Update on the latest sports
Heat, Suns, Timberwolves take 1-0 leads into Game 2
UNDATED (AP) – A trio of Game 2s are on tonight’s NBA schedule. Atlanta is at Miami, Minnesota is at Memphis and New Orleans is at Phoenix.
The top-seeded Heat and top-seeded Suns both opened the postseason quests with double-digit home wins. All five Suns-Pelicans games have been decided by double figures this season, Phoenix now going 4-1 in those matchups
The seventh-seeded Timberwolves struck first on the Grizzlies’ home floor and can head home with a 2-0 series lead. The Timberwolves led the NBA in 3-pointers made during the regular season and showed that prowess in Game 1, outscoring Memphis 48-21 from beyond the arc.
Two nine-inning twin-bills on tap
UNDATED (AP) – Today’s major-league schedule features two doubleheaders – the first in the majors this season and the first twinbills of nine-inning games since Sept. 28, 2019. Major League Baseball used seven-inning doubleheaders in 2020 and ’21 amid rules changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, but did away with the shortened games for this season. Both of today’s twinbills were added because of weather. Arizona’s game at Washington and San Francisco’s game at the New York Mets were postponed Monday because of rain.
In other big-league action today:
– Perhaps pitching in his hometown of Los Angeles – and against former teammate Freddie Freeman – will fire up Atlanta lefty Max Fried, who is seeking his first win of the season. Fried, who wore No. 32 in high school to honor Sandy Koufax while pitching at LA’s Harvard-Westlake School, is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts this season. He takes the mound for the Braves against Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler.
Meanwhile, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is scheduled to start an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett at Jacksonville. It will be his first game since July 10, when he tore his right ACL against Miami.
– After Monday’s matchup was postponed by rain and snow, former AL Cy Young Award winners Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kuhl) of the Chicago White Sox and Shane Bieber of the Guardians will both be on the mound in Cleveland.
– The New York Yankees begin a three-game set at Detroit. Gerrit Cole takes the mound for New York.
– Adam Wainwright takes the mound for the Cardinals to open a three-game set in Miami against the Marlins, who are going with lefty Jesus Luzardo. Miami took three of four from the Phillies over the weekend.
– Toronto lefthander Yusei Kikuchi starts in the opener of a three-game series at Boston. RHP Nathan Eovaldi starts for the Red Sox.
– Seiya Suzuki of the Cubs has hit safely in the first nine games of his major-league career, and he’ll try to make that ten in a row tonight when the Cubs host Tampa Bay.
– The Astros are awaiting word on Jose Altuve, after the second baseman left last night’s win over the Angels in the eighth inning with a strained left hamstring. The series continues tonight in Houston.
– With Bryce Harper again serving as D-H, the Phillies play the second of three in Colorado. Manager Joe Girardi says Harper is dealing with a sore right elbow that bothers him when he throws but not when he swings a bat.
– The teams with the two lowest payrolls in baseball meet again tonight in Oakland, as the Athletics host the Baltimore Orioles.
– The San Diego Padres still haven’t committed their first error of the season, as they prepare to host the Cincinnati Reds again tonight. The Reds have lost seven straight.
– The Texas Rangers have lost their first three series of the season for the first time since 2003, despite an offseason spending spree. They try to get on track tonight when they open a six-game AL West road trip in Seattle.
– After a Patriots’ Day win in Boston, the Minnesota Twins head to Kansas City to play the Royals.
– The Pittsburgh Pirates are in Milwaukee to play the Brewers, who won Monday night’s game with the help of a grand slam from Christian Yelich.
Rangers try to keep pace with Carolina
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Rangers sit two points behind Carolina atop the Metropolitan Division as they prepare to host the Winnipeg Jets tonight.
Also on the NHL schedule:
– The Florida Panthers, whose win streak has reached ten games, are in New York to skate against the Islanders.
– The playoff-bound St. Louis Blues have won nine straight heading into tonight’s game at home against the Boston Bruins, who clinched a playoff spot over the weekend.
– The Tampa Bay Lightning, who’ve won two in a row, host the Detroit Red Wings.
– The Minnesota Wild, who punched their ticket to the postseason on Sunday, are in Montreal to skate against the Canadiens.
– The Toronto Maple Leafs are at home against Philadelphia.
– The Calgary Flames have won seven of eight as they head toward the playoffs, and skate at Nashville tonight.
– The Vancouver Canucks, winners of six straight, host the Ottawa Senators.
– In other action, the Los Angeles Kings are at Anaheim, and the Columbus Blue Jackets visit the San Jose Sharks.
Watson reports for offseason program with Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) – Deshaun Watson reported for his first offseason program with the Browns, who mortgaged their future in acquiring the controversial quarterback in a trade.
With snow falling, Watson arrived at the team’s facility in Berea, Ohio, for the voluntary program. The Browns posted a photo on Twitter of Watson, wearing a heavy winter jacket, before he entered the building.
Desperate to find an elite QB, Cleveland traded three first-round draft picks and three others in March to Houston for Watson, who faces 22 civil lawsuits from women accusing him of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions. Watson also faces discipline from the NFL.