Sports Report: Kings Over Rangers; Baseball Legend Don Zimmer Dies
In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, Los Angeles skated past the Rangers 3-2 in overtime. Game 2 is Saturday at the Staples Center where the Kings will host.
The NHL and the players' union are deep in conversations about staging another World Cup of Hockey in two years. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league and the NHLPA have held "very substantive discussions" recently about the return of the tournament, which hasn't been held since 2004.
In baseball, in interleague play, Seattle edged Atlanta 2-0, Miami beat Tampa Bay 5-4, Minnesota defeated Milwaukee 6-4, St. Louis bested Kansas City 5-2 in 11, and the White Sox trumped the Dodgers 2-1.
In the American League, Toronto topped Detroit 8-2, Cleveland beat Boston 7-4 in 12, Oakland defeated the Yankees 7-4, Baltimore slid past Texas 6-5, and it was the Angels over Houston 4-0.
In the National League, the Cubs beat the Mets 5-4, Arizona blew out Colorado 16-8, San Diego won against Pittsburgh 3-2, Washington doubled up Philadelphia 8-4, and San Francisco topped Cincinnati 3-2.
Former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer has died. He was 83. Zimmer spent more than 60 years in baseball. He was a senior adviser for the Tampa Bay Rays, who announced his death.
Zimmer died Wednesday. He had been in a rehabilitation center in Florida since having heart surgery in mid-April. Zimmer played for the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series in 1955, played for the original New York Mets in 1962, nearly managed the Boston Red Sox to a championship in the 1970s and was Joe Torre's right-hand man with the New York Yankees' most recent dynasty. He was a lifetime .235 hitter from 1954-65. He also was a manager for 13 seasons.
California Chrome is the 3-5 early favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown champion. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will break from the No. 2 post under Victor Espinoza on Saturday at Belmont Park. Eleven Belmont winners have come out of that post, the last being Tabasco Cat in 1994.
Top-seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal has advanced to the French Open semifinals for the ninth time by beating No. 5 David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-love, 6-1. Nadal improved his record to 64-1 at the French Open, and stretched his unbeaten streak to 33. His only loss came in the fourth round of the 2009 tournament, when Robin Soderling beat him.
Seventh-seed Andy Murray beat No. 23 Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-love and will now face Nadal in the semi's.
For the women, 28th-seed Andrea Petkovic advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-2 win over 10th-seed Sara Errani. She will face fourth-seed Simona Halep who defeated 2009 French Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 27th-seed, 6-2, 6-2. Halep and Petkovic have reached a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time.
The NFL has suspended New York Giants defensive back Jayron Hosley for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the substance abuse policy. Hosley will be eligible to return to the Giants' active roster on Sept. 26 following the team's Sept. 25 game against the Washington Redskins. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
The NCAA says it won't penalize current college players if they receive part of the $40 million settlement that videogame maker Electronic Arts agreed to last week.
If approved by the court, more than 100,000 athletes, including some current players, could receive a payout.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the NCAA said no players would miss a practice or game because this deal "does not equate" to payment for performance. But the NCAA complained lawyers would get $15 million in the deal.
The NBA has found a way out of the Donald Sterling situation. An attorney for the embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner says Sterling has agreed to sign off on selling the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for what would be a record $2 billion, according to his attorney. Sterling bought the team for $12 million in 1981.
Sterling "has made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differences" and as co-owner has given his consent to a deal that was negotiated by his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team, said attorney Maxwell Blecher.