Florida takes 2-0 lead in Stanley Cup Finals – WSJM Morning Sports


NHL – National Hockey League – 2024 Stanely Cup Finals (best of 7)
Last Night
Florida Panthers 4, Edmonton Oilers 1                                            (FLA leads 2-0)

Panthers 4, Oilers 1 – Panthers now 2 wins from the Stanley Cup, top Oilers 4-1 for 2-0 lead in title series
Evan Rodrigues had two goals in the third period, Niko Mikkola and Aaron Ekblad also scored and the Florida Panthers beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 18 shots for Florida, which was 1-8 all-time in Cup final games before this series started — and now is two wins away from capturing its first championship. But the win came with a price for Florida as the Panthers lost captain Aleksander Barkov when Edmonton forward Leon Draisaitl launched toward him midway through the third period and hit him in the head. Mattias Ekholm scored and Stuart Skinner stopped 25 shots for the Oilers, who now have to buck some serious history.

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Seattle Mariners 8, Chicago White Sox 4
Tigers and Cubs were off

Mariners 8, White Sox 4 – Raleigh hits walk-off grand slam as Mariners rally late to beat White Sox 8-4
Cal Raleigh hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Seattle Mariners stormed back from a four-run deficit in the eighth to beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4. Raleigh’s walk-off drive came against Jordan Leasure after the AL West-leading Mariners scored four times in the eighth to tie it. Dominic Canzone led off with a homer against starter Erick Fedde before Michael Kopech gave up three runs and four hits. Mitch Haniger knocked in two with a bases-loaded single, and Luke Raley drove in the tying run with a bunt single. Luis Robert Jr. and Corey Julks homered for the major league-worst White Sox.

Washington (Parker 4-3) at Detroit (Maeda 2-2), 6:40 p.m.        News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 6:15
Chicago Cubs (Taillon 3-2) at Tampa Bay (Eflin 3-4), 6:50 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Thorpe 0-0) at Seattle (Woo 3-0), 9:40 p.m.

NBA – Celtics traded for Jrue Holiday with NBA Finals in mind, now two wins away
The Boston Celtics had the NBA Finals in mind when they went out and acquired Jrue Holiday. Boston shook up its core last offseason when it traded point guard Marcus Smart as part of the deal that netted it 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis. Then, after Milwaukee traded Holiday to Portland for Damian Lillard, the Celtics pounced, parting ways with former NBA Sixth Man of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and big man Robert Williams III to get Holiday. The hope was that bringing in a true point guard with a championship pedigree could be the Celtics’ missing piece. Two wins from their 18th championship, it looks as if he may be.

NBA – Dan Hurley turns down offer from Lakers, will stay at UConn
Dan Hurley is staying at UConn and has decided to turn down an offer to take over the Los Angeles Lakers, ending several days of speculation about his future and giving him an opportunity to try to guide the Huskies to a third consecutive NCAA championship. Hurley had the option of taking over one of the most famed franchises in pro sports, not to mention perhaps the chance to coach NBA all-time scoring leader LeBron James. But in the end, his stay in the coaching version of the transfer portal was brief — and back he goes to UConn, where he has gone 68-11 over the last two title-winning seasons.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Connecticut Sun 89, Indiana Fever 72

Sun 89, Fever 72 – Sun beat the Fever 89-72 for 11th straight series victory and hold Caitlin Clark to just 10
DiJonai Carrington scored a season-high 22 points, DeWanna Bonner added 17 and the Connecticut Sun eased past the Indiana Fever 89-72 for their 11th straight win in the series. Connecticut (10-1), which has won three games against Indiana (3-10) this season, hasn’t lost to the Fever since July 3, 2021. Indiana star Caitlin Clark finished with her fourth-fewest points of the season, going 3 of 8 from the field for 10 points, all in the first half. She picked up her fourth foul with 4:41 left in the third quarter and did not play in the final period.

NFL – Chicago Bears re-sign veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis to 1-year contract
The Chicago Bears are bringing back Marcedes Lewis, re-signing the veteran tight end to a one-year contract. Lewis played in 17 games for Chicago last season, finishing with four receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown. He returns to a tight end room that also includes Cole Kmet and Gerald Everett, who agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract in March as a free agent. The Bears haven’t had a winning record since they went 12-4 in 2018, but they are hoping to take a step forward this upcoming season after taking quarterback Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.

NFL – Steelers sign head coach Mike Tomlin to 3-year deal through the 2027 season
The NFL’s longest-tenured head coach isn’t leaving Pittsburgh anytime soon. The Steelers have signed Mike Tomlin to a three-year extension that will carry through at least the 2027 season. Tomlin was about to enter the final year of the deal he agreed to in April 2021. The 52-year-old Tomlin is 173-100-2 with a Super Bowl victory since taking over for Hall of Famer Bill Cowher in 2007. Tomlin has yet to endure a losing season and despite speculation late last season that he was considering taking some time off, he remains intent on trying to help the Steelers stay in the mix in a highly competitive AFC.

Golf – Tiger Woods and Adam Scott arrive early for US Open practice
Tiger Woods was out early on Pinehurst No. 2 for the first official practice day at the U.S. Open. He hasn’t played a U.S. Open on this course in 19 years and some changes to it make it feel new. There’s nothing new for Adam Scott. The Australian is playing in his 92nd major in a row. But it wasn’t easy. A week ago, Scott was the first alternate at one of the qualifying spots. He got in through the world ranking when the USGA went one spot lower because the late Grayson Murray is still listed in the ranking.

PWHL – New York selects Canadian national team forward Sarah Fillier with 1st pick
New York filled a necessary need on offense by selecting Princeton and Canadian national team forward Sarah Fillier with the first pick in the Professional Women’s Hockey League draft. Regarded by PWHL scouts as a “generational player,” Fillier is a three-time Patty Kazmaier college player of the year finalist. She graduated with a degree in psychiatry and completed her four-year career at Princeton ranking sixth on the school list with 93 goals and fourth with 193 points. From outside of Toronto, Fillier won gold at the 2022 Beijing Games and was a member of three Canadian world championship teams.

NCAABB – Former NC State players from 1983 championship team file lawsuit
Ten players from North Carolina State’s 1983 national champion basketball team have sued the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company seeking compensation for unauthorized use of their name, image and likeness. The players filed suit in Wake County Superior Court, requesting a jury trial and “reasonable compensation.” The late Jim Valvano’s 1983 team became known as the “Cardiac Pack” for a series of close victories culminating in a 54-52 win over Houston on Lorenzo Charles’ dunk in the final seconds. Valvano’s race around the court became an iconic moment frequently replayed as part of the NCAA Tournament promotions.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
No games yesterday

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Dayton Dragons, 7:05 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Kernels at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Peoria Chiefs, 7:35 p.m.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association
Softball – State Quarterfinals
Division 2 at Kalamazoo College
Vicksburg vs. Hudsonville Unity Christian, 12:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Kalamazoo College
Buchanan vs. Ravenna, 2:30 p.m.

Division 4 at Jackson College
Mendon vs. Dansville, 2:00 p.m.