The Boston Bruins are on the verge of their third trip to the Stanley Cup final this decade. The Bruins have a three-games-to-none lead in the Eastern Conference final following a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes at Carolina.
Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period of Boston’s sixth straight playoff win, their longest streak since 1978. Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots and allowed only a goal by Calvin de Haan. Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves for the Hurricanes while starting in place of Petr Mrazek, who allowed 10 goals in the first two games of the series. The Canes will try to avoid elimination when they host Game 4 on Thursday.
In NHL news, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Sabres have hired Ralph Krueger as head coach. The 59-year-old Krueger previously coached the Oilers during the NHL's lockout-shortened season in 2012-13. Krueger has vast coaching experience, including with Switzerland's national team. Krueger replaces Phil Housley, who was fired after just two seasons.
The Golden State Warriors have opened the NBA’s Western Conference finals with a blowout win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Stephen Curry nailed nine 3-pointers while scoring 36 points as the two-time defending champs blasted the Blazers, 116-94. The two-time NBA MVP outplayed the Portland duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined to go 11 for 31. Klay Thompson had 26 points for the Warriors, who were without injured star Kevin Durant due to a leg injury. Draymond Green established the energy on both ends early for the well-rested Warriors and finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. Lillard scored 19 points and McCollum had 17 for the Trail Blazers, who will try to even the series Thursday in Oakland.
In NBA news, Zion Williamson says he’s never been to New Orleans, but that could change very soon. The Pelicans have won the NBA draft lottery and will most likely select the Duke forward with the No. 1 pick next month. The Pelicans won the lottery for the first time since 2012, when they selected Anthony Davis. The potential arrival of Williamson could cause Davis to rescind his trade demand. The Grizzlies will choose second, followed by the Knicks, Lakers and Cavaliers. The Suns sill choose sixth, ahead of the Bulls, Wizards and Hawks.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to ensure Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter will be able to safely travel to Canada for a possible NBA championship series against the Toronto Raptors. Kanter is a Turkish star whose native country wants arrested for his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Oregon senator wrote Tuesday to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking that his government facilitate Kanter's safe passage to and from Canada if the Blazers advance to the title series.
Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale recorded 21 outs against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. Just four balls were put in play, but the bullpen wasted his outstanding performance. Sale struck out a career-high 17 in just seven innings of the Red Sox’s 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Rockies. The seven-time All-Star struck out the first six batters and fanned eight through three innings. He didn't allow a runner until Mark Reynolds doubled to begin the fifth. Manager Alex Cora pulled Sale after 108 pitches and three strikeouts shy of the major league record shared by Roger Clemens, Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson and Max Scherzer. Sale gave up three hits, including a two-run homer to Nolan Arenado. He didn't walk anyone and left with a 3-2 lead. The lead evaporated when Brandon Workman gave up a two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon in the eighth, but Mitch Moreland singled home the tying run in the bottom half to force extra innings. Colorado finally took the lead for good on Mark Reynolds’ RBI single in the 11th, ending the Red Sox’s five-game winning streak.
Wilson Ramos hit a first-inning grand slam and Noah Syndergaard took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of the Mets’ third straight win, 6-2 over the Nationals. Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 4.74 by allowing two runs and four hits in eight innings. Wilmer Difo broke up the no-hitter with a single and scored on a homer by Victor Robles.
Brandon Woodruff threw one-hit ball for six innings in pitching the Brewers past the Phillies, 6-1. Woodruff allowed only an infield single to Jean Segure in the first inning and improved to 6-1. Yasmani Grandal and Ryan Braun homered for Milwaukee.
The Orioles and Yankees were rained out in the Bronx for the second straight day. The postponement will be made up as the first game of a day-night, separate-admission twinbill on Aug. 12.
In other major league action, Carlos Correa crushed a three-run homer in the first inning of the Astros’ seventh consecutive victory, 11-4 over the Tigers. George Springer hit an inside-the-park homer in the fifth, and Aledmys Diaz went deep in the third while Houston scored in his first six frames. Wade Miley moved to 4-2 by allowing four runs in six innings.
Charlie Morton combined with three relievers on a six-hitter as the Rays blanked the Marlins, 4-0. Morton allowed three hits and no walks while fanning five over six innings. Avisail hit a 471-foot solo homer and had three RBIs for Tampa Bay, which increased its lead in the AL East to one game over the Yankees.
Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer and tagged out Shohei Ohtani trying to score the tying run in the Twins’ 4-3 downing of the Angels. Garver homered in the third inning to give Minnesota a three-run lead, but he had to be helped off the field without putting weight on his left leg following his plate collision with Ohtani in the eighth inning. Ohtani had three hits but was thrown out at third and home.
Jordan Luplow launched two of the Indians’ five home runs in the Indians’ 9-0 laugher against the White Sox in Chicago. Roberto Pérez, Jake Bauers and José Ramirez also went deep for the three-time defending AL Central champs, who owned a .219 average before the rout. Carlos Carrasco scattered six singles and struck out six over seven innings.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. belted his first two major league homers and drove in four to lead the Blue Jays’ 7-3 win over the Giants. The touted 20-year-old Guerrero homered in the first inning against Giants opener Nick Vincent (0-2), his first in 14 big league games. Trent Thornton pitched three-hit ball into the sixth inning for his first major league win.
Homers by Daniel Vogelbach, Tim Beckham and Mitch Haniger accounted for the Mariners’ scoring in a 4-3 win against the Athletics. Roenis Elias worked out of a bases-loaded jam by fanning pinch-hitter Chad Pinder as the Mariners sent the A's to their third straight loss. Winning pitcher Mike Leake gave up a pair of unearned runs over 6 2/3s.
Hunter Dozier drove in three runs and top prospect Nicky Lopez had an RBI single in his big league debut as the Royals whipped the Rangers, 11-5. Alex Gordon and Jorge Soler collected two RBIs apiece for the Royals, who scored nine times in the first two innings. Joey Gallo had a pair of RBIs in the Rangers’ fifth straight loss.
Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger hit two-run homers in the third inning as the Dodgers doubled up the Padres, 6-3. Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings to move to 3-0. Padres infielder Manny Machado had three hits in his return to Dodger Stadium, including a 441-foot, two-run shot in the fourth.
Josh Bell homered twice and Joe Musgrove allowed one hit through seven innings as the Pirates beat the Diamondbacks, 6-2. Phoenix native Cole Tucker hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to cap off the victory. Pittsburgh snapped a nine-game losing streak to Arizona that dated to last season.
The Cubs were 3-1 winners over the Reds behind Kyle Hendricks, had as many hits as he allowed. Hendricks was 3-for-4 with a two-run double to help Chicago win for the 22nd time in its last 28 games. He also held Cincinnati to a run and three hits while striking out seven over eight-plus innings.
Marcell Ozuna, Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong blasted three-run homers in the Cardinals’ 14-3 thumping of the Braves. Dexter Fowler also went deep to back Jack Flaherty, who was reached for three runs in six innings. St. Louis battered 2018 All-Star Mike Foltynewicz, whose ERA is 8.02 after yielding eight runs over 4 2/3 innings.
In MLB news, the Yankees have acquired veteran slugger Kendrys Morales and cash from the Athletics for a player to be named or cash. The switch-hitter batted .204 with one homer and seven RBIs in 34 games for the A’s before being designated for assignment Monday.
Infielder Jed Lowrie's debut with the Mets is being delayed after he strained his hamstring while in the minors to work his way back from an injured left knee. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Lowrie will head back to Florida and be reassessed in a couple of weeks.
Major League Baseball has placed Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias on administrative leave while it looks into his arrest in a domestic battery case. In previous MLB investigations, the length of the administrative leave has frequently been extended past the seven-day deadline while the probe continues. Los Angeles police arrested Urias on Monday for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery in the parking lot of a shopping mall.
Mariners starter Felix Hernandez is expected to miss four to six weeks after being diagnosed with a grade 1 lat strain in his right side. Hernandez was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday and was originally diagnosed as having a shoulder strain. He pitched 2 1/3 innings in Boston on Saturday, surrendering seven earned runs and six hits in his second-shortest start of the season.
The Giants have signed free agent right guard Mike Remmers. The 30-year-old Remmers has started all 71 regular-season and postseason games in which he's played the previous five seasons. Remmers spent the previous two years with the Vikings, starting all 16 games in 2018 at right guard.
Odell Beckham Jr. is finally practicing with the Browns. The star wide receiver reported to the team's headquarters Monday and was on the field Tuesday with his teammates for the first organized team activity practice. Beckham skipped Cleveland's voluntary workout program last month, and his absence drew criticism and highlighted the perception he's selfish. The three-time Pro Bowler was acquired in a blockbuster trade from the Giants in March.
The Vikings have signed center Garrett Bradbury, who was drafted with the 18th overall pick in the first round. The Vikings also confirmed they restructured the contract of linebacker Eric Kendricks for salary cap compliance.
A prosecutor in Loudon County, Virginia, has confirmed to The Associated Press that the case against Redskins safety Montae Nicholson has been dismissed. Nicholson was arrested Dec. 18 and charged with assault and battery and being drunk in public after a fight at a restaurant and retail complex.
A former University of Southern California assistant soccer coach has switched her plea to guilty in the college admissions scam. Laura Janke has admitted to creating fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli. Janke has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and could be called to testify against others. That includes Loughlin and Giannulli, who have pleaded not guilty.
The parents of a drunken driver who died in a car crash last year are suing Tiger Woods. They blame the golfer and his girlfriend for allowing their son to drive home from their Florida restaurant while intoxicated. The wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday says Nicholas Immesberger was served excessive amounts of alcohol before the Dec. 10 car crash. Immesberger worked at The Woods restaurant in Jupiter that Woods owns and where Tiger’s girlfriend, Erica Herman, is general manager.
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