The Sports Xchange
LONG POND, Pa.—Ryan Blaney dealt with radio issues in the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday in the best way possible, recording his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. It was the first win for Wood Brothers Racing since Trevor Bayne's victory in the 2011 Daytona 500. Kevin Harvick finished second, Erik Jones was third, Kurt Busch fourth, and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five. Kyle Busch dominated the race before winding up ninth at the checkered flag.
SAN FRANCISCO—Buster Posey and Austin Slater each drove in four runs, helping the San Francisco Giants rally past the Minnesota Twins 13-8 on Sunday to salvage one win in the three-game interleague series. The Giants grabbed the lead with a four-run seventh inning. Posey's two-run double erased a 5-4 deficit and Hunter Pence knocked in Posey with a double.
PARIS — Rafael Nadal captured his record 10th French Open title on Sunday, dominating Stan Wawrinka in straight sets at Roland Garros in Paris. The fourth-seeded Spaniard continued his clay-court prowess, easily winning 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 on Court Philippe-Chatrier in two hours, five minutes for his 15th Grand Slam title overall.
SAN FRANCISCO—Brian Dozier broke a tie with a two-run home run in the fifth inning, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the second game of their interleague series Saturday afternoon. Right-handers Tyler Duffey, Matt Belisle and Brandon Kintzler protected a one-run lead with 3 2/3 innings of hitless relief, as the American League Central-leading Twins improved to 6-3 on their 10-game Western swing that ends Sunday. Brandon Belt homered for the Giants, who lost for the seventh time in their last nine home games.
CLEVELAND—A chance at perfection ended, the Golden State Warriors find themselves in the same spot in the 2017 Finals as they were at this time a year ago. The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 of the Finals on Friday night to avoid elimination. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points and LeBron James broke all kinds of records as he posted a triple-double.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sylvia Fowles had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the undefeated Minnesota Lynx demolished the short-handed Washington Mystics for a 98-73 road win on Friday night. Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson each scored 17 points for the Lynx (8-0), who have won their last four games by an average margin of 19 points. The matchup between teams with the league's best records lost some pizazz when Washington's leading scorer, Elena Delle Donne, was ruled out with a groin injury.
SEATTLE - Kyle Gibson didn't look at a trip to Triple-A Rochester last month as a demotion. In his words, he considered it a chance to "hit the reset button." Gibson (3-4) has won all three of his decisions since his May 22 recall, and he pitched a season-high six-plus innings Thursday night to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 2-1 victory against the streaking Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
CLEVELAND — One team is trying to make history, the other desperately hoping to avoid a repeat of it. The Golden State Warriors hold a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals over the Cleveland Cavaliers and can finish the sweep for their second title in three seasons with a win in Game 4 on Friday night. The Warriors aren't just looking for another championship. They've won 15 straight playoff games, and can become the first team in NBA history to navigate the playoffs without a loss.
Creighton men's basketball coach Greg McDermott was offered the head coaching position at Ohio State, ESPN reported on Thursday morning. Hours later, the coach said on Twitter he was staying at Creighton. ESPN and CBS Sports reported that McDermott met with Ohio State officials on Wednesday night and emerged as the leading candidate for the Buckeyes, who dismissed Thad Matta after 13 seasons on Monday. McDermott was the head coach at North Dakota State in 2000, going 15-11.
Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy apologized on Wednesday for his on-air remarks that pitchers such as New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka shouldn't be allowed translators on the mound. Remy took to Twitter to announce his apology, one day after he came under fire for his comments during the fourth inning of a NESN telecast. After Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild and Japanese translator Shingo Horie visited Tanaka on the mound following back-to-back homers to Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez, the 64-year-old Remy said the following: