Sports News for Monday May 23, 2016

>>Illinois Basketball Reinstates Tate


(Champaign, IL)  —  Jaylon Tate is being reinstated to the Illinois basketball team.  He was accused of hitting a woman in March, but a misdemeanor battery charge was dropped last week for lack of evidence.  AD Josh Whitman says Tate showed great character during an unfortunate situation.


>>Hinchcliffe Wins Indy 500 Pole


(Indianapolis, IN)  —  James Hinchcliffe will be on the pole for the Indy 500.  He edged out Josef Newgarden with a speed of 230.760 miles-per-hour for his first career IndyCar pole.  Ryan Hunter-Reay will be on the outside of row one.  The pole win for Hinchcliffe comes just a year after he survived a lift-threatening leg injury he suffered during practice for last year’s Indy 500.  Townsend Bell, Carlos Munoz and Will Power will start on row two.  Helio Castroneves, seeking a record-tying fourth Indy 500 win, will start on row three.  The 100th running of the Indy 500 is next Sunday.


>>Warriors Blown Out By Thunder In Game Three


(Oklahoma City, OK)  —  The Thunder emphatically took control of the Western Conference finals.  OKC coasted to a 133-105 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game Three.  Kevin Durant scored 33 points to help the Thunder take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven set.  Game Four is tomorrow night.


>>Cavs’ Jones Suspended One Game


(New York, NY)  —  Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones is being suspended one game by the NBA for a low blow on Toronto’s Bismack Biyombo.  The incident occurred in the Raptors’ 99-84 Game Three win over the Cavs on Saturday.  Jones will sit out tonight’s Game Four.


>>Bolts Beat Pens In OT In Game Five


(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  The Lightning are a win away from returning to the Stanley Cup Final.  Tampa Bay scored 53 seconds into overtime to capture a 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals.  Pittsburgh will try to avoid elimination tomorrow night.


>>Blues Host Sharks Tonight In Game Five


(St. Louis, MO)  —  The Blues host the Sharks tonight in Game Five on the Western Conference finals.  Faceoff at Scottrade Center is at 7 p.m.  The best-of-seven matchup is tied at two games apiece after the Blues beat the Sharks 6-3 in Saturday’s Game Four.  Game Six is Wednesday in San Jose.


>>White Sox Sink Royals To Avoid Sweep


(Chicago, IL)  —  The White Sox avoided a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win over the Royals.  Todd Frazier homered and Melky Cabrera drove in two runs for Chicago.  Carlos Rodon pitched into the seventh to improve to 2-and-4.  David Robertson earned his 11th save.


>>Bumgarner Leads Giants Past Cubs


(San Francisco, CA)  —  Madison Bumgarner did it all to lead the Giants to a 1-0 win over the Cubs.  Bumgarner tossed seven-and-two-thirds innings of three-hit ball to improve to 6-and-2.  He also knocked in the game’s only run on a double in the fifth.


>>Garcia, Cardinals Bit Early By Snakes


(St. Louis, MO)  —  Jaime Garcia gave up 10 hits and five runs in less than three innings as the Cardinals lost to the Diamondbacks 7-2 at Busch Stadium.  Brandon Moss homered and Randall Grichuk doubled home a run for St. Louis, which dropped two-of-three.


>>Bradley Jr. Extends Hitting Streak


(Boston, MA)  —  Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to be on fire at the plate.  Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a single in Boston’s 5-2 win over the Indians.  Dom DiMaggio holds the franchise record of 34 games, which has stood since 1949.


>>Logano Wins All-Star Race


(Charlotte, NC)  —  Joey Logano took the checkered flag at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night in Charlotte.  Logano collected a one-million-dollar prize with the victory.  Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch rounded out the top-five.

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