Game 2 for Warriors and Rockets
OAKLAND (AP) — Golden State looks to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA’s Western Conference final tonight as the Warriors entertain the Rockets. Houston dropped the first game of the best-of-seven series 110-106 and faces the prospect of not having big man Dwight Howard tonight. He is unsure whether he can play in the game because of a sprained left knee.
Howard sat out practice Wednesday at Oracle Arena after an MRI confirmed the injury. He said his knee, which was injured in a collision with teammate Josh Smith in the first quarter of Game 1, was still in pain.
The team officially listed Howard as questionable on its medical report. But Howard, who missed 41 games this season mostly due to a right knee injury, said he’ll listen to his body before deciding when to return.
No matter the outcome of this game, the third game in the series will be played in Houston Saturday night.
Game 3 for Ducks and Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) — After splitting the first two games of the series in Anaheim, the Ducks and Blackhawks are in Chicago for tonight’s third game of the NHL’s Western Conference final. Playing on the home ice, the Ducks won the opener 4-1 before losing in overtime in Game 2 3-2. In fact that game took three OT sessions to decide.
The fourth game will be in Chicago Saturday night.
Kershaw faces Bumgarner, again
UNDATED (AP) — There’s a great pitching matchup this afternoon in San Francisco as the Giants entertain longtime rival Los Angeles. On the mound for the visiting Dodgers will be Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw while the Giants counter with World Series and National League MVP Madison Bumgarner. This marks the third time they’ve met this season. Neither was involved in the decision in their first meeting on April 22 and a week later on the 28th Bumgarner got the win over Kershaw in a 2-1 victory. On the year, Bumgarner is 4-2 with a 3.20 earned run average while Kershaw is 2-2 with a 4.24 ERA.
Along with that contest there are five more day games in big-league baseball. In Detroit the Tigers are playing host to the surprising Houston Astros, who continue to top the American League West. The game opens up a four-game series. And in New York the Mets are home to the Cardinals. New York has dropped two straight and has fallen out of first place in the NL East while the Cards, who have won their last two games, reside in first place in the NL Central.
The remaining day games feature Arizona playing at Miami, Baltimore home to Seattle and the Phillies at Colorado.
The evening portion of the card has Milwaukee in Atlanta, the Blue Jays home to the Angels, Oakland at Tampa, the Red Sox hosting the Rangers, Cleveland playing in Chicago against the White Sox and the Cubs at San Diego.
PGA-CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL
Scott defends Texas title
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The first of two back-to-back tournaments in the Dallas area starts today with the Crowne Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. The defending champion is Adam Scott, who beat Jason Dufner with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff. The field also includes Masters champ Jordan Spieth (speeth).
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Another major for the seniors
FRENCH LICK, Indiana (AP) — The second of back-to-back majors on the Champions Tour is this week in French Lick, Indiana. It’s the PGA Championship and comes a week after Jeff Maggert won the first major of the year, the Regions Tradition in Alabama. He beat Kevin Sutherland with a par on the first playoff hole.