MILWAUKEE (AP) - There's an old coaching adage that tells players to stay ready, because they never know when their chance to make an impact has arrived. Milwaukee Bucks backup center Thon Maker is proving that axiom to be correct. Backups can find themselves in the spotlight quickly if they get hot and there have been some big games from reserve players in these playoffs already.
TORONTO (AP) - Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins, forcing a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series. William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Maple Leafs, who trailed the series 3-1 before winning two straight. They also trailed 1-0 early in the second period of this one. Nikita Zaitsev added two assists, and Marner and Plekanec each had one.
NEW YORK (AP) - Boston and Washington are the only teams on track to pay baseball's luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press. Boston's payroll started at $233.9 million, which would cause a $9.4 million tax. Washington's payroll started at $201 million, which would result in a $1.2 million tax. San Francisco was just below the $197 million tax threshold at $196.66 million. The Yankees are at $178.8 million.
BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox have traded left-hander Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for future considerations. Boston will receive a yet-undetermined player or cash in the deal. The native of Cuba was original signed by the Mariners as an international free agent in 2011.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Gronkowski won't run in the Kentucky Derby because of a slight infection that will keep the England-based colt from traveling to the United States. The 3-year-old colt spiked a fever last weekend and was treated with antibiotics.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks win a playoff game but couldn't score a table at a Mexican restaurant. A Bucks fan posted a picture on social media that went viral of the All-Star forward waiting at BelAir Cantina. The restaurant later posted a message on social media apologizing for not seating Antetokounmpo in a timely manner. A smiling Antetokounmpo said in Boston a day later that the wait wasn't a big deal. He also said he'll take up the owners' offer of a free meal.
(AP) - Joel Embiid expects his first NBA playoff game in Philadelphia to be "lit." And if the 76ers win it, there will be more games like it next week. Philadelphia can become the first team into the Eastern Conference semifinals when they host the Miami Heat on Tuesday in Game 5. Also Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors gets their second chance to eliminate the San Antonio Spurs, and the Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks return to Boston for Game 5.
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