Update on the latest in sports:
NBA PLAYOFFS-TRAIL BLAZERS/WARRIORS
Warriors look to build off strong Game 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors have a 1-0 lead over Portland in their Western Conference playoff series after beating the Trail Blazers 116-94 Tuesday night. Stephen Curry got hot and the Warriors moved the ball crisply as the two-time defending champions found their familiar swagger in the win against the Blazers.
Now, Portland has studied the film and will aim to make adjustments on both ends of the floor ahead of Game 2. The Blazers are looking to get more out of their backcourt duo Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum at Oracle Arena Thursday night.
Boston tries for a sweep at Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes will be trying to avoid a sweep at home by the Boston Bruins Thursday night.
Carolina has been unable so far to solve Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (TOO’-kah rask), who is stopping just about any puck NHL playoff opponents can shoot his way. The 32-year-old Finnish netminder has stopped 85 of 90 shots in the first three games of the series with the Hurricanes, guiding his team to within a win of the Stanley Cup Final.
Rask allowed 1.5 goals per game during the Bruins’ six-game winning streak with 20 saves in the first period of Game 3 against Carolina.
Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour (BRIHN’-dah-mohr) says Curtis McElhinney will “probably” make his second straight start in goal. Petr Mrazek (muh-RAZ’-ik) started the Hurricanes’ first nine playoff games but allowed 10 goals in the first two games of this series.
A look at what’s happening around the majors today
UNDATED (AP) – The Atlanta Braves wrap up their series against St. Louis, a night after Atlanta prospect Austin Riley was a hit in his big league debut. The 22-year-old cconnected for a home run in his second at-bat, then tagged Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) in a 4-0 win. His homer came in front of his parents and a group of 40 family and friends who quickly made the drive from his native Mississippi to SunTrust Park.
Riley was promoted from Triple-A, where he was leading the International League with 15 homers and 39 RBIs. Normally a third baseman, he started in left field Wednesday night and figures to see time there for a while.
Right-hander Adam Wainwright starts for the Cardinals Thursday night against Braves righty Julio Teheran.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Josh Bell brings his one-man power show to the West Coast when the Pittsburgh Pirates open a series in San Diego. Riding a career-best 15-game hitting streak, the switch-hitting first baseman is batting .333 with 12 homers, 14 doubles and 39 RBIs in a bounce-back season. Nobody else on the Pirates has more than four of their 35 home runs.
– Tigers star Miguel Cabrera could return to the lineup when Oakland begins a series against the Tigers at Comerica Park. He didn’t play Wednesday night against Houston because of a sore knee, missing a chance to hit against former teammate Justin Verlander. RHP Spencer Turnbull takes the mound when Detroit opens a four-game set against Oakland. Chris Bassitt starts for the Athletics.
– Anibal Sanchez is still looking for his first win with the Nationals after signing a $19 million, two-year contract as a free agent last offseason. The 35-year-old right-hander starts the rubber match of a three-game series against National League East rival the New York Mets. The only starting pitcher in Nationals history (2005-present) to open a season 0-7 was Jason Marquis (mahr-KEE’) in 2010. Zack Wheeler is on the mound for New York. He is 4-9 with a 5.01 ERA in 15 career starts against Washington.
– The Phillies send RHP Zach Eflin to the mound against RHP Zach Davies to complete the four-game series Thursday. Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun is batting .408 with 27 extra-base hits, 44 RBIs and 38 runs in 37 career games at Citizens Bank Park.
– The Royals wrap up their homestand by sending Homer Bailey to the mound against Texas right-hander Lance Lynn. Kansas City has lost 12 straight rubber games dating to May 30 last year, and has not won a series against the Rangers since July 2016.
– The Orioles are coming off a bruising doubleheader loss to the Yankees as they travel to Cleveland for the opener of a four-game set. Orioles’ Dan Straily pitches against Indians’ Trevor Bauer. The Indians pounded the Chicago White Sox Tuesday in a 9-0 win.
– The Cubs visit Cincinnati where the Reds’ Luis Castillo has gone 2-1 in five starts against the Cubs last season with a 4.74 ERA.
– Blue Jays Marcus Stroman makes his second straight start against the White Sox when Toronto begins a four-game series in Chicago.
– Michael Pineda takes his turn in Seattle when the Twins start a four-game series against his original team the Mariners, who send RHP Erik Swanson to the mound. Swanson was brought in to replace injured pitcher Wade LeBlanc and will likely stay in the rotation now that Felix Hernandez is expected to miss four to six weeks with a right lat strain.
– The Phillies send Zach Eflin to the mound against Zach Davies to complete the four-game series Thursday. Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 Wednesday night.
LB Nate Orchard signs with Dolphins, his 5th NFL team
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) – Outside linebacker Nate Orchard has signed with the Miami Dolphins, his fifth team since he came into the NFL in 2015. Miami also signed guard Kyle Fuller, who played in nine games for Houston in 2017, and center Tony Adams.
Orchard split time between Buffalo and Kansas City last year but played in only four games. He was released by Seattle last week. Drafted in the second round by Cleveland in 2015, Orchard started 11 games that year but has started only two games since.
The Dolphins waived-injured guard Isaac Asiata, a fifth-round pick in 2017. They waived center Kirk Barron and placed wide receiver Ricardo Louis on injured reserve.
Tiger double bogey on 1st hole, Koepka birdies
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) -The 101st PGA Championship began this morning on Bethpage Black, the first time it has been held in May since 1949. Jordan Spieth needs to win the PGA Championship for the career Grand Slam. Tiger Woods needs to win the next three majors for the calendar slam but he’s off to a struggling start to the PGA Championship having double-bogeyed his first hole, the 10th, in the opening round.
Woods, fresh off his Masters victory for his 15th career major, drove into the rough and had to pitch out to the fairway. His third shot sailed past the green, and he needed three more to get into the hole for a 6. He then parred the next four holes.