Update on the latest in sports:
Blues in San Jose for Game 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – San Jose hosts St. Louis for Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference Final tonight.
Logan Couture (kuh-CHUR’) delivered for the Sharks in their 6-3 victory in Game 1 and leads the NHL this post-season with 11 goals and 17 points. He has eight game-winning goals in the playoffs and two in overtime, earning the reputation as a clutch player.
The Blues may need more from forward Vladimir Tarasenko if they hope to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970. Tarasenko led the team with 33 goals in the regular season, but wasn’t much of a factor in Game 1.
Fiers returns to the mound following no-hitter
UNDATED (AP) – Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers pitches in Seattle, starting for the first time since his second career no-hitter Tuesday against Cincinnati. Fiers lost to the Mariners on opening day in Japan. Rookie left-hander Yusei Kikuchi gets the ball for Seattle after a masterful outing at Yankee Stadium that raised eyebrows last week. A dark substance was spotted under the bill of Kikuchi’s cap.
In other games on the major league schedule:
– After dropping two of three to the Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend, Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers visit Philadelphia to face another National League division leader. Aaron Nola starts for the Phillies in the opener of a four-game set. Nola has given up just one run in each of his last three outings.
– George Springer and the Astros try to extend their five-game winning streak when they start a series in Detroit. Springer went 5 for 5 with four RBIs and a pair of home runs that increased his total to an AL-high 15 as Houston routed Texas 15-5 on Sunday.
– The injury-ravaged Yankees plan to activate center fielder Aaron Hicks when they return home to face Baltimore. Hicks hurt his back in spring training March 1 and needed two cortisone shots. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a homer for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, leaving him 3 for 18 in five minor league rehab games.
– Arizona pitcher Robbie Ray needs six strikeouts against Pittsburgh to reach 800 for his career. He would become the second-fastest lefty to reach the plateau in terms of appearances, behind Frank Tanana, who reached that mark in 120 games. Ray is making his 125th career appearance in six seasons with Detroit and Arizona. Right-hander Nick Kingham will make his second start since moving from the bullpen for the Pirates.
– The Minnesota Twins carry baseball’s best record into the opener of a series at home against the Los Angeles Angels. Minnesota slugger Nelson Cruz was scheduled for an MRI after leaving Sunday’s game against Detroit with a left wrist injury.
– Cleveland Indians righthander Shane Bieber is unbeaten in four road starts this season and will try to extend that streak in Chicago against the White Sox. Bieber has walked two or fewer batters in five of his seven starts overall. White Sox hurler Reynaldo Lopez is facing the Indians for the second straight time — he allowed three runs in six innings in his last start.
Serena Williams opens with a win
ROME (AP) – Serena Williams opened her clay-court season with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson in the first round of the Italian Open.
Williams was playing for the first time since withdrawing ahead of her third-round match at the Miami Open in March because of a left knee injury.
South African government says appeal is coming in Semenya case
JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The South African government says there will be an appeal against the Caster Semenya ruling.
The sports ministry says Athletics South Africa, the country’s track and field body, will appeal the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Athletics South Africa was one of two parties alongside Semenya to challenge the IAAF’s testosterone regulations at the Swiss-based sports court.
The IAAF won the CAS case and last week rules came into effect requiring Semenya and other female athletes with high levels of natural testosterone to lower them to be eligible to compete in certain events.