Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Jays nip Rangers

TORONTO—Roberto Osuna relishes those high-pressure save situations.
So when the Toronto Blue Jays’ rookie—and newly-minted closer—gave up a lead-off double in the ninth inning of yesterday’s 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers, it didn’t even faze him.
“I’m going to be honest—nothing,” Osuna replied when asked what went through his mind after issuing the double to Rougned Odor.

T’wolves take Towns first overall

NEW YORK—The Minnesota Timberwolves got their man in the middle. The Lakers got a play-making partner for Kobe Bryant.
Knicks fans just got mad—though not for long.

Nats sweep again

WASHINGTON—Doug Fister said he really hadn’t heard about the scoreless innings streak being crafted by his fellow Washington Nationals’ starters.
Fister allowed four hits over seven innings in another superb outing by a Washington starter as the Nationals blanked the Atlanta Braves 7-0 yesterday for their sixth-straight win.

NHL formally open to expansion

LAS VEGAS—Four months after a private investor began a season-ticket drive that would help gauge the feasibility of the NHL in Las Vegas, the league’s board of governors has given the green light to opening a formal expansion process.

Price big winner at NHL awards

LAS VEGAS—Carey Price has plenty of shutouts in his hockey career.
At the NHL awards, he picked up his first hat trick.
The Montreal Canadiens’ star captured the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player, Vezina Trophy as the best goalie, and Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player as voted by his peers.
Price became the first since Dominik Hasek in 1998 to win all three.

Jays nab rare road victory over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Toronto Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons got his 500th major-league win last night, and easily explained the big number.
“That shows I’ve been around a long time,” he noted.
Tampa Bay shortstop Asdrudal Cabrera didn’t stick around so long in Toronto’s 8-5 victory.
He got ejected and some of his equipment got tossed, too.

Canada to face England

VANCOUVER—Canada’s road to the Women’s World Cup semi-finals will go through England.
The sixth-ranked Lionesses defeated No. 11 Norway 2-1 in Ottawa yesterday to set up a quarter-final clash with No. 8 Canada in Vancouver this Saturday.

Jays rally but lose

TORONTO—Toronto Blue Jays’ closer Brett Cecil could have gotten out of yesterday’s ninth inning unscathed.
After back-to-back one-out walks in a 9-9 game, shortstop Jose Reyes misplayed what could have been an inning-ending double play ball on a J.J. Hardy single.

Canada advances to quarter-finals

VANCOUVER—Canada is on the move at the Women’s World Cup—headed to the quarter-finals thanks to a 1-0 win over Switzerland and some canny planning from coach John Herdman.
And the Canadian women rose to the occasion yesterday after an uneven group stage, taking it to the 19th-ranked Swiss in the second half before 53,855 at B.C. Place—a record for a Canadian national team home game.

Pair of ‘pick-sixes’ spark Argos’ win

MONTREAL—A pair of defensive players made the difference for the Toronto Argonauts on a wet night of CFL pre-season football.
Akwasi Owusa-Ansah and Branden Smith scored touchdowns on second-quarter interceptions as the Argonauts beat the Montreal Alouettes 30-10 in a rain-soaked game last night.
Owusa-Ansah picked off starter Jonathan Crompton for a 39-yard TD return at 3:59 of the second.

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