Celtics complete 4-game sweep of Nets with 116-112 victory
NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown had 22 and the Boston Celtics completed a four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first team to reach the second round of the playoffs with a 116-112 victory. Marcus Smart added 20 points and 11 assists for the No. 2-seeded Celtics, who made easy work of what was thought could be a tough series. Boston will await the winner of the series between Milwaukee and Chicago. The defending champion Bucks hold a 3-1 lead in that series. Kevin Durant had 39 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Raptors top 76ers 103-88 behind Siakam, force Game 6 at home
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 23 points, Precious Achiuwa had 17 and the Toronto Raptors forced a return home for Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors eat the Sixers 103-88 to move within 3-2 in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Game 6 is Thursday night in Toronto. The Raptors have won the last two games in the series. Joel Embiid had 20 points and 11 rebounds playing with a thumb injury. James Harden scored 15 points. The Raptors opened the second quarter on a 12-0 run to take control. The 76ers were booed off the court at halftime and throughout their latest lackluster postseason effort.
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Mickelson signs up for 3 events without saying he'll play
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Dodgers pitcher Bauer files suit against sex abuse accuser
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has sued the woman who accused him of sexual assault in federal court in a move that came less than three months after prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges against the athlete. The woman, whom the pitcher had met through social media, had alleged that Bauer beat and sexually abused her last year. She later sought — but was denied — a restraining order. LA prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to win a conviction. Bauer named the woman and one of her attorneys as defendants. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they have been victims of sexual assault.
Deion Sanders highlights HBCU prospects ahead of NFL draft
Deion Sanders did his part to make sure NFL teams don’t overlook players from historically Black colleges in this week’s draft. The Jackson State coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer released his “Prime Prospects” on Monday, featuring 16 players from 12 HBCUs. Last year, not one HBCU player was drafted. Neon Deion has helped provide a spotlight on HBCU players since leaving his analyst duties at NFL Network and taking over at Jackson State in 2020. Sanders was the Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2021 after leading the Tigers to an 11-2 record.
Biden avoids politics in honoring hockey champion Lightning
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden avoided politics in honoring the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning for winning the Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons. It was a rare sports break for the president amid his administration's response to Russia's war in Ukraine. Russian players Andrei Vasilevskiy, Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev attended the White House ceremony and shared photos on social media. The president cracked jokes about captain Steven Stamkos but made little mention of other players. There were no notable boycotts by Lightning players, who made an extra trip to Washington just for this occasion.
Arenado's error helps Mets stun Cards 5-2 with 5 in 9th
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Dominic Smith hustled for an infield single that drove in two pivotal runs, and the New York Mets capitalized on an uncharacteristic error by Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado to rally for five unearned runs with two outs in the ninth inning of a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. After the hit by Smith gave New York the lead, Brandon Nimmo capped the outburst with a two-run homer. Max Scherzer struck out 10 over seven innings of two-hit ball in a scoreless duel with Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas. A two-run single by Tyler O’Neill off Trevor May put St. Louis ahead in the eighth.
Bichette breaks tie with 1st slam, Blue Jays top Red Sox 6-2
TORONTO (AP) — Bo Bichette broke an eighth-inning tie with his first career grand slam and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Boston Red Sox 6-2. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Matt Chapman also homered for the Blue Jays. José Berríos allowed two runs in a season-high seven-plus innings and Adam Cimber got three outs for his major league-leading fourth win as Toronto won for the fifth time in six games. Boston has lost three straight and five of six. The Red Sox have scored two runs or fewer in all five of those defeats.
Column: Chastain calms down to surge into title contention
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Ross Chastain was a journeyman driver struggling to find a team willing to give him a good ride for most of his career. Things didn't start falling into place until last season but six months into his new job, Chip Ganassi sold his NASCAR team to Justin Marks. Chastain was retained by Trackhouse Racing. On Sunday, he won for the second time in five Cup Series races. When the Florida farmer smashed a watermelon in his signature celebration at Talladega Superspeedway, the crowd roared as if Dale Earnhardt himself had just won the race.
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