Update on the latest in sports:


A change in PAT’s and news on LA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The NFL could approve a team move to Los Angeles by the end of the year, with a club playing there by the 2016 season. The league is considering moving the deadline to any applications to relocate a franchise from Jan. 1 to late in the upcoming regular season. The 32 team owners could vote on a team’s relocation after that.

The team would play in an existing stadium until a new one is built.

There are currently two proposed developments of new stadiums in the Los Angeles area. The Raiders, Chargers and Rams are all involved in the stadium projects.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) says it is his job to handle Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated football scandal and he intends to handle the hearing. The players union has asked Goodell to recuse himself.


AP Source: Giants Beatty sidelined

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Giants starting left tackle Will Beatty is going to be sidelined up to six months after tearing a pectoral muscle, a person with knowledge of the injury has told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team plans to not discuss the injury until Thursday.

The source said Beatty was injured lifting weights on Tuesday. He was expected to have surgery on Wednesday.


Rockets Howard could miss Game 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Rockets center Dwight Howard says he has a sprained left knee and is unsure whether he’ll be able to play against Golden State in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night.

Howard sat out Wednesday’s practice at Oracle Arena. He says the injury is still causing pain in his knee and he’ll listen to his body before deciding whether to play. He added that he has “no doubt” he’ll return at some point in the series.

Howard hurt his knee in a Game 1 collision with teammate Josh Smith. He came back into the game in the second quarter but was obviously hampered by the injury.


Game 1 in NBA Eastern final

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers open up their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference final tonight on the Hawks’ court.

Each team is well rested with almost a week off.

That’s allowed Cleveland All-Star guard Kyrie (KY’-ree) Irving to rest his various injuries.

This is Atlanta’s first trip to the conference finals since the NBA switched to the current format in 1970-71. For the Cavs their last time in the conference finale was in 2007.


Babcock moves to Toronto

UNDATED (AP) — Mike Babcock is ending his ten-year run in Detroit to take the Toronto Maple Leafs coaching job. The 52-year old had a successful stint in Detroit, helping the Red Wings to extend their streak for reaching the post-season to 24 consecutive years. He also guided Detroit to a Stanley Cup title in 2008. Toronto has missed the post-season in nine of the last ten years.

Babcock agreed to an eight-year, $50 million dollar deal that makes him the highest-paid coach in the NHL.

He is still under contract to Detroit, so the Maple Leafs have to surrender a third-round draft pick.


Game 3 in Eastern NHL final

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — After splitting the first two games of their NHL Eastern Conference final, the Rangers and Lightning are in Tampa for to resume the series. New York won the opening game in Madison Square Garden with Tampa coming back for a 6-2 win in Game 2.

The Rangers posted the best road record in the NHL during the regular season, while Tampa Bay had the best home mark.


Sens ink goalie to new deal

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Andrew Hammond to a $4.05-million, three-year contract. Hammond played was a key role in the Senators’ late-season run to the plaoffs. f

Hammond made his first NHL start at age 27 in January, then went 20-1-2 with a 1.79 goals-against average and .941 save percentage to help Ottawa earn a post-season spot.


Keuchel wins again

UNDATED (AP) — Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kehl) notched his eighth straight win pitching Houston to a 6-1 victory over Oakland. Keuchel improved to 6-0 this season, working seven innings. He gave up six hit and no earned runs to lower his ERA to 1.67. Evan Gattis supplied all the run support Keuchel needed with a two-run homer.

A two-game set for the Yankees and Nationals comes to a close this evening in Washington. The home team won the opener last night 8-6 to move into a tie for first place in the National League East with the Mets. By losing last night the Yankees fell into a first-place tie with the Rays in the American East.

As far as the Mets are concerned they’re back in action this evening with a home game against the Cardinals. Toeing the rubber for the New Yorkers is Bartolo Colon (bahr-TOH’-loh kuh-LOHN’), who is enjoying a great start to the season with six wins against just two defeats. A win would make him the first seven-game winner this season.

Longtime rivals the Dodgers and Giants are playing the second of three games in San Francisco tonight. The Giants took the opener last night and this evening are sending former two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (LIHN’-sih-kuhm) to the mound.

The remaining games tonight feature the Pirates home to the Twins, the Mariners in Baltimore, the Blue Jays home to the Angels, Milwaukee in Detroit, Miami home to the Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay at Atlanta, the Red Sox entertaining the Rangers, the Reds in Kansas City, Chicago’s White Sox home to the Indians, the Phillies in Denver and the Cubs at San Diego.


Yanks lose Ellsbury

WASHINGTON (AP) — Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Yankees with a sprained right knee. He was injured during the Yankees’ 8-6, 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals Tuesday night. Ellsbury, New York’s leadoff hitter, is hitting a team-high .327.


American Pharoah’s breeding rights sold

NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah has had his breeding rights sold by owner Ahmed Zayat to Coolmore Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky.

The value of the deal was not disclosed, but even before the announcement, Zayat’s son, Justin, said the family had been inundated with offers, some for more than $20 million.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner will be trying to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 when he tackles the mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes on June 6.

Zayat says the colts will continue to race through the end of the year when Coolmore will call the shots. Zayak will retain an interest in American Pharoah after he retires.


New pact for Hamilton

MONACO (AP) — Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has signed a new three-year deal with Mercedes, ending rumors of his potential move to Ferrari. Since leaving McLaren in 2013, Hamilton has competed in 43 races, winning 15 and securing a 11 more podium finishes to take over as the circuit’s No. 1 driver.

Hamilton currently leads teammate Nico (NEE’-koh) Rosberg by 20 points after three wins in five races this season.