STANLEY CUP FINALS-GAME 1
Late rally gives Blackhawks win in Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final opened in Tampa with the Chicago Blackhawks exploding with a couple of late goals in a 2-1 victory over the Lightning.
The Blackhawks trailed until Teuvo Teravainen (TAY’-voh tehr-uh-VY’-nuhn) scored with 6:32 left. Then Antoine Vermette (AN’-twahn vuhr-MEHT’) scored the game-winner with 4:34 left.
Alex Killorn scored on Tampa Bay’s fifth shot of the game, and Ben Bishop made that stand up until the Blackhawks exploded late. Corey Crawford made 22 saves between the pipes for the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks are trying for their third Stanley Cup title in the last six years.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Tampa.
NHL-PENGUINS FOR SALE
Owners hire Morgan Stanley to explore options
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux (leh-MYOO’) and Ron Burkle have hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to explore their options.
The owners say they are in the middle of a feeling out process that could include anything from an outright sale to selling a share of the team or standing pat.
First-place Astros beat Orioles…Padres’ Shields is 7-0
UNDATED (AP) — In a game that featured only a combined eight hits, the Houston Astros made the most of their four in beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-1. Chris Carter provided the offense with a pair of homers. Rookie Lance McCullers allowed one run in going the distance in his fourth career start.
That’s the fifth straight loss for the Orioles, who fell into last place in the AL East.
In other major league play:
— Cody Asche (AH’-shee) scored from second base on a fielding error by pitcher Ryan Mattheus (MATH’-yooz) in the 11th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Maikel Franco hit a tying, three-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. Cincinnati starter Mike Leake took a no-hitter into the seventh before Franco lined a single up the middle with two outs.
— Jordy Mercer broke a fifth-inning tie when he homered for the second day in a row, Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH’-noh) struck out six to win his second straight decision and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep. Liriano outpitched Tim Hudson to improve to 3-4.
— A.J. Pollock homered for the second consecutive game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from a 6-0 deficit in a wild 9-8 win over the Atlanta Braves.
— Masahiro Tanaka gave up one run over seven innings in his return from the disabled list to lead the Yankees to a 3-1 win over Seattle. That completed a three-game sweep for New York. Tanaka improved to 3-1 in his first start in over a month. Garrett Jones and Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR’-uh) homered for New York.
— Jason Vargas tossed six sharp innings, the Kansas City offense finally woke up against AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber and the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2. Kluber fell to 3-6.
— Chris Sale struck out a season-high 13 in seven shutout innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-2. Jose Abreu (uh-BRAY’-oo) homered in a six-run second after missing three games with an injured finger.
— Eduardo Rodriguez allowed one run and two hits in seven innings to lead Boston to a 6-3 win over Minnesota in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Rodriguez improved to 2-0 seven days after a 5-1 win at Texas. The Twins won the nightcap, 2-0. Trevor May and two relievers combined on a two-hitter.
— John Lackey has adapted to Busch Stadium very well. The Cardinals starter improved to 7-1 in 12 starts there with a 7-4 win over Milwaukee. Lackey gave up three runs and 10 hits in seven innings to up his record to 4-3. The Cardinals provided the 36-year old with plenty of early support, scoring five times in the first against Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson.
— Sonny Gray pitched eight shutout innings and Billy Burns hit a bases-loaded triple as the Oakland Athletics handed the Detroit Tigers their sixth straight loss, 6-1. Gray improved to 7-2.
— The San Diego Padres worked over the New York Mets 7-3. James Shields threw seven strong innings to remain unbeaten at 7-0. Will Middlebrooks drove in three runs.
— Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Baker hit back-to-back homers for the second time in five days and the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3.
— Tampa Bay edged the L.A. Angels 6-5 in 10 innings. Kevin Kiermaier led off the 10th inning with a home run. Rays rookies Joey Butler and Steven Souza Jr. went deep
— In a game delayed two hours by rain at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies rallied with three in the bottom of the ninth to edge the L.A. Dodgers 7-6. Nolan Arenado drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly. Joc Pederson homered in his fifth straight game for the Dodgers.
— In interleague play, Toronto blanked Washington 8-0. Mark Buehrle (BUR’-lee) pitched a six-hitter for his second straight complete game. He posted his 32nd career complete game, and 11th career shutout. Jose Bautista homered for the Blue Jays, who took two of three from Washington.
MLB apologizes to Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Major League Baseball is apologizing to the Kansas City Royals for a breakdown in its replay process during a crucial moment in a 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
The issue occurred in the eighth inning of a tied game Tuesday night when first base umpire Bob Davidson ruled the Indians’ Jose Ramirez beat out a relay throw to prevent a double play. The replays appeared to show Ramirez was out, but the call stood after a nearly 3-minute review.
Cleveland wound up scoring the go-ahead run later in the inning.
In a statement, MLB said the super slow motion replay was delayed, and the replay official made the call without looking at that replay.
Rockies Lyle to have surgery…Mariners get Trumbo from D-Backs
UNDATED (AP) — Colorado Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles will have season-ending surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left big toe.
The right-hander is scheduled to have the procedure next Wednesday in Denver for what he described as “Tommy John (surgery) for my big toe.”
In other baseball news:
— Seattle acquired slugger Mark Trumbo from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a six-player trade. The underachieving Mariners pulled the trigger on the first major trade of the season as they come off a fifth straight loss and face a near double-digit deficit in their division.
— Josh Hamilton will be out four weeks with a strained left hamstring, an injury that is sidelining him just seven games into his return to the Texas Rangers.
— New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann will undergo an MRI on his sore right foot after pulling himself from Wednesday’s series finale in Seattle. McCann has been bothered by the injury for about 10 days.
Pharoah draws No. 5 post position
NEW YORK (AP) — American Pharoah has been made the early 3-5 favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and complete the horse racing Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner drew the No. 5 post position for Saturday’s 1 ½-mile race at Belmont Park. Fourteen horses have won from there, including 1977 Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew.
Frosted drew the No. 6 post and was installed as the 5-1 second choice. Frosted finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and is based at Belmont Park, where he has run one race.
Penalty reduced for Castroneves
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar has reduced a penalty levied against Helio Castroneves (EHL’-ee-oh cas-troh-NEHV’-us) for triggering an accident on the first lap of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis last month. Castroneves was initially penalized 8 points. After a review by IndyCar last weekend, the series reduced the penalty to 3 points. Castroneves’ penalty had been for avoidable contact, and IndyCar president of competition Derrick Walker said the reduction was to put it in line with previous penalties.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former FIFA (FEE’-fuh) executive committee member Chuck Blazer told a U.S. federal judge that he and others on the governing body’s ruling panel agreed to receive bribes to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup. Prosecutors unsealed the transcript Wednesday of the 2013 hearing in U.S. District Court during which Blazer agreed to plead guilty racketeering and other charges.
Blazer, the former No. 2 official of soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, also said he arranged bribes around 1992 in the vote for which country would host the 1998 World Cup.
Djokovic dumps Nadal
PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) moved into the French Open semifinals with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 rout of nine-time champ Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’)
The top-seeded Djokovic had lost all six previous matches he’d played against Nadal in Paris, including the 2012 and 2014 finals. The loss put an end to Nadal’s 39-match French Open winning streak. It’s only the second defeat for Nadal in 72 career matches in the French Open.
Djokovic will next face Andy Murray, who beat No. 7 seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR’) 7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. Murray has extended his clay court winning streak to 15 matches.
In women’s play, top-seed Serena Williams has reached the semifinals with a straight 6-1, 6-2 win over 17th-seed Sara Errani.
Williams will face Timea Bacsinszky (ba-CHIHN’-skee) of Switzerland in the semifinals.