Update on the latest in sports:
Capitals one win away
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Washington Capitals will play for a Stanley Cup championship Thursday night for the first time in franchise history.
The Capitals will carry a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series into Game 5 against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Washington has scored 16 goals in four games against the reeling Golden Knights.
Pelly nixes possible White House visit
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Washington Capitals are still a win away from their first Stanley Cup title, but if they get it, Devante Smith- Pelly won’t be going to the White House to celebrate with President Donald Trump.
“The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” Canada’s Postmedia quoted Smith-Pelly as saying Wednesday as the Capitals prepared for Game 5 against the Vegas Golden Knights.
The 25-year-old Smith-Pelly, one of two black Capitals players, is from the Toronto area.
Rendon powers the Nationals
UNDATED (AP) - Anthony Rendon had four hits and drove in three runs leading the Washington Nationals to an 11-2 pounding of the Tampa Bay Rays. Michael A. Taylor had three hits and three RBIs, and the Nationals made it 11 wins in their last 15 games.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Manny Machado used his glove and bat to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 1-0 win over the New York Mets. Baltimore’s two-time Gold Glove winner made a one-handed grab of Adam Jones’ bat as it bounced off the protective screen near home plate in the first inning and he hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to plate the only run of the game.
— Alen Hanson had a tying, two-run homer off Brad Boxberger with two outs in the ninth inning and Brandon Crawford singled home Andrew McCutchen in the 10th as the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Wednesday for their sixth win in seven games. Arizona had been 29-0 when leading after eight innings.
— Matt Strahm and four other relievers combined on a four-hitter as the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta 3-1 in San Diego, to take two of three from the Braves.
Surgery for Reyes
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes has undergone season-ending Tommy John surgery. The surgery was performed by Dr. Anthony Romeo in Philadelphia.
Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said recovery time is expected to be six months and the team expects Reyes to be ready for spring training. “The good news is that when they went in, the tendon was partially frayed. It wasn’t completely torn off, which means there is good blood flow. Which means it’s very optimistic for recovery,” Girsch said.
In other MLB news:
— Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday because of a right ankle sprain. Simmons was injured Tuesday when he slipped coming down the dugout stairs before the 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. He left the game after the second inning.
— The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Jon Jay in a trade with the Kansas City Royals in exchange for two minor league pitchers. With two outfielders on the DL, the 33-year-old Jay gives Arizona an experienced outfielder they desperately need. A.J. Pollack is out with a fractured thumb, and Steven Souza Jr., with a right pectoral strain. ay was batting .307 with nine doubles, two triples, a homer and 28 runs scored with Kansas City this season.
— Red Schoendienst (SHAYN’-deenst), the Hall of Fame second baseman who managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died Wednesday. He was 95. The Cardinals announced Schoendienst’s death before the top of the third inning during their game against the Miami Marlins. Alfred Fred Schoendienst wore the Cardinals uniform for 45 seasons as a player, coach and manager and remained involved as a special assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty. Into his 80s,
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No jail time
UNDATED (AP) — Three former Michigan State University football players accused in the sexual assault of a woman won’t be going to jail after pleading guilty.
Josh King, Donnie Corley Jr. and Demetric Vance were sentenced Wednesday to three years’ probation, as well as sex offender treatment and therapy. They pleaded guilty in April to seducing an unmarried woman, a reduced charge.
They could have been imprisoned for up to five years.
Beilein stays in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John Beilein is staying at Michigan after exploring the possibility of coaching the Detroit Pistons.
“I love the University of Michigan and I am excited about coaching our Men’s Basketball Team next season and in the years to come!” Beilein tweeted Wednesday. “Let’s go hang some more banners at “THE GREATEST UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD.”″
Beilein interviewed with the Pistons, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press last week on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
The 65-year-old Beilein has coached at Michigan for 11 seasons with a 248-143 record. He has led the Wolverines to two Final Fours, losing in the national title game this year and in 2013.
Surgery for a Bronco
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray will be undergoing a cleanup procedure on his left wrist and he could miss several months.
The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team hasn’t announced the news.
Ray has already had three surgeries on the wrist which he dislocated last July.
New blood for USA Soccer
NEW YORK (AP) — Former midfielder Earnie Stewart is the new general manager of the U.S. men’s national soccer team.
Stewart, who’s been sporting director of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union since October 2015, will be at his new job Aug. 1, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday.
His first order of business will be hiring a new head coach for USA soccer.
Bruce Arena quit as coach after the loss to Trinidad and Tobago last October that knocked the U.S. out of this year’s World Cup.
“Making the right choice is the most important thing,” Stewart said during a telephone news conference. “It’s process over speed.”
Stewart played at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups for the U.S.
Sports betting bill in New Jersey
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A sports betting bill is expected to get final approval from lawmakers in on Thursday.
The bill, up for final votes in the state Senate and Assembly on Thursday, would allow New Jersey casinos and racetracks to accept sports bets.
New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case last month, overturning a federal law that limited sports betting to only four states.
States are now free to pass laws legalizing gambling.
Final tuneup for U.S. Open
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ahead of next week’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in New York, Phil Mickelson heads the field at the St. Jude Classic that starts Thursday at TPC Southwind.
No. 2 ranked Dustin Johnson, a winner in Memphis in 2012, is the highest-ranked player in the event since Rory McIlroy came in at No. 2 in 2012, and he’s among six of the world’s top 28 ranked players in Memphis this week.
Defending U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka is also in the field.
Justify arrives New York
NEW YORK (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify arrived in New York on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s Belmont Stakes.
Justify will face nine rivals on Saturday as he attempts to become the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown.
Halep, Muguruza reach semifinals
PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep has rallied past Angelique Kerber to reach the French Open semifinals.
Halep went all out in the first set but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors.
Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title. She next faces third-seeded Garbine Muguruza, who overwhelmed Maria Sharapova today in a matchup of past French Open champions to reach the semifinals.
The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.
On the men’s side, play was called off for the day because of rain. The two remaining men’s quarterfinals were suspended in progress and will resume tomorrow.
Rafael Nadal dropped the opening set of his match against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-4 and was serving for the second at 5-3, 30-15 when play was halted.
Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro are even at 5-all in their opening-set tiebreaker. Losing the first set ended Nadal’s streak of 37 consecutive completed sets won in the tournament.