INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL – REGIONALS (NCC/AREA)
Harrison 15 Fort Wayne Northrup 0
Fishers 7 Harrison 5
University 12 Centerville 5…Javontae Pamplin 3-3 2RBI… Alex Wandersee 2-3 RBI…Logan Drook 1-3 RBI
Cowan 3 Union City 0
Parke Heritage 12 Knightstown 5
Mount Vernon 6 Franklin Central 2
Mount Vernon 6 Cathedral 3
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL – SEMI-STATE
Lake Central 1 Columbia City 0
Noblesville 10 Penn 0
Mount Vernon 2 Bedford North Lawrence 1
Roncalli 4 Columbus North 0
Lake Central 8 Noblesville 1
Roncalli 1 Mount Vernon 0
Guerin Catholic 12 Fort Wayne Dwenger 0
Kankakee Valley 10 South Bend St. Joseph 0
Danville 4 Greensburg 0
Boonville 2 Northview 1
Guerin Catholic 7 Kankakee Valley 0
Boonville 6 Danville 1
Pioneer 13 Frankton 0
Fairfield 7 Western Boone 3
Union County 5 S. Vermillion 3
Sullivan 7 S. Ripley 5
Pioneer 7 Fairfield 0
Sullivan 9 Union County 8
Cowan 5 N. Vermillion 0
Northfield 5 South-Central 3
Loogootee 2 W. Washington 0
Clay City 12 Hauser 5
Northfield 3 Cowan 2
Clay City 7 Loogootee 5
INDIANA STATE TRACK FINALS
1) Indianapolis Cathedral 39
2) Warren Central 38
3) Zionsville 33
4) North Central (Indianapol 32
4) Lawrence Central 32
6) Indianapolis Bishop Chata 27
7) Center Grove 26
7) Lake Central 26
7) Hamilton Southeastern 26
10) Carmel 22
11) Ben Davis 20
11) Huntington North 20
13) Fort Wayne Northrop 19
13) Whiteland Community 19
15) Noblesville 18
15) Fishers 18
17) Cass 16
17) Shenandoah 16
17) Chesterton 16
20) Harrison (West Lafayette) 14
20) Delta 14
22) Edgewood 13
22) Park Tudor 13
22) Columbus North 13
25) Kankakee Valley 12
25) Valparaiso 12
27) Warsaw Community 11
27) Hamilton Heights 11
29) Elkhart 10
29) Leo 10
29) Lowell 10
29) Forest Park 10
33) Floyd Central 9
33) Culver Academies 9
35) Bloomington South 8
36) Evansville Bosse 7
36) Southport 7
38) Charlestown 6
38) Wood Memorial 6
40) Bloomington North 5
40) Avon 5
40) Fort Wayne Snider 5
40) Penn 5
44) Brownsburg 4
44) Carroll (Fort Wayne) 4
46) Westfield 3
46) McCutcheon 3
46) East Central 3
46) Jay County 3
46) New Albany 3
46) Greensburg 3
46) Merrillville 3
53) Greenfield-Central 2
53) Homestead 2
53) Evansville Reitz Memorial 2
53) Heritage Hills 2
53) Northwestern 2
53) Brebeuf Jesuit 2
59) Norwell 1
59) Terre Haute South Vigo 1
59) Jasper 1
59) Lebanon 1
59) Evansville F.J. Reitz 1
59) Fort Wayne Concordia Luth 1
59) Winchester Community 1
INDIVIDUAL FINAL RESULTS: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2020-21/ihsaagirlsstate2021.pdf
COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES
Central Michigan 8 Michigan 2
South Alabama 19 Florida 1
Virginia 13 Jacksonville 8
Southern Mississippi 21 SE. Missouri State 0
Duke 14 Wright State 6
Oregon State 10 McNeese 5
Maryland 16 Norfolk State 0
Fairfield 6 Southern 2
Indiana State 9 Presbyterian 2
Alabama 3 Rider 1
UCLA 13 Army 6
Campbell 16 Samford 13
New Jersey Tech 3 Northeastern 2
Oklahoma State 5 Grand Canyon 3
North Dakota State 6 Nevada 1
LSU 6 Central Connecticut State 5 (10)
East Carolina 7 Charlotte 5
Tennessee 9 Liberty 3
Notre Dame 26 Connecticut 3
South Florida 10 Miami, Florida 2
Ole Miss 4 Florida State 3
Dallas Baptist 8 TCU 6
Vanderbilt 4 Georgia Tech 3
Old Dominion 2 South Carolina 1
Arkansas 5 Nebraska 1
Texas Tech 7 North Carolina 2
North Carolina State 8 Louisiana Tech 3
Stanford 12 UC Irvine 4
Texas 10 Arizona State 3
Mississippi State 16 VCU 4
Arizona 4 Cal Santa Barbara 0
Oregon 7 Gonzaga 3
COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES
Oklahoma 8 Georgia 0
Florida State 4 Arizona 3
Oklahoma 10 UCLA 3
Brooklyn 115 Milwaukee 107 BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/2390425/stats
Tampa Bay 6 Carolina 4 BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/nhl/events/24361/stats
NY Islanders 4 Boston 1 BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/nhl/events/24355/stats
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Oakland 6 Colorado 3
Detroit 4 Chicago White Sox 3
Toronto 6 Houston 2
Cleveland 10 Baltimore 4
Tampa Bay 3 Texas 0
Minnesota 5 Kansas City 4
Boston 7 NY Yankees 3
LA Angels 12 Seattle 5
Cincinnati 5 St. Louis 2
Philadelphia 5 Washington 2
Pittsburgh 8 Miami 7 (12)
Milwaukee 7 Arizona 5
Atlanta 6 LA Dodgers 4
San Francisco 4 Chicago Cubs 3
NY Mets 4 San Diego 0
MLB BOX SCORES: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Philadelphia 3 Portland 0
|Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide|
|Jun. 3-6, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1t||Collin Morikawa||66||72||66||-12 (204)||F|
|1t||Patrick Cantlay||67||68||-12 (135)||F|
|3t||Branden Grace||72||67||-9 (139)||F|
|3t||Scottie Scheffler||67||71||69||-9 (207)||F|
|5||Max Homa||69||69||72||-6 (210)||F|
|6t||Si Woo Kim||73||70||68||-5 (211)||F|
|6t||Patrick Reed||71||71||69||-5 (211)||F|
|6t||Lucas Herbert||69||71||-5 (140)||F|
|6t||Carlos Ortiz||68||72||-5 (140)||F|
|10t||Aaron Wise||70||70||-4 (140)||F|
|10t||Vaughn Taylor||69||72||71||-4 (212)||F|
|10t||Shane Lowry||69||71||72||-4 (212)||F|
|10t||Jim Herman||72||68||72||-4 (212)||F|
|10t||Xander Schauffele||68||70||74||-4 (212)||F|
|15t||Antoine Rozner||72||69||-3 (141)||F|
|15t||Adam Scott||68||71||-3 (139)||F|
|15t||Bo Hoag||68||73||72||-3 (213)||F|
|18t||Jordan Spieth||67||71||-2 (138)||F|
|18t||Lucas Glover||72||70||72||-2 (214)||F|
|18t||Joel Dahmen||73||73||-2 (146)||F|
|18t||Rickie Fowler||69||70||75||-2 (214)||F|
|22t||Louis Oosthuizen||71||72||-1 (143)||F|
|22t||Robby Shelton||71||73||-1 (144)||F|
|22t||Adam Long||67||77||71||-1 (215)||F|
|22t||Rory McIlroy||72||71||-1 (143)||F|
|22t||Troy Merritt||74||70||71||-1 (215)||F|
|22t||Chris Kirk||74||74||-1 (148)||F|
|22t||Danny Willett||75||71||69||-1 (215)||F|
|29t||Bryson DeChambeau||72||73||E (145)||F|
|29t||Michael Thompson||70||73||73||E (216)||F|
|29t||Sung Kang||72||74||E (146)||F|
|29t||Justin Thomas||69||72||75||E (216)||F|
|29t||Talor Gooch||74||71||71||E (216)||F|
|29t||Kyle Stanley||70||71||75||E (216)||F|
|29t||Xinjun Zhang||73||68||75||E (216)||F|
|29t||Tony Finau||72||68||76||E (216)||F|
|37t||Jimmy Walker||74||69||74||+1 (217)||F|
|37t||Brendan Steele||69||73||75||+1 (217)||F|
|37t||Kevin Streelman||72||72||73||+1 (217)||F|
|37t||Corey Conners||74||69||74||+1 (217)||F|
|37t||Alex Noren||73||69||75||+1 (217)||F|
|37t||Charl Schwartzel||70||72||75||+1 (217)||F|
|37t||Sam Burns||71||75||+1 (146)||F|
|37t||Mark Hubbard||73||72||72||+1 (217)||F|
|45t||C.T. Pan||70||74||+2 (144)||F|
|45t||Viktor Hovland||70||76||+2 (146)||F|
|45t||Brendon Todd||72||72||74||+2 (218)||F|
|45t||Sahith Theegala||76||73||+2 (149)||F|
|45t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||68||72||78||+2 (218)||F|
|45t||Christiaan Bezuidenhout||69||77||72||+2 (218)||F|
|51t||Nick Taylor||68||74||77||+3 (219)||F|
|51t||Marc Leishman||75||75||+3 (150)||F|
|51t||Cameron Tringale||70||76||73||+3 (219)||F|
|54t||Jason Dufner||70||73||77||+4 (220)||F|
|54t||Hideki Matsuyama||73||68||79||+4 (220)||F|
|54t||Russell Knox||72||73||75||+4 (220)||F|
|54t||Harold Varner III||72||73||75||+4 (220)||F|
|54t||Martin Laird||72||74||+4 (146)||F|
|54t||Doc Redman||75||71||74||+4 (220)||F|
|60t||J.T. Poston||74||78||+5 (152)||F|
|60t||Stewart Cink||74||77||+5 (151)||F|
|60t||Harry Higgs||76||69||76||+5 (221)||F|
|63t||Charley Hoffman||72||71||80||+7 (223)||F|
|63t||Tyler Strafaci||71||78||+7 (149)||F|
|63t||Hudson Swafford||72||73||78||+7 (223)||F|
|63t||Brandon Hagy||76||70||77||+7 (223)||F|
|67||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||71||79||+8 (150)||F|
|68||Billy Horschel||76||70||82||+12 (228)||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||Total||Thru|
|1||Lexi Thompson||69||71||66||-7 (206)||F|
|2||Yuka Saso||69||67||71||-6 (207)||F|
|3t||Megha Ganne||67||71||72||-3 (210)||F|
|3t||Jeongeun Lee||70||67||73||-3 (210)||F|
|5||Shanshan Feng||69||70||72||-2 (211)||F|
|6t||Nasa Hataoka||72||69||71||-1 (212)||F|
|6t||Megan Khang||68||70||74||-1 (212)||F|
|8||Inbee Park||71||69||73||E (213)||F|
|9t||Angel Yin||68||79||67||+1 (214)||F|
|9t||Hyo Joo Kim||72||70||72||+1 (214)||F|
|9t||Maja Stark||71||70||73||+1 (214)||F|
|12t||Brooke Henderson||68||78||69||+2 (215)||F|
|12t||Amy Olson||73||72||70||+2 (215)||F|
|12t||Lucy Li||73||71||71||+2 (215)||F|
|12t||Ariya Jutanugarn||71||70||74||+2 (215)||F|
|16t||Celine Herbin||73||74||69||+3 (216)||F|
|16t||Celine Boutier||72||74||70||+3 (216)||F|
|16t||Jin Young Ko||70||74||72||+3 (216)||F|
|16t||Marina Alex||70||72||74||+3 (216)||F|
|20t||So Yeon Ryu||74||72||71||+4 (217)||F|
|20t||Sei Young Kim||74||70||73||+4 (217)||F|
|20t||Alison Lee||74||70||73||+4 (217)||F|
|23t||Maria Parra||72||74||72||+5 (218)||F|
|23t||Xiyu Lin||72||74||72||+5 (218)||F|
|23t||Emily Pedersen||71||74||73||+5 (218)||F|
|23t||Matilda Castren||74||71||73||+5 (218)||F|
|23t||In-Kyung Kim||74||70||74||+5 (218)||F|
|23t||Jennifer Kupcho||70||73||75||+5 (218)||F|
|23t||Mel Reid||67||73||78||+5 (218)||F|
|30t||Luna Sobron||71||76||72||+6 (219)||F|
|30t||Madelene Sagstrom||71||73||75||+6 (219)||F|
|30t||Danielle Kang||73||69||77||+6 (219)||F|
|33t||Muni He||72||76||72||+7 (220)||F|
|33t||Jessica Korda||72||74||74||+7 (220)||F|
|33t||Ally Ewing||71||74||75||+7 (220)||F|
|33t||In Gee Chun||75||70||75||+7 (220)||F|
|33t||Patty Tavatanakit||75||70||75||+7 (220)||F|
|33t||Mina Harigae||71||73||76||+7 (220)||F|
|33t||Sarah Burnham||76||66||78||+7 (220)||F|
|40t||Leonie Harm||73||75||73||+8 (221)||F|
|40t||Lizette Salas||72||75||74||+8 (221)||F|
|40t||Amy Yang||74||73||74||+8 (221)||F|
|40t||Na Yeon Choi||75||72||74||+8 (221)||F|
|40t||Ayako Uehara||76||71||74||+8 (221)||F|
|40t||Jasmine Suwannapura||73||74||74||+8 (221)||F|
|40t||Lauren Stephenson||70||76||75||+8 (221)||F|
|40t||Yealimi Noh||76||69||76||+8 (221)||F|
|40t||Wichanee Meechai||70||73||78||+8 (221)||F|
|49t||Rachel Heck||75||72||75||+9 (222)||F|
|49t||Pajaree Anannarukarn||76||71||75||+9 (222)||F|
|49t||Lydia Ko||71||75||76||+9 (222)||F|
|49t||Jenny Coleman||73||73||76||+9 (222)||F|
|49t||Gaby Lopez||72||73||77||+9 (222)||F|
|49t||Stacy Lewis||72||72||78||+9 (222)||F|
|55t||Brittany Altomare||74||74||75||+10 (223)||F|
|55t||Jenny Shin||72||75||76||+10 (223)||F|
|55t||Minjee Lee||73||73||77||+10 (223)||F|
|58t||Giulia Molinaro||74||74||76||+11 (224)||F|
|58t||Anna Nordqvist||75||73||76||+11 (224)||F|
|58t||Pernilla Lindberg||76||72||76||+11 (224)||F|
|58t||Lee-Anne Pace||76||71||77||+11 (224)||F|
|58t||Yu Liu||74||72||78||+11 (224)||F|
|58t||Gurleen Kaur||71||73||80||+11 (224)||F|
|64t||Carlota Ciganda||72||76||77||+12 (225)||F|
|64t||Austin Ernst||70||74||81||+12 (225)||F|
|66||Hannah Green||73||75||78||+13 (226)||F|
NBA PLAYOFFS: Durant, Irving carry Nets in opener after Harden hurt
NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant knew something was wrong when the Brooklyn Nets were trying to run a play and James Harden wasn’t in the right spot.
Moments later, Harden wasn’t even in the game, forced to leave with a right hamstring injury less than a minute into the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“That was tough,” Nets coach Steve Nash said.
Durant and Kyrie Irving made sure it wasn’t a knockout blow.
Durant scored 29 points, Irving had 25 and the two superstars carried Brooklyn to a 115-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night in Game 1.
Harden’s injury is the same one that forced him to miss two losses to the Bucks in May.
But the Nets beat Milwaukee when it mattered most without him, getting 19 points from Joe Harris and 18 points and 14 rebounds from Blake Griffin.
“We try not to be too emotional out there, but losing one of your leaders like that on the first play of the game, we had to regroup for a couple of minutes and figure out what was next, but I think the coaches, the coaching staff did a great job of moving forward,” Durant said. “Guys came in and just tried to play extremely hard. We didn’t care about anything else but playing and executing the game plan and just leaving it all out there.”
And they got a solid defensive effort despite giving up plenty of size, limiting the Bucks to 13 points below their NBA-leading average.
Durant grabbed 10 rebounds and Irving had eight assists, throwing some spectacular passes as the Nets moved the ball around quickly and had the Bucks a step or more behind all night.
“We’ve got to guard defensively together, especially against this team,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said.
Game 2 is Monday night.
NBA NEWS: Steve Clifford out as Orlando Magic coach after 3 seasons
(AP) — Steve Clifford and the Orlando Magic took some time after the season to rest, recover and contemplate the future.
And after a couple weeks, they decided the fit wasn’t right anymore.
Orlando’s rebuilding project will no longer include Clifford, after he and the Magic completed an agreement Saturday to end his three-year run with the club. Magic President Jeff Weltman stressed that it was a mutual decision and he respected Clifford for being able to “assess where he is in his career.”
“Obviously, we’ve repositioned our team,” Weltman said. “And so, there has to be alignment. There has to be alignment in everything you do in this league. And if there’s not alignment, it’ll undermine everything.”
That alignment clearly didn’t seem to be there. Weltman indicated that Clifford – who will turn 60 before next season starts – decided he wasn’t the right coach to lead the Magic through what may be serious growing pains with a young group.
“The `why’ is quite simple here: alignment,” Weltman said. “And if Cliff is questioning whether the positioning of our team kind of aligns with his own career positioning, then he’s probably not the right guy at that point. I appreciate the fact that Cliff can look himself in the mirror and have those conversations with himself because I don’t think a whole lot of people can do that.”
Orlando becomes the third current coaching opening in the NBA, following Brad Stevens being promoted to president of the Boston Celtics and Portland’s move Friday to seek a new coach after Terry Stotts held that role for nine seasons.
Jobs coming open didn’t affect the Magic timetable, Weltman said. He also didn’t say if the team has a target date for a hire. For now, the assistant coaches – a group that includes Ty Corbin, Steve Hetzel and Pat Delany – remain in place, and it wouldn’t be surprising if some got at least a meeting with the Magic during the interview process.
Clifford was 96-131 in those three seasons, though that record is a bit misleading given how many injuries the team dealt with this season. Orlando went to the playoffs in 2019 and 2020 under Clifford, its first postseason trips since a run of six straight ended in 2012.
NHL PLAYOFFS: Barzal scores late, Islanders beat Bruins 4-1 in Game 4
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Mathew Barzal was at the right place at the right time for the New York Islanders.
Barzal scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period and the Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Saturday night to even the second-round playoff series at two games apiece
With the score tied 1-1, the Islanders took their first lead of the game when Scott Mayfield’s point shot was redirected and deflected in front, and Barzal batted the puck out of the air and past goalie Tuukka Rask with 6:57 left.
“A little bit of hand-eye (coordination), a little bit of luck,” Barzal said after scoring for the second straight game. “The puck takes a weird skip. I don’t think many people knew where it was, so just trying to get to the net as quick as I can. Fortunate I don’t think Tuukka could really see it, we had some good net presence.”
Boston pulled Rask for an extra skater with 1:12 left. Casey Cizikas – who had the overtime goal in Game 2 – sealed it with an empty-netter nine seconds later, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau added one with three seconds to go.
Kyle Palmieri also scored for New York and Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots.
“Every single guy came to play,” Cizikas said. “Right from the puck drop we were banging, we were crashing, we were getting to the net. We were being hard in our own end when we did have breakdowns Varly came up with some huge saves.”
David Krejci scored for Boston and Rask made 30 saves.
“Just some breakdowns,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “The lack of urgency to get the puck to the net I thin was a bit of a formula in general tonight. We weren’t willing to shoot enough.”
Game 5 is Monday night in Boston, with Game 6 back at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Boston scored first for the third straight game. With Matt Martin off for holding to put the Bruins on their second power play, Krejci put in the rebound of a shot by Pastrnak at 3:57 of the second. The puck was loose in front and came to Krejci on the right side and he quickly put it in.
The Islanders challenged for goalie interference, but it stood after a review, putting the Bruins on another power play.
New York tied it shortly after the penalty expired. Barzal skated back and forth along the right boards while defended by Curtis Lazar, then as he skated behind the net he sent a pass in front to Palmieri, who quickly beat Rask at 6:38. Palmieri, who had two goals in 17 games after being acquired from New Jersey at the trade deadline, got his fifth of the postseason.
“You get an opportunity to get some momentum off the penalty kill and those guys did a great job,” Palmieri said. “It was nice to come back down the other way and tie it up.”
Barzal was down on the ice for several minutes after being slashed by Krejci, putting the Islanders on their first power play of the game with just under nine minutes remaining. New York managed just two shots on goal during the advantage.
The Bruins outshot the Islanders 11-7 in a fast-paced and physical first period.
NHL PLAYOFFS: Kucherov, Stamkos shine, lift Lightning over Hurricanes 6-4
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Just when it seemed the game might be slipping away, Nikita Kucherov asserted himself for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Two goals and an assist later Saturday, the resilient, defending Stanley Cup champions had a 6-4 victory and a 3-1 lead in their second-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“To be honest, he might have taken the game over,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Clearly we lost control a little bit in the second period, and he’d been hit in a tough manner by one of their guys, and he just channeled his energy the right way.
“It was a 5-on-5 shift and he was just a beast out there. Then we had our power-play opportunities, and he was just making plays all over the place. He might have been the best player on the ice tonight. When Kuch is doing some of the stuff he did, he’s borderline unstoppable.”
Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each had a pair of goals and an assist, and the Lightning improved to 10-0 in games following a playoff loss over the past two postseasons. Game 5 is Tuesday night at Carolina.
Each team scored four goals in the second, with the Lightning turning a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead. Stamkos and Kucherov scored on the power play and Tyler Johnson also beat Petr Mrazek in the final 5:22 of the period.
Teuvo Teravainen, Jesper Fast, Dougie Hamilton and Jaccob Slavin scored in the second for the Hurricanes. They hurt themselves by taking bad penalty after bad penalty while giving the Lightning six power-play opportunities.
“If you give that caliber of power play that many chances, it’s not a recipe for success,” Slavin said. “We’ve just got to stay more disciplined and play hard, but play smart as well and not give them chances that they don’t need.”
Tampa Bay finished 3 of 6 on the power play, and it has scored five times with the man advantage in the last two games.
Carolina had its highest scoring game of the series, too. But the Hurricanes were 0 for 2 on the power play and struggled after going up 4-2 on Slavin’s goal at 12:41 of the second.
“It’s weird. There were 11 goals in the series and to see eight go in in the second period, that was chaotic, it was a circus out there,” Cooper said. “But definitely no refunds after that one. Take your coach’s hat off. That was one helluva entertaining second period.”
Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy weathered the Hurricanes’ scoring barrage and didn’t allow another goal the rest of the way. He finished with 21 saves.
Carolina Rod Brind’Amour didn’t take solace in finally breaking through against Vasilevskiy, who allowed five goals in the first three games combined.
“To be honest … I think that was an opportunity where maybe he wasn’t his sharpest, and we scored four on him – we need to win that game. He’s probably not going to let four in again,” Brind’Amour said.
Kucherov, who has 17 points in 10 playoff games this year, began the comeback with a power-play goal. Johnson made it 4-4 before Stamkos netted his second power-play goal of the period.
Kucherov scored off a nice pass from Ondrej Palat for a 6-4 lead just over six minutes into the final period.
Mrazek stopped just 20 of 26 shots after making his first start of this postseason and getting a 3-2 overtime win in Game 3.
MLB: Molina hurts knee on foul tip as Cardinals lose to Red 5-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) Yadier Molina left the game in the fourth inning with a bruised knee, and the St. Louis Cardinals extended a losing streak to four for the first time this year with a 5-2 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
“It’s just not going our way at the moment,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “It’ll turn. I appreciate the how guys are competing because sometimes you don’t get the end result, but it’s how you go about it. These guys are laying it all out there.”
The 38-year-old Molina, a nine-time All-Star catcher, and nine-time Gold Glove winner, took a foul tip off the bat of Kyle Farmer off his left knee in the fourth inning, Molina initially stayed in the game after he was examined by head athletic trainer Adam Olsen but appeared to be limping.
“It’s a bone contusion on his knee,” Shildt said. “It could have obviously been much worse, but initial findings are day to day.”
Andrew Knizner pinch hit in the bottom half for Molina, who is batting .277 with seven homers and 27 RBIs. Knizner made a run-scoring throwing error in the seventh.
Jonathan India and Eugenio Suarez homered for the Reds to back Tyler Mahle (5-2), who allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts. His innings matched his big league high.
“To be pretty blunt he put on a clinic as far as pitching is concerned,” Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “He just had everything going. He was able to command the ball on both sides of the plate.”
Nolan Arenado singled off Lucas Sims leading off the ninth and Tyler O’Neill doubled with one out. Sims struck out Matt Carpenter and retired Edmundo Sosa on a flyout for his fifth save in six chances.
Cincinnati has won three in a row for the first time since a six-game winning streak that started after the Reds lost their opener against the Cardinals. Cincinnati has won five of its last six.
“It’s nice to get some good days back to back and in a row,” Reds manager David Bell said. “You definitely don’t set out to win a bunch in a row. You set out to win each and every day, and that’s what we’re doing right now.”
Suarez hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Ryan Helsley (3-4) for a 4-2 lead, Suarez’s 13th home run this season.
“He can’t make up for everything in one swing,” Bell said of Suarez who entered hitting .159. “When you keep battling and keep having good at bats and you’re able to contribute like that, it really keeps you going, and definitely that hit today was a big part of our win.”
Knizner threw wildly past third and into left field, allowing Jesse Winker to score. Winkler had been on second base when Genesis Cabrera sailed a wild pitch that went over Knizner’s glove and rebounded off the brick backstop to the catcher.
Cardinals starter Johan Oviedo allowed two runs and three hits in four innings. John Nogowski pinch hit for him with the bases loaded in the fourth and hit an inning-ending flyout.
Arenado had RBI singles in the first and fourth.
India homered in the third. The rookie is 13 for 27 with two homers six RBIs against the Cardinals.
Barnhart singled in a run in the fourth.
MLB: Gausman fans 10 in 7 innings, Giants edge Cubs 4-3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Unbeaten Kevin Gausman struck out 10 in seven smooth innings, Alex Dickerson homered for the second consecutive day and the San Francisco Giants kept rolling, beating the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Saturday.
San Francisco won its third straight over the Cubs. The Giants have won nine of 11 overall and are a majors-best 37-21.
Patrick Wisdom hit his fifth home run in 12 games for Chicago. The Cubs have dropped three straight.
Gausman (7-0) allowed two hits and a pair of unearned runs, lowering his ERA to 1.27, for his first victory in four career appearances against the Cubs.
“Just one mistake,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “There was a good bit of swing and miss against a really tough top of that lineup. We saw him come out with some of his best fastball velocity that he’s had all season, maintain it, and then empty the tank there in the seventh.”
Chosen the NL’s Pitcher of the Month for May earlier this week, Gausman overcame Wisdom’s homer in the second and retired the final 15 batters he faced after a leadoff single by opposing starter Kohl Stewart in the third.
“There were some pitches I definitely got away with but that was the only one they kind of made me pay for,” Gausman said. “(Wisdom’s) got some power and didn’t miss that one.”
Jake McGee retired three batters. Tyler Rogers allowed an unearned run in the ninth, but got Jason Heyward to ground out with runners on second and third for his eighth save.
“Torture baseball, there’s no better way to explain it,” Giants catcher Chadwick Tromp said. “A roller-coaster ride but for us there was never a doubt we were going to get the job done.”
The Giants survived a scary moment in the ninth when shortstop Brandon Crawford collided with third baseman Evan Longoria while both were going for Anthony Rizzo’s grounder.
Crawford got up quickly but Longoria – who was charged with an error on the play – remained down for several moments as a team trainer came out. Longoria exited the game with a possible left shoulder/collarbone injury.
“It’s two guys who are elite at defending their positions going 100 percent to convert a groundball to an out,” Kapler said. “You don’t see it very often on the infield but it happens and it’s nobody’s fault.”
The Cubs had won nine of 10 before making their first trip to the West Coast since 2019. Heyward went 0 for 4 for Chicago after coming off the injured list before the game.
“I don’t think we’ve played terrible baseball,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “The first couple of games we came up short on the front end. Today their pitcher was pretty darn good. The offense wasn’t really on point today and a lot of that goes to their starting pitcher.”
Stewart (1-1) allowed seven hits and three runs in 3 2/3 innings.
MLB: Indians cruise to 10-4 win; O’s ace Means leaves with injury
BALTIMORE (AP) Cesar Hernandez and Harold Ramirez homered off Baltimore ace John Means, who exited in the first inning with shoulder fatigue Saturday as the Cleveland Indians beat the Orioles 10-4.
Cedric Mullins homered twice as part of his second career five-hit outing for Baltimore, which saw its three-game winning streak end.
Yu Chang also homered to help Aaron Civale (8-2) tie for the major league lead in victories. Cleveland has won three of its last four.
Means (4-2), who pitched a no-hitter at Seattle on May 5, faced only five batters. The left-hander surrendered a leadoff homer to Hernandez and a solo drive to Ramirez with two outs.
After Eddie Rosario followed with a single, pitching coach Chris Holt went to the mound, manager Brandon Hyde and head athletic trainer Brian Ebel soon followed, and Means exited the game.
Means said he had similar experiences earlier in his major league career, but had avoided it until after games this season. He felt it when he was warming up Saturday, and later when he was extending while releasing his pitches in the first inning.
“It’s not major,” Means said. “It’s nothing serious. It’s more annoying than anything. I’m going to try and flush it out right now and try to attack some weak areas that are there.”
Means had gone at least five innings in all but one of 11 starts this season. His 2.05 ERA at the start of the day (which rose to 2.28) ranked second in the AL, while his .173 opponents’ batting average was third in the league.
It is uncertain whether Means will require a stint on the injured list.
“I don’t think we know right now,” Hyde said. “He’s going to get an MRI tomorrow and we’ll know more after getting some tests done.”
Civale, who has gone at least five innings in each of his 12 starts, allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings while striking out four. Civale has won five of his seven road starts, including three in a row.
“Today wasn’t the best control I had of my stuff and body,” Civale said. “That stuff is going to happen. It was hot out there and I haven’t pitched in that kind of weather in a long time. I was just trying to go back to what I do best, and that’s control my pitches. I wasn’t controlling location very well, but I was still around and near the strike zone.”
Cleveland broke it open with five runs, just one of them earned, in the third against reliever Adam Plutko. Amed Rosario reached on second baseman Stevie Wilkerson’s error, followed by three consecutive singles. Chang then hit a two-out, three-run homer to make it 7-1.
It was Chang’s first home run since Sept. 9, 2019, a span of 58 games, and the second of his career.
“He’s a strong kid,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “You saw that ball went a long way. He can do some damage. We’ve seen it. Hopefully, he can take a deep breath and maybe we start to see the Chang we think we’re going to see.”
Ryan Mountcastle hit a solo shot in the sixth for Baltimore. Mountcastle has homered four times in five games after hitting four in his first 48 games this year.
MLB: DeGrom fans 11 in 7 dominant innings, Mets blank Padres 4-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) Jacob deGrom kept up his dominance of major league hitters, striking out 11 over seven innings and pitching the New York Mets past the high-powered San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night.
Francisco Lindor homered and doubled to back the latest brilliant performance by deGrom (5-2). The Mets ended San Diego’s team-record 12-game home winning streak that began a month ago on May 5.
In complete charge throughout, deGrom allowed just three hits and walked one. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has given up just four earned runs in 58 innings and has a 0.62 ERA.
In all nine of his starts this season, deGrom has not permitted more than one earned run. This was the 50th time in his career he struck out 10 or more in a game.
The Padres had a prime opportunity for a big inning against deGrom in the fourth but couldn’t cash in. A single, walk and an error by Lindor at shortstop loaded the bases with one out, but deGrom buckled down and struck out Will Myers and Tucupita Marcano to escape and keep the game scoreless.
DeGrom’s only downfall on this evening: He went 0 for 3 at the plate, lowering his batting average to a still-lofty .391.
After the Padres won the first two of the four-game series matching two of the NL’s best teams, the Mets bounced back deGrom and solo homers by Lindor and Jose Peraza in the fifth off Joe Musgrove (4-5).
Musgrove, who threw the season’s first no-hitter and had yielded only one earned run in his previous three outings, struck out 10 in five-plus innings. He gave up three runs on eight hits as his ERA inched up to 2.33.
With the Mets up 2-0, Kevin Pillar and Tomas Nido singled to begin the sixth, chasing Musgrove in favor of reliever Tim Hill. Jonathan Villar singled in a run before Hill worked out of the inning.
New York added a run in the ninth when Lindor doubled and scored on a single by Pillar.
San Diego’s Jurickson Profar was ejected in the eighth inning after slamming his bat on the ground after a called third strike. It was Profar’s first career ejection in his eight years in the majors.
MLB: Red Sox get ML-best 20th comeback win, beat Yankees 7-3
NEW YORK (AP) Punchless during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Boston Red Sox have come back ready to fight.
“That’s what we preach,” Kike Hernandez said. “Battling from the first pitch until the last.”
Hernandez snapped an 0-for-27 skid with a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and the Red Sox completed their major league-best 20th come-from-behind victory, beating the New York Yankees 7-3 Saturday night.
Hernandez got his first RBI since May 20 by roping a two-out, two-strike fastball from Chad Green (0-4) to the wall in left, scoring Rafael Devers from first.
“Nobody wants to go on a skid like I did,” Hernandez said. “I don’t know how many at-bats it was, but it felt like it was a lot more. Felt really good to finally get on the board.”
Christian Vazquez scored Hernandez a batter later with a grounder that skipped over the first-base bag, and Bobby Dalbec followed with a two-run homer estimated at 453 feet.
Boston had 10 comeback wins while finishing last in the AL East during last year’s coronavirus-shortened 60-game season. They’ve doubled that total through 58 games this year, helping them tie for the second-best record in the American League.
The Yankees dropped behind Toronto into fourth in the AL East. They are 3-9 in their past 12 games, averaging just 2.4 runs, and fell to 14-21 against division foes.
“That’s not good,” manager Aaron Boone said. “If we’re gonna be the club we expect to be, we need to improve that and turn that around.”
Former Yankees minor leaguer Garrett Whitlock (1-1) faced New York for the first time after Boston selected him in last year’s winter meeting draft. He allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth but wasn’t charged with a run over 1 2/3 innings. He was credited with his first major league win.
“I was definitely hoping to get in there today,” the right-hander said.
Another former Yankee, Adam Ottavino, pitched a perfect eighth in his return to the Bronx. Left fielder Alex Verdugo made a diving catch in the ninth before Brandon Workman walked two with two outs, prompting manager Alex Cora to call on closer Matt Barnes.
Barnes struck out Kyle Higashioka for his 14th save.
Boston rallied without slugger J.D. Martinez, who was scratched from the lineup a night after jamming his left wrist into a base while sliding. Cora said Martinez is day to day.
After going 9-1 against Boston in 2020, New York has dropped the first two of 19 against the second-place Red Sox this year, this one in front of 20,019, the largest crowd at Yankee Stadium since the pandemic.
“We’re taking our lumps right now,” Boone said. “We’ve got an opportunity to turn it around and at least salvage the series tomorrow.”
Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer for New York for an early 2-0 lead, and he added a tying sacrifice fly in the sixth. He also made a heads-up defensive play in the second, cutting off a throw from the outfield and redirecting it to second for a rally-killing out.
Infielders Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu also made early web gems for New York, but left fielder Miguel Andujar’s blunder in the sixth allowed Boston to begin its comeback.
Andujar lost track of the outfield wall and let Xander Bogaerts’ catchable fly fall for a double, setting up Devers’ tying, two-run single that chased starter Jameson Taillon.
Marwin Gonzalez hit an RBI single two batters later off Jonathan Loaisiga to put Boston ahead 3-2.
Taillon was charged with three runs in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed six hits and a walk, struck out three and threw 76 pitches.
Torres’ homer off Eduardo Rodriguez was a no-doubter to left, and he watched it the whole way before throwing his bat and starting his trot. It was the 24-year-old’s third homer of the season and first since May 21. The two-time All-Star hit 38 homers in 2019 but has just six since.
Rodriguez allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out seven on 88 pitches. He avoided losing a fifth straight start. Boston had given him a total of one run of support over those games.
The Red Sox have allowed one or zero home runs in 21 of their past 22 games.
“We are where we are in the standings because of our pitching,” Hernandez said.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: NO. 10 IRISH SET PROGRAM RECORD IN 26-3 WIN OVER UCONN
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — In a matchup of the two top teams in the South Bend Regional, the 10th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team kept the home run parade going in the 26-3 win over Connecticut (34-18) Saturday night at Frank Eck Stadium. With the win, the Irish (32-11) advance to the Regional Final Sunday night and will await the winner of Connecticut and Central Michigan.
After hitting four home runs Friday afternoon, the Irish hit three home runs in the first three innings to build an early lead. Niko Kavadas cleared the bases in the first with a grand slam and Carter Putz and David LaManna each hit home runs in the third. Later in the game, Brooks Coetzee, Kavadas and Ryan Cole added home runs to give Notre Dame six for the game. The hot bats continued throughout the game as the Irish scored in seven of the nine innings. The Irish also set a postseason record for the most runs in an NCAA Tournament game. The previous record was 25 runs against South Alabama in 2002.
On the mound with the big lead, Will Mercer paced the Irish through the first seven innings. He allowed just two runs during his outing while he set a career high with seven innings pitched.
As the designated road team for the game, the Irish wasted no time taking the lead against the Huskies. The first four batters of the game reached base and in the process, scored the first run of the game. Jared Miller singled to right field and scored Spencer Myers to give the Irish an early advantage.
The Irish weren’t done in the top of the first as Kavadas stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. He took a high fastball the other way that cleared the wall and banged off the scoreboard for a grand slam. It was his third home run of the regional in just 10 innings of play so far. After the first frame, the Irish held a 5-0 lead.
Connecticut got a run back in the second as they put together three hits in the inning to plate its first run of the game. After two full innings, Notre Dame led 5-1.
In the third, it was more of the same for the Irish at the plate. They got the run right back on the first pitch of the inning when Putz launched a solo shot to center field. Later in the inning, LaManna hit his second home run in as many games with a two-run shot off the Jake Kline Field sign in left field.
Connecticut scored a run in the bottom half of the inning off a ground rule double and after three innings, the Irish held an 8-2 lead.
The Irish put another crooked number up on the scoreboard in the fourth. Kavadas walked with the bases loaded to score Myers for the first run of the inning. Coetzee singled through the right side to score two and then David LaManna singled up the middle to score one. After the inning was over, the Irish scored four more runs and led 12-2.
After a single run came home in the fifth, the Irish scored four more in the sixth. TJ Williams drove in Kavadas with a bases loaded walk and then Cole cleared the bases later in the inning. He doubled into the gap in left center to score all three runners.
After a Coetzee home run in the eighth, the Irish had their biggest inning in the ninth. They scored eight runs in the inning on the backs of home runs from Kavadas and Cole. Kavadas hit his fourth home of the regional while Cole tallied his second.
- The 26 runs scored was a program record for the most in an NCAA Tournament game. The previous record was 25 runs against South Alabama in 2002.
- Niko Kavadas hit two home runs in a game for the second-straight game in the regional. His second home run tied the program record for most home runs in a single season with Frank Jacobs who had 20 in 1991.
- Kavadas set a career high with five runs and eight RBI.
- It was the most RBI in a game since Jake Shepski had 9 against Virginia Tech in 2016.
- It was also the most runs in a game since AJ Pollock had five back in 2008.
- The Irish scored in double figures for their second straight game Saturday night. It is the first time since 1992 in the Atlantic Regional in Coral Gables that they have scored in double figures in back-to-back games in the NCAA Tournament.
- Ryan Cole set a career high with six RBI while tying a career high with three runs and three hits.
The Irish advance to the Regional Final Sunday night and will await the winner of the elimination game between Central Michigan and Connecticut. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN3. The Irish are one win away from advancing to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2002.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Frey’s Complete Game Propels Sycamores in Nashville Regional
NASHVILLE – Zach Frey pitched a complete game gem as he helped No. 3 seed Indiana State stave off elimination as the Sycamores defeated Presbyterian 9-2 Saturday in the NCAA Nashville Regional at Hawkins Field.
Entering the elimination game, Frey held career highs in strikeouts and innings pitched from Indiana State’s 2019 NCAA run against Vanderbilt when the right-hander pitched five innings and struck out five Commodores.
Frey (1-1) destroyed those career highs against Presbyterian, pitching the complete game while retiring 10 Blue Hose batters on punchouts. The Bloomington, Ill., native tied his high for strikeouts through the first four innings and continued to pound the zone late. Frey threw 118 pitches in the game and went on to record strikeouts in each of the final five innings, including two punchouts in the eighth inning.
Frey was able to work ahead after the first inning as Indiana State (31-20) scored four runs on three hits while drawing a pair of walks. With the bases loaded and no outs, Miguel Rivera hit his team-leading 12th double of the year to plate two runs and give the Sycamores the lead. After a pitching change, Grant Magill drew a walk to load the bases before the third run of the day scored on a wild pitch. Seven-hole hitter Josue Urdaneta capped off the inning by bringing home the fourth run on a sacrifice fly to center.
Rivera continued to swing a hot bat in the second — in the same bases loaded situation — as he ripped a ball to right field to drive in his third and fourth runs of the day and extend the Indiana State lead to 6-0.
Presbyterian (22-23) put up its first run of the game in the fourth inning of action. After Brody Fahr worked the first walk of the game for PC, Eric Toth hammered a ball over the wall in left field to cut the Indiana State lead.
Indiana State was able to get a run back in the fourth when Jordan Schaffer led off the inning with a double to the gap in left. Senior Max Wright collected his team-best 41st RBI of the year as he singled home Schaffer with a ball to right field.
Frey was able to work out of a jam in the fifth inning as the Blue Hose put two runners on base following a walk and a single. A slow grounder to first base moved both runners into scoring position before Frey was able to get a fly ball to right field to end the threat.
Rivera tied his career-high with five RBIs as he recorded a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Magill added another run in the eighth.
Nine of Indiana State’s 11 hits came from the top four in the order. Schaffer and Hanna each recorded three base hits while scoring each time they reached. Wright was 1-for-2 with three walks while River was 2-for-4 with five RBIs and a run scored.
Brandon Williams (2-2) took the loss for the Blue Hose after allowing four runs on three hits while not recording an out. Chris Veach struck out three and allowed four hits over three innings of relief.
Toth led PC at the plate with two of the teams’ five base hits, including the two-run homer in the fourth.
Indiana State will faceoff against either Vanderbilt or Georgia Tech in an elimination game Sunday at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET at Hawkins Field. If the Sycamores are victorious in that game, the team will play again at 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET Sunday night against the winner of Saturday’s nightcap.
GOLF: Coronavirus knocks Rahm out of Memorial after 6-shot lead
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Jon Rahm walked off the 18th green after tying the 54-hole record and building a six-shot lead, leaving him on the cusp of joining Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of the Memorial.
Moments later, he doubled over behind the green and said in anguish, “Not again!”
Rahm was notified he tested positive for the coronavirus, knocking him out of the tournament.
A command performance, that included a hole-in-one Saturday morning to complete his second round followed by an 8-under 64 to tie two tournament records, went to waste.
The PGA Tour said the Spaniard had come in close contact with a person who was COVID-19 positive, meaning Rahm could play provided he was tested daily. Every test since he arrived Monday came back negative except the one after his second round, which was completed Saturday morning.
The positive test was confirmed as Rahm was playing the 18th hole, knowing nothing except no one was close to him on the leaderboard.
“This is one of those things that happens in life, one of those moments where how we respond to a setback defines us as people,” Rahm said in a statement he posted to Twitter.
His immediate response was to put on a mask and head to the scoring room to sign his card, knowing he would not be playing the final round.
The tour said Rahm remained asymptomatic. Andy Levinson, the tour’s senior vice president who has overseen its COVID-19 protocols, could not say whether Rahm had been vaccinated, and Rahm didn’t mention that in his statement.
Players who are fully vaccinated – 14 days past the full vaccination cycle – are not subject to testing as a result of close contact. Levinson said “north of 50%” of players have been fully vaccinated.
By tour policy, Rahm was withdrawn from the Memorial. That left Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa tied for the lead at 12-under 204.
“It’s kind of the worst situation for something like that to happen and he played awesome today and it’s just, it’s really a shame,” Cantlay said.
Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler, who played with Rahm in the third round, both said they already have tested positive for the coronavirus, though it was more than 90 days ago. They were interviewed Saturday night to determine if they would be subject to contact tracing protocols.
Based on the interview, Levinson said none of Rahm’s playing partners Saturday were cleared.
It was a shocking turn of events given the timing. Rahm was close to perfect on the back nine, running off six birdies in an eight-hole stretch to turn a one-shot lead into a six-shot cushion, tying the Memorial record for largest 54-hole lead set by Woods in 2000.
His 18-under 198 tied the record set by Scott Hoch in 1987.
Now he can’t go any further, and the ramifications go beyond the Memorial.
The No. 3 player in the world is required to go into self-isolation for 10 days. That ends on June 15, the Tuesday of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, where Rahm captured his first PGA Tour victory four years ago. That would leave him time for only one practice round on the U.S. Open-conditioned course.
Not even the chance of a false positive test could spare Rahm. Under the tour’s CDC-guided protocols, players would have to return two negative tests 24 hours apart to end the 10-day isolation. That rules out Rahm playing Sunday.
“I feel very bad for Jon Rahm. He’s played absolutely brilliant golf this week,” tournament founder Jack Nicklaus said on social media. “On behalf of the Memorial Tournament, our hearts go out to Jon and his family, as well as all the patrons who witnessed a spectacular round by Jon – only to be negated by this horrible pandemic our world continues to endure.”
The second round did not finish until Saturday morning because of rain delays earlier in the week. Rahm returned to make a hole-in-one on the 16th hole to take the lead, and he finished off a 65 to build a two-shot lead.
The tour said his test came back positive at 4:20 p.m., about the time Rahm began to pull away. The tour’s medical advisor asked for a confirmation test on the original sample, and that was returned shortly after 6 p.m.
Two officials were waiting for him as he walked off the green, and Rahm’s reaction left thousands of fans around the green wondering what was going on.
Scheffler didn’t see Rahm behind the green and wasn’t sure what was going on when he walked into the scoring room to sign his card. He said Rahm looked frustrated.
“He just goes, `Good luck tomorrow,’ and I’m like, `Thanks, man. You play good, too.’ I was just really confused,” Scheffler said. “He’s like, `No, man, I just tested positive.’ My heart just sank. It’s terrible that happened. I think it’s terrible they told him in front of the cameras. It just stinks for him.”
LPGA: Thompson uses flawless round to take lead at US Women’s Open
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Lexi Thompson needed to get her mind right before she could her golf game back and now is in position to win her first second career major.
Thompson shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead into the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open for the first time in her career with a one-shot edge over teenager Yuka Saso.
“I haven’t played to my standards and what I need and I just realized that I needed to change my mindset,” Thomson said. “It was only hurting me. Obviously, I needed to work on some technical things in my game and everything, but the mental side was really getting to me. I was just taking it way too seriously and thinking that Lexi depended on my score.”
Thompson said she’s been working again with performance coach John Denney about not dwelling on mistakes although she made few Saturday when she was the first player all week to make par or better on every hole in the round.
That had her in the lead at 7 under heading into the final round of a major for the first time since 2017, when her edge after 54 holes at the ANA Inspiration was erased on Sunday when she was penalized four strokes after a viewer saw that she had misplaced her marked ball during the third round.
Thompson still managed to make it into a playoff against So Yeon Ryu but she lost and was unable to add to the 2014 ANA Inspiration title she won for her first major.
Thompson played a nearly flawless round Saturday in search of her first U.S. Women’s Open title in her 15th try after first competing as a 12-year-old amateur in 2007. She has four-top 10 finishes at the U.S. Women’s Open, including a runner-up two years ago in Charleston.
Thompson has been lurking around the leaderboard all week, shooting 69 on Thursday and 71 in the second round before shooting the low round of her career at this tournament on Saturday.
She started to make a run with three birdies, including one on No. 9 after hitting her tee shot into the second cut of rough. She still managed to get on the green and made a 20-foot putt to get to 5 under.
Thompson added another long birdie putt on No. 14 and reached the green at the par-5 17th in two shots before two-putting for birdie and the lead. She saved par with a 3-foot putt at 18 after hitting her tee shot into the rough and her approach behind the green.
“I struck it well all day, made a few good putts out there,” she said. “It’s all about patience out on this golf course because there’s going to be bad shots made and you’re going to miss some fairways, so you just have to get bogey at worst and get off the hole and go on to the next.”
Saso made back-to-back bogeys on the back nine to fall out of the lead before recovering with a birdie at the par-5 17th to get back to 7 under. She missed a 12-foot par putt on 18 and ended the day a stroke back.
New Jersey high school amateur Megha Ganne shot a 72 and was tied for third at 3 under with 2019 champion Jeongueun Lee6 of South Korea.
China’s Shanshan Feng was fifth at 2 under, with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and American Megan Khang the only other players under par at 1 under.
Saso, who has never finished better than sixth in an LPGA Tour event, will play in the final group on Sunday with a chance to join South Korea’s Inbee Park as the only teens to win this tournament. Park did it at 19 years, 11 months, 17 days in 2008, which will be Saso’s exact age Sunday.
The 17-year-old Ganne was a crowd favorite at the course and kept her composure early with a couple of early par saves and birdies on the fifth and ninth holes to get within a shot of the lead at 5 under. Back-to-back bogeys to start the back nine knocked her down the leaderboard before she steadied herself with seven straight pars to end the day.
“It was really mentally a grind out there and I’ve never had to just perform from such bad lies and situations hole after hole and still believe that I was going to do it again on the next hole,” she said. “So it was a lot, but I’m confident in how I’m playing.”
Lee6 got to 6 under with a birdie at No. 4 but fell off when she hit her tee shot into the deep rough at No. 5 and ended up with a double bogey.
HORSE RACING: Brad Cox-trained Essential Quality wins Belmont Stakes
NEW YORK (AP) Brad Cox insisted he wasn’t sitting around waiting or worrying about whether a disqualification of Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby winner would give him his first victory in a Triple Crown race.
Essential Quality captured the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to make sure Cox wouldn’t need to wait a second longer to be a Triple Crown-winning trainer.
The striking gray colt who was bet down 6-5 as the favorite passed early leader Hot Rod Charlie around the final turn and charged ahead to the wire to win the 1 1/2-mile $1 million race in front of 11,238 mostly maskless fans at Belmont Park.
Cox could be a Derby champion with Mandaloun if Baffert-trained Medina Spirit is disqualified for failing a postrace drug test. Two samples have confirmed the presence of the steroid betamethasone, though Kentucky officials have not yet announced the horse’s disqualification – a move that would elevate Mandaloun to the top spot.
But Cox was able to enjoy this one with Essential Quality beating Hot Rod Charlie by 1 1/4 lengths. Essential Quality did so in 2:27.11, taking advantage of an unexpected hot pace set by Hot Rod Charlie.
“I thought it benefitted our horse,” Cox said. “Hot Rod Charlie ran a tremendous race and I thought (with) the hot pace we were in a good spot where they would come back.”
Essential Quality, who opened as the 2-1 favorite, paid $4.60 to win, $3 to place and $2.60 to show. Preakness winner Rombauer was third and Known Agenda fourth.
“That was a long way around there a mile a half, but it was exciting,” Cox said. “It looked like the horse on the inside, he still had run left. I knew it was going to be a battle down the lane.”
Essential Quality finished fourth as a beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby because of a rough trip. Essential Quality showed in the Belmont why he has long been considered one of the top 3-year-olds in the country.
NASCAR: A.J. Allmendinger leads 1-2 finish for Kaulig at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) A.J. Allmendinger rallied from a penalty, benefitted from a late caution and used a sweeping three-wide pass for the lead to win the Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Saturday’s victory was Allmendinger’s second of the season and came on what Kaulig Racing considers its home track. Team owner Matt Kaulig is from Akron, roughly 90 minutes away, and he jumped off the pit wall to hug Allmendinger after the win.
Kaulig then sought out Justin Haley and kissed him on the cheek in appreciation of the 1-2 finish for the race team.
“This is Matt Kaulig’s Super Bowl,” a breathless Allmendinger said.
Kaulig was joined on the pit stand Saturday by Indianapolis 500-winning team owner Michael Shank, another Ohio native who has a long relationship with Allmendinger. Shank has used Allmendinger as his endurance driver in sports car racing for 15 years, and Allmendinger anchored Shank’s breakthrough 24 Hours of Daytona victory in 2012.
“We’re at Matt Kaulig’s home race, we’ve got three Ohio sponsors on the car, we got Mike Shank here – Indianapolis 500-winning team – and he came here to see me,” Allmendinger said. “It’s just such a big deal. I always want to win, but here I put a lot more pressure on myself.”
Allmendinger had to rally after a pit-road penalty dropped him to 19th near the end of the second stage. He had worked his way up to third but still trailed reigning Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric by 13.2 seconds when he got a lucky break with seven laps remaining.
Jeb Burton spun and got his car stuck in gravel to bring out a caution and bunch the field back up. Cindric chose to restart on the outside with Ty Gibbs on his inside, and Allmendinger lined up in third one row back.
Allmendinger dove inside on the restart with four laps remaining and easily cleared both Cindric and Gibbs in a three-wide pass.
“I was going to fight until the checkered flag flew. I knew I had the best car,” Allmendinger said. “I was shocked that Cindric took the outside. I barreled it in there when I saw a gap and I came out on the other side clean.”
Cindric was bounced around like a pinball, knocked off course and fell to 26th. One more caution set up a two-lap overtime shootout and Cindric rallied to a 14th-place finish.
“K.” he tweeted after the race.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1892 At Washington, D.C.’s Boundary Field, Benjamin Harrison becomes the first U.S. president to attend a major league baseball game. The Commander in Chief watches Cincinnati defeat the Senators, presently the last-place team in the National League, 7-4 in 11 innings.
1913 The Yankees lose their thirteenth game without a victory when the Indians defeat the team at the the Polo Grounds, 2-1. The 9-34 club’s futility, which sets a franchise record, includes a 3-3 tie to Boston during the 14-game span.
1920 The Cardinals play their last game at Robison Field (renamed Cardinal Field in 1917), their home field since 1893, beating the Cubs, 5-2. Owner Sam Breadon agrees to a ten-year lease for $20,000 annually, allowing the team to share the Browns’ Sportsman’s Park, and the sale of the ballpark providing funds for Branch Rickey’s idea of establishing a farm system, starting with an affiliation of a minor league team in Houston.
1925 At Griffith Stadium, future Hall of Famer Eddie Collins hits a double to become the sixth major leaguer to collect 3000 hits. The 38 year-old White Sox infielder strokes the historic two-bagger off Washington’s Walter Johnson, also a future inductee in Cooperstown.
1934 Myril Hoag becomes the first Yankee in franchise history to collect six hits in one game, a major league record of six singles. The 26 year-old outfielder’s 6-for-6 performance helps the Bronx Bombers rout Boston at Fenway Park, 15-3.
1939 Carl Stolz’s dream of providing a wholesome baseball experience for local boys as a means of teaching the concepts of sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork becomes a reality when the first Little League game occurs when Lundy Lumber defeating Lycoming Dairy in Williamsport, PA, 23-8. Allen “Sonny” Yearick, a participant in the inaugural contest, will be the first graduate of the fledgling youth league to play professional ball, becoming a farmhand in the Boston Braves organization in 1948.
1939 In a 17-3 win over the Reds at the Polo Grounds, the Giants become the first team to hit five home runs in one inning. Harry Danning, Frank Demaree, Burgess Whitehead, Manny Salvo, and Joe Moore all go deep with two outs in the fourth inning.
1940 Warren Spahn, who will become the winningest left-hander in baseball history with 363 victories, signs a contract with the Boston Bees (Braves). Due to a clash with manager Casey Stengel and his enlistment in the U.S. Army, the 19 year-old southpaw will have to wait six years before he gets his first major league win.
1941 The Giants join the Dodgers and Senators to have their players wear protective headgear. The sewn-in durable plastic liners do not provide a defense against a pair of defeats when the team drops both ends of a doubleheader to Pittsburgh at the Polo Grounds, 5-4 and 4-3.
1944 Baseball cancels today’s scheduled eight-game slate due to the Allied invasion of Normandy known as D-Day. The military operation has 60,000 Allied troops, including six minor leaguers who will be killed in action, landing along a heavily protected 50-mile stretch of the coastline in France to fight Germany to begin an offensive assault against Hitler and the Nazi party.
1948 The Red Sox become the first team to hit three consecutive homers in one inning twice in one season. Stan Spence, Vern Stephens, and Ted Williams all go deep off Fred Hutchinson in the sixth inning of the team’s 12-4 rout of Detroit at Fenway Park.
1957 After an 86-minute delay, the first fog out in major league history occurs at Ebbets Field when the umpires call off the Dodgers’ game against the Cubs due to extremely poor visibility. The postponement occurs with Brooklyn having a 1-0 lead with one out in the bottom of the second inning.
1958 Ozzie Virgil becomes the first black player to appear in a Tigers’ uniform. The 26 year-old versatile Dominican will eventually play every position but pitcher during his nine-year major league career.
1961 Amid a 13-game losing streak, Twins manager Cookie Lavagetto receives a seven-game ‘vacation.’ At first, team owner Calvin Griffith insists he has no intention of firing his skipper but will replace him with Sam Mele later in the month.
1965 Tom Tresh hits three consecutive home runs when the Yankees blast the visiting White Sox, 12-0. The outfielder’s first inning round-tripper is off starter Juan Pizarro, which he follows up with third and fifth frame homers off reliever Bruce Howard.
1968 The day after the assassination of Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, Maury Wills refuses to play in a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, his former team. The 35 year-old Pirate shortstop stays in the Chavez Ravine training room, reading RFK’s book,To Seek a New World.
1971 All youngsters attending the Yankee game are given a youth-sized Bobby Murcer model wooden Hillerich & Bradsby Louisville Slugger during the team’s annual Bat Day promotion. The banging of the bats in unison by young fans during the late innings of the Bronx Bombers’ 5-2 victory over Kansas City, pieces of concrete start to fall into lower levels of the stadium, a harbinger that the Bronx ballpark may be in pressing need of repair.
1978 The Braves select Bob Horner as their first overall pick in the June draft and promptly promote him to the parent club. The Arizona State corner infielder was the first recipient of the Golden Spikes Award, an honor given annually by USA Baseball to the best amateur baseball player.
1986 Padres’ manager Steve Boros, before the game against Atlanta, tries to give Charlie Williams a videotape of a disputed play from last night’s 4-2 defeat. The ump promptly ejected the San Diego skipper before the first pitch of today’s contest at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1990 Stump Merrill replaces Bucky Dent as Yankee manager. During his two-year tenure in the dugout, the former minor league skipper will compile a 120-155 (.436) record before being fired at the end of next season in favor of Buck Showalter.
1991 At Royals Stadium, Ranger left fielder Kevin Reimer ties a club record when he collects five hits, all singles, in the team’s 4-3 loss in eighteen innings to Kansas City. In 1993, the 29 year-old Macon, Georgia native, as the DH, will become just the second Brewer to go 6-for-6 in a game.
1992 Eddie Murray sets a new RBI record for switch hitters, driving in the 1,510th run of his career with a first-inning sac fly in the Mets’ 15-1 rout of Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium. The New York first baseman surpasses Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle’s 18-year total to establish the new mark.
1993 Cal Ripken suffers a twisted right knee when he catches his spikes in the infield grass during the Birds’ 5-2 victory over Seattle at Camden Yards. The resulting swollen knee almost ends the Orioles’Orioles’s shortstop historic streak at Game 1,790, 341 contests shy of Lou Gehrig’s remarkable accomplishment.
1994 Mike Piazza hits the longest home run recorded in the history of Joe Robbie Stadium when his first career grand slam is estimated to travel 477 feet. The catcher’s Ruthian blast, one of four Dodger round-trippers during the Florida contest, isn’t enough to thwart the Marlins’ 11-10 come-from-behind victory.
1996 John Valentin becomes the 14th player in Red Sox history to hit for the cycle, collecting a two-run homer in the first inning, a triple in the third, a single in the fourth, and a double in the sixth. The Boston shortstop’s ten total bases, three runs, and two RBIs contribute to Boston’s 7-4 victory over Chicago at Fenway Park.
1997 Sandy Alomar ties the major league record when he hits four doubles in the Fenway Park contest. The Indians catcher’s quartet of two-baggers helps the first-place Tribe to beat Boston, 7-3.
1999 Derek Jeter’s streak of safely reaching base ends at 54 straight games when the Mets keep him off the basepaths in their 7-2 win over the Yankees in the Bronx. The defeat also marks the end of Roger Clemens’ streak of 20 consecutive victories, an American League record.
2000 Thanks to the Angels’ video crew playing a clip from the 1994 movie “Ace Ventura, Pet Detective” on the JumboTron, the Rally Monkey is born. With the words “Rally Monkey” superimposed over a monkey jumping up and down in the Jim Carrey movie, the crowd goes wild when Anaheim scores two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Giants, 6-5.
2002 The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission agrees to drop its lawsuit against the Twins and Major League Baseball. The deal settles pending legal action blocking baseball’s contraction plan and removes the Twins from consideration for elimination for the 2003 season.
2003 Major League Baseball suspends Sammy Sosa for eight games, ignoring the Cubs’ slugger insistence the corked bat was used accidentally in the Devil Rays’ game. Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president of on-field operations, agreed the Chicago’s outfielder use of an illegal bat, designed to put on home run displays during batting practice, was an “isolated incident,” but one that still deserved a penalty.
2006 When Eric Gagne, who will earn his first save in over a year, throws his first pitch to his receiver Russell Martin, the pair become the first All-French-Canadian battery in major league history. The pitcher and catcher each attended Polyvalente Edouard Montpetit High School, one of the few schools in Montreal which had a baseball program.
2006 On the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year of the century, the Dodgers score six runs in the sixth inning during the sixth game of the homestand, beating the Mets, 8-5. On 05/05/05, the Twins scored five times in the fifth inning en route to a 9-0 victory over the Indians.
2006 Jason Schmidt, whiffing 16 Marlins during a 2-1 complete-game victory, ties a franchise record for strikeouts in one game, established in 1904 by Christy Mathewson. Also, the 33 year-old right-hander surpasses the San Francisco record of 15 K’s set by Gaylord Perry in 1966.
2007 At Petco Park, Trevor Hoffman becomes the first reliever to save 500 games. The all-time saves leader tosses only ten ninth-inning pitches, including an 87 mph fastball thrown past Russell Martin for the final out, to reach the milestone in the Padres’ 5-3 victory over the Dodgers.
2008 Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski announces the club is optioning their off-season blockbuster acquisition Dontrelle Willis to their Class A minor league team in Lakeland of the Florida State League. The 2003 Rookie of the Year, who posted a 22-10 record two years later with the Marlins, recently signed a three-year, $29 million deal to play with Detroit.
2008 The Kimberly-Clark Corporation donates 59.59 acres to the city of Hendersonville, a parcel of land that includes the historic Berkeley Mills ballpark. In 2015, the North Carolina city will make an effort to place the storied stadium, once the former home the Berkeley Spinners, a semi-pro mill team sponsored by Berkeley Mills from 1948 to 1961, on the National Register of Historic Places.
2008 At Turner Field, Brad Lidge gets his 16th consecutive save when Gregor Blanco is thrown out at home plate, dramatically ending the game and preserving a Phillies 4-3 victory over the Braves. The Philadelphia closer’s flawless record from the start of the season breaks Al Holland’s club mark, who converted his first 15 opportunities in 1984.
2010 The Nationals announce the team is donating the hat Stephen Strasburg wore in his major league debut to the Hall of Fame. The 21 year-old rookie right-hander struck out 14 batters in Washington’s 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh.
2013 With John Sebastian’s song “Welcome Back” playing in the background, the Seattle fans give Ichiro Suzuki a warm reception when the longtime Mariner legend returns to Safeco Field as a Yankee. The 39 year-old outfielder, who hit .322 during his 12 seasons with the team, was traded to the Bronx last July for Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell.
2015 In the inaugural contest played in MGM Park, the Biloxi Shuckers, coming off a season-long, 54-game road trip, beat the Mobile BayBears, 5-4, in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,065 enthusiastic fans. The Opening Night dramatic 14-inning walk-off Southern League victory marks the first time since 1908, when the Sand Crabs played in the Cotton States League, that a minor league team at home has represented the city.
2017 Scooter Gennett, who was claimed off of waivers by the Reds at the end of spring training, becomes 17th player in major league history, and the first in the franchise’s 135 years of existence to hit four homers in a game. The Cincinnati second baseman establishes a franchise record with 17 total bases with his quartet of round-trippers in consecutive at-bats, contributing 10 RBIs to the club’s 13-1 victory over the Cardinals at Great American Ball Park.
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