Update on the latest sports
76ers hammer wizards for 2-0 lead… Knicks empty
UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers had little problem with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
The 76ers have a 2-0 lead in their opening series after beating the Wizards, 120-95.
Ben Simmons had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, one game after becoming the sixth player in league history to record 15 tables and 15 assists. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL ‘ehm-BEED’) also had 22 points, and Tobias Harris added 19.
Wizards goaltender Russell Westbrook left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury after colliding with Furkan Korkmaz (FUR’-kahn KOHRK’-mahs). Westbrook finished with 10 points and 11 assists.
Bradley Beal had a game-high 33 points for Washington, which hosts Game 3 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Knicks tied their first-round streak to one game each by rallying for a 101-92 victory over the Hawks.
Derrick Rose scored 26 points for New York, which trailed by 13 at halftime before Julius Randle got hot. Randle shot 0-for-6 in the first half, but scored 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter to help the Knicks gain a lead.
Reggie Bullock scored four 3-pointers in the second half and also tallied 15 points, with the Knicks guaranteeing there will be at least one more home game in their surprising season.
Trae Young scored 30 points for Atlanta, which hosts Game 3 on Friday.
The islands crowd out pens
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The New York Islanders have won a Stanley Cup series for the first time since ousting the Washington Capitals 28 years ago.
The Islanders advanced to the second round with a 5-3 victory over the Penguins in Game 6 at the Nassau Coliseum.
Brock Nelson has two goals and an assist for the Isles, who have won the last three games after falling behind 2-1 in the series. Nelson and Ryan Pulock scored 13 seconds apart to put the Islanders in front, 4-3 in the second period.
Ilya Sorokin (sah-ROH’-kihn) repelled 34 shots in his fourth win of the series.
Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) added a goal and two assists for the Islanders.
Next up for New York is the Boston Bruins.
GM Oilers disgusted by racist comments to Bear
EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) – Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland has said any racist comments made to First Nations advocate Ethan Bear are “totally unacceptable” and “disgusting”.
Bear’s girlfriend said on social media that the defenseman “has received a lot of racist messages and comments” following the Oilers’ four-game series loss to Winnipeg in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
Sox Blank Cards
UNDATED (AP) – The Saint-Louis Cardinals were able to avoid a three-game sweep this afternoon.
Tommy Edman hit two homers to give the Redbirds a 2-0 lead in a 4-0 shutout against the White Sox in Chicago. Edmundo Sosa added a two-run single in the ninth to help the Cards win for just the second time in their last six games.
Winning pitcher John Gant dodged the base-laden jams in the first and third innings before pitching in the sixth.
Edman’s first home run was the only hit allowed by Carlos Rodón, who worked six innings.
In other major league games:
–Trevor Williams pitched six innings and singled twice against his former team to help the Cubs win for the fifth time in six games, 4-1 in Pittsburgh. David Bote (BOH’-tee) hit a two-run homerun for Chicago, and Kris Bryant had three hits and two RBIs.
– Jon Berti (BUR’-tee) had a two-run single in a three-run eighth that propelled the Marlins past the Phillies, 4-2. The Marlins rallied after Aaron Nola held them to a run and a pair of singles over six innings.
–James Kaprielian (kah-PREE’-lee-an) pitched seven shutout innings and the Athletes avoided a three-game sweep to beat the Mariners, 6-3. Kaprielian gave up just two hits and two marches in his third career start, helping the As to complete a three-game skid.
–Taylor Ward slammed a three-run homerun in the first inning and had a career-high five RBIs in leading the Angels to a 9-8 victory over the Rangers. Ward hit a right center drive in a five-run first and led in a pair with a single bloop that gave Los Angeles a 9-1 lead.
– The Twins claimed their fourth straight victory as Miguel Sanó (sah-NOH ‘) hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit and give Minnesota a 3-2 victory over the Orioles . Michael Pineda (pih-NAY’-dah) allowed one run and three hits in six innings in his first start since May 13 following a stint on the thigh abscess injury list.
–Niko Goodrum doubled up and scored on Robbie Grossman’s sacrificial volley in the eighth inning to send the Tigers past the Indians, 1-0. Jose Urena (yoo-RAY’-nah) of Detroit gave up three hits and three goals in 5 2/3 innings before coming away with a forearm injury.
– The Rays won a 2-1 victory over the Royals over Manuel Margot’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Tyler Glasnow had to settle for a no-decision after limiting Kansas City to three hits while poking up 11 in eight shutout innings.
– The Yankees and Blue Jays were pushed back by rain in the Bronx. The game is now part of a double Thursday schedule.
– The rain in New York also caused the postponement of the Mets and the Rockies. The rain created a twinbill on Thursday.
Callaway banned until 2022
UNDATED (AP) – Mickey Callaway won’t be in a Major League dugout until 2023 at the earliest.
The longtime pitching coach and former Mets manager has been placed on the ineligible list by Commissioner Rob Manfred following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. Athletic reported in February that Callaway “aggressively pursued” several women working in sports media and sent three of them inappropriate photos.
Callaway, 46, was the Indians’ pitching coach for five years before leading the Mets from 2018-19. He was put on leave by the Angels after being their pitching coach last season. The angels fired him following Wednesday’s decision.
Callaway may request his reinstatement after the 2022 season.
Also around the majors:
– Indian right-hander Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) won’t need surgery and is expected to start a kick-start diet in three weeks. Plesac broke his thumb on his pitching hand while ripping off his undershirt following a difficult outing.
–The Cubs placed infielder Nico Hoerner on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring and selected outfielder Rafael Ortega of Triple-A Iowa. Hoerner was injured trying to beat a decay in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s 4-3 win over the Pirates.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA PROJECT
Timme and Dickinson announce their decisions
UNDATED (AP) – Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) stays. Hunter Dickinson could leave.
Timme has announced that he is returning for his junior season at Gonzaga, where he will lead the nation’s No.2 recruiting class. He led the West Coast Conference with a score of 19 points per game and a field goal percentage of 65.5.
The Bulldogs won their first 31 games last season before losing to Baylor in the National Championship game.
Dickinson entered the NBA Draft while giving himself the option of staying in Michigan. The 7-foot-1, 255-pound Dickinson recorded average highs of 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks during the pandemic-cut season.
Dickinson helped the Wolverines reach No.2 in the Associated Press’s Top 25 and finish No.4 after a 19-3 regular season.
Tagavailoa says he feels a lot better
UNDATED (AP) – Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) says his surgically repaired hip feels 10 times better than last year.
He is optimistic he will be much improved in Year 2, however, now 18 months into the hip injury surgery that ended his career in Alabama, Tagovailoa said he felt much better physically and that he also had a better understanding of the Dolphins playbook.
In other NFL news:
– Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL ‘) said the league expects full stadiums this season and players and staff are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Thirty of the 32 teams are cleared to open safely at 100% capacity before the start of the preseason program. The Colts and Broncos aren’t doing it but are on track to get approval before August.
– The league approved a rule change for player safety, expanding the ban on blocks below the waist. The rosters for the training camp have been drawn up for a maximum of 90 players. The NFL and the Players’ Association have also agreed to a salary cap of $ 208.2 million for 2022.
– 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. will miss the start of the 2021 season after undergoing surgery on his injured knee. General manager John Lynch said Wilson injured his knee last week after a workout and weightlifting session.
– Former Saints head coach JD Roberts has died aged 88. Roberts became interim coach in November 1970 and served as head coach for the next two years. He was Archie Manning’s first coach in the NFL and sent Tom Dempsey to kick an NFL record 63-yard field goal as time expired in his first game.
Osaka to skip press conferences at Roland Garros
PARIS (AP) – Tennis star Naomi Osaka has said she will not speak to the media at the upcoming French Open.
The world’s highest paid female athlete wrote in a Twitter post that she hopes “the massive amount I’m fined for this will go to a mental health charity.” She cited athlete mental health, repeated questions and questions that cast doubt on her decision.
Kang, the Park star in Match Play
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) – Nevada residents Danielle Kang and Inbee Park gathered at their home in Shadow Creek in the LPGA Bank of Hope Match Play in Las Vegas.
Kang routed Albane Valenzuela 7 and 6 in the most unbalanced match to start the group play. Park did some ups and downs for Birdie to win the 18th par 5 to tie Jennifer Chang.
The second-ranked Park rallied to avoid a first loss in the final event before next week’s US Women’s Open at the Olympic Games in San Francisco.