In a nutshell: as of 12:05 a.m. Thursday by Hartley Miller


–The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics will play a 7th and deciding game to determine who advances against the Miami Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference final. Kyle Lowry hooped 33 points, in a playoff career-high 53 minutes, to lead the Raptors to a 125-122 double-overtime victory in Game 6 against the Celtics. The two teams meet one more time Friday night at 6:00 PT.

–The LA Clippers whipped the Denver Nuggets 96-85 to take a 3-1 series lead with Game 5 Friday (3:30 PM PT).

–There is one game tonight (Thursday) in the NBA (4:00 tip-off): LA Lakers against the Houston Rockets with the Lakers in front 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinal.


–Nikita Kucherov scored with 8 seconds remaining in the third period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. The Lightning lead the NHL Eastern Conference final 2-0 with Game 3 Friday night.

–The NHL Western final resumes tonight (5:00 PT) in the Edmonton bubble. The Vegas Golden Knights and the Dallas Stars are even at a game each.

–Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins has won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year. Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault was a close second in the voting, which is done by broadcasters.


–The NFL kicks off its new season tonight (5:20 PT). The Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans. The Chiefs have 20 of their 22 starters back from last season’s championship team.


–The New York Yankees ended a 5-game losing streak, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2. The (24-19) Jays have 17 games left. They are off today and will host the New York Mets Friday (3:37 PT) in Buffalo.


–Serena Williams has advanced to the US Open semifinals. She needs two more wins to claim a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. The 38-year-old Williams will face unranked Victoria Azarenka. The other women’s semi today will feature 2018 champion Naomi Osaka vs. No. 28 seed Jennifer Brady.