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first_imgUpdate on the latest sports August 26, 2020 Associated Press If the Bucks beat the Orlando Magic, the Eastern Conference first round would be completed in just 17 games. That would be the fastest opening round, in either conference, since the league went to the best-of-seven format in 2003. The East needed 19 games to get through Round 1 in 2002 — when best-of-five first rounds were still played.The Lakers are playing for rest and preparation time. Ending their series against the Trail Blazers in five games ensures they won’t play again until at least Sunday. Portland guard Damian Lillard has been ruled out with a sprained right knee, which further diminishes the Blazers’ hopes of pulling off a comeback in the series.LeBron James’ teams are 13-0 all-time in first-round series, on the cusp now of making that 14-0 and getting the Lakers to the second round for the first time since 2012. James has walked off a winner in 57 of his 68 career first-round games; Cleveland went 36-8 with him in those, Miami went 16-2.The other Game 5 in Wednesday’s tripleheader features the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder. That series knotted at two games apiece. The Rockets have 77 3-pointers already in this series, putting them on pace to be the first team in NBA history to make 100 in a single series. The record for any series is 95, set by the Rockets in the West semifinals last season.NHL PLAYOFFS MLB-SCHEDULEJudge rejoins the YankeesUNDATED (AP) — Aaron Judge has rejoined the Yankees just in time for a string of three doubleheaders over five days. New York’s game against the Braves was rained out Tuesday night, creating a twinbill in Atlanta. That will be followed by doubleheaders Friday and Sunday against the Mets at Yankee Stadium. Judge and Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. came off the injured list Tuesday. The Yankees haven’t played since last Thursday. Their three-game Subway Series against the Mets over the weekend was postponed because of coronavirus concerns. McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, going to the playoffs each season. But Indiana never reached the second round and endured the first three four-game sweeps in the franchise’s NBA history. His playoff record with the team was just 3-16. McMillan finished his tenure with Indiana ranked No. 3 in victories in the team’s NBA history.NBA PLAYOFFSBucks and Lakers can move on to second roundLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers can reach the second round of the NBA playoffs with wins Wednesday in Game 5. Since the two top seeds lost their playoff openers they are a combined 6-0. Elsewhere in the majors Wednesday:— Cleveland is recalling Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) to pitch against Minnesota Twins for the first time since he and teammate Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) were demoted for breaking team rules and Major League Baseball COVID-19 protocols. Clevinger is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts. He hasn’t pitched since Aug. 5.— Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw faces a familiar opponent as he tries to win his third straight start. This will be his 51st game against the Giants, the team he’s seen the most often in his career. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 23-13 with a 1.82 ERA overall vs. San Francisco. Kershaw, who was scratched from an opening day start at Dodger Stadium against the Giants, lost to them on Aug. 8. He’ll try to get even at Oracle Park.— Taijuan Walker starts in what could be his final outing for Seattle. The 28-year-old righty is supposedly attracting interest from the Yankees as the Aug. 31 trade deadline nears. Walker is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts, a solid showing after missing nearly all of the last two seasons with Arizona while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The former highly touted prospect will become a free agent and doesn’t have a hefty contract. Walker is set to face San Diego at Petco Park. Colorado and Philadelphia look to boost their offenseUNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers will look to rediscover their offensive prowess to avoid falling into deep holes in their conference semifinal series. The Avalanche go into Game 3 against the surging Dallas Stars on Wednesday night after being outscored 10-5 over the first two games. Colorado’s top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog has accounted for all of the scoring in the series. The Stars have won five straight games this postseason, including Game 6 against Calgary in which they trialed 3-0 before scoring seven straight to finish off the Flames, and Game 2 against the Avalanche when Dallas scored five straight after trailing 2-0.The Flyers go into Game 2 against the New York Islanders after being shut out 4-0 in the series opener. The Flyers had a 25-14 advantage on shots over the final 40 minutes but couldn’t get anything past Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv), who recorded his second straight shutout. The Islanders goalie has not allowed a goal in 136 minutes, 20 seconds. That’s the second-longest streak in franchise postseason history, trailing Billy Smith’s mark by 39 seconds.Boston and Tampa Bay are tied heading into Game 3 after Ondrej Palat’s (AHN’-dray pah-LAHTS’) overtime goal gave the Lightning a 4-3 win Tuesday night. Tampa Bay won three of four from Boston during the season, and also won their meeting in round-robin play for seeding in the qualifying round of the postseason. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-PACERS-MCMILLAN FIREDPacers fire McMillan following 2nd straight 1st-round sweepINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have fired coach Nate McMillan, less than three weeks after announcing he would keep the job for two more years. Team officials made the announcement Wednesday, 48 hours after the Pacers suffered their second straight first-round sweep.last_img read more

first_imgTwenty-eight holes under tough conditions Sunday at demanding Riviera Country Club was just too much for Tiger Woods.”I got tired,” he admitted to reporters ( via PGATour.com ) after fading with four bogeys in his last 10 holes at the Genesis Open. Genesis Open: J.B. Holmes edges out Justin Thomas to win 5th PGA Tour event With the temperature in the 40s and wind gusts approaching 30 mph, Woods finished at 6 under, eight shots back of winner J.B. Holmes.”I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I definitely felt it today. Wind, cold. I was at 10 (under) and I slipped four shots coming in. That’s the way it goes,” he said. Related News His 2019 schedule has been a topic of some speculation. He said last year’s bounce-back PGA Tour season, that also included the Ryder Cup, left him too tired by year’s end. His fade in tough conditions this weekend reinforces the point that at 43 he has to pick his spots judiciously, likely with an eye toward the majors.After playing in Mexico, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he opted to sit out the next week at his hometown Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.After that there are few opportunities for time off ahead of the Masters: After the Honda, there’s the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill (one of Woods’ favorite events because of its legendary namesake), followed by The Players Championship, the Valspar Championship (at Innisbrook’s Copperhead course, a good shot-making test ahead of Augusta) and the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship with the 2019 Masters two weeks after that (April 11-14) as the first major of the year. Suffice it to say he wasn’t the only one. Justin Thomas, the tournament leader for most of the way, shot a 75. Adam Scott carded a 76 and Jordan Spieth finished with an 81 to cap a tournament that battled the elements from Thursday on.“The weather, the long days and just the temperature, trying to be focused for long, long periods of time, it took a toll on a lot of us out there today,” Woods said.Woods said he planned to take Monday off (“The sticks aren’t coming out of the travel bag,” he joked in a post-round standup) and won’t start trying to prepare until Tuesday for his trip this week to the WGC-Mexico Championship in the high altitude of Mexico City.That pre-Mexico prep will revolve around the flat stick.“Eventually I made a few bad swings, but to be honest with you, it was one of the worst weeks I’ve ever had on the greens,” Woods said of his play at Riviera.“I made a few in spurts, but I didn’t really have the pace right and I was struggling with the lines early in the week. Finally got it together a little bit, but still, I made too many mistakes on the greens.“Six three putts, I don’t think I’ve ever done that. I just have to clean up my mess on the greens and be ready for Thursday.”Woods is qualified to play in the WGC event because he finished among the top 30 in last season’s FedEx Cup standings.last_img read more