Update on the latest sports
Rockets try to avoid a second loss at home
HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Rockets try to bounce back from Monday’s home loss to Golden State when they host Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals.
The Rockets, who coughed up the ball 13 times in the opener, know they have to make fewer mistakes if they want to avoid heading to Oakland down 0-2. And the defending champion Warriors say they can’t let up after opening a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014.
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Series shifts to Las Vegas for Game 3
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Winnipeg Jets head to Las Vegas tonight for Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference finals.
The Golden Knights won Game 2 in Winnipeg to even the series 1-1.
In a battle of star goalies, the Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots on the way to Monday’s 3-1 win, while Connor Hellebuyck (HEHL’-eh-buhk) made 25 saves for the Jets.
Yankees and Nats hope to beat the rain
UNDATED (AP) – The Nationals and Yankees plan to resume a game that was suspended in the middle of the sixth inning before playing the finale of a two-game set Wednesday night.
Play was halted Tuesday night with the game tied 3-3, after New York rallied from three down behind Tyler Austin’s two-run homer and a sacrifice fly.
But rain is also in the forecast Wednesday in Washington, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he didn’t think the teams would make up those games on both team’s scheduled day off Thursday if they’re postponed Wednesday.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Matt Harvey makes his second start for the Reds in a game at San Francisco. The right-hander pitched four scoreless innings in his Cincinnati debut after being cut by the Mets. He was limited to 55 pitches in a 6-2 win over the Dodgers and pushed his fastball to a season-best 95.8 mph. He’ll be on a limited pitch count again against the Giants.
– Miles Mikolas tries to improve to 6-0 when St. Louis faces Minnesota. Mikolas has a 2.51 ERA in seven starts since returning from a three-year stint in Japan. He’s been doing it with outstanding control, walking only three batters over 46 2/3 innings.
Panthers: Signed agreement to sell NFL team to David Tepper
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Panthers say they’ve signed a “definitive agreement” to sell the team to David Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management.
The deal is subject to NFL approval. The Panthers said in a release the transaction is expected to close in July.
Tepper, who has been a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2009, said in a release Wednesday that he’s thrilled to have been selected to be the next owner of the Panthers.
The release didn’t mention if Tepper plans to move the team or keep it in Charlotte.
ESPN-SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Alabama-Louisville to kickoff ABC’s Saturday Night Football
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) – National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC’s first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend.
ESPN announced Wednesday its schedule for the first three weeks of Saturday night games. The Crimson Tide meets Louisville in Orlando, Florida, at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 1. The next day Miami and LSU square off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be the third straight season ABC airs a Sunday night game on Labor Day weekend, when college football doesn’t compete against the NFL.
In week two, Penn State will face Pittsburgh for the ABC Saturday Night Game. Ohio State faces TCU at Arlington, Texas, the following Saturday night.
WORLD CUP-SAUDI REFEREE BANNED
World Cup referee banned in Saudi match-fixing case
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) – A Saudi Arabian referee due to be overseeing games at the World Cup in Russia has been banned from soccer for life in his country.
The Saudi Arabian Football Federation says Fahad Al Mirdasi asked for money to help a team win.
Al Mirdasi was dropped from refereeing Saturday’s King’s Cup final after an investigation was opened.
He is one of 36 referees chosen by FIFA to work the 64 games at the World Cup.
FIFA says it’s requesting more information from the Saudi federation.