Update on the latest in sports:
Jun. 12, 2017
Penguins a Game 6 win from defending Cup title
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Will the Pittsburgh Penguins become the first team since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings to win consecutive Stanley Cups, or will the Nashville Predators continue their improbable playoff run and force a Game 7 in the finals?
The Predators are hosting Game 6 right now as they attempt to win the last two games of the finals to capture their first Cup. The game was scoreless heading into the third period.
Though the Penguins had a 21-19 edge in shots through 40 minutes, it's the Predators who had the best opportunities. The Predators came close to scoring early in the second period, but the goal was waved off by an early whistle. Referee Kevin Pollock whistled the play dead before Colton Sissons poked the puck into the open Pittsburgh net.
Nashville outscored the Pens 9-2 at home in games 3 and 4, but the Penguins come off a 6-0 thrashing of the Predators on Thursday.
Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis is playing and in the starting lineup after playing just 10 minutes on Thursday.
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 began the day leading the American League East by 3 ½ games over Boston. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
US players thinking of 3 points in Mexico, not border wall
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Getting three points, not heightened political tension between the United States and Mexico, is the focus of American players going into tonight's World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.
Mexico upset the U.S. 2-1 at Columbus, Ohio, on the opening day of the final round of qualifying in November and is in position to sweep the Americans in a qualifying cycle for the first time 1972.
Mexico leads the hexagonal with 13 points, followed by Costa Rica, the U.S., Panama, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago. The top three advance to next year's World Cup in Russia.