Andrew Miller’s absence was immediately felt by the Cleveland Indians’ bullpen when Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning off Nick Goody that lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 victory on Thursday night.
Gwen LeTutour strains against the laces on his large, cumbersome firefighting boots, pulling the leather tight against his intricately tape-wrapped feet and ankles. He shrugs on his heavy black and neon coat and fastens the clasp on his helmet that is proudly brandished with a logo reading “Plant Positive.”
From 14 days of spring camp in Pullman and one scrimmage, we’ve gleaned much about what the Cougars’ depth chart could look like this fall when WSU travels to Wyoming for the season opener. Let’s take a look into our crystal ball – or football, I suppose – and project Wazzu’s starters and backups at each position for the 2018 season.
Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span to help the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of the second-round series. Down 2-0 early in the third period and playing without Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh turned it around with all three of its top-line forwards chipping in a goal. Crosby scored the tying goal when the puck bounced to him off Alex Ovechkin’s stick, and assisted on Guentzel’s go-ahead goal.
All those months of work finally paid off Thursday.
Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China’s Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng. Reavie and Glover each had six birdies in the best-ball format, pushing through soggy weather early in the round before conditions cleared at TPC Louisiana. Zhang and Dou birdied four of their final five holes.
Jung Ho Kang is back in the United States and on his way to rejoining the Pittsburgh Pirates. The club announced Thursday that the South Korean third baseman has been granted a work visa by the U.S. government and will report to the team’s training complex in Bradenton, Florida.
Freshman track and field athletes are usually so far down a depth chart that head coaches rarely know their names. That was true of thrower Emily Hernandez of Lake City. Until she caught her coach’s attention.
The Indiana Pacers have been winning together, losing together and fighting together all season. Now they need to demonstrate their resilience once more as they try to save their season by rebounding from another emotional loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Stephen Curry has resumed full practice with contact and could play for the defending champion Golden State Warriors as soon as Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against New Orleans. Curry practiced wearing a protective brace over his sprained left knee, which has sidelined him since March 23. The injury happened on the same day he returned from a six-game absence because of a hurt right ankle.
Lydia Ko was back on top at Lake Merced. Ko shot a 4-under 68 on a chilly morning at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship for a share of the first-round lead. Jessica Korda, Caroline Hedwall, In-Kyung Kim and Su Oh joined Ko atop the leaderboard in the LPGA Tour’s return to Lake Merced after a year away.
The NBA says referees missed a goaltending violation by Cavaliers star LeBron James in the closing seconds of Cleveland’s Game 5 win over Indiana. James blocked Victor Oladipo’s shot with 5.1 seconds left, but the league said in its two-minute report that James touched the ball after it hit the backboard. James then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cavs a 98-95 win and 3-2 lead in the series. Game 6 is on Friday at Indiana.
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LeBron James offered fireworks to lift Cleveland, while Russell Westbrook and Paul George kept Oklahoma City’s season alive. Those were the big Game 5 story lines, and now it’s time to see what happens in a trio of Game 6 matchups on Friday night. Cleveland tries to oust Indiana, Toronto looks to eliminate Washington and Utah has a second chance to finish off Oklahoma City.
Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said there’s plenty of blame to go around for the team’s failure to again get beyond the first round of the NHL playoffs. He said everyone from the coaches on down has to take some responsibility. The Blue Jackets won the first two playoff games over the Washington Capitals only to lose four and row. They were eliminated in the first round for the second straight season.
Playing the Winnipeg Jets is exactly why Nashville coach Peter Laviolette wanted home-ice advantage in the NHL playoffs. Even if it’s a round – or two – earlier than anyone really wants. Laviolette’s Predators play Winnipeg in the Western Conference semifinals after turning in their best season in franchise history to edge out the Jets for the right to start and end a series in Smashville. This will be just the fifth series since 1990 between the NHL’s top two teams in the regular season.
Tiger Woods is returning from his post-Masters break at the Wells Fargo Championship next week. It will be his first time to play at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina since he missed the cut in 2012.
Meeting three years in a row in the NHL playoffs has been a recipe for tension, pressure and hatred for decades. Players who have been through multiple series against the same opponent see few benefits other than familiarity. Former Edmonton defenseman Kevin Lowe says the checks are harder, the slashes worse. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins face each other for a third consecutive season. Game 1 is Thursday night in Washington.
Evgeni Malkin skated with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates for the first time since suffering an apparent leg injury last week. Malkin will miss at least Game 1 of the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions’ second-round series against the Washington Capitals.
Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk says coach Mike Budenholzer’s exit was “harmonious” and was a mutual decision. He also says there was no single factor that led to the decision, but it was clear Budenholzer’s interviews with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks made it difficult for him to remain in Atlanta.