Matt Cain’s second-inning double was his first hit in 46 at-bats, and the Giants right-hander also ended a more significant drought. Cain pitched six strong innings to earn his first win since last July, snapping a streak of 15 winless starts, in a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park.
A’s rookie Sean Manaea is learning the hard way in his first season in the majors. The left-hander’s inability to stay focused during a four-run fourth inning proved costly during Oakland’s 5-1 home loss to the New York Yankees. “My main thing is to go deep into the game and take the pressure off the bullpen,” said Manaea, who pitched into the seventh inning.
Defender James Kiffe scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute and forward Daniel Trickett-Smith made a brilliant debut against his old team as Republic FC defeated the Liverpool FC U-21s 2-1 in a friendly at Bonney Field. The teams will meet again Wednesday in Reno.
An irritant, a nuisance, a pain. Golden State’s Draymond Green has been called all of that. He also has been described as a point forward, playmaker and the emotional/spiritual leader of the team that won a record 73 games in the regular season. He has made his presence felt in the Western Conference finals against Oklahoma City.
Eight days and slightly less than 700 miles after it started, the Amgen Tour of California arrives in Sacramento on Sunday with young Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe in ideal position to win the title. Alexander Kristoff of Norway won Stage 7 in Santa Rosa on Saturday.
On Saturday, unsung Elk Grove senior Bryce Jamias sparked a rally, and steady seniors Ryan Robards and Josh Urps sealed the deal for The Bee-ranked No. 1 Thundering Herd in a 6-5 victory over Delta League rival Jesuit in Sac-Joaquin Section Division I-North play.
Troy Brouwer and Kyle Brodziak each scored twice, Jake Allen stopped 31 shots in his first start of the postseason, and the St. Louis Blues bounced back from consecutive shutout losses to beat the host San Jose Sharks 6-3 in Game 4 and even the Western Conference final at two games apiece.
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux guided Exaggerator to a 3 1/2-length victory over Cherry Wine in Saturday's $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, ending any chance for a Triple Crown. Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist finished third.
DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Bismack Biyombo set a Toronto playoff record with 26 rebounds, and the Raptors beat Cleveland 99-84 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night, handing the Cavaliers their first loss this postseason.
A new format to NASCAR’s annual All-Star race left half the field confused to almost comical levels. Joey Logano snatched the lead from Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson with two laps remaining to win the $1 million exhibition event. Larson was still the star of the day. He had to race his way into the main event earlier Saturday, earning a spot in the 20-driver field by beating Chase Elliott in a stirring last-lap door-to-door battle to the checkered flag.
Rafael Nadal’s dominance at Roland Garros, Serena Williams’ bid to repeat and tie Steffi Graf’s mark, Novak Djokovic’s shot at a career Grand Slam and the end of Roger Federer’s majors appearance streak are four stories worth noting as the French Open begins Sunday.
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