Update on the latest sports
Bucks capitalize on hot start to roll past Heat 132-98
UNDATED (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points and Bryn Forbes led Milwaukee’s scorching start from 3-point range as the Bucks trounced the Miami Heat 132-98 to extend their lead in this first-round playoff series.
Milwaukee shot 22 of 53 from 3-point range – including 15 of 29 in the first half – and never trailed while leading by as many as 36 points. The Bucks’ 22 3-pointers were their highest total ever in a playoff game. The Bucks own a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series as they attempt to oust the team that beat them 4-1 in the second round last year. Game 3 takes place Thursday in Miami.
GM Myers confident Warriors will re-sign Stephen Curry
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Warriors general manager Bob Myers is confident Golden State will sign newly crowned scoring champion Stephen Curry to a contract extension this offseason.
Curry said in December that discussions were underway and that he is fully committed. The two-time NBA MVP signed a $201 million, five-year contract in July 2017 that initially was the richest ever, until James Harden topped it with a $228 million extension from the Rockets. Curry also has yet to make a formal decision on whether to play in the Tokyo Olympics.
Rielly lifts Maple Leafs to 2-1 win over Canadiens in Game 3
UNDATED (AP) — Morgan Rielly scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Jack Campbell made 27 saves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
William Nylander scored his third goal in as many games for Toronto, which hasn’t won a playoff series since 2004. Game 4 is Tuesday night in Montreal. Nick Suzuki had the lone goal for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 27 shots. The Maple Leafs remained without captain John Tavares, who’s expected to miss at least two weeks with a concussion and knee injury suffered during a scary collision in Game 1.
Rays win 11th in a row, score 7 in 11th to beat Toronto 14-8
UNDATED (AP) —Francisco Mejía (meh-HEE’-yah) hit a tiebreaking, two-run single during a seven-run burst in the 11th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their 11th straight game, outlasting the Toronto Blue Jays 14-8. Tampa Bay moved within one win of the team record for consecutive victories.
In 2004, playing as the Devil Rays, they won 12 in a row under manager Lou Piniella. After both teams scored twice in the 10th to make it 7-all, the Rays erupted. Joey Wendle hit an early grand slam for Tampa Bay. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit two of Toronto’s five home runs. The Blue Jays lost their sixth in a row.
In other major league action:
—Adam Duvall hit a three-run homer and Jesús Aguilar drove in two runs with a double and a single to help the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6. Corey Dickerson hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the sixth, and Garrett Cooper had two hits and an RBI off the bench for the Marlins. They’ve won five of their past six and closed within one game of the NL East-leading New York Mets.
—Austin Gomber pitched two-hit ball through eight innings, Ryan McMahon and Elias Díaz hit second-inning home runs off David Peterson and the Colorado Rockies beat the banged-up New York Mets 3-2 for a rare road win.
Mets’ Conforto, McNeil likely out until late June
UNDATED (AP) — New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto and second baseman Jeff McNeil have hamstring injuries that are likely to keep them out of action for another month. Conforto and McNeil both got hurt on April 30.
Right-hander Carlos Carrasco, sidelined by a strained right hamstring, won’t be ready to pitch for the Mets until late June or early July. New York has a major league-high 16 players on the injured list. Right-hander Yordan Yamamoto, bothered by shoulder soreness, is likely to go on the IL on Tuesday.
In interview, Jones says he’s ready to leave Falcons
ATLANTA (AP) — Wide receiver Julio Jones says he’s ready to leave the Atlanta Falcons. The 32-year-old star told FS1 “Undisputed” host Shannon Sharpe via telephone that “I’m outta there” in a brief interview.
Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot has been reportedly entertaining trade offers for Jones since last month. When asked where he wants to play, Jones replied, “Right now, I wanna win.”
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— Matthew Stafford says his offseason thumb surgery isn’t an impediment to anything he wants to do during his first offseason workouts with the Los Angeles Rams. Learning a new offense and getting to know every player in the Rams’ locker room present more than enough challenges for the veteran passer, but he’s confident he has enough time to get everything done. And after the NFL missed out on most offseason team work last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, Stafford is grateful he picked this year to switch teams.
—The Denver Broncos’ latest quarterback competition kicked off Monday when Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater shared snaps at the team’s start of Phase III on-field workouts. Lock is the incumbent and he says he’s been so busy fixing flaws in his game this offseason that he hasn’t paid any attention to one report after another that his job was in jeopardy.
Sun coach suspended, fined for comment about player’s weight
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller has been fined $10,000 and suspended for one game for a remark he made to a referee about the weight of Las Vegas Aces’ post Liz Cambage.
In a social media post following the Aces’ 72-65 loss to the Sun on Sunday, Cambage said Miller had disrespected her during the game, saying she weighed 300 pounds while arguing whether a call should have gone the Sun’s way. Cambage said she will never let a man disrespect her. Miller issued a statement Monday apologizing to Cambage and the Aces organization.
US warns against all travel to Japan as Olympics loom
UNDATED (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department are warning Americans against all travel to Japan because of a surge in coronavirus cases in the country as it prepares to host the Olympics in just two months.
The twin alerts issued Monday don’t ban U.S. citizens from visiting the country, but they could have an impact on insurance rates for travelers and may factor into decisions by Olympic athletes and spectators on whether to compete in or attend the games, which are due to start in July. The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee said it still anticipates that American athletes will be able to safely compete.
In other virus outbreak sports items:
— The governor of New Jersey has cleared the way for the Giants and Jets to play games at MetLife Stadium at full capacity for the 2021 NFL season.
Meanwhile, Carolina Panthers president Tom Glick says Bank of America Stadium will open at full capacity for all events this year, including NFL and college games. The Panthers had extremely limited seating last year due to COVID-19.
And the University of Maryland will allow full seating capacity for the 2021-22 season at home games for its sports teams now that coronavirus restrictions have been lifted locally.
TENNIS-US OPEN-ELECTRONIC LINE CALLING
No on-court line judges at US Open
UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic does not need to worry about accidentally hitting a U.S. Open line judge with a tennis ball this year because there won’t be any line judges.
Chair umpires will be the only officials at that tournament’s matches. Hawk-Eye Live electronic line-calling will be used for all courts at the U.S. Open in 2021 and at seven of the nine US Open Series events preceding it.
Last year, the USTA relied on the automatic system for the U.S. Open except for at the two main stadiums, Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong.
During a match at Ashe, Djokovic was defaulted for inadvertently hitting a line judge.