The Sports Xchange
SONOMA, Calif.—California driver Kevin Harvick claimed his first win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in his home state Sunday by winning the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
CHICAGO—Center Skyler Brind'Amour and goaltender Cayden Primeau were among more than a dozen players with NHL bloodlines who were chosen on the second and final day of the draft Saturday afternoon. Brind'Amour is the son of Rod Brind'Amour, who tallied 1,184 points during a prolific career that included a Stanley Cup championship with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. The Edmonton Oilers selected the younger Brind'Amour with the 177th pick in the sixth round.
CLEVELAND—Jorge Polanco homered and Brian Dozier had three hits and two RBIs as the Minnesota Twins shut out the Cleveland Indians 5-0 on Friday night at Progressive Field. Twins starter Adalberto Mejia (2-3) threw 104 pitches in five scoreless innings, allowing two hits with four strikeouts and five walks. Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (6-6) pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) and eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Mejia and relievers Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers and Trevor Hildenberger combined on a four-hitter.
ST. PAUL — There was no first loss-induced hangover for the Minnesota Lynx this year. Maya Moore scored 22 points and MVP candidate Sylvia Fowles added 21 as the Lynx bounced back from their first loss of the season to beat the Washington Mystics 93-76 on Friday evening at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. A season ago, after starting the season 13-0, Minnesota (10-1) dropped three straight. During practice this week the Lynx "plugged a few holes," head coach Cheryl Reeve told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
CHICAGO—The New Jersey Devils selected center Nico Hischier with the first pick of the 2017 NHL draft on Friday night. Hischier, an 18-year-old from Switzerland, racked up 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists) in 57 games last season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was named the league's rookie of the year.
The Los Angeles Kings on Friday, June 23, bought out the contract of defenseman Matt Greene, who was part of the team's two Stanley Cup victories. The 34-year-old Greene, a former University of North Dakota star, had one year remaining on his player contract. He played for the Kings in the past nine seasons. The buyout will result in a cap charge of approximately $833,333 for the 2017-18 season and the 2018-19 season.
CHICAGO — Finding an identity under coach Fred Hoiberg meant trading the face of the franchise for the Chicago Bulls. All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler was relocated to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, June 23 after more than a year of simmering trade talks involving Butler, who reunites with former coach Tom Thibodeau. "What we've done," Bulls vice president John Paxson said, "is set a direction. We've decided to make the change and rebuild this roster. We're going to do it with young players we believe can play a system Fred is comfortable with."
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing following his February arrest, the prosecutor's office in Fayetteville announced Monday, June 19. Mayfield, 22, accepted a plea deal last Wednesday in Fayetteville District Court but details were not released until Monday.
ERIN, Wis.—As Brooks Koepka made the walk up the 18th fairway to a standing ovation early Sunday evening, he was aware that his first major championship was well within his grasp. The 27-year-old American didn't realize, however, just how close he was to making history. Koepka strung together three consecutive late birdies and shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Larson claimed his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of 2017 and the third of his career Sunday in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the site of his first career win last August. Larson's latest win came after he led nearly half of the 200-lap race.