MJ joins DraftKings

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DraftKings had a big bounce Wed­nes­day on Wall Street on news that Bulls leg­end

Michael Jor­dan is tak­ing an own­er­ship stake in the sports bet­ting site. Shares of DraftKings Inc., which went pub­lic in April, ended up 8%.

Jor­dan is get­ting stock in DraftKings in ex­change for pro­vid­ing ‘‘guid­ance and strate­gic ad­vice’’ to the Bos­ton-based com­pany’s board of di­rec­tors, the com­pany said. DraftKings didn’t re­lease de­tails of Jor­dan’s stake.

Jor­dan is the ma­jor­ity owner of the NBA’s Hor­nets, and the deal has the ap­proval of the league. His in­ter­est in DraftKings isn’t ex­pected to af­fect the Hor­nets’ pres­ence on the site.

NBA But­ler, Heat open 2-0 lead on Bucks

Jimmy But­ler made two free throws with no time left af­ter be­ing fouled by Gian­nis

An­te­tok­oun­mpo on a jumper from the cor­ner with a tenth of a sec­ond to play, and the Heat edged the Bucks 116-114 to open a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries in the NBA bub­ble in Or­lando, Florida. But­ler fin­ished with 13 points.

Go­ran Dragic led seven play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures with 23 points for the Heat, who are 6-0 in the play­offs. An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 29 points and 14 re­bounds for the Bucks.

† Robert Cov­ing­ton and Eric Gor­don each scored 21 points, and James Harden over­came a 4-for-15 shoot­ing ef­fort with a clutch block in the fi­nal five se­conds to help the Rock­ets nip the Thun­der 104-102 and win their first-round se­ries 4-3.

Lu Dort had 30 points and Chris Paul 19 points and 12 as­sists for the Thun­der.

NHL Avalanche top Stars, force Game 7

Mikko Ran­ta­nen and Nathan MacKinnon each had a goal and an as­sist, Michael

Hutchin­son made 27 saves and the Avalanche de­feated the Stars 4-1 to level their Western Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries at three games apiece in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta. Game 7 is sched­uled for Fri­day.

The Blues traded goalie Jake Allen and a sev­enth-round draft pick in 2022 to the Cana­di­ens for third- and sev­enth-round draft picks this year in a move that clears $4.35 mil­lion in salary-cap space and gives them a bet­ter chance to re-sign de­fense­man

Alex Pi­etrangelo, a pend­ing free agent. The Pan­thers hired Blue Jack­ets se­nior vice pres­i­dent of hockey oper­a­tions and as­so­ciate gen­eral man­ager Bill Zito to be their GM. He re­places Dale Tal­lon, whose con­tract wasn’t re­newed af­ter 10 sea­sons.

COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL Wake moves game vs. Notre Dame

Wake For­est said it will move its foot­ball game Sept. 26 against Notre Dame from Char­lotte, North Carolina, to its home field in Win­ston-Salem. On Tues­day, the school said it wouldn’t host fans to open the foot­ball and other fall-sports sea­sons amid the coro­n­avirus.

Quar­ter­back Jamie New­man, who was the pro­jected starter for Ge­or­gia, an­nounced on Twit­ter that he is opt­ing out of the sea­son to pre­pare for the NFL Draft next spring. He said his de­ci­sion was in­flu­enced by ‘‘the un­cer­tain­ties of this year amid a global pan­demic.’’

UCF coach Josh He­u­pel said 10 play­ers, in­clud­ing two pro­jected starters, are opt­ing out of the 2020 sea­son be­cause of con­cerns about the coro­n­avirus.

MLB Yankees-Rays sus­pen­sions

Ma­jor League Base­ball sus­pended Yankees closer Aroldis Chap­man for three games and man­agers Aaron Boone of the Yankees and Kevin Cash of the Rays for a game each stem­ming from an in­ci­dent that saw Chap­man throw a fast­ball near the head of Rays pinch hit­ter Michael Brosseau dur­ing the ninth in­ning Tues­day. Chap­man ap­pealed and can con­tinue to pitch un­til he gets a hear­ing.

GETTY IMAGES

The Heat’s Jimmy But­ler shoots over the Bucks’ Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo in the fourth quar­ter.

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