Friday Morning Sports Update

 

Baseball last night…
Cubs 4,  Milwaukee 2
Yu Darvish took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his third straight dominant start, and the major league-leading Cubs defeated Milwaukee 4-2. Darvish allowed just one hit — Justin Smoak’s towering solo homer to right field with one out in the seventh inning on his 98th pitch — before being relieved by Casey Sadler to start the eighth. The 33-year-old right-hander from Japan struck out 11 and threw 104 pitches. Before Smoak’s drive, Darvish allowed only three baserunners. Kyle Schwarber homered in the second and Chicago improved to 13-3 for the first time since 1907.

Elsewhere…
The Tigers and White Sox were off
Baltimore 11,  Philadelphia 4
Tampa Bay 17,  Boston 8
N.Y. Mets 8,  Washington 2
Pittsburgh 9,  Cincinnati 6
L.A. Dodgers 11,  San Diego 2

Baseball tonight…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale) at Tigers (Ivan Nova), 7:10 – live on 94.9 WSJM
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff) at Cubs (Tyler Chatwood), 8:15
St. Louis at White Sox, postponed

 

NHL Playoffs yesterday…
Vegas 4,  Blackhawks 3   OT
Reilly Smith scored in overtime, Robin Lehner made 22 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 35 of the 39 shots he faced in a losing effort. This was the third game already in the first round to go to overtime. Tampa Bay beat Columbus in the fifth overtime Tuesday, and Boston beat Carolina in double OT Wednesday. Smith’s goal came 7:13 into the first OT. The Golden Knights were without regular-season leading scorer Max Pacioretty, who only joined them in the Edmonton bubble last week.

Elsewhere…
Columbus 3,  Tampa Bay 1
Carolina 3,  Boston 2
Dallas 5,  Calgary 4

 

NBA yesterday…
Memphis 119,  Milwaukee 106
Washington 96,  Boston 90
Sacramento 136,  L.A. Lakers 122
Phoenix 128,  Dallas 102
Utah 118,  San Antonio 112
Portland 134,  Brooklyn 133
Orlando 133,  New Orleans 127

NBA today…
Miami at Indiana, 4:00

 

WNBA last night…
Indiana 86,  New York 79
Los Angeles 81,  Washington 64
Las Vegas 87,  Minnesota 77

WNBA tonight…
Connecticut at Chicago, 7:00

 

The White Sox series opener today against St. Louis has been postponed until Saturday, giving the Cardinals an extra day to recover from their coronavirus outbreak. The two teams will now play a doubleheader Saturday in Chicago.

 

The NCAA has canceled all of its Division I championships, a week after doing the same at the Division II and Division III levels. The decision cancels championships in sports such as soccer, volleyball, and cross country. Football championships are not included because the NCAA Board of Governors does not have the authority to suspend the FBS postseason. The ten conferences that make up the FBS control the Division I College Football Playoff. The NCAA will try to stage the fall sports championships in the winter and spring.

 

The Big Sky Conference has voted to postpone all fall sports competition until the spring because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. They had previously just postponed football, but now all fall sports are included.

 

A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill of rights. It calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions.” The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements. The NCAA is in the process of changing its rules to permit athletes to earn money off their names, images and likenesses for things like endorsements and appearances. The association has asked for help from Congress to relieve pressure from state lawmakers.

 

Harold Varner III, Tom Hoge and Roger Sloan share the clubhouse lead after shooting 8-under 62 in the first round of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.
Hoge looked like he might have a shot at 59 after he went eagle-birdie on the 15th and 16th holes to reach 9 under. There were 33 players on the course when the round was suspended due to bad weather.

 

In tennis, Novak Djokovic says he will enter the U.S. Open and the hard-court tune-up tournament preceding it in New York this month. Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu has pulled out of the U.S. Open. She says the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from properly preparing for competition.