HOUSTON — Mike DAntoni’s candidacy for the Houston Rockets’ coaching job is gaining momentum, according to league sources. The offensive-minded DAntoni, currently serving as associate of the Philadelphia 76ers, has coached in Denver, Phoenix, New York and the Los Angeles.
BALTIMORE — One-time Mariners’ prospect Chris Tillman continued his brilliant start to the 2016 season. The lanky right-hander limited the Mariners to just two runs in a 5-2 victory for Baltimore on Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
RIO DE JANIERO — Interim President Michel Temer told the International Olympic Committee that Brazil’s change of government has not interrupted preparations for the Rio 2016 Games, newly appointed Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani said on Monday. Temer spoke to IOC president Thomas Bach by telephone and assured him the games will take place as planned, Picciani told reporters after a meeting with Brazil’s new president, who replaced suspended President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday.
PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in nine games 40 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Game Two of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday to even the series. The Penguins, who squandered a two-goal lead before getting the winner in overtime, now head to Tampa for Game 3 in the best-of-seven series on Wednesday.
WENATCHEE — As the old adage goes, defense wins championships. If the way the Wenatchee Valley Rams’ defense has started the 2016 season continues, the Rams will have every chance to take home a second-straight national championship trophy.