Update on the latest sports
Nets host Celtics, Lakers at Phoenix, Mavericks at Clippers
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets host the Boston Celtics for Game 2 of their NBA playoff series. The Nets won the first game — and have taken eight straight playoff games against the Celtics.
In tonight’s other two first-round NBA playoff games:
— The Phoenix Suns, who won their first playoff game in 11 years on Sunday, hope to win their second when they again host the Lakers.
— And the Dallas Mavericks are a game up on the Clippers heading into Game 2 in Los Angeles.
Canadiens host Leafs again
MONTREAL (AP) — After taking a 2-games-to-1 lead over the Canadiens in their first-round playoff series last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs will look for another victory tonight in Montreal. Toronto hasn’t won a playoff series since 2004. Goalie Jack Campbell has allowed just four goals and has a .951 save percentage through nine periods in the series.
— In tonight’s other NHL playoff action, the Nashville Predators and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in Game 5, with that series knotted at two apiece. The last two games have each gone to double overtime.
DeGrom is back
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets ace Jacob deGrom is scheduled to start against Colorado after being sidelined since May 9 by tightness in his right side. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out eight and walked none in three hitless innings during an injury rehabilitation outing for the St. Lucie Mets last week. DeGrom is 3-and-2 with a 0.68 ERA in six starts for New York this season.
Among the other games on the Major League schedule:
— Tampa Bay can tie the longest winning streak in franchise history at 12 with a win over Kansas City. The Rays won their 11th straight on Monday, scoring seven times in the 11th inning to beat Toronto. Lefty Rich Hill starts for Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field in the opener of a three-game series against the Royals.
— Former high school teammates Jack Flaherty and Lucas Giolito will be on opposing sides when St. Louis visits the White Sox. A Cardinals ace at 25, Flaherty pitched with Giolito at Harvard-Westlake High in Los Angeles.
— Former Dodgers teammates Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke meet when LA opens a series at Houston. Kershaw hasn’t faced the Astros in the regular season since 2015, but went 1-0 with a 4.02 ERA vs. Houston over three appearances in a 2017 World Series defeat. Greinke spent more than three seasons with the Dodgers before leaving as a free agent after 2015.
West to break umpiring record
CHICAGO (AP) — Joe West is set to break the record for most games as a major league umpire with No. 5,376 when he works the Cardinals-White Sox matchup in Chicago.
West is 68. He started in 1976 — and the first time he worked the plate, knuckleballing Hall of Famer Phil Niekro was throwing to Braves catcher Dale Murphy.
West will break the mark set by Bill Klem, who worked from 1905 to 1941.
Harper goes to IL
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper has gone on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Sunday with a bruised left forearm. The move was made before Tuesday’s game in Miami.
The Phillies also reinstated outfielder Roman Quinn from the injured list.
Harper is hitless in his past 16 at-bats, which has dropped his OPS to .884. He sat out games Sunday and Monday. Manager Joe Girardi had said he was being given a break because of his slump.
Harper took a 97 mph fastball to the face last month but wasn’t seriously hurt.
Falcons open training without Jones
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons began their offseason training program without longtime star receiver Julio Jones, who apparently has no intention of returning to a rebuilding team that is still struggling to get under the salary cap.
Rookie coach Arthur Smith was tight-lipped about the Falcons’ options. But he insisted that he doesn’t begrudge Jones for speaking his mind.
There have been plenty of questions about the seven-time Pro Bowler who has starred for the Falcons over the past decade. Jones brought the situation to a head in a brief interview on FS1, telling host Shannon Sharpe that he’s “outta there.”