Update on the latest sports
Mavericks look to bounce back again in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Dallas Mavericks head into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals down 1-0 in their third consecutive NBA playoff series. Coach Jason Kidd is looking for another bounce-back from Luka Doncic and company Friday night in San Francisco.
Dallas is this deep in the playoffs for the first time since Kidd, a Bay Area native, was the point guard on the Dirk Nowitzki-led team that won the 2011 NBA title. Now his team will have to beat coach Steve Kerr and Golden State superstar Stephen Curry, both of whom faced Kidd on the court.
Curry had 21 points and 12 rebounds in the Warrior’s 1120-87 win in the opener Wednesday night.
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE
UNDATED (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes are seeking a sixth straight playoff home win Friday night when they host the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their second-round series. The Hurricanes outlasted the Boston Bruins in a seven-game series with defensemen Jaccob Slavin and Tony DeAngelo leading the team in points. Then they rallied to beat the New York Rangers to open their second-round series on Ian Cole’s overtime goal.
In Friday night’s other Game 2, the Edmonton Oilers visit the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of their series. Calgary won the opener in a shootout featuring a combined 15 goals.
Votto goes home…
UNDATED (AP) – Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto expects to come off the COVID-19 list this weekend, just in time to play the Blue Jays in his hometown of Toronto. A six-time All-Star in 16 seasons, Votto hasn’t played a lot in front of the local fans. He’s only played nine games at Rogers Centre, during which he’s hit three home runs while going 8 for 33 with seven RBIs.
Votto is off to a tough start this season. He’s hitting a meager .122 with no home runs and three RBIs in 22 games. He’s struck out 29 times in 74 at-bats. He last played for Cincinnati on May 1. Votto did a rehab assignment with Class A Dayton leading up to this weekend.
Elsewhere around the majors:
– The Colorado Rockies continue their nine-game homestand Friday night against the NL East-leading New York Mets. German Marquez starts for the Rockies against fellow right-hander Carlos Carrasco, weather permitting. Rain – and later up to 6 inches of snow – are in the forecast through Saturday. The Mets expect to be without ace Max Scherzer for six to eight weeks with a strained oblique muscle in his left side.
– Cleveland manager Terry Francona will miss the Guardians’ series opener at home against Detroit while he has a minor surgical procedure. He’s expected to return Saturday. Francona returned after testing positive for COVID-19 and missing four games to guide the team against the Reds. Cleveland’s star third baseman Jose Ramirez could miss a game or two. He’s having X-rays and other tests on his right shin after fouling a ball off himself in the eighth inning of Thursday’s 4-2 loss.
– Manager Bob Melvin plans to return to the dugout when the Padres open a three-game series at San Francisco. Melvin has been away since having prostate surgery on May 11. The Padres said no cancer was found. Melvin will travel to San Francisco on Friday morning and rejoin the Padres for the final three games of a nine-game, three-city trip. That matches the timetable Melvin hoped for when he announced on May 10 that he was having surgery. Bench coach Ryan Christenson managed the team in Melvin’s absence. The Padres went 4-2 on a swing through Atlanta and Philadelphia.
– The Phillies could have Bryce Harper back this weekend to face a familiar foe when the Dodgers visit Citizens Bank Park. Harper battered away at Dodger Stadium last weekend, leading the Phillies to three straight wins over Los Angeles. He homered in each game and went 8 for 12 with four doubles and eight RBIs. The only thing that stopped Harper was a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow that prevented him from playing Sunday. The reigning NL MVP hasn’t been in the lineup since then because of the lingering effects.
Naomi Osaka at French Open news conference: ‘I think I’m OK’
PARIS (AP) – Naomi Osaka is back at Roland Garros, and she spent time smiling and laughing at her own jokes during her pre-tournament news conference Friday.
Osaka pulled out of last year’s French Open before the second round. She had been fined after deciding not to attend the mandatory news conference when she won her first-round match.
Osaka’s last trip to the Grand Slam tournament in Paris was about her mindset and well-being more than her tennis. She says she was worried about how she would be received this time at the French Open.