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Sports Ticker August 27th

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoff schedule was put on hold yesterday as players chose to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice. The dramatic series of moves began when the Milwaukee Bucks declined to take the court against Orlando in the early game. The state of Wisconsin has been rocked in recent days by the shooting by police officers of Jacob Blake, a Black man.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have fired coach Nate McMillan, two weeks after announcing he would keep the job for two more years. Team officials made the announcement less than 48 hours after the Pacers suffered their second straight sweep in the first round of the playoffs. McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, going to the playoffs each season.


TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken a 2-1 lead in their NHL second-round series, and the Philadelphia Flyers have tied their series at a game apiece. Nikita Kucherov (KOO'-cheh-rahv) scored once and set up each of the Lightning's three power-play goals in a 7-1 rout of Boston. The Flyers blew an early 3-0 lead before Phil Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the Islanders.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche wasted a 3-1 lead in the third period before pulling within two games to one in their Stanley Cup second-round series against Dallas. Mikko Rantanen (MEE’-koh RAN’-tah-nehn) and Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) tallied 1:52 apart late in the third to put the Avs ahead to stay in a 6-4 win over the Stars. Pavel Francouz (FRAN'-sohz) stopped 33 shots for Colorado.


UNDATED (AP) — A trio of Major League Baseball games were postponed Wednesday as players across the sports landscape reacted in the wake of the weekend shooting by police of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Games between the Reds and Brewers in Milwaukee, the Mariners and Padres in San Diego and the Dodgers and Giants in San Francisco were called off hours before they were set to begin. Several other players around the majors either took a knee during the national anthem or decided not to play.