Bruins host Hurricanes in NHL East finals opener...76ers host Raptors in Game 6...Blazers host Nuggets in Game 6
BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Bruins will be without one of their top defensemen, Charlie McAvoy (MAK’-uh-voy), when they open the NHL Eastern Conference finals against the Carolina Hurricanes. McAvoy’s one-game suspension will keep him out of Game 1. Meanwhile, Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (muh-RAZ’-ik) is on the verge of returning from an injury, but coach Rod Brind’Amour (BRIHN’-dah-mohr) hasn’t announced who will be in goal tonight. Curtis McElhinney has won three straight playoff games as Mrazek’s replacement.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia 76ers will try to fight off elimination when they host the Raptors for Game 6 of the NBA playoffs tonight _ with their All-Star Center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) battling an illness. Toronto took a 3-2 series lead with a 36-point win in Game 5, its largest in franchise playoff history.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ The Nuggets have a chance to make it to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009 when they take on the Trail Blazers in Portland tonight. Denver has won two straight games to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Yankees manager Aaron Boone says he is looking into what appeared to be a substance under the bill of Mariners’ pitcher Yusei Kikuchi’s (YOO’-say kih-KOO’-cheez) cap during Seattle’s 10-1 win over New York last night. Social media users spotted a greasy, brown spot on the rookie’s hat during the broadcast. Boone was made aware in the eighth inning and said he will “see what we make of it” after taking a look.
CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Cubs have banned a fan indefinitely from Wrigley Field for using what appeared to be a racist hand gesture behind an African American television reporter during a game at their ballpark. The Cubs sent a letter yesterday to the bearded man who flashed an offensive sign behind former Cubs outfielder Doug Glanville. Glanville was working for NBC Sports Chicago at the time. The team said it had been unable to contact the fan by phone, and have not publicly identified him.