Update on the latest sports
76ers try for first sweep in 36 years…Jazz visit Grizzlies
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers will try for their first sweep in 36 years when they visit the Washington Wizards Monday night in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. The Sixers’ 132-103 rout in Game 3 marked the first time they’ve won the first three games in a series since sweeping Milwaukee in the 1985 Eastern Conference semifinals. The Wizards finished the season on a 17-6 run to get into the play-in round but are 1-4 since then.
In Monday’s other playoff game, the top-seeded Utah Jazz will try to take a 3-1 series lead over the Grizzlies in Memphis.
Leafs host Canadiens in Game 7
UNDATED (AP) — Toronto finds itself hosting a Game 7 after failing twice in 48 hours to eliminate the Montreal Canadiens.
The Maple Leafs are 11-1 all time when leading a series 3-1 and 7-1 at home in Game 7s. But they have lost seven straight games where they could have eliminated an opponent, including six since 2018.
While Toronto and Montreal battle to get to the second round, the Boston Bruins host the New York Islanders in Game 2 of their second-round series. Boston won the opener 5-2 on Saturday.
Swiatek begins title defense on her 20th birthday
PARIS (AP) — Defending French Open champion Iga Swiatek (shvee-AHN’-tehk) has emphatically kicked off her campaign to become the first woman since Justine Henin (EH’-nen) in 2007 to defend the French Open title. Playing on her 20th birthday, Swiatek treated herself to a 6-0, 7-5 victory over her best friend on the tennis circuit, Kaja Juvan of Slovenia. It was Swiatek’s eighth straight-sets win in a row at Roland Garros.
Daniil Medvedev finally won a match at Roland Garros on his fifth attempt. The second-seeded Russian won 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 over Alexander Bublik. Medvedev had lost in the first round on each of his four previous appearances on the Parisian red clay.
Italian rising star Jannik Sinner saved a match point in his opening match rallying past Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 4-6, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4.
Later Monday, 39-year-olds Serena Williams and Roger Federer will be attempting to roll back the years. Federer, the oldest player in men’s singles this year, is coming back from double surgery on his right knee and playing his first Grand Slam match since the 2020 Australian Open. Federer plays Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan. Williams, chasing a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, plays Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania.
Rays-Yankees renew rivalry in the Bronx
UNDATED (AP) — The Rays and Yankees renew their intense AL East rivalry with a Memorial Day matinee to begin a four-game series. Rich Hill pitches for Tampa Bay against Jameson Taillon (TY’-ahn) at Yankee Stadium.
The first-place Rays have won 15 of 16 and are tied with San Diego for the best record in the majors. Meanwhile, the Yankees just dropped three straight in Detroit for the Tigers’ first home series sweep of the Bronx Bombers in 21 years. New York was outscored 15-5 with 36 strikeouts during the series and went 1 for 25 with runners in scoring position.
Tampa Bay topped the Yankees in their Division Series last October on the way to winning the American League pennant. The Rays have won six of nine, including a 3-0 record in New York, during this year’s season series.
In other highlights of Monday’s schedule:
— Jack Flaherty pitches for St. Louis against Los Angeles newcomer Trevor Bauer in the opener of a three-game series between National League contenders at Dodger Stadium. Flaherty leads the majors in wins, while Bauer ranks second in the NL with 91 strikeouts.
— Boston manager Alex Cora returns to Houston when the Red Sox open a four-game series against the Astros. Cora was Houston’s bench coach when the Astros beat Boston in the playoffs en route to winning the 2017 World Series. Then he managed the Red Sox to the 2018 title, defeating Houston in the ALCS along the way — only to be fired after his role in the Astros’ 2017 illegal sign-stealing scam was exposed in a Major League Baseball investigation. Now, he’s back in charge of the surprising Red Sox, who have won three in a row and are a game behind first-place Tampa Bay in the AL East. José Urquidy (ur-KWEE’-dee) is set to come off the injured list and pitch for Houston against Eduardo Rodriguez.
— Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. and the San Diego Padres visit Wrigley Field for an afternoon game against the Chicago Cubs. Chris Paddack is scheduled to pitch the series opener for the Padres. He has allowed one run or fewer in each of his last four outings. Trevor Williams was originally slated to start for Chicago, but he’s unavailable after he had an appendectomy Sunday morning.
— After getting rained out Sunday night for the third time in five days, the depleted Mets begin a nine-game road trip at Arizona, which just ended a 13-game losing streak with a 9-2 win over St. Louis. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom will start the opener against fellow right-hander Merrill Kelly. Mets first baseman Pete Alonso could come off the injured list along with reliever Seth Lugo and outfielder Kevin Pillar, who sustained multiple facial fractures when he was hit square in the nose by a fastball on May 17. Despite having 16 players on the injured list, the NL East leaders have won four straight overall and nine of their past 10 at Citi Field.
TOKYO OLYMPICS-3 ON 3 BASKETBALL
US men miss qualifying for Olympic 3-on-3 basketball debut
GRAZ, Austria (AP) — The 3-on-3 street version of basketball makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo but the United States men’s team won’t be there. The U.S. has lost to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of an Olympic qualifying tournament in Austria that offered three tickets to the eight-team lineup at the games.
The Americans were world champions in 2019 and had former NBA players Dominique Jones and Robbie Hummel on a four-player roster for the qualifying event.
The Dutch were joined by Latvia and Poland in the men’s Olympic lineup. The U.S. women did advance to the Olympics with France and Japan.