Update on the latest sports
Nuggets looking to win another elimination game and advance
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — With a win tonight over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Denver Nuggets will become the first team in NBA history to successfully erase a pair of 3-1 postseason deficits in the same season — or even in the same decade.
The Nuggets were down 3-games-to-1 to Utah in the first round and advanced; they were down 3-1 to the Clippers this series.
The winner of tonight’s game advances to the West title series against the Lakers.
Also tonight, the third-seeded Boston Celtics take on the fifth-seeded Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA East title series. Miami is looking for its first East championship since 2014, Boston its first since 2010.
Lightning on the verge of making Stanley Cup final
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning can advance to the Stanley Cup Final with a win tonight over the New York Islanders.
Tampa Bay is up 3-games-to-1, and on the verge of its first Cup Final appearance since 2015.
Capitals hire Laviolette as coach
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have hired Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach. Laviolette replaces Todd Reirden, who was fired last month after a second consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs.
Laviolette has 18 years of experience as a head coach. He most recently coached the Nashville Predators but was fired in January after 5 1/2 seasons with the team.
Laviolette led the 2010 Flyers and 2017 Predators to the Stanley Cup Final. He also previously coached the New York Islanders.
Jays visit Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) — Second place in the AL East is up for grabs when Toronto opens a critical three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Cavan Biggio and the Blue Jays are a half-game ahead of New York — the top two teams in each division qualify for the postseason this year without needing a wild card. Both the Blue Jays and Yankees are chasing Tampa Bay.
Also on the big-league schedule
— The surging San Diego Padres go for their ninth straight victory and try to close within a half-game of the West-leading Dodgers when the NL’s top two teams square off again at Petco Park. Trent Grisham added some spice to the rivalry when he hit a tying home run Monday night off Clayton Kershaw in San Diego’s 7-2 win and said something to the Los Angeles dugout as he headed for home. The Dodgers have won seven consecutive division crowns.
— Clinging to an American League wild-card spot, the Cleveland Indians attempt to stop a six-game losing streak when they face Yu Darvish and the first-place Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. On the mound for the Indians is Carlos Carrasco, who has allowed no more than one run in each of his past three starts.
— Jake Lamb got off to a great start with Oakland and looks to keep it going for the AL West leaders at Colorado. Lamb homered and doubled in his Athletics debut Monday, a 9-0 victory at Seattle that gave his new team a doubleheader split.
— Following a 14-1 loss Monday night, the NL East-leading Braves make another bid for their first victory at Camden Yards since June 12, 2009. Atlanta hasn’t won a series in Baltimore since 2004.
— After 242 consecutive relief appearances, Cincinnati right-hander Michael Lorenzen makes his first start in five years when the Reds host Pittsburgh.