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Suns and Heat try for 2-0 leads
UNDATED (AP) – The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are the top seeds in the playoffs and at the moment, they look like it coming off impressive performances. Both have a chance to take 2-0 leads in their respective playoff series tonight and are strong favorites to get it done, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
In the Western Conference, the Suns have a 10-game winning streak against the Dallas Mavericks, counting regular season games, going into Game 2. In the Eastern Conference, the 76ers continue to search for the right mix without injured NBA MVP finalist Joel Embiid. Miami won Game 1 against Philadelphia 106-92.


4 Game 2s on tap
UNDATED (AP) – The NHL playoffs continue tonight with four Game 2s: Boston at Carolina, Tampa Bay at Toronto, St. Louis at Minnesota and Los Angeles at Edmonton.
The Hurricanes, Maple Leafs, Blues and Kings all opened their best-of-seven series with wins.


NHL suspends Leafs forward Clifford 1-game for boarding
TORONTO (AP) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kyle Clifford has been given a one-game suspension for a boarding incident in Toronto’s playoff-opening win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The NHL’s department of player safety issued the suspension on Tuesday following a hearing with Clifford. It described the incident as a forceful hit to a defenseless player who is no longer in possession of the puck.
Clifford was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct 6:59 into Game 1 of the first-round series for a hit on Ross Colton. He escaped serious injury. The Leafs won 5-0.


Jaguars re-sign veteran Gotsis to back up top pick Walker
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Veteran defensive end Adam Gotsis has signed a one-year contract to rejoin the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He gives the team some experienced depth to play behind rookie and projected starter Travon Walker. Gotsis is entering his seventh NFL season and third with Jacksonville. He played in 32 of 33 games with the Jaguars over the last two years and finished with a career high-tying three sacks in 2021.
The Melbourne, Australia, native was a second-round draft pick by Denver in 2016. He’s the highest-drafted Australian-born player in NFL history.


Yanks try for 12th straight win
UNDATED (AP) – Aaron Judge and the homer-happy New York Yankees try for their 12th consecutive victory and a three-game sweep Wednesday night at AL East rival Toronto.
The 18-6 Yankees top the majors with 34 home runs this season, including 23 in the past 11 games. Judge and teammate Anthony Rizzo are tied for the big league lead with nine. Judge also has 13 RBIs in his last five games. The Yankees won 13 straight games in August last year.
Nestor Cortes starts the series finale for the New York against fellow lefty Yusei Kikuchi.


In other highlights of Wednesday’s schedule:
– The second game of the season between the White Sox and Cubs features a pair of accomplished right-handers in Lucas Giolito and Kyle Hendricks at Wrigley Field. But both have struggled against their crosstown rivals. Giolito pitched six innings of three-run ball for the White Sox in a 5-1 loss to the Angels on Friday. He is 1-3 with an 8.71 ERA in four career starts against the North Siders. Hendricks was tagged for six runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in an 11-1 loss at Milwaukee last week. He is 1-5 with a 4.67 ERA in 10 career starts versus the South Siders.


– Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger is set to pitch the first game of a doubleheader in Cleveland, marking his first game in the majors since underdoing his second Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old had his start pushed back a day because of a rainout last night. Clevinger went 42-22 with a 3.19 ERA in five seasons for Cleveland, developing into one of the AL’s most reliable starters. He was dealt to the Padres at the 2020 trade deadline. Clevinger’s last game in the majors came in the 2020 NL playoffs when he was pulled after one scoreless inning against the Dodgers.


– Mets right-hander Tylor Megill faces Atlanta – weather permitting – in his first outing since starting off a combined no-hitter last week. Megill was pulled after five innings and 88 pitches against the Phillies on Friday night. Four relievers finished off the second no-hitter in Mets history. Johnny Vander Meer is the only pitcher in major league history to throw back-to-back no-hitters, doing it in 1938 for the Reds. Megill takes on Braves right-hander Ian Anderson. A victory would give the Mets eight straight series wins to begin the season – their previous record was five.


French Open prize fund up by nearly 7% to 43.6 million euros
PARIS (AP) – The French Tennis Federation says French Open prize money will increase by nearly 7 percent to 43.6 million euros compared to the pre-coronavirus edition of 2019. That’s $46 million.
The FFT says the rise is 6.8 percent overall compared to three years ago when the tournament was last held in normal circumstances before the pandemic affected the past two editions. Prize money for players in the men’s and women’s singles main draw is 1.43 percent higher overall than in 2019, while doubles players will get 6.1 percent more.
This year’s French Open begins on May 22.