Update on the latest in sport:
Kershaw tries to stop Diamondbacks
UNDATED (AP) – Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw tries to slow down A.J. Pollock and the first-place Diamondbacks tonight in Arizona.
Pollock hit three home runs last night during an 8-5 victory in the series opener as the Diamondbacks won for the 12th time in the last 13 regular-season meetings between the NL West rivals.
In the 2017 playoffs, the Dodgers cruised to a three-game sweep of Arizona, but they’ve had trouble with Pollock this season. He had a two-homer game at Dodger Stadium on April 14 and is batting .361 with five home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored in his last nine games.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Didi Gregorius and the powerful Yankees have been putting up big offensive numbers – except against the World Series champion Astros, who snapped the Yankees’ nine-game winning streak last night with a 2-1 victory. New York has lost seven straight in Houston including the postseason, scoring no more than one run in each of its last six games there. This time, the Bronx Bombers face Justin Verlander, who is 9-0 in 11 regular-season starts for the Astros dating to last year.
– Xander Bogaerts and the major league-leading Red Sox look for a smooth start to May after ending April with a bang. Bogaerts hit a grand slam over the Green Monster and out of Fenway Park last night as Boston beat Kansas City 10-6 to finish with 19 wins in April, a franchise record for that month. It was Boston’s sixth slam this season, tying the 1996 Montreal Expos for the most ever by May 1. The Red Sox didn’t even hit one last season.
– Kyle Hendricks tries to extend Chicago’s five-game winning streak when the Cubs host Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. Cubs starters have gone 33 2/3 straight innings without giving up an earned run, the longest streak for the team since at least 1974.
– Lots of aces on the mound tonight. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer starts for Washington at home against the Pirates, while Noah Syndergaard gets the ball for the New York Mets as they host the Braves. Chris Sale is on the mound for Boston against visiting Kansas City, Chris Archer goes for Tampa Bay in Detroit, and Felix Hernandez pitches for Seattle against the visiting Athletics.
Curry is due back tonight
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The last time Golden State got Stephen Curry back from a knee injury in the playoffs, he immediately returned to brilliance. In Game 4 of the Warriors’ five-game Western Conference semifinals against Portland two years ago, he scored 40 points in an overtime win.
If that is any indicator, the New Orleans Pelicans better be ready. The two-time MVP, sidelined since spraining his left knee March 23, is expected to play tonight in Game 2. Coach Steve Kerr listed Curry as probable, with the idea that he’ll play as long as no issues arise with Curry’s sprained left knee in the morning shootaround or before the game.
Meanwhile, in Toronto, the Raptors face the challenge of stopping LeBron James and his supporting cast. Toronto eliminated the Wizards in a six-game first round to advance to the second round against Cleveland, which begins tonight. The Cavs are 8-2 against Toronto the past two postseasons and went 5-2 in matchups during the regular season the past two years.
Home ice is no advantage so far
UNDATED (AP) – What home-ice advantage? Home teams are just 26-26 so far in the NHL playoffs heading into tonight, when Pittsburgh hosts Washington and Winnipeg welcomes the Predators.
Both series are tied after the visitors claimed their respective openers on the road.
The Penguins finished with the second-worst road record among the 16 playoff teams. Then the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions ripped off three wins in Philadelphia to kickstart their pursuit of a three-peat and backed it up with another victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in Washington.
TENNIS-WIMBLEDON PRIZE MONEY
Singles champs will get about $3 million
LONDON (AP) – The winners of the singles titles at Wimbledon will each receive about $3 million as part of a 7.6 percent increase in the total prize money at this year’s tournament.
The All England Club says the total prize fund will be $46.5 million.
Of that, $3.07 million will go to the men’s and women’s champions – up $68,000 from 2017.
First-round losers will receive $53,000, but they may have to forfeit their prize money if they retire from the match or perform “below professional standards.”
Injured players will receive 50 percent of their first-round prize money if they withdraw on site by the Thursday before the start of play. An injured player’s replacement would take the other 50 percent.