The Sports Xchange
Wednesday's game pitting the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago was postponed due to rain. It will be made up on Aug. 21 as part of a straight doubleheader. White Sox left-hander Derek Holland was scheduled to start but is now being pushed back to Thursday's series finale. It was not immediately announced who would start Thursday's game for the Twins, who won the series opener 7-2 on Tuesday.
WOODBURY, Conn. — The wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman died in a car accident in Connecticut. Kathy Berman, 67, was one of two victims in the two-vehicle crash on Tuesday, May 9 in Woodbury. She was married to Chris Berman for more than 33 years and had two children, Meredith and Douglas.
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got past Kyle Busch in overtime in the Geico 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday and held his position to claim his first-career win and snap a 101-race win drought for car owner Jack Roush. Jamie McMurray finished second, Busch was third, Aric Almirola was fourth, and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five.
MINNEAPOLIS — Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes had a dilemma entering Sunday's game: Rest some starters for his team's third game in nine days, or stick with the lineup that had won two in a row and four of five? He chose the former, and Minnesota United capitalized at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
TORONTO — LeBron James scored 35 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had six assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday afternoon with a 109-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Kyrie Irving added 27 points for the Cavaliers, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and had nine assists. The Cavaliers, who won the NBA championship last season, will play either the Boston Celtics or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.
MINNEAPOLIS — Boston scored 10 runs in the ninth inning after Minnesota closed within one run in the eighth and the Red Sox pulled away from the Twins for a 17-6 win on Sunday at Target Field. Boston starter Chris Sale struck out 10 batters, but the pitching duel with Ervin Santana never materialized as the Red Sox hit five home runs. Sandy Leon hit two two-run homers for Boston, and Dustin Pedroia, Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts each hit one to lead the Red Sox to a season-high run total after scoring 11 times in Saturday's win.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — History was made in Bridgestone Arena on Sunday. Ryan Johansen's tie-breaking goal at 3:15 of the third period lifted the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues and a 4-2 series victory, advancing them to the Western Conference finals for the first time in the franchise's 19-year history. It was the second marker of the playoffs for Johansen, who took Viktor Arvidsson's feed in the slot, deked from forehand to backhand and beat Jake Allen for the biggest goal in Predators' history, giving the home side a 2-1 advantage.
SALT LAKE CITY—Kevin Durant recorded 38 points and 13 rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors overcome poor shooting early and beat the Utah Jazz 102-91 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinals series. Stephen Curry added 23 points on 6-of-20 shooting for Golden State, which has won 22 of its last 23 games. The only setback came was a 105-99 loss to Utah on April 10.
OTTAWA — Kyle Turris scored at 6:28 of overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday, May 5. The win gives the Senators a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series that moves to New York for Game 6 on Tuesday. Turris' attempted first shot was blocked by a Rangers defender, but he was able to get control of the loose puck and beat goalie Henrik Lundqvist to end the game.
TORONTO —- LeBron James scored 35 points and added eight rebounds and seven assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 115-94 Friday night to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. The Cavaliers can complete a sweep of the series in Game 4 on Sunday in Toronto. The Raptors, playing without injured point guard Kyle Lowry, led by three points after the first half.