INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SEMI-STATE (JUNE 12)
Munster vs. Fishers
Mount Vernon vs. Jasper
Hanover Central vs. Norwell
Brebeuf vs. Southridge
Eastside vs. Delphi
University vs. Providence
Washington Township vs. Cowan
Shakamak vs. Borden
INDIANA SOFTBALL STATE FINALS (JUNE 11-12)
Friday, June 11
Class A | Northfield (19-9) vs. Clay City (22-6) | 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT
Class 3A | Guerin Catholic (25-2) vs. Boonville (20-6) | 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT
Saturday, June 12
Class 2A | Pioneer (34-2) vs. Sullivan (28-4) | 4:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm CT
Class 4A | Lake Central (31-1) vs. Roncalli (30-2) | 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL GOLF SECTIONAL
16. Monroe Central (12) | Hickory Hills Golf Course | Mon, 9 am ET
Cowan, Delta, Jay County, Monroe Central, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, Randolph Southern, Union City, Wapahani, Wes-Del, Winchester, Yorktown.
17. Greenfield Central (12) | Hawk’s Tail of Greenfield | Mon, 9 am ET
Blue River Valley, Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Knightstown, Morristown, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), New Castle, New Palestine, Shelbyville, Shenandoah, Southwestern (Shelbyville), Triton Central.
18. Richmond (12) | Forest Hills Country Club | Mon, 9 am ET
Cambridge City Lincoln, Centerville, Connersville, Franklin County, Hagerstown, Northeastern, Richmond, Rushville, Seton Catholic, Tri, Union (Modoc), Union County.
Atlanta 128 Philadelphia 124
LA Clippers 126 Dallas 111
Montréal 5 Winnipeg 1
Vegas 5 Colorado 1
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Colorado 3 Oakland 1
Baltimore 18 Cleveland 5
Houston 6 Toronto 3
Chicago White Sox 3 Detroit 0
Minnesota 2 Kansas City 1
Tampa Bay 7 Texas 1
Seattle 9 LA Angels 5
Philadelphia 12 Washington 6
Miami 3 Pittsburgh 1
Atlanta 4 LA Dodgers 2
Milwaukee 2 Arizona 0
Cincinnati 8 St. Louis 7
Chicago Cubs 4 San Francisco 3
NY Mets 6 San Diego 2
Boston 6 NY Yankees 5 (10)
COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES – REGIONALS
Central Michigan 14 Connecticut 9
Maryland 2 Charlotte 1
Virginia 3 South Carolina 2
South Alabama 7 Miami, Florida 2
Fairfield 9 Arizona State 7
Southern Miss 7 Florida State 4
Oregon State 3 TCU 2
Liberty 15 Duke 4
Georgia Tech 9 Indiana State 0
Louisiana Tech 10 Alabama 8
UCLA 12 North Carolina 2
Nebraska 18 New Jersey Tech 4
Notre Dame 14 Central Michigan 2
UC Irvine 18 North Carolina State 3
Cal Santa Barbara 13 Oklahoma State 3
LSU 9 Gonzaga 4
Tennessee 3 Liberty 1
Southern Miss 10 Ole Miss 7
Oregon State 5 Dallas Baptist 4
North Carolina State 14 Louisiana Tech 7
Campbell 19 VCU 10
East Carolina 9 Maryland 6
Arizona 5 Cal Santa Barbara 2
Vanderbilt 14 Georgia Tech 11 (11)
Texas 12 Fairfield 2
UC Irvine 8 Stanford 4
Nebraska 5 Arkansas 3
LSU 4 Oregon 1
COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES
Florida State 4 Oklahoma State 2
Oklahoma 6 James Madison 3
Florida State 2 Alabama 0
SUMMER COLLEGE BASEBALL
Ohio 11 Richmond Jazz 4
|Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide|
|Jun. 3-6, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Playoff||Total||Thru|
|1t||Patrick Cantlay – z||69||67||68||71||4||-13 (275)||F|
|1t||Collin Morikawa||66||72||66||71||-13 (275)||F|
|3||Scottie Scheffler||67||71||69||70||-11 (277)||F|
|4||Branden Grace||68||72||67||71||-10 (278)||F|
|5||Patrick Reed||71||71||69||69||-8 (280)||F|
|6t||Jimmy Walker||74||69||74||65||-6 (282)||F|
|6t||Shane Lowry||69||71||72||70||-6 (282)||F|
|6t||Max Homa||69||69||72||72||-6 (282)||F|
|9t||Aaron Wise||72||70||70||71||-5 (283)||F|
|9t||Si Woo Kim||73||70||68||72||-5 (283)||F|
|11t||Rickie Fowler||69||70||75||70||-4 (284)||F|
|11t||Xander Schauffele||68||70||74||72||-4 (284)||F|
|13t||Alex Noren||73||69||75||68||-3 (285)||F|
|13t||Kevin Streelman||72||72||73||68||-3 (285)||F|
|13t||Bo Hoag||68||73||72||72||-3 (285)||F|
|16t||Adam Scott||74||68||71||73||-2 (286)||F|
|16t||Carlos Ortiz||71||68||72||75||-2 (286)||F|
|18t||Bryson DeChambeau||71||72||73||71||-1 (287)||F|
|18t||Talor Gooch||74||71||71||71||-1 (287)||F|
|18t||Rory McIlroy||72||72||71||72||-1 (287)||F|
|18t||Louis Oosthuizen||72||71||72||72||-1 (287)||F|
|18t||Jordan Spieth||76||67||71||73||-1 (287)||F|
|18t||Antoine Rozner||72||72||69||74||-1 (287)||F|
|18t||Vaughn Taylor||69||72||71||75||-1 (287)||F|
|18t||Lucas Herbert||71||69||71||76||-1 (287)||F|
|26t||Cameron Tringale||70||76||73||69||E (288)||F|
|26t||Xinjun Zhang||73||68||75||72||E (288)||F|
|26t||Chris Kirk||67||74||74||73||E (288)||F|
|26t||Adam Long||67||77||71||73||E (288)||F|
|26t||Danny Willett||75||71||69||73||E (288)||F|
|26t||Jim Herman||72||68||72||76||E (288)||F|
|32t||Sahith Theegala||69||76||73||71||+1 (289)||F|
|32t||Tony Finau||72||68||76||73||+1 (289)||F|
|32t||Sung Kang||70||72||74||73||+1 (289)||F|
|32t||Robby Shelton||71||71||73||74||+1 (289)||F|
|32t||Joel Dahmen||68||73||73||75||+1 (289)||F|
|37t||Jason Dufner||70||73||77||70||+2 (290)||F|
|37t||Christiaan Bezuidenhout||69||77||72||72||+2 (290)||F|
|37t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||68||72||78||72||+2 (290)||F|
|37t||Brendan Steele||69||73||75||73||+2 (290)||F|
|37t||Lucas Glover||72||70||72||76||+2 (290)||F|
|42t||Doc Redman||75||71||74||71||+3 (291)||F|
|42t||Nick Taylor||68||74||77||72||+3 (291)||F|
|42t||Mark Hubbard||73||72||72||74||+3 (291)||F|
|42t||Kyle Stanley||70||71||75||75||+3 (291)||F|
|42t||Justin Thomas||69||72||75||75||+3 (291)||F|
|47t||Stewart Cink||70||74||77||71||+4 (292)||F|
|47t||Harold Varner III||72||73||75||72||+4 (292)||F|
|47t||Viktor Hovland||72||70||76||74||+4 (292)||F|
|50t||Brandon Hagy||76||70||77||70||+5 (293)||F|
|50t||Sam Burns||71||71||75||76||+5 (293)||F|
|50t||Troy Merritt||74||70||71||78||+5 (293)||F|
|53t||Martin Laird||74||72||74||74||+6 (294)||F|
|53t||Brendon Todd||72||72||74||76||+6 (294)||F|
|53t||Corey Conners||74||69||74||77||+6 (294)||F|
|53t||Charl Schwartzel||70||72||75||77||+6 (294)||F|
|57t||Charley Hoffman||72||71||80||72||+7 (295)||F|
|57t||Tyler Strafaci||74||71||78||72||+7 (295)||F|
|57t||Russell Knox||72||73||75||75||+7 (295)||F|
|57t||Marc Leishman||69||75||75||76||+7 (295)||F|
|57t||C.T. Pan||74||70||74||77||+7 (295)||F|
|62t||Hudson Swafford||72||73||78||73||+8 (296)||F|
|62t||Hideki Matsuyama||73||68||79||76||+8 (296)||F|
|64||Michael Thompson||70||73||73||81||+9 (297)||F|
|65t||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||74||71||79||74||+10 (298)||F|
|65t||J.T. Poston||69||74||78||77||+10 (298)||F|
|67||Billy Horschel||76||70||82||73||+13 (301)||F|
|68||Harry Higgs||76||69||76||84||+17 (305)||F|
|U.S. Women’s Open Conducted by the USGA|
|Jun. 3-6, Olympic Club, San Francisco, California|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Playoff||Total||Thru|
|1||Yuka Saso – z||69||67||71||73||11||-4 (280)||F|
|2||Nasa Hataoka – y||72||69||71||68||12||-4 (280)||F|
|3||Lexi Thompson||69||71||66||75||-3 (281)||F|
|4t||Megan Khang||68||70||74||70||-2 (282)||F|
|4t||Shanshan Feng||69||70||72||71||-2 (282)||F|
|6||Angel Yin||68||79||67||70||E (284)||F|
|7t||Xiyu Lin||72||74||72||67||+1 (285)||F|
|7t||Jin Young Ko||70||74||72||69||+1 (285)||F|
|7t||Brooke Henderson||68||78||69||70||+1 (285)||F|
|7t||Ariya Jutanugarn||71||70||74||70||+1 (285)||F|
|7t||Inbee Park||71||69||73||72||+1 (285)||F|
|12t||Amy Olson||73||72||70||71||+2 (286)||F|
|12t||Jeongeun Lee||70||67||73||76||+2 (286)||F|
|14t||Celine Herbin||73||74||69||71||+3 (287)||F|
|14t||Megha Ganne||67||71||72||77||+3 (287)||F|
|16t||Sei Young Kim||74||70||73||71||+4 (288)||F|
|16t||Alison Lee||74||70||73||71||+4 (288)||F|
|16t||Lucy Li||73||71||71||73||+4 (288)||F|
|16t||Maja Stark||71||70||73||74||+4 (288)||F|
|20t||Madelene Sagstrom||71||73||75||70||+5 (289)||F|
|20t||Hyo Joo Kim||72||70||72||75||+5 (289)||F|
|22||So Yeon Ryu||74||72||71||73||+6 (290)||F|
|23t||Jenny Shin||72||75||76||68||+7 (291)||F|
|23t||Lizette Salas||72||75||74||70||+7 (291)||F|
|23t||Emily Pedersen||71||74||73||73||+7 (291)||F|
|26t||Patty Tavatanakit||75||70||75||72||+8 (292)||F|
|26t||In-Kyung Kim||74||70||74||74||+8 (292)||F|
|26t||Jennifer Kupcho||70||73||75||74||+8 (292)||F|
|26t||Marina Alex||70||72||74||76||+8 (292)||F|
|30t||Wichanee Meechai||70||73||78||72||+9 (293)||F|
|30t||Lauren Stephenson||70||76||75||72||+9 (293)||F|
|30t||Mina Harigae||71||73||76||73||+9 (293)||F|
|30t||Jessica Korda||72||74||74||73||+9 (293)||F|
|30t||Matilda Castren||74||71||73||75||+9 (293)||F|
|35t||Rachel Heck||75||72||75||72||+10 (294)||F|
|35t||Lydia Ko||71||75||76||72||+10 (294)||F|
|35t||Jasmine Suwannapura||73||74||74||73||+10 (294)||F|
|35t||Danielle Kang||73||69||77||75||+10 (294)||F|
|35t||Maria Parra||72||74||72||76||+10 (294)||F|
|35t||Celine Boutier||72||74||70||78||+10 (294)||F|
|41t||Stacy Lewis||72||72||78||73||+11 (295)||F|
|41t||Gaby Lopez||72||73||77||73||+11 (295)||F|
|41t||Ayako Uehara||76||71||74||74||+11 (295)||F|
|41t||In Gee Chun||75||70||75||75||+11 (295)||F|
|41t||Ally Ewing||71||74||75||75||+11 (295)||F|
|46t||Yu Liu||74||72||78||72||+12 (296)||F|
|46t||Brittany Altomare||74||74||75||73||+12 (296)||F|
|46t||Mel Reid||67||73||78||78||+12 (296)||F|
|49t||Carlota Ciganda||72||76||77||72||+13 (297)||F|
|49t||Pernilla Lindberg||76||72||76||73||+13 (297)||F|
|49t||Anna Nordqvist||75||73||76||73||+13 (297)||F|
|49t||Jenny Coleman||73||73||76||75||+13 (297)||F|
|49t||Leonie Harm||73||75||73||76||+13 (297)||F|
|54t||Minjee Lee||73||73||77||75||+14 (298)||F|
|54t||Na Yeon Choi||75||72||74||77||+14 (298)||F|
|54t||Amy Yang||74||73||74||77||+14 (298)||F|
|57t||Austin Ernst||70||74||81||74||+15 (299)||F|
|57t||Sarah Burnham||76||66||78||79||+15 (299)||F|
|57t||Muni He||72||76||72||79||+15 (299)||F|
|57t||Luna Sobron||71||76||72||80||+15 (299)||F|
|61||Giulia Molinaro||74||74||76||76||+16 (300)||F|
|62t||Hannah Green||73||75||78||75||+17 (301)||F|
|62t||Pajaree Anannarukarn||76||71||75||79||+17 (301)||F|
|64t||Lee-Anne Pace||76||71||77||78||+18 (302)||F|
|64t||Yealimi Noh||76||69||76||81||+18 (302)||F|
|66||Gurleen Kaur||71||73||80||81||+21 (305)||F|
NASCAR: TOYOTA SAVE MART 350
|Jun 6, 2021 | Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, California | 226.8 mi|
|Pos||Driver||Car #||Make||Started||Laps||Led||Points / Bonus||Out ?|
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Chevrolet||1||92||57||60 / 20||running|
|2||Chase Elliott||9||Chevrolet||2||92||13||50 / 15||running|
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Toyota||19||92||0||41 / 7||running|
|4||Joey Logano||22||Ford||13||92||5||42 / 9||running|
|5||Kyle Busch||18||Toyota||5||92||2||44 / 12||running|
|6||Kurt Busch||1||Chevrolet||30||92||8||41 / 10||running|
|7||Ross Chastain||42||Chevrolet||29||92||0||30 / 0||running|
|8||Denny Hamlin||11||Toyota||4||92||2||31 / 2||running|
|9||Alex Bowman||48||Chevrolet||7||92||0||42 / 14||running|
|10||Ryan Blaney||12||Ford||11||92||0||27 / 0||running|
|11||Erik Jones||43||Chevrolet||18||92||0||27 / 1||running|
|12||Daniel Suarez||99||Chevrolet||16||92||0||25 / 0||running|
|13||Austin Dillon||3||Chevrolet||6||92||0||29 / 5||running|
|14||Bubba Wallace||23||Toyota||15||92||0||23 / 0||running|
|15||Brad Keselowski||2||Ford||9||92||0||25 / 3||running|
|16||Chris Buescher||17||Ford||12||92||0||21 / 0||running|
|17||Chase Briscoe||14||Ford||25||92||0||20 / 0||running|
|18||Corey LaJoie||7||Chevrolet||22||92||0||19 / 0||running|
|19||Tyler Reddick||8||Chevrolet||10||92||0||22 / 4||running|
|20||Cole Custer||41||Ford||23||92||0||17 / 0||running|
|21||Ryan Preece||37||Chevrolet||27||92||0||16 / 0||running|
|22||Kevin Harvick||4||Ford||8||92||0||15 / 0||running|
|23||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Ford||17||92||0||16 / 2||running|
|24||Christopher Bell||20||Toyota||20||92||0||14 / 1||running|
|25||James Davison||15||Chevrolet||32||92||0||12 / 0||running|
|26||Scott Heckert||78||Ford||35||92||0||11 / 0||running|
|27||Aric Almirola||10||Ford||26||92||0||10 / 0||running|
|28||Michael McDowell||34||Ford||21||92||0||9 / 0||running|
|29||Josh Bilicki||52||Ford||36||92||0||8 / 0||running|
|30||Ben Rhodes||77||Chevrolet||31||92||0||0 / 0||running|
|31||Anthony Alfredo||38||Ford||28||92||0||6 / 0||running|
|32||Garrett Smithley||53||Ford||34||92||0||0 / 0||running|
|33||Ryan Newman||6||Ford||24||92||0||4 / 0||running|
|34||Cody Ware||51||Chevrolet||37||84||0||0 / 0||accident|
|35||William Byron||24||Chevrolet||3||76||5||7 / 5||accident|
|36||Quin Houff||00||Chevrolet||33||69||0||1 / 0||rear gear|
|37||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||Chevrolet||14||40||0||1 / 0||engine|
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: NO. 10 IRISH ADVANCE TO SUPER REGIONAL FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2002
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 10th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team’s hot bats continued into the Regional Final as they defeated Central Michigan 14-2 to clinch the South Bend Regional. With the win, the Irish (33-11) advanced to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2002.
Nothing changed at the plate for Notre Dame as the long ball was still a weapon for the Irish sluggers. After trailing for the first time this weekend, Niko Kavadas was at it again as he moved up in the Notre Dame record book. Kavadas hit a solo blast to tie the game in the fourth and set a program record with his 21st home run of the season. The very next inning, Carter Putz cleared the bases with a grand slam to increase the Notre Dame lead.
Later in the game, Ryan Cole hit his third home run of the weekend, a three-run blast, to blow the game open for the Irish. Then Putz doubled up for his second home run, a solo homer, in the eighth inning for his first career multi-home run game. Also in the eighth, Brooks Coetzee hit a two-run homer to give the Irish 15 for the weekend. The Irish ended the weekend with a 50-5 run advantage over the course of the regional.
Aidan Tyrell was steady on the mound for the Irish and had plenty of help from his defense. He set a career high with eight innings pitched and allowed just two runs. The defense was strong behind Tyrell as they turned four double plays during his time on the mound. For the entire weekend, all three Irish starters went seven innings or longer.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After three scoreless frames from both sides to start the game, the Irish faced their first deficit of the weekend. With two outs and nobody on, Griffin Lockwood-Powell launched a solo blast to left to give Central Michigan the lead. After three and a half innings from Eck, the Chippewas led 1-0.
The lead did not last long as the Irish tied the game on the first pitch in the bottom of the fourth. Kavadas was at it again with his fifth home run of the weekend to tie the game at 1-1. Later in the inning, David LaManna reached on an error to score Putz and give the Irish a 2-1 lead after four frames.
The offense continued to heat up in the fifth as the bases were loaded with no outs for Putz. He absolutely clobbered a fastball over the wall in left center for the second grand slam of the weekend for the Irish. It was the team’s 12th home run of the regional and Putz’s second as the Irish led 6-1 after the fifth.
Central got a run back in the sixth but the Irish had more long balls coming in the final innings.
Cole blasted his third home run of the weekend in the seventh and Putz hit his second home run of the game in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Coetzee put the final stamp of the weekend for the Irish with a two run shot for his second of the weekend and the 15th of the regional for the Irish.
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
The Irish were well represented on the All Tournament Team for the South Bend Regional.
Niko Kavadas was one of six Irish that made the team and he was the Most Outstanding Player of the Regional. Ryan Cole, Carter Putz, Brooks Coetzee, Jack Brannigan and John Michael Bertrand were also named to the South Bend Regional All-Tournament Team.
The Irish will await the winner of the Starkville Regional on Monday to find out their opponent for the Super Regionals. It will be the first trip to the Super Regional round since 2002, which was the last time Notre Dame advanced to Omaha. The Super Regionals will start either Friday, June 11th or Saturday, June 12th.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Indiana State Falls to Georgia Tech in Nashville Regional
NASHVILLE – Indiana State baseball saw its season come to a close Sunday afternoon at the NCAA Nashville Regional, falling to No. 2 seed Georgia Tech 9-0 at Hawkins Field. The Sycamores finished the year with a 31-21 overall record and a second-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Georgia Tech jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and did not look back. In a 25-minute top of the first, the Yellow Jackets thrived at the plate with four base hits, including three extra-base hits while drawing three walks. Three different Indiana State pitchers struggled to find the zone, issuing first-pitch balls to eight of the nine GT batters faced in the frame.
Luke Waddell led off the game with a home run on the second pitch he saw from Connor Cline. After a walk was issued to the Yellow Jacket two-hole hitter Tres Gonzalez, Drew Compton homered to right field to extend the lead to 3-0. Georgia Tech added a fourth run on a sacrifice fly before Jake Ridgway was able to close out the inning.
Tech added a fifth run in the second inning when Gonzalez doubled off the wall in left before coming home on a base hit up the middle from Parada forcing the Sycamores to go to their fourth pitcher of the day. Compton added his second home run of the day in the fourth — a solo shot to left to extend the Georgia Tech lead to 6-0 and the rest was academic.
Cline took the loss for the Sycamores and finished his season 4-3 on the mound. The right-hander allowed three runs on a walk and two home runs in a third of an inning. Javin Drake pitched 2.2 innings and struck out four while Tyler Grauer tossed 2.2 innings, allowing a run while retiring one on a strikeout.
Andy Archer was strong for the Yellow Jackets on the mound, limiting the Sycamores to just # hits in ## innings to improve to 5-5 on the season.
NBA: Home sweet home: Clippers beat Mavs 126-111 to win series
LOS ANGELES (AP) No chest-thumping, shouting or theatrics. With very little change of expression, Kawhi Leonard altered the Los Angeles Clippers’ playoff fortunes.
Leonard narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, to help the Clippers finish off the Dallas Mavericks 126-111 on Sunday in Game 7 of the first-round series.
Playing in front of a noisy mix of 7,342 masked fans and cardboard cutouts, the Clippers did what neither team had been able to pull off in the first six games – win at home. It was the first time in NBA history the road team won the first six games of a playoff series.
“We saw everything in this series,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.
The Clippers became the fifth team in league history to lose the first two games at home and come back to win a playoff series.
“It was a great win for us,” said Tyronn Lue, who improved to 4-0 in Game 7s of his coaching career. “It showed a lot about our team.”
The fourth-seeded Clippers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the second straight year. They’ll play the top-seeded Utah Jazz starting Tuesday night in Salt Lake City.
Luka Doncic had 46 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds to lead the fifth-seeded Mavs, who have yet to win a playoff series since capturing the NBA championship in 2011. He finished the series with 250 points, 55 rebounds and 72 assists.
“Game seven is the toughest game. You’ve got to give it everything,” Doncic said. “We’ve been in the playoffs twice since I’ve been there, lost both times. You get paid to win.”
Paul George added 22 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Clippers. Their backups outscored Dallas’ reserves, 27-6, getting crucial contributions from Terance Mann (13 points) and Luke Kennard (11 points). Kennard had played just four minutes earlier in the series.
“They trusted me,” Kennard said. “We trusted each other.”
The Clippers were the league’s top 3-point shooting team during the regular season, but struggled at times in the series. They regained their touch in Game 7, making 20 3s, led by Morris’ seven. The Mavs hit 10, with Doncic having five.
Trailing by eight at halftime, the Mavs outscored the Clippers 19-6 to open the third and take an 81-76 lead. Doncic had just two points in the run, with Dorian Finney-Smith hitting two 3-pointers and Tim Hardaway Jr. adding another. Finney-Smith finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mavs won the first two games at Staples Center before the Clippers tied it up with two wins in Dallas. The Mavs won Game 5 in LA and Leonard powered the Clippers to a road win in Game 6 with a huge fourth quarter.
“We all feel like we should have won the series,” Finney-Smith said. “If anybody come in and say they don’t feel like we should have won, they’re crazy. We just couldn’t win at home.”
The Clippers took control with a 24-4 spurt – including 12 in a row – to lead 100-85 going into the fourth. Morris made three 3-pointers and Kennard hit a pair. Leonard scored seven points, highlighted by a dunk off George’s pass. Defensively, Leonard came up with a big block and Mann helped contain Doncic, who had the Mavs’ only points over the end of the third.
“Kawhi came with the mentality that he’s going to take this game,” said Reggie Jackson, who added 15 points. “He wasn’t going to be shy about his play at all. Once he got going early, defenses had to change.”
Dallas cut its 19-point deficit early in the fourth to seven points on Doncic’s fifth 3-pointer of the game with just under 3 minutes remaining. But the Clippers’ own long-range prowess carried them, with Jackson and Morris connecting on back-to-back 3s for a 120-107 lead.
Doncic matched his points total from Game 6 with 29 points in the first half on 10 of 14 shooting.
NBA: Young scores 35, Hawks top Embiid, Sixers 128-124 in Game 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Trae Young put an early smackdown on Philly that had the Hawks in control of Game 1 and finished the win with a lob to John Collins for a one-handed jam.
Collins punched the air in celebration – and the Hawks took a moment to exhale after a hefty lead was nearly squandered.
“Thank God we were up 20,” Hawks guard Kevin Huerter said.
Young scored 25 of his 35 points in the first half as Atlanta shook off Joel Embiid and a hostile crowd and held on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 128-124 Sunday in their Eastern Conference semifinal opener.
“The confidence in all these guys is high,” Young said. “We’re out here playing for each other. Out here having fun. Everyone’s locked in.”
Embiid raised a sledgehammer as he returned from a one-game absence with a cartilage tear in his right knee. He walked out with WWE star Triple H to a roaring ovation.
Young and the Hawks had the Sixers down for the count from the jump and led by 26 points.
The Sixers – playing in front of their biggest crowd of the season at 18,624 – refused to easily cede home court and Embiid scored consecutive baskets that brought them within three with 1:01 left.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, who missed all three games in the season series against the 76ers with a knee injury, steadied the Hawks when he buried a 3 that gave them needed breathing room.
He even put his fingers to his lips and shushed the raucous crowd for good measure.
“He’s a big shot maker,” Huerter said.
That wasn’t the only long shot that went off successfully.
Going off as five-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Hawks made 14 of their first 18 buckets and were the aggressors, eagerly seizing their moment on national television. Young, much like he did in five games against the Knicks when he averaged 29.2 points, thrived in the spotlight. For all the focus on Embiid, All-Star Ben Simmons and the top-seeded Sixers, Young was the can’t-miss player in Game 1 – as in, he rarely did with the ball, and all eyes were on him.
The Hawks used a 17-0 run in the first half – they hit 20 3s overall – and Young was shaking, saluting and toying with the Sixers and the crowd. Young bowed during the clincher to the New York crowd that had jeered him in every game. He stuck a pose in Philly – he held his right arm high and pointed toward the basket for several seconds that followed a 27-footer he buried to close the first half.
“They hit us in the mouth to start the game,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “They were the more physical team. They were the more aggressive team. They played harder, early.”
Danny Green could not hang as the primary defender on Young instead of Simmons, an NBA defensive player of the year candidate.
Simmons said he wanted his shot for a full 40 minutes on Young and the Hawks expected a shift in strategy.
“Eventually, he’ll see some time on a guy who’s hot,” coach Nate McMillan said.
The 6-foot-1 Young led the Hawks to the playoffs for the first time since 2017 and has craved the pressure that comes with playing big postseason games in big markets.
One Knicks fan spit on Young during the first-round series. In Philly, he heard “Trae is balding! Trae is balding!” chants that dimmed with each 3-pointer – he hit four 3s and had 10 assists. He waved off fans with a 3 in the third quarter that cut off a small Sixers run.
Embiid answered the will-he-or-won’t-he play question when he walked out for pregame introductions in matching T-shirts with the star wrestler – Triple H’s D-Generation X faction was Embiid’s favorite – and had the packed house going wild as he held the sledgehammer high over his head.
Embiid did his part with 39 points and nine rebounds in 38 minutes after he suffered a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee last Monday against Washington. Embiid, who sat out the Game 5 clincher, grimaced at times against the Hawks and hit the floor hard when he lunged at Collins and fouled him.
“Playing on a torn meniscus is not easy,” Embiid said. “The pain is going to be there. That’s normal. It’s about managing it.”
Tobias Harris had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Simmons scored 17 points and again struggled from the free-throw line, going 3 for 10.
Bogdanovic and Collins each scored 21 points for the Hawks.
Game 2 is Tuesday in Philadelphia.
NBA: Harden to miss Game 2 vs Bucks with hamstring tightness
NEW YORK (AP) James Harden will miss Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night because of right hamstring tightness.
Harden left Brooklyn’s 115-107 victory over Milwaukee in Game 1 on Saturday night after just 43 seconds because of an injury that troubled him during the latter part of the regular season.
He grabbed at the upper part of his right leg on a drive to the basket on Brooklyn’s opening possession and checked out after the Nets had to take a timeout.
The All-Star guard missed 18 straight and 20 of 21 games late in the season. He missed games on April 1 and 4 with what was called tightness, then returned April 5 but made it through just four minutes before leaving again, with that injury termed a strain. He didn’t play again until May 12, missing two losses to the Bucks during that time.
The Nets said further updates on his status would be provided as appropriate. Coach Steve Nash said Harden’s recent troubles with the injury made his availability for later in the series hard to predict.
NHL: Marchessault’s hat trick lifts Vegas to 5-1 win over Avs
LAS VEGAS (AP) After the Vegas Golden Knights lost the first two games of their second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche, captain Mark Stone said no team is out of a series until it loses at home.
After sweeping two in Vegas, the Golden Knights are back in business.
Jonathan Marchessault had his fourth career hat trick to lead Vegas to a 5-1 victory over the Avalanche on Sunday night to tie their second-round series at two games apiece.
Two days after his tying goal sparked a come-from-behind win in Game 3, Marchessault got his third three-goal game with the Golden Knights. The eight-year veteran also had one while with Florida.
“If we win as a group, it’s the most important thing,” Marchessault said. “And we’ve proven we can play with the best team in the league. We’re on a mission right now. We just have to keep going and focus on Game 5.”
Max Pacioretty and Patrick Brown also scored for Vegas, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves for his 87th career playoff victory – one shy of tying Ed Belfour for fifth on the all-time list.
The game was played in front of an announced crowd of 18,081 – the largest to attend an NHL game this season.
“It’s loud – it’s hard to hear anything in there,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said about Vegas’ home crowd. “You can tell by my voice, just talking on the bench trying to call the next line, I’m losing my voice. There’s a lot of noise in this building.”
Game 5 is Tuesday night at Colorado, where the Avalanche have yet to lose a playoff game and were 24-4-2 during the regular season. The Golden Knights handed the Avs two of their six home losses this season.
“We didn’t think we were going to come in here and take both games,” said Brandon Saad, who had the only goal for the Avalanche. “We didn’t play as good as we should’ve, but we’re going back to the building where we have success and we play well at.”
Philipp Grubauer, who came in with a .941 playoff save percentage, stopped 30 shots for the Avalanche.
Coming out of a grueling seven-game series against Minnesota, and opening the second round on just one day of rest, the Golden Knights were pummeled 7-1 in the series-opener. They lost Game 2 in overtime, 3-2.
But Vegas has outscored Colorado 9-4 since the start of the second period in Game 2, and outshot the Avalanche 110-52 since the first period of the same game.
“I think we gave ’em a little bit too much respect,” Stone said. “Obviously in Game 1, we kind of sat back, we just kind of dipped our toe. I think after the first period in Game 2, we realized we could play with these guys.”
After Saad gave Colorado a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, the Golden Knights dominated. Whether they were exiting the defensive zone and building steam in the neutral zone, keeping pressure on Grubauer, or neutralizing the Avalanche’s speedy top line, the Knights controlled the action for much of the night.
For the game, at 5-on-5, Vegas held a 26-17 edge on shot attempts, a 27-13 advantage with scoring chances, and a 17-5 lead with high-danger chances.
Marchessault tied it at 1 after linemate Reilly Smith’s backhand caromed off the crossbar with what Grubauer thought was a goal as he appeared dejected and took his focus away from the action. William Karlsson threw the puck at the net and Marchessault was there for a redirect into a wide-open net.
On the first shift of the second period, Stone led a 3-on-2 rush from the defensive zone and as they crossed the red line, fed Pacioretty, who skated in and scored on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle to the far side.
Later in the period, on a power play, Alex Pietrangelo drew all four Colorado skaters in his direction, leaving Marchessault wide open and with a perfect view of the net. Pietrangelo sent a soft pass to Marchessault, who blasted a one-timer past Grubauer, making it 3-1.
Marchessault completed the hat trick six minutes into the third period, when he took Smith’s cross-ice pass and buried it to give Vegas a commanding three-goal lead.
Brown, who wore the captain’s “C” on his sweater during the AHL season with the Henderson Silver Knights, sent a chip shot at Grubauer, who slid behind the goal line with the puck to provide the final margin.
“It was nice to score some goals tonight,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “I think our group got rewarded for keeping the relentless pressure on Colorado that I think we’ve been putting on them for three games, both physically and with the pucks. We’ve just got t0 continue to do that and hope we stick enough pucks to the net every night to win.
“We’ve got work left to do, but we like where we’re at tonight.”
NHL: Canadiens rout Jets 5-1 to take 3-0 series lead
MONTREAL (AP) Joel Armia had two goals and an assist, Carey Price made 26 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 on Sunday night to take a 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.
Corey Perry, Artturi Lehkonen and Nick Suzuki also scored for the Canadiens, who have won six straight playoff games and haven’t trailed in a game since losing Game 4 against Toronto in the first round. Montreal will try to complete a four-game sweep of Winnipeg on Monday night at home.
Armia, Perry and Eric Staal are listed as the Canadiens’ fourth line, but the trio is a big reason why Montreal is one win from advancing to the third round.
“They’re definitely not a fourth line,” Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher said. “They’re playing big-boy hockey. They’ve been able to put together such long cycle shifts. They know what they are as a line and they just play to their strengths. Playoff hockey has certainly brought the best out of the three of them.”
The Canadiens lead a playoff series 3-0 for the first time since 2015, when they beat Ottawa in the opening round.
“We know the feeling of having your back against the wall,” Suzuki said. “We know they’re going to be coming out with a lot of intensity.”
Adam Lowry scored for the Jets, and Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves. Winnipeg was without top center Mark Scheifele, who is serving a four-game suspension for a charging penalty in the series opener. The Jets got Paul Stastny back after he missed the first two games with an undisclosed injury.
“You’ve got to keep believing,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. “There’s some things in our game that we really like, some things we can clean up certainly, and hopefully we get a bounce to go our way. Hopefully one goes off of one of their sticks and ricochets into the net and we’ll take a lead and see how it looks from there.”
Montreal welcomed another 2,500 fans Sunday night after hosting the first NHL crowd in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic for Game 6 against Toronto.
“It’s only 2,500,” Gallagher said. “But they’re a loud 2,500. They give us a lot of energy.”
The Canadiens opened the scoring at 4:45 of the first period on a grinding shift by the fourth line of Perry, Armia and Staal. Caught in the middle of a change following a turnover, the Jets were hemmed into their own end for 30 seconds before Perry’s shot – the Canadiens’ third chance of the sequence – went off Winnipeg defenseman Jamie Benn’s stick and past Hellebuyck.
Lehkonen made it 2-0 at 9:24 of the second on a scramble after Phillip Danault hit the post.
The Jets went to the power play when the Canadiens were whistled for too many men, but Armia intercepted Stastny’s pass and broke the other way on a 2-on-1 before delaying around a sliding Josh Morrissey to make it 3-0 at 13:41 of the second. It was Montreal’s third short-handed goal of the playoffs.
Lowry broke Price’s shutout streak at 99 minutes, 33 seconds with 2:09 left in the period when he took a pass from Mathieu Perreault and fired blocker side for his second.
Suzuki made it 4-1 on a power play at 8:52 of the third, and Armia added his second of the night into an empty net with Hellebuyck on the bench for an extra attacker and Montreal killing another penalty with 3:18 remaining.
MLB: Winker’s 3 homers lift Reds over Cards 8-7 for 4-game sweep
ST. LOUIS (AP) Jesse Winker hit a tiebreaking home run off Alex Reyes in the ninth inning for his second three-homer game this season, and the Cincinnati Reds completed their first four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in 21 years with an 8-7 victory on Sunday.
Winker had six RBIs, hitting a two-run homer in the first, a three-run homer in the second off John Gant and the go-ahead drive against Reyes (3-2). Winker has 17 homers, tied for the NL lead. He also homered three times against Milwaukee on May 21.
Eugenio Suarez added a two-run double for the Reds, who led 7-0 by the third inning en route to their first four-game sweep at St. Louis since May 4-7, 1990.
“Such a big series for us,” closer Lucas Sims said. “We’re confident, we’re ready to roll. We’ll take on anybody.”
Tyler O’Neill had a two-run homer in a seven-run sixth for the Cardinals, who have lost five straight for the first time since Aug. 3-7, 2018. St. Louis has lost seven of its last eight.
Cincinnati manager David Bell was impressed with the way his club bounced back after surrendering a seven-run lead.
“This says a lot,” Bell noted. “So many positives to make this happen. So many guys came through – a lot of clutch performances.”
St. Louis threatened in the ninth when Paul Goldschmidt singled leading off and Nolan Arenado doubled off Sims.
Tyler O’Neill popped out and Edmundo Sosa struck out. Jose Rondon took a 2-2 pitch that plate umpire Dan Iassogna decided was just outside, then flailed at a slider that bounced well outside of the plate and skipped away from catcher Tyler Barnhardt, who threw to first for the final out.
“That’s an outing that I’m going to take with me the rest of my career,” Sims said. “Just remembering how it felt, remembering the intensity. It’s something I can always fall back on.”
Goldschmidt and Arenado combined to go 7 for 9, and the rest of the Cardinals were 7 for 30.
Heath Hembree (1-1) struck out two in a perfect eighth inning, and Sims got his sixth save in seven chances.
Reds starter Wade Miley allowed four hits in five scoreless innings, tied a season high with eight strikeouts and left with a 7-0 lead.
Cincinnati’s Nick Castellanos went 0 for 5, ending his career-best 21-game hitting streak, the longest in the major leagues this season.
O’Neill’s 13th homer started the rally in the sixth against Michael Feliz. Pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter greeted Brad Brach with a two-run double, Tommy Edman hit a run-scoring infield single and Arenado hit a tying, two-run single against Tejay Antone,
“The guys fought their tails off to come back,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “This one stings.”
MLB: La Russa passes McGraw on wins list as White Sox beat Tigers
CHICAGO (AP) Tony La Russa credited a long list of mentors. He paid tribute to his players, staff and family. He talked about working with strong ownership and front offices over the years.
For La Russa, it was their moment just as much as it belonged to him.
“There’s a lot of pieces to this day,” he said.
La Russa moved past John McGraw into sole possession of second on baseball’s manager wins list, directing the Chicago White Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
It was win No. 2,764 for La Russa, who was hired by Chicago in October for his first managerial job since he led St. Louis to the World Series championship in 2011. It has been a bit of a bumpy ride so far, but the 76-year-old Hall of Famer has the White Sox on top of the AL Central.
The crowd of 20,068 cheered as La Russa’s accomplishment was announced after the win, and he responded by waving his hat and clapping toward the fans in appreciation.
While La Russa got into a public disagreement with Yermin Mercedes last month, drawing in teammates Tim Anderson and Lance Lynn on the side of the rookie slugger, La Russa’s players also seemed to enjoy the accomplishment as they greeted their manager in the postgame handshake line.
“The most important part of this season so far is the way the players have included me as part of the family,” La Russa said.
Center fielder Adam Engel said he got his jersey out of the laundry for La Russa to sign, and pitcher Dylan Cease also praised the manager.
“It’s pretty legendary to say that we get to play for him,” Cease said. “He’s calm. He’s funny. It’s nice having him at the helm.”
Second on the list is almost assuredly the highest finish for La Russa, who also began his managerial career with the White Sox in 1979. The top spot belongs to Connie Mack with 3,731 victories.
“It’s beyond sacred. Unattainable,” La Russa said when asked about Mack’s total.
La Russa watched as Chicago won for the 10th time in 14 games. Cease (4-2) struck out 10 in seven sparkling innings, and Anderson had two hits and two RBIs.
Detroit right-hander Jose Urena (2-5) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings in his first big league start since May 26. He had been sidelined by a strained right forearm.
“The last couple innings, the slider felt great,” Urena said. “But the first couple, that was like a while.”
The Tigers finished with five hits. They dropped three of four in the series.
Chicago scored each of its runs in the second. Andrew Vaughn singled in Adam Eaton and scored on Anderson’s two-run single with two outs.
That was more than enough for Cease, who allowed five hits and walked one. The right-hander improved to 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA against the Tigers, becoming the first White Sox pitcher to win his first seven career starts against a single opponent since Mark Buehrle versus Texas from 2001-2005, according to Elias Sports.
“Both his curveball and slider were elite today,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said, “and he was in complete control of them.”
Cease got some help from Engel, who robbed Niko Goodrum of a homer with a leaping catch at the center-field wall in the fifth. It was Engel’s first game of the season after he was sidelined by a right hamstring injury.
Aaron Bummer got three outs before Liam Hendriks worked the ninth for his 15th save.
MLB: Orioles score most runs since 2015, blow out Indians 18-5
BALTIMORE (AP) Cedric Mullins hit a leadoff homer as part of a three-hit day, and the Baltimore Orioles scored their most runs since 2015 and had a season-high 21 hits in an 18-5 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday,
Baltimore entered 24th among the 30 major league teams in scoring, then put across its highest runs total since beating Oakland 18-2 on Aug. 16, 2015.
After losing their final 14 games in May, the Orioles are 4-1 in June and won two of three against Minnesota to start their homestand before beating the Indians twice in three games.
“I think when you have days like this, you just relish in the moment,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We don’t have many blowout wins, so to have a big lead and to continue to add on and to continue to have guys have really good at-bats all the way through until late in the game is fun to watch.”
Ramon Urias also homered for Baltimore, which has won back-to-back series on the same homestand for the first time since May 8-13, 2018, when the Orioles won two of three against Kansas City and then three of four against Tampa Bay.
Amed Rosario and Bobby Bradley hit two-run homers for Cleveland, 3-7 against the AL East this season.
Mullins reached base in his first five plate appearances before his flyout in the eighth ended his on-base streak at 11. He had hits in nine consecutive at-bats in that span, Baltimore’s longest streak since Charles Johnson’s nine in a row from Sept. 13-17, 1999, and one shy of Ken Singleton’s team record from April 26-28, 1981.
“Not a single person prior to that at-bat told me anything, probably for a good reason, and I choked it anyway,” Mullins said of the eighth inning. “But it’s OK. It’s just continuing to have good at-bats from this point forward.”
Jorge Lopez (2-6) won for the first time in seven starts at Camden Yards this season, allowing three runs and four hits in five innings.
Already ahead thanks to Mullins’ homer, Baltimore took control in the second against Cal Quantrill (0-2), who allowed seven runs — five earned — and five hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Austin Wynns and Mullins hit RBI singles in the second, and Quantrill bounced his throw on Trey Mancini’s comebacker past catcher Rene Rivera for a two-run error. Anthony Santander’s two-run double off Nick Sandlin made it 7-0.
“A couple soft hits, I make an error, bad start for the game,” said Quantrill, who was making his second start of the season. “Definitely didn’t give the team a chance to win.”
Baltimore added five runs in the fourth against reliever Sam Hentges, a rally that featured back-to-back infield singles that scored a runner from second. Santander hustled home on Ryan Mountcastle’s hit deep in the hole to shortstop. Freddy Galvis raced home on DJ Stewart’s single to second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who was positioned in shallow right as part of a shift.
“I thought it was very good baserunning on their part,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “You never take away when somebody does something good. At the same time, our awareness needs to be a little bit better. I don’t know if we get the first guy out, but I think we have a chance on the second one. Ultimately, being aware quicker, those things won’t happen.”
MLB: Wisdom homers twice for Cubs, who avoid sweep with 4-3 win
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Patrick Wisdom hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs in helping the Chicago Cubs avoid a four-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
“The home runs come when I’m not trying to do too much,” Wisdom said. “It’s being relaxed and looking for a pitch I can drive.”
Wisdom has seven home runs in 13 games this season. He has a hit in nine of 11 games since his May 25 recall from Triple-A Iowa.
“He’s given us more than we expected,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He’s really driving the ball. He picked us up today.”
Kyle Hendricks (7-4) won his fifth straight start, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five in earning his first win over San Francisco in five career starts.
“This is a good stretch,” Hendricks said. “You want to play good teams because it elevates your play. That’s a pesky lineup that puts good at bats together.”
Hendricks allowed just one hit after the second inning.
Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.
Johnny Cueto (4-2) gave up four runs – three earned – and six hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked two, his most since three in his first start this season.
“I wanted to keep the ball outside but in stayed in the middle,” Cueto said of Wisdom’s homers. “Both of them were location mistakes. We have to keep our heads up and keep grinding.”
Chicago took a 4-3 lead with an unearned run in the fifth after Hendricks led off with a double for his first hit this season. A single and walk loaded the bases for Javier Baez, who hit a grounder to shortstop Maurico Dubon. Catcher Buster Posey dropped the throw home for an error that allowed the go-ahead run.
San Francisco scored all its runs in the first two innings. LaMonte Wade Jr. hit his first career leadoff home run. Posey and Donovan Solano also drove in runs.
MLB: Red Sox hold off Yanks 6-5 in 10 for 3-game sweep in Bronx
NEW YORK (AP) Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Boston Red Sox held off the New York Yankees 6-5 in a wild finish Sunday night for their first three-game sweep in the Bronx since June 2011.
Marwin Gonzalez launched a tying homer in the seventh for Boston and made a slick defensive play at second base with a runner in scoring position for the final out. Gonzalez also turned a tough double play in the bottom of the 10th – and committed a throwing error that put Tyler Wade on second with two outs.
Gleyber Torres lined a tying double in the bottom of the ninth off closer Matt Barnes (2-1), but Boston (36-23) recovered to win its fourth straight and move a season-high 13 games over .500.
Alex Verdugo homered early and Bogaerts lofted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth after Gold Glove second baseman DJ LeMahieu flubbed pinch-hitter Christian Arroyo’s popup. LeMahieu overran the ball a bit in shallow right field and let it glance off his glove for a leadoff double.
Bogaerts singled to left-center in the 10th off Luis Cessa (1-1) after Arroyo advanced two runners with a sacrifice bunt.
Phillips Valdez started that critical double play in the bottom of the 10th and got three outs for his first major league save.
Barnes was handed his second blown save in 16 chances this year. The right-hander was trying for his third save of the series.
Gary Sanchez had a two-run double for the struggling Yankees, who are in fourth place in the AL East. They’ve dropped four in a row and 10 of 13.
New York went 9-1 versus the Red Sox last year and had won nine straight series against them until Boston took the first three of 19 meetings this season between the longtime rivals.
With runners at the corners and the game tied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Rougned Odor was called out on a 3-2 breaking ball from Barnes that was clearly outside. Before the next inning began, Yankees coach Phil Nevin was ejected by plate umpire Gabe Morales for arguing.
Nevin just returned to the dugout Friday for the first time since May 9 because of a difficult bout with the coronavirus and a couple of serious infections.
Moments later, Carlos Mendoza was tossed from the Yankees dugout by second base ump and crew chief Bill Miller after Bobby Dalbec walked on a close 3-2 pitch to open the 10th. Mendoza, the team’s bench coach, has been filling in as third base coach for Nevin.
MLB: Bauer; MLB swept foreign-substance issue ‘under the rug’ for 4 years
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer feels vindicated after hearing Major League Baseball is reportedly planning to crack down on the use of foreign substances by pitchers to increase spin rate.
“If they’re serious about the rule that’s on the books, then that’s all that I wanted for four years … I just want everyone to be on a fair playing field,” Bauer said Sunday, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Bauer acknowledged the league has turned a blind eye to the issue for a long time.
“If you’re going to enforce it, then enforce it. If not, then stop sweeping it under the rug which is what they’ve done for four years now,” the reigning NL Cy Young winner added.
In May 2018, Bauer, then a member of the Cleveland Indians, insinuated the Houston Astros’ trio of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton were doctoring baseballs to increase spin rate. The pitchers’ teammates, Lance McCullers Jr., Collin McHugh, and Alex Bregman, publicly discredited Bauer for his observations on Twitter.
The league is now reportedly planning to have umpires randomly check hurlers 8-10 times per game and could withhold pay for culprits.
Meanwhile, Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson wondered about Cole’s spin rate declining in his most recent start, which happened two days after news broke that four minor-league pitchers were suspended for using foreign substances.
MLB: Donaldson questions Cole’s spin rate after minor-league ball-doctoring bans
Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson wondered aloud about Gerrit Cole’s spin rate declining two days after news broke that four minor-league pitchers were suspended for using foreign substances.
The New York Yankees ace saw his spin rate decrease on his fastball, curveball, changeup, and slider in Thursday’s start against the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Baseball Savant. He allowed five earned runs through five innings as New York lost 9-2.
“Is it coincidence that Gerrit Cole’s spin rate numbers went down (Thursday) after four minor leaguers got suspended for 10 games?” Donaldson said, according to Dan Hayes of The Athletic. “Is that possible? I don’t know. Maybe. At the same time, with this situation, they’ve let guys do it.”
This isn’t the first time Cole’s name has been linked to a ball-doctoring substance. A former Los Angeles Angels visiting clubhouse manager stated in legal documents in January that many star pitchers, including Cole, asked him for his grip-improving product in the past.
“Hey Bubba, it’s Gerrit Cole, I was wondering if you could help me out with this sticky situation,” Cole wrote in a text on Jan. 17, 2019, while with the Houston Astros, according to the documents. “We don’t see you until May, but we have some road games in April that are in cold-weather places. The stuff I had last year seizes up when it gets cold.”
Donaldson said in mid-May that he’s been cataloging pitchers cheating following an incident involving St. Louis Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos.
MLB reportedly plans to crack down on the use of foreign substances within the next few weeks by having umpires randomly check hurlers 8-10 times per game and review video footage.
NFL: Titans agree to deal with Falcons for Julio Jones
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans had been talking to the Atlanta Falcons about seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones for nearly three weeks.
In the end, they pried Jones loose with a couple of draft picks, the highest being a second-rounder.
“We felt like it was good value for us, and Atlanta felt like it was good value for them obviously or they wouldn’t have done the trade,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said Sunday, hours after the teams announced the deal.
Robinson said Jones still must pass a physical, and the Titans have “some things we’ve still got to work through” with the salary cap.
The Titans GM also wouldn’t discuss if Jones, under contract through 2023, will be getting a revamped deal in the trade from the defending AFC South champs.
“We’re going to always keep that mindset of being diligent with our approach and aggressive when we feel like we need to be aggressive,” Robinson said.
The Falcons will receive the Titans’ second-round pick in 2022 and their fourth-rounder in 2023 with Atlanta sending Jones and a sixth-round pick in 2023.
Jones will join an offense than already has Derrick Henry, the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and a Pro Bowl receiver in A.J. Brown. The Titans ranked fourth in scoring in 2020, and this move shores up a big hole after losing wide receiver Corey Davis and tight end Jonnu Smith in free agency in March.
Robinson said his talks with Jones didn’t concern the number of passes Ryan Tannehill will throw his way.
“His goal is to win,” Robinson said.
Jones’ new teammates quickly endorsed the trade on social media.
“J Rob is a gangster!! The man is crushing it! (at)Titans,” left tackle Taylor Lewan wrote of Robinson on Twitter.
Tannehill’s answer was even shorter: “Let’s go!!!!!”
Henry, who also played at Alabama in college like Jones, had recently shared photos of himself working out with Jones on social media.
Brown had been lobbying hard for Jones to join the Titans on social media, and Brown shared a photo on Twitter on Sunday of himself, Jones and Henry all in Tennessee jerseys celebrating.
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey also went to social media to express his feelings that his team missed out on Jones.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Jones’ place in franchise history is secure.
“Julio Jones will always be part of the Falcons story, having set numerous records and creating many great memories for all our fans, including me, since the day we drafted him,” Blank said.
“He has been a fixture on our team for almost half the time I have owned the Falcons. As we both move in another direction, I’m deeply grateful for what Julio has done for our team and what he has meant to our city and, in my mind, he will always be part of the Falcons family. I wish him nothing but the best in Tennessee and throughout his life.”
The Falcons shared a video of Jones on social media and wrote, “Because of you, 11 will always mean more.”
Jones’ $15.3 million base salary for this season is guaranteed, and he was set to cost the Falcons slightly more than $23 million against the salary cap next season. By trading him after June 1, they now split the dead money over two seasons, easing their tough financial situation.
And now the Titans have a wide receiver costing less in 2021 than if they had picked up the fifth-year option at $15.6 million for Davis, who signed with the Jets.
Jones holds Atlanta records with 848 catches for 12,896 yards, and his 60 touchdowns ranked second. He had a career-best 136 catches for 1,871 yards in 2015. He had six straight seasons with more than 1,300 yards receiving until being limited to nine games in 2020 by a nagging hamstring injury.
PGA: Cantlay wins a playoff at Memorial on Sunday without Rahm
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Patrick Cantlay delivered a clutch birdie late in the round and a 12-foot par putt in a playoff to win the Memorial on a Sunday filled with drama, a little rain and no Jon Rahm.
Cantlay closed with a 1-under 71 and won the Memorial for the second time in three years, and he said he felt the same range of emotions in the final hour at Muirfield Village in his duel with Collin Morikawa.
But it wasn’t the same.
Only a day earlier, Cantlay walked off the 18th green six shots behind Rahm, whose 64 ranked as one of the great rounds at the course Jack Nicklaus built and tied two Memorial records, including largest 54-hole lead.
But he tested positive for the coronavirus – Rahm had been in the contact tracing protocol – and was withdrawn from the tournament.
Just like that, Cantlay and Morikawa went from six shots behind to tied for the lead.
And for so much of the final round, it stayed that way. Morikawa surged ahead with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 15th, while Cantlay missed birdie putts from 8 feet to tie him on the 15th, and then on the par-3 16th.
The round was halted for about five minutes because of a pop-up downpour while they were on the 17th green. When it resumed, Cantlay holed a 25-foot birdie putt to tie, and Morikawa stayed in the game with a 12-foot par.
Cantlay had a 25-foot birdie putt for the win on the 18th in regulation that grazed the right side of the cup, leaving he and Morikawa (71) at 13-under 275.
Rahm finished his 54 holes at 18-under 198, tying the Memorial record. No one had ever lost a lead that large in the final round at Muirfield Village, though it has happened six times on the PGA Tour, most recently by Dustin Johnson in Shanghai in 2017.
Nicklaus figured the awkward situation for Cantlay and Morikawa would be one more element for them to battle.
“It was such a weird situation, so unfortunate,” Cantlay said. “Everyone, me included, knows it would be totally different today if that hadn’t happened. But there’s nothing I could do about it. I tried as hard as I could to reset and refocus.”
It led to the fourth victory of his PGA Tour career, and second this season. Cantlay also won the ZoZo Championship in California last October, rallying from a three-shot deficit to beat Rahm and Justin Thomas.
He becomes the seventh player to win multiple times at the Memorial, a list that starts with Tiger Woods winning five times and even Nicklaus, the tournament founder, winning twice.
Morikawa won at Muirfield Village last year, just not the Memorial. He won in a playoff against Thomas at the Workday Charity Open, a one-time even when the pandemic forced the John Deere Classic to be canceled.
In that tournament, Morikawa twice had to watch as Thomas had a putt on the 18th green to win, and he survived to win on the third extra hole.
This time, he escaped one birdie chance by Cantlay in regulation. On the 18th in the playoff, Morikawa had a small piece of mud on his ball and came up well short from the fairway into deep rough. He chipped out to 6 feet.
Cantlay was well right and hacked it out into a bunker, but his shot from the wet sand rolled out 12 feet. It was on the same line as his 25-foot birdie attempt in regulation, and this time he poured it in for par. Moments later, Morikawa missed his 6-footer and Cantlay let out a big exhale before going over to shake hands with Nicklaus.
Scottie Scheffler, who started three shots behind after Rahm was knocked out of the tournament, was tied for the lead with a birdie on the 15th. His last chance ended when he missed a 6-foot par putt on the 18th. That gave him a 70, and he finished alone in third, two shots behind.
LPGA: Yuka Saso wins US Women’s Open on 3rd playoff hole
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Yuka Saso birdied the third playoff hole to beat Nasa Hataoka on Sunday and become the second teenager to win the U.S. Women’s Open after Lexi Thompson collapsed down the stretch.
Saso overcame back-to-back double bogeys early in the round to make the playoff. She then won it with a 10-foot putt on the ninth hole to become the first player from the Philippines to win a golf major.
Saso matched 2008 winner Inbee Park as the youngest U.S. Women’s Open champion at 19 years, 11 months, 17 days.
Both players made pars at Nos. 9 and 18 in the two-hole aggregate playoff, sending the tournament to sudden death back at the ninth hole. That set the stage for Saso to win it just up the road from Daly City, dubbed the Pinoy Capital of the United States for its large population of Filipinos.
Thompson, who had a five-stroke lead after the eighth hole, played the final seven holes in 5 over to finish a stroke back.
“I really didn’t feel like I hit any bad golf shots,” she said. “That’s what this golf course can do to you, and that’s what I’ve said all week.”
The only other players to finish under par on the Lake Course at Olympic Club were Megan Khang and Shanshan Feng, who both were at 2 under.
High school junior Megha Ganne played in the final group but shot 77 and finished 3 over as the low amateur for the tournament.
“I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life,” Ganne said. “It’s everything I’ve wanted since I was little, so it’s just the best feeling.”
Saso overcame a rough start to the final round with double bogeys on the second and third holes that seemed to knock her out of contention but she managed to steady herself with a birdie at No. 7.
Saso then made back-to-back birdies on the par-5 16th and 17th holes to get to 4 under and join Hataoka in the playoff. Hataoka used a run of three birdies in a four-hole span on the back nine that put pressure on Thompson.
Thompson wilted down the stretch, making this the seventh straight LPGA Tour major won by a first-time winner.
The first U.S. Women’s Open on the fabled Lake Course at the Olympic Club ended up like so many of the previous five times the men competed for the national championship here.
The 54-hole leader didn’t win any of those five U.S. Opens played by the men, helping the Olympic Club earn the moniker of the “Graveyard of Champions.” Previous winners Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Payne Stewart, Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell all got caught on the final day at Olympic and were denied their titles.
Thompson had a five-stroke lead when she walked off the eighth green but she squandered it all on the back nine. She made a double bogey at No. 12, a bogey at 14 and then a bogey 6 on the par-5 17th that was reachable in two shots based on the tee location.
But Thompson drove into the rough and came up short of the green on her third shot before two-putting for bogey to fall into a three-way tie for first when Saso made her second straight birdie to join Nasa Hataoka at 4 under.
“I didn’t hit a bad drive,” Thompson said. “The wind just never got it and then it tried to bounce right, and I’ve never seen a lie that bad. That’s what this course can do. Just got the wind wrong on a few shots coming in.”
Her approach shot on the par-4 18th ended up un the bunker and then she missed a 10-foot putt to make the playoff.
That left her winless in 15 tries at the U.S. Women’s Open that she first competed in as a 12-year-old in 2007.
She appeared in control when she birdied No. 5 to take a five-shot lead. She walked the front nine course with a quiet confidence, breaking into a few smiles when she heard the “Go Lexi!” cheers from the fans in the galleries who were a welcome site in the first LPGA tournament open to the public since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But that all disappeared down the stretch as Thompson was unable to add a second major to the one she won at the ANA Inspiration in 2014. It was another final day disappointment to go with the one that happened at that same tournament in 2017 when she was penalized four strokes during the final round for misplacing her marked ball the previous day and lost in a playoff.
“It’s hard to smile, but it was an amazing week,” Thompson said. “I played not so good today with a few of the bogeys coming in on the back nine, but the fans were unbelievable, hearing the chants and just gives me a reason to play.”
NASCAR: Larson wins again as Hendrick continues month of dominance
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Kyle Larson beat teammate Chase Elliott in overtime at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday to win his second consecutive race as Hendrick Motorsports continued a month of dominance.
Hendrick drivers have won four straight races dating to Alex Bowman’s May 16 victory. Larson’s win a week ago in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway made Rick Hendrick the winningest owner in NASCAR history.
So it was expected that one of Hendrick’s four drivers would win again on Sunday, when NASCAR returned to the California wine country for the first time since 2019 because of the pandemic.
But the win was supposed to go to reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott, the current king of the road with six victories on road courses including a victory over Larson two weeks ago in the rain-shortened debut at Circuit of the Americas in Texas.
Instead the win went to Larson, the local racer from Elk Grove who was an infant the first time he attended a NASCAR race at Sonoma. And even though it was in overtime, it wasn’t close.
Larson, who had led just 11 laps in six previous combined races at Sonoma, won all three stages Sunday and led a race-high 58 of the 92 laps. The eighth caution sent the race to overtime for a two-race sprint shootout, but he easily cleared Elliott on the restart and pulled away for his first career victory on the 12-turns, 2.52-mile course.
Larson has three Cup wins this season; Hendrick Motorsports has seven among its four drivers and Bowman at ninth Sunday gave them three in the top 10.
Elliott finished second as Hendrick tied Carl Kiekhaefer in 1956 with four consecutive 1-2 finishes.
WELCOME RACE FANS
Sonoma welcomed roughly 15,000 fans – the first time in 714 days spectators have been permitted at the raceway – for NASCAR’s first trip to California since the start of the pandemic. It was likely the last race with limited spectators as nearly all the upcoming venues on NASCAR’s calendars have announced plans to open all seats for sale moving forward.
With the re-opening came a return of dignitaries including Michael Jordan’s first appearance in the garage as co-owner of 23XI Racing. Although NASCAR has permitted the team owner to return to the infield since the start of the year, Jordan watched from a suite at the Daytona 500 and had not been seen at the track since.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was the grand marshal and mingled with drivers before the race. Food Network star Guy Fieri drove the ceremonial pace car and 15-year-old U.S. Skateboarding champ Minna Stess from Petaluma performed a skating exhibition.
Shanahan was impressed with his first NASCAR race.
“I had no idea what goes into it,” he said. “I’ve seen `Talladega Nights’ and I thought that’s where it ended. I just thought you drive fast.”
NASCAR runs its annual All-Star event Sunday night at Texas Motor Speedway for the first time in race history. Longtime track president Eddie Gossage will retire after the event.
WOMEN’S TENNIS: Serena Williams loses at French Open; Federer withdraws
PARIS (AP) Serena Williams turns 40 in September. Roger Federer hits that milestone the month before. No one knows how many more French Open appearances each will make, and this year’s tournament ended for both on Sunday.
Williams fell way behind and could not put together a comeback against a much younger and less-experienced opponent in the fourth round at Roland Garros, losing 6-3, 7-5 to Elena Rybakina – who wasn’t even born when the American made her tournament debut in 1998.
Asked whether that might have been her last match at the clay-court major, Williams responded: “Yeah, I’m definitely not thinking about it at all. I’m definitely thinking just about other things, but not about that.”
Her defeat came hours after Federer withdrew, saying he needed to let his body recover ahead of Wimbledon after a long third-round victory that ended at nearly 1 a.m. on Sunday.
Wimbledon – which Federer has won eight times and Williams seven – begins June 28.
“I’m kind of excited to switch surfaces,” Williams said. “Historically I have done pretty well on grass.”
She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles; Federer has won 20. They are two of the sport’s greatest and most popular players, so it was quite a blow to the tournament, its TV partners and tennis fans to see both gone from the French Open field one after the other – and a week after Naomi Osaka pulled out, citing a need for a mental health break.
Williams has won the French Open three times. But the American hasn’t been past the fourth round in Paris since she was the runner-up in 2016.
Rybakina is a 21-year-old from Kazakhstan who is ranked 22nd. This was just the seventh Grand Slam appearance for Rybakina – and the first time she ever made it so much as past the second round.
“When I was small, of course, I was watching her matches on TV. So many Grand Slams,” Rybakina said.
Against Williams, whose right thigh carried a heavy tape job, Rybakina hit big, flat serves. She dealt with, but managed to steady, her nerves. She even produced the occasional return winner off Williams’ speedy and spectacularly gifted serve, breaking her five times, including in the next-to-last game.
“I knew that the serve was going to be difficult for me to return. She’s powerful, but I was ready,” Rybakina said. “Then, after few points, I felt … comfortable.”
Rybakina said she followed her coach’s strategy of sending shots to Williams’ backhand side and trying to stay away from her forehand.
Every time Williams appeared as if she might turn things around, she could not quite get the momentum fully in her favor.
Down a quick break in the second set, she got to 2-all. Williams then was down 4-3 in the second set but pulled even again when Rybakina sailed a forehand well wide to get broken.
In the next game, Williams gave away the opening point when, near the baseline, she failed to get out of the way of a shot from Rybakina that was flying long. Williams smiled ruefully and leaned over, resting and propping herself up with her racket.
Repeatedly one sort of mistake or another undid Williams. She ended up with 19 unforced errors and only 15 winners.
“I’m so close. There is literally a point here, a point there, that could change the whole course of the match,” Williams said. “I’m not winning those points. That, like, literally could just change everything.”
Since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant for her most recent major singles title – No. 23 set a record for the professional era – Williams has come close to tying Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24. That includes four runner-up finishes at Grand Slam tournaments, most recently against Bianca Andreescu at the 2019 U.S. Open.
But since then, Williams has been beaten twice in semifinals, and once each in the third and fourth rounds. Last year at the French Open, she withdrew before the second round, citing an injured left Achilles.
Federer, meanwhile, never had pulled out of a Grand Slam tournament once he had started competing in it until now.
Rybakina next will meet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova with a semifinal berth on the line; they’re playing doubles together and are scheduled to play a third-round match in that event Monday. Pavlyuchenkova advanced with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.
The other quarterfinal on that side of the women’s draw is going to be Paula Badosa against Tamara Zidansek. Neither has been this far at a major tournament, either.
One of those four players will become a first-time Grand Slam finalist next weekend.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is still looking for his first major final, too, and he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the second year in a row by eliminating 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.
Tsitsipas next faces No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, who has won six of their previous seven meetings.
Medvedev is a two-time Grand Slam finalist – at the 2019 U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open – but was 0-4 for his career in Paris until now. He advanced Sunday by eliminating No. 22 Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-1, 7-5.
The other quarterfinal on that side of the field will be No. 6 Alexander Zverev of Germany against unseeded 22-year-old Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain. Davidovich Fokina beat Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal, before Zverev made quick work of Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 at night in a matchup between two past U.S. Open runners-up.
BOXING: Mayweather, Paul go the distance in exhibition bout
Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul went the distance in their exhibition boxing match Sunday night.
There was no official winner because it wasn’t a sanctioned fight. The eight-round main event took place on a Showtime pay-per-view card at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Mayweather would’ve likely taken home a decision victory in a professional bout with judges as he stayed busier and landed the more effective shots. “Money” edged Paul 43-28 in total strikes, according to the broadcast.
“I had fun,” Mayweather said in his postfight interview. “You have to realize, I’m not 21 anymore. But it’s good to move around with these young guys, test my skills, just to have some fun.”
Mayweather took a patient approach in the opening six minutes but displayed more intensity in rounds three to five. He tagged Paul with damaging body shots and solid left hooks. Paul began tiring in the second half of the bout, and Mayweather possibly could’ve finished him, but the former world boxing champion seemed content going the distance.
Neither boxer rocked his opponent during the clash. Paul struggled to land any of his punches cleanly.
Afterward, Mayweather called Paul a “great, young fighter” and said he was impressed Paul made it to the final bell.
“He’s better than I thought he was,” Mayweather said. “As far as with the big guys, the heavyweights, it’s going to be kind of hard (for Paul to compete with them). But he’s a tough, rough competitor. It was good action. I had fun. I was surprised by him tonight.
“Even though he don’t got that much experience, he knew how to use his weight and he knew how to tie me up tonight,” Mayweather added.
Paul said postfight he proved “the odds can be beaten” by going the distance with Mayweather.
“This is one of the greatest moments of my life,” Paul said.
The YouTube star-turned-boxer admitted he wasn’t sure whether Mayweather carried him during the fight, adding he was simply happy he didn’t get finished by the boxing legend.
“You never know with this guy,” Paul said of Mayweather. “I’m going to go home thinking, ‘Yo, did Floyd let me survive?’ He’s one of the GOATS, and, in many ways, he controls this sport to the T. That’s what makes him great. It’s an honor to grace the ring with him.
“This is the coolest thing ever,” Paul continued. “I’m happy I made it out. He’s tough to hit.”
Paul implied he could be interested in a rematch with Mayweather down the road.
“Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul 2,” he said. “I don’t know. Let me get a little better. Maybe I can end it next time.”
Mayweather wasn’t sure if he’ll compete in another exhibition after Sunday’s match with Paul.
“We don’t know what the future holds, but I’ll talk it over with my team and see where we go from here,” Mayweather said. “You have to realize I’ve been in this sport for 25 years.”
Mayweather returned to the ring for the first time since an exhibition match in December 2018 against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, whom he finished in the first round.
The 44-year-old last competed as a professional boxer against UFC star Conor McGregor in August 2017, after which he announced his retirement from pro competition. A former world champion in five weight classes, Mayweather holds a 50-0 record and is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of his generation.
Paul, who rose to fame in 2013 as an internet personality, competed in his third boxing appearance Sunday. He boasted a significant height and reach advantage over Mayweather, but a massive disadvantage in boxing experience and skill. The 26-year-old fought fellow YouTube star KSI to a draw in an amateur bout in 2018 and then lost a split decision to KSI in his professional debut in 2019.
BOXING: Chad Johnson dropped, still makes final bell in boxing debut
Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson was knocked down in the fourth round of his boxing debut against Brian Maxwell Sunday night on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul.
Johnson ultimately survived and went the distance with Maxwell after four two-minute rounds. The pair faced off in an exhibition contest, so no winner was announced at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Johnson, 43, connected with several good shots during the first three rounds and displayed impressive movement and speed for his ring debut.
Maxwell, who has experience in MMA, bare-knuckle fighting, and boxing, dropped Johnson with a devastating right hand with 45 seconds remaining in the fight. However, Johnson returned to his feet and made it to the final bell.
“My life has always been about taking chances, doing crazy stuff,” Johnson said in his postfight interview. “This is just one (thing) off my bucket list. And it’s a message for a lot of people out there, man, that are content, that are scared to fail, scared to lose, who don’t take chances. Get out there and live, man.”
Johnson admitted his boxing skills were “a little sloppy” but said he had fun during his first combat sports appearance and joked he was “ready for (UFC star Conor) McGregor.”
Johnson played in the NFL for 11 seasons from 2001-12. In addition to nine years with the Bengals, he also had stints on the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.
Maxwell is 2-3 as a professional MMA fighter, 0-1 as a pro boxer, and 0-3 in the Bare Knuckle FC promotion.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1892 Jack Doyle becomes the first player to collect a pinch-hit when he singles, coming off the bench to bat for Cleveland hurler George Davies in the Spiders’ 2-1 loss to the Grooms at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The 22 year-old utilityman will finish his 17-year career going 3-for-5 (.600) as a pinch-hitter.
1906 Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity give up 11 first-inning runs, allowing the Cubs to rout the Giants, 19-0. Matty, who is probably still suffering the effects of diphtheria contracted in the spring, retires only one batter while issuing six bases-on-balls in the West Side Grounds contest.
1911 After a two-year absence, having little success as a performer in vaudeville and the movies, Turkey Mike Donlin returns to the Giants. The disagreeable outfielder, traded to Boston after just a dozen games with New York, will compile a .316 average during his comeback season.
1921 The cancellation of the scheduled Class D Appalachian League game against the Knoxville Pioneers becomes necessary after the discovery of a girl’s body at the Base Ball Grounds in Tennessee, the home of the Kingsport Indians. The police do not want the bloodhounds getting confused during the investigation of the foul play at the ballpark
1931 The A’s trounced the Tigers, 12-2, in their one-day road trip to Detroit made necessary by the Sunday prohibition of baseball in Philadelphia, The ‘Mackmen’ strand 18 baserunners during the Navin Field contest.
1936 The Bronx Bombers beat Oral Hildebrand and the Indians in a 16-inning game, 5-4. Both hurlers go the distance, with New York starter Red Ruffing facing 63 batters without recording a strikeout.
1938 In a game against the Red Sox, Indians’ pitcher Johnny Allen storms off the mound and doesn’t return when he is ordered by ump Bill McGowan to cut off his distracting dangling sweatshirt sleeve. The shirt winds up in the Hall of Fame, but the Lenoir, North Carolina native, doesn’t.
1944 Tiger southpaw Hal Newhouser walks nine in six innings, a contributing factor in the 3-1 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park. ‘Prince Hal’, a future Hall of Famer, will average nearly 4.5 bases-on-balls per nine innings during the season.
1950 The Red Sox compile 42 total bases in their 20-4 bashing of the Browns. The Fenway fireworks will continue tomorrow when Boston adds insult to injury, beating St. Louis, 29-4.
1954 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella steals home in the top of the 12th inning in a 7-5 victory over St. Louis at Sportsman’s Park. Campy had added an insurance run with an eighth-inning round-tripper, but the Redbirds scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score.
1957 Howard University awards honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recently retired Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson. In the coming years, the former baseball great and the Baptist minister will often appear together at Civil Rights rallies, fundraising events, and demonstrations.
1960 In the Cardinals’ 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, Bob Gibson ties a major league record when he strikes out four batters in one inning, the additional whiff coming as a result of a wild pitch. The fourth-inning strikeout victims include Jerry Lynch, Jim Pagliaroni, Bill Mazeroski, and Don Cardwell.
1966 In the first round (2nd pick) of the amateur draft, the A’s select future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson. The Mets, with the first overall pick, choose Steve Chilcott, a high school catcher who will never play a day in the major league.
1967 The Reds play their major-league record 11th consecutive one-run game, losing to San Francisco at Crosley Field, 4-3. Cincinnati’s 19 year-old fireballer Gary Nolan, en route to striking out 15, including fanning Willie Mays four times, takes the loss after Willie McCovey blasts a three-run eighth-inning round-tripper, with reliever Bob Lee allowing the decisive run to score in the frame.
1969 The Expos lose their twentieth consecutive game, dropping a 9-5 decision to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Montreal’s streak of futility falls three defeats shy of the modern major league record established by the Phillies, who lost 23 straight contests in 1961.
1969 Washington’s DC Stadium is officially renamed Robert F. Kennedy Stadium during a memorial service at the ballpark for the slain US senator. In attendance for the ceremony are former NFLer Roosevelt Grier and Olympian Rafer Johnson, who each helped to apprehend RFK’s assassin, Sirhan B. Sirhan, at the Ambassador Hotel.
1970 Vic Davalillo gets two hits during the seventh inning of the Cardinals’ 10-7 comeback victory over San Diego at Busch Stadium. The first of the Venezuelan outfielder’s two singles comes when he leads off the frame as a pinch-hitter for Bob Gibson.
1972 In the nightcap of a twin bill, the Pirates edge the Padres in 18 innings at Jack Murphy Stadium, 1-0. The winning run crosses the plate as a result of Gene Alley forcing in a run with a base-on-balls, following Bill Mazeroski receiving an intentional walk to load the bases.
1975 Royals’ scout Rosey Gilhousen signs University of La Verne standout Dan Quisenberry as an undrafted free agent. During his ten-year tenure with Kansas City, the right-handed reliever saves 238 games, leading the American League for five seasons.
1982 Joining Lou Gehrig, Everett Scott, Billy Williams, and Joe Sewell, Dodger infielder Steve Garvey becomes only the fifth player in major league history to play in 1,000 consecutive games. The first baseman, establishing a National League record, will appear in 1,207 straight games before the streak ends next season when he breaks his thumb in a collision at home plate, playing for the Padres.
1983 Steve Carlton of the Phillies strikes out Cardinals’ outfielder Lonnie Smith for his 3,522nd career strikeout to pass Nolan Ryan as the all-time strikeout leader. On the same night, Ryan strikes out three San Francisco batters to finish one shy of Lefty’s total but will finish his career with 5,714, far ahead of the Philadelphia left-hander’s mark of 4,136.
1986 Amos Otis, who was named the team’s Player of the Year three times during his 14 seasons with Kansas City, and Steve Busby, who averaged more than 18 wins a season before a rotator cuff injury shorten his career, are honored at Kauffman Stadium. During the pregame ceremony, the pair is inducted into the newly created Royals Hall of Fame, becoming the first players to be so honored by the team.
1989 For the first time in major league history, the same game is played partly outdoors and partly indoors when the Blue Jays beat the Brewers, 4-2, in a contest that features the closing of the SkyDome’s retractable roof in the fifth inning due to inclement weather.
1992 On his 26th birthday, Trevor Wilson finishes his complete-game gem by striking out the side in ninth on nine pitches in the Giants’ 3-0 victory over the Astros at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco southpaw accomplishes his immaculate inning by fanning Jeff Bagwell (swinging), Eric Anthony (swinging), and Rafael Ramirez (swinging), with the third out being recorded with the catcher throwing the dropped third strike to first base to end the game.
1998 Dave Burba becomes the first Indians’ pitcher to homer in 26 years when he goes deep in a 6-1 interleague victory over the Reds at Cinergy Field. Ironically, the right-hander was scheduled to be the Opening Day pitcher for Cincinnati, but was traded to Cleveland for Sean Casey the day before the season started.
1998 After going 6-0 against Atlanta and Florida, the Cubs complete their third consecutive three-game sweep by beating the White Sox, 13-7. The last time Chicago put together a similar streak occurred in 1918.
2001 The Crespos both hit home runs, making it the 28th time in major league history brothers have gone deep in the same game. Cesar homers in the seventh inning for the Padres, and his younger sibling, Felipe, blasts round-trippers in the second and the sixth for the Giants in San Diego’s 10-7 victory at Pacific Bell Park.
2006 The Rockies, who recorded just ten sacrifice flies during their first 58 games, tie a major league with five sac flies during the 16-9 Coors Field victory over Pittsburgh. The Mariners established the mark against Oakland in 1988.
2007 With the Yankees’ 10-3 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Joe Torre wins his 2,000th game as a manager. The former Braves (257), Mets (286), and Cardinals (351) skipper becomes the first person in big league history to have reached the milestone and also have at least 2,000 hits as a player.
2007 With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Network Associates Coliseum, Shannon Stewart lines a single to right field to break up Curt Schilling’s no-hitter. Thanks to a first-inning home run by David Ortiz, the Red Sox beat the A’s, 1-0.
2008 Johnny Damon goes 6-for-6, including a walk-off single which gives New York a wild 12-11 comeback victory over the Royals. The outfielder becomes the first Bronx Bomber, and only the second player, to collect six hits at Yankee Stadium.
2012 Starlin Castro becomes the 28th player to collect 500 hits before the age of 23 when he singles off A.J. Burnett with two outs in the fifth inning in the Cubs’ 12-2 victory over the Bucs at PNC Park. The 22-year, 167-day old Chicago shortstop reaches the milestone in his 421st major league game.
2014 As part of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary, the Cubs honor 97 year-old Lennie Merullo, who receives a rousing ovation when he tosses the ceremonial first pitch prior to the team’s 5-2 victory over the Marlins. The former infielder, who went 0-for-2 when he played in three games for Chicago in the 1945 Fall Classic, is the last living person to play in a World Series game for the franchise.
|Tampa Bay||38||23||.623||–||15 – 13||23 – 10||16 – 10||4 – 2||11 – 10||7 – 3||W 2|
|Boston||36||23||.610||1||16 – 13||20 – 10||15 – 6||7 – 4||7 – 11||7 – 3||W 4|
|Toronto||30||27||.526||6||13 – 13||17 – 14||10 – 11||3 – 4||6 – 10||6 – 4||L 1|
|NY Yankees||31||29||.517||6.5||17 – 16||14 – 13||14 – 21||9 – 4||5 – 2||2 – 8||L 4|
|Baltimore||21||38||.356||16||10 – 20||11 – 18||8 – 15||4 – 9||8 – 8||4 – 6||W 1|
|Chi White Sox||36||23||.610||–||23 – 10||13 – 13||6 – 5||21 – 12||6 – 4||7 – 3||W 1|
|Cleveland||31||26||.544||4||14 – 12||17 – 14||3 – 7||21 – 12||3 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Kansas City||29||28||.509||6||16 – 15||13 – 13||5 – 5||15 – 20||4 – 2||6 – 4||L 2|
|Detroit||24||35||.407||12||13 – 15||11 – 20||4 – 5||11 – 21||6 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Minnesota||24||35||.407||12||12 – 17||12 – 18||5 – 5||12 – 15||4 – 12||4 – 6||W 2|
|Oakland||35||26||.574||–||17 – 17||18 – 9||11 – 9||9 – 1||10 – 13||6 – 4||L 1|
|Houston||33||26||.559||1||20 – 13||13 – 13||10 – 6||0 – 3||21 – 12||6 – 4||W 1|
|Seattle||30||31||.492||5||17 – 14||13 – 17||6 – 5||6 – 7||15 – 12||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Angels||27||32||.458||7||15 – 16||12 – 16||3 – 7||7 – 6||14 – 17||5 – 5||L 1|
|Texas||23||38||.377||12||14 – 15||9 – 23||11 – 10||4 – 6||8 – 14||1 – 9||L 2|
|NY Mets||29||23||.558||–||15 – 5||14 – 18||13 – 8||2 – 5||12 – 5||7 – 3||W 2|
|Atlanta||28||29||.491||3.5||17 – 17||11 – 12||13 – 14||10 – 4||3 – 3||5 – 5||W 2|
|Philadelphia||28||30||.483||4||17 – 11||11 – 19||15 – 16||9 – 4||2 – 4||5 – 5||W 2|
|Miami||25||33||.431||7||12 – 12||13 – 21||10 – 9||4 – 9||9 – 8||2 – 8||W 1|
|Washington||24||32||.429||7||13 – 15||11 – 17||9 – 13||6 – 10||4 – 6||3 – 7||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||33||26||.559||–||21 – 10||12 – 16||8 – 6||16 – 14||7 – 3||6 – 4||W 1|
|Milwaukee||33||26||.559||–||17 – 15||16 – 11||7 – 9||12 – 9||12 – 3||9 – 1||W 4|
|St. Louis||31||29||.517||2.5||15 – 14||16 – 15||10 – 10||13 – 11||7 – 6||3 – 7||L 5|
|Cincinnati||28||29||.491||4||12 – 14||16 – 15||3 – 2||15 – 10||6 – 14||7 – 3||W 4|
|Pittsburgh||23||35||.397||9.5||13 – 16||10 – 19||4 – 4||7 – 19||7 – 7||5 – 5||L 1|
|San Francisco||37||22||.627||–||18 – 9||19 – 13||6 – 4||11 – 4||16 – 11||7 – 3||L 1|
|San Diego||36||25||.590||2||20 – 12||16 – 13||2 – 2||9 – 11||17 – 11||4 – 6||L 2|
|LA Dodgers||34||25||.576||3||19 – 10||15 – 15||6 – 3||4 – 9||17 – 8||4 – 6||L 2|
|Colorado||24||36||.400||13.5||20 – 14||4 – 22||4 – 6||3 – 7||11 – 21||5 – 5||W 1|
|Arizona||20||41||.328||18||11 – 16||9 – 25||8 – 15||6 – 8||6 – 16||2 – 8||L 5|