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Bucks sweep Heat with 120-103 win

UNDATED (AP) — Turns out, there was a reason the Milwaukee Bucks weren’t worried about a playoff rematch with the Miami Heat in Round 1 this year. The last four games proved why.

Brook Lopez scored 25 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had a triple-double — 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists — and the Bucks became the first team to advance in this year’s playoffs. They beat the Heat 120-103 to finish off a four-game, first-round sweep over last season’s Eastern Conference champions.

The Heat became the second team in this playoff format to go from sweeping in the first round one year to being swept in the first round the next. The only other team to endure that: the then-New Jersey Nets, who swept New York in 2004 and lost 4-0 to Miami in 2005

Bam Adebayo (ad-eh-BY’-oh) scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Miami, which got 18 points from Kendrick Nunn, 14 from Tyler Herro, 13 from Goran Dragic (GOHR’-uhn DRAH’-gich) and a triple-double — 12 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists — from Jimmy Butler.


Mark Eaton, shot-blocking king and Jazz legend, dies at 64

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA shot-blocking king Mark Eaton has died. The Utah Jazz announced his death Saturday but did not give a cause. 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.

He served as a mentor to current Utah center Rudy Gobert.

Mark Eaton was 64 years old.


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

UNDATED (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.

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.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Jake Lamb and Yoán Moncada homered, José Abreu drove in three runs and the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 in the first game of a doubleheader. Chicago has won four of its last five games after getting swept by the Yankees last weekend. White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings to get the victory. Evan Marshall pitched a perfect sixth inning and Liam Hendriks threw a perfect seventh for his 11th save. The Orioles have lost 11 straight games.

— Austin Meadows drove in his third run on a tiebreaking RBI infield single during a two-run eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won for the 14th time in 15 games, 5-3 over the Philadelphia Phillies. Meadows made it 4-3 on his hit off José Alvarado. Tampa Bay took a two-run lead when Alvarado walked pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau with the bases load. Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler gave up three runs, four hits, two walks and struck out a career-high 14 over seven innings. The right-hander made six starts in May, going 2-0 with 57 strikeouts, five walks and allowing 11 runs in 43 1/3 innings.

— Freddy Peralta pitched his first complete game in the majors, going all seven innings and leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Washington Nationals 4-1 in the first game of a doubleheader. Peralta allowed four hits, including Kyle Schwarber’s home run, while striking out seven and walking one. The 24-year-old right-hander made his 33rd start in the big leagues. Avisaíl Garcia homered and drove in three runs.

— Joc Pederson, Ian Happ and Eric Sogard each drove in two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-2 for their season-high sixth consecutive victory. Rafael Ortega homered and Kris Bryant had a run-scoring single, helping the Cubs improve to 18-7 this month. It’s the most wins for the team in May since it went 18-10 in 2016. Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo pitched five-plus innings of four-run ball in his seventh straight loss.

— Rookie Trevor Larnach homered and Rob Refsnyder drove in two runs as the Minnesota Twins hung on to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5. Nelson Cruz had an RBI double that drove in Josh Donaldson with a notable run — it was the 2 millionth run ever scored in Major League Baseball history. J.A. Happ won for the first time in five starts. Happ finished five innings to set up the Twins for their seventh victory in nine games. Adalberto Mondesi hit his first home run of the season in the ninth, a two-run shot off Taylor Rogers to bring the Royals within on


MLB reaches 2 million total runs, Twins’ Donaldson scores it

UNDATED (AP) — Josh Donaldson of the Minnesota Twins has scored the 2 millionth run in Major League Baseball history, trotting home in the first inning on a ground-rule double by Nelson Cruz against Kansas City. The Elias Sports Bureau confirmed Donaldson hit the milestone mark Saturday.

The former AL MVP has scored 685 of those runs. The buildup to No. 2 million certainly didn’t equal the anticipation for the 1 millionth run.

Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial were among the stars who helped promote that chase. Bob Watson of the Houston Astros scored No. 1 million in 1975.

In other MLB news:

— Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has been placed on the injured list due to inflammation in his right elbow. 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 reinstated infielder Matt Adams from the injured list. Story was taken out on Thursday in New York against the Mets.

— The Philadelphia Phillies have reinstated catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) from the 10-day injured list. Realmuto was placed on the IL on May 21, retroactive to May 18, with a bruised hand. He was in the lineup for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay. Catcher Rafael Marchán was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Realmuto was hitting .294 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 35 games before being sidelined.

— Cody Bellinger is back in the lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2019 NL MVP was out for nearly two months with a hairline fracture in his left leg. Bellinger will play center field in both weekend games against the San Francisco Giants. He’s been out since April 5, after just 19 at-bats.

— Chicago Cubs infielder David Bote (BOH’-tee) left Saturday’s game against Cincinnati after hurting his left shoulder on a slide. Bote grabbed his shoulder after the play at second base in the fourth inning. He was helped off and replaced by Patrick Wisdom at third before the Reds batted in the top of the fifth. The Cubs have been hit hard by injuries this month, especially among their position players.

— — The Indians postponed Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays due to high winds. Many of the ballpark’s employees already had arrived for work and fans were outside the gates when the game was postponed. The teams played in gusting wind and blowing rain on Friday night. They’ll now play a doubleheader consisting of two 7-inning games on Sunday. The Indians also have a doubleheader scheduled for Monday at home against the Chicago White Sox.


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.


Ty Gibbs takes lead late to win Xfinity race at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Ty Gibbs took the lead with 20 laps left at Charlotte Motor Speedway and stayed in front during a final restart for his second Xfinity Series victory of his rookie season.

Gibbs is the 18-year-old grandson of car owner Joe Gibbs.

Ty Gibbs had won at the Daytona road course three months ago. The racer took the lead after a side-by-side duel when leader Chase Briscoe lost control and spun out.

Austin Cindric was second and Harrison Burton third. Daniel Hemric led the most laps at 105. But he was overtaken by Briscoe, then had a poor pitstop to fall behind.