Update on the latest sports


Celtics return home looking to close out top-seeded Heat

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics are back at home, hoping to close out the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics’ confidence is high after seizing a 3-2 lead over the top seed. Boston is also mindful of how fast series can change at this point, having rallied from a series deficit to eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks in the semifinal round. Miami has struggled mightily in back-to-back losses, but says it isn’t making excuses, even with star Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry struggling to make shots and sparkplug Tyler Herro sidelined the past two games with a groin injury. History is on the Celtics’ side. Teams taking a 3-2 lead have gone on to win the series 83.8% of the time.


Blues at home for Game 6 vs. Avalanche

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues host Colorado in Game 6 on Friday night filled with confidence. The Avalanche blew a three-goal lead and a golden chance to advance to their first Western Conference final since 2002. They are 4-0 on the road in these playoffs and do have a safety net with Game 7 in Denver. The Blues are riding a wave of confidence after becoming the first team to score a pair of game-tying goals in the final five minutes of regulation when facing elimination.


PARIS (AP) — Defending champion Novak Djokovic has recorded another straight-set victory and will face Diego Schwartzman for a spot in the quarterfinals at the French Open.

The top-ranked Djokovic beat Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour, 44 minutes — the quickest of his three wins. Schwartzman advanced to the fourth round earlier Friday with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 over Grigor Dimitrov.

Schwartzman’s 0-6 record against Djokovic includes a five-setter in the third round at the 2017 French Open. The Argentine is seeded 15th.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t lost in the third round at Roland Garros since 2009.

In other action Friday:

— Coco Gauff has reached the fourth round at the French Open by beating Kaia Kanepi (KY’-uh kuh-NEH’-pee). The 18-year-old American, the youngest remaining woman in the draw, defeated the 36-year-old Kanepi, the oldest remaining woman, 6-3, 6-4. The young American is trying to improve on her quarterfinal run at Roland Garros a year ago. Gauff had six aces — and five double-faults — while her Estonian opponent made 29 unforced errors. The teenager has not dropped a set in her first three matches. She next faces No. 31 Elise Mertens.

— Aliaksandra Sasnovich has reached the fourth round by eliminating a Grand Slam champion for the second straight match. The 47th-ranked Belarusian beat three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-6, after defeating reigning U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu (ra-doo-KA’-noo) in the second round.

— U.S. Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez has reached the fourth round at the French Open for the first time. The 19-year-old Canadian beat Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic (BEN’-chich) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. The 17th-seeded Fernandez broke Bencic in the 11th game of the deciding set and served out the match. She had saved two set points in the opener.

— Amanda Anisimova moved into the fourth round when Karolina Muchova stopped playing after hurting her right ankle. The 27th-seeded Anisimova was leading 6-7, 6-2, 3-0 when Muchova walked to the net to concede the match. Anisimova is an American who reached the Roland Garros semifinals at the age of 17 in 2019. She eliminated four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in the first round.