Update on the latest sports
Young leads Hawks past Knicks
ATLANTA (AP) — A second-quarter surge has given the Atlanta Hawks a two-games-to-one lead over the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Trae Young fueled a 22-5 run that put the Hawks in control by halftime of a 105-94 win over the Knicks. Atlanta outscored New York, 29-13 in the second period to take a 13-point lead.
Young dazzled in the first home playoff game of his career, scoring 21 points and dishing out 14 assists. He led seven Hawks in double figures in scoring, with Clint Capela adding 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Derrick Rose poured in a game-high 30 points for the Knicks, but Julius Randle had a miserable shooting night while adding 14 points and 11 boards. Randle was 2-of-15 from the field, leaving him 13 of 54 for the series.
Game 4 is Sunday in Atlanta.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have pulled within two games to one in their respective first-round series.
Jayson Tatum poured in a playoff career-high 50 points in the Celtics’ 125-119 downing of the Nets. Tatum displayed an array of drives, step-back jumpers and 3-pointers after struggling in the first two games of the series.
Brooklyn cut a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit to five with just under a minute left but Tatum nailed a step-back jumper.
Marcus Smart added 23 points for the Celtics, and Tristan Thompson gave them a huge lift with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
James Harden led the Nets with 41 points, Kevin Durant had 39 and Kyrie Irving finished with 16 on 6-of-17 shooting. Irving was booed throughout in his first game in Boston in front of fans since leaving the Celts for the Nets.
Game 4 is Sunday.
The Clippers put together a 118-108 win at Dallas as Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard pumped in 36 points and Paul George added 29.
Dallas took a 30-11 lead, but LA’s 14-0 run erased most of the deficit before the end of the first quarter. George gave the Clippers their first lead on a 3-pointer in the second period.
Leonard made his first eight shots, three coming during the 14-0 spurt. George scored 22 before halftime on 10-of-13 shooting.
Mavs guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) made his first four shots, three of them 3-pointers, on his way to a playoff career-high 44 points.
Game 4 is Sunday in Dallas.
Bucks lose DiVincenzo for season with ankle injury
UNDATED (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo’s season is over. Tests showed Friday that the Milwaukee guard tore a ligament in his left ankle during Game 3 of the Bucks’ NBA playoff series against the Miami Heat.
DiVincenzo had appeared in 69 games for Milwaukee this season, all of them starts including the three playoff matchups. His regular-season averages of 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists were all the best of his three-year career.
In other NBA news:
— The Cavaliers intend to keep Kevin Love around. The five-time All-Star forward was limited to 25 games by injuries this past season, when the young Cavs went 22-50 and failed to be competitive. Love was never fully healthy and then led to some frustration, which reached a boiling point when he had an on-court meltdown against Toronto.
— The Knicks will sell tickets only to fully vaccinated fans if they reach the second round of the playoffs. The Knicks announced Friday that Game 5 of their first-round series against Atlanta has already sold out, with more than 16,000 fans expected on Wednesday. More than 90% of those in attendance for the first two games of the series were fully vaccinated.
— Cody Riley has entered his name in the NBA draft after helping UCLA to the Final Four. The redshirt junior forward averaged career highs of 10 points and 5.4 rebounds while starting all 31 games for the Bruins this season. In six NCAA Tournament games, Riley averaged nine points, six rebounds and 1.3 blocks. UCLA lost to eventual runner-up Gonzaga in the national semifinals.
NHL PLAYOFFS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS/WILD
Knights finally oust Wild
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have moved onto the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Golden Knights finally eliminated the Wild on their third try, earning a 6-2 victory in Game 7.
Mattias Janmark (mah-TEE’-uhs YAN’-mahrk) registered his first career hat trick to help the Knights earn the right to take on the Avalanche in the second round. Max Pacioretty (pash-ah-REH’-tee) made his series debut and snapped a 2-2 tie 7:44 into the second period.
Nic Hague and Zach Whitecloud also scored for Vegas, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves in his 85th playoff victory. Fleury is now three playoff wins shy of tying Billy Smith and Ed Belfour for fourth all-time.
Zach Parise (pah-REE’-say) and Kirill Kaprizov (kah-REEL kah-PREE’-zahv) scored for the Wild.
Cubs blank Reds
UNDATED (AP) — Scoring was hard to come by at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon.
David Bote’s fifth-inning homer was all the runs the Cubs needed in a 1-0 shutout of the Reds.
Bote went deep off Reds starter Vladimir Gutiérrez, who allowed just one other hit over five innings in his major league debut.
Winning pitcher Adbert Alzolay (AD’-burt AL’-zoh-ly) wriggled out of several jams while working into the sixth inning, allowing five hits and three walks to move to 3-4.
Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth to close out the Cubs’ 10th win in 12 games.
Nick Castellanos ran his hitting streak to 14 games with a pair of singles, but the Reds fell for the eighth time in 11 games.
Also around the majors:
— The Red Sox beat the Marlins, 5-2 in a game that was called after 5 1/2 innings because of rain. Alex Verdugo (vur-DOO’-goh) slammed a three-run homer and J.D. Martinez added a two-run double to back Martín (mahr-TEEN’) Pérez, who allowed two runs over five innings.
— The Tigers pulled out a 3-2 win over the Yankees on Robbie Grossman’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Rougned Odor (ROOD’-nehd oh-DOHR’) homered among his four hits for the Yankees, who dropped a bizarre game that also included a three-ball walk for New York hitter Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-lah).
— Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr. and Joe Panik (PAN’-ihk) drove in three runs apiece as the Blue Jays crushed the Indians, 11-2 in a game called by blowing rain amid wind gusts in the seventh inning. Winning pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu (hyoon jihn ree-oo) allowed a pair of first-inning runs and five hits over five innings.
— Whit Merrifield had two hits and three RBIs, including a two-run double while the Royals scored five times in the seventh to beat the Twins, 8-3. Kris Bubic allowed one run and four hits in six innings to pick up the win.
— Rain caused the postponement of the Pirates and Rockies in Pittsburgh, the Brewers and Nationals in Washington, the Orioles-White Sox game in Chicago and the Mets and Braves in New York. The Pirates, Nationals and White Sox will host Saturday doubleheaders to make up the games. The Mets haven’t announced a makeup date.
UNDATED (AP) — Cody Bellinger is ready to return from a broken leg that’s sidelined him for nearly two months.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says the 2019 NL MVP will start in center field on Saturday and Sunday against San Francisco.
Bellinger has been out since April 5 with a hairline fracture in his left fibula.
In other MLB news:
— Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton was in the lineup Friday in Detroit after being taken off the injured list earlier in the day. Stanton had been out because of a strained left quadriceps and hadn’t played since May 13. He’s hitting .282 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs in 33 games this season.
— Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-lahs) faces another lengthy layoff following an injury to his right forearm. St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said Friday that the 2018 All-Star won’t throw for four to six weeks in an effort to let his arm heal. The team is hopeful that he’ll still be able to return and pitch this season.
— Indians outfielder Jordan Luplow (LOOP’-loh) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle. Luplow has been dealing with an ankle issue since training camp, and continued soreness and swelling over the past few days forced the Indians to make the move.
— Sixteen of the 30 major league teams have 85% vaccinations for players and other on-field personnel, up from 14 last week. Those teams have been able to relax coronavirus protocols, but the pace of vaccinations has slowed markedly. The commissioner’s office and the players’ association say three additional teams had reached the 85% level of having received final doses and would be able to relax protocols within the next two weeks once they are fully vaccinated.
Spieth leads at midway mark
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jordan Spieth (speeth) is the leader through two rounds of the Charles Schwab Classic.
Spieth was bogey-free again Friday, firing a 4-under 66 for an 11 under total. The Dallas native was one shot ahead of Jason Kokrak, who had his second consecutive round of 65.
First round co-leader Sergio Garcia is in a third-place tie at 8 under with Sebastian Munoz and Patton Kizzire.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut with bogeys on two of his last three holes, five days after winning the PGA Championship.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Weir has clubhouse lead
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Mike Weir was the leader when the second round of the Senior PGA Championship was suspended.
Weir fired a 65 for a 7 under total, four shots ahead of Rocco Mediate, Steve Stricker and Alex Cejka (CHAY’-kuh).
Eighteen players were unable to complete their rounds.
Japan extends virus emergency with safe Olympics at stake
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has extended a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas for 20 more days, with infections still not slowing as it prepares to host the Olympics in just over 50 days. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says the decision was made because cases remain high and medical systems in Osaka, the hardest-hit area in western Japan, are still overburdened.
The Olympics are scheduled to start July 23 after a one-year postponement due to the pandemic. Worries about new variants and Japan’s slow vaccination rollout have triggered calls from the public, medical experts and even a sponsor to cancel the games.
Texas lawmakers approve college athlete compensation bill
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers have approved letting college athletes earn money with endorsements and sponsorship deals. Friday’s Senate vote sends the bill to Gov. Greg Abbott to consider signing into law.
Texas has five schools in the so-called Power Five conferences. Supporters of the measure say those schools need the bill to compete for top-level recruits.