Sixers collapse in Game 5 loss as Hawks take 3-2 series lead
Are the 76ers better than their recent predecessors? Or are they destined for another Eastern Conference semifinal exit? It doesn’t look good for the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed. The Sixers blew a 26-point lead en route to losing 109-106 to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of the conference semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center. The Hawks now have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Friday night in Atlanta. The State Farm Arena crowd will be just as electric, if not more so, than in Games 3 and 4. The Sixers will also have to defy history. Game 5 winners have gone on to advance 82%...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Gary Sanchez delivers off bench, hits go-ahead home run to lift Yankees over Blue Jays
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Gary Sanchez had not caught Gerrit Cole since opening day. The Yankee ace had made it clear that he preferred backup catcher Kyle Higashioka last year and it carried over to this season. So, even with his offense making small steps toward a turnaround, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he didn’t really think about having his hottest hitter in the lineup. Well, Sanchez gave him reason to re-think those plans. The much-maligned catcher came off the bench in top of the seventh and crushed a go-ahead home run as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 3-2, at Sahlen Field. It was the second...
New York Daily News
Jacob deGrom exits start after three perfect innings with right shoulder soreness before Mets beat Cubs
NEW YORK — The good vibes at Citi Field tangibly turned to dread. Jacob deGrom exited his start with right shoulder soreness, the Mets announced, after three perfect innings in the Amazin’s 6-3 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night. His early departure came on the heels of his last troubling outing, when he left after six innings on Friday against the Padres with right flexor tendinitis. On Wednesday against Chicago, deGrom struck out eight of the nine batters he faced. He peppered 100+ mph fastballs across his abbreviated outing, but his start was laborious. DeGrom used 51 pitches to get by in...
New York Daily News
Allen Robinson reports to Bears minicamp despite yearlong contract impasse, focusing on his game instead of the franchise tag
CHICAGO — With less than one month to go before the deadline for the Chicago Bears and Allen Robinson to agree to a long-term contract, the wide receiver didn’t offer any indication Wednesday that progress has been made toward a deal. If it stays that way, Robinson would have to play out the season on the $17.88 million franchise tag, which the Bears exercised in March. The deadline for a long-term deal is July 15. “I don’t have any updates or nothing like that,” Robinson said. “At the end of the day, it’s out of my control. … Right now, I’m just focusing on things I can control — coming back,...
Mets ace deGrom exits after three innings with right shoulder soreness
NEW YORK — The good vibes at Citi Field tangibly turned to dread. Jacob deGrom exited his start with right shoulder soreness, the Mets announced, after three perfect innings against the Cubs on Wednesday night. His early departure came on the heels of his last troubling outing, when he left after six innings against the Padres with right flexor tendinitis. On Wednesday against Chicago, deGrom struck out eight of the nine batters he faced. He peppered 100-plus-mph fastballs across his abbreviated outing, but his start was laborious. DeGrom used 51 pitches to get by in three frames. Right after ...
New York Daily News
Injured Luke Voit says Yankees have worst first-base situation in baseball — and takes the blame for it
Recently, the Yankees have been extremely forthcoming about the team being flat-out bad. Seemingly, every Aaron Boone press conference and soundbite includes some mention of frustration or the need to unlock the team. Players are self aware about the fact that they need to start winning games yesterday, today, and tomorrow, rather than framing it as something that will happen in the faraway future. General manager Brian Cashman, who expected to be lording over an American League powerhouse, said “we’ve been everything but”. The sense of agita is obvious, and the feelings of those in the Yankee...
New York Daily News
Padres’ dismal road trip ends with another loss to Rockies
DENVER — On the final day of a dismal trip, the Padres found a new but familiar way to lose. This one was a little different than so many of the losses in what is now going on three weeks of bad baseball by what was previously a good team. The Padres got hits Wednesday. They even slugged. But home runs by Fernando Tatis Jr., Trent Grisham and Jake Cronenworth were not enough. Every time the Padres came back, the heretofore pathetic Colorado Rockies added on and completed a three-game sweep with an 8-7 victory ended on pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon’s walk-off single in the ninth inning. (box sc...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Oakland A’s use big sixth inning to finish homestand in impressive fashion
OAKLAND, Calif. – Even without having Ramón Laureano at their disposal over the last two-plus weeks, the A’s offense was rounding into form. Now that Laureano is back and the A’s are close to full strength again, their lineup looks downright scary. The A’s used six singles and a walk to score six runs in the sixth inning to help beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 on Wednesday, completing a three-game series sweep at the Coliseum before an announced crowd of 6,228. The A’s went 8-1 on their nine-game homestand and will carry a six-game win streak into Friday when they begin a three-game series in ...
The Mercury News
How the Kansas City Chiefs plan to get Clyde Edwards-Helaire more involved this season
The deep passes receive all the attention, and make no mistake, a Patrick Mahomes throw and Mecole Hardman tip-drill catch down the sideline will be the highlight from the second day of the Chiefs’ mandatory three-day minicamp. But it’s not the accurate depiction of Wednesday’s practice in its entirety. No, the Chiefs instead focused much of their 11-on-11 work on getting their running backs involved in the passing game. On the first snap, Mahomes turned and threw a quick ball to Clyde Edwards-Helaire. By the time the initial segment had been completed, four different backs had receptions in t...
The Kansas City Star
Tigers ride Tarik Skubal, late surge to rare sweep in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last time the Tigers swept a series in Kansas City, Justin Verlander, Drew Smyly and Rick Porcello were chucking. That was in 2014. It’s happened again, seven years later, this time with a couple of rookies taking lead on the mound. After Casey Mize subdued the Royals Tuesday night, lefty Tarik Skubal both finessed and powered his way through six strong innings Wednesday as the Tigers completed the three-game sweep with a 6-5 win at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are reeling, losing six straight and 11 of their last 12. Compounding their woes, starting pitcher Brady Singer...
The Detroit News