Tatum's huge effort helps Celtics win 108-95 to force Game 7
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 46 points, outdueling Giannis Antetokounmpo and making sure there wouldn’t be another Milwaukee Bucks fourth-quarter comeback, and the Boston Celtics beat the defending champions 108-95 to force a seventh game in their Eastern Conference semifinal. The third straight victory for a road team in this series forced a Game 7 on Sunday in Boston. The winner heads to Miami to begin an East finals matchup with the top-seeded Heat on Tuesday. Antetokounmpo had 44 points, 20 rebounds and six assists.
Kreider scores late, Rangers edge Pens 5-3 to force Game 7
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Kreider’s long slap shot bounced over Louis Domingue and into the net with 1:28 left and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 to push their thrilling first-round series to a deciding Game 7. Kreider’s second goal of the game and fourth of the playoffs sent the series back to New York. Mika Zibanejad had two goals and two assists, and Andrew Copp added an empty netter in the waning seconds. Game 7 is Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins played without captain Sidney Crosby, who sat out with an upper-body injury sustained in Game 5.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Carter Verhaeghe scored the overtime winner to send the Panthers to the second round by beating the Washington Capitals 4-3 in Game 6. It’s the franchise’s first playoff series victory since 1996 when Florida reached the Stanley Cup Final. The Panthers are still eight wins from getting back to the final. But they will have home-ice advantage for their next series against either the cross-state rival Tampa Bay Lightning or the Toronto Maple Leafs. Verhaeghe's goal was his sixth of the series. The Capitals lost in the first round for the fourth consecutive season since winning the Stanley Cup in 2018.
Mickelson decides not to defend title at PGA Championship
Phil Mickelson is out of the PGA Championship. The defending champion has withdrawn from Southern Hills next week. He did not give a reason. The PGA of America announced his withdrawal on social media. Mickelson has not been heard from for three months. That follows his incendiary comments about a Saudi-funded rival league he supports and the PGA Tour he accused of being greedy. Mickelson made history last year at Kiawah Island by becoming golf's oldest major champion at age 50 when he won the PGA. He is the first PGA champion not to defend since Tiger Woods in 2008.
Detention of WNBA's Griner in Moscow extended by 1 month
MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner says her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he thinks the relatively short extension indicated that Griner’s case would go to trial soon. The 31-year-old American basketball player has been in custody for nearly three months. Griner was detained at a Moscow airport in February after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage. She faces drug smuggling charges that carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The two-time Olympic gold medalist plays for the Phoenix Mercury.
Palmer shoots 62, joins lead at low-scoring Byron Nelson
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Ryan Palmer shot a 10-under 62 on Friday at the Byron Nelson for a share of the second-round lead with Sebastián Muñoz and 40-year-old tour rookie David Skinns. The 45-year-old Palmer hasn’t won an individual event since 2010 in Hawaii. Palmer lives in nearby Colleyville and is a member at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, where the tour returns in two weeks after the PGA Championship at Southern Hills. Muñoz, a Colombian who lives in the Dallas area and went to college at North Texas, followed his opening 60 with a 69. Skinns shot 63. They were at 15 under at TPC Craig Ranch.
AP source: Bauer’s appeal of suspension to begin May 23
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the hearing has told The Associated Press that Trevor Bauer’s arbitration appeal of his two-year suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy has been scheduled to start May 23. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the date was not announced. The appeal will be heard by a three-person panel chaired by an independent arbitrator. It will include one representative each from MLB and the players’ association. Bauer was suspended by Commissioner Rob Manfred on April 29, a penalty that if unchanged will cost the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher just over $60 million of his $102 million, three-year contract.
Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on IL with inflammation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed Clayton Kershaw on the injured list with inflammation in a pelvic joint. The Dodgers made the move several hours before Kershaw was slated to face the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. Walker Buehler will start instead. Los Angeles recalled left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to take Kershaw’s roster spot. The 34-year-old Kershaw is off to an outstanding start to his 15th season with the Dodgers. The three-time NL Cy Young winner has 32 strikeouts and just three walks in his five starts.
Offseason QB moves played big role in NFL schedule
Tom Brady had just retired, Russell Wilson was in Seattle and the free-agent frenzy hadn’t even started when the NFL schedule makers started to dig in after the Super Bowl on putting together the complex puzzle of a 272-game schedule. After sifting through more than 100,000 schedules out of a possibility of more than one quadrillion possibilities, the final schedule had Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Wilson and his new team in Denver getting prime-time television windows in Week 1.
Cleveland Guardians place slugger Naylor on COVID-19 list
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor has been added to the team’s COVID-19 injured list, marking the first player to be sidelined by the team’s recent outbreak. Cleveland’s game at the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday was postponed because of COVID-19 concerns, and the team was off Thursday. Pitching coach Carl Willis was slated to run the team at Minnesota after manager Terry Francona was among several coaches placed in health and safety protocols. Naylor is the only Guardians player to land on the COVID-19 list at the moment.
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