The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS—Edwin Encarnacion homered for the second straight game, hitting a three-run shot to the second deck in left field, and Jose Ramirez had three hits for the Cleveland Indians in an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Carlos Carrasco (7-3) cruised through five innings before some late trouble, but the right-hander left after 6 1/3 innings, giving up up one run and four hits as Cleveland climbed one game behind American League Central-leading Minnesota.
ERIN, Wis.—Rickie Fowler birdied three of his first five holes Thursday and kept rolling en route to a 7-under 65 and a two-shot lead after the first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Fowler finished his bogey-free round with seven birdies—including three straight at Nos. 18, 1 and 2—as he matched a U.S. Open record for the lowest first-round score in relation to par. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf shot 7-under 63s at Baltustrol Golf Club in 1980. Fowler's 65 represents the second-lowest first-round score in tournament history.
SAN FRANCISCO — Politics will have to wait until another day for the Golden State Warriors. One day after winning their second NBA championship in three seasons, the Warriors issued a statement saying they are focused on enjoying their title rather than deciding whether or not to attend a White House celebration. Golden State locked up its fifth championship in franchise history with a 129-120 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Stanley Cup is going back to Pittsburgh. Former Nashville forward Patric Hornqvist broke a scoreless tie at 18:25 of the third period Sunday night as the Penguins successfully defended their Stanley Cup championship with a 2-0 victory over the Predators in Game 6 of the Final at Bridgestone Arena.
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.