LAS VEGAS—An expansion team on a jaw-dropping run, an opponent that started the season with perhaps its lowest expectations in years, a superstar finally getting his first chance at glory, a head coach left at curb 18 months ago, and a city that connected with its new club after an unspeakable tragedy.
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CONCORD, N.C.—It's official: Kyle Busch can win everywhere.
Busch marked off the only track where a points-race victory had eluded him last night, leading 377 of 400 laps in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch is the only driver in NASCAR's modern era to win a points race on every NASCAR track on the schedule.
INDIANAPOLIS—Will Power can win anything now, even the Indianapolis 500, an intimidating race on an oval he hated because it marginalized his talent.
He drives for Roger Penske and nothing matters more to the boss than winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
So Power worked to change his attitude, improve his performance on ovals, and respect the track.
PHILADELPHIA—J.A. Happ always is at his best against his former team.
Devon Travis and Dwight Smith Jr. each hit two-run doubles, and Happ pitched neatly into the seventh inning, as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 yesterday afternoon.
Curtis Granderson added a solo homer to help the Jays take two-of-three in the interleague series.
BOSTON—With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out.
He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again—not yet, anyway.
And he would not be denied an eighth-straight trip to the NBA Finals.
TAMPA, Fla.—Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around, and set it back down on a table.
The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after blanking the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 last night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final—a victory that sent Washington to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 20 years.
TORONTO—Blue Jays' reliever Tyler Clippard appeared immersed in thought as he sat by his locker last night after blowing a save opportunity in a 5-4 loss to the L.A. Angels.
Clippard stared straight ahead for about 10 minutes, his index finger slowly stroking his chin from time to time.
It was an outing he'd like to put behind him as soon as possible.
BOSTON—LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger.
Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points—his ninth 20-point game of the post-season—as Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 last night to grab a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.
COPENHAGEN—Canada came home without a medal for the first time in four years after falling 4-1 to the U.S. in Sunday's bronze-medal game at the world hockey championship.
“Coming here, we expect gold and expect to compete for gold and when you don't, it's disappointing,” said alternate captain Ryan O'Reilly, who was playing in his sixth world championship.
WASHINGTON—Facing elimination at home, the Washington Capitals looked determined to hit everything that moved in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.
The goal was to finish checks on Tampa Bay Lightning players as much as possible, though at one point Devante Smith-Pelly decked Dan Girardi and took teammate Jay Beagle down with him.