Update on the latest sports
NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
Colorado leads Tampa Bay 2-0 heading into Game 3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Heading into tonight’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Tampa, the Tampa Bay Lightning are down two-games-to-none to the Colorado Avalanche. In fact, they have yet to beat the Avalanche this season, having lost twice in the regular season in Denver, once in overtime and another time in a shootout.
If they don’t fix their issues quickly, they won’t be returning to Denver after Games 3 and 4 in Tampa.
Colorado is clicking on all cylinders even with its star player Nathan MacKinnon yet to score in the final. It’s hardly a concern. They’ve scored at least seven goals four times in this playoff run, with the latest a 7-0 rout of the Lightning in Game 2.
The Avalanche are 7-and-0 on the road so far in the postseason.
Expecting new dad Peterson sharp for Mets; McNeil hurt
UNDATED (AP) — David Peterson pitched into the sixth inning with his wife expected to go into labor imminently, and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 6-0 despite losing Jeff McNeil to injury.
Mets manager Buck Showatler joked Monday morning that New York was on “baby watch” with Peterson, McNeil and Seth Lugo all awaiting newborns soon. Lugo was placed on the paternity list before the game.
Peterson was prepared to leave the park if his wife, Alex, went into labor with the couple’s first child. The call didn’t come, and Peterson covered 5 1/3 innings with a season-high seven strikeouts on 100 pitches.
All-Star Mets sparkplug Jeff McNeil left the game against the Miami Marlins on Monday with tightness in his right hamstring.
McNeil walked off uneasily after taking home on a wild pitch in the fourth inning and went straight to the clubhouse. Luis Guillorme replaced him at second base the next inning.
Mets promote Smith
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have promoted first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith from Triple-A Syracuse, ending the popular 26-year-old’s three-week stint in the minor leagues.
New York called up Smith and put right-hander Seth Lugo on the paternity list Monday prior to a game against the Miami Marlins. The move comes as Major League Baseball began enforcing a rule limiting teams to 13 pitchers that has been delayed several times.
Smith was optioned to Syracuse on May 31 after hitting .186 without a home run in 101 plate appearances this season. He hit .316 during a breakout season in 2020, but he hasn’t been the same player in the majors since.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Relievers Sergio Romo and and Roenis Elías were cut by the struggling Seattle Mariners to make room for reliever Ken Giles and infielder Kevin Padlo. Romo and Elías were designated for assignment, Giles was activated from the 60-day injured list and Padlo was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. Seattle has lost seven of its last nine games and is fourth in the AL West at 29-39, 13 games behind first-place Houston. Romo had an 8.16 ERA in 17 relief appearances,
Ledecky leads 1-2 American finish; Italian sets backstroke mark
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Italy’s Thomas Ceccon has set a world record in the men’s 100 backstroke and Katie Ledecky has claimed yet another gold at the swimming world championships in Budapest.
Ceccon stunned the competition by clocking 51.60 seconds to shave 0.15 seconds off the previous best mark set by American Ryan Murphy at the 2016 Olympics. It’s the Italian’s first world title.
Ledecky extended her record haul of titles to 17 with her fourth in the 1,500 freestyle alone. Ledecky never looked threatened and finished 14.74 seconds ahead of Katie Grimes. Ledecky punched the water in delight then embraced her teammate.
Basketball player at Houston Baptist killed in New York shooting
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a college basketball player was killed and eight other people were wounded Monday in an early-morning shooting at a gathering in Harlem.
Officials at Houston Baptist University say 21-year-old senior Darius Lee was killed. The wounded included six males and two females.
Officers responded around 12:40 a.m. to reports of a shooting on a footpath along FDR Drive and found several people wounded. Other victims went to hospitals on their own.
Magic still considering options
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — College basketball season ended almost three months ago, the NBA draft lottery was more than a month ago and the draft itself is later this week. But Orlando Magic President Jeff Weltman says the real work is just getting started.
Weltman says the Magic haven’t decided yet what they’ll do on Thursday night when the draft rolls around and they have the No. 1 pick. Other teams have called to gauge what the asking price would be if they want to trade for that selection.
NBA releases summer league schedule
LAS VEGAS (AP) — NBA Summer League will start with a little Midnight Madness feel, at least in some of the country. And if the Orlando Magic keep the No. 1 draft pick, then that player won’t wait long for his summer debut.
The league released the 75-game summer league schedule on Monday, with the first game in Las Vegas set to pit Orlando against Houston on July 7 at 10 p.m. Eastern. That game will be followed by a midnight Eastern tip-off between Portland and Detroit. Those two matchups are the only ones on the Day 1 schedule.
All teams play five games in Vegas. The championship is July 17.