Update on the latest in sports:
76ers look to even up series against Nets
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – After losing Game 1 to the Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers try to turn things around tonight when they host Game 2 of their NBA playoff series. The Nets will be trying for their first 2-0 lead in a series since going up 2-0 against the New York Knicks en route to a first-round sweep in 2004.
Also tonight, the Golden State Warriors are looking to get a 2-0 advantage over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors blocked 14 shots in Game 1, the most they’ve achieved all season.
Hurricanes host Capitals for Game 3
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes are hosting their first playoff game in a decade tonight, and they’ve got their work cut out for them. The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals have a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.
In other playoff action tonight, the Nashville Predators are at Dallas with that series tied at a game apiece, while the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs also have a win apiece heading into Game 3 in Toronto. And the Calgary Flames visit the Colorado Avalanche, with that series also tied 1-1.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw makes his first start of the season, facing the Reds after being sidelined by left shoulder inflammation. Kershaw is 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 10 career starts versus Cincinnati. He likely will face former teammate Yasiel Puig in his return to LA after he was traded to the Reds in December.
Also on the major league schedule:
– The Red Sox are playing their annual Patriots’ Day morning game, hosting Baltimore for an odd 11:05 a.m. start. Last year’s game was postponed due to poor weather, the first rainout on the Massachusetts holiday since 1994.
– The Indians and Mariners open a series in Seattle, both coming off weekend sweeps to division rivals. Cleveland dropped three at Kansas City. The Mariners lost three home games to the Astros, dropping their early AL West lead to one game.
– Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller looks to get back on track after another shaky outing in Sunday’s 9-5 victory over the Reds in Mexico. Miller has a 6.35 ERA in nine games this season, allowing seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Cardinals begin a three-game series at Milwaukee tonight.
– Coming off of a 14-inning win over the Marlins on Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies are at home against the New York Mets. Aaron Nola starts against fellow righty Noah Syndergaard.
– Yu Darvish is still looking for his first win of the season as the Chicago Cubs visit the Marlins. Like the Phillies, the Marlins used eight of their pitchers in yesterday’s 14-inning battle.
– A day after their four-game winning streak came to an end, the National League Western Division leading San Diego Padres look to get back on the winning track when they host the Colorado Rockies. Colorado ended an eight-game losing streak Sunday with a win over the Giants.
– Ervin Santana is looking for the 150th win of his career as he pitches for the White Sox against one of his former teams, the Kansas City Royals, tonight in Chicago.
– Right-hander Trevor Cahill starts for the Angels in the opener of a three-game series at Texas. Shelby Miller is on the mound for the Rangers, working on seven days of rest after Saturday’s rainout. In his previous two starts, he’s pitched just 5 2/3 total innings.
– The Minnesota Twins open a four-game set at home against Toronto. Martin Perez makes his first start for Minnesota since signing with the club in January. He’s made three relief appearances. The Twins are facing Toronto’s Matt Shoemaker, who’s 3-and-0 so far this season, allowing two earned runs in 19 2-3 innings.
HORSE RACING-PREAKNESS SEATING
Section of Pimlico grandstand deemed unsafe
BALTIMORE (AP) – An engineering firm has determined the last historic section of Pimlico Race Course isn’t safe, meaning almost 7,000 seats won’t be available for the Preakness Stakes next month.
The Baltimore Sun reports the Maryland Jockey Club will hold a news conference Monday about the closure of 6,670 seats in the Old Grandstand’s open-air section. The club told ticket buyers of the closure in an email Saturday about the May 18th race.
Pimlico’s website says the seats make up about 17.5% of the overall seated capacity of nearly 38,000 people. An additional 82,000 people are estimated to fit in standing room and infield areas.
Lawmakers recently rejected legislation to accelerate plans to renovate Laurel Park and a Bowie facility so they could host the race.