AP Monday Sports Roundup
Pens hoist Cup for fourth title after turnaround season
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins stand at the pinnacle of the hockey world for the fourth time in team history, and for the second time since 2009.
The Penguins captured the Stanley Cup by beating San Jose 3-1 on the road to eliminate the Sharks in six games.
Kris Letang scored his third goal of the playoffs at 7:46 of the second period to give the Penguins the lead. Patric Hornqvist added an empty-net goal with 1:02 left. Matt Murray made 18 saves between the pipes for the Penguins. He had to make just two saves in the third period.
Pittsburgh's Brian Dumoulin opened the scoring with a first period power play goal. Then Logan Couture tied in the second period.
The hoisting of the Stanley Cup climaxed a turnaround season for the Penguins. Mike Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston as coach in December following the Penguins slow start.
"It wasn't easy getting here," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said after winning his second Stanley Cup. Crosby won the Conn Smythe (SMYTH) Trophy was the MVP of the playoffs.
Green suspended for Game 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) —The NBA says Golden State's Draymond Green will not be able to play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He's been suspended for a game because the league has assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 upon review of an incident in the previous game. In accordance with NBA rules, Green will serve the suspension Monday night when the Warriors host Cleveland.
The Warriors own a 3-1 lead in the series into Game 5.
Green has now accrued his fourth Flagrant Foul point of the 2016 postseason. League rules call for an automatic suspension if a player accrues a fourth Flagrant Foul in one postseason.
The incident occurred when Green made unnecessary contact with a retaliatory swipe of his hand in the groin of Cleveland's LeBron James. The Cleveland forward has been assessed a technical foul for his role in the altercation.
The league has also ruled the Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue (TY'-rahn LOO) has been fined $25,000 for post-game comments regarding the officials.
Werth's walkoff gives Nats weekend sweep...Rangers pad AL West lead to 5 games
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals are heading into a three-game series of division leaders on a roll. The NL East-leading Nationals start the series Monday in the Nation's Capital against the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs after sweeping a three-game series against Philadelphia with a 5-4 walkoff victory.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth Jayson Werth lined a 2-2 pitch up the middle to drive in two runs to give the Nats the win.
The Phillies are 3-13 since May 27, including a combined 1-11 record against Washington and the Chicago Cubs.
Washington is a season-high 15 games over .500 at 39-24 and head into the Cubs series having won 10 of 13. The Cubs own the best record in baseball at 43-18.
In other baseball:
— The Chicago Cubs racked up another win with Jon Lester on the mound. He earned his fourth straight victory after allowing no earned runs in seven innings as the Cubs beat the Braves 13-2. Lester, who is 8-3, has allowed only one earned run with no walks in three wins this month, lowering his ERA to 1.89. Chicago outscored Atlanta 21-4 in winning the final two games of the three-game series.
— Cole Hamels became the seventh active pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts and Mitch Moreland homered to lead the Texas Rangers to a 6-4 win against the Seattle Mariners. The AL West-leading Rangers took two out of three games in the series against second-place Seattle to open up a season-high five-game division lead.
— Francisco Lindor homered and drove in three runs in the first two innings, and the Cleveland Indians pounded the L.A. Angels 8-3. Carlos Santana hit two homers and drove in three more runs for the AL Central leaders, who took two of three at the Big A.
— The St. Louis Cardinals finished a weekend sweep in Pittsburgh by rapping out 14 hits in an 8-3 drubbing of the Pirates. Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk homered for the Cards, who've won five straight and seven of eight. It's the first time since 2012 the Cards have swept a series at PNC Park. The Pirates have lost straight.
— Houston's Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kehl), who won the Cy Young Award last year in the American League, remains winless against Tampa Bay. The Rays beat the left-hander 5-0 as Matt Moore got the win. By losing Keuchel became the first major league pitcher to lose nine games this season. After going 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA last season, Keuchel is 3-9 with a 5.54 ERA this year.
— Detroit rookie Michael Fulmer won his fifth straight start and in doing extended his scoreless streak to 28 1/3 innings as the Tigers beat the Yankees 4-1. With Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson and several more Hall of Famers and World Series MVPs on hand for the pregame festivities in New York, the 23-year-old Fulmer by far was the biggest star of the afternoon. Fulmer, who is 7-1, blanked the Yankees on two hits for six innings and left with a 2.52 ERA.
— Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski each hit a two-run homer in Oakland's four-run second inning as the Athletics snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Reds. The A's also ended a nine-game road losing streak, the team's longest since an 11-game slide in 2005.
— Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, Kevin Pillar had a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays used a five-run first inning to beat the Orioles 10-9. Hot hitting Edwin Encarnacion scored three runs and extended his streak of reaching base safely to nine plate appearances before grounding into a fielder's choice in the sixth. Toronto has won eight of 10 at home and nine of 13 overall.
— Zach Davies tossed six-plus innings of three-hit ball and the Brewers stopped the Mets 5-3. After taking a 5-0 lead the Brewers watched as the defending National League champs fought back to make a game of it. Mets' manager Terry Collins missed the game as he was taken to a hospital before it began after falling sick.
—The Royals beat the White Sox 3-1. Yordano Ventura went seven innings with 10 strikeouts, to get the win, his fifth in nine decisions while Wade Davis came on for his 17th save.
— Robbie Ray threw seven-plus scoreless innings and Peter O'Brien homered to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 6-0.
— Tyler Anderson pitched into the seventh inning in his impressive major league debut, Mark Reynolds homered and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 2-1.
—The last-place Twins got a rare win as they stopped the Red Sox 7-4. Eduardo Escobar drove in two runs for Minnesota as reliever Michael Tonkin came on to get his second win in four decisions.
In the Sunday night game, the San Francisco Giants beat the L.A. Dodgers 2-1 to take two of three in San Francisco. Brandon Belt's two-run homer in the sixth broke a scoreless tie. The Giants lead the Dodgers by five games in the NL West.
Mets skipper takes ill
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mets manager Terry Collins was taken to a hospital in Milwaukee for precautionary tests after not feeling well before the team's final game in Milwaukee. Assistant general manager John Ricco said Collins became ill about 45 minutes before the game in Milwaukee, and was treated by a Mets trainer and the Brewers' team physician.
Fort Worth postponed until Aug. 27
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The IndyCar race at soggy Texas has been postponed for the second day in a row, and this time the series will wait more than two months before trying again. They've rescheduled the race for Aug. 27, which had been an open weekend in the IndyCar calendar
Only 71 of the scheduled 248 laps were completed before rain hit the track again. That was 54 laps short of what was needed to make it an official race after the Firestone 600 had initially been postponed Saturday night.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Pole sitter Joey Logano won the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. He is the tenth driver this season to win a Sprint Cup race. Logano moved past Chase Elliott on lap 153 and never looked back. Elliott wound up second with Kyle Larson third.
The win for Logano is the 15th of his career.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished 39th out of 40, is the only winner from 2015 who is winless this year.
Another win for Hamilton
MONTREAL (AP) — Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix. He survived a great start by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who passed Hamilton at the start, to get his fifth win in the race. Vettel finished second.
Hamilton saluted the late Muhammad Ali by climbing atop his car after the win and did some shadow boxing. He then jumped to the ground and did the Ali Shuffle.
Hamilton has now won the last two races on the 2016 schedule and the last two in Montreal. He has pulled to within nine points of Mercedes teammate Nico (NEE'-koh) Rosberg in the driver standings.
Henderson wins playoff
SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — Brooke Henderson beat top-ranked Lydia Ko with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship after overcoming a three-shot deficit on the back nine.
The 18-year-old Canadian, ranked No. 4 in the world, closed with a bogey-free 6-under 65 to match Ko at 6-under 278. Ko finished with a 67.
Berger posts first career win
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Daniel Berger finished 13 under par to win the PGA's St. Jude's Classic. The 23-year-old Berger posted a three-shot victory over Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Steve Stricker.
This is the final PGA Tour event before the U.S. Open starts Thursday at Oakmont.
Langer wins again
FLOURTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two-time defending champion Bernhard Langer is now a three-time defending champion of the Champions Tour Constellation Senior Players Championship. He finished 1-over-par for a one stroke win over Joe Durant and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Langer won despite shooting a 3-over-73 in the final round.
NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-SPORTS REAX
Sports world somberly reflects on mass shooting
UNDATED (AP)— The sports world reacted strongly to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Baseball teams across the country held moments of silence after a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday. Police say at least 50 people were killed.
"We begin with our thoughts and prayers for the Orlando community and all of those affected by the tragic events this early morning," Father Geoff Rose of St Francis de Sales High School said before NASCAR's race in Michigan.
A moment of silence was also held prior to Sunday's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Penguins and Sharks.
Many prominent athletes took to social media to express themselves in the wake of the incident.
Shaquille O'Neal, who began his storied career with the Orlando Magic and is the most prominent star to ever play in the city, tweeted "My thoughts & prayers go out to my Orlando LGBT community brothers and sister during this senseless act of violence. Love is Love!"