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Raptors, Clippers win…Lightning strike again

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have forced a seventh game in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals, while the Los Angeles Clippers took a 3-1 lead in the West semifinals. Kyle Lowry contributed 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 53 minutes as the Raptors outlasted the Celtics, 125-122 in double-overtime. Kawhi  Leonard contributed 30 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals to the Clippers 96-85 victory over Denver.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have a 2-0 lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference semifinals after Nikita Kucherov scored with just 8.8 seconds left to lead a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. Victor Hedman scored late in the first period after Matt Martin gave the Isles a lead 84 seconds into the game. Andrei Vasilievskiy  stopped 27 shots and helped the Lightning kill off a five-minute major and a 5-on-3 situation.

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Open women’s semifinals are on tap today as Serena Williams faces Victoria Azarenka and Naomi Osaka takes on Jennifer Brady. Williams advanced with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win against Tsvetana Pironkova  last night before Azarenka rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Elise Mertens. Men’s second seed Dominic Thiem  and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev won their quarterfinal matches yesterday.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves belted seven home runs last night and set a franchise record for runs in a 29-9 wipeout of the Miami Marlins. Adam Duvall led Atlanta’s 23-hit assault with three homers and nine RBIs, including a grand slam. Ronald Acuña Jr. added a three-run homer and a three-run double in the laugher.

DETROIT (AP) — Corbin Burnes tossed one-hit ball for seven innings before the Milwaukee Brewers completed a 19-0 laugher over the Detroit Tigers. It was the most runs for the Brewers since they scored 20 at Pittsburgh in 2010. Jedd Gyorko  homered twice, and Jacob Nottingham, Ryan Braun and Tyrone Taylor also went deep for the Brewers.

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