sex offender treatment and therapy.
They pleaded guilty in April to seducing an unmarried woman, a reduced charge, stemming from an incident last year. They could have been imprisoned for up to five years.
Halep, Muguruza reach semifinals
PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep has rallied past Angelique Kerber to reach the French Open semifinals.
Halep went all out in the first set but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors.
Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title. She next faces third-seeded Garbine Muguruza, who overwhelmed Maria Sharapova today in a matchup of past French Open champions to reach the semifinals.
The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.
On the men’s side, play was called off for the day because of rain. The two remaining men’s quarterfinals were suspended in progress and will resume tomorrow.
Rafael Nadal dropped the opening set of his match against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-4 and was serving for the second at 5-3, 30-15 when play was halted.
Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro are even at 5-all in their opening-set tiebreaker. Losing the first set ended Nadal’s streak of 37 consecutive completed sets won in the tournament.
Justify arrives in New York for Triple Crown bid
NEW YORK (AP) - Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has arrived in New York ahead of this weekend’s Belmont Stakes, in which the colt will try to sweep the Triple Crown.
Justify traveled to Belmont Park on Wednesday, taking a flight from Louisville, Kentucky, and a van ride from an airport on Long Island.
He was greeted by a throng of media recording every step as he walked into Barn 1, the same place American Pharoah stayed before ending the sport’s 37-year Triple Crown drought with a Belmont win in 2015.
There have been 12 Triple Crown winners. Skies were cloudy as Justify was led out of the barn and