NBA Playoff Schedule:
It’s on to Chicago for a resumption of the Cavaliers-Bulls playoff series tonight.
Cleveland welcomes back guard J.R. Smith after he sat out a two-game suspension to open the series. He was replaced by Iman Shumpert, who injured his groin in the Cavaliers’ Game 2 win. Shumpert’s status for tonight is up in the air.
The teams split the first two games in Cleveland.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau seems committed to keeping his lineup as is, even with center Joakim Noah shooting 1 for 14 from the free throw line in the postseason. Noah is leading the Bulls with 10.8 rebounds per game in the postseason.
Clippers star guard Chris Paul’s status is still iffy for tonight’s Game 3 against the Rockets in Los Angeles. He’s missed the first two games with a hamstring injury.
If Paul can’t play, the pressure remains on Blake Griffin, who was dominant in the first three halves without his point guard but seemed to wear down in the second half of the Clippers Game 2 loss. He had only eight points after scoring 26 before the break.
The Western Conference semifinal series is tied at a game each.
PGA Players Championship:
Woods had a 1-under 71 that appeared to be enough for him to make the cut.
He still was eight shots behind Kevin Na, who had a 69 to reach 8-under 136 among the early starters on Friday. Na had the 54-hole lead at the TPC Sawgrass three years ago before he fell away during the final round.
Branden Grace of South Africa (67) and David Hearn of Canada (71) were two shots behind.
Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were among those who played in the afternoon. Spieth needed a good round to make the cut.
Qualifying at Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Sprint Cup drivers are qualifying later today for tomorrow night’s race at the mile-and-a-half Kansas Speedway. The soon-to-be-retired Jeff Gordon has three wins at the track in his career. Kevin Harvick heads into the weekend with a 40-point lead over Martin Truex Jr. in the drivers standings.
— St. Louis made it nine wins in 10 games as John Lackey collected his third career RBI and struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings to lead a 5-1 triumph over the Chicago Cubs. Peter Bourjos (BOHR’-johs) hit an RBI triple and Jason Heyward went 3-for-5 with an RBI to help the Cardinals improve to a major league-best 21-7.
— Eric Hosmer (HAHZ’-mur) smacked a three-run homer in the first inning of Kansas City’s 7-4 triumph over Cleveland. The blast came off reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, who dropped to 0-5 with a 7.43 ERA after surrendering five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Schedule May 8th
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Detroit, 6:08 p.m.