Update on the latest sports
3 Game 3s in NBA
UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to win a playoff series for the first time since reaching the Eastern Conference finals in 2001. To do it, they’ll have to come back from a 2-0 series hole to the Boston Celtics. The Bucks host the Celtics tonight.
Washington is also trying for its first win of the playoffs as the Wizards host Toronto.
In tonight’s other Game 3, Cleveland visits Indiana with the series tied 1-1.
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
3 teams in position to advance
UNDATED (AP) – Three NHL teams have a chance to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight by winning on home ice.
Pittsburgh hosts Philadelphia, Nashville hosts Colorado and Winnipeg hosts Minnesota. The home teams all head into Game 5 with 3-1 leads over their visitors.
A pair of 3-time Cy Young winners face off in LA
UNDATED (AP) – The marquee pitching matchup of the young season takes place tonight in Los Angeles, where Nationals ace Max Scherzer faces Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.
It will be the 13th time in history that two three-time Cy Young Award winners are on the mound, and the first since 2006. Kershaw is 1-2 this season with a 1.73 ERA in four starts. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA, also in four starts.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Astros ace Justin Verlander looks for his 10th consecutive regular-season win when Houston visits the struggling Chicago White Sox, who have lost four straight and nine of 10. Verlander is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four starts this year and has 34 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. He fanned 11 over eight innings of one-hit ball Sunday night against Texas during a memorable duel with 44-year-old Bartolo Colon, who took a perfect game into the eighth.
– The Reds play their first game with Jim Riggleman as interim manager when Cincinnati visits St. Louis. Cincinnati fired manager Bryan Price yesterday after a 3-15 start, its worst since the Great Depression. It’s not a new situation for Riggleman – it’s the fourth time in his career he’s been promoted during a season.
– The Tigers continue their run of day games at Comerica Park with the opener of a doubleheader against Kansas City. Detroit has five consecutive days of home games starting at 1:10 p.m., due to weather interruptions. The Tigers’ game against Baltimore on Wednesday was moved from evening to afternoon in anticipation of bad weather later in the day. Friday’s opener of a three-day, four-game set against the Royals is a makeup of a game that was postponed on April 4. Detroit also had two home games against the Yankees postponed last weekend.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-EARLE BRUCE
Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce dies at 87
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce has died at his home in central Ohio. The College Football Hall of Fame member was 87.
His four daughters released a statement Friday on the loss of “a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and a respected coach to many.”
Bruce followed Woody Hayes as coach and compiled an 81-26-1 record. His teams won or shared in four Big Ten titles in between 1979 and 1987. He also coached at Tampa, Colorado State, Iowa State and of Northern Iowa. His career record was 154-90-2. He earlier coached high school football in Ohio.
Bruce’s Ohio State playing career was cut short by injury. Hayes encouraged him to get into coaching.
Bruce was preceded in death by his wife, Jean.
Karolyis to NBC: ‘No way’ they knew about doctor’s behavior
NEW YORK (AP) – Former USA Gymnastics women’s national team coordinator Martha Karolyi (kah-ROH’-lee) and her husband Bela (BEH’-lah) tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison.
Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She tells Savannah Guthrie in “no way” did she suspect Larry Nassar was sexually abusing athletes.
The Karolyis spoke as part of a Dateline NBC special scheduled to air Sunday. It takes a look at the fallout from revelations about years of abuse by Nassar against hundreds of former athletes, including several members of the U.S. Olympic team.
The Karolyis have been named as co-defendants in several civil lawsuits filed against Nassar and USA Gymnastics. Several victims, including two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney, say they were abused at the Karolyis’ Ranch near Houston. The ranch served as the training home for USA Gymnastics during most of Martha Karolyi’s tenure running the national team.