Last Update on May 03, 2015 18:55 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The opening games in two NBA second-round playoffs are taking place today.
In Atlanta the Hawks, the top seed in the East, are playing host to Washington. The Hawks advanced with a six-game win over the Nets in Round 1. The Capitals are well rested after finishing off the Raptors in four straight.
In Western Conference play today the top-seeded Golden State Warriors are home to Memphis. The Warriors got this far with a four-game sweep of the Pelicans while the Grizzlies needed five games to eliminate Portland.
UNDATED (AP) -- Tampa Bay is looking for a big win early this evening as the Lightning try to sweep the opening two games of their best-of-seven second-round playoff series with Montreal. The Lightning got the opening game in Montreal 2-1 in double overtime and following today's game the series shifts to Tampa for Games 3 and 4, starting Wednesday.
For the Blackhawks and Ducks, a win on home ice would give them 2-0 leads in their series. The Chicago team is home to Minnesota this evening while Anaheim is hosting Calgary tonight.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Astros continue to be the surprise team of the season. They entered today's home game with Seattle in first place in the American League West with a record of 17-17. They are looking for their 10th straight win today in a game with Seattle.
Right-hander Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh) of the Cardinals has started the season with wins in all four of his starts. Today he's looking to join Matt Harvey of the Mets as the only five-game winners when the Cards entertain Pittsburgh.
With one exception, all of today's games are being played in daylight. The rest of the card has Toronto in Cleveland, the Mets home to the Nationals, the Phillies in Miami and the Rays home to Baltimore in another game that is in fact a home date for the Orioles. The Reds are in Atlanta, the Twins are home to the White Sox, the Brewers are in Chicago to meet the Cubs, the Rangers are hosting the Angels, Colorado is at San Diego, the Dodgers are home to the Diamondbacks and the Royals are hosting the Tigers in the last game of their key early-season four-game series. The Royals won two of the first three contests and start the day a half-game in front of the Tigers in the AL Central.
The lone night game is in Boston as the Red Sox and Yankees wrap up a three-game set.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed center fielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list with left knee soreness. He hasn't played since leaving a game April 25 with the injury. Jennings is the 14th Tampa Bay player to go on the DL this season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cardinals setup man Jordan Walden has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed right biceps. He goes on the DL with a 0-1 record with an 0.87 ERA in 12 games with 12 strikeouts in 10 1-3 innings.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon won the 80th pole of his career Saturday for this afternoon's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. The second-fastest qualifier was teammate Kasey Kahne (kayn). Gordon, a six-time winner at Talladega, turned a lap at 194.793 mph to earn the top starting spot for today's race.
The lap is the third this season for Gordon who is still looking for his first win of the season, his last before he retires.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Rory McIlroy needed two days and 22 holes to beat Paul Casey and advance to the semifinals of the Match Play Championship.
Their quarterfinal match was suspended because of darkness Saturday night, with both players squandering chances to win. On the final hole they played Saturday night, McIlroy missed a 6-foot birdie putt for the win.
Sunday morning, McIlroy two-putted from about 60 feet, and Casey failed to get up-and-down from behind the green.
Moments after they finished, Gary Woodland and Danny Willett of England began their semifinal. McIlroy had about 20 minutes before going straight to his semifinal against Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk).
US construction spending drops 0.6 percent in March
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