Sports Report: 2015 NHL Draft
In baseball, in the American League, Houston beat the Yankees 3-1, Boston topped Tampa Bay 5-3, Toronto edged Texas 3-2, Detroit slid past the White Sox 5-4, the Angels won against Seattle 3-2 in 10 innings, and it was Kansas City over Oakland 5-3. In a double header, Baltimore shut out Cleveland 4-0 in the first, then again 8-0 in the second.
In the National League, the Mets bested Cincinnati 7-2, Atlanta beat Pittsburgh 2-1, in a double header Washington edged Philadelphia 3-2 in the first and Philadelphia topped Washington 8-5 in the second, the Dodgers blanked Miami 2-0, San Francisco doubled up Colorado 6-3, Arizona beat San Diego 6-4, and it was St. Louis over the Cubs 4-1.
In interleague play, Milwaukee beat Minnesota 5-3.
Bubba Watson won the PGA's Travelers Championship for the second time by sinking an 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Paul Casey. Watson had a final-round 67 for a 16-under total through regulation, but he bogeyed the 17th to allow Casey to force a playoff. Casey fired a 65 that included three birdies and a bogey on his final five holes of regulation.
Jeff Maggert has followed last month's victory in the Regions Tradition by capturing the U.S. Senior Open. Maggert closed with a 5-under-par 65 that included six birdies and one bogey. He finished 10 under for the tournament, two shots ahead of defending champ Colin Montgomerie.
A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that LeBron James will not exercise a $21.6 million option on his contract, making him a free agent on July 1. The decision was widely expected, but James has no plans to leave Cleveland again. The decision allows James to sign a new max contract that will pay him more than $22 million next season.
While Bostonians are hesitant to host the Olympics, Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the idea of the games on home turf. According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly 9 of 10 Americans support hosting the games in the United States. An effort to host the games in Boston has hit a number of roadblocks. U.S. Olympic officials will discuss the city's bid effort at a meeting this week.
New details about Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are being revealed. Boston 2024, the private group that's developing the city's proposal, plans to unveil the much-anticipated "Version 2.0" of its proposal Monday morning at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The release follows months of fierce debate and persistent questions about how much it would cost taxpayers if the games go over budget.
It also comes the day before Boston organizers head to San Francisco for a meeting of the U.S. Olympic Committee's board of directors. Olympics organizers are trying to regroup after facing a string of setbacks and controversies. The USOC, in a surprise move, picked Boston to be the nation's representative in an international competition that so far includes Paris, Budapest, Hamburg, and likely Rome.
As expected, Connor McDavid is now officially a No. 1 overall draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers. The highly touted McDavid averaged nearly three points per game this past season for his Ontario Hockey League junior team in Erie, Pennsylvania.
For the first time, a Chinese player has been selected in the NHL Draft. Andong Song was selected by the New York Islanders with the No. 172 pick in the draft yesterday. The defenseman started playing hockey on tiny rinks in Beijing. His family moved to Canada when he was 10. Song was a member of the varsity team at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, and plans to attend Philips Andover Academy in Massachusetts next year as a postgraduate student.
Veteran goaltenders were in high demand as the NHL draft concluded its second and final day.
Edmonton hopes it has solidified its longstanding net woes by getting Cam Talbot, who was terrific for the New York Rangers while Henrik Lundqvist was injured. Talbot was 21-9-4 with a 2.21 goals-against average and five shutouts in 36 games for the Blueshirts this past season.
The Rangers picked up second-, third- and seventh-round picks in this year draft and sent the 209th overall pick to the Oilers. The Rangers have replaced Talbot by acquiring goaltender Antti Raanta from the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Ryan Haggerty. The 26-year-old Raanta was 7-4-1 with a .936 save percentage and 1.89 goals-against average in 14 games for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks last season. The Rangers traded Carl Hagelin to the Ducks as part of larger deal that also included Emerson Etem.
The Boston Bruins traded top-line left wing Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings Friday for defenseman Colin Miller, goalie Martin Jones and the 13th pick in the NHL draft. The hard-hitting Lucic spent all eight of his seasons with Boston. He had 139 goals and 203 assists in 566 regular-season games. But he is coming off a disappointing season in which he had 18 goals and 26 assists in 81 games.
The Boston Bruins have traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three draft picks, including the 15th in the first round. Boston also picked up the 45th and 52nd overall picks in the deal. Hamilton was the No. 9 selection in the 2011 draft. He appeared in 178 games for the Bruins, scoring 22 goals with 61 assists.
Netminder Eddie Lack has been shipped by Vancouver to Carolina for a third-round pick in this year's draft and a seventh-rounder next year. The 27-year-old Lack went 18-13-4 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage as Ryan Miller's backup last season.
The Anaheim Ducks have acquired goalie Anton Khudobin from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski.
The Dallas Stars have acquired the rights to former Stanley Cup champion goalie Antti Niemi from the San Jose Sharks for a seventh-round pick. However, Niemi is set to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday if the Stars do not sign him beforehand.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild have retained their No. 1 goaltender by agreeing to terms with Devan Dubnyk on a six-year contract. Dubnyk posted a 1.78 goals-against average while starting 39 of the final 40 games of the season as the Wild frantically climbed back into the playoff picture.
Kyle Busch held off brother Kurt to win the Sprint Cup race on the 11-turn, two-mile road course at Sonoma. Kyle Busch becomes the 11th driver to win this season, doing it in just his fifth start after being sidelined for three months by a broken leg and foot suffered during a crash in February. Clint Bowyer finished third, followed by points-leader Kevin Harvick and Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano.
In the WNBA, New York beat Los Angeles 79-70, Washington topped Chicago 86-71, and it was Tulsa over Seattle 93-89.
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