Update on the latest sports
Lakers, Hawks, Mavs look to seize 1st-round control at home
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers, the Atlanta Hawks and the Dallas Mavericks all began their first-round playoff series at a home-court disadvantage. After moving ahead of their higher-seeded opponents with early-series road wins, all three are up 2-1 and in position to move to the brink of the second round Sunday.
The stakes are similar in all four NBA playoff games on the slate: While Atlanta, Dallas and the defending NBA champions attempt to seize control of their series at home, the heavily favored Brooklyn Nets can do the same in Boston. Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas also realize Phoenix, New York and the Clippers will play with appropriate desperation.
Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas are probably aware of the massive statistical edge for NBA teams with a 3-1 series lead: Only 13 of 260 teams in that situation have ever blown it. They also realize Phoenix, New York and the Clippers will play for a split with appropriate intensity.
2nd-round series open in Carolina and Colorado
UNDATED (AP) — Two second-round Stanley Cup playoff series begin on Sunday. The Carolina Hurricanes host the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Colorado Avalanche.
The Hurricanes have home-ice advantage for the best-of-seven series as Central Division champions. The Lightning are the reigning Stanley Cup champions and got a boost with the return of star Nikita Kucherov after he missed the regular season following hip surgery. Kucherov had three goals and eight assists in a six-game series win against Florida in the first round.
Carolina won its own six-game series against Nashville in the first round. Carolina will have an increased capacity of more than 16,000 fans for home games.
There’s a razor-thin difference between the top-seeded Avalanche and the Golden Knights. These two teams were evenly matched all season, with both winning four times in their eight-game series. They tied for the most points in the league, but the Avalanche earned the top honor courtesy of a tiebreaker.
The Avs are well-rested after a four-game sweep of St. Louis in the first round. The Golden Knights are riding a wave of momentum after a Game 7 victory over Minnesota.
Phillies OF Quinn goes on 60-day IL with Achilles injury
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn was placed on the 60-day injured list with a left Achilles tendon injury on Sunday.
Quinn left Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay in the fifth inning. He stumbled and fell while rounding third base on Ronald Torreyes’ two-run double, got up and hopped home on his right leg. He had to be carried off the field.
Quinn previously ruptured his right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout in 2013. He has a .173 batting average with two RBIs and four stolen bases in 28 games this season.
His latest injury came just four days after he returned from spending three weeks on the IL with a deep cut on his right index finger. He needed nine stitches to close the cut he got while attempting a bunt.
Thiem, Kerber out on Day 1…Osaka fined
PARIS (AP) — Two top players made early exits on the first day of the French Open, and another was fined.
No. 2-ranked Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 for skipping a post-match news conference after her first-round victory. And she was threatened by all four Grand Slam tournaments with stiffer penalties, including being defaulted, if she continues to avoid meeting with the media. The fine will come out of Osaka’s prize money and was announced in a joint statement from the president of the French tennis federation and the heads of the other majors.
Osaka returned to Roland Garros after skipping the trip last time and turned in a mistake-filled 6-4, 7-6 victory over 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig.
Three-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 Angelique Kerber was ousted by a qualifier from Ukraine ranked 139th making her tournament debut. The 26th-seeded Kerber was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Anhelina Kalinina for her third consecutive first-round loss. The French Open is the only Grand Slam title that Kerber hasn’t won, and she has frequently struggled on its red clay.
Reigning U.S. Open champion and two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem (teem) is out after squandering a two-set lead. The fourth-seeded Austrian was beaten 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 by 68th-ranked Pablo Andujar. It was the first time in eight appearances at the clay-court Grand Slam that Thiem lost his opening match.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova saved a match point before rallying to beat Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen 6-7, 7-6, 6-1. The 11th-seeded Kvitova reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2012 and last year.