Update on the latest sports
3 series could end Friday night
UNDATED (AP) – Three first-round NBA playoff series could wrap up Friday night.
Game 6 wins would send Toronto, Cleveland and Utah on to the second round. The Raptors are in Washington, the Cavaliers at Indiana and Utah at home to Oklahoma City.
The Wizards have won eight consecutive playoff games in Washington.
Utah has won six straight home games, by an average of nearly 19 points apiece.
In Cleveland’s favor, LeBron James has a history of delivering a knockout blow. The last 11 times a James team has gotten three wins in a series, it has closed out the matchup in its very first opportunity.
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Western Conference semifinals begin in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The NHL Western Conference semifinals start Friday night in Nashville, where the defending conference champion hosts Winnipeg.
It will be just the fifth series since 1990 between the NHL’s top two teams in the regular season. The Predators edged out their Central Division rival by a mere three points for the Presidents’ Trophy.
The series also features two goalies who are finalists for the Vezina (VEH’-zih-nuh) Trophy, Nashville veteran Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh RIH’-neh) and Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck (HEHL’-eh-buhk).
Boston gets Bogaerts back
UNDATED (AP) – Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrtz) is expected to return to the Red Sox lineup on Friday night for a homestand opener against Tampa Bay.
Bogarts broke the talus bone in his left ankle on April 8 while sliding into the Rays dugout to grab an errant ball. He went 2 for 3 with a home run and a double while playing six innings at shortstop Tuesday night in a rehab appearance Triple-A Pawtucket.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant will be missing from the starting lineup for the third straight game when Chicago hosts Milwaukee Friday afternoon. Bryant was beaned during a victory at Colorado last weekend and visited a team doctor yesterday. The Cubs say Bryant hasn’t been diagnosed with a concussion. The 26-year-old Bryant is batting .319 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 19 games.
– Arizona, the first NL team to win its first eight series since the 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers, goes to Washington for three games against the Nationals. Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley is scheduled to start Friday’s opener, with Stephen Strasburg opening for the Nationals.
– The Dodgers start a season-long 11-game, 10-day trip at San Francisco on Friday and send Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN’-jihn YOO) to the mound. Giants starter Derek Holland is winless in two career starts against Los Angeles.
Notable players still not drafted
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – LSU running back Derrius Guice, Iowa All-American cornerback Josh Jackson and Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams were left in the green room when the first round of the draft ended.
Twenty-two players were invited to attend the draft at AT&T Stadium, including UCF’s Shaquem Griffin, who was not expected to go in the first round .
For the others, it was a long and unsatisfying night, but Guice, Jackson and Williams are safe bets to be selected during day two.
The top quarterback left on the board after five were taken in the first round is Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State.
Other notable players still available are linebacker Harold Landry of Boston College, linebacker Arden Key of LSU and running backs Ronald Jones of USC and Nick Chubb of Georgia.
Trump welcomes Olympic athletes to the White House
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is welcoming Team USA Olympic athletes to the White House.
Trump applauded the athletes gathered Friday morning on the north portico and congratulated them on their medals.
Several members of the U.S. team, including Gus Kenworthy, Adam Rippon, Nathan Chen and Lindsey Vonn, had said they wouldn’t go to the White House if invited.
Hosting Olympic athletes is a decades-old tradition at the White House. There have been notable absences over the years regardless of who is in office.