Update on the latest sports
Bucks, Warriors return home looking to close out series
UNDATED (AP) — The Warriors and Bucks each need one more win to wrap up their respective first-round playoff series.
Golden State’s Game 4 loss at Denver on Sunday denied it a sweep over a Nuggets team that dropped each of the first three games. Milwaukee has posted back-to-back dominant wins over Chicago and holds a 3-1 lead despite continuing to play without Khris Middleton. He suffered a knee injury in Game 2. Both front-running teams remain confident as they prepare to play in their home arenas.
The Bulls won’t have guards Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso available when they try to keep their season alive in Game 5. LaVine is in the NBA’s health and safety protocols while Caruso is in concussion protocols. Both had started each of the first four games in this series.
AP source: Jags, LT Robinson agree to 3-year, $54M extension
UNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars essentially have ruled out taking a left tackle with the top pick in the NFL draft by agreeing to terms with veteran Cam Robinson on a three-year extension. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations, who tells The Associated Press that Robinson’s new deal totals just shy of $54 million, roughly $18 million a year.
Robinson signed his franchise tender two weeks ago, guaranteeing him $16.7 million next season. But he ended up getting more from the extension. The move also means Jacksonville will likely chose between a pair of pass rushers at No. 1. It’s expected to be either Georgia’s Travon Walker or Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson.
In other NFL news:
— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked up the fifth-year contract option on Pro Bowl linebacker Devin White, who has 15 sacks, four forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries over three NFL seasons. The Bucs announced the expected move on Wednesday. White signed a four-year, $29.315 million deal as the fifth overall pick in the 2019 draft. He was a key contributor during Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl championship run two years ago and a first-time Pro Bowl selection last season.
— The Washington Commanders have picked up edge rusher Montez Sweat’s fifth-year option as expected. Sweat was Washington’s second pick in the first round in 2019. Sweat has become a key part of Washington’s defensive line along with fellow pass rusher Chase Young and defensive tackles Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne. All of them were first-round picks. Sweat has 21 sacks in 42 NFL games with Washington. He had five in 10 games last season around missing time with a broken jaw. The Commanders have the 11th pick in the draft that begins Thursday night. They’ve picked a defensive player in the first round each of the past five years.
— Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper threw his support behind struggling head coach Matt Rhule (rool) on Wednesday, saying it takes patience and time to build a winning foundation in the NFL. Rhule is 10-23 in his two seasons with the Panthers. Only the Lions, Texans, Jets and Jaguars have won fewer games than Carolina since Rhule’s arrival in 2020. Tepper said Wednesday that Rhule “has my full support.” Rhule is entering the third year of a seven-year, $62 million contract.
HORSE RACING-BAFFERT BAN
Hearing officer recommends 2-year NYRA ban for Bob Baffert
UNDATED (AP) — A retired New York State Supreme Court Justice has recommended a two-year suspension for trainer Bob Baffert for repeated medication violations after a New York Racing Association hearing.
Hearing officer O. Peter Sherwood revealed his recommendation in a 50-page report released Wednesday. Baffert’s camp and NYRA have two weeks to offer rebuttals before a three-person panel makes a final decision on the Triple Crown-winning trainer’s status. A suspension in New York until July 2024 would be the result if the panel takes up Sherwood’s full recommendation.
Churchill Downs has banned Baffert from entering horses in the Kentucky Derby this year and next.