Top National Sports Stories: Bulls, Raptors, Clippers win...Jackets stay alive, Rangers, Sharks get even...Bucs OF suspended

Published on April 19, 2017 at 07:13AM

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have taken a 2-0 lead in their NBA first-round series, while the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers evened their series at a game apiece. Jimmy Butler contributed 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Bulls thumped the top-seeded Celtics, 111-97 in Boston. Kyle Lowry scored 22 points in the Raptors’ 106-100 victory against the Bucks, and the Clippers rode Blake Griffin’s 24 points to a 99-91 decision over the Jazz.

UNDATED (AP) — Columbus has stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks avoided a 3-1 deficit. William Karlsson, Boone Jenner and Markus Nutivaara each had a goal and an assist as the Jackets downed the Penguins, 5-4 to avoid a four-game sweep. Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal as the Rangers topped Montreal, 2-1, and the Sharks got two goals apiece from Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture in a 7-0 blowout against Edmonton.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Miami Marlins came close to tossing a combined no-hitter before settling for a 5-0 shutout of the Mariners in Seattle. The Marlins were on the verge of the sixth no-hitter in franchise history when Seattle’s Mitch Haniger lined a one-out double into right-center field off Kyle Barraclough (BAR’-eh-clahw). Wei-Yin Chen worked seven innings of the combined one-hitter to help the Marlins earn their fourth consecutive win.

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Starling Marte (MAHR’-tay) has received an 80-game suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for the steroid Nandrolone. He will be eligible to return in mid-July. Marte is hitting .241 with two home runs and seven RBIs this season.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga basketball star Nigel Williams-Goss has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft after leading the Bulldogs to their first appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Williams-Goss led the Zags in scoring at 16.8 points a game as the team went 37-2. The West Coast Conference player of the year will hire an agent, precluding his return to school.