Chytil scores twice, Rangers rout Lightning 6-2 in Game 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Filip Chytil scored twice in the second period and the New York Rangers routed the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and an assist, Chris Kreider also scored and Alexis Lafrenière and Adam Fox each had two assists to help New York win its franchise-record seventh straight home playoff game. Igor Shesterkin stopped 37 shots. Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay, which had won six straight and was playing for the first time since completing its second-round sweep of Florida on May 23. Game 2 is Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Warriors, Celtics built Finals teams through draft
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Boston Celtics face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Warriors are making their sixth trip in eight years led by the homegrown core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Celtics made it over the hump this year after losing in the Eastern Conference finals three times in the previous five years. Boston won two Game 7s just to get to this point this season, beating defending champion Milwaukee at home in the second round and winning at Miami in the conference final.
Cowboys say former running back Marion Barber dead at 38
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys say former running back Marion Barber III has died. He was 38. Barber scored plenty of touchdowns without recording a 1,000-yard season. He played a final season with Chicago in 2011 after spending his first six years with the Cowboys. He had issues with mental health after his career. Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco say they made a welfare check at an apartment “believed to be leased” to Barber and were investigating an unattended death there.
On the hook: Angels’ Trout still fantasy commish, for now
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout says he’s talked to Cincinnati outfielder Tommy Pham and San Francisco outfielder Joc Pederson about their fantasy football dispute. This week, Pham told The Cincinnati Enquirer that Trout is the commissioner of their league. Pham recently was suspended three games by Major League Baseball for slapping Pederson over a dispute in their football competition. Trout playfully said he hasn’t decided whether he will resign as commissioner of the league. He also declined to say whether Pederson had violated league rules with transaction in question. MLB has strict rules about betting involving baseball games, but no rules against other sports as long as the gambling is legal – as in, no bookies.
Donaldson disappointed Yankees didn’t publicly support him
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson was hurt when New York Yankees teammates didn’t back him after he made a remark to White Sox star Tim Anderson about Jackie Robinson that Chicago manager Tony La Russa called racist. Donaldson was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball for making multiple references to Robinson while talking to Anderson on May 21. Donaldson has appealed the discipline. Yankees manager Aaron Boone and slugger Aaron Judge both denounced Donaldson’s comment, which Donaldson said was “tough to hear” because he prides himself on being a good teammate.
Rahm ready to start over and get another chance at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm sees this Memorial as a fresh start. It’s still tempting to think of what could have been last year. He tied the 54-hole record at Muirfield Village. He led by six shots going into the final round. And then he was notified of his positive COVID-19 test that kept him out of the final round. Rahm says he was angry for 10 minutes and then able to laugh about his misfortune. It worked out well for him. Rahm won the U.S. Open two weeks later. It worked out well for Patrick Cantlay, who won the Memorial.
Names listed for Saudi golf league, battle lines drawn
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The first Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational has Dustin Johnson and 12 other PGA Tour members as part of its 48-man field next week outside London. The next move falls to the PGA Tour, which must decide whether to allow them to come back. The Royal Bank of Canada already has said it is dropping Johnson and Graeme McDowell as sponsors. Both are playing the LIV event being held at the same time as the RBC Canadian Open. The big shoe still to drop is whether the PGA Tour allows the players to return to the tour at any time. Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford are going. They says banning players from the tour is not a good look.
Cleaning up: Pirates beat Dodgers 8-4 for rare sweep in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4. The Pirates completed their first sweep at Dodger Stadium in nearly 22 years. Rodolfo Castro went 2 for 2 with four RBI in three innings and the Pirates’ defense turned four double plays. The NL West-leading Dodgers lost their third in a row for the first time since dropping four straight from May 11-14 against the Pirates and Phillies. They were swept for the first time this season.
Swiatek win streak to 33 in Paris; reminds Pegula of Barty
PARIS (AP) — Top-seeded Iga Swiatek has moved into the French Open semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over American Jessica Pegula. Swiatek benefited from the chair umpire’s no-call on a double bounce that gave her a key first-set service break during a match-altering five-game run. Swiatek extended her winning streak to 33 matches. That is the longest on tour since Serena Williams won 34 in a row in 2013. Swiatek will face No. 20 Daria Kasatkina in one women’s semifinal Thursday. The other will be 18-year-old American Coco Gauff against unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan. Marin Cilic and Casper Ruud will play each other in the men’s semifinals Friday.
Pulisic critical of level of US support at win over Morocco
CINCINNATI (AP) — U.S. captain Christian Pulisic was critical of the level of American support from the crowd of 19,512 at TQL Stadium during a 3-0 win over Morocco on in the first of four World Cup warmup matches in June. “For whatever reason, I’m not super happy with the amount of Americans here, however, that works out, if I’m being completely honest,” the 23-year-old Chelsea forward told a live audience on ESPN2. Brenden Aaronson and Tim Weah scored midway through the first half and Haji Wright converted a second-half penalty kick in his international debut.
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