Update on the latest sports
Another Game 7
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The San Jose Sharks hope to have captain Joe Pavelski back for their second Game 7 of the 2019 postseason.
Pavelski went down with a bloody head injury that helped spark an epic comeback in Game 7 of their first-round matchup against Vegas. The Sharks are back in the same situation this round against Colorado.
The winner of Wednesday night’s game in San Jose advances to play the St. Louis Blues, who beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 in double-overtime last night in Game 7 of their second-round series.
Celtics try to survive in Game 5; Warriors return home tied with Houston
UNDATED (AP) – The Bucks have a chance to close out Boston Wednesday night in Milwaukee. They go into Game 5 on a three-game winning streak after losing to the Celtics in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has averaged 33 points per game in those three victories.
The Western Conference semifinal between Golden State and Houston moves to Oakland Wednesday night tied 2-2. The Rockets evened the series Monday night in Houston. The Warriors’ Stephen (STEH’-fen) Curry and Klay Thompson will be looking to regain their shooting touch at home. They combined to shoot 9 of 35 on 3-pointers and 30 of 79 overall the past two games.
Tough act to follow in Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Right-hander Sonny Gray starts for the Reds Wednesday night in his first appearance at the Oakland Coliseum since 2017. The former A’s ace won 44 games during 4 1/2 seasons in the majors with Oakland before being traded to the New York Yankees.
Oakland counters with left-hander Brett Anderson, who has a hard act to follow. On Tuesday night Oakland’s Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) pitch the second no-hitter of his career in a 2-0 win over the Reds. Fiers became the 35th pitcher in major league history to throw at least two no-hitters.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Wilmer Font starts for the Mets just two days after being acquired from Tampa Bay for a player to be named or cash. New York made the trade to help fortify its banged-up pitching staff – Jason Vargas is out with a hamstring injury and Steven Matz is dealing with a forearm issue. Font was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA in 10 relief appearances for the Rays. He made the only five starts of his big league career last year. The 28-year-old righty will face the Padres at Petco Park.
– Texas right-hander Shelby Miller has allowed exactly four runs in each of his last five starts, including a loss against the Pirates last week. He’ll try to break that streak when he faces Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
Philadelphia Phillies chairman David Montgomery dies at 72
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Phillies chairman David Montgomery, who was team president during Philadelphia’s 2008 World Series championship season, has died. He was 72.
The team issued a statement Wednesday saying Montgomery died after a five-year fight with cancer.
Montgomery spent nearly 50 years working for the Phillies, starting in the ticket office in 1971. He was promoted to executive vice president after the 1981 season, became chief operating officer in 1992 and remained in that position until being promoted to general partner, president and chief executive officer in 1997.
Montgomery spearheaded the team’s transition from Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park in 2004 and led the organization during its most successful period from 2007-2011. The Phillies won five straight National League East titles, two NL pennants and one World Series in that span.
Phillies owner John Middleton calls Montgomery “was beloved by everyone at the Phillies.”
Sabres sign undrafted Finnish forward Arttu Ruotsalainen
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres have signed undrafted prospect forward Arttu Ruotsalainen to a three-year entry level contract.
The move was announced Wednesday and comes after the 21-year-old completed his second full season in the Finnish Elite League.
With 21 goals and 21 assists in 59 games, Ruotsalainen’s 42 points ranked ninth in the league and led his Ilves team last season. He also added two goals and five assists in seven playoff games.
Though undersized at 5-foot-8 and 179 pounds, Ruotsalainen has 36 goals and 37 assists for 73 points in 204 career elite league games.
OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR
Medical board: Info on doctor investigation must stay secret
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The State Medical Board says a judge shouldn’t let Ohio State University publicly share information from an old board investigation involving a team doctor accused of decades-old sexual misconduct.
In a court filing Tuesday, the board says its records on the investigation involving Richard Strauss are confidential under state law. It says Ohio State’s lawyers received the information under a legal exemption and are required to keep it secret.
A law firm is investigating allegations about Strauss for Ohio State. The school plans to make the findings public and is seeking permission to include information about the old investigation . The medical board argues such disclosure would undermine witnesses’ trust and its future investigations.
Over 150 alumni allege misconduct by Strauss. He killed himself in 2005.