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June 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov smiled about getting four assists. He tried not to smile too much at the thought of being one win away from the Stanley Cup. With Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby leading the way, the Washington Capitals are on the verge of capturing the first title in their 43rd season after routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 on Monday night to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals will get their first chance to hoist the Cup in Game 5 on Thursday night in Las Vegas.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with welcoming a smaller delegation because many players weren’t planning to attend, President Donald Trump has scratched a White House celebration of the NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles. Trump says fans deserve better. Trump is citing the dispute over whether NFL players protesting racial injustice must stand during the playing of the national anthem. A person set to attend the ceremony tells The Associated Press that fewer than half of the players had planned to go. No Eagles players took a knee during the anthem in 2017.

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Casey Mize went from undrafted three years ago all the way to No. 1. The Detroit Tigers selected the Auburn right-hander with the first pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday night. The announcement at MLB Network studios marked the second time the Tigers led off the draft, and first since they took Rice pitcher Matt Anderson in 1997. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mize wasn’t chosen by any organization out of high school three years ago, but developed into a potential big league ace while in college.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Dwight Clark will forever be remembered for one iconic moment, his leap in the back of the end zone to make a fingertip grab of a game-winning touchdown that launched the San Francisco 49ers dynasty and is one of the most indelible images in NFL history. Clark, the author of one play simply known as “The Catch,” died Monday just more than one year after revealing he had ALS. He was 61.

UNDATED (AP) — Officials at Alabama and Kentucky say that Hall of Fame former administrator and basketball coach C.M. Newton has died. He was 88. Newton was a member of Kentucky’s 1951 NCAA championship squad during a basketball career spanning more than 50 years as a player, coach and administrator. Newton also influenced selection of the original U.S. Olympic “Dream Team” in 1992.

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