Update on the latest in sports:
NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
Capitals even Cup final
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Washington Capitals had never won a Stanley Cup final game in their 43-season history before they evened their series with the Vegas Golden Knights at one game apiece last night.
Second-period goals by Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) and Brooks Orpik gave the Caps a 3-1 lead in a 3-2 victory at Vegas. Ovechkin snapped a 1-1 deadlock with his 13th goal of the postseason, a power-play tally 5:38 into the middle period. Orpik expanded the lead 4:03 later, ending his 220-game goal drought.
Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots in setting a team record for victories in a single postseason. Holtby made 15 saves in the final period and was perfect after Shea Theodore beat him late in the second.
Lars Eller had a goal and two assists for the Capitals, who had dropped their previous five Cup final games.
The Capitals finished the game without Evgeny Kuznetsov (koos-NET’-sahv) due to an upper-body injury. The injury ended his point streak at 11 games.
Game 3 is Saturday in Washington.
Bosox, Yanks win
UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have maintained their two-game lead in the AL East by completing a three-game sweep of Toronto.
J.D. Martinez is tied for the major league lead with 18 homers after belting a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the sixth inning of Boston’s 6-4 victory over Toronto. Eduardo Nunez provided a solo homer and an RBI double as the Red Sox won for the ninth time in 11 games.
Eduardo Rodriguez improved to 6-1 by holding the Blue Jays to two runs and three hits with seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
The second-place Yankees kept pace as Luis Severino outdueled Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) for the second time this season to lead a 5-3 win over the Astros in the rubber match of the three-game series. Severino struck out 11 and held Houston to four hits over seven innings, including Max Stassi’s two-run homer.
Gary Sanchez snapped an 0-for-19 slump with a go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth inning.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Houston still leads the AL West by one game over Seattle after Robinson Chirinos delivered a tiebreaking, two-run double and three RBIs to lead the Rangers past the Mariners, 7-6. Nomar Mazara knotted the game in the seventh with a two-run single and scored on the go-ahead double. M’s starter James Paxton struck out five and gave up four hits over five innings before leaving with a 4-2 lead.
– The Indians picked up their fifth straight win as Corey Kluber scattered three hits over six shutout innings of a 9-1 rout of the White Sox. Melky Cabrera drove in three runs and Michael Brantley extended his MLB-high hitting streak to 19 games for Cleveland, which has scored 43 runs during its win streak. Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) connected for back-to-back homers in the fourth off Chris Volstad as the Indians opened a 9-0 lead.
– Cleveland stayed a 4 1/2-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central after the Tigers scored five times in the sixth to beat the Angels, 6-1. Jose Igesias provided a two-run single in the rally after Los Angeles starter Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) left the game following a rain delay. Ohtani limited the Tigers to a run and three hits in five innings.
– Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) homered, doubled and collected four RBIs in the first two innings while the Royals built a nine-run lead in an 11-8 victory against the Twins. Jorge Soler (soh-LEHR’) went 4-for-5 with a home run as Kansas City dropped Minnesota 5 1/2 games off the AL Central lead. Each Royal scored by the end of the second inning, and each had at least one hit.
– Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee) threw no-hit ball over six innings of the Rays’ 6-0 shutout of the Athletics. Eovaldi faced one batter over the minimum in his first game since recovering from a second Tommy John surgery, but the no-hit bid ended on Jed Lowrie’s one-out single off Wilmer Font in the seventh. Rob Refsnyder launched a three-run homer and Johnny Field went deep for Tampa Bay.
– Orlando Arcia singled home the tiebreaking run while the Brewers scored twice in the seventh inning to beat St. Louis, 3-2. Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) had two RBIs for Milwaukee, including a game-tying homer a half-inning after Harrison Bader went deep during the Cardinals’ two-run seventh. Redbirds hurler Alex Reyes pitched four scoreless innings in his return from Tommy John surgery, but the Brewers improved to 19-8 this month to set a team record for wins in May.
– The Pirates were 2-1 winners over the Cubs behind Joe Musgrove, who gave up seven hits and four walks but just one run over seven innings. Josh Harrison tied it with a first-inning homer and Gregory Polanco lifted a sacrifice fly in the second to help Pittsburgh end a four-game skid. The outcome gives Milwaukee a 4 1/2-game lead over the second-place Cubs in the NL Central.
– Max Scherzer was terrific in the Nationals’ 2-0 shutout of the Orioles, limiting the Birds to two hits while fanning 12 over eight innings. Bryce Harper belted his 18th homer to tie for the major league lead, and Juan Soto singled home Washington’s other run. The Nats have won six straight and are 21-6 since an 11-16 start.
– Jason Vargas pitched two-hit ball over five scoreless innings as the Mets downed the Braves, 4-1 to earn a four-game split. Brandon Nimmo and Adrian Gonzalez each had two hits and two RBIs to back Vargas, who entered the game with a 10.62 ERA and was pitching on three days of rest. Julio Teheran was the hard-luck loser, allowing two runs over seven innings as the Braves fell a half-game behind the NL East-leading Nationals.
– The Diamondbacks failed to complete a three-game sweep as the Reds erased a 4-0 deficit in a 7-4 win at Phoenix. Adam Duvall tied it with a grand slam in the top of the fourth, two innings before Scott Schebler’s two-run blast put the Reds ahead. Cincinnati closer Raisel Iglesias stranded two runners in the eighth and faced the tying run with nobody out in the ninth before retiring the DBacks’ last three hitters for his ninth save.
– The Rockies’ 7-4 loss to the Giants slashes Colorado’s lead in the NL West to 1 1/2 games over Arizona. Brandon Crawford is batting .412 this month after going 2-for-5 with an RBI for San Francisco. Buster Posey had two hits and two RBIs to support Greg Holland, who worked five innings and settled down following Nolan Arenado’s (ar-eh-NAH’-dohz) three-run blast in the bottom of the first.
– Matt Kemp is batting .345 after going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs in the Dodgers’ 8-2 drubbing of the Phillies. Max Muncy also homered and Ross Stripling struck out nine while limiting the Phils to a run and four hits over seven frames. Philadelphia is 1 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Nats.
– The Padres scored twice on an infield single and a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Marlins, 3-2. Pinch-hitter Hunter Renfroe was credited with an RBI single that third baseman Miguel Rojas threw away for an error, allowing the winning run to score. The Marlins have lost a team-record 14 straight games started by Jose Urena, who had a 2-1 lead when he left after six innings.
Darvish MRI reveals only inflammation in triceps
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish has inflammation in his right triceps but no structural damage. He could start a throwing program as soon as the weekend.
The Cubs also placed right-handed reliever Carl Edwards Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, and recalled right-hander Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A Iowa.
In other MLB news:
– The Dodgers placed right-hander Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) and infielder Chase Utley on the 10-day disabled list. Maeda was diagnosed with a mild left hip strain while Utley has a sprained left thumb.
– Shortstop Tyler Saladino has a sprained left ankle and has been put on the 10-day disabled list by the Brewers, who’ve recalled shortstop Orlando Arcia from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Saladino jammed his ankle into second base as he took a throw on a force play Tuesday night.
Andre Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals
UNDATED (AP) – Golden State forward Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) will be out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee.
Iguodala was injured in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Rockets on May 20 and was evaluated Tuesday. He is making progress but still has the bruise and inflammation of the nerve surrounding his knee.
Kevin Love’s status for Cleveland remains unclear. The All-Star forward has been going through the concussion protocol after he was injured in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston.
76ers eye tweets linked to Colangelo
UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers have started an investigation into tweets linked in a report to team president Bryan Colangelo that criticized Sixers players Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) and Markelle Fultz, among other NBA figures.
A report by The Ringer said the burner accounts also took aim at former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri (muh-SY’ yoo-JEER’-ee) and former Sixers players Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL’ OH’-kah-for) and Nerlens Noel.
The website asked the team about five Twitter accounts it suspected Colangelo was operating. Colangelo said in a statement he used one of the accounts to monitor the NBA industry and other current events, but he was “not familiar with any of the other accounts” brought to his attention and he didn’t know who was “behind them or what their motives may be in using them.”
In other NBA news:
– The Celtics say forward Gordon Hayward has undergone surgery to remove a plate and screws in his broken left leg. Hayward missed all but the first quarter of the season opener. He is scheduled to resume basketball activities in six to eight weeks and be ready for training camp.
– Steve Clifford is the new coach of the Magic, returning to a franchise that’s missed the playoffs in each of the last six years. Clifford spent the last five years as coach of the Hornets before getting fired at the end of this season.
– A player who just finished his rookie season with the Hawks has been arrested on a drunken driving charge in Oregon. Police in Eugene say 22-year-old Tyler Dorsey was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving without lights and having an open alcoholic beverage container.
– The mother of a G League basketball player who died in March after collapsing on the court during a game has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the NBA and the Pistons of negligence. Zeke Upshaw played for the Grand Rapids Drive, a G League affiliate of the Pistons. He collapsed during a game March 24 and died two days later. The lawsuit alleges that medical personnel failed to attempt lifesaving measures in a timely fashion.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Deadline day for draft hopefuls
UNDATED (AP) – A large number of college basketball players announced Wednesday that they are staying in school and withdrawing from the NBA draft.
Kansas forward Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay) has decided to return to college, as have UCLA guard Jaylen Hands, Missouri forward Jontay Porter, Florida guard Jalen Hudson and Clemson’s starting backcourt of Marcquise Reed and Shelton Mitchell.
Kentucky is keeping PJ Washington and losing Wenyen Gabriel. Washington withdrew from the draft to return to the Wildcats for his sophomore season, but Gabriel is going pro despite not receiving an invitation to the NBA combine.
Villanova is losing Omari Spellman to the draft, weeks after he was named the Big East freshman of the year. Charles Matthews is leaving Michigan for the NBA after averaging 13 points and helping the Wolverines reach the NCAA title game. And Maryland’s Kevin Huerter is forgoing his final two seasons of college eligibility and staying in the draft.
Meanwhile, Reid Travis is leaving Stanford despite pulling out of the draft. The forward plans to transfer for his final year of eligibility after ranking third in the Pac-12 in scoring and rebounds.
NC Central receives NCAA probation for eligibility errors
UNDATED (AP) – The NCAA has placed North Carolina Central on probation for two years because of certification errors that allowed ineligible athletes to compete.
The school says the NCAA determined the errors involved 22 athletes in seven sports including football and men’s basketball from 2012-15.
School officials say N.C. Central must vacate victories in the sports in which ineligible athletes participated.
They did not say how many wins would be vacated but did say they plan to appeal.
Day 5 underway at Roland Garros
PARIS (AP) – Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) is through to the third round of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over French wild-card entry Fiona Ferro. Next up for the 2016 champion is Samantha Stosur, who eliminated 30th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 7-6.
Third-seeded Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) overcame a concentration lapse to defeat a Polish qualifier, Hubert Hurkacz, 6-2, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and three-time champion Serena Williams are among others on the second-round schedule Thursday.
BOXING- LOMACHENKO SURGERY
Vasyl Lomachenko has shoulder surgery, wants fight this year
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Three-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko has undergone surgery to fix a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine hopes to return to the ring later this year, according to his promoter.