Update on the latest in sports:
Capitals beat Golden Knights 4-3, win their 1st Stanley Cup
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup.
Alex Ovechkin scored midway through the game and Lars Eller had a go-ahead goal with 6:37 left in the third period, lifting the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night.
The expansion Golden Knights closed their record-breaking season with their first four-game losing streak.
The Capitals went into the third trailing 3-2 and went ahead after Devante Smith-Pelly and Eller scored 2:31 apart midway through the pivotal period.
Braden Holtby, who made a spectacular stick save to help win Game 2, made enough saves to seal the win while the clock appeared to malfunction after Vegas pulled Marc-Andre Fleury to add an extra skater with more than a minute remaining
NHL-STANLEY CUP-WASHINGTON CELEBRATES
Caps fans delirious
WASHINGTON (AP) – Tens of thousands of red-clad Capitals fans partied in the streets Thursday night to celebrate the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and the city’s first title in the major four professional sports since 1992.
After the Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on the road in Game 5, celebrations erupted inside their home arena at the viewing party and around Chinatown. Fans chanted, “We got the Cup!” and then “Ovi! Ovi” as captain Alex Ovechkin was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
As police officers blocked F Street and announcements were made about the last subway train, many fans ignored those pleas and kept partying on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery and in bars surrounding the rink. A couple of fans climbed light poles and one even scaled the nearby dragon tower.
The championship is the first by a Washington professional sports team in the NFL, NBA, NHL or Major League Baseball since the Redskins won the Super Bowl on Jan. 26, 1992.
Rizzo leads Cubs past Phillies 4-3
UNDATED (AP) – Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer and added a second RBI with a sacrifice fly to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Thursday.
The Cubs won for the fifth time in six games to close to a half-game behind idle first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
Brian Duensing, the first of five Cubs relievers, got the win despite allowing two runs over one inning. Phillies starter Nick Pivetta, who is now 4-5, lost his third straight, yielding four runs on six hits in five innings.
Brandon Morrow pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Matt Chapman doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to make a winner of Paul Blackburn in his first start of the season, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1. Matt Olson hit his 13th home run, Stephen Piscotty singled three times and Marcus Semien added two hits and an RBI to help the A’s to their third win in four games against the Royals over the past seven days.
– Aledmys Diaz (ah-LEHD’-meez DEE’-ahz) hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4. Teoscar Hernandez doubled off Miguel Castro to begin the 10th and Justin Smoak was intentionally walked before Kendrys Morales and Luke Maile struck out. Diaz won it with a single to the wall in left, giving Toronto just its second win in its past 12 home games.
-Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer and an RBI single, and Gerrit Cole allowed one run over six solid innings as the Houston Astros topped the Texas Rangers 5-2. Alex Bregman also homered for the Astros, and Jose Altuve had three singles after coming in with a big league-leading 85. Cole gave up just three singles – and none after the third inning – had eight strikeouts and walked three. Cole Hamels didn’t allow a hit until Bregman’s one-out double in the fourth.
– Leonys Martin had a two-run home run to cap a five-run first inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-2. Detroit’s victory ended a four-game win streak for Boston, which had outscored Detroit 13-1 in the first two games of the series. Left-hander Matthew Boyd was solid in his third career start against Boston, allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings
– Mike Leake pitched into the ninth inning, Mitch Haniger homered and drove in three, and the AL West-leading Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4. Leake was lifted with a 5-1 lead after allowing his eighth hit, a leadoff double in the ninth to Wilson Ramos. Johnny Field hit a three-run double off Alex Colome before the former Rays’ closer got a game-ending grounder from Daniel Robertson.
– Joc Pederson went deep twice, Cody Bellinger hit his third home run in as many games and the Los Angeles Dodgers used nine pitchers to hold off the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7. Pederson led off the game with a solo blast off Jameson Taillon (3-5) and added a two-run shot in the eighth off Michael Feliz for his second multi-home run game in a week. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts got creative with his bullpen after scheduled starter Dennis Santana was scratched.
– Miles Mikolas rebounded from his first loss of the season to pitch three-hit ball over seven innings and lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Miami Marlins 4-1. Mikolas allowed an unearned run, struck out five and walked one, improving to 7-1 and lowering his ERA. Jordan Hicks and Bud Norris finished the four-hitter. Jose Martinez and Luke Volt homered. Trevor Richards gave up three runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.
– Jesse Winker hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning, completing the Cincinnati Reds’ late rally to a 7-5 victory that avoided a sweep by the Colorado Rockies. Only one out away from their second series sweep at Great American Ball Park, the Rockies blew the lead in the ninth and wound up losing for the fifth time in seven games.
– Jose Berrios pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game this season, and the Minnesota Twins hit three home runs against James Shields in a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Berrios retired his first 14 batters before Omar Narvarez’s double. By that time, the 23-year-old right-hander already had a 7-0 lead.
In other MLB news:
– Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery has undergone Tommy John surgery, which will sideline him until the second half of next season or possibly 2020. Head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad operated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The operation repaired a torn ulnar collateral ligament in Montgomery’s left elbow. A loose bone chip also was removed. Montgomery turns 26 in December. He was 2-0 with a 3.62 ERA in six starts.
– Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa says nothing abnormal showed up during an MRI on his right side. Correa was examined in Houston after coming out of the previous game because of discomfort in his right side when swinging during an at-bat. Correa wasn’t in the lineup for the opener of a four-game series at the Texas Rangers.
– The Tampa Bay Rays have designated infielder Brad Miller for assignment to clear a roster spot for first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers. Tampa Bay says Bauers, considered one of the Rays’ top offensive prospects, will be recalled from Triple-A Durham.
– Pitcher Fernando Abad, an eight-year major league veteran who ended last season with Boston, has been suspended 80 games under baseball’s minor league drug program following a positive test for the steroid Stanozolol. The suspension of the 32-year-old left-hander was announced Thursday by the commissioner’s office. In addition, Chicago Cubs pitcher David Garner was banned for 100 games following a third violation for a drug of abuse.
– The Texas Rangers have given general manager Jon Daniels a multiyear contract extension. Daniels’ contract had been scheduled to expire at the end of this season. He is in his 13th season as GM. The Rangers have made their only two World Series appearances and won four AL West tiles in Daniels’ time.
Thiem reaches final
PARIS (AP) – Dominic Thiem reached his first Grand Slam final and ended the surprising French Open run of 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato (cheh-key-NAH’-toe) of Italy.
The No. 7-seeded Thiem beat Cecchinato 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1 in the semifinals Friday.
It was the 24-year-old Austrian’s third consecutive appearance in the semifinals at Roland Garros. He lost at this stage to eventual champions Novak Djokovic in 2016 and Rafael Nadal in 2017.
This time, Thiem instead faced Cecchinato, who never had won a Grand Slam match until this tournament and was the lowest-ranked men’s semifinalist at the clay-court major in 19 years. Cecchinato was accused of match-fixing and suspended for 18 months in 2016, but he appealed, and his punishment was dropped on a technicality.
In Sunday’s final, Thiem will face either No. 1 Nadal or No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro. Their semifinal is later Friday.
Thiem is the only man to defeat 10-time French Open champion Nadal on clay this season.
Commission calls for audit of Bucks player’s arrest
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission is calling for an audit of the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown.
The commission wrote to Chief Alfonso Morales asking for the audit and all body camera video of the arrest. Commissioners want the findings to be turned over to them and the Common Council.
Police officers confronted Brown last January after he had parked illegally in a drug store parking lot. Police video of the arrest shows officers swarming Brown and taking him down when he didn’t immediately take his hands out of his pockets as ordered.
Three officers involved in the arrest have been disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days.
Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen says he has delayed plans to file a federal lawsuit Friday.
Trump says he may pardon Ali
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he may pardon another late heavyweight boxing champion – this time, Muhammad Ali.
Trump tells reporters he’s looking at “thousands of names” of people who could be granted clemency.
Trump’s already granted a posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson – convicted of violating a law that made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.
Ali refused to enter the military during the Vietnam War, declaring himself a conscientious objector. His decision resulted in a draft-evasion conviction, and he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown. Ali’s legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor.
Earlier this week, Trump commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by Kim Kardashian West.