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Game 7 in Tampa


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Washington Capitals visit Tampa Wednesday night for Game 7 of their NHL Eastern Conference final series against the Lightning.


The winner gets a berth in the Stanley Cup finals opposite the Vegas Golden Knights, who will try for hockey’s biggest prize in their inaugural season.


Washington is hoping to shed a label as playoff underachievers, a franchise that dazzles during the regular season only to disappoint at the most important time of the year.


The Capitals won the first two games in Tampa, then lost three in a row before winning Game 6 on their home ice.




Game 5 in Boston


BOSTON (AP) – The Celtics return to their home court Wednesday night, where they won the first two games of the NBA Eastern Conference finals before dropping two games in Cleveland.


Boston is 9-0 at home this postseason. The Celtics will try to keep that streak going against a rejuvenated Cleveland team led by LeBron James, who has scored 40 points or more in six games this postseason and is trying to get to his eighth straight finals.


Cleveland is trying to become the 20th team – out of 300 – to overcome a 2-0 deficit. James has already orchestrated two such rallies.




Price faces his original team when Red Sox visit Rays


UNDATED (AP) – Red Sox lefty David Price pitches against his original team and buddy Chris Archer when Boston visits Tampa Bay Wednesday night.


Price is coming off a complete-game victory over Baltimore. He might get a chance to face prized Rays prospect Willy Adames, who homered in his major league debut Tuesday. The 22-year-old shortstop was acquired from Detroit in a three-team trade that sent Price from the Rays to the Tigers in 2014.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Astros ace Justin Verlander faces San Francisco in and afternoon game in Houston. Verlander lowered his ERA to a big league-best 1.05 by tossing a five-hitter against the Angels last time out, his eighth career shutout and first since 2015 with Detroit. Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR’-juh) is up for the Giants.


– Adam Plutko is set to replace struggling right-hander Josh Tomlin in Cleveland’s rotation when the Indians conclude a two-game interleague series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Tomlin moves to the bullpen after going 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA through six starts and seven appearances. Plutko will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to make his second career start. Jon Lester seeks his third straight win for the Cubs.


– Jacob deGrom tries for his 50th major league win when he starts for the New York Mets in the rubber game of a series against last-place Miami. Dan Straily goes for the Marlins after shutting out Atlanta for seven innings in his previous outing. Jose Bautista went 1 for 3 with a double in his Mets debut Tuesday night.




NFL awards Super Bowl to Arizona in 2023, New Orleans in 2024


UNDATED (AP) – The NFL has awarded future Super Bowls to Arizona and New Orleans.


The decision was made Wednesday at the league’s annual spring meeting in Atlanta, which will host the 2019 Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


The 2023 title game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, while the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans will be host in 2024.


This will be eighth time the game is held at the 43-year-old Superdome, more than any other stadium. Its most recent Super Bowl was in 2013, which is remembered for the power going out during the second half, resulting in a 34-minute delay.


The retractable roof stadium in suburban Phoenix previously held the Super Bowl in 2008 and 2015.


In other NFL news:


– The 2019 NFL draft will be held in Nashville. The home of the Tennessee Titans was selected Wednesday during the league’s spring meetings in Atlanta. Nashville will be hosting the draft for the first time. The draft was held in New York City from 1965-2014, but the league has been moving it to different cities in recent years. Chicago was the site in 2015-16, Philadelphia hosted in 2017 and this year’s draft was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


– For a record seventh consecutive year, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” has topped the season’s television ratings, as measured by Nielsen. That edges the six straight years for Fox’s “American Idol,” from the 2005-06 season through 2010-11. The football games averaged 18.2 million TV viewers in 2017, a 29 percent margin over the runner-up, “Thursday Night Football” on CBS.