#SPORTS! Cardinals in 1st place after sweeping Reds. Toyota Owners 400 took place on Saturday. NHL Playoff Updates.
Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong both went deep in the Cards 9-2 win over the Reds yesterday at Busch. That completed the series sweep against Cincinnati and put the Cardinals in sole possession of 1st place. The Cards are off today and take on the Mets tomorrow at Busch. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15PM and Luke Weaver gets the start. It’s also the first Battle @ Busch. Join myself and Donny Fandango at the new Budweiser Terrace before first pitch.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt had a Major League Baseball record 21-pitch at-bat yesterday against Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Jaime Barria. Belt’s at-bat, which lasted 12 minutes and 45 seconds and saw him foul off 16 two-strike pitches, finally ended when he lined out to right field. The 21 pitches were the most in an at-bat since records began being kept in 1988. The previous record was 20 pitches, in a 1998 at-bat by the Houston Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez.
Well we have the first of the year….Sean Manaea of the Oakland A’s threw a no-hitter on Saturday night against the Red Sox . . . the hottest team in baseball.
NHL PLAYOFFS: Results from first-round playoff games yesterday:
- Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Philadelphia Flyers 5 — Pirates win series 4 games to 2.
- Nashville Predators 5, Colorado Avalanche 0 — Predators win series 4 games to 2.
NBA PLAYOFFS: Results from first-round playoff games yesterday:
- Milwaukee Bucks 104, Boston Celtics 102 — Series tied at 2-2.
- San Antonio Spurs 103, Golden State Warriors 90 — Warriors lead 3 games to 1.
- Washington Wizards 106, Toronto Raptors 98 — Series tied at 2-2.
- Cleveland Cavaliers 104, Indiana Pacers 100 — Series tied at 2-2.
President Trump tweeted Saturday that he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxer Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, at the urging of Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone, a supporter of the president who brought Johnson’s story to his attention. Johnson, who’s become a legendary figure and the subject of plays, movies and documentaries, was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines in violation of the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes. Johnson was a fugitive for seven years after his conviction before turning himself in and serving about a year in federal prison. He died in a car crash in 1946. Republican Senator John McCain and former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have been pushing for a pardon for Johnson for years.
Former Michigan linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse apologized Sunday in a statement posted online for a string of threatening Twitter messages directed at coach Jim Harbaugh. Mbem-Bosse said he felt that he was kicked off the Wolverines without reason and that his rights were violated by university police. Mbem-Bosse said he takes full responsibility for a series of messages posted Monday that referenced Michigan’s open-carry law for firearms and made other vague references to violence, such as “calling the morgue.” Mbem-Bosse also tagged Harbaugh’s Twitter handle in the same thread. Police were notified about the messages Monday night and opened an investigation. A spokeswoman for the university’s police department said Sunday that officers “actively continue to assess and evaluate the situation,” but they did not a believe a crime had been committed. The sophomore linebacker from Georgia said the past several months have been “very hard on me mentally, physically and emotionally.”
Adrien Broner and Jesse Vargas fought to a draw after 12 rounds in Vegas on Saturday night, and Broner wasn’t too happy with the decision. But he made a fool of himself.
The Toyota Owners 400 took place on Saturday and Kyle Busch took the checkered flag. Chase Elliot, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick rounded up the top 5. Next week racing heads to Talladega for the Geico 500.