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TORONTO—With the Maple Leafs buzzing and Scotiabank Arena rocking after Toronto equalized early in yesterday's second period, the Bruins needed a push from their dormant stars.
David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron delivered, and now the Eastern Conference quarterfinal is heading back to Boston tied at two games apiece.
MINNEAPOLIS—Two starts ago, on a soggy mound in Philadelphia, Jake Odorizzi let the rain derail his pitching and didn't finish the first inning.
The weather in Minnesota last night didn't deter him, and neither did Toronto's lineup.
Nelson Cruz had two hits and two RBIs, helping Odorizzi and the Twins beat the Blue Jays 4-1 following a 54-minute rain delay.
LAS VEGAS — A Wisconsin man who claims to have never placed a bet on sports before he risked $85,000 on Tiger Woods winning the Masters is now more than a million dollars richer.
James Adducci was presented with a check for more than $1.2 million Monday at a sportsbook in Las Vegas. Adducci’s win represents the largest golf payout ever for sportsbook operator William Hill US.
ST. LOUIS—Kyle Connor and the Winnipeg Jets got back on track by sticking to the same way they wanted to play all along.
Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist, and the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 last night to climb back into their first-round playoff series.
TORONTO—Marcus Stroman had a supportive chat with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. yesterday after the Blue Jays' second baseman made a costly error that led to his removal from the game.
The gist of the message was that his teammates would be there to help the 25-year-old infielder over the mental hurdle he seems to be facing on the field.
AUGUSTA, Ga.—Fallen hero, crippled star, and now a Masters champion again.
Tiger Woods rallied to win the Masters for the fifth time yesterday, a comeback that goes well beyond the two-shot deficit he erased before a delirious audience at Augusta National that watched memories turn into reality.
HOPKINTON, Mass. — Runners are trying to stay dry as they await the start of the 2019 Boston Marathon.
The 123nd running of the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon got a wet start. But it’s not as cold as expected, with temperatures in the 60s as runners arrived instead of the 30s that were initially forecast.
NEW YORK—Jake Odorizzi was in complete control. He really was.
And then . . .
“It's not often you see something like that happen,” he said, much later.
WINNIPEG—Pat Maroon figures his grandfather was watching him from heaven when he set up Tyler Bozak's winning goal in the St. Louis Blues' 2-1 playoff victory over the Winnipeg Jets last night.