Longoria, Morrison homer in 15th as Rays top Twins in 6-hour game

MINNEAPOLIS — Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison hit back-to-back homers in the 15th inning, Steven Souza Jr. drove in the tying run with a single with two outs in the ninth, and the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the Minnesota Twins 8-6 Sunday in a game that took nearly 6 1/2 hours. At 6 hours, 26 minutes, it was the longest game in the eight-season history of Target Field. The longest game in Twins history lasted 6:36, a 17-inning marathon at Cleveland in 1995. Minnesota resorted to using Wednesday’s scheduled starter, Hector Santiago (4-4), in the 15th. He allowed the decisive home runs on consecutive pitches to the first two batters… Read More

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Poile reflects on trades that shaped Stanley Cup Final-bound Predators

PITTSBURGH – It all started so innocently. David Poile saw P.K. Subban’s name appear in trade rumours, but had no idea if there was anything to them. He didn’t even bother checking in with counterpart Marc Bergevin. Maybe, just maybe, he might never have even got that far if “Montreal” and “Nashville” weren’t grouped together in the alphabetical list of NHL teams. “We sat beside each other at the general manager’s meetings in Buffalo at the entry draft and I just said, ‘Look, I never called you but I’m just reading all this stuff, are you trading this guy or not trading this guy?”‘ Poile said Sunday, on the eve… Read More

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Media day roundup: Emotions, experience, legacies and more

The big day is almost here. In less than 24 hours, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators will kick off the Stanley Cup Final with Game 1 in the steel city. As per tradition, players and coaches from both teams spoke to the media the day before Game 1. Storylines from the previous rounds came up, as did rivalries between players and comparisons between stars. Here’s a roundup of the best quotes from media day. Sidney Crosby On comparisons being made between him and team owner Mario Lemieux… “He’s done so much, you know, he’s won two Cups but he’s obviously done so much for the city and had such… Read More

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Lester, Kershaw rocked in Dodgers’ sweep of Cubs

LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernandez led an offensive outburst with three-run homers that upstaged the anticipated duel between aces Jon Lester and Clayton Kershaw, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago 9-4 on Sunday to sweep the Cubs in three games at home for the first time since August 2012. Lester and Kershaw were rocked for 10 runs and 18 hits in a combined 7 2/3 innings of their first career matchup. The left-handers that own three World Series titles (Lester), three Cy Young Awards (Kershaw) and 10 All-Star nods failed to retire the side in order in any inning. Lester (3-3) gave up six runs and… Read More

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Gotta See It: Subban plays reporter at Stanley Cup media day

P.K. Subban flipped Stanley Cup Final media day on its head Sunday, getting behind the microphone to ask players the tough questions. After fulfilling his own media availability, Subban grabbed a mic and sought out some of his Nashville Predators teammates. His first victim … uh, interviewee … was Mike Fisher. “How does it feel to be the best looking player on the Nashville Predators, and probably in the league?” Subban asked a surprised but laughing Fisher. “Says who?” Fisher responded. “Says you or says my wife?” Says who? Uh…your wife, for one! https://t.co/tXBYEK5zZW — Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 28, 2017 After more back and forth with the dashing Fisher,… Read More

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Indy 500 takeaways: Patience, perseverance pay off for Sato

The Indianapolis 500 victory that slipped away from Takuma Sato five years ago returned with a fury. Sato tried to make a risky pass on leader Dario Franchitti during the final lap of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 2012, but the gamble didn’t pay off. The two cars made contact, knocking Sato into the wall and out of the race as Franchitti took the chequered flag. Sunday’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 was Sato’s time to shine. The 40-year-old from Japan fought his way back from the middle of the field following a problematic pit stop and pounced on the opportunity to snatch the lead cleanly from Helio… Read More

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Utes sweep Arizona State in season-ending series despite losing DaShawn Keirsey to a scary injury

SALT LAKE CITY — For the second consecutive season, Utah baseball concluded its regular season with an on-field celebration at Smith’s Ballpark. Last year, the Utes clinched an outright Pac-12 championship with a win over Washington. On Sunday, a thrilling 11-10 victory over Arizona State concluded a 15-15 conference slate and a winning season overall at 27-24. “That’s huge,” said Utah coach Bill Kinneberg, who added that he was proud of the team for it’s accomplishments. “You look back right now and one or two more wins in the Pac-12 may have solidified it for us. But you can’t look back and you just hope that 15-15 is good enough.”… Read More

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Photos: Freedom High wins softball game with walk-off grand slam

Freedom High’s Faith Derby hit a walk-off grand slam in the seventh inning, winning their North Coast Section (NCS) Division I quarterfinals playoff softball game 11-7 against Alhambra High in Oakley on Friday. Freedom High hit two home runs in the sixth inning, with Allyson Ferreira hitting a two run home run and Derby hitting a two run home run, tying the game. Freedom High’s Vanessa Strong pitched a complete game for the Falcons and Alhambra High’s Briana Edwards was on the mound for the Bulldogs, before being relieved by Sophia Aguilar in the sixth inning. The game also had Alhambra High’s Karlee Sparacino hitting a two run home run,… Read More

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Scott Morgan wins two golds in return from Rio at Canadian Championships

MONTREAL — Scott Morgan won two golds on Sunday during the final day of the Canadian Championships in Artistic Gymnastics in his first competition since the Rio Olympics. Morgan, from Vancouver, was first in two apparatus finals including rings (14.350) and a tie with Aaron Mah of Vancouver on floor (13.850). “It felt great to be back out there with the boys,” said Morgan. “There’s some work to be done to clean some things up but it felt great to be back out there. Heading into worlds in the fall I’m going to work on my endurance to help with my routines overall as well as work on consistent repetition… Read More

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BYU overcomes the odds to take WCC title, advance to NCAAs for 1st time since 2002

PROVO — In the days leading up to the West Coast Conference Tournament, BYU baseball coach Mike Littlewood underscored the importance of winning the first game. “If we could win the first game, I would use all 10 of our pitchers if we had to,” he said. “If you go to the loser’s bracket, it’s a tough, tough road. It’s an uphill battle if you lose Game 1. Not that it can’t be done. But it’s easier when you win the first game.” So things looked bleak Thursday night when the Cougars fell 3-2 to Loyola Marymount in their first game of the tournament. BYU’s offense was punchless, managing a… Read More

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