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Mark Eaton, shot-blocking king and Jazz legend, dies at 64
UNDATED (AP) — NBA shot-blocking king and Utah Jazz legend Mark Eaton has died. The Jazz announced his death Saturday but did not give a cause. He was 64.
The 7-foot-4 center twice won the NBA defensive player of the year award. He spent his entire career with the Jazz and led the league in blocks per game four times. His average of 5.6 per contest in 1984-85 remains the highest average since the NBA started officially tracking that statistic.
Eaton’s No. 53 was one of the first jerseys retired by the Jazz.
Eaton had been, among other things, a restaurateur and motivational speaker in his retirement. In recent years, he served as a mentor to Utah center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) — the only other player in Jazz history to win the defensive player of the year award.
Eaton’s death came days after he was in Chicago to be part of the celebration for his friend Joe West, who broke baseball’s umpiring record by working his 5,376th regular-season game on Tuesday night.
Bucks try to sweep Heat
UNDATED (AP) — History is with the Milwaukee Bucks as they try to sweep the Miami Heat out of the playoffs in Game 4 of their first-round series. No team in NBA history has ever squandered a 3-0 series lead.
Teams have held 3-0 series leads in best-of-seven NBA matchups on 140 previous occasions. A sweep was the result in 87 of those, or 62% of the time; 40 series ended in five games; 10 ended in six and three even got pushed to a Game 7 — most recently Dallas’ victory over Portland in the 2003 first round. But in all 140 cases, the 3-0 lead held up.
The afternoon matchup in Miami is the first of four playoff games on the Saturday schedule.
Denver will try to take a 3-1 series lead when the Nuggets visit Portland. Philadelphia goes to Washington seeking a 3-0 series lead. Mike Conley plays his 29th playoff game in Memphis — but first as an opponent — when Utah visits the Grizzlies for Game 3 of that series, which is tied.
Fans return in Montreal…2nd round starts with Islanders at Bruins
UNDATED (AP) — There will be fans in the arena Saturday night as the Montreal Canadiens host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series. About 2,500 people will be allowed after Quebec loosened its rules. It will be the first crowd at an NHL game in Canada since March of 2020.
While Montreal tries to force a Game 7, the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs will get started in Boston as the Bruins take on the New York Islanders. It’s a matchup of two similar teams, each expecting a hard-fought series with a spot in the NHL’s final four on the line. The Islanders won the first five meetings this season and the Bruins won the final three.
Brubaker, Bucs open doubleheader with 7-0 win over Rockies
PITTSBURGH (AP) — JT Brubaker tossed six shutout innings to help the Pittsburgh Pirates win the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies 7-0 on Saturday.
Brubaker allowed only two hits until the sixth inning, when Raimel Tapia had a leadoff single and C.J. Cron was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Charlie Blackmon and Brendan Rodgers flew out to end the inning.
The right-hander gave up four hits with five strikeouts before being relieved by Chasen Shreve in the seventh. Brubaker recovered from his previous two starts, when he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 18 and surrendered seven in 5 1/3 to the Atlanta Braves five days later.
Bryan Reynolds hit his team-leading sixth homer for Pittsburgh, a two-run shot to right that pushed the lead to 5-0 in the fifth.
Rockies place Story on injured list with sore right elbow
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has been placed on the injured list due to inflammation in his right elbow. The team announced the move before Saturday’s doubleheader in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.
Story was taken out on Thursday in New York against the Mets as a precaution. He’s off to a slow start this season, hitting .255 with five homers. The two-time All-Star is in the final year of his deal and figures to be a hot commodity toward the trade deadline.
The Rockies also reinstated infielder Matt Adams from the injured list. Story was taken out on Thursday in New York against the Mets.
Hendrick eyes all-time Cup Series win record at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports’ quest to pass Petty Enterprises as the all-time winningest NASCAR Cup Series race team got off to a good start Saturday when Kyle Larson captured the pole for the Coca-Cola 600.
Ricky Stenhouse will start second, followed by Hendrick teammates Chase Elliott and William Byron.
Car owner Rick Hendrick is tied with Richard Petty with 268 Cup Series owner wins entering Sunday’s race.
Chevys took six of the top seven starting spots for NASCAR’s longest race, a grueling 400-lap marathon at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
All four Hendrick drivers already have won this year, including Elliott’s rain-shortened victory last week at the Circuit of the Americas.