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June 12, 2017

NHL-STANLEY CUP FINAL

Penguins close out another Cup title

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Stanley Cup is staying in the Steel City.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the first team in 19 years to win a second straight Stanley Cup as they completed the feat with a 2-0 shutout of the Predators in Nashville. Neither team scored until former Predator Patric Hornqvist beat Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh REE’-nay) from a bad angle with 1:35 remaining. Carl Hagelin (HAG’-lihn) sealed the win by scoring into an empty net with 14 seconds left.

Matt Murray stopped 27 shots in recording his second consecutive shutout. Murray also blanked Nashville in the Penguins’ 6-0 rout in Game 5.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe (smyth) Trophy for a second consecutive year after finishing second to teammate Evgeni Malkin with 27 points.

It’s the fifth Stanley Cup for the Penguins, who have won all of their clinchers on the road. The 1998 Red Wings were the last team to win a second consecutive Cup.

Penguins forward Chris Kunitz (KOO’-nihts) now leads all active players with four career championships.

It ends the deepest playoff run in Predators history. Nashville made the playoffs as the 16th-best team in the regular season before knocking off Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim.

MLB SCHEDULE-ORIOLES-YANKEES

Judge 2 HRs, hits drive nearly 500 feet, Yanks rout O’s 14-3

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have allowed just nine runs during their five-game winning streak, but no one is talking about their pitching. Rookie Aaron Judge and the Yankees’ lineup have overshadowed the hurlers by scoring 30 runs in their last two games and 55 runs during the winning streak.

Judge banged out two more homers on Sunday, including a drive nearly 500 feet while the Yanks were destroying the Orioles, 14-3. The 6-foot-7 Judge leads the majors with 21 home runs, tops the AL with 47 RBIs and owns a .344 average.

Starlin Castro homered and drove in five runs for the Bombers, who have opened a four-game lead over Boston in the American League East. Gary Sanchez also went deep to cap New York’s five-run first.

The Orioles left New York after being outscored 38-8 in the series.

The Red Sox were gunning for a sweep of Detroit until Justin Upton launched a grand slam and Nicholas Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs) hit a two-run homer in the Tigers’ 8-3 win at Fenway Park. Both homers came during the first six innings, which took more than three hours to complete.

Daniel Norris held Boston to two runs over five innings.

Elsewhere around the majors:

— The Cubs ended Colorado’s seven-game winning streak as Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber had back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to put Chicago ahead to stay in a 7-5 decision over the Rockies. It was Russell’s first big contribution since an absence in the wake of an MLB investigation into domestic abuse allegations. Miguel Montero and Ben Zobrist (ZOH’-brihst) also connected as the defending champs climbed back to .500 and dropped the Rockies to 41-24, still tops in the National League.

— Corey Seager’s first career grand slam capped a six-run eighth that propelled the Dodgers past the Reds, 9-7. Cody Bellinger homered twice, including a one-out drive that sparked the Dodgers’ late rally. Los Angeles has won four in a row and is within 1 ½ games of the NL West-leading Rockies.

— Robbie Ray and Paul Goldschmidt were the stars in Arizona’s 11-1 drubbing of Milwaukee. Ray struck out 12 over 6 2/3 innings and gave up just three hits as the Diamondbacks pulled within two games of the NL West-leading Rockies. Goldschmidt smacked a grand slam, Chris Herrmann and David Peralta hit two-run homers and Brandon Drury added a solo shot in the laugher.

— Houston is 2-4 since an 11-game winning streak after Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) belted his 601st career home run and Eric Young Jr. collected a career-high four RBIs in the Angels’ 12-6 rout of the Astros. The game was tied 6-6 until Young launched a three-run shot to cap the Halos’ six-run fifth. Kole Calhoun had two hits and three RBIs, while Andrelton (AN’-druhl-tuhn) Simmons added two hits and two ribbies for Los Angeles.

— Shin-Soo Choo homered for the second straight day and the Rangers completed a three-game sweep with a 5-1 win at Washington. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (BIB’-ehnz durx) allowed a run and three hits over seven innings in his second career start, retiring 19 straight after Brian Goodwin’s first career leadoff homer. Losing pitcher Max Scherzer struck out 10 to move past 2,000 for his career, but he suffered the loss despite holding Texas to a pair of earned runs and three hits over 7 1/3.

— Eduardo Nunez had three hits and scored three times against his old team as San Francisco rolled to a 13-8 pounding of Minnesota. Buster Posey and rookie Austin Slater each had three hits and four ribbies to help the Giants win for only the fourth time in 12 games. The Twins allowed eight doubles and saw their lead in the AL Central drop to 1 1/2 games over Cleveland.

— The Indians got 3 2/3 shutout innings from their bullpen in a 4-2 win against the White Sox. Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen shut the door after Carlos Carrasco was pulled following Todd Frazier’s two-run double in the sixth. Erik Gonzalez had two hits and an RBI as Cleveland dealt Chicago its ninth loss in 11 games.

— Dexter Fowler hit a three-run homer and Adam Wainwright tossed five solid innings as the Cardinals topped the Phillies, 6-5. Kolten Wong’s RBI double made it 6-3 to help St. Louis win its third in a row since a seven-game losing streak. Philadelphia led 2-0 until Fowler connected against Aaron Nola in the fifth inning.

— J.A. Happ combined with six relievers on a nine-hitter in Toronto’s 4-0 shutout of the Mariners in Seattle. Happ worked six innings to improve to 1-4, less than a year after completing a 20-win season. Josh Donaldson belted a two-run homer in the first and finished with three RBIs to help the Blue Jays send James Paxton to his first loss in six decisions this season.

— Seth Lugo was impressive in his first start of the year, striking out seven and yielding just one run over seven innings of the New York Mets’ third straight win, 2-1 in Atlanta. Lugo had been sidelined by elbow inflammation before helping Mets starters post a 0.83 ERA over the last five games. He also scored New York’s second run on an infield single by Juan Lagares in the third inning.

— The Royals were 8-3 winners at San Diego behind a pair of homers and four RBIs from Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs). Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer also homered to back Jake Junis, who allowed three round-trippers but just three other hits over a career-best seven-plus innings. Cory Spangenberg homered twice for the Padres.

— Mallex Smith laid down a bunt single in the seventh and scored the tiebreaking run on Corey Dickerson’s sacrifice fly as the Rays nipped Oakland, 5-4 at Tampa Bay. Smith had three hits to finish 8-for-14 in the series after being called up to replace injured Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (KEER’-my-ur). Colby Rasmus tied the game 4-4 with a solo shot in the sixth to help the Rays overcome Stephen Vogt’s (vohts) three RBIs.

— Ivan Nova looked good in the Pirates’ 3-1 win over the Marlins, giving up just one hit and no walks with four strikeouts over six scoreless innings. Elias Diaz slapped a two-run double in the first and scored the Pirates’ final run on Jordy Mercer’s sixth-inning single. Jeff Locke was charged with three runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in his first start in Pittsburgh since signing a free-agent contract with Miami.

FRENCH OPEN

Perfect 10: Nadal tops Wawrinka for record 10th French Open

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal has become the first player of the Open era to win the same major 10 times.

Nadal took his 10th French Open title and 15th career Grand Slam championship by thumping third seed Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRIHN’-kuh), 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. The 31-year-old Nadal breezed through the tournament by winning every set and dropping just 35 games, the second fewest by any man in a Grand Slam tourney since the Open era began in 1968.

The 31-year-old Nadal watched last year’s French Open from home while recovering from a wrist injury. His latest title breaks a tie with Pete Sampras for the second most Grand Slams by a male, three behind Roger Federer.

SOCCER-WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Yanks tie Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States men’s soccer team is unbeaten in its last four World Cup qualifying matches after picking up a rare point in Mexico.

Michael Bradley scored a stunning early goal from about 40 yards before the U.S. held on for a 1-1 tie in Mexico City. Bradley put the U.S. ahead in the sixth minute when he deflected a poor backpass by Mexican star Javier Hernandez and created his own breakaway.

The Mexicans tied it on Carlos Vela’s 23-yard shot in the 23rd minute.

It was just the third point earned by the Americans at Azteca Stadium.

The U.S. is now 2-2-2 in the final round of Cup qualifying.

Mexico leads the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region with 14 points, followed by Costa Rica (eight), which is ahead of the U.S. on goal difference. Panama, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago trail. The top three advance to next year’s World Cup in Russia, and the fourth-place team faces Asia’s No. 5 nation in a playoff.

NASCAR-POCONO

Blaney gets first Cup win

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Blaney has earned his first career NASCAR Cup victory by holding off Kevin Harvick down the stretch at Pocono Raceway.

Blaney was exhilarated following a frenetic final 10 laps in which he needed to pass a blocking Kyle Busch with about nine laps left. The 23-year-old Blaney won for the first time in 68 career starts, doing it without a working team radio.

Erik Jones was third, followed by Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski (lehs-LOW’-skee) and Martin Truex Jr.

Darrell Wallace Jr. finished a lap down in 26th in the first start by a black driver in the Cup series since 2006.

F1-CANADIAN GRAND PRIX

Hamilton dominates in Montreal

MONTREAL (AP) — Lewis Hamilton took the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix for the sixth time and the third year in a row.

Hamilton left from the pole and was never challenged as most of the jostling was behind him.

Valtteri Bottas was second, 19.7 seconds back to give Mercedes a sweep of the top two spots. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third for the third straight week.

PGA-ST JUDE CLASSIC

Berger wins at St. Jude Classic for second straight year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Daniel Berger shot a 4-under 66 to erase a three-shot deficit and win the St. Jude Classic for a second consecutive year.

The 24-year-old is the fourth back-to-back winner at St. Jude and the first since David Toms did it in 2003 and ’04. Berger was 10 under for the tournament, one shot ahead of Charl Schwartzel and Whee Kim.

LPGA CLASSIC

Jutanugarn rallies to win

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn won the Manulife LPGA Classic with a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat American Lexi Thompson and South Korea’s In Gee Chun.

Jutanugarn shot a 3-under 69 in the final round and was tied with Thompson and Chun at 17-under 271 heading into the playoff.

Thompson started the day with a one-shot lead and led by four at the turn before carding four bogeys on the back nine.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Jobe wins senior event in Iowa by 1 shot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Brandt Jobe won the PGA Tour Champions event Sunday by one shot, finishing at 14-under for his first victory in 19 years.

Jobe shot a 69 in the final round to snap a winless drought that had stretched back to 1998, when he took first in a tournament in Japan.

Scott McCarron finished one shot back and one ahead of money leader Bernhard Langer, who was seeking his third straight tournament title.

FRANCE-ENGLAND-TRIBUTE

Tribute planned ahead of France-England soccer

PARIS (AP) — France and England’s soccer players will walk out to the song “Don’t Look Back in Anger” during a Tuesday tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

On May 22, a man detonated a bomb as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people. And on June 3, three attackers mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed people in nearby Borough Market, killing eight and wounding dozens more.

The tribute will take place before the soccer match at France’s national stadium, just north of Paris.

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