Update on the latest in sports:
Penguins crush Predators 6-0 to take 3-2 lead in Stanley Cup
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The night started with a catfish throw.
It ended with haymaker after haymaker — both literal and proverbial — from Sidney Crosby and the rest of the resilient Pittsburgh Penguins.
The defending champions provided an emphatic reminder of why they’re on the cusp of history with a 6-0 demolition of the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to take a 3-2 lead. Pittsburgh will have a chance to become the first franchise to win back-to-back championships since Detroit in 1998 when the series shifts back to Nashville for Game 6 on Sunday night.
The Predators are 9-1 at home in the playoffs, a place they will need to be a haven once again if they want to extend their improbable Cup run back to Pittsburgh.
Cavaliers down 3-0 heading into Game 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves with their backs to the wall heading into Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Cleveland plunged into a 3-0 hole following a demoralizing 118-113 loss in Game 3. The Warriors outscored the Cavs 11-0 down the stretch to run their postseason record to 15-0, and are looking to close out the series tonight.
The Warriors are out for revenge after losing the Finals to the Cavs last year.
Game 3 drew 20.5 million viewers on ABC, an increase of 22 percent from last season. It was the closest game of the series and the most-watched Game 3 ever on ABC, according to Nielsen numbers.
The overall ratings for the series, the first time the same two teams have played in three straight Finals, are the highest since 1998, when Michael Jordan won his last championship. It is averaging 20 million viewers, up 11 percent from 2016.
A look at what’s happening all around the majors today
UNDATED (AP) — Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to come off the disabled list and return to the lineup when Boston opens a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Pedroia has been sidelined since May 30 with a sprained left wrist. The four-time All-Star and 2008 AL MVP is batting .292 with two homers and 21 RBIs.
Houston hopes to learn more about Dallas Keuchel’s status after the ace went on the disabled list Thursday with neck discomfort. Keuchel returned to Houston to be examined after being scratched from a start Wednesday with what the Astros initially called an illness.
Julio Teheran is expected to lead Atlanta’s rotation, but his 5.40 ERA is almost two runs higher than his 3.54 career average as he prepares to face Matt Harvey and the New York Mets. Teheran has struggled to adjust to the Braves’ new SunTrust Park, where he is 1-4 with an 8.40 ERA in six starts.
Twins right-hander Ervin Santana tries to rebound against San Francisco following his worst start of the season. Santana allowed seven runs in four innings in a game against the Angels last time out.
Murray leads Wawrinka 2-1 in semifinal
PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Andy Murray has won the third set against Stan Wawrinka 7-5 to take the lead in the French Open semifinals.
The third-seeded Wawrinka, who had won the last four games of the second set, took the first three games of the third before Murray rallied, clinching it on the first of two set points when the Swiss player hit into the net.
There were five breaks of serve in the 12 games.
Murray won the first set 7-6 (6) and Wawrinka won the second 6-3.