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Barcelona vs Real Madrid live score and goal updates from El Clasico as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi clash

Recently crowned LaLiga champions Barcelona will hope to keep their unbeaten streak intact when Real Madrid visit for El Clasico tonight.

Barca have already won a domestic double and are bidding to finish the campaign without suffering a single league defeat, while Los Blancos are also on a high after booking their place in the Champions League final this week.

Real have an extra incentive to beat their great rivals, who are on the verge of completing the first 38-game unbeaten season in LaLiga history. Ernesto Valverde’s side merely need to avoid a loss in their final four fixtures – three of which are at home – and the most difficult of those is the visit of Real.

Zinedine Zidane’s side won at the Nou Camp in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup in August and have not lost there since March 2015.

Follow all the action from the Nou Camp below…

Zidane explains lack of guard of honour

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended the decision for his players not to form a guard of honour for LaLiga champions Barcelona.

Ernesto Valverde’s Barca clinched the title last weekend with a 4-2 victory at Deportivo La Coruna, and are four games away from going through the entire league campaign unbeaten.

But there will be no guard of honour on Sunday evening, with Zidane irked that the Catalan club did not see his side out onto the pitch after their Club World Cup triumph in December.

“They did not do it (for us) and we, with respect, are not going to do it because they did not do it,” Zidane said.

“We respect what Barcelona did, which is to win the league and is the most difficult thing for me, as I have always said. I congratulate them, and this is respect.

“I will clarify the subject. I’m not the one to decide that the guard of honour is not made. After the Club World Cup, I understand that for them it was not important to make it (for us). Some say they were not in the competition, but you have to win the Champions League to play the Club World Cup, and we are all in the Champions League.”

The deposed champions head to Barcelona 15 points adrift of their hosts and amid reports they may rest the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos with one eye on their Champions League final date with Liverpool later this month, but Zidane insists there will be no lack of motivation from the visitors.

“You do not have to think about the injuries, and have to play the match with intensity, which is the best way to prepare for the final,” said the Frenchman, whose side sit third but still have second-placed Atletico Madrid in their sights.

“It is true that this year LaLiga is decided and there is less expectation, but that is normal. Before the game it will be like that, but when it starts I do not think there will be little expectation.

“We have four games (left in the league) and we will prepare in the best way because we have to finish as high as possible.

Arsenal vs Burnley live

Arsenal vs. Burnley: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Arsenal take on Burnley on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium in what is bound to be an emotional affair as it is Arsene Wenger’s final home game in charge of the Gunners.

The Frenchman will step down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge and will hope to say goodbye to the home supporters with victory against Sean Dyche’s side.

Date: Sunday, May 6

Time: 4:30 p.m. BST/11:30 a.m. ET

TV: CNBC (U.S.)

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live, fubo.tv (U.S.)

Team News

Burnley are still without several key players with Robbie Brady, Jonathan Walters, Steven Defour, Scott Arfield and Ben Mee still all sidelined, per Transfermarkt.

Arsenal lost captain Laurent Koscienly to a torn Achilles during Thursday’s UEFA Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid, per Goal’s Chris Wheatley.

Calum Chambers replaced him at the Wanda Metropolitano and could keep his place alongside Shkodran Mustafi.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be available after featuring as a substitute against Atletico Madrid, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should come back into the team after being cup-tied on Thursday.

Farewell to Arsene Wenger

Arsenal’s Europa League exit means there will be no fairytale finish for Wenger, but the club are planning a guard of honour on Sunday, per Daniel Cutts at The Sun.

It’s a sad end to Wenger’s career at Arsenal, but he will hope his team can bounce back from their European disappointment and send him off with a victory.

Liam Twomey of ESPN FC did not have too much sympathy for Wenger:

The Frenchman’s departure does feel long overdue with Arsenal set to end the season with no silverware and no UEFA Champions League football once again.

Sports writer Ben Fairthorne said it might take a while for Arsenal to recover:

Meanwhile, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown does not expect Mesut Ozil to feature on Sunday, per James Benge at the Evening Standard:

Arsenal’s players will need to rouse themselves after a disappointing display in Madrid as they prepare to say goodbye to Wenger and welcome in a new era at the Emirates.

Burnley Heading into Europe

Burnley are virtually assured of a place in the Europa League next season and may even have confirmed qualification before kick-off if Everton do not beat Southampton on Saturday.

The Clarets are six points clear of the Toffees with two games left to play and also have a far superior goal difference.

Manager Sean Dyche’s exploits have seen him honoured in an unusual way, per BBC Sport:

Burnley head to the Emirates in good form, as they have lost just one of their last nine Premier League games.

However, they have lost their last three Premier League matches against Arsenal to injury-time winners and may feel they deserve a bit of luck this time around.

Burnley also have two forwards who are in good form and may be able to take advantage of any defensive vulnerability, per Opta:

There’s even a slim chance of Burnley pipping Arsenal for sixth place. Victory for the Clarets on Sunday would see them move level on points with the Gunners, although they have played a game more.

The focus will be on Wenger and Arsenal on Sunday, but Burnley have been one of the biggest success stories in the Premier League this season and could spoil the party.

Barcelona v Real Madrid preview

Barcelona v Real Madrid preview: Real to offer no guard of honour to rivals

Real Madrid will opt against giving La Liga champions Barcelona a guard of honour when they visit the Nou Camp on Sunday.

The newly crowned league winners are playing their first game since sealing the championship with a 4-2 win at Deportivo last weekend and Zinedine Zidane said last month his side would ignore convention and not clap their opponents onto the pitch

Barca are four games from completing the first unbeaten season in La Liga history, having already set the record for the longest run of games without defeat in the Spanish top flight.

In league meetings, the Catalan club have not been beaten by Real in the last three encounters, although they did lose both legs of the Spanish Super Cup in August 2017 to Zidane’s men.

History favours Real, who have won 95 of the 236 competitive games between the pair, although since the days of Pep Guardiola the tide has turned, and Barca have now won 92 times in this fixture.

Zidane’s side secured their place in a fourth Champions League final in five years with a 4-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday, but are still fighting to finish second in La Liga following Atletico Madrid’s recent slip.

They have a game in hand over their city rivals and trail them by four points, and need to secure a second league win at the Nou Camp in the past three seasons.

Team news

Andres Iniesta, who announced last week he will leave the Nou Camp this summer, has been suffering with a minor calf problem – but should be fit to play.

For Real Madrid, Dani Carvajal, forced off in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final with Bayern, is expected to miss out while Isco and Rafael Varane are both doubts.

Wells Fargo Championship Live

Peterson shoots 65 to grab first round lead at Wells Fargo Championship

John Peterson started his rookie season on the PGA Tour about the time Tiger Woods started to experience back problems.

One of them is closer to walking away than the other.

Peterson, the 29-year-old free spirit who has pledged to retire from golf’s vagabond lifestyle if he doesn’t earn enough money to keep his card in three events, made back-to-back eagles late in the opening round Thursday for a 6-under 65 that gave him a two-shot lead in the Wells Fargo Championship.

Woods had an unspectacular round of 71 in his return to Quail Hollow after a six-year absence – mostly due to his balky back – and figured it would keep him and everyone else fairly close to the lead on a course that made it tough for anyone to get separation.

That was before Peterson came to life late in his round.

He holed a bunker shot from just under 60 feet away on the par-5 seventh hole. Then he holed a 56-degree wedge from 107 yards in the fairway for eagle on the next hole. It almost got even better. From the trees left of the ninth fairway, his approach cleared the bunker and was headed for the flag as the crowd – “seven or eight people and a Golden Retriever in the grandstands back there,” he said – began to cheer in anticipation.

It missed. He missed from 8 feet. All was well.

Peterson had never led after any round in 89 starts on the PGA Tour, and he didn’t seem all that worked up over it.

“I’m kind of free-wheeling it at this point,” he said. “I know a little bit has been said about me retiring if I don’t make the necessary money for my medical starts, and all that’s true. If I don’t make it, I’m not playing golf anymore.”

He made clear on more than one occasion he wants to win the Wells Fargo Championship, or the two tournaments he has left. Because of surgery on his left hand two years ago, Peterson started the year needing to make $375,165 in eight tournaments to keep his card. Five events later, he still needs $318,096 and has this week, and then the FedEx St. Jude Classic and Travelers Championship.

He loves golf. He also is a father – his son was born in October – and he would be just as happy in real estate development with a few friends in Fort Worth, Texas, than chasing around birdies and bogeys from one coast to the other.

If he wins this week? Or even if he makes enough money to keep his card?

“Either way is fine with me,” Peterson said. “I’ve got everything in place for both sides of it, so I’m not going to be bothered if I make it. Obviously, I would never be bothered to win a golf tournament out here.”

But it’s early, and he knows that from experience. Peterson was in the final group going into the weekend at the Sony Open, three shots out of the lead, when he shot 74-69 and tied for 47th.

Peterson was only part of the show on a warm and breezy day at Quail Hollow, site of the PGA Championship last summer.

Johnson Wagner, a member at Quail Hollow, also had back-to-back eagles when he drove the green on the par-4 14th to 6 feet, and then hit the green on the par-5 15th hole and made a 45-foot putt. He wound up in the group of five players at 67 that included PGA Tour rookie Keith Mitchell and Tyrrell Hatton.

Rory McIlroy, a two-time winner at Wells Fargo, was among 10 players at 68. Paul Casey and Jason Day were among seven players at 69.

Even with Peterson’s big finish, there was some truth to Woods’ assessment when he finished at 71.

“The way this golf course is set up and the way it’s playing right now, the guys are going to be stacked,” Woods said. “We’re all going to be close. There’s going to be probably, I’m guessing, 15 guys or so with a chance on Sunday.”

Woods had back-to-back birdies on the holes where Peterson made his eagles, getting him to 1 under. But he hit a poor wedge that led to bogey on the par-5 10th, atoned for that with a birdie on the par-5 15th, only to give back that shot with a three-putt bogey from 15 feet on No. 16.

It was a tough adjustment for Woods and everyone else. The greens were firm, with balls bouncing high upon landing. But the surface was a little on the slow side, and several players left putts extraordinarily short.

“I hit the ball fine today,” Woods said. “If I just make a few putts, I should be 2– or 3-under par, which is fine. I just didn’t make anything today.”

He was tied for 35th, his worst position after the opening round since he was tied for 61st at Riviera in February. This is his seventh PGA Tour start since returning from a fourth back surgery, and Woods said he now is used to the rhythm and flow of tournament golf. He has four months left in the season.

“I don’t see him retiring anytime soon,” Peterson said with a smile. “He can obviously still play with everybody out here.”

Golovkin vs Martirosyan Live

From anyone else’s perspective, switching out Canelo Alvarez from a Cinco de Mayo fight card for Glendale’s Vanes Martirosyan would be characterized as a promotional disaster.

In the hands of veteran fight salesman Don King, however, Saturday’s middleweight title defense by longtime champion Gennady Golovkin inspires another thought.

“Every indication is that this is an event of destiny,” King told a news-conference audience this week while hawking the HBO-televised main event at StubHub Center.

Reaching that conclusion required a 20-plus-minute King soliloquy that invoked references to President Trump, Kim Jong Un , women’s rights, Pancho Villa, the devil and, of course, Alvarez — “he eats some contaminated meat, so he says,” King said.

Did King ask Martirosyan’s trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, “what’s your name?” despite his fame as Ronda Rousey’s cornerman and mispronounce Martirosyan’s last name to close his sermon?

Yes, but the entertainment value was a needed diversion from the negativity connected to the collapse of Golovkin’s scheduled Saturday rematch with Mexico’s former two-division champion Alvarez.

Alvarez submitted two positive samples for the banned performance-enhancing substance Clenbuterol and was suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission, spoiling the anticipated rematch of a September draw that generated 1.3 million pay-per-view buys and a $27 million live gate.

As both Golovkin and Martirosyan successfully weighed in Friday, the California State Athletic Commission revealed Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 knockouts) will earn only a guaranteed $1 million while standing as a 1/30 favorite in the bout, with Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) getting paid $225,000.

To add insult to Golovkin’s (financial) injury, the International Boxing Federation will not join the World Boxing Assn. and World Boxing Council in sanctioning the title fight because Golovkin is not meeting his mandatory contender, an anonymous Russian.

Golovkin, saying he’s pessimistic about a rematch with Alvarez happening on Sept. 15 even though promoters maintain it’s their top priority to strike a renegotiated deal, is further soured that Alvarez has not yet re-enrolled in the WBC’s mandated year-round drug-testing program.

The head of the testing agency told The Times this week that she expects Alvarez to be re-enrolled by next week.

“All this history is indicative of the history you’re going to see Saturday night,” announced King, the bombastic pitchman who had far less of a challenge in selling Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson fights.

“I learned from the master, Muhammad Ali, and he told me that no matter how great you are as a human being, to be a whole human being, you have to lose. Everything is indicative of this … because GGG was steadfast in wanting to fight on Cinco de Mayo. It’s a destiny day, of people fighting for the people, of Pancho Villa … you put these spiritual forces together … this whole event … and that brings me to Armenia.”

Martirosyan is of Armenian descent and is expected to draw a large crowd from near his hometown along with others in the Southland used to major Cinco de Mayo fight cards. Golovkin drew a record crowd of 9,232 when he last fought at StubHub Center in 2014.

“There’s no disgrace in losing,” King told Golovkin on stage. “You have an opportunity to become bigger than ever. Show them what you can do in losing. We know what you can do in winning. You have more belts than anyone. You’re ‘Triple G!’ … Show us how to be a champion of the guy who’s [living] on the street corner, the man with the virus who’s sick — a champion of the losers.

“We don’t know what he can do with a loss. We need to know that.”

Golovkin even cracked a grin.

Ironically — or fittingly — the belts on stage near Martirosyan were propped up by tomato cans, something he insists he is not as the WBC’s No. 1-rated junior-middleweight contender who hasn’t fought in nearly two years because two opponents retreated from deals.

While he’s taken some criticism in his role as Alvarez’s replacement, Martirosyan, a former U.S. Olympic boxer from the same 2004 Games in which Golovkin participated, Martirosyan said, “I don’t like that they put me down as a person. I’m trying to fight for my family. I’m a fighter.”

The extended absence was caused by “a lot of boxing politics. I’ve asked, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ I was sad, but I always knew I’d be ready.”

BOXING

Main event: Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) vs. Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) for Golovkin’s World Boxing Council and World Boxing Assn. middleweight belts

Where: StubHub Center

Television: HBO

When: Televised portion begins at 8 p.m., first bout at 4:45 p.m.

Kentucky Derby 2018

The Kentucky Derby not only offers the chance for a horse to etch his name into the history books, but as the first jewel of the Triple Crown, the event can pave the way toward sporting immortality.

Winning the Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes is a challenge only a select number of horses have a accomplished, with the most recent the imperious American Pharoah in 2015. Whoever triumphs Saturday will hope to follow in his footsteps.

The favourite for the Run for the Roses as things stand is Justify as he seeks to break the longstanding Apollo Curse. Mendelssohn and Audible are both tipped to run the market leader close, though.

Here are the odds for the race, a look at the prospects of a Triple Crown winner and a preview of the 144th Kentucky showpiece.

Kentucky Derby Odds

Justify +325

Mendelssohn +450

Audible +500

Magnum Moon +700

Good Magic +900

Bolt d’Oro +1100

Vino Rosso +1400

Solomini +1400

Hofburg +1600

Enticed +2500

Noble Indy +2500

My Boy Jack +3300

Free Drop Billy +3300

Bravazo +3300

Promises Fulfilled +4000

Flameaway +5000

Lone Sailor +5000

Instilled Regard +5000

Firenze Fire +6600

Combatant +10000

Numbers courtesy of OddsShark. A winning $1 bet on Justify to win the Derby will return $3.25.

As relayed by OddsChecker, Sky Bet offer odds of +1700 for any horse to win the Triple Crown in 2018.

Race for Triple Crown Begins Saturday

The race’s official Twitter account broke down how the horses will line up Saturday:

While the memories of American Pharoah’s Triple Crown win in 2015 remain vivid in the minds of many horse racing fanatics, it’s worth considering how tough an ask it is to win at Kentucky, then Preakness and finally Belmont.

Not only are these spectacles raced over different lengths, the turnaround between each is short, and heavy legs do begin to take a toll.

Prior to American Pharoah’s triumph, Affirmed was the last horse to win all three. That was in 1978. Here’s the moment three years ago that 37-year streak was ended:

The trainer of the Triple Crown winner, Bob Baffert, is the man who has been preparing Justify for his tilt in Kentucky. Many of the signs have been positive as of late, with the horse producing a win at the Santa Anita Derby in the build, cementing his position at the top of the market.

If he is to win, the Apollo Curse will need to end—no horse that hasn’t raced as a two-year-old has won in Kentucky since Apollo in 1882. Baffert thinks it’s going to be broken soon.

“It’s going to happen,” Baffert said, per the Associated Press (h/t USA Today). “Whether it happens this year or whatever, but it will happen because Bodemeister almost got away with it. But I don’t really worry about that.”

Some strong rivals, and not a curse, may prove to be the undoing of Justify this weekend, though, as he has a couple of in-form horses coming up against him.

Mendelssohn is one of those, having caught the attention of plenty after a strong performance in the UAE Derby, winning that Grade 2 race by 18 lengths. As noted by Blood Horse’s Alicia Wincze-Hughes, he’s been chirpy in the build:

If we’re talking about trends, one stands out going into Saturday’s race—the winner of the Florida Derby for the last two years has gone on to win at Churchill Downs. Audible, who won at Gulfstream Park, is well fancied here too.

If there is to be another Triple Crown winner, you feel as though the victor must come from one of the favourites mentioned. It’s tough to see any horse in the field sustaining such standards for the course of three challenging races outside of that trio.

France vs Belarus live

Ice Hockey World Championship Sweden vs Belarus 2018 IIHF Team News, Betting Odds, Prediction, Live Score, Live Streaming and Tickets

2017 world champions Sweden goes up against Belarus in the third match of IIHF 2018. While being the defending champions, Sweden is also trailing behind Russia on the points table with total points of 3850 in the third position while Belarus is ranked 10 in the IIHF.

Belarus also showed a good form this season beating Finland in pre-game settling the score for 3-2. To make the match against Sweden more interesting Belarus is bringing in new dubantants for defense man, goaltender and forward. Whether this new band of players will be good enough, we will soon find out.

Ice Hockey World Championship IIHF 2018 Sweden vs Belarus Match Preview

Match Number – 3

Match Venue – Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark

Match Date & Timings – 4 May, 20:15 (Local time)

Live TV Telecast & Live Streaming – NTV Plus, Canal+, Sports+, France Télévisions, BFM TV, Premier Sports, Belarus TV, MTV 3, SVT, TV 4, NBCSN, NHL Network, TSN, RDS, TV2, DR2 Denmark Radio, Eurosport, ZDF, RTL, ARD and Slovak Television.

IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2018 SWE vs BLR Match Prediction

Both teams will be on their toes for this match. Sweden overall being in a good shape is sure to take victory this match.
IIHF 2018 Ice Hockey World Championship Sweden vs Belarus Team Squad

Sweden Playing Squad: KLINGBERG John, WIKSTRAND Mikael, LARSSON Adam, KEMPE Adrian, BACKLUND Mikael, LARSSON Johan, JANMARK Mattias, NYQUIST Gustav,EVERBERG Dennis, EKMAN-LARSSON Oliver, ANDERSSON Lias, de la ROSE Jacob, NILSSON Anders, HELLBERG Magnus, PETTERSSON Elias, LINDHOLM Hampus, GUSTAFSSON Erik, RAKELL Rickard, PAAJARVI Magnus and ZIBANEJAD Mika.

Belarus Playing Squad: VOROBEI Pavel, DENISOV Vladimir, DYUKOV Roman, RAZVADOVSKI Pavel, DROZD Sergei, LISOVETS Yevgeni, DEMKOV Artyom, PLATT Geoff, SHARANGOVICH Yegor ,KHENKEL Kristian, USTINENKO Nikita, MATERUKHIN Alexander, KULBAKOV Ivan, LINGLET Charles, PAVLOVICH Alexander, SUSHKO Ilya, LEVSHA Artyom, KITAROV Alexander, KISLY Artyom,TRUS Vitali, KOVYRSHIN Yevgeni, KOROBOV Dmitri, GAVRUS Artur, KARNAUKHOV Mikhail and FALKOVSKI Stepan.
2018 Belarus vs Sweden Live Score Ice Hockey World Championship

Live score will be updated here on match day!

Rays vs Tigers Live

White Sox vs. Tigers, Rays vs. Yankees Live Stream Free: How To Watch MLB Online
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The Major League Baseball of 2017 has begun on April 2. We have seen some exciting matches in last 3 days. Baltimore, Boston Red, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Minnesota have managed to win in those matches. This day we will see more exciting matches like Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees.

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We are very much excited to watch this matches. The first match (Chicago-Detroit) was postponed due to rain and now we are eager to see if the White Sox can show their magic this time. Defeating the Tigers will be difficult. They both are the very old team with a heritage of more than a century. This is Chicago White Sox’s 117th season in American League baseball. But the manager, Rick Renteria will be participating his first season as a manager. We are very eager to see Chicago filling out the score fields with numbers. Detroit Tigers are as experienced as the White Sox as it’s their 117th season also. But the manager is a little bit more experienced, he has participated once before this time. Let’s see if the Tigers can hunt some prey.

Later, we have another anticipating match between Tampa Bay Ray’s and New York Yankees. The Yankees did not manage to win their last match against Tampa Bay Ray’s. It’s their 6th consecutive opening day loss. They have badly disappointed the fans. They stated they had the best training session and presented the fans with another huge heartbreak. But they still have the spirit, that’s a good thing to see after being defeated once again by a huge difference. Now, once again they are going to face, Yankee fans pray for the best.

Tampa Bay Ray’s are very positive about the match. They are working hard and they want to do better than the last time, bad news for the Yankees. But the Yankees might come back anytime. It’s okay to step back before a strong dash. Anyway, we will see, what comes.

Here are the details about Tampa Bay Ray vs New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Live Stream:
Tampa Bay Rays – New York Yankees:

When: 16:10 Monday, Pacific Time (PT)

Place: Tropicana Field

Chicago White Sox – Detroit Tigers:

When: 11:10 Tuesday, Pacific Time (PT)

Place: Guaranteed Rate Field

Live Stream: get here your MLB pass for this matches.

Royals vs Red Sox Live Online

BOSTON (AP) – Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam over the Green Monster and the Boston Red Sox finished April with their most wins ever by beating the Kansas City Royals 10-6 on Monday night.

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Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and had three hits along with Bogaerts for the Red Sox, who posted their 19th victory in April. They had reached 18 three times, the last coming in their World Series-winning 2013 season.

Whit Merrifield had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals, who were coming off their first consecutive wins this season.

Hector Velazquez (4-0), the first of three relievers, worked two scoreless innings of relief for the victory.

Trailing 3-0, Boston scored a run in the second on Moreland’s homer and five off Jason Hammel (0-3) in a third inning highlighted by Bogaerts’ slam that completely left Fenway Park. Moreland drew a bases-loaded walk for the other run.

It was Boston’s sixth slam of the season, tying the then-Montreal Expos from 1996 for most ever in the majors by May 1.

Boston fell in the 3-0 hole in the first when starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up three runs on three walks, two singles and a hit batsman.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: SS Alcides Escobar was back in the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game with a bruised left hand from being hit by a pitch. . DH Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch and came out with a bruised left forearm.

Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora decided to give OF Mookie Betts a second straight day off because of a tight right hamstring that forced him out Saturday. “I feel like not starting today is going to benefit him, but if we need it late in the game, we’ll use him,” Cora said.

PRESS BOX CONFUSION

The Royals made a late lineup change, which caused confusion in the press box when everyone thought the club had moved its DH to third base after Moustakas had to leave in the first.

It would have forced pitcher Hammel to hit.

The problem was: The Royals had given a new lineup to the umpires from the one posted in the press box and on Fenway’s scoreboards that had Moustakas at third base and Cheslor Cuthbert as the DH.

Cuthbert came in at third base at the bottom of the first.

GONE EARLY

Both starting pitchers were out by the fifth inning.

Rodriguez gave up five runs, walked three, hit two batters and struck out six in four.

Hammel was tagged for eight runs on eight hits in 4 2/3.

SPECIAL GUESTS

The Royals’ traveling party had 28 extra guests because they were invited to bring their dads or brothers on the trip.

“I really, really enjoy it – a chance to come to Fenway. They went on a tour here, a private tour. I think they all enjoyed that,” manager Ned Yost said. “It’s just a phenomenal trip together being able to share three days like this.”

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (3-2, 3.34 ERA) hopes to rebound Tuesday from a miserable previous start when gave up a club-record tying five homers against the White Sox.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sales (2-1, 2.31) looks to continue his strong run, having allowed three or fewer runs – one or less four times – in his initial six starts.

Rockets vs Jazz Live

No. 1 Houston Rockets (65-17) vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz (48-34)

How to watch Game 2

Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
TV channel: TNT


Online streaming: TNTDrama.com or TNT App

Playoff series schedule

Game 1 in Houston: Rockets 110, Jazz 96
Game 2 in Houston: Wednesday, May 2, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 in Utah: Friday, May 4, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 in Utah: Sunday, May 6, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 in Houston: Tuesday, May 8, TBA, TNT (if necessary)
Game 6 in Utah: Thursday, May 10, TBA, ESPN (if necessary)
Game 7 in Houston: Monday, May 14, TBA, TNT (if necessary)

Regular-season series: Rockets won 4-0

Last season’s playoff results: Rockets were eliminated in second round by Spurs 4-2, Jazz were eliminated in second round by Warriors 4-0

Injury report: Jazz guard Thabo Sefolosha is out for the season; Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) played for the first time this postseason in Game 1.

Houston Rockets projected starting lineup: G Chris Paul; G James Harden; F Trevor Ariza; F PJ Tucker; C Clint Capela

Utah Jazz projected starting lineup: G Royce O’Neale; G Donovan Mitchell; F Joe Ingles.; F Derrick Favors; C Rudy Gobert
Houston wins if …

The shots fall, plain and simple. The Rockets are clearly the more talented team in this series, which is a testament to the breadth of their talent and not the Jazz’s lack of it. Donovan Mitchell can create problems for the Rockets, but with the shooting firepower that the Rockets have, they’re a much more intimidating team to face off against than the Thunder. That’s especially true in a series in which Russell Westbrook became an offensive black hole. The Rockets have three to four shooters on the floor at any given time, making them an extremely tough match-up.
Utah wins if …

The Rockets’ struggles from the field — which could be the result of the Jazz’s incredible defense — continue, and Ricky Rubio keeps facilitating the offense as efficiently as he has been. If the Rockets get Games 2 and 3 Harden — in which Harden went 4-for-18 on three-point attempts — and not Game 4 Harden, where Harden went 7-for-12 from deep, the Jazz have a fighting chance. Utah also has a big size advantage, which Quin Snyder is excellent at ensuring isn’t used against his team. They aren’t going to simply outscore the Rockets — a few more things need to go their way than they do for Houston — but they can definitely create some difficult match-ups and go on runs throughout the game.