The Sports Xchange
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.
MINNEAPOLIS—Edwin Encarnacion had three hits, including two home runs, and drove in each of Cleveland's five runs as the Indians left Minnesota with a 5-2 win on Sunday, a four-game series sweep and control of the American League Central. Jose Ramirez had three hits for his sixth straight multi-hit game for Cleveland, while Trevor Bauer dazzled through his first six innings before the Twins pressured late.
SANDY, Utah — Forward Yura Movsisyan scored a late second-half goal and Real Salt Lake escaped with a 1-0 victory over Minnesota United FC on Saturday night in Sandy. Salt Lake (5-10-2) has won three straight home matches. RSL also snapped a two-game losing streak and earned a clean sheet after allowing 11 goals in those two previous matches. Minnesota (4-9-2) allowed 29 shots and produced only five.
St. PAUL — All five Connecticut starters scored in double figures as the Sun beat Minnesota 98-93 to hand theLynx their loss of the season on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Lynx fell to 9-1, but still sit atop the league standings, two games ahead of Los Angeles and Washington. Connecticut started the season 0-4, but now has won four straight to even its record at 5-5. Alyssa Thomas scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists to lead the Sun.
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.