Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall says “in a perfect world” franchise icons Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang end their careers with the team. Both Malkin and Letang are scheduled to enter free agency in July, though both have expressed a desire to remain with the team. The issue is whether the Penguins can afford to keep both. Malkin is coming off a deal in which he made $9.5 million a season. If Letang hits the open market, there's a chance he could get a raise over the $7.25 million he made last season.
Max Muncy’s two-run fielding error in the bottom of the 10th capped a wild late-inning sequence and allowed the Philadelphia Phillies to post a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garrett Stubbs had hit his first major league homer to get Philadelphia on the board in the sixth. The Phillies had tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on a Jean Segura single to left that scored Nick Castellanos, whose two-out double started the rally.
Albert Pujols hit two home runs, then caught the warmup tosses when star catcher Yadier Molina made his first pitching appearance to close out the St. Louis Cardinals' 18-4 romp over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Molina gave up a pair of homers and four runs while working the ninth inning, eventually completing the Cardinals’ three-game sweep. But it was not all fun and games for St. Louis. Starter Steven Matz lasted only four pitches before being pulled with stiffness in his left shoulder. Pujols boosted his career home run count to 683. Pujols had a pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning and a three-run drive in the ninth off Pirates infielder Josh VanMeter in the ninth.
Penguins forward Bryan Rust made good on his promise to stay in Pittsburgh. Rust signed a six-year deal worth $5.125 million annually to remain with the Penguins rather than test free agency. The 30-year-old Rust says it was important for him to be in a place where he's comfortable. Rust says he may have taken a small discount to stick with Pittsburgh, adding he's fine if the team uses whatever money it saved to bring in players hoping to win a championship.
Mookie Betts homered, doubled and singled, knocked in three runs, threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate and sparked the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Gavin Lux lined the go-ahead single to right over a drawn-in infield in the eighth inning for a 5-4 lead. Cody Bellinger scored on Searanthony Dominguez’s wild pitch for the 6-4 lead. Austin Barnes hit his fourth homer of the year in the ninth for a 7-4 lead. Phillies star Bryce Harper went 1 for 4 as the designated hitter in his first game in a week. The 2021 NL MVP was one of the hottest hitters in baseball before he was forced out of the lineup for an injection in his elbow..
Bryan Rust is staying in Pittsburgh. The veteran forward has agreed to a six-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins that will keep him with the club through 2028. The deal carries an average annual value of $5.125 million. The 30-year-old Rust scored 24 goals to go with a career-best 34 assists this season.
Bryce Harper has returned to the Phillies lineup as the designated hitter after he missed the previous five games because of soreness from a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow. Harper hit third for the Phillies against the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-hander Mitch White. The 29-year-old Harper is batting .305 with nine home runs, 14 doubles, 27 RBIs, and an .634 slugging percentage. He has been playing exclusively at designated hitter since injuring his arm on a throw from right field last month. He last played the field at Miami on April 16.
Freddie Freeman singled three times and drove in two runs, Julio Urías pitched five shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 for their sixth straight victory. Trea Turner doubled and had an RBI for the NL West-leading Dodgers who opened a 10-day, 10-game road trip. The Phillies continued to struggle without slugger Bryce Harper, who missed his fifth straight game after having a platelet-rich plasma injection in his injured right elbow on Sunday. Philadelphia lost for the fourth time in the last five.
Officials say that a Hong Kong-flagged sailboat is reported to have come under attack off the coast of war-torn Yemen. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations group said the attack on Thursday happened off Hodeida, a contested port city amid Yemen's yearslong civil war. A European Union force says the militants fired some 20 warning shots and threatened the ship with rocket-propelled grenades. However, the ship escaped. Dryad Global, a maritime intelligence firm, told The Associated Press that the vessel involved was the Lakota, a 62-foot, or 19-meter, sailboat flagged out of Hong Kong. The Lakota has led its skippers to win multiple sailing races around the world.
Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper traded his hat for one from a fan in the Citizens Bank Ballpark stands. Harper missed his fourth straight game from the lingering effects of platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow. So the fan-friendly star killed time scanning the scene from the dugout during an afternoon game against the Padres. Harper found a hat on a fan near the dugout that caught his eye. That hat had a maroon bill with “Philadelphia Phillies” and the P on the top. Harper yelled over to a group of fans and offered the trade. The Phillies fans accepted and walked off an autographed cap.
For the first time in more than two months, Masters champion and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler had to sign for a round over par. And that included an eagle on his fifth hole. Scheffler opened with a 1-over 71, leaving him six shots out of the lead in his quest to win the first two majors of the year. It could have been worse. He had to make a 15-foot par putt on the final hole at Southern Hills. His last round over par was a closing 76 at The Players Championship in March.
Mets pitcher Max Scherzer is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a strained oblique muscle in his left side. It's the latest blow to a New York pitching staff already missing ace Jacob deGrom. Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young Award winner. He had an MRI a day after he pulled himself from a start against the St. Louis Cardinals with a 1-1 count on Albert Pujols in the sixth inning after feeling “a zing” in his left side. New York said the scan detected a moderate-to-high grade strain.
Al Horford and Marcus Smart are coming back. And Derrick White headed home early for a good reason. The Boston Celtics have two missing starters back for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami. Smart’s mid-foot sprain has improved to the point where the Celtics said he could play Thursday. Horford was removed from the NBA’s health and safety protocols after getting cleared by test results. And White left Miami early because of the looming birth of a child.
The Carolina Hurricanes are getting the offensive production they need so far from their blue liners in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Hurricanes outlasted the Boston Bruins in a seven-game series with defensemen Jaccob Slavin and Tony DeAngelo leading the team in points. Then they rallied to beat the New York Rangers to open their second-round series on Ian Cole's overtime goal. The Hurricanes head into Friday’s Game 2 seeking a sixth straight playoff home win. The schedule includes Game 2 between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. Calgary won Game 1 in a shootout featuring a combined 15 goals.
Tyler Naquin homered in the fifth inning and scored on Kyle Farmer’s go-ahead single in the eighth, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians. It was Cincinnati's first series sweep of its Ohio neighbors since 2014. The Reds won both games in this rain-delayed interleague set, and are showing some positive signs after starting the season 3-21. They’re 8-5 since May 5. Naquin triggered the Reds’ rally in the eighth with a single and had another good game against the Guardians, who drafted him in 2012. In eight games against Cleveland, Naquin is batting .419 (13 for 31) with two doubles, five homers and six RBIs. Manager Terry Francona was back with Guardians after missing four games with COVID-19.
Second-seeded Casper Ruud has advanced to the Geneva Open semifinals in defense of his title by beating Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 7-6 (3). No. 8-ranked Ruud forced the only service break in the first set of a quarterfinals match that saw only four break-point chances created. Ruud will next face fourth-seeded American Reilly Opelka who fired 14 aces in beating Tallon Griekspoor 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The other semifinals pairing Friday is Richard Gasquet and Joao Sousa who both had straight-set wins Thursday. The clay-court event in Geneva is a final warmup for the French Open that starts Sunday.
Naomi Osaka’s return to the French Open will be a tough test against the player who beat her at the Australian Open, No. 27 Amanda Anisimova. Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion who used to be No. 1 in the rankings but has slipped to No. 38 in part because of a lack of activity. That included time off for a mental health break after she withdrew from Roland Garros ahead of her second-round match a year ago, revealing that she has dealt with anxiety and depression. In the men's bracket, Novak Djokovic could meet Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, and the winner of that might face teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals. The tournament starts Sunday.
Atlanta Braves reliever Luke Jackson has lost his salary arbitration case. Jackson is sidelined for the season by Tommy John surgery. He was awarded the team’s $3.6 million offer rather than his $4 million request. The decision came a day after his hearing. No statistics or evidence from after March 1 are admissible other than contract and salary comparisons, timing set when Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed to the deal that ended the lockout. A 30-year-old right-hander, Jackson had surgery on April 13 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Team have a 3-2 lead in decisions. Arbitration hearings usually are held during the first three weeks of February but were delayed by the lockout.
Teams 3, Players 2WinnersPlayer, ClubAskedOfferedAndrew Benintendi, KC$8,500,000$7,300,000Adam Frazier, Sea8,000,0006,700,000LosersPlayer, ClubAskedOfferedAustin Riley, Atl$4,200,000$3,950,000Luke Jackson, Atl4,000,0003,600,000Tyler O'Neill, StL4,150,0003,400,000
Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter is among the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, presented annually to the NHL’s coach of the year. Andrew Brunette of the Florida Panthers and Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers are the other two finalists. Sutter oversaw the biggest season-over-season improvement by any team in the NHL. The Flames captured the Pacific Division title and had the NHL’s sixth-best record. Brunette led the Panthers to the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history as the NHL’s top regular-season team. And Gallant became just the second head coach in franchise history to win 50-plus games in his first season.
Lo van Pham’s journey to the NFL began when he fell in love with sports upon arriving in Texas after living in refugee camps with his family. More than 40 years later, van Pham is set to become the first Asian American to officiate in the NFL. Before he was introduced to football in America, van Pham and his parents and two brothers survived traveling the jungles of South Vietnam and bounced around refugee camps in Laos, Thailand and the Philippines for about three years. He was too young to remember much of that experience but his parents filled him in as he got older.
All Times EDTEast DivisionWLPct.GBDayton (Cincinnati)2211.667—Great Lakes (L.A. Dodgers)2015.5713Lake County (Cleveland)1618.4716½Lansing (Oakland)1520.4298West Michigan (Detroit)1520.4298Fort Wayne (San Diego)1421.4009
Italian club Spezia has challenged FIFA at a hearing at sport’s highest court trying to overturn a two-year transfer ban. The Serie A club is alleged to have been involved in trafficking of young players from Africa under a previous owner before its current American owners took over last year. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says no date had been set for a verdict. Spezia could seek a fast-track ruling in June before the offseason transfer window opens in Italy. FIFA banned Spezia last year from registering new players during 2022 and 2023 for rule-breaking signings of Nigerian youngsters.
All Times EDTNorth DivisionWLPct.GBWichita (Minnesota)2112.636—Tulsa (L.A. Dodgers)2113.618½NW Arkansas (Kansas City)1618.4715½Arkansas (Seattle)1619.4576Springfield (St. Louis)1421.4008
English soccer player Chioma Ubogagu is serving a nine-month suspension for failing a doping test after medication for a skin condition contained a prohibited substance. Ubogagu joined Women’s Super League team Tottenham last year. She was initially provisionally suspended in January but details of the case and verdict were announced only on Thursday. Canrenone is a masking agent. It was detected in an out-of-competition test in October. It was in anti-acne tablets that she had been prescribed by her dermatologist in Texas where she played for the Houston Dash in 2018.