Update on the latest in sports:
Caps need one more
WASHINGTON (AP) – Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury says he and his teammates are “not where we want to be, that’s for sure.”
They return home down 3-games-to-1 against the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup finals. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals will get their chance to hoist their first Cup in Game 5 on Thursday night in Las Vegas.
The Golden Knights have struggled to generate offense against the tenacious Washington defense, and Fleury has not been as sharp as he was in Vegas’ three previous series. He gave up six goals on 23 shots as Vegas dropped its third straight game.
Although the Capitals have blown many a playoff series in the past, only one team, the 1942 Detroit Red Wings, has lost the Stanley Cup Final after holding a 3-1 lead.
PARIS (AP) – Madison Keys has advanced to her first French Open semifinal by defeating Yulia Putintseva. Keys, the runner-up at the U.S. Open last year, has improved a lot on clay and is 11-3 on the surface this season. This is the first time the 13th-seeded American player, a semifinalist at the Australian Open three years ago, advances to a Grand Slam semifinal not on a hard court. She has yet to lose a set at Roland Garros this year.
In other action today, Dominic Thiem secured a third consecutive French Open semifinal by claiming a straight-sets win against Alexander Zverev. The second-seeded German was hampered by a thigh injury and lost their quarterfinal in less than two hours. Zverev entered having played in three consecutive five-setters – he trailed 2-1 in sets in each before coming back – and the wear-and-tear showed.
Trump says he’ll honor America after canceling Eagles’ visit
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he’ll be honoring America at the White House today after he canceled a scheduled event with Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Trump tweeted: “We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today.”
Trump announced Monday that he had called off the Eagles’ visit, citing the dispute over whether NFL players protesting racial injustice must stand during the national anthem.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is criticizing Trump for canceling the White House celebration of the Eagles’ Super Bowl win and for panning players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem. Kenney, a Democrat, said of Trump on CNN: “When he had the opportunity to serve his country for real, his father got him out of it, and I think it’s really disingenuous for him to talk about patriotism in any way shape or form.”
And the NFL Players Association says Trump’s decision to scrap the White House visit for the Eagles led to the cancellation of several smaller community events in the Washington area the Eagles players were to lead.
Bumgarner makes season debut
UNDATED (AP) – Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner makes his season debut, more than two months after a line drive broke the pinkie on his pitching hand in a spring training game. The ace rejoins a San Francisco team that has hovered around .500, but has won four in a row and is right in the middle of an NL West race where no one has seized control. Bumgarner struck out 15 in 8 1/3 innings of two minor league outings. Manager Bruce Bochy says the 2014 World Series MVP can throw “90 or so” pitches for this home start against the division-leading Diamondbacks.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Rays right-hander Nathan Eovaldi tries to duplicate what he did last week in his season debut. Pitching in the big leagues for the first time since recovering from his second Tommy John surgery, Eovaldi threw six no-hit innings against the A’s before being pulled. He starts in Washington against two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who’s 9-1 and leads the majors with 120 strikeouts.
– Cleveland ace Corey Kluber has opened the season with 12 consecutive quality starts, the longest such streak for an Indians pitcher in 100 years. He’ll try to extend the string at home against Milwaukee. Manager Terry Francona said the team expects to activate outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall for the game – he’s been out since April 8 because of a strained right calf.
– Mariners lefty James Paxton was 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in May, including a no-hitter at Toronto. He makes his first start in June, facing Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel at Minute Maid Park.
– All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is expected to return to the lineup when St. Louis hosts Miami. He’s been out since being hit in the groin by a foul tip on May 5, an injury that required surgery.
– Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright makes his first start of the season, facing the Tigers at Fenway Park. He’s pitched six times in relief, compiling a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings. Boston manager Alex Cora will push back the rest of its rotation by a day for extra rest.