MIAMI (AP) — By Thursday, Dwyane Wade will not be employed as a basketball player anymore. After 16 seasons as an NBA player, after three championships, a scoring title, three franchises, four children, an Olympic gold medal and 161 teammates, the end is arriving. Wade played his final home regular-season game when the Miami Heat hosted the Philadelphia 76ers, and their season ends in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Smith Jr. scored 25 points, Mitchell Robinson added eight points and 17 rebounds and the New York Knicks escaped the possibility of finishing with their worst-ever record by beating the Chicago Bulls 96-86. With one game remaining, the Knicks can only tie for the worst season in franchise history. A loss to the Detroit Pistons, who are seeking to lock up a playoff spot, would give New York a record matching only its ugly 2014-15 campaign.
TORONTO (AP) — The New Jersey Devils will have the No. 1 pick at this year’s NHL draft. The team was announced Tuesday night as the winner of the draft lottery. The Colorado Avalanche had the best odds of landing the first pick at 18.5 percent, but they drew the No. 4 selection. The New York Rangers will pick second and the Chicago Blackhawks will select third at the June draft.
CHICAGO (AP) — Austin Meadows homered and set a career high with four hits, Avisail Garcia connected against his former team and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 10-5. The Rays pounded Ervin Santana and improved to 9-3, their best start in nine years. They also extended a club record by clinching their fourth straight series victory to start a season. Charlie Morton allowed two runs in five innings for Tampa Bay.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester will likely miss one or two starts because of a left hamstring injury. Manager Joe Maddon tells WSCR-AM that Lester “of course” will miss his scheduled start against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday and might miss a second outing. Lester was hurt running the bases during a six-run second inning against Pittsburgh on Monday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer and Chicago’s beleaguered bullpen stepped up after Jon Lester departed with left hamstring tightness, leading the Cubs to a 10-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener. Brad Brach, Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario and Pedro Strop combined for seven innings of four-hit ball after Lester was removed with two on and none out in the third. Brach got his first win with the Cubs.