>>Cavs Maul Raptors In East Semis Sweep
(Cleveland, OH) — The Cavaliers’ and Raptors’ playoff series produced a familiar theme. The Cavs completed a four-game sweep of Toronto with a 128-93 win in Game Four of their Eastern Conference semifinal in Cleveland. It’s the third straight season the Cavs have eliminated the Raptors. In Philadelphia, the Sixers beat the Celtics 103-92 to avoid a four-game sweep in that series.
>>Pistons Parting Ways With Van Gundy
(Detroit, MI) — Stan Van Gundy will not be returning as head coach and president of basketball operations for the Pistons. Team owner Tom Gores says it was a difficult decision, but thanked Van Gundy for changing the culture of their team and re-instilling a winning attitude. Van Gundy was 152-and-176 with just one playoff appearance, a first-round sweep, in four seasons with Detroit.
>>Predators Survive, Win Game Six At Winnipeg
(Winnipeg, Manitoba) — The Predators are still alive in their second-round series with the Jets. Pekka Rinne [[ PECK-uh REE-nay ]] made 34 saves as the Preds blanked the Jets 4-0 in Game Six in Winnipeg. Viktor Arvidsson scored just 1:02 into the game for Nashville, which will host Game Seven on Thursday. Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg finished with two goals apiece in the victory.
>>Capitals Edge Penguins In OT To Advance
(Pittsburgh, PA) — The Capitals are heading to the Eastern Conference Final. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in overtime to give Washington a 2-1 win over the Penguins in Game Six of their second-round series in Pittsburgh. The Caps won the series 4-2 to move past the second round for the first time since 1998. They’ll take on Tampa Bay for the right to play in the Stanley Cup Final.
>>Cardinals Kept Quiet By Twins
(St. Louis, MO) — The Cardinals were kept quiet in a 6-0 loss to the Twins in the first of a two-game Interleague series at Busch Stadium. Paul DeJong [[ deh-YOUNG ]] had three of the four hits in defeat for St. Louis, which had its five-game winning streak snapped. John Gant gave up four runs in five-and-a-third frames to take the loss.
>>Cubs Crush Marlins To End Five-Game Skid
(Chicago, IL) — Ian Happ hit two of the Cubs’ four home runs in a 4-2 spanking of the Marlins at Wrigley Field. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez [[ BY-ez ]] also went deep for Chicago, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Kyle Hendricks cruised to his third win with eight innings of two-run ball. The second of the three-game series is tonight.
>>White Sox Host Pirates
(Chicago, IL) — The White Sox open a two-game series against the Pirates tonight at Guaranteed Rate Field. Chicago has lost three in a row and is last in the AL Central at 9-and-23, seven games behind the first-place Indians. Lucas Giolito starts for the Sox tonight opposite Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova.
>>Sox Farquhar Expected To Pitch Again
(Undated) — White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar is receiving good news. He’s been released from the hospital and his doctor believes he’ll be able to pitch again, but not this season. Farquhar had surgery after suffering a brain hemorrhage on April 20th while in the dugout. The 31-year-old pitched in eight games for the White Sox this season.
>>Astros Destroy A’s As Springer Makes History
(Oakland, CA) — George Springer went 6-for-6 with a three-run homer and four runs scored as the Astros hammered the Athletics 16-2 to open a three-game series in Oakland. Springer joined Joe Morgan as the only player in Houston franchise-history to go 6-for-6. Marwin Gonzalez had three of the ‘Stros 20 hits, including a homer and five RBI. Dallas Keuchel [[ KYE-kull ]] got his second win.
>>Panthers Ink RB Anderson To One-Year Deal
(Charlotte, NC) — The Carolina Panthers are adding veteran running back C.J. Anderson. They’ve signed the 27-year-old to a one-year contract. Anderson spent the last five seasons with Denver, rushing for a career-high 1,007 yards to go with three touchdowns in 2017. He also caught 28 passes for 224 yards and one score. Anderson will compete to compliment starter Christian McCaffrey.