Sports News for Thursday June 2, 2016

>>Pens Take 2-0 Lead With OT Win

 

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  The Penguins are two wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2009.  Conor Sheary scored just 2:35 into overtime to give the Pens a 2-1 win over the Sharks in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final.  The series shifts to San Jose for Game Three on Saturday.

 

>>Cardinals Come Up Short Against Brewers

 

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Cardinals were held to just four hits in a 3-1 loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee.  Jaime Garcia allowed just two runs in five innings, but fell to 4-and-5 with the loss.  Brandon Moss homered in the ninth to break up the shutout for St. Louis, which was trying for a three-game sweep.

 

>>Molina Leads NL All-Star Voting At Catcher

 

(New York, NY)  —  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is leading at his position in voting for next month’s All-Star Game.  Matt Carpenter ranks fourth among third basemen and Stephen Piscotty is a distant 14th among outfielders.  Five Cubs lead, including overall vote leader Anthony Rizzo at first base.

 

>>Lester Leads Cubs Past Dodgers

 

(Chicago, IL)  —  Jon Lester went the distance to lead the Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Dodgers.  Lester allowed a run and four hits while striking out 10 and walking none to improve to 6-and-3.  Kris Bryant belted a two-run homer to power Chicago to its seventh win in eight games.  The teams play the finale of the four-game series this afternoon.

 

>>White Sox Outlast Mets In 13 Innings

 

(Flushing, NY)  —  Pitcher Matt Albers doubled and scored the go-ahead run on a sac-fly in the 13th inning as the White Sox outlasted the Mets, 2-1.  Todd Frazier tied the game at one with his 17th home run of the season in the seventh inning for Chicago.  Jose Abreu lofted the sac-fly in the 13th that scored Albers, who got the win with two innings of relief.  The Sox took the final two games in the three-game series.

 

>>Indians’ Byrd Suspended 162 Games For PEDs

 

(Cleveland, OH)  —  The Indians will play the rest of the season without slugger Marlon Byrd.  The outfielder is being suspended 162 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.  The 38-year-old will not appeal the suspension.  It’s the second time he’s been popped for PEDs.

 

>>O’s Outslug Red Sox

 

(Baltimore, MD)  —  Six different Orioles plated runs in a wild 13-9 win over the Red Sox.  Boston’s Mookie Betts became the first player to homer in each of the first two innings in consecutive games in MLB history.  Xander Bogaerts also extended his hitting streak to 25 games in defeat.

 

>>NFL Moving Pro Bowl To Orlando

 

(Orlando, FL)  —  The NFL is moving the Pro Bowl from Hawaii to Florida.  The league announced that the annual all-star game will be based in Orlando, leaving its longtime home in Honolulu.  The NFL also revealed that the game will return to the old AFC vs. NFC format for the first time since 2012.

 

>>Cavs, Warriors NBA Finals Rematch Begins Tonight

 

(Oakland, CA)  —  It will be a rematch in the NBA Finals as the defending champion Warriors go up against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.  The Warriors host Game One of the best-of-seven series tonight in Oakland.  The Warriors beat the Cavs in six games last year.

 

>>Three Former Illini On 2017 College Football HoF Ballot

 

(Irving, TX)  —  Three former Illini are on the 2017 ballot for election to the College Football Hall of Fame.  Linebackers Simeon Rice and Dana Howard, and defensive tackle Moe Gardner are all candidates for election.  The Class of 2017 will be announced in January, with inductions next December.

 

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