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Update on the latest sports

May 12, 2019


2 Game 7s in NBA

UNDATED (AP) _ The second round of the NBA playoffs ends Sunday with a pair of Game 7s.

Third-seeded Portland visits second-seeded Denver in an afternoon Western Conference semifinal. Sunday evening, third-seeded Philadelphia is at second-seeded Toronto in an Eastern Conference semifinal.

The Portland-Denver winner will visit top-seeded Golden State in Game 1 of the West finals Tuesday. The Philadelphia-Toronto winner goes to top-seeded Milwaukee for Game 1 of the East finals Wednesday.


Game 2 in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday afternoon in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy will be back after serving a one-game suspension for a shoulder to the head of Columbus forward Josh Anderson in the second-round finale.

McAvoy’s replacement, Steven Kampfer, scored Boston’s first goal in the Thursday night opener. The Bruins went on to win the game 5-2, scoring four times in the third period.

The series will move to Carolina for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday.


RHP Hernandez goes on IL day after collecting 2,500th K

UNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have placed right-hander Félix Hernández on the injured list with a strained right shoulder, a day after he became the 36th pitcher in major league history to reach 2,500 strikeouts.

The 33-year-old Hernández didn’t make it out of the third inning in a 9-5 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday, getting tagged for seven runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings. He’s allowed 14 runs in his last two starts over 7 1/3 innings and is 0-4 since winning his first start of the season.

He collected his milestone strikeout when he got rookie Michael Chavis looking with a 92 mph sinker.

The stumbling Mariners have lost 14 of 18 and been outscored 23-6 in the first two games of a scheduled three-game series against the Red Sox.

They also optioned outfielder Braden Bishop to Triple-A Tacoma.

To fill the spots on the roster, they recalled right-hander Dan Altavilla from Double-A Arkansas and selected righty Parker Markel from Tacoma.

In other baseball news:

— Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and shortstop Gleyber Torres were both out of Sunday’s lineup against Tampa Bay as New York took a conservative approach with the nicked-up players. Sanchez was hit hard on his catching helmet by Guillermo Heredia’s back swing Saturday night in the eighth inning, but stayed in the game. Torres played Saturday after getting hit by a pitch on the right elbow the day before. The Yankees, who entered Sunday 1 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Rays, have 12 players on the injured list including Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Luis Severino.

— The Miami Marlins’ game at the New York Mets on Sunday has been postponed because of rain. The teams will make it up as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 5. Noah Syndergaard was scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Mets and will now start Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series at Washington. Syndergaard is 2-3 with a 5.14 ERA in eight starts. Caleb Smith was set to pitch Sunday for the Marlins and will now start Tuesday in the opener of a two-game series against Tampa Bay. Smith is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA in seven starts.


Kang regains lead in 3rd round resumption at Byron Nelson

DALLAS (AP) — Sung Kang regained the lead at the Byron Nelson with three birdies on the back nine Sunday morning in the completion of the suspended third round, going back in front after blowing a four-stroke advantage in the first nine holes the previous day.

Kang was 19 under after finishing a round of 3-under 68. That put him three strokes ahead of playing partner Matt Every, who had four consecutive bogeys on the back nine in an up-and-down round of 67.

After a six-hour delay in the start of play Saturday because of heavy rain overnight and into the morning, Every went from a four-stroke deficit to a one-shot lead before play was suspended because of darkness with the leaders through nine holes.

The sky was was sunny for the fourth round later Sunday.

Brooks Kopeka, the world’s No. 3-ranked player who will go to the PGA Championship at Bethpage next week as the defending champion, made birdies on three of his last five holes for a 68 to get to 14 under, and tied for third with Scott Piercy.


Storms delay final round of seniors Regions Tradition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The final round of the Regions Tradition barely got underway before play was suspended because of thunderstorms.

A handful of players got in one hole Sunday before having to leave the course. Play is not expected to resume before the afternoon.

The leaders haven’t started the final round of the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors. Rain continued throughout the morning.

Steve Stricker held a two-stroke lead at 14-under 202. Two-time Tradition winner Bernhard Langer, David Toms and Billy Andrade are all two strokes back.

If the round isn’t completed Sunday, that would likely mean a Monday finish at Greystone’s Founders Course.


Kinhult wins 1st European Tour title at British Masters

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Marcus Kinhult birdied the final two holes to claim his first European Tour title after a tense finish to the British Masters on Sunday.

Kinhult shot a 2-under 72 and finished on 16-under 272 overall.

His chance looked to have gone when he surrendered a one-shot lead with bogeys on the 15th and 16th, but the 22-year-old Swede recovered to finish a shot ahead of defending champion Eddie Pepperell (66), Matt Wallace (71) and Robert MacIntyre (68).

Tommy Fleetwood, who hosted the tournament at Hillside in his home town of Southport in northern England, was tied for eighth after a 1-over 73.


Hamilton beats Bottas at Spanish GP for 5th Mercedes 1-2

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton beat teammate Valtteri Bottas to win the Spanish Grand Prix for a third consecutive year on Sunday, securing a fifth one-two finish for Mercedes to start the Formula One season.

Hamilton’s third win of the campaign let him take the championship lead by seven points over Bottas, who had entered the race with a one-point advantage.

It was the five-time and defending champion’s 76th career victory. Only Michael Schumacher has more with 91.

Max Verstappen was third in his Red Bull, in front of Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.


US routs France, Russia shuts out Austria at hockey worlds

KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — The United States rebounded from an upset loss to Slovakia in the opening game at the ice hockey world championship by routing France 7-1 on Sunday.

After losing 4-1 to the host, the U.S. was not ready for another upset. Alex DeBrincat scored twice and Frank Vatrano added one in less than two minutes to set the pace early in the opening period for the U.S. to take command in the Group A game in Kosice.

Colin White also had two while Patrick Kane, who captained the Americans to the bronze medal at last year’s worlds in Denmark, scored his first goal in Slovakia and added an assist. Chris Kreider added one for the U.S. while Anthony Rech had a consolation goal for France.

The U.S. next faces Finland on Monday.

In the Group B game in Bratislava, star-studded Russia recorded its second straight win after blanking Austria 5-0.


United States wins 3 finals to finish first at world relays

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The United States won three finals on Sunday to finish first overall at the world relays.

Aleia Hobbs crossed the finish line in 43.27 seconds as the U.S. edged Jamaica by just two hundredths of a second to win the women’s 4x100-meter relay. Germany was third in 43.68.

In the day’s biggest upset, Brazil beat the U.S. in the men’s 4x100 meter relay final.

Brazil anchor Paulo Andre Comilo De Oliveira crossed the finish line in 38.05 seconds, two hundredths of a second ahead of Noah Lyles. World champions Great Britain were third in 38.15.

Michael Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Isiah Young were the other runners for the U.S. which won the overall competition with 54 points, 27 ahead of Jamaica, which finished second.

The U.S. also won the men’s 4x200 and the mixed 4x400 on Sunday, adding to their victories in the mixed shuttle hurdles relay and the mixed 2x2x400-meter relay on Saturday.