Update on the latest sports
Embiid still out as Sixers, Mavs seek rebound vs Heat, Suns
UNDATED (AP) – Philadelphia and Dallas are back at home, trying to stay in their conference semifinal series against the top seeds. The 76ers will be forced again to play without Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) against Miami, and the Mavericks waiting for someone to help Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) against Phoenix.
The Sixers ruled out Embiid on Thursday for Game 3 on Friday night with the orbital fracture sustained in the first-round clincher against Toronto. The Heat won the first two games with the MVP finalist sidelined. Miami has taken a 2-0 lead in 18 previous series, including the first round this season against Atlanta, and won the matchup every time. The 76ers have dropped the first two games 19 previous times, never recovering to win the series.
The Mavericks are hoping to break out of a losing streak against the team with the NBA’s best record. Dallas has lost 11 straight games to the Suns, including the regular season.
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Four Game 3s Friday
UNDATED (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes head into Friday night’s game at Boston with a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. The other three games on the schedule are tied 1-1. Toronto visits Tampa Bay, Minnesota is at St. Louis and Los Angeles hosts Edmonton. Those series are all even at 1-1.
Boston will be without defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who was knocked from Wednesday’s game in the second period with a jarring shoulder-to-chest blase from Andrei Svechnikov. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy plans to give goaltender Jeremy Swayman his first postseason start after Linus Ullmark allowed four goals in each of the Game 1 and 2 losses.
Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo took a puck to the face and departed the Game 2 loss in the first period. Nick Leddy was held out of Game 2 with an upper-body injury he suffered and played through in Game 1. Marco Scandella has yet to play with a lower-body injury. There was no update on their status Thursday.
Brewers starting to bash…Scherzer’s on a roll
UNDATED (AP) – Milwaukee’s Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) is powering a Brewers surge with seven homers in his past 10 games, including two during a 10-5 trouncing of Cincinnati on Thursday. He had just one homer in 16 games prior to this run.
That mirrors a trend for the whole team. After connecting 14 times in their first 19 games, the Brewers hit 20 homers during a six-game homestand against the Cubs and Reds. They’ll try to keep it going at Atlanta. Left-hander Eric Lauer will face the World Series champions in their series opener, a rematch of an NL Division Series last year.
Elsewhere around the majors:
– Max Scherzer’s team has won each of his past 18 regular-season starts, and the Mets ace is inching in on the record of 23 shared by Kris Medlen and Jake Arrieta. Medlen’s run with Atlanta spanned 2010-12 and survived a Tommy John surgery and a stint in the bullpen. Arrieta’s stretch started during his 2015 Cy Young Award season and ended in 2016. Scherzer’s streak began last July 18 with Washington and includes his entire stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’ll oppose Phillies right-hander Kyle Gibson Friday night in Philadelphia.
– Minnesota Twins star Carlos Correa is expected to have a CT scan Friday on his right middle finger, which might be broken after he was struck by a pitch Thursday night in Baltimore. The Twins are also dealing with a COVID-19 situation that has sidelined manager Rocco Baldelli, second baseman Luis Arraez and right-hander Dylan Bundy. Minnesota returns home for three games against Oakland. Right-hander Josh Winder is set to make the second start of his career. Cole Irvin starts for the A’s.
– The series opener between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field has been postponed by rain. It has been rescheduled for Saturday night as the second half of a split doubleheader. The start time for the regularly scheduled matchup was moved up to earlier in the afternoon on Saturday.