Update on the latest sports:
(Eds: Corrects last item to say that Firestone has been hosting golf tournaments since the 1950s, not ’60s.)
NBA releases first-round playoff schedule
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA has released the first-round playoff schedule, and the reigning NBA champs will host the postseason opener.
Game 1 between Golden State and San Antonio opens the slate on Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern – a somewhat unusual noon local time tip-off for the Warriors.
The Warriors-Spurs game will followed Saturday by three other openers – Washington-Toronto, Miami-Philadelphia and New Orleans-Portland.
On Sunday, the games are Milwaukee-Boston, Indiana-Cleveland, Utah-Oklahoma City and Minnesota-Houston.
Game 2s will be held Monday through Wednesday.
Game 3s start Thursday, and all Game 7s – if necessary – would be on April 28 and 29.
For those planning way ahead, the NBA Finals are set to begin on May 31.
Magic fire coach Frank Vogel after 2 seasons
UNDATED (AP) – The Orlando Magic fired coach Frank Vogel on Thursday, one day after the team wrapped up its sixth consecutive losing season.
Vogel was with the Magic for two years, going 54-110. He had one year left on his contract with the Magic.
Vogel was hired by the Magic after six seasons with Indiana, where he won 250 regular-season games and got the Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals in three consecutive seasons. But with the Magic, he went 29-53 and 25-57.
Vogel became the second coach to get fired within hours after the end of the NBA’s regular season. The New York Knicks parted ways with Jeff Hornacek earlier Thursday.
The Knicks made the decision shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish a 29-53 season. They lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under Hornacek. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis also was fired.
Hornacek went 60-104 and had a year left on his contract.
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS:
5 more first-round series begin
UNDATED (AP) – Five more first-round playoff series begin Thursday in the NHL. New Jersey is at Tampa Bay, Toronto visits Boston, Washington hosts Columbus, Colorado plays at Nashville and San Jose is at Anaheim.
In the opening games on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins crushed the Flyers 7-0, the Vegas Golden Knights shut out the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2.
Shanshan Feng takes early LPGA Tour lead in Hawaii
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) – Top-ranked Shanshan Feng birdied three of her last five holes Wednesday to take the lead halfway through a windy first round of the Lotte Championship.
The Chinese star finished at 5-under 67 at Ko Olina Golf Club. She is the first golfer from China – female or male – to reach No. 1 in the world rankings.
Brooke Henderson, Haeji Kang and rookie Martina Edberg are a shot back in second.
Defending champion Cristie Kerr shot 71.
Firestone to host the world’s best players over 50 next year
Eds: Corrects that Firestone has been hosting golf tournaments since the 1950s, not ’60s. Will be updated.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, is going from hosting the world’s best players to hosting the world’s best over 50.
The PGA Tour says Bridgestone will switch its title sponsorship at Firestone next year from a World Golf Championship to the Senior Players Championship, which the tour regards as one of the five majors on the PGA Tour Champions.
Firestone has been hosting golf tournaments since the 1950s, including the PGA Championship three times and the original World Series of Golf starting in 1962. It has been a World Golf Championships event since 1999 except for one year when it was played at Sahalee in Washington state.
That event will move to Memphis, Tennessee, next year. An announcement was expected later Thursday.