Game 2 in Western final...Fiers back on the mound...South Africa will appeal Semenya ruling
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ San Jose hosts St. Louis for Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference Final tonight. Logan Couture (kuh-CHUR’) delivered for the Sharks in their 6-3 victory in Game 1 and leads the NHL this post-season with 11 goals and 17 points. The Blues may need more from forward Vladimir Tarasenko if they hope to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970.
SEATTLE (AP) _ Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers pitches in Seattle, starting for the first time since his second career no-hitter Tuesday against Cincinnati. Fiers lost to the Mariners on opening day in Japan. Rookie left-hander Yusei Kikuchi gets the ball for Seattle after a masterful outing at Yankee Stadium that raised eyebrows last week. A dark substance was spotted under the bill of Kikuchi’s cap
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Minnesota slugger Nelson Cruz is scheduled for an MRI after leaving Sunday’s game against Detroit with a left wrist injury. Twins pitcher Martin Perez exited in the sixth after being hit in the left foot by a line drive. He is day to day with a bruise, but Perez said he’ll be ready for his next start.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ After dropping two of three to the Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend, Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers visit Philadelphia to face another National League division leader. Aaron Nola starts for the Phillies in the opener of a four-game set. Nola has given up just one run in each of his last three outings.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ The South African government says there will be an appeal against the Caster Semenya ruling. The sports ministry says Athletics South Africa, the country’s track and field body, will appeal the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Athletics South Africa was one of two parties alongside Semenya to challenge the IAAF’s testosterone regulations at the Swiss-based sports court.