Raptors capture first NBA title, beat Warriors in Game 6

Leonard and the Toronto Raptors (championship rings) captured the country’s first major title in 26 years with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise’s NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110 on Thursday night in a Game 6 for the ages. “I wanted to make history here. That’s what I did,” a soaking wet Leonard said, ski goggles perched on his forehead and sporting a fresh black champions hat. Stephen Curry missed a contested 3-pointer in the waning moments before Golden State called a timeout it didn’t have, giving Leonard a technical free throw with 0.9 seconds left to seal it. Leonard, the NBA Finals MVP for a second time, then got behind Andre Iguodala for a layup as the buzzer sounded, but it went to review and the basket was called off before Leonard’s two free throws. That only delayed the celebration for a moment.

When it actually ended, the typically stoic Leonard could let it all out. A Canadian team — and we’re not talking hockey here — stood on top of one of the traditional major sports leagues for the first time since the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series. Serge Ibaka pulled his head up through the hoop by the Golden State bench as the crowd chanted “Warriors! Warriors!” after a sensational send-off at Oracle Arena. Curry walked away slowly, hands on his head on a night Splash Brother Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and departed with 30 points. Fred VanVleet rescued the Raptors down the stretch with his dazzling shooting from deep to score 22 points with five 3s off the bench, while Leonard wound up with 22 points. Kyle Lowry scored the game’s first eight points and finished with 26 in all to go with 10 assists and seven rebounds. Fans poured into the streets in Toronto, screaming and honking horns after the Raptors pulled off a third straight win on Golden State’s home floor that said goodbye to NBA basketball after 47 seasons. And the Raptors did it with the very kind of depth that helped define Golden State’s transformation into a dynasty the past five seasons.

Golden State (cheap Golden State Warriors championship rings) already was down two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who had surgery Wednesday for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Then, the Warriors lost Thompson — and they couldn’t overcome just one more heartbreaking injury. “A lot of bad breaks in the finals, to be honest,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “Like us, they kept on playing. We just had to keep on playing no matter who was out there. And I think they were super intense high-level games and both teams desperately trying to win.” This thrilling back-and-forth game featured 18 lead changes, nine ties and neither team going ahead by more than nine points. Curry scored 21 points but shot just 6 for 17 and went 3 of 11 on 3s. Iguodala added 22 for his biggest game this postseason as the Warriors did everything until the very last moment to leave a lasting legacy at Oracle.

Thompson provided his own dramatic memory. He injured his knee when fouled by Danny Green on a drive at the 2:22 mark of the third, was helped off the court and walked partially down a tunnel toward the locker room, then — shockingly — re-emerged to shoot his free throws before going out again at 2:19. He didn’t return and left the arena on crutches, and the Warriors announced that an MRI had confirmed the torn ACL.

“More than the what-ifs is just feeling bad for the players involved. Injuries are always part of the NBA (custom nba championship rings) season — any professional sport, injuries play a huge role,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s just the nature of these injuries, the severity of these injuries. And we’ll know more about Klay. But we can sit here and say, well, if this hadn’t happened or that hadn’t happened, that doesn’t matter. What matters is Kevin Durant is going to miss next season with an Achilles tear and Klay suffered a knee injury.” In their best Bay Area version of Jurassic Park — Toronto’s jam-packed gathering spot to cheer the Raptors — hundreds of red-clad fans stayed long after the game ended to watch the Larry O’Brien trophy ceremony. They waved the Maple Leaf and sang “O Canada” just as they did here after winning previously this series.

Lowry’s hot start was almost fitting. It was the Toronto guard who got shoved on the sideline in Game 3 by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, now banned by the league and team for a year. The Raptors, in their 24th season of existence, rallied from two games down to beat the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals then took down the mighty Warriors on their home floor to deny Golden State a three-peat. The Raptors went 8 for 32 on 3s in a 106-105 Game 5 defeat as the Warriors staved off elimination Monday in Toronto. They started 5 of 6 from long range in this one and finished 13 of 33 and converted 23 of 29 free throws. Curry and these Warriors never, ever count themselves out. Yet down 3-1 in their fifth straight NBA Finals, they didn’t have the health it took to win the past two titles and three of the past four against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

New York Yankees VS New York Mets June 11, 2019

“It’s crazy, man,” he said after his tiebreaking three-run homer off Zack Wheeler in a five-run fourth inning led the New York Yankees (cheap New York Yankees championship rings)over the Mets 12-5 Tuesday in the opener of a day-night Subway Series doubleheader.

Voit has 30 home runs in 102 games since the Yankees (mlb world series championship rings) acquired him from St. Louis last July 28 for pitchers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos. The 28-year-old took over at first base from the repeatedly injured Greg Bird and has 16 homers this year. He is the leader at his position in the first results of fan voting for All-Star starters. “This team is giving me a lot of confidence to go out and do my job every day,” he said. “It’s just having fun in the locker room. I never feel like I’m a deadbeat.” He made his big league debut with St. Louis in 2017 but was stuck behind Matt Carpenter and then Jose Martinez. Voit spent parts of five seasons in the Cardinals minor league season but had just five home runs in 70 games in the big leagues at the time of the trade.

“There’s nothing worse than when you’re in the minor leagues and you’re hitting good, too, and you’re just stuck,” he said. “There’s been multiple guys throughout the history of baseball that have been in that same situation, and for me to finally get a chance, you don’t want to ever look back on it and you want to roll with it.” Gio Urshela hit a tying, two-run homer in the fourth, had four RBI and was a triple short of the cycle, ending a stretch of 15 at-bats without a hit. Gary Sanchez had three RBI and tied for the AL lead with his 20th home run, a two-run drive against Tim Peterson in the eighth. Masahiro Tanaka (4-5) gave up a three-run homer to Jeff McNeil that put the Mets ahead 4-1 in the third but rebounded to win for the first time in a month.

James Paxton (3-2) was set to start the second game for the Yankees (championship sports rings) and Jason Vargas (2-3) for the Mets in a matchup of left-handers. Less than one-quarter of the seats were filled for the start of the makeup of Monday night’s rainout. Despite brilliant sunshine on the late spring afternoon, the usual crowd buzz for the matchup of New York rivals was absent. “There was a lot of Mets fans here,” Voit said. “You could hear the guys in the stands giving us trouble. It was entertaining.” Third baseman Todd Frazier made a throwing error on a two-out grounder in the fourth. After a walk, Voit’s homer on a slider put the Yankees ahead. The Yankees made three errors and the Mets two. “It’s on me. The end of that inning is on me,” Frazier said. Pitching on six days’ rest after the birth of his daughter Friday and the rainout, Tanaka allowed five runs — four earned — and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He had been 0-2 in four starts since winning May 12 at Tampa Bay.

The Mets (custom New York Mets championship rings) have lost 18 of their last 22 road games, At 32-34, they have not been over .500 since May 3. Wheeler (5-4) gave up a career-high nine runs — five earned — and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Coming off a five-hit shutout of San Francisco, he has not won consecutive starts this year, and his 13 home runs allowed are one shy of his 2018 total. “My slider wasn’t very good today. The changeup wasn’t really working,” Wheeler said. “The fastball was about the only thing going for me.”

Phillies’ lead soon disappeared in a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds

Bryce Harper was about 45 feet down the line and had Phillies fans on their feet as he took off for a straight steal of home . With the Phillies ahead by a run and slugger Rhys Hoskins at the plate, Harper thought the gamble was worth the payoff. Harper dashed on right-hander Sonny Gray’s fastball and slid into home , out in a puff of dirt on the tag by Curt Casali.

Harper’s hustle in third inning had backfired — and the Phillies’ lead soon disappeared in a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds (cheap Cincinnati Reds championship rings) on Sunday. “I had a good read, good jump,” Harper said. “I think if I just slid headfirst, got my hand in there a little bit, it probably would have been better. I probably should know if my guy has a take sign or not just in case he swings and puts one right in my face.” Joey Votto tied the game for Cincinnati with a two-out single in the seventh inning and Eugenio Suarez followed with the go-ahead hit to rally the Reds and avoid a three-game sweep. “Just a lot of good things happened today to be able to win that game,” Reds manager David Bell said . Harper got tangled up in a pair of plays at the plate, scoring from second on a misplayed popup but getting thrown out on an attempted steal of home.

Trailing 1-0, the Phillies (cheap Philadelphia Phillies championship rings) loaded the bases with two outs in the third against Grey. Hoskins hit a routine popup to first base that Votto appeared to lose in the sun. The ball plopped untouched on the field, and Maikel Franco scored from third and Harper from second. Harper initially was called out by plate umpire, but Harper got his right leg to the plate between the legs of catcher Casali’s legs and was ruled safe after a video review. Jean Segura’s sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 3-1. With two outs and Hoskins up, Harper broke for the plate and was tagged out by Casali. When Harper was a rookie with Washington in 2012, Harper stole home on Cole Hamels after the Phillies lefty drilled him in the game.

The Phillies (championship rings for sale) weren’t pleased with this attempt, either. “He has been very aggressive on the bases and he’s won some games for us with his aggressive baserunning,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “He and I spoke about it and he understands that was a little overaggressive.” Harper has won over the fans and helped put the Phillies in first place in the NL East with his hard-charging style, and won’t change his attitude toward taking the extra base just because of one miscue. “I just like to run bases. I like to run, even when I was younger. I like to try to make plays on the bags, play the game hard,” he said. “I’ve said it in the past, my teammates expect that out of me, these fans, this city as well. I expect it out of myself. Try to play hard each day.” Raisel Iglesias allowed the potential tying run to reach on first base in the ninth but tossed a scoreless inning for his 13th save in 14 chances. Zach Duke (3-1) pitched one-third of an inning, helping stop Philadelphia’s four-game winning streak. Harper had a chance to tie the game in the eighth but he struck out against Amir Garrett.

Hoskins drove in two runs for the Phillies (mlb championship rings) on the misplayed popup. Aaron Nola tossed four-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings as he tried to follow teammate Nick Pivetta with a second straight complete game for the Phillies. Pivetta struck out six in his first career complete game on Saturday. Nola led 3-1 when he was chased after 6 2/3 innings with two on. Jose Alvarez (0-2) gave up a single that loaded the bases, and Votto lined a two-run that tied the game at 3-all. Suarez followed with a single off Vince Velasquez came in and gave up the go-ahead single to Suarez to make it 4-3.

Galvis, Grichuk HR as Jays end 6-game skid, beat Yankees 4-3

A rare off night by the offense left the New York Yankees (New York Yankees championship rings) back-to-back losers for the first time in more than a month. Freddy Galvis hit a two-run home run, Randal Grichuk added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays held off New York 4-3 Tuesday night to end a season-worst six-game slide. “We needed that one,” Galvis said

Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks homered for the AL East-leading Yankees, whose last consecutive defeats came April 30 and May 1 at Arizona. The Yankees (mlb championship rings for sale) lost 8-5 to Boston on Sunday. New York failed to score at least four runs for the first time in 15 games, a streak that began May 19. The Yankees went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base. “We weren’t able to score enough,” manager Aaron Boone said. Toronto closer Ken Giles struck out Gleyber Torres with two on in the ninth to wrap his 11th save, and Eric Sogard had three hits as the Blue Jays won for the first time since beating San Diego on May 26. Toronto went winless on a six-game trip to Tampa Bay and Colorado. “It’s a lot better when we win,” Blue Jays pitcher Clayton Richard said. “It’s a lot more fun. We can listen to music and have a good time together.”

The Blue Jays (championship rings for sale) scored just three total runs in their final two losses in Colorado, but they topped that with a four-run fifth against right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka (3-5) lost his second straight start, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings. “The home run ball hurt him on a couple of hanging sliders,” Boone said. “That was kind of the difference tonight.” Daniel Hudson (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings and Giles got the final four outs. Frazier opened the scoring with a two-run drive off left-hander Clayton Richard in the fourth, his 11th. Earlier in the day, Frazier expressed a mix of defiance and remorse in his first public comments since three defensive mistakes in the last innings of a loss to Boston last weekend.

Frazier said his homer “felt good,” and was “much-needed,” but denied using the discussion around him as fuel. “I don’t need motivation through articles that are written,” he said. Grichuk halved the deficit with a leadoff drive in the fifth, his 10th. Cavan Biggio followed with a walk and was initially ruled out on an attempted steal of second, but the call was overturned following a video review. One batter later, Galvis gave the Blue Jays the lead with his ninth home run. He is blast snapped an 0-for-16 slump. Sogard hit a two-out double and made it 4-2 when he scored on a base hit by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

“Any time you beat teams like that, they’re big wins,” Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays championship rings for sale) manager Charlie Montoyo said. “You have to play your A-game and we did tonight.” Hicks homered off Joe Biagini in the eighth, his second.

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