Weekend sports in brief AP news

NHL

TAMPA, FL (AP) – After years of frustration with the playoffs, Colorado Avelanch is back on top of the hockey mountain after dethroning the two-time defenders of the championship.

After McKinnon’s goal and assist, Avalanche won the Stanley Cup for the third time in the franchise’s history and the first in more than two decades, beating Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in game 6 on last Sunday night.

This is the first Avs main group title, led by McKinnon, captain Gabriel Landeskog, Miko Rantanen and Cale Makar, and follows several early outings after the season – in the second round each of the last three seasons and the first round in 2018. With a mix of speed, high-class talent and the experience gained from these defeats, Colorado broke through this time – winning every part of the championship, breaking a deep and solid team that has lifted the Cup in the last two years.

Makar’s early turnaround resulted in an easy goal by Stephen Stamkos, putting Colorado in a hole and several more bumps and bruises followed. The avalanche tied the score when McKinnon beat MVP for the 2021 playoffs Andrei Vassilevski with an almost perfect shot and continued with another big goal after acquiring a trading deadline Arthur Lehkonen. They locked things up by holding on to the puck and holding Tampa Bay without a hit against Darcy Kumper until the middle of the third period.

When Lightning finally did, he was there. Brought from Arizona in an exchange last summer to strengthen the most important position in the sport, Kumper was stable again and made his most important save in less than seven minutes when he slipped to deny star Nikita Kucherov. His teammates did the job and Colorado improved to 9-1 on the road this postseason.

CAR RACE

LEBANON, Tennessee (AP) – Chase Elliott saved a tough day for Hendrick Motorsports and cut short Toyota’s potential defeat by winning the rainy Nashville Superspeedway race on Sunday night.

Elliot recovered from an early problem that sent him deep into the field to lead the remaining 38 laps and overtake three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers for their second Cup win of the season.

It took NASCAR’s most popular pilot nearly seven hours and a late shootout in four laps to reach the victory lane. NASCAR postponed the launch by 12 minutes due to the impending bad weather, then interrupted a one-hour lightning stop in the area, followed by a later delay in the rain, which continued with a tick after two hours.

The race resumed exactly halfway, with teams unsure whether the full 300 laps will be completed or the race will be stopped early due to more rain. Toyota controlled almost the entire race – four of its pilots together led 254 laps – but the crew No. Hendrik’s 5 revived Elliott’s Chevrolet in the final section.

He had the race in hand when a warning came out with nine laps left, and Elliott did not step down from the lead for new tires. Nine other drivers stayed on the road with him to create a package of traffic that prevented Toyota from catching the Elliott after stopping for new tires.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) – Christian Javier, Hector Neris and Ryan Presley combined with the first striker against the New York Yankees in 19 years, eliminating the best team in baseball and leading Houston Astros to a 3-0 victory on Saturday.

Javier (5-3), a 25-year-old right-hander without a full game in 84 professional starts, was apparently tired when manager Dusty Baker brought relief to start eighth. Javier peaked his career for autism (13) and pitches (115) and tied his longest start with seven innings.

Presley, who gave up on Aaron Hicks’ three-run Homer’s run in a 7-6 loss on Thursday night, withdrew three straight batters in the ninth for his 15th save with 18 chances. After Giancarlo Stanton hit in the final match, the Astros went out on the field and gathered near the mound for a short celebration.

Rookie JJ Mathievich gave Javier the lead in the seventh when he hit Hower in his second division, killing a quick ball from Gerrit Cole (6-2) in the right second deck. Jose Altuve headed to the second deck from the left in the eighth against Michael King, and striker Juli Guriel added an RBI single by Lucas Luetge in the ninth.

In a team match with the first two records in the American League, New York did not come close to a hit in front of a silenced audience of 45,076 people. The top Yankees in the Premier League lost consecutive games for the first time on May 28-29 against Tampa Bay, gaining their only runners in three walks and a mistake.

GOLF

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – In Gee Chun rose after losing the rest of his former lead, breaking the full nine to win the PGA Women’s Championship on Sunday when Lexi Thompson stumbled with his pater.

Chun shot 3 over 75 for the second day in a row in Congress, but that was enough to win her third major title with a blow over Thompson and Minji Lee.

Chun, after leading by six in the middle of the tournament, lost an advantage with three shots in the first three holes of the last round. Thompson was two shots ahead of her after the previous nine, but the problems with Thompson’s placement were just beginning.

The 27-year-old from Florida missed a nominal shot of a few feet at number 14, but a bird at 15 restored her lead to two. Then she was right out of the green on par-5 16th, overcame the green and made gods while Chun made a birdie, leaving them tied up.

Thompson made three puts for bogey at 17 and after an impressive approach from a rough game at 18, her birdie putt was not hit hard enough.

Chun’s approach on par-4 18th bounced past the hole and right from the back of the green, but she made about 5 feet and thwarted her attempt to win.

CROMUEL, Connecticut (AP) – Xander Schaufele won the Travelers’ Championship with a three-stroke swing on the last hole, hitting up to 3 feet for a birdie after rookie Sahit Teegala fired two shots to get out of the bunker and made a double tap in the group forward.

With a shot from the front entering the final day, Schaufele finished 2-under 68 at TPC River Highlands to beat Teegala and JT Poston with two strokes. The Olympic champion had a total of 19 under 261.

Tiegala shot with 67 and Poston had 64.

Schaufele won for the sixth time in the PGA Tour and for the second time this season, after partnering with Patrick Cantlay to win the Zurich Classic at New Orleans in April.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The last team to enter the NCAA baseball tournament was the last team.

Mississippi scored twice on wild courts in the eighth inning with three runs and the Rebels won their first national baseball title, sweeping Oklahoma in the World College Series finals with a 4-2 victory on Sunday.

The Rebels (42-23) became the eighth national champion since 2009 to leave the Southeast Conference and third in a row, and the trophy will remain in Magnolia for another year. Mississippi won last year.

Ole Miss took advantage of the runner’s interference, which escaped from Oklahoma (45-24) in the sixth inning. The rebels also overcame a spectacular performance by Cade Horton, who set a record in the CWS finals with 13 outs.

Brandon Johnson hit the country in the ninth 1-2-3 inning to start a celebration on the field and in the stands, where most of the 25,972 were Rebels fans dressed in blue Ole Miss. Hunter Hayden Dunhurst ran to the mound to hug and then deal with Johnson after Sebastian Orduno swung and missed on the last pitch.

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