Brooklyn 125 Milwaukee 86
Phoenix 122 Denver 105
NY Islanders 5 Boston 4
Montréal 3 Winnipeg 2 OT
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Boston 5 Miami 3
LA Angels 8 Kansas City 3
San Diego 9 Chicago Cubs 4
COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES – REGIONALS
Mississippi State 6 Campbell 5 (10)
South Alabama 4 Southport 0
Dallas Baptist 8 Oregon State 5
Ole Miss 12 Southern Miss 9
South Florida 6 S. Alabama 4
Arkansas 6 Nebraska 2
Stanford 11 UC Irvine 8
LSU 9 Oregon 8
COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES
Oklahoma 7 James Madison 1
Florida State 8 Alabama 5
INDIANA BOYS GOLF-SECTIONAL
Union County 351
Franklin County 386
Union – Modoc 478
Seton Catholic DNF
FINAL INDIVIDUAL SCORES: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/boys%20sports/boys%20golf/2020-21/2020-21%20Richmond%20Sectional.pdf
Monroe Central 307
Jay County 349
Union City 397
Muncie Central 399
Muncie Burris 461
Randolph Southern n/a
Mount Vernon 315
New Castle 319
New Pal 330
Greenfield Central 352
Triton Central 366
Eastern Hancock 415
Blue River 461
**NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant left Giannis Antetokounmpo in his tracks and got to the rim for a reverse layup, with James Harden coming way off his baseline spot to cheer.
Harden may be hurt, but the Brooklyn Nets are showing no hint that they miss him.
“I think we’re capable of greatness every single night,” Kyrie Irving said.
And the Milwaukee Bucks don’t seem capable of stopping it.
Durant scored 32 points in three quarters of a top-to-bottom blowout that sent the Nets halfway to the Eastern Conference finals with a 125-86 rout on Monday night.
The Nets led by as much as 49 in their most lopsided playoff win ever and held the NBA’s highest-scoring team 34 points below its season average.
“For the most part we just did what we were supposed to do, win two at home and we’ve got to see if this game is going to travel on the road for us and we’ve got to stay locked in,” Durant said.
Irving added 22 points and Bruce Brown filled in nicely for Harden with 13 points and six rebounds.
The Nets broke down the Bucks’ defense off the dribble all night, setting up uncontested shots that they mostly made. Brooklyn shot 52% from the field and was 21 for 42 from 3-point range.
The Bucks swept their first-round series against Miami but need a big turnaround when they get back home to avoid being swept themselves now.
Antetokounmpo had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, but was thoroughly outplayed by Durant in a matchup of NBA MVP winners and sat dejected on the Bucks’ bench early in the fourth quarter with the game long since hopelessly out of reach.
“We feel like we’re better than the way we’re playing and we know that,” guard Jrue Holiday said. “But at this point, we can’t really be down. We’ve got to stay positive.”
Khris Middleton added 17 points after a slow start to the series and Holiday had 13.
Game 3 is Thursday in Milwaukee, where the Bucks beat the Nets twice in May while Harden was out with a right hamstring injury.
He left Game 1 after 43 seconds with tightness of that hamstring, but the Nets shook that off to win 115-107. The Nets haven’t given a timetable for his return, though he didn’t appear too hurt going out under the backboard to holler toward Durant after his driving layup made it 95-65 after three.
The onslaught came quickly. A three-point game midway through the first quarter became 36-19 by the end of it after the Nets closed with a 23-9 surge. Durant scored 13 points, playing the entire quarter.
He and Irving sat to start the second but the Nets opened with a 7-2 burst to push the lead to 43-21 on Blake Griffin’s 3-pointer.
“We didn’t play very well overall – first quarter, the whole game. I think we’ve got to play better from start to end,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
Griffin had the highlight play of the half, cutting along the baseline to take a pass from Brown and swoop in for the slam, with Antetokounmpo turning his head away at the last second so the ball couldn’t crash down on top of him.
Who could blame the Bucks for not wanting to look?
The lead ballooned to 27 late in the half before Brooklyn took a 65-41 cushion to the locker room.
**PHOENIX (AP) In the opening minutes of Monday night’s game, Chris Paul was bumped on his ailing right shoulder and grimaced for a second. His movements were a little tentative, his shots didn’t look quite right.
Then – seemingly almost out of nowhere – the “Point God” was back.
One mid-range jumper fell and then another. A short floater found the net and then a 3-pointer splashed home as the crowd roared. The 11-time All-Star looked like his usual self, the rest of the Suns followed suit and Phoenix rallied for a 122-105 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
“It was fun to get out there and be involved,” Paul said. “That last series – that was tough – but I’m glad to be back helping the team.”
Paul and his rejuvenated right shoulder finished with 21 points and 11 assists while Mikal Bridges added a team-high 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting, including 4 of 8 from behind the arc.
The Suns trailed for most of the first half and 70-60 early in the third quarter but rallied to take the lead by late in the third. Devin Booker made a 3-pointer and Bridges added a driving layup for a 79-72 advantage.
They pushed the lead to 88-79 going into the fourth. Paul – who played with the hurt shooting shoulder through most of the first round matchup against the Lakers – made back-to-back mid-range jumpers to put the Suns up 94-79 with 10:25 left.
“We felt that energy,” Booker said. “We felt the passion. He just made plays.”
The flurry came much to the delight of the sellout crowd of 16,319, who anxiously watched the point guard’s every move.
“This crowd is crazy,” Paul said. “There’s nothing like it. This is why we fought so hard during the regular season to get home court advantage.”
Paul’s buckets were the final exclamation points on a 34-9 run that helped Phoenix take control. Deandre Ayton finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Booker added 21 points.
It was surprising that the game didn’t come down to the final minutes. The three regular-season meetings were all extremely close: One was decided by three points in regulation, another was settled in overtime and the other went to double overtime.
Game 2 is on Wednesday in Phoenix.
“We did some good things but obviously we were unable to sustain it for 48 minutes,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “We all collectively have to better, a lot more physical, a lot more disciplined if we want to win in Game 2.”
Nuggets forward Jamychal Green was disappointed that the Suns were more physical during the decisive minutes.
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 22 points but went cold while the Suns made their second half run. Aaron Gordon added 18 points while Michael Porter Jr. had 15.
Jokic took some of the blame, saying he should have been more aggressive during the second half. The MVP candidate shot 10 of 23 from the field.
“When things aren’t going our way, we need to be more decisive,” Jokic said. “We need to know what we are doing as a group.”
The big man matchup between Jokic and Ayton delivered in the first quarter as the two teams fought to a 28-all tie. Ayton threw down a thunderous dunk over Porter while Jokic used his strength and positioning to make five of six shots.
Denver led 58-57 at halftime. Jokic had 15 points and six rebounds before the break while Booker and Ayton countered with 11 points each for the Suns.
**NEW YORK (AP) Tom Thibodeau got the New York Knicks back to the playoffs, guiding the team to its second-best record in 20 years.
And in the eyes of the voters, that coaching job was the best in the NBA.
Thibodeau was revealed Monday as the NBA’s Coach of the Year for 2020-21, as determined by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league. The Knicks went 41-31 this season, then fell to Atlanta in five games in the first round of the playoffs.
It was the closest balloting since this version of voting was introduced 19 years ago. Thibodeau got 43 first-place votes and finished with 351 total points, while Phoenix’s Monty Williams actually got more first-place votes – he got 45 – but finished with 340 points.
“Anytime you get an award like this, I’m obviously honored,” Thibodeau said on the telecast announcing the results. “But it’s more a reflection of our group and our organization.”
It was Thibodeau’s second time winning the award; he also got it in 2011, his first season with the Chicago Bulls. And another first-year turnaround in New York merited him the trophy for a second time.
Utah’s Quin Snyder was third and got 10 of the remaining 12 first-place votes. Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers was fourth, getting the other two first-place votes. Atlanta’s Nate McMillan was fifth, Brooklyn’s Steve Nash was sixth and Denver’s Michael Malone was seventh.
The Knicks were 41-31 this season, and that winning percentage of .569 is the eighth-lowest for any coach of the year winner since the award was first given out in 1963. But the job Thibodeau did in his first New York season was outstanding by any measure, guiding the Knicks to their first playoff berth since 2013 and their second-best record in the last 20 years.
On the TNT broadcast announcing the award, Thibodeau spoke of how he grew up a fan of the Knicks in the era that included Willis Reed and Walt Frazier, how his coaching style was influenced in part by others with deep ties to the Knicks – like Rivers and Jeff Van Gundy – and how the players on this New York team like Derrick Rose merited much credit as well. Rose was with Thibodeau when he won the award in Chicago a decade ago.
“There were so many people that helped me along the way,” Thibodeau said. “I’ve probably been the luckiest guy in the world.”
It’s the second major award for the Knicks this season, after Julius Randle won most improved player. Also previously announced was Utah’s Jordan Clarkson winning sixth man of the year.
The MVP, defensive player of the year and rookie of the year awards are yet to be announced.
**NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers and their president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey, have each been fined $75,000 for a tweet Morey sent about Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
Morey and the team were fined for violating the NBA’s anti-tampering rule, the league announced Monday.
On Thursday, Morey tweeted “join ’em” with a screenshot of a social media post by Stephen Curry praising his brother, Seth, who had scored 30 points for the Sixers the night before in a playoff series-ending win over Washington.
Morey replied to the tweet to clarify he only meant “we are all thrilled” Seth Curry is on the Philadelphia roster.
It was not the first time Morey’s Twitter account got him in trouble with the league. In 2019, Morey’s tweet supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong led to backlash in China, where the NBA has a large fan base and financial interests. Morey was the Houston Rockets’ general manager at the time.
**Purdue Sophomore forward Mason Gillis was arrested early Sunday morning for OWI.
He was arrested after midnight and booked into the Tippecanoe County jail.
“We are aware of the incident involving Mason Gillis on Sunday morning and we will continue to gather information,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a statement. “We will handle internally amongst our staff according to Purdue University regulations and team standards. We will have no further comment at this time.”
The police report said Gillis was pulled over after a witness observed his car “all over the road.” Officers found Gillis and he showed signs of impairment. Blood results weren’t known late Monday.
**MONTREAL (AP) Tyler Toffoli scored at 1:39 of overtime, lifting the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night and a four-game sweep of their second-round playoff series.
Toffoli took a cross-crease pass from Cole Caufield and beat Connor Hellebuyck with a one-timer for the winner and his fourth goal of the postseason.
“I think that’s definitely one of the bigger ones,” Toffoli said of his series-clinching goal. “It’s fun right now. We’re doing a good job. It just feels like we’re all kind of playing as one. We just have to continue like this. Hopefully, we just keep having success and keep winning games.”
Erik Gustafsson and Artturi Lehkonen scored in regulation for Montreal, which has won seven straight playoff games since trailing Toronto 3-1 in the opening round. Toffoli, who scored 28 times in the regular season, also had an assist.
Carey Price made 14 saves for the North Division’s No. 4 seed in front of another boisterous crowd of 2,500 fans at the Bell Centre.
“These guys are playing as well as any team has ever played,” Price said.
The 16th and final team to qualify for the playoffs after winning just one of their final nine regular-season games in regulation, the Canadiens are the first club to make the semifinals of the Stanley Cup tournament this year.
“Winning the fourth game is always the hardest one,” defenseman Shea Weber said. “Going through playoff series, you know that when a team is down and they’ve got their back against the wall, they’re going to bring their best effort. It’s always the hardest one to close out. You don’t want to give a team too many chances because things can turn around really quickly.”
Montreal awaits the winner of the Colorado-Vegas series, which is tied 2-2. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Denver.
The Canadiens improved to 34-0 all-time when leading a series 3-0, and added to their NHL record with the franchise’s 23rd sweep.
“It’s just one of those things where we just don’t care who gets the job done for us,” Toffoli said. “We have everybody going. Everybody’s playing the right way. We’re just winning games and just playing. Honestly, we’re all playing our best hockey at the right time, so we’ve just got to keep going.”
Rookie defenseman Logan Stanley had two goals for Winnipeg, which was coming of a sweep of its own in the first round against Edmonton.
“I think it’s all bitter right now,” Stanley said. “In the playoffs, it doesn’t matter who scores. You win as a team and you lose as a team. I’m glad I got a couple by (Price) to try to help the team. But at the end of the day, we lost to the team, so it stings right now.”
The Jets were without No. 1 center Mark Scheifele after he was suspended four games for charging Montreal forward Jake Evans in the series opener.
Hellebuyck stopped 39 shots.
**BOSTON (AP) With five minutes left and his New York Islanders bleeding away their three-goal lead, coach Barry Trotz called a timeout and told his players to breathe.
“He just calmed everyone down,” said forward Josh Bailey, who had a goal and an assist in the 5-4 victory that gave New York a 3-2 lead in the second-round series. “He told us to apply pressure, not sit back. Just getting everyone focused. You need that at certain times, and I thought that was a good time.”
Mathew Barzal scored one power-play goal and assisted on another, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots Monday night, when the Islanders opened a 5-2 lead and held on to move within one win of the Stanley Cup semifinals.
New York would reach the NHL’s final four for the second straight season with a victory in Game 6 at home on Wednesday.
“We’re excited to go back to the Coliseum,” forward Jordan Eberle said. “You’ve seen how loud it is. It gives us some juice.”
Barzal scored for the third straight game, and Kyle Palmieri, Bailey and Eberle all had goals in the second period, when the Islanders opened a 4-2 lead. Brock Nelson made it 5-2 just two minutes into the third, after Jeremy Swayman replaced Tuukka Rask in Boston’s goal.
But David Pastrnak scored his second of the game two minutes later, and David Krejci brought Boston within one goal with 5:19 left in the third period.
That’s when Trotz used his timeout.
The Bruins pulled Swayman in the final two minutes for an extra skater, but didn’t really threaten before the Boston fans pelted the ice with cups and giveaway towels after what could be the final horn of the season.
“We’re going to New York to win a game, and that’s all that’s on our mind,” Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy said. “We want to put our best foot forward and win a hockey game – that’s it. That’s all we’re thinking about right now. This thing isn’t over.”
**SAN DIEGO (AP) Manny Machado and Brian O’Grady each homered and had three RBIs to lead the San Diego Padres over the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series between National League contenders.
Machado hit a solo home run and two sacrifice flies. O’Grady had a two-run homer and an RBI single.
Ryan Weathers (3-2) lasted five innings for the win, giving up three runs and five hits while striking out four.
Chicago starter Adbert Alzolay (4-5) left in the fourth with a blister on his right middle finger after walking leadoff batter Tommy Pham, who reached base four times. An athletic trainer and manager David Ross came out to talk with Alzolay briefly before he headed for the dugout. He threw 82 pitches in three-plus innings, giving up four runs, five hits and five walks.
The Padres got single runs in the first and second against Alzolay, who worked out of jams in both innings. With the bases loaded and no outs in the first, the Padres managed only one run on Eric Hosmer’s groundout. In the second they had runners at second and third with one out and scored on Machado’s sacrifice fly.
But in third, Alzolay was tagged by O’Grady’s 407-foot homer to straightaway center that gave San Diego a 4-0 lead.
Weathers had a cushion but ran into problems in the fourth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Jake Marisnick then hit a slow roller that hugged the first-base line halfway to the bag. Weathers made an errant throw that hit Marisnick and bounded away. Two runs scored, and two batters later Sergio Alcantara hit a sacrifice fly to cut it to 4-3.
San Diego added two runs in the sixth on an RBI grounder by Pham that scored a sliding Victor Carantini on a play at the plate, and Machado’s second sacrifice fly.
The Cubs trailed 6-4 after Ian Happ hit a solo homer to center in the seventh.
San Diego scored three insurance runs in the eighth. Machado hit a solo homer after first baseman Anthony Rizzo dropped his foul popup for an error. Later in the inning, Hosmer singled in Jake Cronenworth and scored on O’Grady’s double.
**BOSTON (AP) Christian Arroyo hit a two-run single in Boston’s three-run fourth inning, and the Red Sox took advantage of Miami’s shoddy play Monday to hold off the Marlins 5-3 for their fifth straight victory.
Alex Verdugo added an RBI double and two hits for the Red Sox, who were coming off their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium since June 2011.
“I’m a big believer that when you come from that series (in New York), sometimes you have letdowns,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “To win (tonight) meant a lot. They grinded, they made pitches.”
Starling Marte hit a solo homer and two singles for Miami, which stranded 14 baserunners in its ninth loss in its last 10 games.
“I was really proud of the way the club played tonight,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We just kept giving ourselves some chances. … If we play like that with the same sort of intensity, we’ll be fine.”
The Red Sox are a season-high 14 games over .500 at 37-23.
The Marlins completed a nine-game, 11-day road trip with just one win, with the first two losses coming in Fenway Park.
Monday’s matchup was a makeup of the May 30 game that was rained out, with the conditions vastly different. The game-time temperature was 90 degrees. When the Marlins were previously in town, it was chilly and rainy for the three days.
Hirokazu Sawamura (2-0) got four outs for the victory, escaping a bases-loaded jam by striking out Jesus Aguilar. Adam Ottavino, the fifth reliever, worked 1 1/3 innings for his third save, retiring Jorge Alfaro on a groundout with runners on second and third after allowing a run.
“I felt good, I felt fine, but I was definitely a little tired there at the end,” said Ottavino, who pitched for the third straight day. “I felt like today was a huge win. We could have given this one away, but we didn’t.”
Making his major league debut, Zach Thompson (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs in three innings.
“That was just unbelievable, a great place to make my debut,” said the 27-year-old Thompson, smiling for most of his postgame Zoom session. “You go from playing in front of nobody, then to Fenway Park. Wow!”
Leading 2-1, the Red Sox scored three times, benefiting from two poorly thrown balls that led to the last run.
Arroyo delivered his two-run single and advanced to second when catcher Alfaro fired wildly to first, trying to get him on a wide turn.
Verdugo followed with a hard single to right. Arroyo held and then raced home when Adam Duvall’s throw sailed to the backstop.
“Every time I play this game, I give it my all,” Arroyo said. “Coming in last night, getting in late, after that sweep, a promising end to our road trip, it’s never easy getting in at 3:10 in the morning and playing.”
Xander Bogaerts scored on Thompson’s wild pitch in the first.
Boston starter Nick Pivetta was pulled with two outs in the fifth after giving up two runs and seven hits.
“I think they did a tremendous job,” Pivetta said of the bullpen.
**ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Max Stassi and the Angels turned Jackson Kowar’s major league debut into a Royal nightmare.
Stassi homered and drove in three runs as Los Angeles defeated Kansas City 8-3 on Monday night for its ninth victory in 13 games.
The Angels catcher, who finished with three hits, has a .318 batting average in 16 games this season. He is 7 for 15 with two home runs and five RBIs since returning last Tuesday from a concussion.
“I’m not surprised,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “He swung the bat well last year and is doing it again this year. I think as he continues along, you’re going to see a pretty good hitting catcher. I don’t think it’s a fluke.”
Stassi had an RBI single off Kowar (0-1) during a four-run first inning and hit a two-run, opposite-field shot to right-center in the fifth.
It was only the fourth time in Stassi’s nine-year career that he had three or more hits in a game.
“Anytime you are rehabbing during an injury you look at the finer things you can improve. I put in a lot of work to get my swing right,” Stassi said.
Dylan Bundy (1-6) snapped a 10-game winless streak. He allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out two.
Kowar, the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was 5-0 with an 0.85 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings at Triple-A Omaha. But the touted prospect faced only seven batters and threw three wild pitches in his big league debut before being lifted after two-thirds of an inning.
The 24-year-old right-hander allowed four runs on three hits and two walks. He became the second AL starter in the expansion era to give up four or more runs in less than an inning in his major league debut (Taylor Hearn was the other in 2019 for Texas).
“Obviously frustrated with the way it went,” Kowar said. “I was expecting to have a lot of juice with being in the game, so I accounted for that, but it’s hard to prepare for that until you’re out there.”
Royals manager Mike Matheny said it was a perfect storm of circumstances that contributed to the short night for Kowar. Of his 39 pitches, 18 were called balls but many weren’t too far out of the strike zone.
“He had some close pitches and they fought off some pitches I didn’t think they would,” Matheny said. “His count got to the point where we had to protect him. I hated to take him out there. He was throwing fine, but I’m just not going to put him in a spot to where we potentially put him in harm.
“You take tonight as one of those growing opportunities. You let it go and look forward to start preparing for the next one.”
Kowar’s three wild pitches in the first inning marked the first time since 2003 any pitcher had done that in the opening frame.
Hunter Dozier, who came into the game batting .146, went 3 for 4 with two doubles for the Royals.
Kowar got Justin Upton to ground out on his second pitch before things went south as the next four batters reached base.
Shohei Ohtani walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch before scoring on Anthony Rendon’s single. Jared Walsh also walked before both runners moved up on another wild pitch. Stassi’s RBI single scored Ohtani and gave the Angels a 2-0 lead.
Stassi went to second on a wild pitch before Jose Iglesias made the second out with a grounder that brought in Walsh. Kowar’s night ended after Juan Lagares’ single drove in Stassi.
The Royals got to 4-2 in the second on Jorge Soler’s solo homer to left-center and Dozier’s RBI double.
David Fletcher’s run-scoring single extended Los Angeles’ lead to 5-2 in the fifth before Stassi’s homer an inning later.
Whit Merrifield’s RBI single drew Kansas City to 7-3 in the seventh. Stassi led off the Angels eighth with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Greg Holland committed a balk.
**ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout says his right calf is starting to feel better, but the Los Angeles Angels superstar still doesn’t know when he will be able to return.
The time-time AL MVP went on the injured list on May 18 after straining his calf the night before against the Cleveland Indians. The Angels said at the time that Trout would miss six to eight weeks, which would sideline him through the All-Star break.
“Today was probably my best day yet, just tolerance-wise. As far as activities, I’m doing as much as I can to strengthen around the calf muscle,” Trout said before Monday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.
Trout said he would like to start jogging soon but doesn’t have a timetable on when he would be able to do that, much less resume baseball activities. He said he is walking on a treadmill but not with any intensity.
“I’m happy with my progress so far. It has been good the last couple of days,” he said. “I should have a better idea on a return date once I start moving around, as in jogging and running.”
At the time of his injury, Trout was leading the majors in on-base percentage (.466) and OPS (1.090), with eight home runs and 18 RBIs. His .425 batting average in April was the best of his 11-year career.
Juan Lagares has started in center field in 16 of the 19 games that Trout has missed, with Taylor Ward starting the other three. Lagares and Ward have combined to go 13 of 70 with no homers and seven RBIs in games they have started in center.
Los Angeles is 9-10 since Trout went on the IL. It went into Monday’s game trailing Oakland by seven games in the AL West.
Trout said during home games he usually watches the first couple innings from the dugout before going into the clubhouse to continue his rehab. He also continues to attend hitter’s meetings.
“It seems like there are games where we score a bunch of runs and then the next game it is pretty quiet,” he said. “It’s tough being on the bench. You know, there’s only so much you can do and you want to be out there.”
**The Toronto Blue Jays will be extending their stay at their adopted home in Buffalo, New York, through July 21.
The team previously was committed to playing in Buffalo through July 4.
The extension comes as the Blue Jays on Monday announced the release of their next batch of tickets for sale this week. The team is making tickets available for a 10-game homestand from June 24 to July 4 as well as a six-game homestand – a pair of three-game series against Texas and Boston – immediately following the All-Star break.
The Blue Jays are back at their Triple-A affiliate’s home in Buffalo for a second season after being prevented from playing home games in Toronto because of Canadian border restrictions caused by coronavirus pandemic. Toronto spent the first two months of this season at its spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida, before relocating to Buffalo last week.
Team President Mark Shapiro hasn’t ruled out the possibility of the Blue Jays returning to Toronto this season while cautioning the decision would hinge on whether Canada relaxes border restrictions.
The Canadian border is closed to nonessential travel, and anyone allowed entry is required to isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
Shapiro last week declined to get into specifics regarding talks between the Blue Jays and Canadian health officials. He says the discussions have become more frequent and “certainly more positive” in recent weeks.
The Blue Jays have not played in Toronto since closing the 2019 season with an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay on Sept. 29.
On Sunday, Canadian health officials provided the NHL an exemption in allowing cross-border travel for teams in the Stanley Cup playoff semifinals.
When in Canada, teams will be required to stay in a bubble and be tested daily for COVID-19, similar to the tight restrictions that allowed the NHL to complete its playoffs in two hub cities last year. Teams will be assigned designated hotels and have no interaction with the public.
The NHL regular season was limited to inter-division play only and featured no cross-border travel, with the league establishing a North Division made up of its seven Canadian franchises.
The Blue Jays also said they have received approval from state and local health officials to allow for 80% capacity – more than 13,000 fans – at Sahlen Field starting June 24, with 95% of those seats reserved for those fully vaccinated. The Blue Jays were limited to 35% capacity for their first week in Buffalo, with the number increasing to 45% for their three-game series against the New York Yankees next week.
**TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban, who has won a record seven national championships, has agreed to a three-year contract extension running through the 2028 season.
Alabama announced the extension on Monday, including $8.425 million in base salary and a talent fee for the current contract year with annual raises of unspecified amounts.
The 69-year-old Saban, who has led the Crimson Tide to six national championships since taking over in 2007, will receive an $800,000 “contract completion benefit” after each contract year from 2022-25.
Saban said in statement that he and his wife, Terry, “are pleased and happy to sign another contract extension that will keep us in Tuscaloosa through the end of our career. Our family calls Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama home, it’s a place where our roots now run deep.”
He signed a new eight-year deal in 2018 worth at least $74.4 million, including $400,000 annual raises and three payments of $800,000 for completing contract years. That made him college football’s highest paid coach.
Saban was scheduled to make $9.3 million last year, which placed him again at the top, according to USA Today’s database of college football salaries. LSU’s Ed Orgeron, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh also topped $8 million, according to the database.
Alabama won another national championship in Saban’s 14th season this January with his second perfect record with the Tide. It was a record seventh national title for Saban, who also won the 2003 BCS crown at LSU, breaking a tie with former Alabama coach Bear Bryant among FBS coaches.
He has led Alabama to seven Southeastern Conference championships and a 170-23 on-the-field record (five wins were vacated in 2007 due to NCAA infractions).
“Coach Saban is the best college football coach in the nation, and one of the greatest coaches of all time in any sport, and we are extremely fortunate that he has agreed to another contract extension at Alabama,” Tide athletic director Greg Byrne said.
Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for at least one week for 13 straight years, breaking the previous record of seven set by Miami from 1986-92.
Alabama’s 127 wins over the past decade is the best 10-year run by any FBS school during the AP poll era going back to 1936.
The financial terms of the contract remain subject to approval by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees, who have been notified of the proposed terms and conditions.
**ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Ja’Wuan James filed a $15 million grievance Monday against the Denver Broncos, who released him last month after he ruptured an Achilles tendon during an off-site workout.
Also Monday, the offensive tackle agreed to a two-year deal with Baltimore that ESPN reported was worth up to $9 million and includes $500,000 this year while James rehabs with the Ravens.
James’ injury became a flashpoint between the NFL and the NFL Players Association over the “non-football injury” designation, which relieves teams from having to pay players their full salaries if they’re injured off site.
In his grievance, James argues that his injury “was sustained in the course and scope of football training.”
He further argues that the NFI designation was meant for players who got hurt during reckless off-field activities, not while training for the upcoming season as he was.
The NFLPA urged players to skip voluntary workouts at teams’ training facilities this spring, citing health and safety concerns following last year’s virtual offseason.
Two Broncos – James and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton – sustained serious injuries while heeding their union’s call to train off site.
Hamilton tore an ACL on May 18, the same day the Broncos placed James on the non-football injury list.
James, who had been working out at the Broncos’ facilities before the union’s request, was released four days later.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio declined to comment on James’ grievance or his signing with the Ravens.
“That’s the business side of football, not football business,” Fangio said Monday after the team’s first full-padded practice. “So, I don’t go there at all.”
**OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have signed running back Gus Edwards to a two-year contract extension.
The team announced the deal, which goes through the 2023 season, on Monday. Edwards ran for 723 yards last season, helping the Ravens rank first in the NFL in rushing for a second consecutive year.
Edwards, J.K. Dobbins and quarterback Lamar Jackson all ran for more than 700 yards for Baltimore last season.
In three years with the Ravens, Edwards has rushed for 2,152 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.
**PARIS (AP) For two sets and more than two hours at the French Open on Monday, Novak Djokovic found himself being outplayed by a 19-year-old opponent from Italy making his Grand Slam debut.
And yet, to hear Djokovic tell it afterward, he had the kid right where he wanted him. Which turned out to be true.
Rafael Nadal also faced an Italian who’s just 19 in the fourth round – and also needed a bit of time to get going. Nadal’s trouble lasted all of eight games and less than 45 minutes Monday before he seized control, ran his Roland Garros streak to 35 consecutive sets and joined Djokovic in reaching a record 15th quarterfinal at the clay-court major tournament.
After dropping a pair of tiebreakers, Djokovic suddenly went from a big deficit to his best tennis. He grabbed 13 games in a row before Lorenzo Musetti stopped playing because of lower back pain and cramps while trailing 6-7 (7), 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0.
“I like to play young guys in best-of-five, because I feel even if they are leading a set or two sets to love, as it was the case today, I still like my chances,” said the top-seeded Djokovic, who is 34, “because I feel like I’m physically fit and I know how to wear my opponent down.”
Nadal, who turned 35 last week, trailed 5-3 early on against the 18th-seeded Jannik Sinner, who served for the first set at 5-4.
But 13-time French Open champion Nadal took eight games in a row and, after a blip in the second set, resumed his excellent play and closed his 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 win on another eight-game run.
“He played better. That’s all there is to say,” Sinner summarized.
About the only thing that bothered Nadal down the stretch: He complained to the chair umpire that the stadium’s artificial lights shouldn’t have been switched on while there was still sunlight.
“They say it is because of the TV,” Nadal said. “But my answer is: We used to have TV before we had the lights on here in Roland Garros. I saw plenty of matches here – and from the TV, the quality of the image was great without the lights.”
Sinner and Musetti had planned to practice together at Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday morning before their matches there. But Sinner said his coach – Riccardo Piatti, who mentored Djokovic years ago – messed up the timing.
Musetti, a talented Italian so good at the outset with his one-handed backhand and tremendous touch, is hardly used to this best-of-five-set format at the majors and he took a medical timeout after the fourth.
“It didn’t make sense to keep playing. I couldn’t win any points or stay in the rallies. It was hard for me to move,” Musetti said. “I was at my limit.”
Djokovic wound up 9 for 9 on his break-point chances and with a 53-30 edge in winners.
How shocking was it just to see Musetti take a pair of sets against Djokovic, who is seeking his second French Open championship and 19th Grand Slam trophy overall?
“Even for me,” Musetti acknowledged, “it was a little surprising.”
The top-seeded Djokovic never has been beaten at Roland Garros by someone ranked as low as the No. 76 Musetti. Djokovic’s only previous loss against a teen at the French Open came back in 2006 against a guy named Nadal. And Djokovic entered the day 14-0 in the fourth round at the place.
Plus, consider Djokovic’s recent form: He was 10-0 in Grand Slam matches in 2021 and hadn’t ceded more than four games in any set in Paris – let alone an entire set – while dropping a total of just 23 games until Monday.
Eventually, Djokovic earned his fifth career comeback from two sets down by limiting his mistakes and making Musetti look like what he is: Someone with plenty of promise but not much experience.
Djokovic’s 49th major quarterfinal will come against another Italian, No. 9 seed Matteo Berrettini, who advanced without needing to swing his racket Monday.
The man Berrettini was supposed to face, Roger Federer, withdrew Sunday in order to let his surgically repaired right knee and the rest of his 39-year-old body recover with an eye to Wimbledon, which starts June 28.
Just as Nadal vs. Sinner was a rematch from last year in Paris – Sinner also served for the first set in that one before losing in three – Nadal will play No. 10 seed Diego Schwartzman next in a reprise of a 2020 semifinal.
Schwartzman saved seven set points in the opening set Monday on the way to eliminating Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (9), 6-4, 7-5.
Earlier, 17-year-old American Coco Gauff became the youngest player since 2006 to reach the women’s quarterfinals at a Slam by overwhelming No. 25 seed Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-1. Gauff now meets Barbora Krejcikova, a 6-2, 6-0 winner against Sloane Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion and 2018 French Open runner-up.
Another quarterfinal will be Maria Sakkari against defending champion Iga Swiatek. Sakkari eliminated 2020 runner-up Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-3.
Swiatek, at No. 8 the highest-seeded player left in the women’s draw, eliminated Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-4 and has won 22 consecutive sets at Roland Garros.
Gauff, Krejcikova and Sakkari are three of the six women making Grand Slam quarterfinal debuts, the most at any major in the professional era.
On an afternoon that began with the sun shining, before clouds intervened, Djokovic’s two-handed backhand, his best shot, was off. Way off.
By the second game of the third set, he already had accumulated two dozen unforced errors off that wing alone.
And while Djokovic is normally adept at tiebreakers – he made no errors at all in the three tiebreakers of his 2019 Wimbledon final win against Federer – Musetti was on-target and so good in that high-pressure, high-stakes environment. Musetti is now 10-0 in tour-level tiebreakers for his nascent career.
After that, though, Djokovic took over.
“I never thought I had it won. Absolutely not,” Musetti said. “Against a champion like Djokovic, you truly only have a victory when he shakes your hand at the end.”
**KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid pleaded not guilty Monday to critically injuring a young girl in a crash, and the judge allowed him to resume driving with restrictions.
The judge modified his bond during his arraignment to allow him to have a special interlock device installed that requires him to pass a breathalyzer test before his vehicle will start.
Reid, the son of Chiefs Coach Andy Reid, was charged with driving while intoxicated causing serious physical injury in April, two months after he hit two cars on an Interstate 435 entrance ramp near Arrowhead Stadium. The collision happened just days before the Chiefs played in the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida.
One of the vehicles he hit had stalled because of a dead battery and the second was owned by a cousin who had arrived to help, according to charging documents. A child in one of the cars, 5-year-old Ariel Young, suffered a traumatic brain injury.
A Kansas City police officer reported he could smell alcohol and Reid’s eyes were bloodshot and red, according to the documents.
He was driving about 84 mph (135 kilometers per hour) shortly before the collision and had a blood alcohol level of 0.113 two hours after the crash, police said. The legal limit is 0.08.
Reid, who underwent emergency surgery for a groin injury after the crash, was placed on administrative leave. The Chiefs then allowed his contract to expire, ending his employment with the team.
The next hearing will be a pretrial conference on July 22. No trial date has been set.
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