Update on the latest sports
Braves top Nationals 5-1
UNDATED (AP) — Dansby Swanson continued his power surge by hitting a two-run homer in Atlanta’s four-run sixth inning and the Braves beat Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals 5-1.
Braves left-hander Tucker Davidson, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett for his second start of the season, allowed only one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He walked five batters with five strikeouts.
Swanson extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games. He has five homers in the streak, including in back-to-back games against Washington. The homer landed about halfway up the left-field seats. Ozzie Albies drove in two runs with three hits.
In other MLB afternoon action:
—Ryan Yarbrough ended a 24-start winless skid with Tampa Bay’s first complete game in more than five years, Austin Meadows homered off shaky Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and drove in five and the Rays beat New York 9-2. The AL East-leading Rays salvaged a four-game split, improving to 10-3 at Yankee Stadium since the start of last season. New York fell 4 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay and has dropped seven of 10 .
Suns and Lakers on brink of elimination
UNDATED (AP) — The last time Damian Lillard was on the court he had one of the best individual playoff performances ever, with 55 points, including 12 3-pointers. Yet, his Portland Trail Blazers lost to the Denver Nuggets in double overtime. Now the series shifts to Portland for Game 6 with Denver up 3-2 and the Blazers on the brink of elimination.
Meanwhile, LeBron James finds himself in uncharted waters as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Phoenix Suns trailing 3-2 in their first-round series. James has been to the NBA playoffs in 15 of his 18 NBA seasons, and has never missed the second round. That streak that is now very much in doubt.
James’ 14-0 record in first-round series is almost beyond compare in NBA history. Robert Horry and Derek Fisher both played in the first round 16 times; their teams went 16-0 in those series. They are the only players who have enjoyed more first-round success than James.
Hurricanes visit Lightning down 2-0…Islanders host Bruins in 1-1 series
UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes are struggling to beat one of the NHL’s best goaltenders and dealing with some key injuries. That makes the challenge of beating Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay even tougher as the Hurricanes head to the home of the Lightning down 2-0 in their second-round playoff series.
Carolina has two goals in 70 shots through two games against Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee). There are also injury concerns with winger Nino Niederreiter (NEE’-dur-eye-tur) considered doubtful for the series and the status of center Vincent Trocheck uncertain after he suffered an apparent leg injury in Tuesday’s Game 2 loss.
Also Thursday night, the Islanders and Bruins head into Game 3 in New York with one win apiece in their second-round series.
FRENCH OPEN-DAY 5
Ash Barty retires with injury; Swiatek, Federer, Djokovic advance
PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Ash Barty has retired from her second-round match at the French Open because of an injury.
The 2019 champion trailed 6-1, 2-2 when she returned to her chair and signaled she was not able to continue against Polish rival Magda Linette. Barty had called for a medical timeout at the end of the opening set, then briefly left the court for treatment. She stopped after Linette hit an ace. Barty then walked to the net to shake the 45th-ranked player’s hand.
Former champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) have both reached the third round. Federer beat Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2. Djokovic won 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 against Pablo Cuevas.
Defending women’s champion Iga Swiatek (shvee-AHN’-tehk) advanced to the third round by beating Rebecca Peterson 6-1, 6-1. Swiatek, who turned 20 Monday, seeks to become the first woman to win consecutive Roland Garros titles since Justine Henin won her third in a row in 2007.
Defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal is playing later on his 35th birthday.
In other Day 5 results:
— Last year’s French Open runner-up Sofia Kenin advanced to the third round with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Hailey Baptiste in a battle of Americans.
— Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina (svih-toh-LEE’-nah) defeated French Open debutant Ann Li of the United States 6-0, 6-4.
— Former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens beat a top-10 player for the first time in 2 1/2 years to reach the third round. The 59th-ranked American returned well and used her defensive skills to defuse 10th-ranked Karolina Pliskova’s (PLIHSH’-koh-vahz) power for a 7-5, 6-1 victory.
— Coco Gauff advanced to the third round by beating Wang Qiang, 6-3, 7-6.
— Gael Monfils (GAH’-ehl mohn-FEES’) lost to Mikael Ymer 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, leaving the host country’s men on the verge of their worst collective result at Roland Garros.
— Matteo Berrettini beat Federico Coria of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. — Eighteen-year-old Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest man to reach the third round at the French Open since 1992 with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Vikings sign former Titans cornerback Tye Smith
UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Tennessee Titans cornerback Tye Smith. The move adds a little depth and experience to a group that was lacking both last season. Smith spent the last four years with the Titans. He started seven games and recorded his lone career interception in 2017. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round out of Towson in 2015.
The Vikings signed eight-time Pro Bowl pick Patrick Peterson and their former nickel back Mackensie Alexander earlier this spring to help prop up a position that was ravaged last year by injuries and free agent departures.
In other NFL news:
— The Jaguars have unveiled plans to develop downtown Jacksonville. Team owner Shad Khan committed $60 million to a city-owned performance center that was key in luring new coach Urban Meyer to the NFL. The first of two phases will take four years to complete and is estimated to cost $441 million. Jaguars President Mark Lamping said Thursday that Khan “is making a big bet on our future.” The first phase includes a Four Seasons hotel, a $120 million football facility built adjacent to TIAA Bank Field and a six-floor office building that will house retailers and the team’s business operations.
USFL relaunching next year, four decades after its birth
UNDATED (AP) — The USFL is relaunching in 2022, four decades after the spring football league’s short-lived run that featured such stars as Reggie White, Herschel Walker, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and future president Donald Trump.
The new USFL announced Thursday it will play next spring with a minimum of eight teams “and deliver high-quality, innovative professional football to fans.” Although those teams, along with the cities, head coaches and schedules won’t be announced until later, the league said it retains the rights to “key original team names.”
The USFL also is using the same red, white and blue stars-and-stripes logo it did from 1983-85.
Fox Sports, which has a minority equity stake in the company that owns the new USFL, will serve as the league’s official broadcast partner.