Sports Report: Nationals' Max Scherzer Tied Major League Strikeout Record
In the NBA playoffs, Toronto beat Miami 99-91 to lead the series 3-2 and it was Golden State over Portland 125-121 to send the Warriors to the Western Conference finals.
In the NHL playoffs, St. Louis bested Dallas 6-1 in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference finals.
In baseball, Max Scherzer tied a major league strikeout record on Wednesday while facing his former team for the first time. Scherzer fanned 20 and tossed a six-hitter in the Nationals' 3-2 win over the Tigers in Washington.
Elsewhere in the National League, the Mets beat the Dodgers 4-3, San Diego edged the Cubs 1-0, Miami defeated Milwaukee 3-2, Pittsburgh slid past Cincinnati 5-4, Atlanta bested Philadelphia 5-1, Colorado beat Arizona 8-7, and it was San Diego over the Cubs 7-4.
In the American League, Boston topped Oakland 13-3, Kansas City bested the Yankees 7-3, Seattle edged Tampa Bay 6-5 in 11 innings, Houston won against Cleveland 5-3 in 16 innings, Texas slid past the White Sox 6-5, and it was Baltimore over Minnesota 9-2.
In interleague play, San Francisco beat Toronto 5-4 in 13 innings, Washington edged Detroit 3-2, and it was St. Louis over the Angels 5-2.
In other major league news:
— Mets left-hander Steven Matz will miss his next turn in the rotation Saturday at Colorado because of a sore pitching elbow. Matz had a torn lat muscle that kept him out for two months last season. He also underwent Tommy John surgery as a prospect in 2010.
— The Atlanta Braves have shipped right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (joo-LEES chah-SEEN') to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league left-hander Adam McCreery. Chacin had been scheduled to start Wednesday against Philadelphia after going 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts this season.
— Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is appealing the one-game suspension he received Wednesday from Major League Baseball for his behavior following an ejection this week. Harper remains eligible to play until the process is finished. The reigning National Leauge MVP was punished for running back onto the field to celebrate with teammates and cursing out the umpire who ejected him for arguing a called third strike from the dugout.
The people in charge of the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis have set Feb. 4 as the day for the game at the new U.S. Bank Stadium. The stadium is due to be completed in time for the upcoming Minnesota Vikings season. Super Bowl 51 is scheduled for February 5, 2017, in Houston.
The New York Giants have waived-injured linebacker Uani Unga and have signed rookie cornerback Matt Smalley. The Giants announced the moves Wednesday.
A New Jersey man has admitted conning people out of more than $116,000 for New York Giants tickets he did not possess. John Gorman of Matawan pleaded guilty to theft by deception. Prosecutors say the 49-year-old season ticket holder ripped off 19 people from 2008 through 2010 by claiming he had 28 seats for sale. The victims paid Gorman and never received their seats.
Kyle Busch's crew chief has been suspended by NASCAR for one race for violating the lug nut policy during the team's win at Kansas last weekend. Adam Stevens was also fined $20,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year, while front tire changer Josh Leslie is on probation until Dec. 31.
Lug nuts have been an issue in NASCAR since the series stopped policing whether teams were applying all five on each tire during pit stops. By using less than five, a team would have a faster pit stop and gain track position.
The men's and women's basketball coaches at the University of Minnesota both went over budget last season. An audit shows Gophers men's coach Richard Pitino spent more than double his allowance for private jet travel since his hiring. The audit of the men's and women's programs also showed both spent more than budgeted for hotels, private cars, parties, meals and valet parking. The women's coach is Marlene Stollings.
Jockey Wayne D. Wright, winner of nearly 1,500 races including each of the Triple Crown legs in separate years, and thoroughbred Tom Ochiltree, a star in the 1870s, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.
The election by the museum's historic review committee puts the inductees in the previously announced class of 2016 that includes thoroughbreds Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Steve Asmussen.
Wright, an Idaho native, began riding in 1932 at the age of 15. Over the next 18 years, he won 1,492 races, including the 1934 Belmont, the 1942 Kentucky Derby and the 1945 Preakness. Wright died in 2003 at 86. Tom Ochiltree, named after a Civil War officer and congressman from Texas, won 21 races from 1875 to 1877. Induction is August 12th in Saratoga Springs, New York.
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