Joe Redfield hit a three-run home run, Walker Janek and Carlos Contreras each hit a solo shot and Sam Houston jumped to a 7-2 lead over Tulane before the game was delayed due to inclement weather. The game is set to resume with two out and nobody on base in the top of the seveth inning.
Andrew Pinckney went 3 for 4 with a triple, a home run and two RBIs, Caden Rose went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer and top-seeded Alabama beat in-state rival Troy 11-8 at the Tuscaloosa Regional on a two-out error in the ninth inning. Alabama, the No. 16 national seed, awaits the winner of a loser-out game between Boston College and Troy. Will Hodo and Rose each drew a one-out walk and both scored when Tommy Seidl reached on a throwing error to give Alabama a 9-8 lead in the top of the ninth. Pinckney added an RBI triple and then scored on a single by Dominic Tamez to make it 11-8. Kole Myers hit a two-run homer for Troy and William Sullivan added a three-run shot.
Penn has given the Ivy League a team in an NCAA Tournament regional final for the second straight year. The Quakers held off Samford 5-4. Another surprise team Oral Roberts beat Washington 15-12 to extended its nation-best win streak to 20 games. Texas Tech beat No. 2 national seed Florida 5-4. That leaves the Gators a loss away from getting eliminated on their home field for a third straight year. Six other national seeds are in the loser's bracket and two others have been eliminated. No. 1 Wake Forest beat Maryland 21-6.
Hunter Haas hit a two-run double in the sixth to pull Texas A&M even, then hit another double with the bases loaded in the eighth to help the Aggies to an 8-5 win over top-seeded Stanford in the Stanford Regional. The Aggies await the winner of Sunday’s elimination game between the Cardinals and Cal State Fullerton and now are one win away from a berth in the super regionals.
Las Vegas ballpark pitch revives debate over public funding for sports stadiums
Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a 464-foot home run, Spencer Strider struck out seven in six effective innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the streaking Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2. The Braves had 11 hits to end Arizona’s six-game winning streak. Marcell Ozuna and Eddie Rosario had run-scoring singles against Rhyne Nelson to help the Braves go up 3-0 through five innings. Atlanta scored another run on a double play in the sixth inning and Acuña followed by hitting his 12th homer onto the concourse behind the seats in left-center. Evan Longoria hit a solo homer for Arizona.
Yu Darvish struck out nine in seven dominant shutout innings, Fernando Tatis Jr. homered twice and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Saturday night. Darvish (4-4) allowed just two singles — Chicago's only hits of the game — and one walk. Tatis hit a solo homer in the third and a three-run blast in the eighth for his 11th of the season and 10th multi-homer game in his career. Both home runs were to left-center field. Nick Martinez struck out two in the eighth and Brent Honeywell had one strikeout in the ninth to complete the shutout. Cubs starter Drew Smyly (5-3) took the loss, lasting 5-2/3 innings, giving up three runs and seven hits.
The proposal to help finance a new ballpark for Major League Baseball's Athletics in Las Vegas has revived nationwide debates about public funding for private stadiums, pitting Nevada’s powerful tourism industry and labor unions against some progressive groups raising concerns about ceding tax revenue when services such as public schools are funded below the national average. Proponents say the proposal could create new jobs, increase the state’s general revenue and further diversify the city's casino and gaming-based economy — all without raising taxes. But skeptics warn that’s a tried-again argument with empty promises, citing growing evidence that minimal dollars generated from the new stadium would not otherwise be spent among nearby resorts and restaurants.
Joe Vetrano singled, doubled and homered twice to drove in five runs and Boston College pulled away to earn a 14-6 win over Nicholls in an elimination game at the Tuscaloosa Regional. The second-seeded Eagles (36-19) advance to face the loser of Saturday’s late game between top-seeded Alabama and third-seeded Troy in an elimination game Sunday.
Jake McMurray had four of Oral Roberts’ 24 hits and Jonah Cox went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and six RBIs to help the No. 4 seed Golden Eagles rally from an eight-run deficit and beat Washington 15-12 at the Stillwater Regional for their 20th consecutive win. Oral Roberts awaits the winner of a loser-out game between Washington and Dallas Baptist. . Johnny Tincher and Sam DeCarlo each hit a home run in Washington’s seven-run first inning and Tincher’s RBI groundout in the second made it 8-0 but Cox hit a three-run shot in the third — ORU’s second home run of the inning — and added an RBI sacrifice fly to cap a three-run fourth that made it 8-7.
Alex Cobb struck out seven over 7 2/3 scoreless innings to bounce back from his worst outing of the season, Wilmer Flores hit a two-run single and also doubled among his three hits and the San Francisco Giants beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0. J.D. Davis added an RBI single in the decisive third inning against Orioles right-hander Kyle Bradish and pinch-hitter Austin Slater gave the Giants another run-scoring single in the sixth. Cobb allowed two straight one-out hits in the eighth, including Ryan O’Hearn’s double that put runners on second and third. San Francisco’s veteran right-hander recorded the second out then gave way to Scott Alexander and walked off to a standing ovation, tipping his cap.
Cade Pilchard started and pitched six scoreless innings to earn Santa Clara a 9-3 win over Arizona in an elimination game in the Fayetteville Regional that was delayed by a lengthy bout with inclement weather. Weather postponed Saturday’s nightcap, a winner’s bracket game between host Arkansas and TCU. That game must be played Sunday before Santa Clara (36-19) will know who it plays: the loser of the game between the Razorbacks and the Horned Frogs.
Daniel de Sousa Brito saved five shots in goal for San Jose as the Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids played to a scoreless draw. Marko Ilic did not have to make a save to earn the clean sheet for Colorado (2-8-7), which is still in search of its first win at home this season. The Rapids entered play having gone 6-0-5 in their last 11 home matches with San Jose (6-5-5). Colorado has lost six straight matches in all competitions, including a club-record five in a row at home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his 19th homer and made an outstanding catch in the corner in right, and Gerrit Cole stayed unbeaten with six innings of four-hit ball before leaving early in the New York Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice might have been channeling his inner Aaron Rodgers when he told the assembled media to “breathe.” The Panthers lost Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final 5-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights. Maurice's Florida team rallied from a 3-1 series deficit in the first round to beat the Presidents' Trophy-winning Boston Bruins. He knows it’s way too early to hand the Stanley Cup to the Golden Knights. Game 2 is Monday in Las Vegas.
Ryan Gauld scored on a penalty kick late in the second half to rally the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City. Gauld’s PK score came in the 88th minute. It was his second goal of the season for Vancouver (5-5-6). Sporting KC (4-8-5) grabbed the lead in the 20th minute when Alan Pulido took a pass from Erik Thommy and scored for a second time this season. The Whitecaps entered play with three straight wins over Sporting KC after going 3-11-4 through the first 18 meetings.
Freshman starter Turner Spoljaric pitched six strong innings and Jacob Walsh cleared the bases with a three-run double to earn Oregon an 8-7 win over top-seeded Vanderbilt at the Nashville Regiona. The Ducks (39-20) await the winner of an elimination game between the Commodores and Xavier on Sunday.
Rubio Rubín found the net for the first time this season — scoring a goal in each half — to guide Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 victory over Austin FC. Rubín staked Real Salt Lake (5-7-4) to a 1-0 lead when he took a pass from Jasper Löffelsend and scored in the 15th minute. Rubín pushed the lead to 2-0, using assists from Maikel Chang and Andrés Gómez to score in the 81st minute. Austin (5-7-4) avoided the shutout when Julio Cascante scored in the second minute of stoppage time. Emiliano Rigoni had an assist on Cascante’s first goal of the season. Gavin Beavers had four saves in his third start this season for Real Salt Lake.
Cole Zaffiro had eight strikeouts over 8 innings pitched, Ben Miller went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Pennsylvania beat Samford 5-4 at the Auburn Regional.No. 4 seed Penn — which has won 10 consecutive games, the third-longest active win streak in the nation — awaits the winner between Southern Miss and Samford, both of which would have to beat the Quakers twice to advance to the super regionals. Miller hit an RBI single in the top of the first inning and Penn led the rest of the way. Samford had its four-game win streak snapped.
Adin Hill made perhaps the save of the playoffs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Vegas Golden Knights goaltender reached back and extended his stick to keep Florida's Nick Cousin from scoring. Hill got his blade in front of the puck just in time early in the second period to keep the score tied. The heroics by the journeyman goalie-turned-starter was reminiscent of the stop made by Washington's Braden Holtby in Game 2 of the 2018 final in Vegas that became known as the save after the Capitals won the Cup. Hill's save even happened at the same end of the ice.
Claressa Shields successfully defended her undisputed middleweight title with a lopsided unanimous decision over Maricela Cornejo on Saturday night in the first boxing card at Little Caesars Arena. Shields (14-0, 2 KOs) with a score of 100-89 on one card and 100-90 on the other two. Shields has won two Olympic gold medals and professional titles at super welterweight (154 pounds), middleweight (160 pounds) and super middleweight (168 pounds). Cornejo (16-6) hasn’t beaten an opponent with a winning record in more than four years.
Zach Whitecloud scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Adin Hill made a remarkable stick save among his 33 stops in net. Original Knights players Jonathan Marchessault and Shea Theodore and captain Mark Stone also scored on Florida's Sergei Bobrovsky. Stone's insurance goal late in the third was reviewed for a high stick and upheld. The Panthers lost the series opener for the first time since the first round against Boston.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kayla McBride scored a season-high 24 points and Tiffany Mitchell put back her own miss with 3.0 seconds left to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Washington Mystics 80-78 Saturday night and avoided tying the franchise record for consecutive losses to open a season.
Tomás Ostrák scored in between penalty-kick goals by Eduard Löwen and Nicholas Gioacchini as St. Louis City breezed to a 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo. Roman Bürki finished with four saves to earn his fifth clean sheet of the campaign for St. Louis City. Steve Clark saved two shots for Houston. St. Louis City (9-4-1) has scored three or more goals in eight of its first 14 matches. SLC was just the fourth club in history to do it seven times in its first 13 matches. Houston (5-7-3) falls to 2-10-6 in its last 18 matches against first-year clubs.
Kervin Arriaga scored late in the second half to thwart Sean Johnson's bid for his 100th career clean she, rallying Minnesota United to a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC. Arriaga’s equalizer was his second goal of the season for Minnesota United (5-6-5) and it came unassisted in the 89th minute. Neither team scored until Lorenzo Insigne found the net in the 58th minute to give Toronto (3-5-9) the lead. Richie Laryea and Federico Bernardeschi had assists on Insigne’s second goal this season. It was quite a difference between previous matches when the clubs set a league record by combining to score 19 goals over a three-match span. The home team won all three contests.
Nneka Ogwumike had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Layshia Clarendon had 16 points, six assists and three steals and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm 92-85. Seattle is 0-4 for the first time since its inaugural season in 2000. Jewell Loyd hit a 3-pointer that gave Seattle a two-point lead with 3:36 left in the third quarter but the Sparks scored 17 of the next 23 points to make it 72-61 — L.A.’s biggest lead of the game. Brown capped the spurt with a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. Loyd scored 16 of her 37 points in the fourth quarter.
Sloane Stephens faces Aryna Sabalenka in the fourth round during the first night session of the 2023 French Open to showcase a women’s match. Only took a week for that to happen. The matchup between players with a Grand Slam title apiece will be under the lights Sunday in Court Philippe Chatrier. A year ago at Roland Garros, when night sessions were introduced, all but one of the 10 matches in that slot involved men. Stephens, an unseeded American, collected her major trophy at the 2017 U.S. Open; she also was the runner-up at the 2018 French Open. Sabalenka, a Belarusian who is seeded No. 2, won the Australian Open this January.
Vegas Golden Knights come back to beat Florida Panthers in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final
Senior Zane Denton hit two home runs — his second career multi-homer game — Maui Ahuna scored the go-ahead run on Hunter Ensley’s RBI double and Tennessee beat top-seeded Clemson 5-4 to advance to the regional championship. No. 2-seed Tennessee awaits the winner between UNC-Charlotte and Clemson, both of which would have to beat the Volunteers twice to advance to the super regionals. Seth Halvorsen pitched 3 1/3 no-hit innings of scoreless relief to get the win. Tennessee tied the program record for most innings played in a single game. Charlie Taylor flied out to lead off the 14th inning and Ahuna drew a walk before Ensley hit a line-drive double to right that gave Tennessee a 6-5 lead.
Hany Mukhtar scored late in the second half to rally Nashville SC to a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas. Mukhtar, the reigning league MVP, took a pass from Daniel Lovitz and scored the winner in the 77th minute. It was his 10th goal of the season, tying Los Angeles FC’s Dénis Bouanga for the league lead. Mukhtar also has seven assists, one behind the league leaders. Nashville (9-3-4) notched its fourth straight win, improving to 6-0-2 in its last eight matches. Nashville sits in second place in the Eastern Conference, eight points behind Cincinnati and one in front of the defending conference champion Philadelphia Union. Nashville grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute on an own-goal by Dallas defender Nolan Norris. Jáder Obrian scored the equalizer for Dallas (6-5-5) in the 25th minute.
Sophia Smith and Christine Sinclair scored for the Portland Thorns in a 2-0 rivalry win over OL Reign. The National Women's Soccer League match was part of a doubleheader with the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers at Lumen Field in Seattle. The Houston Dash earned its fourth win of the season with a 2-0 victory against the Orlando Pride. An early goal from Kristen Hamilton was all the Kansas City Current needed to beat the North Carolina Courage. Trinity Rodman and Savannah DeMelo exchanged goals in a 1-1 draw between the Washington Spirit and Racing Louisville.
Dylan Campbell’s two-run home run in the top of the first inning got Texas headed in the right direction, Lebarron Johnson threw a complete game, and the No. 2 regional seed Longhorns defeated top-seeded Miami 4-1 in the winner’s bracket of the Coral Gables Regional. Johnson scattered seven hits and allowed only a fourth-inning home run by Dominic Pitelli. Johnson struck out eight and walked three. Jack O’Dowd homered with one out in the second inning for Texas and Jalin Flores added an RBI-single in the third.
The New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3. Aaron Judge hit his 19th homer and made an outstanding catch in the corner in right, Jake Bauers had a pair of two-run homers and Gerrit Cole pitched six innings of four-hit ball before leaving early with apparent cramps. Judge hung onto J.D. Martinez’s line drive in the eighth inning despite knocking open the door to Dodger Stadium’s visiting bullpen at the end of his sprint into the right field corner. Oswaldo Cabrera hit a solo homer in the ninth for the Yankees, who have won five of seven.
The NCAA tournament baseball game between Oregon State and LSU scheduled for Saturday night in the Baton Rouge Regional has been moved to Sunday at 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time.A lightning storm near the regional site delayed the elimination game between Tulane and Sam Houston in the seventh inning with Sam Houston leading 7-2. That game was delayed by more than three hours and it was unsure when it might resume. The delay lasted long enough to ensure that the Oregon State-LSU winner’s bracket game would not be able to start before the NCAA-mandated deadline of 11 p.m. local time.
Minnesota Twins slugger Joey Gallo has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Friday that Gallo has been dealing with the injury for “a little while now.” The team recalled outfielder Kyle Garlick from Triple-A St. Paul. Gallo is batting .188 with 11 homers and 23 RBIs in 46 games this season. It’s the second time on the injured list for Gallo this season after he missed 10 games in April with an intercostal strain. Baldelli was not expected to be with the team after he said he spent time at the hospital in the morning and has diverticulitis. But he arrived late and managed the club.
Christian Ramírez scored in each half, Cucho Hernández added a goal and an assist and the Columbus Crew doubled up Charlotte FC 4-2. Ramírez put Columbus (7-6-3) on top early, scoring in the 5th minute. Hernández notched an assist on Ramírez’s fourth goal of the season. The assist gives Hernández, who scored the winner on Wednesday in a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids, a hand in at least one goal in seven straight matches. He joins Edson Buddle (2003) as the only Crew players to accomplish the feat. Ramírez, along with Yaw Yeboah, picked up an assist in the 21st minute on a goal by Max Arfsten to make it 2-0. Arfsten’s second goal of his rookie season came in his first start and fourth appearance.
Kathryn Sandercock was strong in relief as Florida State held on and beat Washington 3-1 to advance to the Women’s College World Series semifinals. Sandercock allowed one run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings to claim the win. Devyn Flaherty had two hits and scored twice for the Seminoles. Florida State will play the winner of Sunday’s Tennessee-Oklahoma State game on Monday. Florida State remained unbeaten in the double-elimination bracket and will need to win once on Monday to advance to the best-of-three championship series. Washington will play Stanford in an elimination game Sunday.
New York Yankees star Aaron Judge knocked open the door of the visiting bullpen at Dodger Stadium while making a spectacular running catch in the eighth inning. Judge might have saved a run for the Yankees with his sprinting catch on J.D. Martinez’s liner into the right field corner. The AL MVP made the catch an instant before running into the bullpen door, which came partly open when he hit it. Judge hung onto the ball, and Max Muncy tagged up and advanced to second for the Dodgers, who trailed 5-3.
Will Brennan hit the first homer allowed this season by Sonny Gray in the seventh inning and Logan Allen pitched six strong innings for the Cleveland Guardians in a 4-2 win against the Minnesota Twins. Steven Kwan added a solo homer in the ninth for Cleveland. Allen allowed a leadoff homer to Jorge Polanco in the first and then settled in, giving up seven hits and two runs. Emmanuel Clase earned his MLB-leading 18th save. Gray gave up a season-high 10 hits and tied a season high with three runs allowed, including Brennan’s homer. Gray was the only pitcher in the majors with enough qualifying innings to not allow a homer this season.
Facundo Torres had two goals in the second half, including a penalty-kick score, and Orlando City defeated the New York Red Bulls 3-0. Orlando City (6-4-5) beat the Red Bulls (4-6-7) for a second time this season and a fourth straight time in all competitions. Iván Angulo gave Orlando City an early lead when he took passes from Wilder Cartagena and César Araújo in the 18th minute and scored his third goal of the season. Torres made it 2-0 with a PK goal in the 52nd minute. Torres’ goal came five minutes after New York’s Andrés Reyes was sent off with a red card, forcing the Red Bulls to play a man down the rest of the match. Torres added his fourth goal of the campaign when he scored unassisted in the 72nd minute.
Peter Serruto drilled a three-run home run in the seventh inning to bring Indiana back from a two-run deficit en route to a 5-3 win over top-seeded Kentucky at the Lexington Regional. The third-seeded Hoosiers, who have knocked off the No. 1 and No. 2 seed to start the tournament, await the winner of an elimination game between Kentucky and West Virginia on Sunday.
Christian Benteke scored an insurance goal in the 90th minute that proved to be the difference as D.C. United held off Inter Miami 2-1. Benteke used an assist from Victor Pálsson to score his eighth goal of the season, giving DC United (6-6-5) a 2-0 lead. It was the difference in picking up three points after 20-year-old defender Ian Fray took a pass from Robert Taylor in the second minute of stoppage and scored his first career goal in his fifth appearance for Inter Miami (5-11-0). Neither team scored until United defender Donovan Pines found the net for the third time this season, scoring unassisted in the 76th minute.
Gavin Kash two home runs, including a two-out two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Texas Tech beat top-seeded Florida 5-4 at the Gainesville Regional. Florida, the No. 2 national seed, plays Connecticut in a loser-out game on Sunday. The winner will have to beat Texas Tech twice to advance to the super regionals. Zac Vooletich singled to left before Kash hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left center to give the Red Raiders a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning. The Gators took a brief 1-0 lead when Wyatt Langford scored on Josh Rivera’s sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth. After Langford drew a lead-off walk in the top of the sixth, Jac Caglianone hit a two-run shot over the wall in left to make it 3-3.
Julián Carranza scored a goal in each half to lead the Philadelphia Union to a 3-0 victory over CF Montreal. Carranza staked the Union (9-4-3) to a 1-0 lead when he took a pass from Matt Real in the 12th minute and scored. Philadelphia increased its lead to 2-0 on Mikael Uhre’s sixth goal this season — unassisted in the 36th minute. Carranza used an assist from Dániel Gazdag in the 61st minute to net his ninth goal of the season and cap the scoring.
Miguel Rivera and Grant Magill hit back-to-back two-run doubles in the eighth inning and top-seeded Indiana State rallied past Iowa 7-4 at the Terre Haute Regional and is now a win away from a berth in super regionals. The Sycamores (44-15) await the winner of a loser-out game between Iowa (43-15) and North Carolina (36-23) on Sunday.
Harold Ramírez hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the ninth inning and Jose Siri made a diving catch for the final out, sending the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox and a split of their day-night doubleheader. Ramírez collected five hits on the day and drove in four runs for the major league-leading Rays, who won for just the third time in seven games. In the opener, Justin Turner’s three-run double highlighted Boston’s six-run sixth inning that carried the Red Sox to an 8-5 victory.
Nick Parker allowed five hits and a run over seven innings, Jake Berry threw two no-hit innings of relief and Ethan Anderson hit the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to help Virginia beat East Carolina 2-1. at the Charlottesville Regional. Top-seeded Virginia plays the winner between No. 2 seed ECU and third-seeded Oklahoma, which lost 14-5 to the Pirates in their regional opener, in a loser-out game. Parker had a walk, a balk, a hit by pitch and five strikeouts. Berry each of the six batters he faced with two strikeouts for his sixth save of the season. ECU’s Danny Beal allowed three walks, a hit, and a run in 2 relief innings to take the loss.
The Chicago Cubs placed left-hander Justin Steele on the 15-day injured list with strained left forearm. Steele, who turns 28 on July 11, has been one of Chicago’s best pitchers so far this season. He is 6-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 12 starts. He has 58 strikeouts and 16 walks in 68 innings. The Cubs also recalled catcher Miguel Amaya from Triple-A Iowa before their game at San Diego. Amaya made his big league debut last month. He went 3 for 13 with two RBIs in his first six games. Steele was removed from Wednesday’s start against Tampa Bay after three perfect innings. He had an MRI exam on Thursday.
Luciano Acosta scored late in the second half to propel FC Cincinnati to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire. Acosta scored his seventh goal of the season when he took a pass from defender Santiago Arias and found the net in the 83rd minute. Cincinnati (12-1-3) has collected 39 points through the first 16 matches. Only the 1998 Los Angeles Galaxy had more points (41) at this stage. Roman Celentano did not have to make a save in goal for Cincinnati. It was Celentano’s eighth clean sheet of the season — one behind Stefan Frei of the Seattle Sounders for the league lead. Spencer Richey also did not have a save, making his second start of the season for the Fire (3-5-8).
Two-time NCAA champion Rose Zhang moved into position to win in her professional debut, shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mizuho Americans Open. The former Stanford star had six birdies in a bogey-free round on a raw, overcast day at Liberty National in jumping to the top of the leaderboard. It’s nothing new for the 20-year-old from California who won 12 of 20 events in her two years in college, with many viewing it as a sign of things to come. Cheyenne Knight, Atthaya Thitikul and Aditi Ashok were tied for second.