CONCORD, N.C. —Despite being told he was five laps short on fuel to complete the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night, Austin Dillon got to the checkered flag to claim his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. His team had to push his car to victory lane.
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he plans to return to his duties even if he loses sight in his right eye. Zimmer is away from the team during this week's organized team activities after undergoing his eighth eye surgery in the past seven months. "I'll be back shortly with one eye or two," Zimmer said during a conference call. "It doesn't matter. I'll be back either way." Zimmer's latest surgery was on May 17 when doctors inserted a gas bubble into his eye, designed to stabilize his detached retina and keep it in place.
BALTIMORE—Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones slammed his bat against home plate after striking out against Minnesota's Jose Berrios. The young right-hander from Puerto Rico has been frustrating hitters since he was called up this season. Berrios picked up his third straight win with a solid performance and Minnesota completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles with a 4-3 victory in a Wednesday matinee.
OTTAWA—The Ottawa Senators staved off elimination and set the stage for a dramatic finish in the Eastern Conference Final with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday night. The series is now tied 3-3 with Game 7—and a chance to play the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final—set for Thursday in Pittsburgh. Senators goalie Craig Anderson stopped 45 shots, including 22 of 23 in the second period, to redeem himself after getting pulled in Game 5.
CLEVELAND—Kyrie Irving saved the Cavaliers and set a career playoff high with 42 points in Cleveland's 112-99 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. The Cavs can reach their third straight NBA Finals, and LeBron James his seventh in a row, with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston. James scored 34 points to go with six assists in Game 4, recovering from a 11-point, 4-of-13 shooting night he endured in Cleveland's stunning Game 3 loss. Kevin Love added 17 points and a career playoff-high 17 rebounds Tuesday.
ST. PAUL—It took awhile, but the Minnesota Lynx finally got going and edged the Connecticut Sun 80-78 on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Lynx (4-0) used a third-quarter surge to take the lead for good and survived the Sun (0-3) in the first of back-to-back games between the teams. Connecticut had a chance when Minnesota guard Lindsey Whalen missed two foul shots with 18 seconds left, but the Lynx hung on.
BALTIMORE -- Ervin Santana went the distance for Minnesota, and Brian Dozier added a solo home run as the Twins scored a second straight victory over the Baltimore Orioles, winning 2-0 on Tuesday night. After a slugfest in the series opener Monday -- a 14-7 Twins win -- this game belonged to the pitchers, specifically Santana (7-2) and Baltimore's Dylan Bundy. Santana allowed a single in the second inning and another in the fifth and nothing more. He retired the final 14 batters he faced, struck out six and walked just two.
NFL owners voted to approve several rule changes at the spring league meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, including shortening overtime periods to 10 minutes after the idea was proposed at the annual league meeting in March. The owners also voted to allow two players to return off the injured reserve list during the season instead of one and to eliminate the waves of preseason roster cuts and create one deadline to set a 53-man roster.
SAN ANTONIO—Stephen Curry scored 36 points and Kevin Durant added 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors strolled to a 129-115 win over the short-handed but game San Antonio Spurs on Monday at the AT&T Center, finishing off a four-game sweep of the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. Golden State moves on to play either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. The Warriors will have nine days to rest for that series, which begins in Oakland, Calif., on June 1.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A date with history awaited the Nashville Predators on Monday night. They kept it, in spite of being badly outshot by the Anaheim Ducks. Colton Sissons' third goal of the game at 14:00 of the third period broke a tie and led Nashville to a 6-3 win that gave the Predators the Western Conference finals four games to two. The Predators clinched their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals.