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76ers hammer Raptors…Harden eyes Game 3…B’s, Avs knot series…Cubs get Russell ready

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers have a two-games-to-one lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference after Joel Embiid  scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 116-95 win over the Toronto Raptors. Embiid went 9 of 18 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws after averaging only 14 points and 28% shooting from the floor in the first two games. Kawhi  Leonard scored 33 points for the Raptors, and Pascal Siakam had 20.

UNDATED (AP) – Houston Rockets guard James Harden will play in Game 3 of the NBA’s Western Conference semifinal series against Golden State on Saturday despite injuries to both eyes. It was clear that last year’s MVP was still struggling as he squinted under the light while answering questions about it. The injury occurred when he was hit by Draymond Green during the first quarter Game 2, but he finished the Rockets’ 104-100 loss to the Warriors.

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche won last night to even their NHL second-round series at two games apiece. Patrice Bergeron  scored two power-play goals and Tuukka Rask stopped 39 shots as the Bruins dumped Columbus, 4-1. Nathan MacKinnon ran his point streak to eight games by scoring the game-winning goal in the second period of the Avs’ 3-0 shutout of San Jose.

UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Cubs have optioned shortstop Addison Russell to Triple-A Iowa after he completed his 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Russell was eligible to rejoin the Cubs on Friday, but manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday the team wanted to give him more time at Triple-A to get ready. Russell was suspended last fall after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Rory McIlroy fired a 5-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Joel Dahmen after the opening round of the PGA’s the Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy twice made birdie when he was out of position off the tee and ran off three straight birdies on the back nine for his lowest start in his 10 appearances at Quail Hollow. Dahmen holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish a bogey-free round.

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