Update on the latest sports
Rays push winning streak to 7, beat O’s 10-1 for sweep
UNDATED (AP) — Joey Wendle homered twice, Rich Hill combined with his bullpen on a two-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-1 to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Tampa Bay outscored the Orioles 32-14 and out-hit them 43-22 during its first three-game sweep at Camden Yards since May 17-19, 2013.
The Rays at 26-19 are seven games over .500 for the first time this year. They hit 17 homers during the streak, Baltimore has lost 10 of 12 and at 17-26 is a season-high nine games under .500. The Orioles fell to a majors-worst 6-18 at home.
In other Thursday action:
Steven Duggar hit his first career grand slam in a nine-run third inning, Brandon Crawford drove in six runs and the San Francisco Giants routed the Cincinnati Reds 19-4 to sweep a four-game series. Darin Ruf had four hits, including a two-run homer in third. Crawford hit a three-run homer in the fifth, becoming the Giants first primary shortstop with 11 homers in a season’s first 37 games. San Francisco outscored Cincinnati 33-9 in the series and extended its winning streak to five. The NL West-leading Giants have the best record in the major leagues at 28-16.
Wizards host Pacers for chance to face top seed Philadelphia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards will host the Indiana Pacers Thursday night in a win-or-go-home game in the NBA’s play-in round.
The team that wins will move on to face the No. 1 seed Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The team that loses is done for the season.
Westbrook’s record-breaking triple-double ability and Beal’s scoring pushed Washington to a 17-6 run to close the regular season.
The Pacers are without Caris LeVert but hope to count on Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon to lead them to a fifth consecutive playoff appearance. Washington swept the teams’ season series 3-0.
Reddish expected to miss opening round
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish is expected to miss the opening round of the playoffs as he continues his extended recovery from an ailing right Achilles.
The team says Reddish has expanded his rehabilitation to include unrestricted individual workouts and limited participation in team practice. His status will be reviewed again in 10-14 days.
The Hawks made the playoffs for the first time since 2017 as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. They open a best-of-seven series against the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Three Game3s and a series opener on tap
UNDATED (AP) — Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped 63 of 65 shots from the Minnesota Wild over the first two games of their West Division playoff series. They’re tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 Thursday night in Minnesota.
In other Game 3s on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Florida Panthers with a 2-0 lead in their Central Division matchup. The Pittsburgh Penguins play at the New York Islanders with that East Division series tied.
In the North Division, the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens for Game 1 and the first postseason meeting between the teams in 42 years.
Avalanche’s Kadri suspended for hit vs Blues pending hearing
DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Nazem Kadri (NAH’-zehm KAH’-dree) was suspended indefinitely Thursday pending a video hearing with NHL officials over his illegal check to the head of St. Louis defenseman Justin Faulk in Game 2 of the teams’ playoff series.
Kadri clipped Faulk in the head with his right elbow midway through the third period Wednesday night. Faulk left the game, and Kadri was thrown out with a match penalty.
Kadri has three previous playoff suspensions on his record in addition to a four-game ban late in the regular season in 2015 for an illegal check to the head. He was suspended four games for cross-checking in 2016, three games for boarding in 2018 and the rest of the first round for cross-checking in 2019. All those transgressions were with Toronto, which traded him to Colorado in July 2019.
The Avalanche lead their series with the Blues 2-0. Game 3 is Friday night in St. Louis.
Reunited: Tebow signs with Jags, rejoins Meyer as tight end
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer are together again. But this time in the NFL and with Tebow playing a new position.
The former Florida star and 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has signed a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and will attempt to revive his pro career as a tight end. The move also reunites two of college football’s most polarizing figures over the past 15 years.
The 33-year-old Tebow is returning to the NFL after five years in the New York Mets’ organization and he’ll be playing for Meyer for the first time since his senior year in 2009.
The Jacksonville Jaguars also signed rookie tight end Luke Farrell, getting their third of nine draft picks under contract. Fourth-round pass rusher Jordan Smith and sixth-round receiver Jalen Camp signed earlier this week.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
Washington is releasing longtime starting right tackle Morgan Moses and reserve Geron Christian, a person with direct knowledge of the moves tells The Associated Press. Moses started for Washington at right tackle every game for the past six seasons. Signing former Chicago Bears offensive tackle Charles Leno and drafting Samuel Cosmi in the second round led to Washington’s surprising decision to cut ties with Moses. The team saves $7.5 million against the salary cap. The 30-year-old fan favorite from Richmond, Virginia, is a free agent effective immediately.