Annual race is today
LOUISVILLE (AP) - The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow at Churchill Downs and that means the annual Kentucky Oaks is today. The race features top fillies competing for a $1 million purse. The favorite is 3-1 Dreaming of Julia, which is one of four entrees being trained by Todd Pletcher. He has five three-year olds in tomorrow's Derby field.
Matinee affair in Chicago kicks things off
UNDATED (AP) — The Cubs and Reds are playing day baseball in Wrigley this afternoon. The game kicks off a three-game weekend set between the two National League Central rivals.
Tampa Bay's Matt Moore is out to up his record to 6-0 this evening as the Rays face the Rockies in Denver. Moore is off to an outstanding start with an earned run average of just 1.13 with 38 strikeouts.
Three pitchers this evening can get their fifth victory of the season. In Cleveland the Indians are facing the Twins with Justin Masterson going for his fifth against two defeats for the Indians. At the same time CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) of the Yankees goes for win No. 5 in a game with Oakland while Detroit's Doug Fister looks to improve his mark to 5-0 with a win over the Astros in Houston.
In an early season meeting of divisional leaders the Red Sox are playing the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The Sox are the winningest team in baseball with 20 wins against just 8 defeats while the Rangers are 17-11.
Longtime rivals San Francisco and Los Angeles are meeting in AT&T Park tonight in the first game of a weekend series. A pair of three-game winners are facing off with Barry Zito (ZEE'-toh) going against Clayton Kershaw.
Knicks, Pacers and Thunder can advance
UNDATED (AP) — There are four NBA playoff games tonight and in three of the games the visiting team can clinch the series with a victory. In Boston it'll be game six for the Celtics and Knicks, who lead 3-2. The Hawks are home to the Pacers, who enter the game on top by the same 3-2 margin and Oklahoma City takes a 3-2 advantage to Houston in game six of that best of seven series.
James Harden of the Rockets is expected to play despite having been diagnosed with strep throat. Harden had what the team called flu-like symptoms on Wednesday, but scored 31 points to lead the Rockets to a 107-100 win in Game 5.
In the final game of the night the Grizzlies can finish off the Clippers in Memphis. After losing the first two games of the series in L.A, the Grizzlies have won three straight.
Fourth night of NHL playoff action
UNDATED (AP) — Four Game 2's are set to be played in the NHL playoffs tonight. In Chicago the Blackhawks are looking to take a 2-0 lead over Minnesota after their 2-1 overtime win on Tuesday. The Wild could be shorthanded as goalie Niklas Backstrom and defenseman Clayton Stoner did not practice yesterday, increasing the possibility they will be unavailable for tonight's game. Wild forward Jason Pominville also missed Thursday's practice and will not travel to Chicago. He missed Game 1.
In Pittsburgh the Penguins are out to go two-up on the Islanders after taking the first game 5-0 while in Montreal the Canadiens are looking to bounce back from a 4-2 game one loss to the Senators. The final game is in Vancouver where on Wednesday the Canucks were beaten by the Sharks 3-1.
Round two in progress
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Second-round play is underway in the PGA's Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. Russell Henley is off to a good start to the day as he is 3-under after nine holes and is now 6-under overall.
At the end of the first round there was a seven-player tie for first; including former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
Teenager in front
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn (ah-REE'-yah joo-TAH'-noo-garn) shot a 7-under 64 yesterday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship.
Cristie Kerr, the only-two time winner in the tour's eight previous visits to the River Course, had six birdies and one bogey in a 66 that put her alone in second place.
As play unfolds today, Ilhee Lee is 3-under for the day after nine holes and is 5-under for the tournament.
Funk looks to defend
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Fred Funk is back today to defend his win in last year's Insperity Championship on the Champions Tour. He birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn). Funk also won the 1992 Houston Open on the course.
Following this tournament the tour is taking the next two weeks off.