Another major disappointment as Sixers fall to Hawks, 103-96, in Game 7 on their home court
PHILADELPHIA — A gentleman’s sweep by the hated Boston Celtics in 2018. A four-bounce, buzzer-beating heartbreaker to the Toronto Raptors a season later. Sunday’s 103-96 Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals added to the list 76ers disappointments. The Sixers were booed off the court in the final seconds. One fan even threw an object on the Wells Fargo Center court late in the game. Yes, this was a bad loss. One that stung worse than the previous defeats because, as the top seed, the Sixers were expected to advance to the conference finals. But they struggled do...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
After scoring nine runs in opener, Cards are blanked in DH nightcap
ATLANTA – A description that manager Mike Shildt and other members of the Cardinals have turned to a few times this past month to describe their success, which can shift from mercurial to molasses, is how a baseball season tends to “ebb and flow,” “ebb and flow.” They usually mean through the weeks. They got both on Father’s Day at Truist Park. The flow from the afternoon game gave way to the ebb of the evening game’s starter as the Cardinals and Atlanta split a doubleheader that unified what can feel like the split nature of the Cardinals’ offense. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado both home...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Kyle Larson wins NASCAR’s first Nashville Cup race, full results and recap
It was a race of blown brake rotors and cut tires at Nashville Superspeedway, a track that hosted its first NASCAR Cup race on Sunday. The Ally 400 winner didn’t blow any rotors. Kyle Larson wasn’t braking much, leading 264 of 300 laps, including the final one, to win his fourth race of the Cup Series season. He finished with a 4.3 second lead over Ross Chastain, who finished in second. William Byron finished in third. Larson’s No. 5 crew chief Cliff Daniels was on the radio reminding Larson to conserve fuel at the end of the race as he stayed out front for the final 78 laps. No unexpected cau...
The Charlotte Observer
Jon Rahm wins wild U.S. Open at Torrey Pines
One thing about Torrey Pines Golf Course: It does not produce boring U.S. Opens. Thirteen years after Tiger Woods’ dramatic 91-hole victory in the first national championship held in San Diego, Jon Rahm earned his first major championship by winning another wild Open on Sunday at Torrey Pines South. (Final scoring.) “You have no idea what this means right now,” said Rahm, celebrating his first Father’s Day with his infant son Kepa and his wife Kelley. He did it in a way that was reminiscent of the victory by Woods, who forced a playoff in 2008 with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole. Rahm,...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Shed Long’s grand slam in 10th gives Mariners sweep of Rays
SEATTLE — Why settle for a walk-off single, when you can have the walk-off “salami?” As the ball left Shed Long Jr.’s lacquered bat, traveling toward the right field stands at a rate of speed not immediately expected, the roar from the crowd of more than 18,000 in attendance built in decibels with each foot it traveled. When it finally landed in the right field seats for a walk-off grand slam and bedlam ensued in the stands and chaos reigned on the field with a mosh pit at home plate when Long finally reached home plate, leaping into his teammates’ arms and on to home plate to celebrate a stun...
The Seattle Times
Lamet at best, as Padres complete sweep of Reds
SAN DIEGO — The Padres have changed the trajectory of their season in time to welcome the Dodgers to Petco Park on Monday. After limping home from what their manager called a “terrible” road trip, the Padres on Sunday completed a four-game sweep of the Reds with a 3-2 victory at Petco Park. That they can again string together hits and score multiple runs is highly significant. It would be difficult to win games going along at 2.8 runs a game, as they averaged over a 16-game stretch from May 30 through Tuesday. But given that they have re-established that they might be who they thought they wer...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
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
Storybook return to Minute Maid Park doesn’t materialize for Dallas Keuchel as the Chicago White Sox are swept by the Houston Astros
HOUSTON — Dallas Keuchel didn’t have the storybook return to Minute Maid Park he and the Chicago White Sox would have liked. Instead, the White Sox wrapped up a nightmare of a series with a blowout loss. Keuchel didn’t get out of the third inning in his first start against his former team and the Houston Astros beat the Sox 8-2 in front of 39,821 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep. Keuchel, who pitched for the Astros from 2012-18, allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts and four walks in 2⅔ innings. It was his shortest outing of the season. The Astros won their...
Mike Minor sets tone as Kansas City Royals top Red Sox, win 1st series since early June
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals finished their six-game home stand with a flourish Sunday afternoon thanks in large part to a strong start from left-handed veteran Mike Minor. Minor’s fourth quality start of the season served as a steadying force as the Royals led by as many as five runs in a series-clinching 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in front of an announced 20,736 at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals (32-38) took two of three games in the series to record their first series victory over the Red Sox since they took two out of three in Boston’s Fenway Park July 28-30, 2017. The vict...
The Kansas City Star
Alec Mills gives the Chicago Cubs 5 shutout innings in a 2-0 win in the series finale against the Miami Marlins
CHICAGO — Alec Mills shined in just his third start, striking out three and pitching five shutout innings during the Chicago Cubs’ 2-0 win in the series finale against the Miami Marlins on Sunday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs showed that for once they didn’t need the long ball, scoring the first of their two runs without so much as a hit. Jason Heyward led off the third inning with a walk, moved to third on Joc Pederson’s fielder’s choice and scored on Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro’s passed ball. In the fifth inning, Patrick Wisdom worked a 3-2 count and 15-pitch at bat before singling on a hard-h...