Update on the latest sports
Bucks try to stay alive
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks try to avoid being eliminated at home by the Boston Celtics in the only game on the Thursday night NBA schedule.
The Celtics lead the first-round series 3-2. It’s been 17 years since the Bucks advanced to the second round.
Milwaukee has outscored Boston 520-519 in a series that’s been marked by wild ebbs and flows, with one team leading by 16 points at some point in each of the last four games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KAHM’-poh) was criticized after Game 5 for not doing more, particularly on the offensive end. He took only 10 field-goal attempts, his third-lowest total of the entire season.
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Second round starts
UNDATED (AP) – The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs begins tonight with games in Washington and Las Vegas.
The Penguins meet the Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the third year in a row. Pittsburgh prevailed in the last two by pulling off Game 7 victories in Washington on the way to winning the Stanley Cup.
The expansion Vegas Golden Knights host San Jose in the first game of the Western Conference semifinals. The Sharks are trying to reach the conference final for the fourth time in the past nine seasons.
The series features a matchup of two of the NHL’s hottest goalies. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed just three goals in the Golden Knights’ first-round sweep of Los Angeles, leading the league with a .977 save percentage and 0.65 goals-against average. San Jose’s Martin Jones allowed just four goals against Anaheim for a .970 save percentage and 1.0 goals-against average. Jones’ career .931 save percentage is third best ever among goalies with at least 20 playoff games.
Red Sox try for 19th win
UNDATED (AP) – The Red Sox will try for their 19th win Thursday night, which would set a team record for victories before May 1. They got a head start this year when Major League Baseball opened the season on March 29.
Boston ace Chris Sale looks to improve on his 4-1 record with a 0.96 ERA in seven appearances at Toronto. Leadoff man Mookie Betts has hit six home runs in his last seven games.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant could be back in the lineup for Thursday night’s opener of a four-game series against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. He’s missed two games after being hit in the helmet by a pitch over the weekend in Colorado. Manager Joe Maddon said the 2016 NL MVP has been checked by doctors and that “he’s fine.”
– Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has homered in four straight games and leads the majors with 29 RBIs. All nine of his home runs this season have come at Yankee Stadium. He can add to that total when New York finishes up a series against Minnesota.
Reds activate 3rd baseman Suarez, promote Herrera
UNDATED (AP) – The Reds activated third baseman Eugenio Suarez from the 10-day disabled list and promoted infielder-outfielder Rosell Herrera from Triple-A Louisville before Thursday’s game against the Braves.
Outfielder Phillip Ervin and infielder Cliff Pennington were optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
The Reds placed Suarez on the disabled list April 9 after he was hit by a pitch and broke his right thumb in Pittsburgh on April 8. He played two games for the Bats on a rehab assignment. Ervin and Pennington each played in 16 games for the Reds. Ervin hit .211, Pennington .138.
In other baseball news:
– The Cleveland Indians might need to get along without reliever Andrew Miller for a bit. Miller left Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs because of a tight left hamstring. He’s set to have an MRI Thursday.
– Boston has approved a plan to change the name of Yawkey Way, the street outside Fenway Park named in honor of a former Red Sox owner some have said was racist. The city’s Public Improvement Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a proposal by current Red Sox ownership to call the stretch of roadway Jersey Street. That’s what it was called before it was changed in 1977 to honor Tom Yawkey a year after he died.
Draft arrives with no consensus on top pick
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The NFL draft begins Thursday night in Arlington, Texas.
This year’s deep draft at quarterback lacks just one thing: a consensus top pick. None of the mock drafts seems to even put them in the same order.
Plenty of top quarterbacks are available: USC’s Sam Darnold, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Wyoming’s Josh Allen. There’s also Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb.
The Cleveland Browns have the first pick, followed by the Giants and the Jets.
The traveling road show that the NFL draft has become has added a new fan touch this year: the Inner Circle. More than 1,600 fans – at least 50 from every franchise – will be in AT&T Stadium for the selections, and the festivities that go with them.