Update on the latest in sports:
Caps without Wilson in Game 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Washington Capitals will be without Tom Wilson in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal tonight against Pittsburgh.
The league has suspended Wilson for three games for his run-in with Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese that left the rookie with a concussion and a broken jaw.
The decision means the Capitals will now try to push the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions to the brink of elimination without one of their most physical players.
In tonight’s other NHL playoff game, the Nashville Predators will try to come back from a 2-games-to-1 deficit against the Winnipeg Jets.
Celtics try to win again without Brown
BOSTON (AP) – Despite two days of rest and treatment, Jaylen Brown is considered “very doubtful” to play for the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the playoff series against Philadelphia tonight.
Boston managed to win without him on Monday, thanks to career nights by Al Horford, Terry Rozier and rookie Jayson Tatum.
Also tonight, Cleveland hopes to go up 2-games-to-none against the Toronto Raptors, who have lost seven straight playoff games against the Cavaliers dating back to 2016. Toronto coughed up a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in Game 1, missing four potential game-winning shots at the end of regulation.
Pujols nears a milestone
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Albert Pujols is two hits from No. 3,000. He got two last night for the Los Angeles Angels, and can reach the milestone tonight at home against Baltimore. Chris Tillman is set to pitch for the O’s – Pujols is 4 for 15 against him. Starting this weekend, the Angels begin a five-game trip to Seattle and Colorado.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– The Mets will see how pitcher Jacob deGrom is feeling, a day after he left early because of a hyperextended right elbow. DeGrom threw four dominant innings against Atlanta in a 7-0 Mets loss before leaving, and has thrown 18 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. The Mets have been beset by injuries to their pitching staff since reaching the 2015 World Series.
– Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is asking for a meeting with Commissioner Rob Manfred over his growing frustration with the way umpires are calling balls and strikes. Frazier said he recently met with an ump in San Diego. The eight-year veteran argued with plate umpire Lance Barrett during a 7-0 loss to Sean Newcomb and the Braves on Wednesday night.
– Masahiro Tanaka will try to extend the Yankees’ shutout streak in Houston. Luis Severino threw a five-hitter Wednesday night to give New York its second straight win by the exact same 4-0 score over the Astros.
– Patrick Corbin struck out a career-high 12 when the Dodgers visited Arizona earlier this season, holding the NL champions to one hit over 7 1/3 scoreless innings. The 28-year-old lefty is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA this season going into this start at home against Los Angeles.
– Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is expected to join the team in Cleveland for a doubleheader. He’s been on the disabled list since mid-April because of a shoulder problem. The 2015 AL MVP has played 12 games for Toronto this season, hitting three home runs with nine RBIs.
Source says Cowboys’ Witten retiring, heading to ESPN
FRISCO, Texas (AP) – A person with direct knowledge of the decision says Jason Witten is retiring after 15 seasons, choosing the offer of lead analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” over becoming the longest-tenured player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys.
The 10-time Pro Bowl tight end informed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of his plan to retire Thursday, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn’t been announced. Last week, the network’s website cited sources it didn’t identify in revealing Witten’s plan on the second day of the NFL draft.
Just days from turning 36, Witten walks away as the leader in games, catches and yards receiving for a franchise with five Super Bowl wins, but none since the 1995 season. He and Tony Gonzalez are the only tight ends in NFL history with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards.
Witten is tied with Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Bill Bates and the late Mark Tuinei for most seasons by a Dallas player.
Serena Williams withdraws from Madrid Open
MADRID (AP) – Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Madrid Open, saying she wasn’t ready to compete.
Tournament organizers say Williams withdrew because she needs more time to train before returning to action.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, returned to the tour in Indian Wells this year after a 14-month absence because of the birth of her daughter.
She won in Madrid in 2012 and 2013.
Williams’s replacement in Madrid will be Coco Vandeweghe.