Update on the latest sports
Bucks and Warriors try to go up 2-0
BOSTON (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks will try to go up two-games-to-none in their NBA conference semifinal series against the Celtics tonight in Boston. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had his second career postseason triple-double to lead the Bucks to a 101-89 victory in Game 1.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies play Game 2 of their semifinal series tonight in Memphis. The Warriors are up 1-0 after edging the Grizzlies 117-116 on Sunday.
Rangers and Penguins open series
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Rangers host Pittsburgh tonight in the opening game of their best-of-seven NHL playoff series. Pittsburgh is in the postseason for the 16th straight year and has a roster stacked with veteran experience. But the Penguins have not won a playoff series the last three years.
Another NHL playoff matchup has the Florida Panthers hosting the Washington Capitals. The Panthers haven’t won a playoff series in 26 years, going back to the 1996 Eastern Conference finals. Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is expected to play after a late-season injury.
The Nashville Predators and the Avalanche play the first game of their series in Colorado. The Predators will be without goaltender Juuse Saros for the opening two games due to a leg injury. It’s a big blow after he won 38 games this season.
The Calgary Flames host the Dallas Stars in the other playoff series getting under way tonight. It’s the second time in the last three seasons that they’ve met in the first round. The Stars won in six games when they played a first-round series two years ago in the NHL bubble in Canada without any fans.
Dusty Baker looks for 2,000th win
HOUSTON (AP) – Astros manager Dusty Baker tries for his 2,000th win as a major league manager when Houston hosts Seattle. Only 11 skippers have reached the mark so far. The 72-year-old Baker posted his 1,999th victory when Houston blanked the Mariners 3-0 Monday night.
Baker is in his 25th season as a manager. He had previous stints with the Giants, Cubs, Reds and Nationals.
In other games on the major-league schedule:
– Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger is set to pitch in the majors for the first time since recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. He’ll be back on a familiar mound, too. Clevinger will start against the Guardians at Progressive Field – he began his big league career with Cleveland in 2016 and excelled there until being dealt to San Diego before the 2020 trade deadline.
– The Angels open a three-game series at Boston. Manager Joe Maddon says Shohei Ohtani could pitch there later in the week. He was held out of the starting lineup but had a pinch-hit appearance Monday, a day after the AL MVP exited because of tightness in his groin. Ohtani has played seven games at Fenway Park, going 10 for 30 with two home runs at the plate.
– Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees go for their 11th straight win when they take on the Blue Jays in Toronto. Jameson Taillon starts for the Yankees against Alek Manoah, who is 4-and-0 this season. This is the second straight season the Yankees have reeled off a double-digit winning string. They won 13 in a row last August.
– The Minnesota Twins have won ten of eleven, heading into tonight’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Orioles send Bruce Zimmermann to the mound against Joe Ryan, who threw seven scoreless innings against Detroit in his last start.
– Julio Urias of the Dodgers faces the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles. Urias has allowed one or fewer runs in three of his four starts. He has struck out 15, but also walked eight.
– The Kansas City Royals have called up MJ Melendez ahead of tonight’s game against the Cardinals in Kansas City. He’s a catcher who led the minors with 41 home runs last year. The Royals made the roster move after Cam Gallagher, who backs up All-Star catcher Salvado Perez, was put on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring. The Royals have lost four in a row.
– After the Braves took the opener of their four-game series, the New York Mets again host Atlanta today, this time for a single-admission doubleheader.
– The Phillies start lefthander Ranger Suarez against the Rangers in Philadelphia. They are 4-and-0 in his starts this year. Righthander Jon Gray is on the mound for Texas for his third start of the season – each previous one followed by a trip to the injured list.
– The Arizona Diamondbacks, winners of five of their last seven, continue their series against the Marlins in Miami.
– The White Sox and Cubs meet for the first of a pair of crosstown games in Chicago.
– In other action, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Athletics play the middle game of a three-game series in Oakland. The Pirates and Tigers play the first of two in Detroit. The Milwaukee Brewers resume their homestand against the Cincinnati Reds, who’ve lost six straight and 17 of their last 18. The Colorado Rockies begin a three-game series at home against the Washington Nationals.
US officials: Brittney Griner considered wrongfully detained
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration has determined WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, meaning the U.S. will more aggressively work to secure her release while the legal case against her plays out. That’s according to two U.S. officials who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Griner was detained at an airport in February after Russian authorities said a search of her bag revealed vape cartridges containing traces of cannabis oil. U.S. officials previously stopped short of classifying the Phoenix Mercury player as wrongfully detained.
The president of the WNBA players’ union says it’s time for Griner to “come home.”
Falcons decline 5th-year option on right tackle Kaleb McGary
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) – The Atlanta Falcons have picked up right guard Chris Lindstrom’s $13.2 million fifth-year option while declining the option on right tackle Kaleb McGary.
The decision on the Falcons’ two 2019 first-round draft picks were no surprise. Lindstrom, the No. 14 overall pick from Boston College, has developed into a strength of the Falcons’ offensive line. He did not allow a sack while starting all 17 games last season.
McGary, the No. 31 pick from Washington, gave up nine sacks. He will be a free agent after the 2022 season. Free-agent signee Germain Ifedi will compete with McGary.
TENNIS-KEVIN ANDERSON RETIRES
2-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson retires at age 35
UNDATED (AP) – Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson has announced his retirement from professional tennis at age 35.
The South African was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open in 2017 and to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2018. Anderson won seven ATP Tour singles titles, most recently at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships last July. All of his trophies came on the speedier surfaces of grass or hard courts, which helped add oomph to his booming serves.
Anderson played college tennis at Illinois, where he won the 2006 NCAA men’s doubles championship. He announced his retirement via Twitter on Tuesday.
HOUSTON (AP) – Astros manager Dusty Baker tries for his 2,000th win as a major league manager when Houston hosts Seattle. Only 11 skippers have reached the mark so far. The 72-year-old Baker posted his 1,999th victory when Houston blanked the Mariners 3-0 Monday night. Baker is in his 25th season as a manager.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger is set to pitch in the majors for the first time since recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. He’ll be back on a familiar mound, too. Clevinger will start against the Guardians at Progressive Field – he began his big league career with Cleveland in 2016 and excelled there until being dealt to San Diego before the 2020 trade deadline.