AP Sports

Tuesday, May 22nd
May 21, 2018
Katy (Goodman) Walker
May 21, 2018
AP Sports

 

 

Update on the latest in sports:

 

MLB

 

Here’s a look at what’s happening around Major League Baseball today:

 

– Three days before his 45th birthday, Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82 ERA) pitches for last-place Texas against the hard-hitting New York Yankees, who socked nine homers and totaled 18 runs in the final two games of their series at Kansas City. Colon is 6-9 with a 6.11 ERA in 21 career appearances against the Yankees, one of his former teams. Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.73) starts for New York.

 

– Paul Goldschmidt and the slumping Diamondbacks will try to snap out of their funk in Milwaukee. Arizona, which still leads the NL West, has lost four in a row and 10 of 11 – scoring just 22 runs in that span. Zack Greinke (3-2) goes on an extra day of rest against right-hander Chase Anderson (3-3), who is set to come off the disabled list. Anderson hasn’t started since May 6 because of an illness. Greinke is 16-3 at Miller Park, including a 15-0 stretch when he pitched for the Brewers.

 

– In his final season before free agency, Bryce Harper has more walks (42) than hits (34). The 2015 NL MVP is stuck in a monthlong slump as the injury-depleted Nationals have struggled to protect him in the lineup. Since April 17, Harper has had three multihit games and 15 hitless games, and his batting average has dropped from .315 to a season-low .224. His 13 home runs are still tied for fourth-most in the majors, but he’s gone deep just once since May 4. He went 1 for 10 with five strikeouts as Washington was swept by the Dodgers. Next up, Harper and the Nats host last-place San Diego.

 

– The struggling Royals head to the other side of Missouri for an I-70 interleague series in St. Louis. Miles Mikolas (5-0, 2.63 ERA) opposes Kansas City right-hander Ian Kennedy (1-4, 4.98) in the opener of a three-game set. Mikolas has held opponents to two runs or fewer in his last six starts.

 

– Jason Vargas gets another chance for his first win with the Mets after a miserable first three outings that led to him being skipped in the rotation. The left-hander, signed to a $16 million, two-year contract in February to provide veteran depth in New York’s rotation, is 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA. He hasn’t pitched since May 8, when he allowed four runs in four innings during a loss to the Reds. Vargas went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA for Kansas City last year, tying for the major league lead in wins.

 

NHL

 

Conference finals

 

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Game 6 of the NHL Conference Finals is tonight with Tampa Bay at Washington. Tampa Bay leads the Eastern Conference finals 3-2. Either the Lightning or the Capitals will face Vegas in the final.

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

 

Conference Finals

 

UNDATED (AP) – In Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs, it’s Boston at Cleveland tonight at 8:30.

 

POLAND-FAN TROUBLE

 

Flares, riots force early end to season finale in Poland

 

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Fans of a Polish soccer team that was losing in the last game of the season threw flares onto the pitch, prompting the referee to call it off early.

 

Home team Lech Poznan was losing 2-0 to Legia Warszawa when play was stopped in the 77th minute on Sunday.

 

The flares gave off dark smoke as several dozen spectators pushed their way onto the pitch. The PAP news agency reported that some 200 police intervened.

 

Legia Warszawa was credited with a 3-0 victory and declared winner of the Ekstraklasa championship.

 

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter that he expects security services to take “decisive action against stadium hooligans.”

 

FRENCH OPEN-SEEDING WILLIAMS

 

Rival players support seeding Serena Williams at French Open

 

ROME (AP) – Several of Serena Williams’ biggest rivals believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves more than just a guaranteed spot in the French Open draw.

 

Williams is expected to play in her first major since returning from maternity leave.

 

The players say Williams should also receive a top seed that befits the No. 1 ranking she held when she left the tour.

 

The WTA Tour said it’s considering a rule change to add protected seeding for highly-ranked players returning from maternity leave but the earliest that could take effect is next year.

 

NEPAL-EVEREST

 

Nepal official says 2 foreign climbers died on Mount Everest

 

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) – Two foreign climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest have died on the world’s highest peak.

 

A Nepal mountaineering official says members of the climbers’ expedition teams reported a Japanese climber died today and a Macedonian died on Sunday.

 

Thirty-five-year-old Nobukazu Kuriki of Japan had climbed many mountains and made several attempts on Everest. He was not successful in climbing Everest and lost most of his fingers due to frostbite during an attempt in 2012.

 

Sixty-three-year-old Gjeorgi Petkov of Macedonia was the second victim.

 

RUSSIA-BRITAIN-ABRAMOVICH

 

Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues

 

MOSCOW (AP) – An associate of Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich confirms that the Russian billionaire’s British visa has not been renewed. Abramovich was noticeably absent from the stands when Chelsea won England’s FA Cup final at Wembley this weekend.

 

The associate told tells Associated Press that Abramovich’s visa renewal application is taking longer than usual, saying the reason for the delay is unclear.

 

Britain pledged to review the long-term visas of rich Russians in the aftermath of the March poisonings of Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury. Britain blames Russia for the pair’s exposure to a nerve agent, an allegation Moscow strongly denies.