The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS—Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison hit back-to-back homers to open the 15th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the Minnesota Twins 8-6 on Sunday in the longest game in Target Field history. Longoria's seventh homer of the season came off the second pitch of the inning from Hector Santiago (4-4), who is scheduled to be the Wednesday starter for Minnesota. Morrison followed with a long homer to deep right field on the next pitch as Tampa Bay won for the second time in five extra-inning games this season.
FORT WORTH, Texas—Kevin Kisner outlasted his nerves and the windswept layout at Colonial Country Club by shooting a 4-under-par 66 in the final round to finish at 11 -under 270 and capture a one-stroke victory in the 71th Dean & Deluca Invitational on Sunday. Defending champion Jordan Spieth (who shot a bogey-free 65), Sean O'Hair (66) and hard-charging Jon Rahm of Spain (66) finished second.
INDIANAPOLIS—Takuma Sato fought off a challenge from Helio Castroneves to become the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday while Fernando Alonso's Indy adventure ended in familiar frustration. Sato, who entered the race with one IndyCar victory on his resume, claimed the series' biggest prize and in the process denied Castroneves a record-equalling fourth Indy 500 win and a place in the Brickyard's most exclusive club.
MINNEAPOLIS—Brian Dozier had faced Tampa Bay Rays reliever Tommy Hunter eight times in his career before Saturday's eighth-inning at-bat. Dozier had two hits against Hunter previously, including one home run, so Minnesota's power-hitting second baseman knew what to expect. Then Hunter surprised Dozier with a 97 mph fastball that sank in the zone. Dozier said Hunter's fastball at that velocity usually cuts across the zone. When Hunter went back to the same pitch on his next delivery, Dozier wasn't going to be surprised again.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors are tuning out talk that their star-studded teams in recent years are to blame for uncompetitive playoff basketball. Kevin Durant, who signed a two-year, $54.3 million free agent contract last offseason, said his move to join the Warriors has not negatively affected the NBA and ruined parity in the league.
BOSTON—LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers are headed back to the NBA Finals. James scored 35 points and added eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals, and Kyrie Irving posted 24 points and seven assists to power the Cavaliers to a 135-102 blowout of the Boston Celtics in Game 5 to clinch the Eastern Conference title.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was flagged three times last season for his post-touchdown celebrations, approves of the NFL's rule change. The NFL announced Tuesday at the owners’ meeting that it will permit celebrating with teammates in the end zone or using the football as a prop, thus allowing players to be more expressive after touchdowns. Sexually suggestive celebrations, such as Brown's twerking last season, will continue to be a penalty. Brown wants to incorporate linemen into his touchdown celebrations this season.
CLEVELAND — Avery Bradley's 3-pointer found its way into the hoop with 0.1 seconds left, and for the time being, the Boston Celtics found their way back into the Eastern Conference finals. Bradley's shot in the last second of Game 3 touched every part of the rim before bouncing in, giving the Celtics an improbable 111-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland leads the series 2-1. Game 4 will be Tuesday in Quicken Loans Arena.
MINNEAPOLIS — After scoring the tying goal for Minnesota United in the second half, Christian Ramirez's 84th-minute own goal sent the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Minneapolis. Giovani dos Santos also scored a brilliant volleyed goal off the outside of his left foot earlier for LA (4-5-2), which won its second straight to complete the first half of a four-match road trip.
MINNEAPOLIS—Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler and Chris Gimenez each homered for Minnesota, and rookie Adalberto Mejia pitched seven strong innings in his return to the majors as the Twins earned an 8-4 win against the Kansas City Royals to gain a doubleheader split on Sunday. Grossman and Kepler each hit two-run homers in the first inning as Minnesota recovered to take the second game after losing 6-4 in the opener. The teams combined for 10 home runs in the two games, six in the nightcap.