Hawks win decisive Game 7 to advance to conference finals
Behind a sensational game from wing Kevin Huerter, the No. 5 seed Hawks edged No. 1 seed 76ers to take Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, 103-96, Sunday in Philadelphia. The Hawks will advance to the conference finals for the first time since the 2014-15 season, set to face No. 3 seed Milwaukee. Huerter led the Hawks with 27 points and made smart plays all night. Philly committed 17 turnovers, and the Hawks took advantage with 15 points off those.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Crawford, Yastrzemski, Flores blast homers, Long leads SF Giants past Phillies for series win
SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly halfway through the regular season, the Giants own the best winning percentage in baseball thanks to a well-defined identity and a consistent blueprint for success. Their hitters blast the baseball, their pitchers throw strikes and they receive meaningful contributions from stars and role players alike. The Giants wrapped up a seven-game homestand on Father’s Day with a convincing 11-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies thanks to four home runs, six innings of two-run ball from rookie Sammy Long and another strong effort from a bullpen that’s been among the best in t...
The Mercury News
Yankees turn third triple play of season in win over A’s
NEW YORK — The Yankee Stadium pitcher’s mound was a rocking chair for the first two hours of Sunday’s game. By the conclusion, it was playing home to a pitcher that was anything but relaxed. Aroldis Chapman needed an improbable triple play, the Yankees’ third of the season, to finish off the 2-1 win. The home team’s series clincher over the Oakland Athletics started as a back and forth pitcher’s duel between two guys who appeared unbothered and totally in control. It began as a baseball game from a completely different era, one that looked like both pitchers would go deep into the late innings...
New York Daily News
Mike Bianchi: Florida coach Dan Mullen needs to earn new $8 million salary by beating Nick Saban in Week 3
ORLANDO, Fla. — Sung to the tune of “Danny Boy” — the traditional Irish ballad: “Oh, Danny Boy, the Swamp, the Swamp is calling From every ardent Gator across our peninsula panorama, You make nearly $8 million a year, oh Danny Boy, Now go beat Nick Saban and Alabama!” OK, let me translate those lyrics into plain English for you: If Florida Gators football coach Dan Mullen wants to earn, truly earn, that new $7.6 million-a-year contract of his, he can do it very quickly in the third week of the upcoming football season when the dominant, dynastic defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide...
Haniger's walkoff hit vaults the Mariners past the Rays
SEATTLE — Mitch Haniger made sure that the drama of extra innings ended with him on the very first pitch of the bottom of the 10th. Leading off the bottom of the 10th inning and facing right-hander J.P. Feyereisen with designated base runner on J.P. Crawford on second base, Haniger ambushed the first pitch he saw — an 85-mph slider over the middle of the plate — sending a line drive into left field. Crawford, one of the Mariners’ best base runners, got an excellent read on the hard-hit ball, seeing that left fielder Austin Meadows couldn’t make a catch on the play. He raced around third and sc...
The Seattle Times
Nick Canepa: Load management is bad, especially for fans
SAN DIEGO — Load Management isn't for athletes. It's an advertising slogan for a diaper company. Pampers for the pampered. And yet it now is cast in the soft stone of our sporting lexicon. Load Management is about our playing-for-dollars babies. What LM amounts to is millionaires taking a healthy break from work. With full pay. It all began in the NBA, when these all-powerful athletes who rule the league decided it would be good to lessen the load and save themselves for the postseason, which now seems to be a period in which it is easier for them to get injured. They now blame the shorter off...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
SF Giants off to best 70-game start since 1993, extend win streak to five by beating Phillies
SAN FRANCISCO — Throughout a 2021 season in which their roster has been decimated by injuries, the San Francisco Giants have prided themselves on a cliche “next man up” mentality. During a week in which the Giants stayed healthy, they applied that same mentality in a different sense. Regardless of the number of outs in an inning or the score of a game, the next man up in the Giants lineup has been a dangerous hitter. After scoring 37 runs in a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants extended their win streak to five games with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Leado...
The Mercury News
Paul Sullivan: Cubs play rare Friday night game at Wrigley Field ― and it’s time the outdated city ordinance is changed
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs played a rare Friday night game at Wrigley Field after getting cooperation from the city to relax the ordinance that limits weekend night games. Manager David Ross said the Cubs' plane from New York landed around 3 a.m. Friday and he arrived at his home around 3:30 a.m. “That was actually at my request, so I appreciate that,” he said. The Cubs came home hoping to get back on track against the Miami Marlins after losing three of four to the Mets. They had won their last six home games and nine of their last 10, and their 24-10 home record was the third-best in the maj...
Kyle Seager lets the Mariners walk off the field winners against Rays
SEATTLE — There aren’t many better ways to extend a consecutive-games played streak. The first time Kyle Seager stepped into the batter’s box of T-Mobile Park on Thursday night came as a pinch-hitter in a tie game with one out in the bottom of the ninth and the winning run on third base. After disliking a questionable called strike from home plate umpire Joe West on an inside fastball from right-hander Pete Fairbanks, Seager jumped all over a 97-mph fastball in the middle of plate, ripping a hard ground ball through the infield that was by second baseman Brandon Lowe and first baseman Ji-Man C...
The Seattle Times
Padres give Petco lots to cheer about in walk-off win over Reds
SAN DIEGO — The crowd noise that had been building at Petco Park on Thursday afternoon rose to full-on applause as Fernando Tatis Jr. jogged to center field to stretch. It was the first time a sellout home crowd had laid eyes on a San Diego Padres team assembled to take a serious run at a World Series in quite a while. It didn’t mind waiting six innings for something to really cheer for. The Padres were just getting started, too, when Fernando Tatis Jr. spoiled Wade Miley’s no-hit bid with a sixth-inning homer. Manny Machado added a solo homer of his own, Eric Hosmer re-tied the game with a tw...
The San Diego Union-Tribune