Sports News for Monday May 16, 2016

>>Western Conference Finals Tip Off


(Oakland, CA)  —  The highly anticipated Western Conference Finals begin tonight.  The Warriors and Thunder square off in Game One at ORACLE Arena.  In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers will meet with the Raptors, who have advanced to this round for the first time in franchise history.  Toronto took Game Seven from the Heat, 116-89, to move on yesterday.  The first game for the East is tomorrow night.


>>Blues Sink Sharks


(St. Louis, MO)  —  The Blues took Game One of the Western Conference Finals with a 2-1 win over the Sharks in St. Louis.  Jori Lehtera tallied the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and Brian Elliot turned away 31 shots.  St. Louis takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series into Game Two at home tomorrow night.  The second game of the Eastern Conference Finals is tonight.  Tampa Bay defeated the Penguins 3-1 on Friday in Game One.


>>Molina’s Pinch Hit Propels Cards Past Dodgers


(Los Angeles, CA)  —  Yadier Molina’s two-run, pinch-hit double in the seventh inning sparked the Cardinals to a 5-2 win over the Dodgers in LA.  Mike Leake pitched six innings of one-run ball for the win and Trevor Rosenthal notched his seventh save as the Cards avoided a three-game sweep.


>>Cardinals Host Rockies Tomorrow


(St. Louis, MO)  —  The Cardinals are off today as they return home from the west coast.  They begin a nine-game homestand tomorrow with the first-of-three against the Rockies.  Jaime Garcia will oppose Chris Rusin.  The Cardinals also host the D’backs and Cubs on this homestand.


>>Cubs Drop Series Finale To Pirates


(Chicago, IL)  —  Jung Ho Kang had an RBI double in the eighth and a homer in the ninth as the Pirates beat the Cubs 2-1 at Wrigley Field.  Anthony Rizzo’s sac-fly in the bottom of the ninth was the only run for Chicago.  Jon Lester took a no-hitter into the seventh but wound up taking the loss.


>>Cubs Off Today


(Undated)  —  The Cubs are off today before starting a nine-game, three-city road trip.  Chicago plays the first of three against the Brewers at Miller Park tomorrow night.  They also head to San Francisco and St. Louis.


>>Yankees Top White Sox


(Bronx, NY)  —  Chase Headley doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Yankees topped the White Sox, 7-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set in the Bronx.  Adam Eaton went deep and plated two for Chicago, which went 2-and-4 on its six-game road trip.  Matt Albers took the loss.  The White Sox are off today and begin a 10-game homestand tomorrow night with the first of three versus the Astros.


>>Rangers’ Odor Punches Blue Jays’ Bautista In Brawl


(Arlington, TX)  —  Things got ugly in Arlington with the Rangers and Blue Jays playing for the seventh and final time this season.  Texas second baseman Rougned Odor hit Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista with a clean right in the top of the eighth inning after Bautista had a questionable slide in an attempt to break up a double play.


>>Kenseth Wins At Dover


(Dover, DE)  —  Matt Kenseth had to battle Kyle Larson on the final five laps, but held on to win the AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Freeway.  Kenseth earned his first win of the year and third overall at Dover.  Larson led 85 laps but couldn’t catch Kenseth down the stretch.  Chase Elliott came in third, and Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.  The Sprint Showdown gets rolling on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway before the Sprint All-Star Race opens on Saturday.


>>Preakness Stakes Week Begins


(Baltimore, MD)  —  It’s Preakness Week at Pimlico Race Course.  The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown takes place this Saturday.  Nyquist will look to remain unbeaten after winning the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.  The post-position draw is on Wednesday in which starting gates are assigned and morning-line odds are established.


>>Jason Day Wins Players Championship


(Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)  —  Jason Day was victorious at The Players Championship at Sawgrass.  He shot a one-under 71 on Sunday and finished 15 under to win the tournament.  It was Day’s first Players Championship, which he led wire-to-wire starting off firing a 63 on Thursday.  Day has won seven tournaments since last July.


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