NBA PLAYOFFS

Boston 84 Indiana 74

Portland 104 Oklahoma City 99

Milwaukee 121 Detroit 86

Houston 122 Utah 90

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

NY Islanders 4 Pittsburgh 1

Columbus 3 Tampa Bay 1

Winnipeg 6 St. Louis 3

Vegas 6 San Jose 3

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LA Angels at Chicago Cubs postponed

Boston 4 Baltimore 0

Chicago White Sox 5 NY Yankees 2

Tampa Bay 8 Toronto 4

Minnesota 6 Detroit 4

Kansas City 9 Cleveland 8

Texas 8 Oakland 7

Houston 3 Seattle 2

Philadelphia 3 Miami 1 (14)

Pittsburgh 4 Washington 3

Colorado 4 San Francisco 0

St. Louis 9 Cincinnati 5

LA Dodgers 7 Milwaukee 1

Arizona 8 San Diego 4

Atlanta 7 NY Mets 3

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Charlotte 3 Indianapolis 0

Fort Wayne 6 Bowling Green 0

Bowling Green 4 Fort Wayne 3

Lake County at Dayton postponed

Lansing at South Bend postponed

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York 2 Sporting KC 2

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL

TOP 25

Missouri 11 #9 LSU 5

#20 Louisville 6 #3 North Carolina State 3

#17 Georgia Tech 7 Boston College 0

#10 Texas A&M 4 #22 Auburn 1

Kentucky 4 #11 Ole Miss 1

Kentucky 4 #11 Ole Miss 2

Kansas State 2 #14 Texas 0

Seton Hall 7 #19 TCU 3

#12 Arkansas 14 #7 Vanderbilt 12

#15 Texas Tech 3 West Virginia 0

#4 Oregon State 4 #13 Arizona State 3

#23 UC Santa Barbara 3 #18 UC Irvine 2

#24 Baylor 3 Oklahoma 2 (12)

#6 Mississippi State 13 Alabama 3

Florida State 6 #16 Clemson 4

#5 Stanford 6 Washington 1

#25 Coastal Carolina at Little Rock postponed

ELSEWHERE

Savior 8 St. John’s 1

Indiana 6 Evansville 5 (10)

Rutgers 8 Michigan State 0

Illinois 4 Minnesota 2

Illinois 13 Minnesota 3

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Minnesota 7 Michigan State 1

Minnesota 9 Michigan State 5

Bradley at Evansville postponed

Northern Iowa 11 Valparaiso 3

 

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

The Union City Indians competed in their 3rd meet of the week on Saturday at Randolph Southern in the Small School Invitational. The weather was perfect and competed well against the other teams.

The Indians will be in action on Tuesday at Winchester starting at 5:00 pm against Winchester/Randolph Southern then again on Thursday at Home against Blue River/Anderson Prep.

Boys Results:

  1. Eastern Hancock (153)
  2. Cambridge City (82)
  3. Wapahani (74)
  4. Blackford (55)
  5. Union City (37)
  6. Blue River (28)
  7. Cowan (21)
  8. Union (9)
  9. Randolph Southern (6)

4×800 –  (6th) Maverick Luster, Domronglit Shinaver, Aaron King, Nick Woodbury

110H – (5th) Camden Downey

1600 – (12th) Nick Woodbury (PR), 14th Collin Perry (PR)

4×100 – (3rd) Daniel Eley, Gabe Addington, Tanner Spence, Allan Gonzalez

400m – (3rd) Tanner Spence, (10th) Aaron King

800m – (9th) Nick Woodbury, (11th) Domronglit Shinaver

3200m – (13th) Peyton Bogue (PR)

4×400 – (5th) Tanner Spence, Nick Woodbury, Aaron King, Daniel Eley

HJ – (1st) Tanner Spence

LJ – (4th) Gabe Addington

Discus – (3rd) Tabius Reagan, (16th) Erik Terriquez

Shot – (14th) Tabius Reagan, (17th) Antonio Jasso

Girls Results:

  1. Wapahani (169)
  2. Eastern Hancock (87)
  3. Blue River (79)
  4. Cambridge City (61)
  5. Cowan (27)
  6. Union City (24)
  7. Randolph Southern (10)
  8. Blackford (7)
  9. Union (7)

1600 – (2nd) Reagan Hoggatt, (8th) Chloe Wyatt

400m – (1st) Sophia Spence

800m – (3rd) Reagan Hoggatt

Shot – (13th) Makenna Allen, (15th) Evelyn Downey

 

TOP HEADLINES

Tiger Woods makes Masters his 15th and most improbable major

Tiger Woods blazing to victory in his Sunday red at the Masters, a scene once so familiar, was never more stunning.

It was only two years ago at Augusta National that Woods needed a nerve block just to hobble upstairs to the Champions Dinner, unsure he would ever play another round of golf. He had a fourth back surgery with hopes of simply playing with his two children, not chasing Jack Nicklaus in history.

And now it’s all pieced back together – his life, his back, even golf.

A fallen hero, a crippled star, Woods is a Masters champion again.

He won his fifth green jacket, his 15th major, but never with this much raw emotion. The most ferocious fist pump was when he walked off the 18th green, scooped up 10-year-old son Charlie, and embraced his mother and his 11-year-old daughter Sam.

“For them to see what it’s like to have their dad win a major championship, I hope that’s something they will never forget,” Woods said.

Who can ever forget this day?

“It’s hard to really feel bad about how I played because I just witnessed history,” said Xander Schauffele, one of three players who finished second. “It was really cool coming down the stretch, all the historic holes, Tiger making the roars. I feel like I got full Masters experience.”

The comeback goes beyond the two-shot deficit he erased before a delirious audience that watched memories turn into reality.

It had been 14 years since he last won the Masters – no one had ever gone that long between green jackets. He had gone nearly 11 years since his last major, the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on a shattered left leg.

This was bigger.

Woods never missed a shot that mattered over the final seven holes, taking the lead with a 5-iron to the fat of the green on the par-5 15th for a two-putt birdie, delivering the knockout with an 8-iron that rode down the ridge by the cup and settled 2 feet away for birdie on the par-3 16th.

He tapped in for bogey and a 2-under 70, and the celebration was on.

“WOOOOOOO!!!” Woods screamed as he headed for the scoring room with chants of “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!” He had never hugged more people, everyone in his camp who stood by him through a public divorce, an embarrassing mug shot from his DUI arrest when he took a bad mix of painkillers and the four back surgeries, the most recent to fuse his lower spine

“I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple of years ago,” Woods said. “I could barely walk. I couldn’t sit. Couldn’t lay down. I really couldn’t do much of anything. … To have the opportunity to come back like this, it’s probably one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had for sure because of it.”

President Donald Trump, who has played with Woods at his Florida course, had two tweets of congratulations. Fenway Park posted the news on the scoreboard.

A comeback for the ages?

It rates among the best because Woods has meant so much to so many in a sport he ruled for so long. Whether he can dominate it again is still to be determined. Woods needed some help to win this Masters. Six players had a share of the lead at some point on the back nine, and there was a five-way tie at the top when the final group was still on the 15th fairway.

“You couldn’t have had more drama than we all had out there. And now I know why I’m balding,” Woods said. “This stuff is hard.”

It didn’t look that way when he was younger, healthier and the most popular sporting figure in the world.

Woods lost his impeccable image to a sex scandal, one of the swiftest and most shocking downfalls in sports. He lost his health to back problems. He went two years without even playing a major.

Now the comeback is truly complete. And the race is on.

 

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43 Keegan Bradley USA -1 76 68 71 72 287
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43 Keith Mitchell USA -1 72 74 72 69 287
46 Kevin Na USA Par 71 73 73 71 288
46 Corey Conners Canada Par 70 71 71 76 288
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49 Kiradech Aphibarnrat Thailand +1 69 72 75 73 289
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56 Tyrrell Hatton England +4 73 73 72 74 292
58 Zach Johnson USA +5 74 73 73 73 293
58 Branden Grace South Africa +5 72 75 72 74 293
58 Takumi Kanaya Japan +5 73 74 68 78 293
61 Satoshi Kodaira Japan +6 75 70 73 76 294
62 Bernhard Langer Germany +8 71 72 75 78 296
62 J.B. Holmes USA +8 70 72 74 80 296
62 Alex Noren Sweden +8 75 72 75 74 296
62 Emiliano Grillo Argentina +8 72 75 73 76 296

 

 

Irving, Morris lead Celtics’ rally past Pacers in Game 1

The Celtics have been at their best this season when they are forcing turnovers, spacing the floor and knocking down outside shots.

They found out in their Game 1 win over the Pacers that they are equipped to win an ugly, physical game as well.

Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 points, and the Boston rallied in the second half to the beat Indiana Pacers 84-74 on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Jayson Tatum finished with 15 points. Al Horford added 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Gordon Hayward had 10 points. It was the first playoff game since 2017 for Irving and Hayward after each missed last year’s postseason with injuries.

“I just try to be aggressive on the ball, be in the right spots,” Irving said. “I just really want to be aggressive and really be the head of the snake.”

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Boston.

The Pacers led by 11 points in the first half but had just eight points in the third quarter. The Celtics capitalized and led by as many as 22 in the fourth. The 29 points that Indiana scored in the second half were its worst of the season.

Cory Joseph had 14 points for the Pacers. Bojan Bogdanovic was the lone Pacers starter in double figures with 12 points.

Both teams shot under 40 percent for the game. Boston hit just 36% (28 of 77) and had 20 turnovers. Indiana connected on 33% of its shots (28 of 84) and turned it over 13 times.

The Celtics’ 84 points were their fewest of the season and marked the first time they scored fewer than 100 points and won.

“We held them to 84 points. We just didn’t score enough,” Indiana’s Wesley Matthews said.

 

Harden scores 29 as Rockets rout Jazz 122-90 in Game 1

The Utah Jazz tried to force the left-handed James Harden to his right to make things more difficult on him on Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

Didn’t matter much to Harden and the Rockets though. He still led the team in scoring and helped facilitate solid offensive nights from everyone else in the starting lineup in the lopsided win.

Harden had 29 points and 10 assists to help the Rockets rout the Jazz 122-90 in the opener of the best-of-seven series.

Houston’s entire starting lineup had at least 10 points. Eric Gordon had 17, Clint Capela scored 16, Chris Paul added 14 and P.J. Tucker had 11.

“They throw something at him and they might get him a little bit and he figures it out and they don’t get him anymore,” coach Mike D’Antoni said about the defensive strategy on Harden. “He’s so good offensively it makes me laugh. He’s just so good I don’t know what you do … you’re not stopping him. I don’t care what you do.”

Harden wasn’t surprised at Utah’s defensive tactic.

“I’ve seen literally every defense you can possibly see,” he said. “So it was just a matter of adjusting and continuing to communicate with the guys of what spots they needed to be in.”

The Rockets had a double-digit lead for most of the game, but the Jazz got within five points midway through the third quarter before Houston used a big run to pull away and sail to the victory.

“The third quarter we got some stops and we didn’t get shots on the other end and that’s tough to overcome,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

 

Portland wins Game 1 against the Thunder 104-99

After eight straight playoff losses over the past two years, the Portland Trail Blazers finally got a win.

Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the third-seeded Blazers opened their series against the No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday with a 104-99 victory.

“We know how it feels to win again,” Lillard said. “Now we can just kind of move on from that and stay focused on this series.”

Portland was swept by New Orleans last season and the Warriors the year before.

Enes Kanter added 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds for the Blazers, who were making their sixth straight postseason appearance. CJ McCollum added 24 points.

Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his ninth career postseason triple-double. Paul George, who was a game-time decision because of a sore shoulder, added 26 points and 10 rebounds despite a rough shooting night.

Westbrook appeared to hurt his right ankle in the final quarter and grimaced while trying to walk it off. Trainers attended to him on the bench at the next timeout but he returned and his layup closed the gap to 91-87 with just under 4 minutes left.

Asked about it afterward, Westbrook said: “We’ll see.”

After trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, Oklahoma City pulled within as 93-92 on George’s 3-pointer with 2:44 left. Lillard answered with a long 3-pointer to keep the Blazers ahead and Al-Farouq Aminu made free throws to extend Portland’s lead to 98-92.

 

LSU reinstates Wade after meeting over recruiting questions

LSU has decided to reinstate recently suspended basketball coach Will Wade, athletic director Joe Alleva announced Sunday night.

The move came two days after a Wade met with LSU and NCAA officials, during which Alleva said the second-year Tigers coach “answered all questions and denied any wrongdoing in connection with recently reported allegations of irregularities in college basketball recruiting.”

LSU was having one of the better seasons in program history under the 36-year-old Wade when he was suspended indefinitely. His punishment came on the heels of a Yahoo report about leaked excerpts of an FBI wiretap that captured Wade speaking with a person convicted funneling illegal payments to the families of college basketball recruits.

In transcripts of the phone call, Wade discussed presenting a “strong” offer to an apparent third-party who represented then-recruit Javonte Smart. It was not clear from the leaked transcripts whether Wade in fact violated NCAA rules or if Smart, a freshman who started 18 games this past season, knew about the offer.

“Wade’s explanations and clarifications offered during the meeting, absent actual evidence of misconduct, satisfy his contractual obligation to LSU,” Alleva said.

Friday’s meeting marked the first meaningful face-to-face communication between all parties since LSU suspended Wade for initially refusing to meet with school officials on March 8.

“The university regrets that Coach Wade did not choose to fulfill his obligations to LSU when he was first asked to do so,” Alleva said. “However, the seriousness of the allegations and coach Wade’s prior refusal to refute them could not be ignored without exposing the university and the basketball program to great risk.”

After being held out for LSU’s regular-season finale, Smart was cleared to play in the SEC and NCAA tournaments. Wade, meanwhile, was replaced for the regular season-finale and the postseason on an interim basis by assistant Tony Benford.

 

Bucks roll past Pistons 121-86 in series opener

Giannis Antetokounmpo ran and dunked all over the Pistons until they just shoved him to the ground.

The team with the NBA’s best record wanted to show it can make a long playoff run, and the Detroit Pistons were helpless to slow them down.

“I don’t know if they were ready for us,” Antetokounmpo said. “But we just try to focus on ourselves. We just try to play with pace, run to our spots and try to make plays.”

Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 121-86 victory on Sunday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Bucks, who led by as many as 43 points. Their 35-point margin was the third-largest in the franchise’s playoff history.

The Pistons only really caught up to Antetokounmpo when center Andre Drummond shoved him to the ground with both hands late in the third quarter, after the MVP candidate grabbed an offensive rebound with Detroit trailing by 41 points.

Drummond was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. He blew a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court.

“As a team we talked about it, to try to keep our composure whenever the opposing team tries to foul us hard or tries to hit us or play dirty,” Antetokounmpo said. “Obviously, I’m not going to look to the referees for protection. I’ve just got to play smart and try to avoid the situations.”

Antetokounmpo was only 5 of 12 on free throws and 1 of 5 from 3-point range, but was 9 for 17 from the field.

Eric Bledsoe had 15 points, and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton each added 14 for the Bucks. George Hill scored 16 points off the bench.

 

Cincinnati Bearcats get new coach

CINCINNATI – John Brannen has been named the 27th head coach in University of Cincinnati men’s basketball history, Director of Athletics Mike Bohn announced Sunday, April 14. A formal introduction will take place Monday.
Brannen has served as Northern Kentucky University’s head coach since the 2015-2016 season, taking the Norse to unprecedented success as the school’s athletics department underwent reclassification. Since earning active Division I status eligibility prior to the start of the 2016-17 season, the Norse men’s basketball program has compiled a 72-30 overall record, making three consecutive postseason appearances (NCAA Tournament [2017, 2019], NIT [2018]), winning back-to-back Horizon League regular-season championships (2018, 2019) and claiming a pair of conference tournament titles (2017, 2019). No other school in the nation has enjoyed NKU’s amount of success in its first three years with active status at the Division I level.
Brannen, whose coaching career spans 20 seasons, owns an 82-52 career record as head coach. He registered an 81-51 ledger in four seasons at NKU and a 1-1 mark as Alabama’s interim head coach at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
The 2017 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Brannen led the Norse to a 24-11 record in 2016-17, the Horizon League Tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the school’s first season of active status eligibility. NKU’s win total was an improvement of 15 victories from the previous season, marking the third-best turnaround in the nation behind only UCLA and Minnesota.
Brannen guided NKU to a 22-10 mark, the Horizon League regular-season championship and an NIT appearance in 2017-18. Last season, NKU posted a Division I-era record 26 wins with eight losses, claiming the league regular-season championship and tournament title and its second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years.
Brannen’s players have earned 10 Horizon League postseason accolades, highlighted by Drew McDonald receiving league player of the year honors this past season. NKU finished 2018-19 ranked 11th in the nation in both total assists (592) and assists per game (16.9). The Norse also ranked nationally in field goal shooting percentage (27th at .478), scoring margin (28th at +9.6), assist-to-turnover ratio (32nd at 1.34), three-point shooting defense (34th at .314), rebound margin (43rd at +4.5) and scoring offense (44th at 78.5 points).
Brannen came to NKU after spending six seasons (2010-2015) at Alabama coaching under Anthony Grant, four as an assistant coach and two as the associate head coach. The Crimson Tide made four postseason appearances during his stay. Alabama finished as the runners up at the 2011 NIT, posting a 25-12 overall mark and winning the Southeastern Conference West Division title. The Crimson Tide made an NCAA Tournament appearance the following season and later advanced to the NIT quarterfinals in 2013 and the second round of the NIT in 2015. Brannen served as interim head coach for Alabama’s two games in the 2015 NIT. While in Tuscaloosa, Brannen helped sign Alabama’s 2011 recruiting class that ranked fifth in the nation according to Rivals.com.
Prior to Alabama, Brannen served as an assistant coach at VCU for three seasons (2007-09) under Anthony Grant, helping lead the Rams to three 20-win campaigns, two NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2009) and a showing in the NIT (2008). The 2007 squad posted a 28-7 mark, upsetting Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Brannen helped recruit Larry Sanders, who later was drafted by Milwaukee as the 15th pick in the 2010 NBA draft and also helped recruit four of VCU’s five starters on its 2011 Final Four team.
Brannen also was an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure (2004-06) for three seasons, Eastern Kentucky (2001-2003) for three seasons and Charleston for the 2000 campaign.
A native of nearby Alexandria, Ky., Brannen attended Newport Central Catholic High School. He began his collegiate playing career at Morehead State before transferring to Marshall for his final two seasons, playing for head coaches Billy Donovan (1996) and Greg White (1997). He was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1997, averaging 20.9 points. He scored 1,008 points in two seasons with the Thundering Herd. A Rhodes Scholar finalist, Brannen received scholarships from both the NCAA and Southern Conference. He earned a degree in business management from Marshall in 1997 and played two seasons of professional basketball in Belgium’s First Division before beginning his coaching career.
Brannen and his wife Lisa live in northern Kentucky and are the proud parents of twin daughters, Jaylee and Katelyn.
COACHING EXPERIENCE

1999-2000: Assistant Coach, Charleston
2001-2003: Assistant Coach, Eastern Kentucky
2004-2006: Assistant Coach, St. Bonaventure
2007-2009: Assistant Coach, VCU
2010-2013: Assistant Coach, Alabama
2014-2015: Associate Head Coach, Alabama
2016-2019: Head Coach, Northern Kentucky
2019-Present: Head Coach, Cincinnati
AWARDS
2017 Horizon League Coach of the Year
Member of prestigious Villa 7 Consortium since 2006
PLAYING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Began collegiate career at Morehead State (1994, 1995) before transferring to Marshall (1996, 1997)
Named the 1997 Southern Conference Player of the Year as a senior
Scored 1,008 points in two seasons at Marshall, playing for Billy Donovan (1996) and Greg White (1997)

 

Blue Jackets move to the brink of sweeping Lightning

Sergei Bobrovsky has the Columbus Blue Jackets on the brink of sweeping a playoff series that hardly anyone thought they could win.

The Russian goalie shut the door when the Tampa Bay Lightning made a desperate late surge on Sunday night, preserving a 3-1 win and giving Columbus a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the NHL’s best team.

The Blue Jackets will try to finish the sweep – and win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history – in Game 4 at home on Tuesday night.

Matt Duchene, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson scored, and Bobrovsky finished with 30 saves , 16 of them in the final period.

“You don’t get to this time of year without a really good goalie to get in, and you don’t win playoff games without your goalie, so I thought he stood really big in those 10, 12 minutes there where they turned it up,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “Bob doesn’t say anything. He just goes about his business. The way he prepares is second to none. We’re going to need him, because there’s going to be another push in Game 4.”

Without their top scorer, the suspended Nikita Kucherov, and injured defenseman Victor Hedman, the Lightning, who finished with a league-best 62 wins, couldn’t find any momentum until late, and then Bobrovsky rose to the challenge.

Columbus has commanded the series since falling behind 3-0 in the opening period of Game 1, only to rally to win that one 4-3. The Blue Jackets pummeled the Lightning 5-1 in Game 2, and solidly outplayed them for most of the game Sunday.

“The job’s not done, but at the same time this is fun,” Duchene said. “This has been unbelievable, and we want to finish the job and leave no doubt. Obviously, we have a great opportunity Tuesday at home in front of our fans. I think these fans deserve that we get the job done here at home.”

 

Islanders top Penguins 4-1 to take 3-0 series lead

The New York Islanders don’t play a particularly sexy brandy of hockey. They forecheck. They backcheck. They block shots and take few risks, more focused on fundamentals than flash.

It’s a style designed to frustrate opponents regardless of pedigree, one that has them on the cusp of just their second playoff series win in more than a quarter-century.

Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored 62 seconds apart in the first period to quickly erase a rare deficit, Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots and the Islanders moved within one victory of finishing off Sidney Crosby and the rest of the frustrated Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-1 win on Sunday to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

It’s heady territory for a franchise that’s advanced past the first round just once since 1993. Yet the Islanders certainly look like they belong on the big stage. They’ve outscored Pittsburgh 11-5 through three games and have trailed for less than four minutes through nine-plus periods against a team that began the playoffs looking to capture its third Stanley Cup in four years, a dream that’s all but vanished.

“We kind of did our best to play simple hockey and really just grind it out a little bit,” said New York forward Anders Lee, whose empty-net goal with 1:28 to go pushed the Islanders to the cusp of an unlikely sweep.

It’s what the Islanders do.

While they lack Pittsburgh’s offensive firepower, they’ve made up for it with depth and resiliency. Rather than get rattled after Garrett Wilson gave the Penguins just their second lead of the series when he redirected a point shot by Lehner just past the midway point of the first period, the Islanders responded immediately.

 

Jets bounce back with 6-3 win over Blues

Kyle Connor and the Winnipeg Jets got back on track by sticking to the same way they wanted to play all along.

Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist, and the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Sunday night to climb back into their first-round playoff series.

Winnipeg dropped the first two games at home. But they were one-goal games, and Connor felt the Jets just needed a few minor tweaks.

Looked pretty good in St. Louis.

“As a whole, we played the right way for (the first) two games,” Connor said. “Tonight, it was nice to have everyone contribute.”

Kevin Hayes, Brandon Tanev and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in St. Louis.

“We’re building every shift, every game throughout the series,” Connor said. “We’re getting close to our game and it’s pretty dangerous.”

David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored for the Blues, and Jordan Binnington made 23 stops.

Perron put St. Louis in front with a power-play goal late in the first period. He whipped a shot past Hellebuyck from the slot.

But the Jets grabbed the lead for good when they scored three times in a span of 4:01 in the second.

Hayes started the blitz with a shot from the point that went through traffic before slipping past Binnington. Laine then scored his third goal of the series, converting a pass from Jacob Trouba.

Connor capped the blitz with a power-play wrist shot from the faceoff dot at 8:58. He added an insurance goal 14:44 into the final period.

 

Stone powers Vegas past San Jose 6-3

Mark Stone had three goals and two assists, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Paul Stastny collected two goals and three assists as Vegas captured another high-scoring matchup with San Jose. Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist, defenseman Shea Theodore had three assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.

The Golden Knights and Sharks scored 15 times while splitting the first two games in San Jose. Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

Kevin Labanc, Logan Couture and Tim Meier scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones stopped 34 shots.

Vegas got off to a fast start when Nate Schmidt went blue line to blue line with a perfect feed through traffic to Stone, who beat Jones with a backhand just 16 seconds into the game.

It was the fastest goal in the playoffs since San Jose’s Joe Pavelski scored 15 seconds into a first-round game in 2007. Stone has six goals in the playoffs already.

Pacioretty extended the lead to 2-0 when he fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle past Jones at 12:16.

San Jose got one back when Joe Thornton passed from behind the goal to Labanc, who somehow squeezed the puck past Fleury at 15:26.

Stastny accounted for both of Vegas’ goals in the second as the Knights opened a 4-1 lead.

First, Stastny grabbed a rebound between the circles, skated to his left and drove a wrist shot past Jones 21 seconds into the period. Then he got into a perfect position to redirect a feed from Stone into the net at 16:04.

San Jose rallied in the third. Couture got his second of the series when his pass intended for Joe Pavelski was tipped in by Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb. Then Meier knocked in a rebound after Gustav Nyquist’s shot was stopped, making it 5-3 with a little more than 14 minutes remaining.

 

Ozuna, Cardinals power past Reds 9-5 for split in Mexico

For Marcell Ozuna, the atmosphere in the Estadio de Beisbol de Monterrey made it feel like a home game. Not in St. Louis, but back in the Dominican Republic.

Ozuna hit two home runs and Matt Carpenter connected for a tiebreaking drive in the seventh inning that sent the Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Sunday for a split of their two-game series in Mexico.

“I liked the crowd here, it’s like in my country, it’s kind of the same the energy,” Ozuna said.

“It’s my first time in Monterrey and it feels good, the passion and the feel for the game that they have,” he said.

Ozuna has four home runs in his last five games along with eight RBIs.

“I’m sure it was a comfortable feeling for him. I know it was for me,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “It’s an atmosphere that all Latin players enjoy, I’m sure I did.”

The stadium didn’t sell out for either game. But on both days, fans were noisy throughout the game, and the PA system blasted Latin music at every opportunity, creating a fiesta-like atmosphere.

“It felt like a winter league game there and I was trying to give my best to them,” Ozuna said.

Tyler O’Neill also homered for St. Louis. Yasiel Puig hit his first home run for the Reds and Jesse Winker hit his second in two days.

The Cardinals saluted the fans after the win and gave away their hats. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels will play twice at this stadium in early May – Major League Baseball has committed to bring regular-season games to Mexico until 2021.

 

Alexander Rossi races to second straight Long Beach win

Alexander Rossi weaved his scooter through a horde of pedestrians and deftly maneuvered around the sun-drenched fans still partying in the streets of Long Beach.

Then Rossi suddenly stopped, kicked his leg away from the bike, and fiddled with a switch. His scooter nearly ran out of gas.

It was the only wrong move Rossi made Sunday.

The American conquered Long Beach for the second consecutive year and added his name to a short list of motorsports stars as multiple winners of the second-most prestigious race on the IndyCar schedule. Rossi became just the eighth driver to win more than once on the temporary street course through the picturesque downtown.

The others? Mario Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Alex Zanardi, Paul Tracy, Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power and Mike Conway.

“This is a special one,” said Rossi, winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie in 2016.

His effort was nearly perfect and dedicated to his grandfather, Donald Russell, who died Saturday. Rossi only learned of his passing hours before the start of the race.

“He was someone I looked up to a lot and we had this thing called `The Straight Arrow Club’ which he taught me as a young kid not to do anything stupid, just keep the arrow straight,” Rossi said. “I guess I’m the head of that club now.”

Rossi won the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from the pole, same as last year, and had the field covered very early. His margin of victory over Josef Newgarden was more than 20 seconds and the 200th victory for Andretti Autosport across all series.

Rossi was the first driver to win consecutive races at Long Beach since Bourdais won three straight from 2005 to 2007.

Seven drivers won the last seven years, which didn’t bode well for Rossi’s chances at a repeat. But his Honda-powered Andretti entry was far and above the class of the field and he only relinquished the lead while on pit road.

Newgarden for Team Penske finished 20.2359 seconds behind with a Chevrolet. Graham Rahal was third across the finish line -25.4589 seconds behind Rossi- but lost the podium finish because IndyCar accused him of blocking Scott Dixon on the final lap.

Dixon, of Chip Ganassi Racing, was moved to third and Rahal finished fourth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

“I am not, like, upset about it,” Rahal said. “Did I block? Yes. I blocked. You are allowed to make a move in this series. That’s allowed. I played the rules as I see them fit.”

 

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After a masterful 36 hole performance, senior Jordan Hahn won the 2019 Boilermaker Invitational Sunday.

With the final round of the tournament was canceled due to rain, Hahn was declared the winner by virtue of his 36-hole lead. The senior led the field entering the final round after posting a 67-68 for a 9-under-par 135 on Saturday, earning victory by two strokes over Riley Casey of Oklahoma.

The title is Hahn’s third in an illustrious four-year career at Wisconsin and the first solo-medalist victory by any Badger since Dan Woltman won the VCU/Mattapoini Springs Shootout in 2006. It is Hahn’s fourth top-10 finish this season and 11th of his career.

As a team, Hahn propelled the Badgers to a share of seventh place, posting a 293-283= 576 (E).

Thoughts from Coach Burcin:

“I know this win means a lot to Jordan. Kampen Golf Course is one of the toughest tests in the country and he beat a bunch of really great players. Winning on great courses is always impressive and he continues to build his resume and one of the greats to ever play at Wisconsin. Watching his progression has been so much fun.”

Up Next:

The Badgers look to hoist another trophy April 26-28 at the Big Ten Championships in Philadelphia, Pa.

TEAM SCORES

  1. Illinois State (-16)
  2. Purdue (-15)
  3. Oklahoma (-14)
  4. Northwestern (-6)
  5. Michigan (-2)
  6. S. Illinois (-1)

T7. Wisconsin (E)

T7. Notre Dame (E)

  1. Santa Clara (+4)
  2. Cincinnati (+8)
  3. Ball State (+9)
  4. Kent State (+11)
  5. Indiana (+13)
  6. Miami OH. (+18)
  7. Northern Illinois (+25)

WISCONSIN INDIVIDUALS

  1. Jordan Hahn, 67-68= 135 (-9)

*T42. Brett Robinson, 69-77= 146 (+2)

T45. Pete Kuhl, 76-71= 147 (+3)

T45. Sam Anderson, 76-71= 147 (+3)

T58. Cameron Frazier, 76-73= 149 (+5)

T63. Griffin Barela, 74-76= 150 (+6)

* Played as an individual

 

SPORTS EXTRA

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics, forced tonight to put on one of their strongest battles in years, just managed to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 110-109, and win the Eastern Division championship of the National Basketball Association for the ninth straight season. There was nothing easy to the triumph before the 13,909 fans who filled the Boston Garden for the seventh and deciding game of the playoff finals. Each team botched up a routine toss-in from out of bounds during the last five seconds of play. The failure by the 76ers was the more costly of the bad plays.

As a result, Coach Red Auerbach’s Celtics will be going after their seventh consecutive league title when they meet the Los Angeles Lakers in the N.B.A. final playoffs here.

It was a wild finish tonight. With the score at 110-107 and the Celtics apparently assured of victory-only five seconds remained-Wilt Chamberlain easily made a layup as all the Celtics stepped out of his way to make sure they didn’t foul the big man. This made the count 110-109, Boston. Then Bill Russell tossed the ball inbounds over Chamberlain’s out-stretched hands. But the ball hit the guidewire supporting the backboard and the 76ers were given the ball out of bounds. Now they had one last chance for a winning shot. Hal Greer stepped out of bounds and tossed in toward Chet Walker 30 feet away. John Havlicek of the Celtics rushed between Walker and the ball, slapped it down, took it over and the crowd went wild. Havlicek tossed the ball high in the air, and the Celtics were carried off along with Auerbach on the shoulders of happy fans storming the court. Boston had won the series, 4 games to 3.

It was a particularly sad moment for Chamberlain, the league’s leading scorer, who has failed to pace a team to an N.B.A. title in six great years of professional basketball. He worked hard tonight, possibly harder than he did in any of the three victories the 76ers gained in this series. Sam Jones, the fancy shooter from outside, made 37 points. Havlicek, the Buckeye from Ohio State, got 26 and that important steal late in the game. Chamberlain managed to get 32 rebounds to 29 for Russell tonight, but Russell was credited with a most unusual nine assists. Chamberlain made 30 points, Russell 15.

The raspy radio call “Havlicek stole the ball! Havlicek stole the ball!” by the Boston Celtics’ announcer Johnny Most became one of the most famous sports broadcasts of all time. The Celtics went on to defeat the Lakers and win their seventh of eight consecutive titles.

ALSO

1876 – First game of the Alleghenies professional baseball in Pittsburgh, playing at Union Park.

1895 – Josephine Blatt (US) makes hip-and-harness lift of 3564 pounds (record).

1896 – Games of the I Olympiad close at Athens, Greece.

1909 – New York Giants’ Red Ames second no-hitter, loses in 13th inning on a 7-hitter to Brooklyn Dodgers.

1910 – William Howard Taft is first US President to throw out a first ball at a baseball game.

1911 – Walter Johnson pitches a record tying four strike-outs in an inning.

1915 – New York Giants pitcher Rube Marquard no-hits Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-0.

1925 – NHL’s New York Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) play first game, lose 3-1.

1937 – NHL Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat New York Rangers, three games to 2.

1947 – Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball’s color line (first black in modern major league baseball).

1952 – Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Montreal Canadiens in four games.

1954 – Baltimore Orioles’ first game in Baltimore; they beat Chicago White Sox 3-1.

1954 – New York Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow.

1956 – Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open.

1958 – First Major League baseball game in California, San Francisco Giants beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-0.

1965 – NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold.

1968 – The Houston Astros defeat the New York Mets in 24 innings (6 hours, 6 minutes), 1-0, making it the longest scoreless game in Major League Baseball history.

1973 – Second Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright.

1974 – Third Boston Women’s Marathon won by Miki Gorman of California in 2:47:11.

1974 – 78th Boston Marathon won by Neil Cusack of Ireland in 2:13:39.

1976 – Yankee Stadium reopens, New York Yankees beat Minnesota Twins after trailing 4-0.

1977 – First baseball game at Montréal’s Olympic Stadium, Quebec, Canada.

1979 – 43rd Golf Masters Championship: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280.

1984 – 48th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Crenshaw wins, shooting a 277.

1984 – Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

1985 – 14th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 2:34:06.

1985 – 89th Boston Marathon won by Geoff Smith of Great Britain in 2:14:05.

1986 – Viv Richards century off 56 balls versus England in Antigua Test Cricket.

1989 – At the Sheffield Soccer Stadium in England, 96 Liverpool fans are crushed to death.

1989 – Sue Marchiano wins third World Cup female marathon (2:30:48).

1990 – Greenidge and Haynes make 298 opening stand (versus England), their best.

1991 – 20th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Wanda Panfil of Poland in 2:24:18.

1991 – 95th Boston Marathon won by Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya in 2:11:06.

1991 – Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assists with 9,898.

1991 – Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road.

1992 – New York Islanders’ Al Arbour coaches the most NHL games (1,438).

1994 – Cleveland Indians lose first game at Jacobs Field, Kansas City Royals wins 2-1.

1996 – 100th Boston Marathon won by Moses Tanui of Kenya in 2:09:15.9.

1996 – 25th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:27:12.6.

1997 – Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams.

2005 – The first major league game in Washington D.C. since September 30, 1971 is played between the Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks at RFK Stadium. President George W. Bush throws out the first ceremonial pitch. The Nationals win, 5-3.

2005 – Ben Sheets signs a US$38.5 million, four-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers American professional baseball team. It is the richest deal in Brewers’ history.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1876      The Alleghenys bring professional baseball to the city of Allegheny, a municipality that will be annexed into Pittsburgh in 1907, when they defeat the Xanthas at Union Park, 7-3. In February, the team lost its bid to become part of the newly established National League and will play as an independent club until joining the minor-league International Association next season, a circuit that will disband in 1878.

1909      On Opening Day, the Superbas are no-hit by the Giants’ Red Ames for 9.1 innings. The Polo Grounds contest will go thirteen innings before Brooklyn defeats the 26 year-old right-hander, 3-0.

1911      At the age of 24, Grover Cleveland Alexander makes his major league debut, losing a 5-4 decision to the Rustlers on an unearned run in the tenth inning at Boston’s South End Grounds. The Philadelphia rookie who will become known as ‘Old Pete,’ will go on to post a 28-13 (.683) record, which will include seven shutouts and 31 complete games.

1915      After being called the Naps since 1903, Cleveland’s American League ballclub, plays its first game known as the Indians, a moniker selected from a contest to re-name the team run by a local newspaper. The franchise’s former name, which honored their once-popular player-manager Nap Lajoie, needed to be changed when the 40 year-old second baseman is sold back to A’s, after feuding the team’s current skipper, Joe Birmingham.

1921      At Redland Field, Pirates right-hander Chief Yellow Horse makes his major league debut against the Reds. The Pittsburgh hurler, a member of a North American Plains Indian tribe called the Pawnees, is believed by many baseball historians to be the first full-blooded American Indian to play in the big leagues.

1930      On Opening Day, Phillies’ southpaw Les Sweetland throws a three-hitter at Ebbets Field. The 28 year-old southpaw doubles and scores the lone run in the eighth inning of his 1-0 complete-game victory over Brooklyn.

1933      In his major league debut, Tigers rookie Schoolboy Rowe tosses a six-hitter, blanking the White Sox, 3-0. During his 15-year career, also playing with the Dodgers and Phillies, Lynwood will compile a 158-101 record, posting an ERA of 3.87.

1942      At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, Hiram ‘Hi’ Bithorn becomes the first Puerto Rican to play major league baseball. The Cubs’ right-hander from Santurce makes a relief appearance, allowing no runs or hits during his two innings of work in Chicago’s 4-2 loss to the Redbirds.

1947      A year before President Truman desegregated the military, Jackie Robinson debuts for the Dodgers, becoming the first black player to participate in a major league game this century. In front of 25,623 Ebbets Field fans, the 28 year-old first baseman is hitless in three at-bats but scores a run in the 5-3 Opening Day victory over the Braves.

1947      In his National League debut, Hank Greenberg has the lone RBI in the Pirates’ 1-0 win over the Cubs. Pittsburgh bought the slugging first baseman from the Tigers in the off-season for $75,000.

1954      In front of a crowd of 46,354 fans, big league baseball returns to Baltimore after a 51-year absence when the Orioles beat Chicago in the first game played in Memorial Stadium, 3-1. A Baltimore ownership group, which included Clarence Mills, Jim Keelty, Jerry Hoffberger, and Zanvyl Krieger, bought the former St. Louis Browns and brought the franchise to the Charm City.

1957      Before the Senators’ 7-6 loss to Baltimore in 11 innings at Griffith Stadium, President Dwight Eisenhower throws the traditional ceremonial first pitch of the season. The horsehide Ike tosses is billed as the 10th millionth Spalding baseball to be used in a major league game.

 

1958      On Opening Day, the transplanted New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers play the first major league game on the West Coast. The California contest sees Ruben Gomez blanking Los Angeles and Don Drysdale at San Francisco’s Seals Stadium, 8-0.

1959      Cardinal right-hander Bob Gibson makes his major league debut at LA Memorial Coliseum, tossing the final two innings in a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers. The 23 year-old rookie becomes the first future Hall of Fame hurler to give up a home run to the first batter he faces in the major leagues when third baseman Jim Baxes takes him deep in the seventh inning.

1967      At the age of 18, Gary Nolan makes his major league debut, striking out the side in the first frame en route to his first career victory when the Reds beat Houston at Crosley Field, 7-3. The hard-throwing teenager, who will give up six hits and three runs in 6.1 innings in his first outing, will be the runner-up to Tom Seaver and Dick Hughes for the Rookie of the Year honors this season.

1968      The Astros defeat the Mets in 24 innings, 1-0, making it the longest scoreless game in major league history. The six-hour and six-minute contest, in which each team had 79 at-bats and 11 hits, ends when Bob Aspromonte’s grounder goes through the legs of shortstop Al Weis, scoring Norm Miller from third base with one out.

1972      On Opening Day in Oakland, A’s outfielder Reggie Jackson becomes the first player in fifty-eight years to wear a mustache during the regular season. The last time facial hair was worn in a major league game was in 1914 when Wally Schang had hair above his lip catching for Philadelphia Athletics.

1976      In the debut of the ‘new’ Yankee Stadium, 52,613 fans watch the Bronx Bombers shell Minnesota on Opening Day, 11-4. Bob Shawkey, the winner of the 1923 Stadium opener, throws out the ceremonial first pitch in the ballpark that has been completely rebuilt from top to bottom, with the replacement of the fences, the seats, the roof, and the original grandstand.

1983      With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Jerry Hairston’s clean pinch-hit single to center field spoils Milt Wilcox’s bid for a perfect game. The 32 year-old Tigers right-hander retires the next batter, settling for a one-hit 6-0 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.

1990      ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball makes its debut, with Jon Miller and Joe Morgan behind the microphones, a broadcasting team that will remain in the booth for the next 21 seasons. The early stages of the sports network’s coverage on Sundays evenings call for every ballpark to host a game, assuring each team at least one appearance on national television throughout the season.

1994      With only 115 fans in attendance on a cold and rainy night at Pohlman Field, Kelly Wunsch becomes the third player and first starting pitcher to strike out five batters in one inning in professional baseball. The Beloit Brewer hurler, who was drafted by Milwaukee in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 1993 amateur draft, makes this possible when two of those victims reached first base on wild pitches during a 7-3 loss to Springfield (IL) of the Midwest League.

1997      With President Clinton and Rachel Robinson in attendance at the Shea Stadium ceremony, Commissioner Bud Selig announces Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 will be retired throughout Major League Baseball, an unprecedented tribute to the player who broke the color barrier fifty years ago on this date. There are presently 13 active players still wearing the number who will be allowed to keep it including Mariano Rivera, who in 2013 will become the last player to don digits.

2000      Orioles infielder Cal Ripken, in the 2,800th game of his career, lines a base hit to center off the Twins’ Hector Carrasco, becoming the 24th player to reach the 3000th hit milestone. The single also makes the ‘Iron Man’ only the seventh player to get 3,000 hits and 400 home runs in major league history.

2001      A swarm of bees nesting in the Coors Field’s right field auxiliary scoreboard makes their presence known when Todd Hollandsworth steps into the batter’s box to start the bottom of the fourth frame. After a nine-minute delay, the game continues without incident to the players, fans or bees, but the Rockies’ outfielder gets the crowd buzzing by hitting three home runs following the incident, including a three-run walk-off round-tripper in the tenth inning of Colorado’s 10-7 victory over Arizona.

2004      Major league baseball begins the tradition of Jackie Robinson Day, an annual celebration commemorating the day in 1947 when the Dodger infielder broke the color line. At big league venues across the country, ceremonies are being held to honor the ground-breaking historical event, including baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Jackie’s widow Rachel Robinson attending the festivities at Shea Stadium.

2005      Right-hander Ben Sheets, who agreed to a one-year deal worth $6 million during the offseason to avoid salary arbitration, signs a $38.5 million, four-year contract to stay with Milwaukee. The deal is the richest in the history of the Brewers.

2005      The Dodgers, to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game in the big leagues, wear replicas of the old road uniforms worn by the 1947 team which played in Brooklyn. Right-hander Derek Lowe throws a three-hitter, blanking the Padres in San Diego, 4-0.

2005      In the first major league game played in Washington, D.C. since September 30, 1971, the Nationals beat Arizona at RFK Stadium, 5-3. President George W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch after receiving the ball from Joe Grzenda, the former Washington reliever who threw the final pitch in Senators history.

2005      A Fenway fan is ejected from the game after taking what appeared to be a swipe at Gary Sheffield as the Yankee outfielder fields a ball hit by Jason Varitek. The right fielder’s response, which includes shoving the fan, making a fist, and exchanging words, will be investigated by major league baseball.

2007      The Indians became the first team in almost 55 years to notch a victory with their only hit coming in the team’s first at-bat when Grady Sizemore doubles leading off the first inning in Tribe’s eventual 2-1 win over Chicago at Jacobs Field. The last time the Tribe won while getting just one hit or less was in 1992, a 2-1 victory over Boston with the team being no-hit by Matt Young.

2007      To honor Jackie Robinson, some players on each team, including Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and Braves’ outfielder Andruw Jones, wear the Dodger immortal’s uniform No. 42 on the 60th anniversary of his historic breaking the color barrier in baseball. In the Cardinals and Brewers contest at Busch Stadium, every player and coach on both teams dons Jackie’s revered number.

2009      Texas infielder Ian Kinsler, having already collected a single, double, and home run, admits he was trying for a triple when he batted in the sixth inning of the 19-6 rout of Baltimore. The Rangers second baseman gets his three-bagger en route to a 6-for-6 cycle performance.

2010      Jorge Cantu establishes a major league record when he gets at least one hit and drives in one or more runs for the first ten games to start the season. The Marlins’ infielder streak also proves to be the longest at any point of this season.

2011      The Rangers tie an American League mark shared with 15 teams by turning six double plays in a nine-inning game, including a record-tying five DPs by Elvis Andrus for the most by a shortstop, in the team’s 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. The first six batters in the Bronx Bombers’ lineup, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones, and Nick Swisher, bounce into Texas twin killings.

2011      With a 7-6 defeat to Toronto at Fenway Park, the Red Sox lose their tenth game of the new campaign, making their 2-10 record the worst start in franchise history. Boston, despite its record-setting first dozen contests, will still be in contention for a playoff spot until the last day of the season.

 

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1845 – Birth of Dave Gregory; cricket player (Australia’s first Test captain).

1895 – Birth of Harry F V Edward in British Guiana; 100 metre/200 metre runner (Olympics-bronze-1920).

1901 – Birth of Joe Davis; English snooker/billiards-world champion (1927-46).

1906 – Birth of A J “Sandy” Bell; South Africa cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35).

1936 – Birth of Jack Noreiga; cricket player (9-95 West Indies versus India 1971).

1940 – Birth of Edy Hubacher in Switzerland; four-man bobsled (Olympics-gold-1972).

1942 – Birth of Walter Raphael Hazzard in Wilmington, Delaware, USA; basketball (Olympics-gold-1964).

1955 – Birth of Enith Salle Brigitha in the Netherlands; 100 metre/200 metre swimmer (Olympics-bronze-1976).

1956 – Birth of Michael Cooper; NBA star (Los Angeles Lakers).

1957 – Birth of Evelyn Ashford in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA; 100 metre runner (Olympics-4 gold-1976, 1984).

1958 – Birth of John Bracewell in New Zealand; cricket player (premiere spinner of 1980s).

1959 – Birth of Kevin Lowe in Lachute, Quebec, Canada; NHL defenseman (New York Rangers).

1961 – Birth of Tiina Lillak in Finland; javelin thrower (Olympics-silver-1984).

1963 – Birth of Manoj Prabhakar; cricket player (Indian opening batsman and opening bowler).

1963 – Birth of Teresa Wentzel DeWitt in Fort Braggm North Carolina, USA; double trap (Olympics-1996).

1964 – Birth of Nadeem Abbasi; cricket player (three Tests for Pakistan versus India 1989).

1965 – Birth of Anthony Miller; NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys).

1965 – Birth of Kevin Stevens in Brockton, Massachusetts, USA; NHL left wing (Los Angeles Kings).

1965 – Birth of Mark Dennis; NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers).

1965 – Birth of Michele Redman in Zanesville, Ohio, USA; LPGA golfer (1995 Star Bank-third).

1967 – Birth of Dara Torres in Beverly Hills, California, USA; American Olympic swimmer (Olympics-gold-1984).

1967 – Birth of Lance Zeno; NFL/WLAF corner (Los Angeles Rams, Scottish Claymores).

1967 – Birth of Suzy Green in Detroit, Michigan, USA; LPGA golfer (1995 Fieldcrest Cannon-26th).

1968 – Birth of Billy Brewer in Fort Worth, Texas, USA; pitcher (New York Yankees).

1969 – Birth of Chris Smith in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Nike golfer (1993 British Columbia Open-8th).

1969 – Birth of Jeromy Burnitz in Westminster, California, USA; outfielder (Cleveland Indians).

1969 – Birth of Michael Jones; NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, Saint Louis Rams).

1969 – Birth of Phillippi Sparks; NFL cornerback (New York Giants).

1970 – Birth of Darrin Smith; NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles).

1971 – Birth of Craig Whelihan; NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers).

1971 – Birth of Derek Brown; NFL running back (New Orleans Saints).

1971 – Birth of Guivi Sissaouri in Tbilisi, Georgia; Canada freestyle wrestler (Olympics-silver-1996).

1971 – Birth of Jason Sehorn; NFL cornerback/safety (New York Giants).

1971 – Birth of Rich McKenzie; NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns).

1971 – Birth of Tim Tindale; NFL running back (Buffalo Bills).

1972 – Birth of Melvin Johnson; NFL safety (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

1972 – Birth of Ricky Otero in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico; outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies).

1972 – Birth of Ronald Cherry; NFL tackle (Detroit Lions).

1972 – Birth of Vickie Johnson; WNBA guard/forward (New York Liberty).

1973 – Birth of Jeremy Burkett; NFL/WLAF tight end (New York Giants, Barcelona Dragons).

1974 – Birth of Mike Quinn; quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers).

1974 – Birth of Sergei Krivokrasov in Angarsk, Russia; NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks, Olympics-silver-1998).

1977 – Birth of Lisa Bell in Rockford, Illinois; figure skater (1997 Midwestern Senior Champion).