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Celts, Nuggets win…Flyers, Canucks alive…A Giant assault

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Celtics have taken a 2-0 series lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals, while the Denver Nuggets have advanced to the Western Conference semis. Marcus Smart nailed five 3-pointers while the Celtics were going on a 29-9 run to beat the Toronto Raptors, 102-99. Nikola Jokic  scored 30 points, including the tiebreaking bucket with 27 seconds left in the Nuggets’ 80-78 triumph against Utah.

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks have forced a Game 6 in their respective NHL second-round series. The Flyers blew a 3-1 lead late in the third period before Scott Laughton scored 12:20 in overtime to give them a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. Brock Boeser  scored once and set up Elias Pettersson’s tiebreaking goal in the third period of the Canucks’ 2-1 decision over Vegas.

DENVER (AP) — Three players drove in six runs as the San Francisco Giants crushed the Colorado Rockies, 23-5 last night. Alex Dickerson was 5-for-5 with three home runs while matching a career high with six RBIs. Brandon Crawford also homered among his three hits and had six RBIs, while Donovan Solano supplied four hits and six ribbies.

SEATTLE (AP) — Tomorrow’s game between the Seattle Mariners and visiting Oakland Athletics has been postponed, wiping out the entire three-game series. The decision allows for additional testing and contact tracing after a member of the Athletics’ organization tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball says the series will be made up with a doubleheader in Seattle on Sept. 14 and another in Oakland on Sept. 26.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Running back Leonard Fournette is a free agent after going unclaimed 24 hours after being waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fournette’s representatives responded to the waiver move by formally filing a grievance against the Jaguars in an effort to recoup the $4.17 million in base salary he was initially guaranteed for this season. Jacksonville voided all remaining guarantees in Fournette’s rookie deal following his one-game suspension for fighting with Buffalo linebacker Shaq Lawson in November 2018.

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