Update on the latest sports
Bucks, Warriors return home looking to close out series
UNDATED (AP) – The Warriors and Bucks each need one more win to wrap up their respective first-round playoff series.
Golden State’s Game 4 loss at Denver on Sunday denied it a sweep over a Nuggets team that dropped each of the first three games. Milwaukee has posted back-to-back dominant wins over Chicago and holds a 3-1 lead despite continuing to play without Khris Middleton. He suffered a knee injury in Game 2. Both front-running teams remain confident as they prepare to play in their home arenas.
The Bulls won’t have guards Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso available when they try to keep their season alive in Game 5. LaVine is in the NBA’s health and safety protocols while Caruso is in concussion protocols. Both had started each of the first four games in this series.
Dominant Lopez starts at Washington
UNDATED (AP) – Miami Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez will carry a majors-leading 0.52 ERA into his start at Washington Wednesday night. Nationals righty Erick Fedde, meanwhile, enters with a 6.75 ERA.
Lopez been in 2022? He has given up just one earned run and a total of 10 hits across 17 1/3 innings through three appearances. His record is 2-0. In his last outing, he struck out nine batters over seven sharp innings in a 5-0 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday – less than a week after getting married on a day off for the Marlins.
Last season, the 26-year-old from Venezuela became just the second pitcher in major league history – and first since 1884! – to strike out the first nine batters of a game.
Elsewhere around the majors Wednesday:
– Angels star Shohei Ohtani returns to the mound after a dominant performance in his last outing. The reigning AL MVP lost his first two starts of the season but overpowered the Astros in Houston last week. Ohtani struck out 12 and allowed just one hit in six scoreless innings. He didn’t permit a runner until there were two outs in the sixth. The two-way sensation is back in Anaheim this week to take on the Cleveland Guardians.
– The Minnesota Twins will face popular ex-teammate Michael Pineda in the middle game of their series against Detroit. After spending the last four seasons with Minnesota, including 2018 when he was rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery, Pineda will start for the Tigers tonioght at Target Field. Last week, Pineda beat another one of his former teams, the New York Yankees, with five scoreless innings in his Tigers debut. The 33-year-old broke into the majors with the Seattle Mariners in 2011, when he made the All-Star team.
AP source: Jags, LT Robinson agree to 3-year, $54M extension
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The Jacksonville Jaguars essentially have ruled out taking a left tackle with the top pick in the NFL draft by agreeing to terms with veteran Cam Robinson on a three-year extension. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations, who tells The Associated Press that Robinson’s new deal totals just shy of $54 million, roughly $18 million a year.
Robinson signed his franchise tender two weeks ago, guaranteeing him $16.7 million next season. But he ended up getting more from the extension. The move also means Jacksonville will likely chose between a pair of pass rushers at No. 1. It’s expected to be either Georgia’s Travon Walker or Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson.