Lightning win but finish game without Bishop
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It’s usually not a good sign when a team changes goaltenders three times during the third period of a Stanley Cup finals game, but the Tampa Bay Lightning still managed to tie the series at a game apiece.
Jason Garrison scored the game-winner and backup netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all five shots he faced as the Lightning downed the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3.
Garrison scored with 11:11 remaining about five minutes after Brent Seabrook knotted the score for the Blackhawks. Garrison and Nikita Kucherov (koo-CHEHR’-ahv) each finished with a goal and an assist to help the Lightning bounce back from a 2-1 loss in the opener.
Vasilevskiy entered the game in place of Ben Bishop shortly before Garrison netted the deciding goal. Bishop made a brief return and then exited for good with 7:41 to play.
Coach Jon Cooper and the Lightning refused to say exactly what happened to Bishop or give any indication of his prognosis.
Vasilevskiy iced the victory with two saves on the Blackhawks’ last power play, including a nice pad stop that prevented the equalizer.
Kucherov and Tyler Johnson scored second-period goals to put Tampa Bay ahead 3-2, a lead that stood until Brent Seabrook countered for the Blackhawks about 3 ½ minutes into the third period.
Cedric Paquette (pah-KEHT’) scored the Lightning’s first goal and Victor Hedman had two assists for the Lightning.
Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen (TAY’-voh tehr-uh-VY’-nuhn) tallied for the Blackhawks, who host Game 3 on Monday.
HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKES
American Pharoah wins Triple Crown
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of horse racing’s Triple Crown winners has finally reached one dozen, 37 years after Affirmed became the 11th.
American Pharoah has ended the sport’s Triple Crown drought with a convincing performance in the Belmont Stakes, finishing 5 ½ lengths ahead of Frosted. American Pharoah was slow to get out of the gate, yet managed to take the lead without ever relinquishing it to one of the other seven horses. The winner covered the 1 ½ miles in 2:26.65 to end the longest stretch without a Triple Crown champion in history.
Keen Ice finished third.
Thirteen other horses since Affirmed in 1978 had won the Derby and Preakness without capturing the Belmont.
American Pharoah won the Derby by one length on May 2 and then romped to a seven-length victory in the rainy Preakness two weeks later.
The outcome also ends droughts for jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Bob Baffert. Espinoza had been aboard two other horses that won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown, only to come away with a loss at Belmont Park. Baffert finally won on his record fourth Triple try, having lost in 1997, 1998 and 2002.
Egyptian-born owner Ahmed Zayat bred the colt and put him up for sale before buying him back for $300,000, a virtual bargain for a Triple Crown horse on a seven-race winning streak.
Williams wins in Paris, Djokovic reaches final
PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams put together another comeback at Roland Garros on Saturday to become a three-time winner of the French Open women’s singles title.
The top-seeded Williams also claimed her 20th Grand Slam crown by defeating No. 13 Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. Williams trailed 2-love in the third set after dropping the tiebreak 7-2, but she played near-perfect tennis in winning the last six games. It capped a women’s draw in which Williams dropped the first set in four of her last six matches.
She is the third woman to win at least 20 Grand Slam singles titles. Margaret Smith Court captured 24, two more than Steffi Graf.
Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has reached the French Open final by getting past Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 in the resumption of a match that was halted on Friday by darkness and an incoming storm. Murray took the fourth set on Saturday but couldn’t handle Djokovic in the fifth.
The top-seeded Djokovic will be seeking his first French Open championship and ninth major title when he takes on No. 8 Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK’-ah) of Switzerland in Sunday’s final.
Surgery for Irving
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has undergone surgery to repair his broken kneecap, an injury sustained in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The team says Irving needs 3-to-4 months before he can resume “basketball activity.”
Irving was injured during overtime in Cleveland’s 108-100 loss to Golden State on Thursday night.
Twins stall out against Brewers…Royals fall again
UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins remain atop the American League Central, but they now have their first home losing streak of the season.
Carlos Gomez collected three RBIs over the last three innings and reached back five times to lead Milwaukee to a 4-2 triumph over the Twins. Gomez was 4-for-4 with a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh and an RBI double in the ninth.
Ryan Braun homered for the first time in 12 days, and Matt Garza limited Minnesota to a run in seven innings.
The Twins kept sole possession of their division lead when Texas beat Kansas City 4-2 behind Wandy Rodriguez, who held the Royals to a run and six hits in seven innings. Shin-Soo Choo helped the Rangers pick up their seventh victory in eight games, scoring the game’s first run and adding a two-run double that put Texas ahead 4-0 in the second inning.
Also in the majors:
— Felix Hernandez became the majors’ first nine-game winner by allowing a run and two hits over seven innings of Seattle’s 2-1 verdict over Tampa Bay. Hernandez was staring at a no-decision until Austin Jackson’s tiebreaking, solo homer in the seventh.
— David Price struck out 11 in a five-hitter as Detroit thumped the Chicago White Sox 7-1 to end an eight-game losing streak. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Jose Iglesias had two RBIs to help the Tigers end their longest skid in 10 years.
— Brian McCann belted a two-run homer while the New York Yankees scored six times in the first inning of their fifth straight win, an 8-2 rout of the Angels. Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira (the-SHEHR’-uh) also had two RBIs to back Adam Warren, who held Los Angeles to a pair of runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
— Toronto has its first four-game winning streak of the year after Jose Reyes delivered two hits and three stolen bases in a 7-2 rout of Houston. Drew Hutchison improved to 5-1 by allowing one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, leaving him 4-1 with a 2.72 ERA at home.
— Hanley Ramirez belted a two-run homer and Joe Kelly won for the first time since his Boston debut by working six strong innings in Boston’s 4-2 win over Oakland. Kelly surrendered just one run and four hits to end a nine-start winless skid.
— Cleveland beat Baltimore 2-1 as Danny Salazar struck out 10 while holding the Orioles to six hits in seven-plus innings for his career-high sixth victory. Carlos Santana doubled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth to back Salazar, who is 6-1 with a 3.50 ERA.
— Jason Hammel improved to 9-0 with a 3.01 ERA in 11 starts against Washington by limiting the Nationals to five hits in eight-plus innings of the Chicago Cubs’ 4-2 victory. Hammel served up a solo homer by Wilson Ramos (RAH’-mohs) in the second and was lifted after Bryce Harper led off the ninth with a solo shot.
— Atlanta pulled out a 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Christian Bethancourt’s solo homer in the bottom of the ninth. Chris Johnson also homered and Bethancourt finished with two RBIs as the Braves halted the Pirates’ four-game winning streak.
— Yonder Alonso launched a game-tying grand slam and Matt Kemp went 3-for-5 with five RBIs as San Diego outscored the Reds 9-7 in Cincinnati. Kemp hit a solo homer and a two-run double before stroking the tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth.
— Madison Bumgarner gave up a grand slam by Jeff Francoeur (fran-KOOR’) but held Philadelphia to five other hits over eight innings to pitch the Giants past the Phillies, 7-5. Bumgarner singled twice and drove in a run as the Giants posted their fifth straight road win.
— Wilin Rosario hit a pair of solo homers and Carlos Gonzalez unloaded a three-run shot while Colorado scored 10 times over the first four innings of a 10-5 pounding of Miami. Chris Rusin gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings as the Rockies won for the 10th time in their last 14 games.
— Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 and worked the first eight innings of a combined one-hitter as the Dodgers blanked St. Louis 2-0 in Los Angeles. Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) made his season debut and snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the seventh.
— Arizona beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Welington Castillo’s two-run homer in the seventh. Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon was in line to become a nine-game winner until Chris Owings lined a two-out single and scored on Castillo’s third homer of the year.
Fan remains in serious condition
BOSTON (AP) — A woman who was hit in the head by part of a broken bat while attending Friday night’s game at Fenway Park is expected to survive.
Tonya Carpenter was struck in the head by the broken bat of Oakland’s Brett Lawrie on Friday night. Police initially called her injuries life-threatening.
Carpenter remains in serious condition, according to her family.
Browns land punter from Niners
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have acquired three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. Cleveland sent a late-round 2017 draft pick to the Niners for Lee, who made the Pro Bowl in the 2007, 2009 and 2011 seasons. His days in San Francisco were numbered when the Niners drafted Clemson punter Bradley Pinion.
Bad day for Woods
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Justin Rose is the leader after three rounds of the PGA’s Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio. He shot a 6-under-66 to finish play at 15-under, three shots in front of second-round leader David Lingmerth and Francesco Molinari. Masters champ Jordan Speith (speth) will start the fourth round at 6-under, while Phil Mickelson is 2-over.
Tiger Woods hit a new low with the highest score of his career in round three, an 85 that included back-to-back double bogeys on the front nine. Woods signed his card and declined interview requests, walking out the door to sign a few autographs. He is 12-over-par and in last place.
Pettersen stays in front
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) — Suzann Pettersen (PEHT’-ur-suhn) has a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Manulife LPGA Classic in Ontario. She had an eagle and four birdies on the first 11 holes en route to a 6-under 66. After three rounds
Pettersen stood 19-under, a shot in front of Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe (mar-ee-AH’-joh yoo-REE’-bay). Cristie Kerr is third at 17 under.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-DES MOINES
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kah-VEK’-ee-uh) sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead over Joe Durant heading into the final round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic.
Calcavecchia entered the week with just one top-10 finish in seven events since undergoing surgery in early December to repair a slashed tendon in his right hand. He has two career victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning 13 times on the PGA Tour.
Calcavecchia is 9-under through 36 holes. Durant is at minus-8 following a 68.
Dixon tames Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Scott Dixon dominated Saturday’s IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 97 of 248 laps and beating teammate Tony Kanaan by 7.8 seconds.
Dixon’s second win of the season came with an average speed of 191.940 mph, the fastest IndyCar Series race ever at the track.
It’s the 37th career victory for Dixon, who also won at Texas in 2008.
Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves (EH’-lee-oh kas-troh-NEH’-vehs) and Juan Pablo Montoya finished third and fourth.
There were no accidents and just two cautions.
F1-CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
Pole for Hamilton
MONTREAL (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has earned the pole for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. It’s the fourth time that the reigning Formula One champion will start at the pole in the race. He posted the fastest qualifying lap of 1 minute, 14.393 seconds. Mercedes teammate Nico (NEE’-koh) Rosberg was second in qualifying, about one-third of a second behind.
Hamilton leads the championship standings by 10 points over Rosberg.
BERLIN (AP) — Barcelona has won the Champions League for the fourth time in a decade, beating Juventus 3-1. Luis Suarez scored Barcelona’s second goal in the 68th minute of play. The Spanish champion dominated the game, but the Italian team played its part by fighting back from a goal down.