Sports Ticker Sept. 4th
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors pulled within 2-1 in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals yesterday before the Los Angeles Clippers took Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. OG Anunoby nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Raptors past the Boston Celtics, 104-103. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 29 points and Paul George added 19 in the Clippers' 120-97 rout of Denver.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have hired Steve Nash as their coach, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. Nash is a two-time MVP as the engineer of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D’Antoni. He had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant.
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks both forced a seventh game in their respective NHL second-round series. Carter Hart turned back 49 shots and Ivan Provorov (PROH'-vah-rahv) scored late in double-overtime to send the Flyers past the New York Islanders, 5-4. The Canucks were 4-0 winners over Vegas behind goaltender Thatcher Demko's brilliant 48-save performance.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cam Newton is officially the new starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. A person familiar with the situation said yesterday that Newton was announced as the starter during a team meeting. The move was expected after the 2015 league MVP outperformed second-year Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer during training camp.
UNDATED (AP) — Oakland Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantined at home in Houston. He received the result that forced Oakland and Major League Baseball to postpone four games this week. A’s general manager David Forst said that Mengden is asymptomatic and was placed on the 10-day injured list.