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Update on the latest sports

May 6, 2019


Maximum Security will not run in Preakness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The owner of Maximum Security says the horse will not run in the Preakness and will appeal his disqualification as the Kentucky Derby winner.

Gary West confirmed the decision by phone to The Associated Press. He says “there’s really no need, not having an opportunity to run for the Triple Crown to run a horse back in two weeks.”

Maximum Security became the first Derby winner to be disqualified for interference on Saturday. After an objection, racing stewards ruled that the colt swerved out and impeded the path of several horses between the far and final turns. Country House, a 65-1 shot, was elevated to first.

West has said he realizes the appeals process will take “months, if not years.” The owner has sought to see replays of the race that stewards used to reach their landmark decision.


Bucks-Celtics, Warriors-Rockets ready for Game 4s

UNDATED (AP) — The Bucks and Warriors each have a chance to grab control of their playoff series with a road win tonight.

Milwaukee leads Boston 2-1 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series, while Golden State leads Houston 2-1 in their Western Conference semifinal. The Celtics and the Rockets host Game 4s, knowing a win will earn them a berth in what becomes a best-of-three showdown and knowing a loss places them squarely on the abyss that overlooks elimination.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens calls it “a great opportunity to respond.”

Boston had the home-court edge over Milwaukee, then gave it back with a loss on Friday night. Houston was a bounce or two away from getting into the most-dreaded 3-0 hole against Golden State, then rallied to win Game 3 on Saturday night and keep realistic hope alive against the two-time defending NBA champions.

The Bucks and Celtics have a scheduled start of 7 p.m. Eastern, while the Warriors and Rockets are set for 9:30 Eastern.


Blue Jackets, Avalanche look to force Game 7s

UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins.

But Columbus coach John Tortorella said that’s not going to occur on home ice in Game 6.

After fighting back with a three-goal third period but still losing 4-3 in Game 5 on Saturday night, Tortorella was reflective, saying: “Things happen for a reason, and I truly believe that — we’ll be back here (in Boston) for Game 7.”

In Denver, the Avalanche will be looking to stave off elimination and force a Game 7 when they host the Sharks.

San Jose coach Peter DeBoer says his team has but has been through enough to know it won’t come easily. The Sharks were nearly eliminated in the first round, falling behind 3-1 in their series against Vegas and by three goals in the third period of Game 7. But they pulled off an epic comeback. Now DeBoers says the Sharks have put themselves “in a good spot” against Colorado.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar says his team needs to change its mindset, and “get in attack mode.”

Game time for Boston and Columbus is 7 p.m. Eastern, with San Jose-Colorado set for 10 Eastern.


Busy Monday features Scherzer on rare skid, Sabathia vs Felix in NY

UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has a relatively busy Monday schedule, leading off with a matinee in Cincinnati as the Reds and Giants complete a four game series. Both teams entered the game last in their division.

The Nationals head to Milwaukee today. Washington has lost each of Max Scherzer’s last four starts, the longest such stretch for the three-time Cy Young winner since 2015. Scherzer hasn’t started five straight team losses since the 2009-10 seasons, a six-start skid that spanned his trade from Arizona to Detroit. He faces a Brewers team coming off a three-game sweep of the Mets.

A couple past-their-prime aces square off at Yankee Stadium with New York LHP CC Sabathia facing Mariners RHP Felíx Hernández. Sabathia (1-1, 2.66) recorded his 3,000th career strikeout in his previous outing. Hernández (1-2, 4.31) has rebounded a bit from a lousy 2018, walking just four over 31 1/3 innings this season. The banged-up Yankees may get OF Clint Frazier (sprained ankle) off the injured list.

Meanwhile, Red Sox hitters are suddenly slugging. Boston piled up 30 runs over its final three games against the White Sox this weekend, and now the Red Sox get to swing against Baltimore’s struggling pitching staff. The Orioles entered Sunday with a major league-worst 5.74 ERA, allowing 75 homers — 19 more than the next highest total. Boston (17-18) has a chance to get back to .500 following a miserable start to the season.

And a day after Hunter Renfroe’s pinch-hit grand slam sank the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth, the Padres open a series against the Mets by taking on NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom. Renfroe’s shot against Kenley Jansen prevented a three-game sweep against rival LA. Now San Diego hopes standout rookie RHP Chris Paddack (2-1, 1.91) can hang with deGrom, who returned to form last time out after struggling amid elbow issues and a bout of strep throat.

There’s one interleague matchup on the schedule, with the Arizona Diamondback visiting Tampa Bay tonight.

In other American League action, the Chicago White Sox are in Cleveland, the Twins are at Toronto and Houston hosts Kansas City.

The rest of the National League slate has Miami visiting the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia in St. Louis, with Atlanta in L.A. to play the Dodgers and the Mets at San Diego.

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