The Sports Xchange
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Playing their best game of the series on Sunday, the Nashville Predators regained control of their Western Conference semifinal with the St. Louis Blues. Ryan Ellis, Cody McLeod and Roman Josi scored goals while Pekka Rinne made 22 saves as Nashville bagged a 3-1 win at Bridgestone Arena for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals. Colton Sissons added two assists for the Predators, including the primary one on Josi's bomb from the blue line at 14:11 of the third period that gave them a two-goal cushion.
Sano drives in five as Twins top Royals KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Miguel Sano drove in five runs, and Phil Hughes pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Sunday, April 30. After losing 15 of 19 games to the Royals last season, the Twins are 5-0 against them this year. The Royals have lost nine in a row. Sano hit a three-run homer in the third to erase an early 2-0 deficit. Sano hammered a first-pitch from Jason Hammel with Byron Buxton and Max Kepler aboard.
RICHMOND, Va. — Joey Logano went from last to first in the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday to claim his first win of the season in his 300th career Cup Series start. Logano started the race in the back after his team changed his transmission before the race. Brad Keselowski was the runner-up to give Team Penske a 1-2 finish. Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kevin Harvick finished third through fifth, respectively.
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics spotted Washington the first 16 points of the game and then roared to a 123-111 victory over the Wizards in the first game of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday. Top-seeded Boston, winning its fifth straight playoff game after losing the first two games of the first round, both at home to the Chicago Bulls, trailed 22-5 just 5 1/2 minutes into the game. But the Celtics caught up in the second quarter, stayed close and then exploded in a 36-point third quarter to lead by 15 after three before holding off a Washington charge.
WASHINGTON — Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel each had two goals and an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 6-2 on Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal. Evgeni Malkin and Matt Cullen each had a goal and an assist, and Sidney Crosby had two assists as Pittsburgh won despite again being outshot, this time by a 36-24 margin. After winning twice away from home, the Penguins will host Game 3 Monday night.
RICHMOND, Va. — Justin Allgaier had the best car in Saturday's ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Kyle Larson isn't very good at Richmond — and isn't bashful about saying so. Nevertheless, when two late restarts played out at the .75-mile short track, Larson was the race winner in overtime and Allgaier was a disappointed second, consoled only by the $100,000 check he collected as the winner of the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus as the highest finishing series regular.
OTTAWA — Jean-Gabriel Pageau's fourth goal of the game 2:54 into double overtime gave the Ottawa Senators a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday. The win gives the Senators a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, which shifts to New York for Game 3 on Tuesday.
ATLANTA — Guards John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 73 points and the Washington Wizards defeated the Atlanta Hawks 115-99 on Friday to win their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Washington won the series four games to two and advances to the second round to meet Boston, which eliminated Chicago in six games. Wall scored 20 points in the first half and finished with 42 points on 16-of-25 shooting. Beal had 17 in the first half and finished with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Wall also had eight assists.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Miguel Sano homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 on Friday night. The Royals have lost eight straight games. The last time they had a longer losing streak was April 2012 when they lost 12 in a row. Sano's two-run double off Joakim Soria (0-1) tied it in the ninth. Joe Mauer followed with a two-run double to put the Twins up. The inning included an Eddie Rosario single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may be willing to consider allowing players to use marijuana for medical reasons, but he remains against the banned drug for recreational use. Goodell told ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show on Friday, April 28, that he continues to believe marijuana has an "addictive nature" and likely won't be cleared by the National Football League anytime soon as a pain-relief alternative.