Update on the latest in sports:
Cavs await Boston-Philadelphia winner
CLEVELAND (AP) – Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have completed their second-straight four-game-sweep of the Toronto Raptors, they’ll wait to see if the Philadelphia 76ers can come back from being down three-games-to-nothing against Boston.
The Sixers took a step in that direction last night, avoiding elimination with a 103-92 victory over the Celtics in their Eastern Conference semifinals. They still face daunting odds headed into Game 5 and trailing 3-1. No NBA team has ever won a series down 3-0.
After winning 59 games in the regular season, the Raptors had the East’s top seed and figured that this was their year. But LeBron James had other plans. He scored 29 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds on 12 of 19 shooting – an ordinary performance by his standards – as the Cavs won their 10th straight over the Raptors with one of their most complete games in months.
Tonight, the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors can each wrap up series wins in their Western Conference semifinals. The Utah Jazz are hoping that they can re-create the success they had against Houston in Game 2, when they led by as many as 19 points early and held on for a 116-108 win.
As for the Warriors, they’ve been dominant on their home floor for two straight postseasons, having won a franchise-record 14 consecutive playoff games at Oracle Arena and already closed out the Spurs at Oakland in Game 5. If they can beat New Orleans for a 15th straight home playoff win, the Warriors would tie Chicago for an NBA record.
Caps finally handle Penguins
PITTSBURGH (AP) – For now, at least, the Washington Capitals’ long-held role as playoff fodder for the Penguins is over. The Capitals beat Pittsburgh in the playoffs for only the second time in 11 tries, advancing with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 6 last night.
The Caps advance to the Eastern Conference finals for just the third time since the franchise began play in 1974.
Nashville, meanwhile, forced a decisive Game 7 in its Western Conference semifinal series with Winnipeg, shutting out the Jets 4-0. Filip Forsberg had two goals and an assist, while Pekka Rinne stopped 34 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs.
Yanks, Red Sox meet in New York
UNDATED (AP) – The Red Sox and Yankees have the top two records in the majors heading into a clash for first place in the AL East. Following their throwback brawl in Boston last month, the teams square off on Yankee Stadium soil for the first time this season. New York ace Luis Severino, coming off his first career shutout last week in Houston, starts the opener of a three-game showdown against lefty Drew Pomeranz. The streaking Yankees have won six straight and 15 of 16, not to mention nine home games in a row. Boston hopes to have Mookie Betts back in the lineup after the star outfielder left Sunday’s game at Texas with a bruised right shoulder.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Sporting the best mark in the National League, the Diamondbacks visit Los Angeles to renew their NL West rivalry with the struggling Dodgers in a matchup of injury-depleted teams. While teammate A.J. Pollock has been on a tear at the plate, Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt is hitless in his last 23 at-bats. The five-time All-Star is batting .225. Left-hander Rich Hill, who hasn’t pitched since April 14 because of inflammation of the middle finger on his pitching hand, is expected to come off the DL and start for the Dodgers.
– Sean Manaea makes his first start in Oakland since pitching the majors’ first no-hitter this season on April 21. Manaea has a 12-inning hitless streak at the Coliseum. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball for Houston. The 2017 All-Star has gone at least six innings in each of his four starts this season.
– Odubel Herrera tries to reach base safely for the 37th consecutive game, dating to last season, when the Phillies host San Francisco. It’s the longest streak for a Phillies player since Jimmy Rollins had a 38-game run between the 2005-06 seasons. Herrera homered twice and drove in five runs during Philadelphia’s 11-0 rout of the Giants on Monday night. He is batting .341 this year.
– Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto will miss six to eight weeks after he was diagnosed with a strained right elbow. But for now, he has avoided season-ending Tommy John surgery. The 32-year-old right-hander was examined by Dr. James Andrews in Florida. Cueto will rest and rehab.
– The Cubs put struggling right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list with the flu. The move was made retroactive to Friday. The 31-year-old Darvish is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in his first season with Chicago after finalizing a $126 million, six-year contract in February.
Yankees and Red Sox to meet next year in London
LONDON (AP) – The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the Olympic Stadium in London next year.
Boston will be the home team for both of MLB’s first games in Europe on June 29 and 30, 2019. The stadium will have a capacity of 55,000 in a baseball configuration.
MLB says it is also “committed to playing in London in 2020 and our intention is to establish a long-term footprint in the city.”
The NFL has played regular-season games in London since 2007, holding 18 games at Wembley and three at Twickenham. Three more NFL games are scheduled for this year, including one at Tottenham’s new stadium.