Sports Report: Stanley Cup Game 2 Tonight, NBA Finals Start Tomorrow
Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals is tonight at 8 p.m. The San Jose Sharks take on the Pittsburgh Penguins who lead the series 1-0.
Former NHL player Daniel LaCouture has pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a woman in Centerville last weekend. The Cape Cod Times reports the incident happened Saturday evening at a home, with LaCouture allegedly hiding beneath a vehicle before attacking the woman. He played for six NHL teams over his career.
Head coach Ken Hitchcock has signed his final contract with the St. Louis Blues, saying next season will be his last behind the bench. The 64-year-old Hitchcock will be entering his sixth season with the Blues and 20th as a head coach. The Blues are coming off their first appearance in the Western Conference finals since 2001, ending a string of three consecutive, first-round playoff exits.
The NBA finals start tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on ABC. The Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors after their comeback victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night.
Authorities say Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison has been arrested on a charge of domestic violence. The Placer County Sheriff's Office says the 28-year-old Collison was arrested after deputies responded to a report of a woman being assaulted inside a Northern California home. The office says Collison was booked at the jail. He was freed on $55,000 bail hours after his arrest. Authorities say he also was booked on two misdemeanor bench warrants for driving on a suspended license.
In baseball, in the American League, Boston tripled up Baltimore 6-2, Toronto beat the Yankees 4-1, Kansas City won against Tampa Bay 10-5, Oakland bested Minnesota 7-4, and it was the Angels over Detroit 11-9.
In the National League, Washington beat Philadelphia 5-1, San Francisco blanked Atlanta 4-0, Miami won against Pittsburgh 3-1, the Dodgers shut out the Cubs 5-0, St. Louis blasted Milwaukee 10-3, and Colorado topped Cincinnati 17-4.
In interleague play, the White Sox topped the Mets 6-4, Houston won against Arizona 8-5, and it was Seattle over San Diego 16-4.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi again sat the struggling Alex Rodriguez last night for a second straight game, with Girardi noting A-Rod had gone 0-and-14 against Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ. The Yankees also say infielder Dustin Ackley will have season-ending surgery this week for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
In the WNBA, Minnesota is still unbeaten after downing the Liberty 79-69 and it was Phoenix over Connecticut 99-90.
After two days of almost incessant rain, the covers have come off the courts at the French Open and the skies, while still thick with clouds, have stopped dropping rain.
Serena and Venus Williams play first on Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne Lenglen, respectively, in fourth-round matches carried over from Monday, when rain washed out the whole day of play for the first time in 16 years. Defending champion Serena plays No. 18 Elina Svitolina. Venus takes on No. 8 Timea Bacsinszky.
Because of scheduling problems, after rain continued for most of Tuesday, too, matches are also spread on other courts. Kiki Bertens vs. No. 15 Madison Keys is on Court 1; No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Yulia Putintseva of Ukraine is on Court 2.
Both attendance and betting were down at Monmouth Park over the Memorial Day weekend compared to last year. The Asbury Park Press reports the track again hosted the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival but attendance was only around 42,000 compared to last year's more than 60,000, with total betting running only about one-third what it was last year over the same weekend.
The AFL-CIO union has filed a friend of the court brief in Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his four game suspension in the Deflategate scandal. The union says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acted arbitrarily to justify his own decision rather than act as a neutral arbitrator considering an appeal.
It looks like the NFL is moving the Pro Bowl from Honolulu to Orlando. Three people with knowledge of the negotiations have told The Associated Press that an announcement will be made Wednesday. The game will be played at Camping World Stadium, formerly the Citrus Bowl. Orlando beat out Honolulu, Houston and Sydney for the right to host the all-star game.