Update on the latest in sports:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – People familiar with the situation say hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Carolina Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson for a record $2.2 billion.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the sale. The purchase is subject to a vote at the NFL owners meeting next week in Atlanta.
Richardson announced in December he was selling the team amid an NFL investigation for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.
The $2.2 billion eclipses the $1.4 billion the Pegula family paid to purchase the Buffalo Bills in 2014.
Tepper, 60, is a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a global hedge fund based in Miami.
Cleveland hopes to even series
BOSTON (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers are putting their 25-point loss to Boston in Game 1 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals out of their mind as they head into Game 2 tonight. That’s because they’re more than familiar with LeBron James’ ability to bounce back after lopsided playoff losses.
A lineup change could be in the works to help him. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue says he’s weighing inserting Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup to combat the Celtics’ Game 1 dominance inside.
The Celtics’ starters scored 88 points in Game 1, while shooting 58 percent from the field and going 10 of 21 from the 3-point line. Cleveland’s starters scored 46 points, shooting 33 percent from the field and going just 3 of 19 from beyond the arc.
Capitals up 2-0 heading into Game 3
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning are in a historically difficult spot after losing twice at home to open their NHL Eastern Conference final against the Washington Capitals.
Game 3 is tonight in Washington.
Of the 41 previous times a team lost the first two games in the conference finals, 39 went on to lose the series – including every team that lost its first two at home.
The Capitals are feeling confident right now, but after falling behind 0-2 on home ice in the first round and roaring back to beat Columbus, they understand how fast things can swing.
Dodgers look to rebound against Marlins
The struggling Dodgers are hoping to jumpstart their season with a series against the lowly Marlins in Miami. Of course, Los Angeles was thinking the same heading into a weekend set against last-place Cincinnati, then the Reds pushed the Dodgers around in a four-game sweep. Alex Wood tries to end the Dodgers’ skid at four in a start against Wei-Yin Chen.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Two of baseball’s most prodigious power hitters are on display when Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees visit Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals in interleague play. Judge has knocked in 14 runs during a seven-game RBI streak. Harper homered Sunday night to help Washington finish a four-game sweep in Arizona. Both teams have been rolling, too. New York is 19-3 in its last 22 games, while the Nationals have won 13 of 15. Masahiro Tanaka pitches for the Yankees against lefty Gio Gonzalez.
– Yu Darvish pitches against the Braves aiming for his first victory since signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs in the offseason. Darvish is 0-and-3, and is returning from the disabled list after fighting off a virus. He hasn’t pitched since allowing three homers and six runs in a loss to Colorado on May 2.
– Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock is set to see a hand specialist after spraining his left thumb diving for a ball Monday. The slumping Diamondbacks lost their sixth straight shortly after Pollock was pulled, and they’ll have a hard time getting on track without him. He leads the club with a .293 average, 44 hits, 11 home runs and 33 RBIs.
– First-place Houston’s Gerrit Cole goes against Jaime Barria of the Angels, who are just a game back of the pace-setting Astros in the AL West. Cole has emerged as one of the AL’s best pitchers — he’s 4-and-1 with a 1.43 ERA and has 86 strikeouts. He’ll face a high-powered offense featuring standout two-way rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani, who likely will DH after racking up 11 strikeouts on the mound Sunday in a victory over the Twins.