SPORTS BRIEFING

Crestview back at it

COLUMBIANA — Crestview’s softball team fell to LaBrae 8-1 in a regular season contest on Wednesday.

Haley Eskra had two hits for the Rebels.

Crestview (22-6) plays at South Range for the Div. III district title today.

Springfield wins again

The Springfield 65 years old and over baseball team won its third consecutive game Tuesday by defeating the Ohio Classics, 8-3.

The defending two-time league champions were led by Jim Ciotti with three hits. Howard Merritt and Pat Pruent also had two hits apiece. Nick Simko picked up his third win on the mound.

Salem Elks Soccer Shoot

SALEM — The Salem Elks Soccer Shoot will be held on May 19 at the Salem Community Center’s indoor soccer field. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. with the shoot starting at 1 p.m. Shoot is for boys and girls ages 13 and under.

Bucks finish with flourish

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brook Lopez scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied in the final minutes to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.

Lopez had a dunk with 2:20 left to put the Bucks ahead for good, added a 3-pointer on the next Milwaukee possession.

Pirates fall

PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke was cruising along when he felt something wrong. Taking no chances, the Arizona Diamondbacks ace called it a day. Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning before exiting with abdominal tightness and the Diamondbacks routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-1 Wednesday.

Hand it to the Sharks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Erik Karlsson scored 5:23 into overtime after the officials missed a hand pass by Timo Meier, and the San Jose Sharks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final. Meier used his right hand to knock a loose puck toward the front of the net.

Gustav Nyquist then passed it over to Karlsson, who beat Jordan Binnington for his second goal of the game.

Binnington and the Blues complained immediately about Meier’s pass. The officials huddled while Karlsson and the Sharks celebrated, but the play wasn’t reviewable and the goal stood.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in St. Louis.

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