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April 16, 2019
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Update on the latest in sports:





Lightning on brink of elimination


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – After tying the NHL record for most regular-season victories, the Tampa Bay Lightning are at risk of being swept tonight in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tampa Bay is down three games to none heading into Game 4 in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.


Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins face a similarly bleak outlook tonight. They don’t yet have a win against the New York Islanders, and Crosby doesn’t have a point in the series.


Tonight’s other playoff matchups find Winnipeg at St. Louis and San Jose at Vegas. The Blues lead the Jets 2-games-to-1, with the home team still searching for its first victory in the series. The Golden Knights beat the Sharks 6-3 in Game 3 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead, as they try to knock San Jose out of the playoffs for the second straight year.




Three game-2 matchups tonight


UNDATED (AP) – The Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs all take 1-0 series leads into their respective Game 2s tonight — with Orlando at Toronto, San Antonio at Denver and Portland playing host to Oklahoma City.


Orlando and San Antonio, both No. 7 seeds, won on the road and grabbed home-court advantage. Toronto dropped a Game 1 for the 14th time in 16 playoff series.


Oklahoma City’s Paul George says his injured right shoulder is “well enough” heading into the Thunder’s game against Portland — but he spoke with a large ice pack strapped to his shoulder after Monday’s practice.




Sox visit Yankees as both teams struggle


NEW YORK (AP) – Mookie Betts tries to get going at the plate when the Red Sox visit the Yankees tonight in the first meeting this season between the longtime rivals. Boston knocked New York out of the playoffs last year on the way to a World Series championship, but both clubs are off to surprisingly slow starts in 2019. Yankees left-hander James Paxton gets his first taste of the bitter rivalry when he faces struggling Boston ace Chris Sale in the opener of a two-game set. Sale is 0-3 with an ERA of 9.00 so far this year.


Also on the major league schedule:


– Tampa Bay, at 12-and-4, takes baseball’s best record into its series opener at home against Baltimore. On the mound for the Rays will be Tyler Glasnow, who is 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA. The Orioles hope Chris Davis is about to go on a long-awaited tear. Davis ended his record 0-for-54 slump with three hits and four RBIs on Saturday, then socked his first homer since August on Monday.


– Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Houston Astros travel to Oakland to face the Athletics tonight. Houston is unbeaten in six games at home this season, but has a 5-and-5 record on the road.


– The Dodgers and Reds play the second game of a three-game set in Los Angeles. Yasiel Puig, one of five former Dodgers on the Reds’ roster, homered early in Monday night’s game off Clayton Kershaw, but the Dodgers came back for a 4-3 win.


– Colorado Rockies righthander Jon Gray is looking for his first win of the season as he starts the finale of a two-game series against San Diego. Padres rookie Nick Margevicius makes his fourth start. The Padres had the National League’s best record before losing two straight.


– Cardinals righty Jack Flaherty has had two consecutive solid starts heading into tonight’s game against the Brewers, but he’ll have to figure out how to stop Christian Yelich, who homered three times last night in Milwaukee’s 10-7 win. Seven of Yelich’s eight homers this year have come against the Cardinals.


– Lefthander Steven Matz is on the mound for the Mets tonight against Nick Pivetta as the Phillies host the second game of a three-game series against the N-L East rival.


– The Washington Nationals send Stephen Strasburg to the mound as they begin a three-game series at home against San Francisco. The Giants are starting righthander Dereck Rodriguez.


– The Marlins, with baseball’s worst record so far this season, have scored just five runs in their past six losses heading into the second game of a three-game series against the Cubs in Miami.


– Righthander Aaron Sanchez pitches for the visiting Toronto Blue Jays against righty Kyle Gibson of the Minnesota Twins.


– After throwing seven shutout innings in his last start against the Tigers, Shane Bieber takes the mound tonight for the Indians in his first career start against the Seattle Mariners. Mike Leake, who is 2-0, is on the mound for Seattle.


– After getting a win as a reliever in his only other appearance this season, Jaime Barria gets the start tonight for the Angels against the Texas Rangers, who counter with lefty Mike Minor.


– It’s Jorge Lopez for the Royals against Reynaldo Lopez for the White Sox in Chicago, with both pitchers looking for their first victories this year. Reynaldo Lopez has struggled so far this year, allowing 22 hits in 13 and 1/3 innings.


– The Detroit Tigers host Pittsburgh in the first game of a two-game interleague series. The Tigers have lost three in a row.


– Max Fried has allowed one unearned run in two starts for the Braves, a span of 12 innings, heading into tonight’s opener of a three-game series at home against Arizona.




Wilson says he’s staying in Seattle


RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks.


Wilson posted a video to social media early Tuesday saying, “Seattle, we got a deal,” shortly after a reported midnight deadline for the Seahawks and their star quarterback to agree on a contract extension. Wilson’s current deal – an $87.6 million, four-year contract – was signed at the start of training camp before the 2015 season and was set to expire at the end of next season.


Wilson wanted the Seahawks to come through with a new contract before the start of the team’s offseason workout program, which began on Monday. Terms of his new deal were not immediately available.


Wilson is coming off arguably his best season as Seattle went a surprising 10-6 and earned an NFC wild card before losing to Dallas in the opening round of the playoffs. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but the Seahawks ended up ahead of schedule thanks to their return to a run-first offense and Wilson’s exceptional performance when tasked to throw.