Capitals take Cup...Red Sox streak ruined...Sports bets on hold in New Jersey
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup. Alex Ovechkin scored midway through the game and Lars Eller had a go-ahead goal with 6:37 left in the third period, lifting the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night. The expansion Golden Knights closed their record-breaking season with their first four-game losing streak. The Capitals went into the third trailing 3-2 and went ahead after Devante Smith-Pelly and Eller scored 2:31 apart midway through the pivotal period.
BOSTON (AP) — Leonys Martin had a two-run home run to cap a five-run first inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-2. Detroit’s victory ended a four-game win streak for Boston, which had outscored Detroit 13-1 in the first two games of the series. Left-hander Matthew Boyd was solid in his third career start against Boston, allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer and an RBI single, and Gerrit Cole allowed one run over six solid innings as the Houston Astros topped the Texas Rangers 5-2. Alex Bregman also homered for the Astros, and Jose Altuve had three singles after coming in with a big league-leading 85. Cole gave up just three singles — and none after the third inning — had eight strikeouts and walked three. Cole Hamels didn’t allow a hit until Bregman’s one-out double in the fourth.
TORONTO (AP) —Aledmys Diaz (ah-LEHD’-meez DEE’-ahz) hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4. Teoscar Hernandez doubled off Miguel Castro to begin the 10th and Justin Smoak was intentionally walked before Kendrys Morales and Luke Maile struck out. Diaz won it with a single to the wall in left, giving Toronto just its second win in its past 12 home games.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The first full day after New Jersey legislators approved a bill to legalize sports betting began with no one actually offering it yet. But that could change by the end of the day on Friday, depending on whether casinos and racetracks are willing to move on their own and ignore the state’s Democratic governor, who has given no indication of when he might act on the bill. All eyes are on Gov. Phil Murphy now that the state Legislature unanimously passed the bill Thursday to allow sports betting three weeks after winning a U.S. Supreme Court case that cleared the way for them and all other states to do so.