Update on the latest sports
Bumgarner on the mound
PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona lefty Madison Bumgarner starts against Colorado in his first appearance since pitching a seven-inning no-hitter against Atlanta last Sunday, a game that Major League Baseball does not consider to be a no-hitter because, as part of a doubleheader, it didn’t go the full nine innings. John Gray, who’s 3-and-1, starts for the Rockies.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Cleveland righthander Shane Bieber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, starts in Chicago against White Sox lefty Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul), the 2015 AL Cy Young winner for Houston. Chicago is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Detroit and has won six of seven, but at 14-and-10, the White Sox still trail Kansas City by 1 1/2 games in the AL Central.
– New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole, who is 5-1 with a 2.23 ERA against Detroit, starts the homestand opener against Detroit, the first team not from the East to play at Yankee Stadium since 2019. Left-hander Tarik Skubal starts for the Tigers.
– Baltimore lefty John Means, who allowed one run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings against Oakland last Sunday, faces the Athletics again as as Baltimore begins a six-game trip. Mike Fiers makes his season debut for the A’s after recovering from a lumbar strain.
– The Mets send righthander Marcus Stroman to the mound in Philadelphia against Chase Anderson of the Phillies.
– The Red Sox play the second of four in Texas, and it’s a matchup of righthanders coming off of tough starts – Nathan Eovaldi for the Sox and Kohei Arihara for Texas.
– The Kansas City Royals take the best record in baseball to Minnesota for the opener of a series against the Twins.
– Seattle is the third and last stop on a 10-game road trip for the Angels, who send lefty Andrew Heaney to the mound against Chris Flexen.
– The Dodgers are planning a bullpen game for the second game of their series against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Freddy Peralta starts for the Brewers.
– Yu Darvis of the Padres is scheduled to pitch the opener of a series at home against San Francisco. The Giants are going with Kevin Gausman.
– Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. will pitch in his hometown for the first time since 2018 as Houston starts a three-game series at Tampa Bay.
– The Braves open a three-game interleague series against Toronto in Dunedin, Florida.
– John Gant, who pitched six scoreless innings in his last start for his first win of the season, starts for the Cardinals tonight in Pittsburgh against J.T. Brubaker of the Pirates.
– Jake Arrieta is the scheduled starter when the Cubs’ seven-game road trip continues with the opener of a three-game series at Cincinnati. Wade Miley takes the mound for the Reds.
– The Nationals return home for the start of a series against the Marlins.
Nets seek fifth straight win
NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets, who got a season-high 42 points from Kevin Durant last night, look for their fifth straight win when they host the Portland Trail Blazers.
In other NBA action:
– The Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks meet again in Philadelphia for the second half of their two-game set. Philadelphia clinched an Eastern Conference playoff berth by beating the Hawks on Wednesday.
– The Phoenix Suns host the Utah Jazz in a matchup of the top two teams in the West. Phoenix has won two straight against Utah.
– The Milwaukee Bucks are hoping the new ankle injury suffered by Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOOM’-poh) isn’t serious. He played just 46 seconds last night before leaving with a sprained ankle, as the Bucks lost to the NBA-worst Houston Rockets. The Bucks play the Bulls tonight in Chicago.
– The Los Angeles Lakers open a three-game homestand by hosting the Sacramento Kings.
– The Washington Wizards, who find themselves with the inside track for a playoff berth with 10 games left in the regular season, are at Cleveland to play the Cavaliers. The Wizards play seven of their next eight on the road.
– The Boston Celtics – tied for sixth with Miami in the Eastern Conference – host the San Antonio Spurs.
– The Memphis Grizzlies host the Orlando Magic in the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home series between the teams.
PHOENIX (AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights are riding a ten-game win streak – the longest in their history – as they head to Arizona for the start of a four-game road trip.
In other NHL action tonight:
– The Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings meet again in Anaheim. The Ducks ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Kings on Wednesday night.
– Colorado hosts San Jose in the first game of a Friday-Saturday back-to-back.
– The Winnipeg Jets, trying to snap a five-game losing streak, skate in Montreal against the Canadiens.
Darnold to make $18.9 million after Panthers pick up option
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Panthers have upped their commitment to Sam Darnold picking up the fifth-year option on the quarterback’s rookie contract.
Darnold will now make $18.9 million for the 2022 season. His contract would have expired after the 2021 season and he would have become an unrestricted free agent if the Panthers had not picked up the fifth-year option.
With the move, the Panthers now have solidified their quarterback position for the next two seasons.
Kansas hires Buffalo’s Lance Leipold as football coach
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Kansas has hired Buffalo’s Lance Leipold as its next football coach. The Jayhawks are turning over one of college football’s worst programs to a longtime Division III coach with Midwestern roots.
Leipold signed a six-year contract and takes over for Les Miles. Miles, who won a title at LSU, parted with the Jayhawks after two losing seasons amid allegations of sexual harassment dating to his time with the Tigers.
Leipold won six Division III national titles in eight seasons before going to the Bulls, where he was 37-33 the past six years.