Update on the latest sports
Suns clobber Spurs
UNDATED (AP) — The Phoenix Suns still have a chance to claim the top seed in the NBA’s Western Conference following their 140-103 blowout win over the Spurs in San Antonio.
Devin Booker dropped in 27 points for the Suns, who never trailed and led by as many as 42. Mikal Bridges had 18 points in 26 minutes and Chris Paul added 16 points and 10 assists in 25 minutes.
The Suns are one game behind the conference-leading Jazz with one game remaining, and Phoenix holds the tiebreaker. The Suns will take the top seed with a win at San Antonio on Sunday and a Utah loss to Sacramento.
Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:
— Anthony Davis contributed 28 points and LeBron James returned after a six-game absence to score 24 as the Lakers downed the Pacers, 122-115. James shot 11 for 22 and finished with eight assists and seven rebounds in 28 minutes. Davis had 10 boards for the Lakers, who will avoid the play-in tournament if they beat the Pelicans on Sunday and the Trail Blazers lose to the Nuggets.
— Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden played together for just the eighth time this season, but it was Jeff Green and Bruce Brown doing the heavy lifting as the Nets downed the Bulls, 105-91. Green nailed five 3-pointers while scoring 19 points, Brown had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Brooklyn, which continues to own a one-game lead over Milwaukee for the second seed in the East.
— The Bucks kept pace as Khris Middleton and Bryn Forbes scored 21 points each in a 122-108 victory over the Heat. Jrue Holiday added 20 points and 10 assists for the Bucks in what could be a first-round preview. Kendrick Nunn provided a season-high 31 points for the Heat, who were without leading scorer Jimmy Butler due to lower back tightness.
— The Knicks blew a 17-point, second-half lead before Julius Randle led them to a 118-109 overtime win against the Hornets. Randle put the Knicks ahead in OT with a pair of free throws and set up all of New York’s five baskets in the extra session, three coming during a 9-0 run. Randle finished with a triple-double of 33 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Knicks move into a fourth-place tie with Atlanta.
— Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the short-handed Celtics cruised to a 124-108 win over the Timberwolves. Evan Fournier added 18 points and was 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Six Celtics scored in double figures as Boston snapped its four-game losing streak.
Caps beat B’s in OT…Canucks beat Oilers
UNDATED (AP) — The Stanley Cup playoffs have begun with an overtime game in Washington.
The Capitals squandered a pair of one-goal leads before Nic Dowd scored 4:41 into OT to complete their 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
Tom Wilson and Brenden Dillon also scored for the Caps, who finished the game with Craig Anderson in goal after Vitek Vanecek (VEE’-tehk VAN’-eh-chehk) was injured early in the game. Anderson finished with 21 saves on 22 shots.
Jake DeBrusk and Nick Ritchie tallied for the Bruins, who will try to even the series on Monday.
Meanwhile, the North Division regular-season schedule drones on due to games postponed by COVID-19 concerns.
The Oilers capped their regular-season slate with a 4-1 loss to the Canucks. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid assisted on Adam Larson’s goal to finish the season with an NHL-leading 105 points.
Matthew Highmore scored twice for the Canucks, who have three games remaining against Calgary and with no chance for either team to win a playoff berth.
MacKinnon on track to return for Game 1 against Blues
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon returned to the ice for practice Saturday and all signs point to his being back in the lineup for Game 1 of a first-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.
MacKinnon missed four of the final five games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. But coach Jared Bednar said he expects MacKinnon and forward Brandon Saad (sahd) to be ready to go Monday night.
MacKinnon finished second on the team with 65 points, a point behind fellow linemate Mikko Rantanen (MEE’-koh) RAN’-tah-nehn).
Rombauer wins Preakness
BALTIMORE (AP) — There will be no Triple Crown winner this year.
Rombauer romped to an 11-1 upset victory in the Preakness. Rombauer busted the bias of horses hugging the rail, going past Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit down the stretch and winning by 3 1/2 lengths.
Trainer Michael McCarthy won his first Triple Crown race and captured the Preakness before Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, for whom he worked as an assistant before opening his own barn.
Kentucky Derby winner Medina (meh-DEE’-nuh) Spirit finished a distant third after going off as the favorite. All eyes were on Medina Spirit after he failed a post-Derby drug test for the presence of the steroid betamethasone.
Rays beat Mets again
UNDATED. (AP) — A pair of big rallies allowed the Tampa Bay Rays to beat the New York Mets for the second straight day.
The Rays put together a five-run four and a six-run eighth to whip the Mets, 12-5. Joey Wendle went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs to spark both rallies.
Yandy Diaz hit a Baltimore chop that deflected off the glove of shortstop Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’), giving Tampa Bay an 8-5 lead in the eighth.
Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) and Brett Phillips also drove in two runs apiece as the Rays handed New York its second straight loss since a seven-game winning streak.
Lindor, Pete Alonso and Jose Peraza homered for the Mets.
In other major league action:
— The Pirates pulled out an 8-6 win over the Giants on Jacob Stallings’ two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Stallings also delivered a two-out, two-run double that capped a four-run comeback in the seventh that made it 6-all.
— The Reds wasted a two-run lead in the 11th inning before Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs) supplied a tiebreaking double to push Cincinnati past the Rockies, 6-5. Castellanos and Kyle Farmer each hit two-run homers for the Reds.
— Ian Anderson took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and Freddie Freeman smacked a two-run homer in the Braves’ 5-1 win at Milwaukee. Daniel Vogelbach blooped a leadoff single to center and Pablo Reyes followed with a double that chased Anderson.
— Homers by Alex Verdugo (vur-DOO’-goh), Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) and Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) powered the Red Sox to their third straight win, a 9-0 rout of the Angels. Bobby Dalbec hit a two-run double and Franchy (FRAN’-chee) Cordero drove in two runs to back Martín (mahr-TEEN’) Perez, who scattered three singles over six innings.
— Aaron Judge homered for the third time in two games, a two-run blast that put the Yankees ahead, 5-0 in the second inning of an 8-2 thumping of the Orioles. Winning pitcher Domingo Germán allowed one run and four hits with six strikeouts and two walks over six innings.
— Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered and five Toronto pitchers combined on a six-hitter to beat Philadelphia, 4-0. Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper exited in the bottom of the fourth with elbow soreness after striking out in his two at-bats.
— Eduardo Escobar belted a three-run homer and a two-run shot while tying a career high with seven ribbies in the Diamondbacks’ 11-4 thumping of the Nationals. Seth Frankoff threw 4 2/3 innings in his first MLB star, yielding two runs on three hits to help Arizona win for just the third time in 12 games.
— Austin Nola homered, doubled and drove in a career-high six runs to lead the Padres’ 13-3 crushing of the Cardinals. Tommy Pham and rookie Kim Ha-seong also connected off Adam Wainwright.
— The Dodgers whipped the Marlins, 7-0 as Trevor Bauer struck out 10 while limiting Miami to two hits over seven innings. Max Muncy (MUHN’) had three hits to help Los Angeles win its fourth in a row.
— Salvador Perez cracked a three-run homer for the second straight day and the Royals handed Carlos Rodón his first loss of the season, 5-1 over the White Sox. Whit Merrifield had two hits and scored twice as Kansas City got to Rodón for four runs in the first three innings.
— Seattle’s Mitch Haniger (HAN’-ih-gur) hit his 12th home run and Justus Sheffield picked up a win against the team that drafted him in a 7-3 verdict over the Indians. Dylan Moore added a three-run homer in the fourth inning off Triston McKenzie to break open a close game.
— Nomar Mazara and Harold Castro delivered RBI singles in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Tigers past the Cubs, 9-8. Mazara, Castro, Miguel Cabrera and Jonathan Schoop (skohp) drove in two runs apiece to help Detroit overcome Matt Duffy’s three-run homer and five RBIs.
— Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker smacked two-run homers for the Astros in their fifth straight win, 6-5 over the Rangers. Luis Garcia permitted one run and five hits with five strikeouts in five innings for his first big league win.
— Miguel Sanó (sah-NOH’) snapped a 19-game homerless drought with a three-run blast in the eighth inning of the Twins’ 5-4 comeback over the Athletics. Sanó was hitting just .114 this season before ending Minnesota’s five-game slide.
Dodgers getting Pujols
UNDATED (AP) — Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) is staying in Southern California.
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Los Angeles Dodgers are signing the veteran first baseman to a major league deal. The Los Angeles Times first reported the agreement.
The 41-year-old Pujols left the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month after nearly 10 seasons with the Dodgers’ Orange County rivals. The oldest player in the majors batted .198 this season with five homers and 12 RBIs for the Angels.
Pujols was in the final season of a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels, who didn’t win a playoff game during his tenure.
Speaking of the Angels, they’ve acquired right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland from the Rays for a player to be named or cash. The 32-year-old Strickland has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings with the Rays this season.
GOLF-AT&T BYRON NELSON
Burns still leads Nelson despite more Spieth magic on 18
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Sam Burns remains the leader at the AT&T Byron Nelson as he tries to nail down his second career PGA victory and second in a month.
He shot 3-under 69 for a one-stroke lead over K.H. Lee. Burns is trying to become the first player since Camilo Villegas in 2008 to get his first two PGA Tour victories in consecutive events.
Lee birdied four of his last seven holes and briefly shared the lead with Burns before the Louisiana native tapped in for birdie on the final hole.
Jordan Spieth (speeth), Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) and Charl Schwartzel each shot 66 and are three strokes back with Alex Noren.
Threesomes will go off both tees starting early Sunday morning with heavy rain in the forecast.
GOLF-PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Paul Goydos takes Mitsubishi Electric Classic lead
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Paul Goydos (GOY’-dohs) shot a bogey-free 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Billy Andrade (AN’-drayd) into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions’ Mitsubishi Electric Classic.
The 56-year-old Goydos had an 8-under 136 total at TPC Sugarloaf. He has five senior victories after winning twice on the PGA Tour.