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May 27

Karl-Anthony Towns' shooting woes continue in Wolves' Game 3 loss

DALLAS --  Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns is having a historically difficult start to the Western Conference finals. After another rough night from Towns in the Wolves' 116-107 Game 3 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, there was no sugarcoating it from his coach, Chris Finch. "He struggled, of course," Finch said after Towns scored 14 points on 5-for-18 shooting, including going 0-for-8 from 3 as Minnesota dropped to one game away from elimination. "It was hard to watch at times." Finch might have wanted to cover his eyes the most in the fourth quarter, when Towns went scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting (0-for-3 from 3) as Minnesota was outscored 14-3 in the final five minutes. "I've got to laugh," Towns said afterward. "I'm putting up to 1,500 shots a day. Shot so well all playoffs, confidence extremely high. To be having these unfortunate bounces and these looks that are just not going in, it's tough. It's tough, for...
May 27
May 27

Mavericks rally past Timberwolves, secure 3-0 series lead

DALLAS -- The Mavericks trailed by two points with five minutes remaining in Sunday's Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. Once again, that meant the Minnesota Timberwolves were in serious trouble. Dallas, led by its superstar duo of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, continued its run of clutch dominance en route to a 116-107 win. Doncic and Irving each finished with 33 points, combining for 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the fourth quarter, when the tandem outscored the Timberwolves by a point. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Mavericks are the first team to take a 3-0 series lead despite trailing in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter in each game during the play-by-play era, which began in 1997-98. Dallas has outscored Minnesota by a 24-11 margin in the final three minutes of the three games. "Down the stretch, that's where we make our money, man," Irving said. "I think we have that poise now, and we're showcasing...
May 27
May 27

Mavericks outduel Wolves in clutch again, take 3-0 series lead

DALLAS -- Luka Doncic lunged for the ball after a steal by Anthony Edwards, knocking it far enough away to create a scramble and a jump ball the Dallas superstar won. The Mavericks made all the big plays again -- on both ends of the court -- and are a win away from their first trip to the NBA Finals in 13 years. Doncic and Kyrie Irving scored 33 points apiece and Dallas put together a decisive run in the final five minutes to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-107 on Sunday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. The 14-3 finish gave the Mavs a fifth consecutive playoff victory after Dereck Lively eft with a sprained neck when the rookie center took an accidental shot to the back of the head from Karl-Anthony Towns' knee. No team in NBA playoff history has rallied from 3-0 down. Game 4 is Tuesday night in Dallas. "We just say one more, we need one more," Doncic said. "Nothing done. They have an amazing team, so nothing...
May 27
May 26

Kyle Larson 18th in Indy 500; misses out on "The Double"

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kyle Larson was determined to complete the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, but weather got in the way.  Storms swept through Indianapolis Motor Speedway and delayed the start of the race there, ruining Larson's chance at finishing all 1,100 miles in a single day. But after driving his No. 17 car to an 18th-place finish in his debut in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" -- despite a pair of rookie mistakes -- the NASCAR star nevertheless began the quick trip to Charlotte. After two helicopter rides and about an hourlong flight, Larson arrived for the 400-lap race that Justin Allgaier had started in his place. Just as he arrived, weather brought the race to a halt with 151 laps left, giving Larson time to climb into the No. 5 car. However, the Coca-Cola 600 never resumed, with NASCAR calling the race due to "inclement weather, high humidity and the likelihood of resuming action after 1 a.m. with the track-drying...
May 26
May 26

Kyle Larson 18th in Indy 500; arrives in Charlotte for NASCAR race

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kyle Larson was determined to complete the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. Even if it wasn't every lap. Storms swept through Indianapolis Motor Speedway and delayed the start of the race there, ruining Larson's chance at finishing all 1,100 miles in a single day. But after driving his No. 17 car to an 18th-place finish in his debut in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" -- despite a pair of rookie mistakes -- the NASCAR star nevertheless began the quick trip to Charlotte. After two helicopter rides and about an hourlong flight, Larson arrived for the 400-lap race that Justin Allgaier had started in his place. Just as he arrived, weather brought the race to a halt with 151 laps left, giving Larson time to climb into the No. 5 car. "I would definitely love to be back next year," Larson said of the Indy 500. "Feel like I learned a lot. Made a couple of mistakes early there with the restart -- not sure what I did there. Feel...
May 26
May 26

Braves' Ronald Acu?a Jr. out for season with torn left ACL

Reigning National League MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. tore the ACL in his left knee Sunday and will miss the remainder of the season, a significant blow to an Atlanta Braves team that already lost ace Spencer Strider for 2024.  Acuña crumbled between second and third base during the first inning of the Braves' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after his left knee buckled on a delayed steal attempt. An MRI revealed the torn left ACL, which comes less than three years after Acuña suffered the same injury to his right knee while jumping to make a catch in right field. Acuña, 26, is regarded as one of the best players in Major League Baseball and the franchise player for a Braves team that entered the season as the second likeliest to win the World Series. Despite losing Acuña in 2021, the Braves recovered to sneak into the postseason with 88 wins and romped to their fourth championship. Atlanta won a major-league-best 104 games last season as Acuña batted...
May 26
May 26

Xavi signs off with win, warns next Bar?a coach: It's a difficult club

After ending his time as Barcelona coach with a 2-1 win against Sevilla on Sunday, Xavi Hernández said he believes his work has been undervalued and that his replacement will have a difficult job on their hands. Goals from Robert Lewandowski and Fermín López sandwiched an effort from Youssef En-Nesyri as Barça finished the LaLiga campaign with three points just two days after the club announced Xavi would be sacked at the end of the season.  "I don't think the work we have done has been sufficiently valued considering the adverse situation we came into," Xavi told DAZN after beating Sevilla. "Barça were ninth in the table when we arrived at the end of 2021. We finished second. Then, in the first full season [in charge], we won two trophies [LaLiga and the Spanish Supercopa]. "This year has not been at the level required, but it's come down to details in several key games. It's a shame. I am sad, but this is the job of a...
May 26
May 26

Igor Shesterkin shines as Rangers edge Panthers in overtime

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The New York Rangers needed a timeout. Literally. New York held a two-goal lead entering the third period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Florida Panthers on Sunday and the Panthers were taking it to their opponent. Florida was dominating New York in all three zones, and when the Panthers tied the game 4-4, Rangers' coach Peter Laviolette knew his group had to take a breath. He called for a stoppage. Talked things out on the bench. And New York went back to work with renewed vigor, leaning on a terrific performance from goaltender Igor Shesterkin to get out of that final frame tied. The Rangers went on to win  5-4 in overtime on  Alex Wennberg's tally. It was the Rangers' second overtime win in a row. They lead Florida in the best-of-seven series 2-1. "The third was probably our toughest go in the series so far," Laviolette said. "We're up 4-2, we're under siege, they were able to capitalize, and...
May 26
May 26

Xavi signs off with win, warns Bar?a next coach: It's a difficult club

Xavi Hernández said he feels his work has been undervalued and that his replacement will have a difficult job on their hands after ending his time as Barcelona coach with a 2-1 win against Sevilla on Sunday. Goals from Robert Lewandowski and Fermín López sandwiched an effort from Youssef En-Nesyri as Barça finished the LaLiga campaign with three points just two days after the club announced Xavi would be sacked at the end of the season.  "I don't think the work we have done has been sufficiently valued considering the adverse situation we came into," Xavi told DAZN after beating Sevilla. "Barça were ninth in the table when we arrived at the end of 2021. We finished second. Then, in the first full season [in charge], we won two trophies [LaLiga and the Spanish Supercopa]. "This year has not been at the level required, but it's come down to details in several key games. It's a shame. I am sad, but this is the job of a coach." ESPN...
May 26
May 26

Josef Newgarden wins Indianapolis 500 for 2nd straight year

INDIANAPOLIS -- Josef Newgarden once again brought his victorious Team Penske car to a stop on the Yard of Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He found that same hole in the fence, climbed through and was pummeled by fans celebrating his second consecutive Indianapolis 500 triumph. Everything about his victory Sunday -- down to the last-lap duel, this time with Pato O'Ward -- seemed just like last year. The only difference was the circumstances. A year ago, Newgarden was the hard-luck driver who had accomplished so much yet had never won "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." On Sunday, he was the superstar winning in the shadow of a cheating scandal that kept his race strategist from even being inside the speedway for the rain-delayed event. Newgarden put the scandal behind him to become the first back-to-back winner of the Indy 500 since Helio Castroneves 22 years ago and give Roger Penske a record-extending 20th win in the biggest race in the...
May 26
May 26

David Pastrnak, Czechia win world championship on home ice

PRAGUE -- Boston Bruins star forward David Pastrnak scored as Czechia shut out Switzerland 2-0 to win the ice hockey world championship Sunday. Just over a week after the Bruins saw their season end, their best player broke the deadlock for his country with 10:47 remaining in the final period, prompting the sold-out Prague Arena to erupt in wild celebration. Pastrnak one-timed his usual place in the left circle past goaltender Leonardo Genoni after he was fed by defenseman Tomas Kundratek from the blue line. "We did it at home," Pastrnak said in his on-ice interview after the medal ceremony. "We've been waiting for gold for a very long time and it couldn't have come at a better time. It's always a big thank you [to the fans]. They did amazing for weeks, and we were so excited to be able to extend it for them to play for the medal." Pastrnak scored his first goal at the tournament. David Kampf added the second into an empty net with 19 seconds to...
May 26
May 26

David Pastrnak, Czech Republic win world title on home ice

PRAGUE -- Boston Bruins star forward David Pastrnak scored as the Czech Republic shut out Switzerland 2-0 to win the ice hockey world championship Sunday. Just over a week after the Bruins saw their season end, their best player broke the deadlock for his country with 10:47 remaining in the final period. Pastrnak one-timed his usual place in the left circle past goaltender Leonardo Genoni after he was fed by defenseman Tomas Kundratek from the blue line. "We did it at home," Pastrnak said in his on-ice interview after the medal ceremony. "We've been waiting for gold for a very long time and it couldn't have come at a better time. It's always a big thank you [to the fans]. They did amazing for weeks, and we were so excited to be able to extend it for them to play for the medal." Pastrnak scored his first goal at the tournament. David Kampf added the second into an empty net with 19 seconds to go. "Coming here, the team was doing great, but we didn't...
May 26
May 26

Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. to have MRI on knee, expects to go on IL

PITTSBURGH -- Ronald Acuna Jr. left the Atlanta Braves' 8-1 victory over the  Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning Sunday with left knee soreness after the knee appeared to buckle. Wearing a brace on his knee in the clubhouse, Acuna said he would have an MRI on Sunday night and expects to be placed on the 10-day injured list. "I got scared a lot because I felt the pain in the beginning," Acuna said through a translator. "Hopefully, everything is going to go well." The reigning National League MVP led off the game with a double to right-center field off Martin Perez. With Marcell Ozuna at the plate, Acuna started toward third on a stolen base attempt and his left knee appeared to buckle. He remained down for several minutes while being treated, pointing at his left leg before walking off under his own power. Acuna, a 26-year-old outfielder, is batting .250 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 49 games. The four-time All-Star hit a...
May 26
May 26

Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. leaves game with knee soreness

PITTSBURGH -- Ronald Acuna Jr. left the Atlanta Braves' 8-1 victory over the  Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning Sunday with left knee soreness after his knee appeared to buckle. The reigning National League MVP led off the game with a double to right-center field off Martin Perez. With Marcell Ozuna at the plate, Acuna started toward third on a stolen base attempt and his left knee appeared to buckle. He remained down for several minutes while being treated, pointing at his left leg before walking off under his own power. Acuna, a 26-year-old outfielder, is batting .250 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 49 games. The four-time All-Star hit a career-best .337 last season with 41 homers and 106 RBIs. Adam Duvall shifted from left to right in the bottom half, and Jarred Kelenic entered the game in place of Acuna and played left. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
May 26
May 26

With script flipped, Celtics hope to close out Pacers in Game 4

INDIANAPOLIS -- A year ago, the Boston Celtics found themselves in a 3-0 hole in the Eastern Conference finals -- only to then win three straight games and nearly pull off a historic comeback. So, while the Celtics now find themselves on the precipice of advancing to the NBA Finals for a second time in three years after escaping Game 3 with a victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, Boston is aware that its work is far from over heading into Game 4 on Monday night. "The numbers are literally flipped," coach Joe Mazzulla said when asked what he and the Celtics can take away from last year's experience. "But I think that's a situation ... when you're in any situation, sometimes you find out why you're in it a day later, a week later, a month later, sometimes a year later. "So, I think it's more important to just focus on the position we were in last year, what can we learn from that? And I think the position we're in now it's, 'OK, that's why we had to go through...
May 26
May 26

Wolves' Anthony Edwards vows to take 'lot of shots' in Game 3

DALLAS -- Anthony Edwards has a plan for what the Minnesota Timberwolves need to do to get back in the Western Conference finals in Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night: Namely, more Anthony Edwards. "Y'all are going to see it tonight, it's going to be a lot of shots," Edwards said after the Wolves' shootaround Sunday morning. Edwards has averaged 20 points on a combined 11-for-33 shooting (33.3%) in the series thus far as Minnesota lost the first two games at home. "I'm going to be super aggressive," Edwards said. "I haven't taken more than 16 shots in each game. So I'm going to be ultra-aggressive coming out, for sure." The 22-year-old shooting guard averaged 27.7 points on 20.3 shot attempts over seven games in the Wolves' second-round series victory over the Denver Nuggets. Edwards had a costly turnover in Game 2 vs. Dallas, throwing it out of bounds after driving into the lane and picking up his dribble near the free throw...
May 26
May 26

Southampton edge Leeds to win Championship playoff final

Southampton won promotion back to the Premier League on Sunday after beating Leeds United 1-0 in the Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium in London, earning an immediate return to England's top tier following relegation in 2023. Often described as the "richest match in football," promotion means Southmapton are set to receive a windfall of at least £140 million ($178m), according to analysis from Deloitte's Sports Business Group. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Adam Armstrong was the Southampton match winner, as his first-half goal was enough to see off a Leeds side that struggled to muster a meaningful response. Substitute Daniel James came closest after his shot hit the bar late in the second half. Southampton will join Leicester City and Ipswich Town in the Premier League next season, the latter being promoted after a 22-year absence from the top flight, while Leicester also returned to the Premier...
May 26
May 26

Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. suffers apparent injury to left knee

PITTSBURGH -- Ronald Acuna Jr. appeared to suffer an injury to his left knee and left the Braves' game against the  Pirates in the first inning Sunday. The reigning National League MVP led off the game with a double to right-center field off Martin Perez. With Marcell Ozuna at the plate, Acuna started toward third on a stolen base attempt and his left knee appeared to buckle. He remained down for several minutes while being treated, pointing at his left leg before walking off under his own power. Acuna, a 26-year-old outfielder, is batting .250 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 49 games. The four-time All-Star hit a career-best .337 last season with 41 homers and 106 RBIs. Adam Duvall shifted from left to right in the bottom half, and Jarred Kelenic entered the game in place of Acuna and played left. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
May 26
May 26

Charles Leclerc holds off Oscar Piastri to win at home in Monaco

MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Charles Leclerc held off race-long pressure from McLaren's Oscar Piastri to finally end his home race curse and win the Monaco Grand Prix. Victory for the Ferrari driver, born and raised in the principality of Monaco, ended a long string of heartbreaking results at the famous Monte Carlo circuit with a faultless drive out in front. Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz rounded off the podium in third. Leclerc had previously failed to score so much as a podium finish in five previous attempts at the event. It marked his first win since the Austrian Grand Prix in 2022. Leclerc said after the race: "No words can explain that ... it's such a difficult race. The fact starting twice on pole and couldn't make it makes it even better. It means a lot. It's the race that made me dream of becoming a Formula One driver. "It was a difficult race emotionally, 15 laps from the end I was hoping nothing happens, already the emotions were coming. I was thinking to my dad ......
May 26
May 26

Family says PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray died by suicide

The parents of professional golfer Grayson Murray on Sunday said the two-time PGA Tour winner died by suicide Saturday morning. "We have spent the last 24 hours trying to come to terms with the fact that our son is gone," Eric and Terry Murray said in a statement. "It's surreal that we not only have to admit it to ourselves, but that we also have to acknowledge it to the world. It's a nightmare. "... Life wasn't always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he rests peacefully now." Grayson Murray, 30, withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial after the 16th hole of Friday's second round in Fort Worth, Texas. The PGA Tour cited the reason as illness. "We have so many questions that have no answers. But one. Was Grayson loved? The answer is yes," his parents said in their statement. "By us, his brother Cameron, his sister Erica, all of his extended family, by his friends, by his fellow players and -- it seems -- by many of you who are...
May 26
May 26

Novak Djokovic has low expectations, high hopes for French Open

PARIS -- Novak Djokovic said he has "low expectations and high hopes" for the French Open as he seeks to win his 25th Grand Slam men's singles title at Roland Garros. Reigning champion Djokovic comes to Paris with the billing as one of the tournament favorites but has suffered six defeats this season in 20 matches. He reached the semifinal of the Australian Open, but after a tricky clay-court season, he said he was "worried" about his form after a semifinal defeat to Tomas Machac in Geneva on Friday. He said after that loss: "I haven't played well at all this year, apart from a few matches here and there. I don't see myself as a favorite in Paris." At his pre-tournament news conference Sunday, he said he was trying to focus day by day as he seeks to improve his form. And having said he had "low expectations" for the next fortnight, he then elaborated on those feelings. "It's tough to talk about. It's very subjective," Djokovic said. "You know, I almost feel a bit...
May 26
May 26

Family reveals PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray died by suicide

The parents of professional golfer Grayson Murray on Sunday revealed that the two-time PGA Tour winner died by suicide on Saturday morning. "We have spent the last 24 hours trying to come to terms with the fact that our son is gone," Eric and Terry Murray said in a statement. "It's surreal that we not only have to admit it to ourselves, but that we also have to acknowledge it to the world. It's a nightmare. "... Life wasn't always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he rests peacefully now." Grayson Murray, 30, withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial after the 16th hole of Friday's second round in Fort Worth, Texas. The PGA Tour cited the reason as illness at the time. "We have so many questions that have no answers. But one. Was Grayson loved? The answer is yes," his parents said in their statement. "By us, his brother Cameron, his sister Erica, all of his extended family, by his friends, by his fellow players and -- it seems --...
May 26
May 26

PGA winner Grayson Murray, 30, died by suicide, family says

Murray died one day after withdrawing from the Charles Schwab Challenge.
May 26
Grayson Murray plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, on May 16, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky.
May 26

Madden Iamaleava, 4-star QB recruit in 2025, commits to UCLA

Quarterback Madden Iamaleava, an ESPN top-100 recruit and the younger brother of projected Tennessee starting quarterback Nico Iamaleava, committed to UCLA on Saturday night. Madden Iamaleava, ranked No. 83 among 2025 recruits and No. 7 among prospects from California, is the first major recruit for new UCLA coach DeShaun Foster. The four-star prospect posted on social media Friday that Oregon had offered a scholarship, and he had received interest from Nebraska and other major programs. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Iamaleava passed for 3,626 yards, 43 touchdowns and four interceptions in his first season as a starter for Warren High School in Downey, California, where he backed up Nico in 2022. UCLA saw quarterback Dante Moore, ESPN's No. 2 overall recruit in 2023, transfer to Oregon in December after starting five games last fall. Veteran Ethan Garbers returns for this coming season, but the Bruins will have an opening...
May 26
May 26

Naomi Osaka wins at French Open for 1st time since 2021

Naomi Osaka labored past unseeded Italian Lucia Bronzetti 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in the first round of the French Open on Sunday to claim her first win at Roland Garros in three years. Returning from a 15-month maternity break this year, Osaka had fallen in the first round at the Australian Open in January but looked set to breeze into the second round in Paris as the former world No. 1 bombarded Bronzetti from the baseline. The four-time Grand Slam champion had not won at the French Open since 2021, when she ultimately withdrew from the event after clashing with tournament officials for skipping her mandatory media obligations. "There were moments I played pretty well, but I was pretty nervous and got really tight," Osaka said during an on-court interview. Osaka later acknowledged that she was thinking about her long stretch between victories at a Grand Slam before she regained her composure in the third set. "I was kind of, in my head, thinking I didn't win a match in...
May 26
May 26

Dallas Stars defeat Edmonton Oilers, tie series at 1-1

DALLAS -- After finding a much-needed opening, the Dallas Stars made sure Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers couldn't do the same. Mason Marchment's early third-period goal allowed the Stars to gain a firm grip and limit the Oilers to just five shots in the final frame. The result was a 3-1 series-tying win Saturday in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at the American Airlines Center. "I think we just got to our game," Marchment said about why the Stars were able to shut down the Oilers in the third. "When we play our game, we're a hard team to play against when we do the right things at the right times." One of the conversations coming out of the Stars' 3-2 double-overtime loss Thursday to the Oilers was how they let McDavid find the time and space for two openings, one of which led to the game-winning goal. After Game 2, the discussion shifted to how the Stars tied the series while effectively silencing the four...
May 26
May 26

Sky's Angel Reese plays down Alyssa Thomas' flagrant foul 2

Connecticut Sun star Alyssa Thomas was ejected late in the third quarter of Saturday night's 86-82 win at the Chicago Sky after being assessed a flagrant foul 2 on rookie Angel Reese. Thomas and Reese were battling down low for a rebound when Thomas extended her left arm and made contact with Reese's neck, causing Reese to take a hard fall. After the play was reviewed, Thomas, who came in second in MVP voting last season, received the first flagrant foul 2 of her career and the eighth flagrant of any kind, tied for second most in league history. She left with nine points, six assists and six rebounds. Reese, the No. 7 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft, finished 13 points and five rebounds. "It was a physical game out there," Sun center Brionna Jones said. "I think it was a little out of hand at the beginning, which led into that. But we got to play through it, play through adversity, and we did and came out with the win." Before the game, Reese...
May 26
May 25

Celtics use furious rally to win Game 3, put Pacers on brink

INDIANAPOLIS -- As Andrew Nembhard came streaking down the left side of the court in the closing moments of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse, with his Indiana Pacers down one and looking to, somehow, claw their way back into this series with All-NBA point guard Tyrese Haliburton watching in street clothes, Boston Celtics guard Jrue Holiday was with him step for step. But then, as Nembhard tried to cut into the middle of the court -- where he and the Pacers had feasted on Boston's defense for most of the night -- Holiday knew what was coming. "He's a right-hand driver," Holiday would say later, "and he'd been very, very aggressive all night." And, as Nembhard went to that right hand, Holiday stole the ball from him and raced to the other end of the court, where he eventually hit a pair of free throws that provided the final scoring margin in this game: That score -- Celtics 114, Pacers 111 -- gave...
May 25
May 25

Sun's Alyssa Thomas ejected for flagrant foul on Sky's Reese

Connecticut Sun star Alyssa Thomas was ejected late in the third quarter of Saturday night's 86-82 win over the  Chicago Sky after being assessed a flagrant foul 2 on rookie Angel Reese. Thomas and Reese were battling down low for a rebound when Thomas extended her arm into Reese's neck and appeared to push Reese toward the floor. Reese took a hard fall but returned to game action. After the play was reviewed, Thomas, who came in second in MVP voting last season, received the first flagrant foul 2 of her career. She left with nine points, six assists and six rebounds. Reese, the No. 7 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft, finished 13 points and five rebounds.  The Sun improved to 5-0 with Saturday's win, while the Sky, hosting their first home game of the season, fell to 2-2.
May 25
May 25

Alabama softball wins in record 14-inning super regional game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Kristen White's infield chopper with the bases loaded allowed Lauren Johnson to score from third and Alabama forced a third game, beating Tennessee 3-2 on Saturday in 14 innings in the longest super regional game in college women's softball history. The winner of Sunday's game will face UCLA at the Women's College World Series starting Thursday. The sixth-seeded Bruins swept No. 11-seed Georgia in a super regional. The Crimson Tide's Johnson led off the bottom of the 14th with a first-pitch single to left field off Tennessee pitcher Karlyn Pickens. Riley Valentine followed with a double to left that Tennessee's Rylie West just missed catching down the line to put runners at second and third.   Pickens then intentionally walked No. 9 hitter Kali Heivlin to set up a force at home. After fouling off the first pitch, White chopped it to Tennessee shortstop Laura Mealer whose throw home was late, allowing Johnson to score. It was the longest game in...
May 25
May 25

Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton misses Game 3 vs. Celtics

Indiana Pacers All-NBA guard Tyrese Haliburton missed Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Saturday night because of a hamstring strain. Haliburton's availability for Game 4 on Monday is also in serious question, sources told ESPN. The Pacers and Haliburton will reassess the strain ahead of Game 4 before making a final decision on his ability to play, sources said. The Pacers intend to err on the side of caution with their franchise star's injury. "Tyrese very much wants to play," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said before Game 3 in Indianapolis. "He desperately wants to play. But the decision on tonight was taken out of his hands earlier in the day. It was determined that tonight was not an option. He is feeling better; we'll see where he is on Monday." Boston leads the best-of-seven series 2-0, and the loss of Haliburton looms large for the Pacers' chances of getting back into this series. Haliburton -- who missed 10 games in...
May 25
May 25

Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) out for Game 3

Indiana Pacers All-NBA guard Tyrese Haliburton missed Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Saturday night because of a hamstring strain. Haliburton's availability for Game 4 on Monday is also in serious question, sources told ESPN. The Pacers and Haliburton will reassess the strain ahead of Game 4 before making a final decision on his ability to play, sources said. The Pacers intend to err on the side of caution with their franchise star's injury. "Tyrese very much wants to play," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said before Game 3 in Indianapolis. "He desperately wants to play. But the decision on tonight was taken out of his hands earlier in the day. It was determined that tonight was not an option. He is feeling better; we'll see where he is on Monday." Boston leads the best-of-seven series 2-0, and the loss of Haliburton looms large for the Pacers' chances of getting back into this series. Haliburton -- who missed 10 games in...
May 25
May 25

Edwin Diaz's fourth blown save leads to New York Mets' loss

NEW YORK -- The trumpets sounded just after 4 p.m. Saturday at Citi Field as Edwin Diaz emerged from the bullpen. Fans cheered and danced to the walk-out song popularized during the closer's dominant 2022 season. They cheered again when he was introduced as the New York Mets' pitcher in the ninth inning with a one-run lead over the San Francisco Giants. Diaz, after a weeklong role demotion, was closing a game again in Queens like old times. But these aren't like old times for Diaz. His recent disastrous stretch as closer continued Saturday with another blown save, this time on  LaMonte Wade Jr.'s one-out RBI single that ultimately pushed the game to extra innings. The Giants then erupted for five runs in the 10th inning for their second straight comeback victory to open the series, this one a 7-2 decision. Diaz has now squandered a lead in four straight ninth-inning appearances. He hasn't successfully saved a game since May 6. He has four...
May 25
May 25

Grayson Murray, two-time PGA Tour winner, dies at 30

Two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray died Saturday morning at age 30, one day after he withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial. There were no immediate details on the circumstances of his death, only shock and grief from the PGA Tour and his management team. "I am at a loss for words," PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. "The PGA Tour is a family, and when you lose a member of your family, you are never the same. We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort for his loved ones." Murray's management company, GSE Worldwide, confirmed the death. "We will hold off on commenting until we learn further details, but our heart aches for his family, his friends and all who loved him during this very difficult time," GSE said in a statement. Jay Green, Murray's caddie, lamented the loss of his friend in a statement to the Golf Channel. "Grayson was the absolute best. Not only was he an incredible, thoughtful and generous boss, he was an even better...
May 25
May 25

Bayer Leverkusen complete double with DFB Pokal final win

Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen battled past second-division Kaiserslautern 1-0 on Saturday to win the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) and secure the club's first domestic double. Leverkusen won the Bundesliga unbeaten, a historic feat. The only blip on the record of Xabi Alonso's team this season was losing the Europa League final to Atalanta 3-0 on Wednesday in Dublin. That ended Leverkusen's record 51-game unbeaten run across all competitions. It was their only loss in 53 games this season. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, NWSL more (U.S.) This was Leverkusen's second German Cup win after their maiden victory back in 1993. "In the end, to win like that meant we showed spirit, we fought for the fans for the club," Alonso said. "It is huge success to win the double. We will remember this in the future." At Berlin's Olympiastadion, which will host the Euro 2024 final in July, Leverkusen took the lead with ...
May 25
May 25

UWCL final: Alexia Putellas shows she's 'queen of Barcelona'

Lucy Bronze has said Alexia Putellas showed why she is the "queen of Barcelona" after the two-time Ballon d'Or winner came off the bench to score the second goal in Barcelona's  2-0 Champions League final win over Lyon on Saturday. Putellas fired home in stoppage time after Aitana Bonmatí had opened the scoring earlier in the second half as Barça sealed back-to-back Champions League trophies, winning the competition for a third time in four years. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) "Alexia is the captain of the team and she's the queen of Barcelona for a reason," England defender Bronze told DAZN after the game. "She's always so confident in the team and she showed today why she is a back-to-back Ballon d'Or winner. "She's got the quality to do that in the last minute of the Champions League final when we were up against it at the end and it just sealed the win for us. It was...
May 25
May 25

Professional golfer Grayson Murray dies at age 30

Professional golfer Grayson Murray, who won the Sony Open earlier this year in Hawaii, has died, the PGA Tour announced on Saturday. Murray, 30, withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday citing an illness. "We were devastated to learn -- and are heartbroken to share -- that PGA TOUR player Grayson Murray passed away this morning. I am at a loss for words," PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. "The PGA TOUR is a family, and when you lose a member of your family, you are never the same. We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort for his loved ones." "I reached out to Grayson's parents to offer our deepest condolences, and during that conversation, they asked that we continue with tournament play," Monahan continued. "They were adamant that Grayson would want us to do so. As difficult as it will be, we want to respect their wishes." The tour announced that grief counselors would be available at the Colonial and the Visit Knoxville...
May 25
May 25

Sources: Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton out for Game 3

Indiana Pacers All-NBA guard Tyrese Haliburton is out for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Saturday night because of a hamstring strain and his availability for Game 4 on Monday is in serious question, sources told ESPN. The Pacers and Haliburton will reassess the strain ahead of Game 4 before making a final decision on his ability to play, sources said. The Pacers intend to err on the side of caution with their franchise star's injury. Boston leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 and the loss of Haliburton looms large for the Pacers' chances of getting back into this series. Haliburton -- who missed 10 games in January with the same injury -- aggravated the hamstring in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Celtics in Boston. Haliburton averaged 20.1 points and a league-leading 10.9 assists in a regular season that earned him third-team All-NBA honors. The Pacers are plus-59 with Haliburton on the floor this season and minus-35 without...
May 25
May 25

Red Sox RHP Garrett Whitlock (elbow) out remainder of season

Boston Red Sox right-hander Garrett Whitlock told reporters Saturday that he will miss the remainder of the season and undergo an elbow procedure. Whitlock, 27, is set to undergo an internal brace procedure that has a one-year recovery time as opposed to the potential 15-month recovery time from Tommy John surgery. He had a Tommy John procedure done in 2019 when he was a minor leaguer in the New York Yankees' system. Whitlock originally went on the injured list in April with an oblique injury. He made just four starts this season, going 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in 18⅓ innings. He last appeared in a game April 16. In four seasons with Boston, Whitlock is 18-11 with a 3.39 ERA in 103 appearances (23 starts).
May 25
May 25

Sources: Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton unlikely to play Game 3

Indiana Pacers All-NBA guard Tyrese Haliburton is unlikely to play in Game 3 on Saturday night vs. the Boston Celtics because of a left hamstring injury, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Haliburton left the third quarter of the Pacers' Game 2 loss in Boston after aggravating the injury.  Haliburton missed 10 games with a left hamstring strain suffered Jan. 8 against the Celtics, and the injury has limited him at points this season.  After posting 25 points and 10 assists in Game 1, Haliburton finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-of-6 from 3-point range) and eight assists. The Pacers outscored the Celtics by one point with Haliburton on the floor in Game 2 but were outscored by 17 when he was off it. The Pacers enter Game 3 in Indianapolis down 2-0 in the series.
May 25
May 25

Stan Van Gundy remembers late wife, reveals cause of death

Stan Van Gundy's wife of 35 years died Aug. 16, at which time her cause of death was said to be "unexpected." On Friday, with months to reflect on Kim Van Gundy's passing, the former NBA coach and current television analyst revealed more about the circumstances of her death. Van Gundy told longtime friend and sports talk host Dan Le Batard, on the latter's "South Beach Sessions" podcast, that Kim, 61, died by suicide. "She took her own life, Dan," Van Gundy said. "I can't imagine that I'll ever get over that. ... It was devastating." Van Gundy discussed at length the woman he began a relationship with when he was 24 and the life they had built in more than three decades of marriage. "My entire adult life, I trace everything -- job changes, kids, everything -- I was with her, and she was by my side. I never, ever envisioned that I was going to live any day in my life without Kim," said Van Gundy, who added his wife had been diagnosed with a mental illness. "I knew she was going...
May 25
May 25

Barcelona beat Lyon 2-0 to win Women's Champions League

Second-half goals from Aitana Bonmatí and Alexia Putellas earned Barcelona a 2-0 win over Lyon in the Women's Champions League final Saturday, their second straight victory in the competition. Barça, who beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-2 in last year's final, came into the game seeking to go one better than their 2019 and 2022 finals against French powerhouse Lyon, which they lost 4-1 and 3-1 respectively. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) This time around, they finally found the right combination of organisation and individual brilliance to beat Lyon, the most successful team in the competition's history, in a tight, tense final. With a huge number of their fans in attendance at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Barcelona survived an early scare when Lucy Bronze almost steered the ball into her own net in the 14th minute, but instead it struck the woodwork and bounced harmlessly away. At the other end,...
May 25
May 25

Erik ten Hag sends message to Man United board after FA Cup win

Erik ten Hag has aimed a pointed dig at Manchester United's owners by saying that if they do not want him as their manager, he will win trophies for another club. Ten Hag lifted his second piece of silverware in as many seasons at Old Trafford thanks to United's surprise 2-1 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) The Dutchman said he is still in the dark about whether he will remain manager next season, but insisted he will continue to win trophies -- whether he's at United or elsewhere. "Two trophies in two years is not bad, three finals in two years is not bad," Ten Hag told a postmatch news conference Saturday. "If they don't want me, then I go somewhere else to win trophies because that is what I do." Ten Hag's future is in doubt following a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Premier League. New co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has refused to offer his...
May 25
May 25

Man United win FA Cup with superb display against Man City

Manchester United put on a sensational display to win the FA Cup with a 2-1 final victory over Manchester City on Saturday. United enjoyed a dream first half in which they scored twice -- first when Alejandro Garnacho capitalised on a mix-up between Stefan Ortega and  Josko Gvardiol and fired into an empty net, and again when Kobbie Mainoo put the finishing touch to a superb team move. Meanwhile, André Onana was forced into just a single save. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) City fought back in the second half and ensured a nervy ending when Onana's weak attempt at a save on 87 minutes could not keep out  Jérémy Doku's shot at the goalkeeper's near post. However, United held on and sealed a memorable victory. This year's FA Cup title is the second trophy of Erik ten Hag's two-year tenure in charge at United, but it comes amid intense speculation over his future, with ...
May 25
May 25

Veteran center Billy Price retires after 'terrifying' blood clot

Billy Price, a 2018 first-round draft pick, announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday because of the potential of complications from a blood clot. "In the blink of an eye, everything can be taken away," Price wrote on Instagram. "On April 24th I had emergency pulmonary embolism surgery to remove a saddle clot that was entering both of my lungs. As a healthy 29 year old, an unprovoked pulmonary embolism with no further medical explanation is terrifying. I am truly thankful to be alive today. "Unfortunately, I will be retiring from the NFL as the risk of an internal bleed while on blood thinners creates tremendous risk." Price, a center, last played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals during the 2022 season. He played in 69 career games (45 starts) with the Bengals, Giants and Cardinals since being selected by Cincinnati with the 21st pick of the 2018 NFL draft out of Ohio State. With the Buckeyes, he won the Rimington Trophy,...
May 25
May 25

Ferrari's Leclerc on pole at Monaco GP, Piastri second, Sainz third

MONACO -- Charles Leclerc will start the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position after beating McLaren's Oscar Piastri to the fastest time in qualifying by 0.154 seconds. Championship leader Max Verstappen will start sixth after a huge slide in the first corner on his final run saw his Red Bull just miss the wall on the exit and forced him to abort his lap. The result means Verstappen's run of eight pole positions has come to an end, leaving him one short of taking the outright record for consecutive poles from Ayrton Senna. Saturday's result was Leclerc's third pole position at his home race, but he has yet to finish on the podium at Monaco after suffering notoriously bad luck around the street circuit. In 2021 he suffered a driveshaft failure on the way to the grid, and in 2022 Ferrari bungled his strategy, leaving him fourth at the finish. Leclerc said after the session: "The feeling after a qualifying lap is always very special here so I'm really happy about the lap. ......
May 25
May 25

Vincent Kompany set for Bayern Munich as deal agreed - source

Burnley and Bayern Munich have reached a deal in principle for manager Vincent Kompany, a source told ESPN. Kompany, 38, is set to sign a three-year deal at the Allianz Arena as a replacement for Thomas Tuchel. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Bayern are set to pay Burnley around £10 million ($12.7m) in compensation. The framework of a deal has been agreed after a week of talks between the two clubs. Kompany, who signed a contract extension at Turf Moor in May 2023, has already verbally accepted an offer from the Bundesliga side. It will be the former Manchester City defender's third managerial appointment following spells at Anderlecht and Burnley. He won promotion to the Premier League in his first campaign at Turf Moor but finished 19th this season as Burnley were condemned to an immediate return to the Championship. Bayern have turned to Kompany after a string of rejections during their search for...
May 25
May 25

Bulls' Lonzo Ball says he received meniscus transplant from donor

Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball, who has not played in an NBA game since January 2022, spoke Friday of his way back from knee issues over the past two years and said part of the recovery involved undergoing a meniscus transplant from a donor. Speaking on his podcast, " The WAE Show," Ball said his issues dated to the first time he tore his meniscus in 2018, when he was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. After suffering recurring injuries to his left knee, Ball said he eventually had no more cartilage left in it and needed a transplant meniscus procedure performed last year. It was done at the same time he had a cartilage transplant performed in the same knee. "There was no more meniscus left, and bone on bone was rubbing," Ball said. "The cartilage was gone and the bone was messed up, so I had to get a new meniscus from a donor. I had to get a bone allograft, and I had to get some new cartilage put in as well." After spending more than a year...
May 25
May 25

Bayern, Burnley agree ?10m deal for Vincent Kompany - source

Burnley and Bayern Munich have agreed a deal in principle for manager Vincent Kompany, a source has told ESPN. Kompany, 38, is set to sign a three-year deal at the Allianz Arena as a replacement for Thomas Tuchel. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Bayern are set to pay Burnley around £10 million ($12.7m) in compensation. The framework of a deal has been agreed after a week of talks between the two clubs. Kompany, who signed a contract extension at Turf Moor in May 2023, has already verbally accepted an offer from the Bundesliga side. It will be the former Manchester City defender's third managerial appointment following spells at Anderlecht and Burnley. He won promotion to the Premier League in his first campaign at Turf Moor but finished 19th this season as Burnley were condemned to an immediate return to the Championship. Bayern have turned to Kompany after a string of rejections during their search...
May 25
May 25

Wayne Rooney returns to management as Plymouth manager

England and Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has been appointed manager of English second-tier Championship side Plymouth Argyle, the club announced on Saturday. The job is Rooney's first managerial role since being sacked by Birmingham City in January after a disastrous 15-game spell in charge of the Championship club. Birmingham would go on to be relegated and Rooney now joins the team that finished just one place above them, in 20th, to narrowly escape dropping down to League One. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, NWSL more (U.S.) "Taking this role at Plymouth Argyle feels like the perfect next step in my career -- and I would like to thank the Chairman and Board for the faith they have shown in me," Rooney said in a statement. "This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting project. I look forward to helping to build a squad of players to play expansive football -- and to entertain the Green Army." He...
May 25

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