Weekend sports in brief | The Olympian

NBA

The pairing is set for the NBA Conference Finals, and they do not include the defending NBA champions or the team with the best regular season record.

Defending champion Milwaukee was knocked out of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics on Saturday. On Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks eliminated top-seeded Phoenix.

In the East, Boston faces Miami in the best-of-seven series that begins Tuesday in Florida.

In the Western Conference Finals, the Mavericks will face the Golden State Warriors in a series that begins Wednesday in California.

NHL

The games for the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs are together.

The New York Rangers will face the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL will also win the Battle of Alberta for the first time in 31 years with the Calgary Flames over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Rangers and Hurricanes last played in the playoffs in the expanded 24-team playoffs in 2020.

Connor McDavid was almost six years away from being born in the last Calgary-Edmonton series.

The other East series is a Sunshine State rematch between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers. And the top-seeded Western Conference Colorado Avalanche will face the St. Louis Blues.

MLB

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds starter Hunter Greene and reliever Art Warren combined to allow zero hits in a full game, but that didn’t count as a no-hit — or even a win — because the Pirates of Pittsburgh made a run in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 1-0 win on Sunday.

It was the sixth time in major league history since 1901 that a team had won despite having no hits. That last happened in 2008, when the Angels’ Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo lost while holding the Dodgers without a hit.

Under Major League Baseball’s record-keeping rules, Cincinnati’s fulfillment isn’t an official non-cutter because its pitchers haven’t gone at least nine innings.

Greene, the Reds’ prized rookie, was retired with one out in the eighth. Warren gave up an RBI groundout to Ke’Bryan Hayes for the only run.

TENNIS

ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic lifted his first trophy of the year at the Italian Open and showed he was back to full fitness exactly one week before the start of the French Open.

Top-ranked Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0, 7-6(5) on Sunday for his sixth title in Rome after missing much of the season because he was not vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Djokovic hadn’t won a tournament since lifting the Paris Masters trophy in November.

Iga Swiatek defended the women’s title by thrashing Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-2 to extend her winning streak to 28 games.

CAR RACE

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) — Kurt Busch passed Kyle Larson to take the lead with eight laps to go, then drove his showy Jordan Brand-style car away from the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion to win Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway.

It was the second win for rising team 23XI Racing owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, who trailed the two leaders and Kyle Busch to fourth place.

Bubba Wallace won the team’s first race last year at Talladega.

The race was marred by tire problems which hampered the hopes of many contenders, including Chase Elliott and William Byron.

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) — Zane Smith pulled away from pole sitter John Hunter Nemechek and Ty Majeski in a restart with nine laps to go at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night for his third NASCAR Truck Series win of the season.

Smith chose the inside route and pulled away from the pack to add to his season-opening victory at Daytona and victory at the Circuit of the Americas in March.

Majeski finished second and Grant Finallyger third while Nemechek, the winner last weekend at Darlington, landed a terrible jump on the final restart and found himself sixth.

GOLF

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — KH Lee shot a 9-under 63 on Sunday for a one-shot win over Jordan Spieth at birdie-beleaguered Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch.

Spieth fired a 67 to finish one shot ahead of Hideki Matsuyama (62) and Sebastián Muñoz (69), who held or shared the lead for the first three rounds. Xander Schauffele had a career high of 61 and was tied for fifth with Ryan Palmer (66) and Justin Thomas (67).

Lee, 30, joined Sam Snead (1957-58), Jack Nicklaus (1970-71) and Tom Watson (1978-80) as the only repeat winners at Nelson. Lee finished at 26 under, one shot better than last year.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Steve Stricker picked up a wire-to-wire win in the regions tradition, closing with a 4-under 68 for a six-shot margin and his fourth major PGA Tour Champions title.

Stricker’s second victory in the tradition at Greystone Golf & Country Club came in his third event since returning from a six-month absence for health reasons. Two consecutive birdies punctuated the dominating performance.

He finished 21-under 267 for his eighth victory on the 50-plus circuit. Paidrag Harrington finished second, birdie the final two holes for a 68.

CLIFTON, NJ (AP) — LPGA leading scorer Minjee Lee birdied just three on the back nine and held off Lexi Thompson by two strokes in the Cognizant Founders Cup for her first win of the Cognizant Founders Cup. year and his seventh career victory.

The 25-year-old Australian definitely took the lead with a birdie on the par-5 14th hole at Upper Montclair Country Club. She finished with a 2-under 70 for a total of 19-under 269 in the event that honors the 13 founding members of the LPGA Tour.

Thompson finished with six straight pars for a 69. Angel Yin (67) and Madelene Sagstrom (72) tied for third at 16 under.

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Sam Horsfield won the Soudal Open for his third European Tour title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.

Horsfield finished at 13 under 271. Third-round leader Ryan Fox of New Zealand and Yannik Paul of Germany tied for second. Fox shot a 71 and Paul a 69.

FOOTBALL

LONDON (AP) — Liverpool beat Chelsea in the first-ever FA Cup final penalty shootout at Wembley on Saturday to remain in contention for the potentially so unlikely quadruple of trophies.

Just like in the League Cup final in February, the showpiece ended 0-0 before Liverpool prevailed again. This time the Reds were helped by Chelsea midfielder Mason Mason’s penalty before Konstantinos Tsimikas secured a 6-5 shootout win with his first-ever goal for the club.

It was Liverpool’s first FA Cup final triumph since 2006 – one of two previous shootouts that settled the cup final held in Cardiff during the rebuilding of Wembley.

CFL

TORONTO (AP) — Three Canadian Football League teams canceled their training camp opening practices on Sunday, a day after the league and players’ union broke off negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts have canceled practices, and other teams are expected to follow.

The previous CBA expired at midnight, with the CFL Players’ Association ordering players from seven of nine teams to participate in a work stoppage beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT Sunday. Players from the Edmonton Elks and Calgary Stampeders showed up at their camps because they won’t be in a legal strike position under Alberta law until the end of the month.

BOXING

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Jermell Charlo became the first undisputed super welterweight champion of the four-belt era when he stopped Argentina’s Brian Castaño in the 10th round of their rematch on Saturday night.

After a standout fight with plenty of end-to-end action, Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs) dropped Castaño twice in quick succession in the 10th. Charlo jumped on the ropes in celebration as the referee still counted his opponent, celebrating the addition of Castaño’s 154-pound WBO title to his WBC, WBA and IBF belts.

Charlo survived several impressive first rounds from Castaño (17-1-2) in the rematch of the Fighters’ draw 10 months ago in Texas. Charlo is only the seventh fighter to simultaneously hold every major title in any weight class since the four-belt era began in 1988.

OBITUARY

Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, a versatile player who built a credible Test career and was an example of Australian sport’s prized larrikin tradition, has died after a single-vehicle car crash. He was 46 years old.

Cricket Australia reported details of Symonds’ death on its website, citing a police statement containing details of the accident late Saturday night near the north-eastern town of Townsville in Queensland state.

He described Symonds as “a cult hero” and a “larger-than-life character who garnered a large fan base during his peak years not only for his hard-hitting manners, but also for his larrikin persona”.

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Naomi C. Amerson