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NHL-STANLEY CUP FINAL
Lightning look to even Stanley Cup Final in Game 4
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for the notion that the Tampa Bay Lightning might be running out of gas against the speedy Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 3 showed that the Lightning’s recipe for postseason success still works when the two-time defending champions incorporate all the ingredients. They bounced back from the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history to beat Colorado on Monday.
The Lightning still trail the best-of-seven series two games to one, but coach Jon Cooper is confident his team is trending in the right direction. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Tampa, where the Lightning have won eight straight playoff games.
Colorado is looking to move within one victory of its first Stanley Cup title since 2001. Tampa Bay continuing its bid for the NHL’s first three-peat in nearly 40 years.
AP source: Maurice closing in on deal to coach Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Paul Maurice and the Florida Panthers have finalized a deal to make him the club’s next coach.
Maurice replaces Panthers interim coach Andrew Brunette. Maurice is fourth all-time in games coached and seventh all-time in coaching wins. He most recently was coach in Winnipeg and stepped down there in December.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have promoted Meghan Hunter to assistant general manger among several front office moves. She is the fourth woman to be named an assistant GM in NHL history. Hunter joins Vancouver’s Cammi Granato and Emilie Castonguay as the women currently serving in that role with a club. She will be in charge of contracts, budgeting and other departments as AGM of hockey operations.
Astros top Mets, Alverez gets 21st homer
UNDATED (AP) — Yordan Alvarez homered twice off Carlos Carrasco as the Houston Astros jumped on him early and held on for a 5-3 win over the New York Mets. Alvarez hit two of the season-high three homers Carrasco allowed before the pitcher left with lower back tightness in the third inning with the Astros up 5-1. Alvarez, who also homered Tuesday night, now has 21 this season to move into a tie with Mike Trout for second-most in the majors. His home run barrage in this series comes after he missed Sunday’s game with a minor hand injury.
In other MLB action:
— Bo Bichette hit a grand slam and Alejandro Kirk homered for the second straight game, leading Ross Stripling and the Toronto Blue Jays over the injury-riddled Chicago White Sox 9-5. Bichette’s second career slam capped a five-run fourth inning as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game series sweep. Kirk hit an RBI single in the first and a homer to center in the third. He tops All-Star fan voting for AL catchers and leads all qualified major league catchers in batting average with .307 and OPS .857.
— Jurickson Profar had four hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for the San Diego Padres, who jumped on Madison Bumgarner early in a 10-4 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three-game sweep. Jorge Alfaro hit a solo homer in the sixth and rookie José Azocar fell a home run short of the cycle in his first career three-hit game. Padres All-Star slugger Manny Machado missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle, but manager Bob Melvin returned after missing 11 games while in the COVID protocols.
— Brad Miller hit a two-run single against his former team as the Texas Rangers beat the Philadelphia Phillies for the ninth time in a row. The Rangers won 4-2 on Wednesday to hand Zack Wheeler his first loss in two months. Kole Calhoun also drove in two runs for Texas, including a tiebreaking RBI single in the third. Kyle Schwarber extended his career-best on-base streak to 26 games for the Phillies with a two-run homer in the third inning. Jon Gray, the opening day starter for the Rangers, has won consecutive starts for the first time this season.
Melvin back in dugout
UNDATED (AP) — San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin returned to the dugout after being sidelined by COVID protocols for 11 games. Melvin says he’s been asymptomatic for the last nine days. He went into the protocols in between games of a doubleheader on June 11. He said he felt a little scratch in his throat and tested positive. Melvin says it’s great to be back and that it was “very unsettling to sit around like that and have to watch games for that long and feeling the way I did.”
In other MLB news:
— The Los Angeles Angels have optioned rookie left-hander Reid Detmers to the minors just six starts after he threw a no-hitter. The Angels assigned Detmers to Triple-A Salt Lake a day after he made his sixth consecutive winless start since his no-hitter against Tampa Bay on May 10. The 22-year-old Detmers is the youngest pitcher in Angels history to throw a no-hitter, and he did it in just his 11th career start. But Detmers is 0-2 with a 5.67 ERA in his six starts since that historic night.
— Pitcher Max Fried won his salary arbitration case against the World Series champion Atlanta Braves and was given his $6.85 million request instead of the team’s $6.6 million offer. Teams have a 9-4 advantage in decisions. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is the only player still scheduled for a hearing later this week. Fried became the second Braves player to win, joining shortstop Dansby Swanson. Outfielder Adam Duvall, third baseman Austin Riley and injured reliever Luke Jackson lost their hearings. Fried was 14-7 with a 3.04 ERA last year and was 2-2 in the postseason.
— Former Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain has cleared waivers and is now a free agent. The Brewers designated Cain for assignment Saturday just as he reached 10 years of major league service. That enabled him to be fully vested in the players’ pension fund. The 36-year-old Cain was batting .179 with one homer and nine RBIs in 43 games this season.
Ex-Raven Siragusa dead at 55…Ravens linebacker Ferguson dies at 26
UNDATED (AP) — Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a stout Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, has died. He was 55. Siragusa’s broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death Wednesday. There was no word on the cause. The man known as “the Goose” played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. Baltimore’s 2000 team won the Super Bowl behind a defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams. Siragusa was popular with fans because of his fun-loving personality, which also helped him transition to broadcasting after his playing career.
In other NFL news:
— Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at age 26. Police said the cause of death is still to be determined but that no foul play is suspected at this time. Ferguson played three NFL seasons. All were with Baltimore. Ferguson set the college Football Bowl Subdivision career sacks record with 45 when he played at Louisiana Tech, and he was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019. He played in 38 games as a pro and had 4 1/2 sacks. Ferguson was born Dec. 14, 1995, in St. Francisville, Louisiana. He played high school football and basketball at West Feliciana.
— A U.S. House committee says Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder conducted a “shadow investigation” that sought to discredit former employees making accusations of workplace sexual harassment. The committee released a memo ahead of a hearing Wednesday. The Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating the Commanders’ workplace culture following accusations of pervasive sexual harassment by team executives of women employees. Snyder declined to testify at the hearing, but the committee plans to issue a subpoena to compel a deposition. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the committee that Snyder “has been held accountable.”
NBA-PISTONS/TRAIL BLAZERS TRADE
Blazers getting Jeremi Grant
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation said the Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Olympic gold medalist Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers, with the biggest part of the return being a first-round pick in the 2025 draft. Detroit gets the No. 36 pick in the draft Thursday and what would have been Milwaukee’s first-round pick in 2025, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the agreement publicly.
Ledecky extends medal haul, Dressel’s world swimming championships over
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky has extended her record haul of medals from the world swimming championships to 21. That’s two more than any other female swimmer managed before. All but three of them are gold. The 25-year-old Ledecky claimed her 18th gold at a worlds as the United States won the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay final.
Ledecky clocked the fastest split to help the Americans win in a championship record 7:41.45. Claire Weinstein, Leah Smith, Ledecky and Bella Sims finished 2.41 seconds ahead of the Australian team and 3.31 ahead of the Canadians.
Ledecky’s 21 medals at a worlds are two more than compatriot Natalie Coughlin managed between 2001-13.
American star Caeleb Dressel has withdrawn from the rest of the world swimming championships. USA Swimming says the decision was made “after conferring with Caeleb, his coaches and the medical staff.”
Dressel withdrew shortly before the semifinals of the 100 freestyle with an unspecified medical condition on Tuesday. He was also due to race the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly later in the worlds.
It’s a big blow for the 25-year-old Dressel, a seven-time Olympic gold medalist.
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY-TRADEMARK
Ohio State gets approval to trademark ‘The’ for merchandise
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has won its fight to trademark the word “The.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved the university’s request Tuesday. The school says it allows Ohio State to control use of “The” on branded products associated with and sold through athletics and collegiate channels. Those include such items as T-shirts, baseball caps and hats. A university spokesman noted that “THE has been a rallying cry in the Ohio State community for many years. The university’s licensing and trademark program generates over $12.5 million a year in revenue, which helps fund student scholarships and university programs.