SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken made major league history as the first female coach on the court in a regular season game when she took over for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night against San Diego.
Nakken came on to coach first base for the Giants in the third inning after Antoan Richardson was ejected.
When she was announced as Richardson’s replacement, Nakken received a warm ovation from the crowd at Oracle Park and a congratulatory handshake from Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Nakken, 31, ran into the field four days after Rachel Balkovec became the first woman to lead a minor league affiliate of a Major League Baseball team. She guided the Tampa Class A club of the New York Yankees to victory in their first game.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving had 34 points and 12 assists, Kevin Durant added 25 points and 11 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets took the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-108 Tuesday night in the game opener.
The Nets took a 20-point lead after one quarter and held off the Cavaliers time and time again to earn a matchup with No. 2 seed Boston in a series that begins Sunday.
Irving made his first 12 shots before a 3-pointer ended in the fourth quarter. He finished 12 for 15.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell combined for 59 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves overcome a tough night for Karl-Anthony Towns and beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-104 in a playoff Tuesday night .
Edwards scored 30 points with five 3-pointers and Russell had 29 points and six assists to send Wolves to the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference and a first-round game with Memphis.
Paul George finished with 34 points after going 2 for 10 in the first half for the Clippers, who have a second chance to qualify for the playoffs with a home game Friday for the No. 8 seed against the New Orleans or San Antonio.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets held a moment of silence before their playoff game against Cleveland and said they were donating $50,000 to help those injured after at least 10 people were shot dead in a subway on Tuesday.
The shooting occurred at a station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood, closest to the Nets’ practice facility, where they held their morning shootout on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday saying Washington commanders engaged in potentially illegal financial conduct, and the NFL expects to examine the most serious allegations.
The committee found evidence of deceptive marketing practices over a period of more than a decade, including the withholding of ticket revenue from visiting teams and refundable deposits from fans.
In the letter obtained by The Associated Press, the committee described, through testimony from former employees and access to emails and documents, a pattern of financial irregularities by owner Dan Snyder and executives of the company. ‘team. At one point in 2016, the committee said the team retained up to $5 million from 2,000 season ticket holders while hiding shareable revenue from the league.
An NFL spokesperson said the league has hired former Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White “to review the most serious issues raised by the committee.” She chaired the SEC from 2013 to 2017.
— By AP Sports Writer Stephen Whyno.
MONACO (AP) — Novak Djokovic opened his clay-court season with a surprising loss to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday.
Davidovich Fokina stunned the top-ranked Serbian 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1 in the second round to hand Djokovic another setback as he tries to move on from the controversy surrounding his refusal to get a shot against COVID-19.
It’s rare back-to-back defeats for Djokovic, who hadn’t played since being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships in February – his only previous tournament this year after being banned from playing at the Australian Open. .
LONDON (AP) — Kim Clijsters, a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, has once again retired from professional tennis.
Clijsters, 38, who ended her second retirement in 2019 after a seven-year hiatus, announced on Tuesday that she “will no longer be playing official tournaments”.
Clijsters, who is already a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, won the US Open for the first time in 2005 and quit tennis two years later at age 23 shortly before getting married.
The Belgian player then took about two years off while having a daughter, but came back and won the 2009 US Open. She won another championship at Flushing Meadows in 2010 and then added an Open title of Australia the following season and returned to the top of the rankings.
WHITE PLAINS, NY (AP) — Lew Sherr has been selected as the USTA’s chief executive and executive director.
The U.S. national tennis governing body announced the hire on Tuesday, saying Sherr would start on May 2. He has worked for the association for 13 years, the last decade as Chief Revenue Officer.
Sherr will work with the USTA Board of Directors to set the growth strategy for tennis in the United States and to ensure the sport continues its trend toward an increasingly diverse player and fan base.
MADRID (AP) — Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is unwilling to extend his stay at the English club to a 10th year and plans to return to his native Brazil at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old midfielder says his desire for more playing time was behind his decision to leave City.
“I want to play,” Fernandinho said on Tuesday ahead of City’s second leg against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.
“I will return to Brazil for sure,” he added.
The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association has decided to break off talks with rival Premier Hockey Federation, the latest blow to a growing rift between two factions that claim to want to develop the sport in North America.
The PWHPA board voted unanimously to end talks with the PHF about the collaboration, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday evening because the decision had not been announced.
Despite pressure from the NHL for negotiations between the two parties, it has become clear over the past three years that the PWHPA and PHF, formerly known as the National Women’s Hockey League, are out of sync in their goals. .
– By AP Hockey writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
JERSEY CITY, NJ (AP) — Saint Peter’s on Tuesday hired Jersey City native Bashir Mason to replace Shaheen Holloway as Peacocks coach.
Holloway left Saint Peter’s a day after his team was eliminated in the Elite Eight by national runners-up North Carolina to return to Seton Hall, his alma mater. Saint Peter’s was the first No. 15 seed to reach the Elite Eight. The Peacocks won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament and went 22-12 with victories over Kentucky, Murray State and Purdue in the NCAA Tournament.
It’s also a homecoming for Mason, who spent the last 10 years at Wagner College in Staten Island.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Shirley Spork, one of 13 LPGA Tour founders who learned two weeks ago that she would be inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame, died Tuesday, the LPGA announced. . She was 94 years old.
The LPGA said she died in Palm Springs, Calif., where she lived and taught until she was 90.
Although she never won on the LPGA Tour – her best result was runner-up to the LPGA Championship in 1962 at Stardust Country Club in Las Vegas – Spork’s impact spanned seven decades of beginning of the tour and teaching the game.
She was the driving force behind the creation of the LPGA’s Teaching and Club Pro Division, which started with six members and now has more than 1,700 female professionals.
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