Update on the latest sports
NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Lightning double up Caps again to knot series
WASHINGTON (AP) – The road team remains unbeaten through the first four games of the NHL’s Eastern Conference final.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have tied the series at two games apiece by scoring twice in the last half of the third period to beat the Capitals, 4-2 in Washington. Alex Killorn broke a 2-2 tie by beating Braden Holtby with 8:03 remaining. Anthony Cirelli secured the victory with an empty-netter.
Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point also tallied for the Lightning, who managed to square the series despite going almost 21 minutes without a shot on goal.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots and was perfect following Evgeni Kuznetsov’s goal 5:18 into the second period. Vasilevskiy was terrific at times while the Caps outshot the Lightning, 38-20.
Game 5 is Saturday at Tampa Bay.
HERNING, Denmark (AP) – It will be the U.S. against Sweden and Canada versus Switzerland in the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship Saturday in Denmark.
Patrick Kane scored twice and Cam Atkinson also tallied as the Americans beat the Czech Republic, 3-2.
The Canadians pulled out a 5-4 victory over Russia on Ryan O’Reilly’s goal 4:57 into overtime.
Price stars as Bosox dump Birds
UNDATED (AP) – David Price put together his best outing of the season and helped the Boston Red Sox move back into a first-place tie with the New York Yankees in the American League East.
Price struck out eight while firing a five-hitter in the Bosox’s 6-2 win over the Orioles. The lefty was one out from his fourth career shutout until Manny Machado ruined it with a two-run homer.
J.D. Martinez put Boston ahead with a two-run homer in the first inning. Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrts) added a three-run homer that chased Kevin Gausman and gave the Red Sox a 6-0 lead in the fifth.
Elsewhere around the majors:
– Homers by Matt Olson, Khris Davis and Matt Chapman led the Athletics’ attack in a 10-5 win at Toronto. Olson belted a three-run shot and Davis added a two-run blast while going 4-for-4 with three runs scored. The Blue Jays have dropped nine of their last 12 home games and are 8-14 overall since a 14-8 start.
– Welington Castillo furnished a tiebreaking, two-run single while the White Sox scored four unearned runs in the eighth to beat the Rangers, 4-2. Yoan Moncada had three hits and sparked the winning rally with a ground-rule double as Chicago avoided its 10th loss in 11 games. Texas wasted a good outing by Doug Fister, who threw six-hit ball over seven shutout innings in place of scheduled starter Cole Hamels.
– The Rays were 7-1 winners at Anaheim as Chris Archer and Austin Pruitt combined on a three-hitter. Archer surrendered only two hits over 6 2/3 innings, and Pruitt continued the shutout until Shohei Ohtani homered with one out in the ninth. Denard Span and Johnny Field hit two-run homers and C.J. Cron smacked a solo shot against his former team.
– Jose Iglesias provided a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning to complete the Tigers’ comeback in a 3-2 win at Seattle. The Mariners led 2-0 in the sixth before John Hicks scored on third baseman Kyle Seager’s throwing error. Detroit received one-hit pitching from its bullpen after Matthew Boyd struck out nine while giving up two runs over six frames.
– Gregory Polanco scored the tiebreaking run on an error by third baseman Christian Villanueva in the seventh inning, pushing the Pirates past the Padres, 5-4. Josh Bell and Sean Rodriguez each had two hits and an RBI as Pittsburgh moved into a first-place tie with Milwaukee in the NL Central. Eric Hosmer drove in three runs for San Diego.
– Vince Velazquez pitched shutout ball over 6 1/3 innings and the Phillies homered twice in a 6-2 victory at St. Louis. Velasquez scattered five hits and had five strikeouts to lead Philadelphia to its seventh win in eight games. Carlos Santana and Pedro Florimon supplied the longballs for the Phillies, who are nine games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season and a half-game behind Atlanta for the NL East lead.
– The Rockies squandered an early 3-0 lead before Carlos Gonzalez delivered a two-out, two-run single in the 12th inning to send Colorado past the Giants, 5-3. The Rockies’ bullpen came through with six scoreless innings of two-hit ball, with Wade Davis getting the last three outs for his 16th save. Brandon Belt forced extra innings with a two-run blast in the sixth.
– Justin Turner tied a career high with five RBIs and Kenta Maeda worked a season-high eight innings as the Dodgers hammered the Marlins, 7-0 to end a six-game losing streak. Turner was 3-for-4 with a three-run double and a two-run double, leaving him 6-for-13 in his first three games since breaking his left wrist during spring training. Maeda allowed two hits and no walks in a 96-pitch performance, retiring his final 17 batters and lowering his ERA to 3.89.
– The Braves and Cubs were rained out in Atlanta. The game will be made up Aug. 30. It was the Cubs’ sixth postponement of the season and their second against the Braves.
Wainwright moved to 60-day DL
UNDATED (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have transferred pitcher Adam Wainwright from the 10- to 60-day disabled list while their former ace continues to experience pain in his right elbow.
The 36-year-old Wainwright went on the 10-day disabled list on Monday, his second stint on the DL this season. There is no timetable for the return of Wainwright, who is 1-3 with a 4.00 ERA and 14 walks in 18 innings over four starts this season.
The Redbirds also put catcher Carson Kelly on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, a setback for a team already without the injured Yadier Molina behind the plate.
In other MLB news:
– The Braves placed rookie right-hander Mike Soroka on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, hours before he was scheduled to start against the Cubs. The 20-year-old Soroka is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in three starts since his recall from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this month.
– The Nationals say catcher Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) has undergone surgery on his left hamstring. Wieters went on the 10-day disabled list last week after injuring the hamstring in a game last Thursday. He is batting .231 with three homers and seven RBIs in only 65 at-bats this season.
– Angels reliever Keynan Middleton will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, putting an early end to his second big-league season. Middleton was the Angels’ closer in April and went 2.04 with six saves and just four runs allowed in 16 appearances.
Bucks officially announce hiring of coach Mike Budenholzer
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks have officially announced the hiring of Mike Budenholzer as their new head coach.
The 48-year-old Budenholzer went 213-197 in five seasons with Atlanta before leaving last month. He led the Hawks to the 2015 Eastern Conference finals, but parted company with the team after going 24-58 this season.
Budenholzer replaces Joe Prunty, the former assistant who went 21-16 in the regular season after replacing the fired Jason Kidd in late January.
Washington St adds graduate transfer quarterback
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Washington State graduate transfer Gardner Minshew is in the mix to replace record-setting quarterback Luke Falk.
Minshew threw for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns for East Carolina last season, starting five of his 10 games. He joins juniors Trey Tinsley and Anthony Gordon in a group that is vying to replace Falk.
ACC seeks to expand NCAA tourney by 4 teams, change rules
The Atlantic Coast Conference wants to expand the NCAA Tournament and change several college basketball rules.
Commissioner John Swofford says the league will propose legislation to expand the NCAA Tournament from 68 to 72 teams. That would create a second set of First Four games in the western half of the country to go with the tournament-opening ones in Dayton, Ohio.
The league also supports moving back the 3-point line, widening the lane and having the shot clock reset to 20 seconds after offensive rebounds.
Leishman cuts down Trinity Forest
DALLAS (AP) – Marc Leishman (LEESH’-muhn) opened with a 10-under 61 to take the first-round lead at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Leishman opened with an eagle and started the back nine with three straight birdies before adding another eagle to his scorecard. He enjoyed early success on the new links-style Trinity Forest course.
J.J. Spaun had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch before finishing with a 64. Jimmy Walker also fired a 7-under 64.
Jordan Spieth (speeth) was eight shots back in his hometown event, which returned to Dallas after 35 years at the TPC Four Seasons in suburban Irving.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Miguel Angel Jimenez leads Regions Tradition
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Miguel Angel Jimenez fired an 8-under 64 to take the first-round lead in the Regions Tradition, the first of the PGA Tour Champions’ five major championships.
Jimenez birdied the first four holes in a front-nine 30 at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham.
Gene Sauers, Wes Short Jr., Jerry Kelly and Joe Durant are second at 6 under.
AUTO RACING-INDY 500
Rahal fastest at Thursday practice
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Graham Rahal posted the fastest lap Thursday during practice for the Indianapolis 500, while JR Hildebrand hit the wall in the first crash of the week.
Rahal reached 226.047 mph, just a day after finishing second-to-last at 222.102 mph.
Hildebrand was driving behind a long line of cars when his car drifted up in the fourth turn, hit the wall and slid back down the track before rolling to a stop. He was examined at the infield medical center, released and cleared to drive.
Suspension of Russian anti-doping agency remains in force
UNDATED (AP) – Russia’s anti-doping agency remains suspended after world anti-doping officials declared the country had made no progress on its key reinstatement criteria.
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee confirmed RUSADA’s continued suspension at its meeting today.
WADA has called for access to the Moscow anti-doping lab and for Russia to accept the findings of the McLaren Report that detailed a state-sponsored doping scheme that tainted the Sochi (SOH’-chee) Olympics and other events.
Poll: Half of Americans approve of legal sports betting
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 percent of Americans favor it, with 37 percent opposed.
Supporters say people are doing it anyway, and cite extra tax revenue to states as benefits.
Opponents fear expanding sports betting will lead to more people with gambling problems.
Ruling on a case from New Jersey, the court struck down a ban on sports betting in all but four states. It allowed individual states to pass laws legalizing sports betting.
A big unanswered question is whether the sports leagues will be able to force gambling companies or states to share part of the proceeds with them.