Update on the latest sports
Carter, Lagace help Pens clinch home ice in first round
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins can become the NHL’s East Division champs as early as tonight if the Washington Capitals lose to Philadelphia.
The Penguins have capped their regular season with a 1-0 win over the Sabres as Maxime Lagace (mak-SEEM’ LA’-gah-see) stopped 28 shots in his first career shutout. Lagace was in goal after Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith were sidelined.
Jeff Carter scored his 17th goal and fifth in two games to help the Penguins finish 13-2-1 over their final 16 games. Carter scored nine times in 14 games after coming over from the Kings.
Pittsburgh sits four points ahead of the Capitals.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— The Rangers’ season and it’s five-game losing streak are over after Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jad) scored two of New York’s four third-period goal in a 5-4 comeback over the Bruins. Alexis Lafrenière (lah-frehn-YEHR’) and Vitali Kravtsov (vih-TA’-lee KRAVT’-sahv) also scored in a wild third when the Rangers turned a 2-1 deficit to a 4-2 edge. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) scored his 200th career goal and Brad Marchand had his team-leading 28th for Boston.
NHL easing virus restrictions
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is relaxing virus protocols for teams that reach a vaccination threshold.
The changes take effect once 85% or more of the traveling party has been fully vaccinated. For a team with 56 members in its traveling party, 48 would need to be fully vaccinated.
The changes include loosened restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining, testing frequency and mask-wearing and quarantine requirements.
Brown lifts A’s for second straight day
UNDATED (AP) — Oakland Athletics outfielder Seth Brown is having a pretty good weekend.
One day after delivering a two-run, walk-off homer, Brown added another two-run blast and an RBI single to help the A’s beat the Rays, 6-3. He went deep in the first inning and singled home an insurance run in the seventh after Tampa Bay cut its 3-0 deficit to 3-2.
Austin Allen also homered for Oakland to back Frankie Montas, whose day ended one batter after Brandon Lowe’s two-run homer in the sixth. Montas allowed two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
In other major league action:
— Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking single to key a five-run seventh that sent the Tigers past the Twins, 7-3. Cabrera had two hits, raising his batting average to .149.
— Gleyber Torres supplied the tying and winning singles as the Yankees downed the Nationals, 4-3 in 11 innings. Washington wasted a great performance by Max Scherzer, who allowed just two hits while striking out 14 over 7 1/3 innings.
— The Cubs won their fifth in a row as pinch-hitter Matt Duffy had a go-ahead single in the seventh inning of a 3-2 decision over the Pirates. Keegan Thompson pitched three innings of scoreless relief for his first major league victory.
— Yadier Molina (moh-LEE’-nah) drove in three runs in his return from the injured list, helping the Cardinals knock off the Rockies for the eighth straight time in St. Louis, 9-8. Paul Goldschmidt slammed a two-run homer and had three RBIs, and Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) hit another double against his former team.
— Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Austin Slater homered for the Giants in a 7-1 rout of the Padres. Kevin Gausman permitted three hits and struck out seven in six innings before San Francisco’s bullpen blanked San Diego for the final three frames.
Davis making Rangers debut
UNDATED (AP) — Khris Davis has been activated by the Rangers, marking the slugger’s first time on their active roster for a game since being acquired in a February trade that sent longtime shortstop Elvis Andrus (AN’-droos) to Oakland.
Davis opened the season on the injured list because of a left quad strain suffered in a spring training game. He led the AL with 48 home runs in 2018 and had 23 the following season, but injuries limited him to 30 games last year.
In other baseball news:
— Mets acting general manager Zack Scott wasn’t thrilled by Francisco Lindor’s (lihn-DOHRZ’) fuzzy explanation for a dugout dispute Friday night. Scott said Saturday it was “unfortunate” that Lindor and teammate Jeff McNeil attempted to dismiss their dustup by bizarrely claiming they were arguing over a critter spotted in the clubhouse tunnel. The disagreement happened out of view of television cameras, but New York’s broadcast showed other players and coaches rushing into the tunnel to break up some sort of commotion.
PGA-WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP
Mitchell has lead at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTE, N.C. (AP) — Keith Mitchell fired a 6-under 66 to take a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Gary Woodland through three rounds of the PGA’s Wells Fargo Championship.
Mitchell is at 9 under just days after discovering that his putter was out of alignment following an 82 in the final round of the Valspar Championship last weekend. He straightened out his putter and is now in line for his second PGA victory.
Bryson DeChambeau got back to the Charlotte course from his home in Dallas in the nick of time after thinking he missed the cut on Friday. DeChambeau shot a 68 that puts him eight shots back.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-TRADITION
Stricker maintains lead
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Defending champion Steve Stricker made a long eagle putt on the final hole for 7-under 65 and the third-round lead in the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors.
Stricker moved a stroke ahead of Alex Cejka (CHAY’-kah) with the eagle that got him to 14-under 202 at Greystone Golf & Country Club. Cejka shot a 66 as he tries to earn a major title after making the field on Monday as the first alternate.
Robert Karlsson fired a 64 to pull into a tie with Dicky Pride at 11 under.
Hamilton tops qualifying at Spanish GP for 100th pole
MONTMELÓ, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has won his 100th career pole position by barely edging Max Verstappen in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton was just 0.03 seconds ahead of Verstappen as they continue their early-season battle for the Formula One title. Hamilton is eight points ahead.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FCS SEMIFINALS
Sam Houston State, South Dakota State advance
UNDATED (AP) — It will be Sam Houston State taking on South Dakota State for the FCS championship.
Jequez Ezzard scored on a pass-and-catch and a punt return, two of the Bearkats’ three touchdowns over the last 2 1/2 minutes of the third quarter in a 38-35 comeback win over James Madison. The Dukes led 24-3 at halftime and were up 27-10 with three minutes left in the third before Ezzard struck.
Mark Gronowski passed for two touchdowns and caught a 24-yard TD pass from Pierre Strong Jr. to help top-seeded South Dakota State beat Delaware 33-3. The Jackrabbits are in the championship game for the first time in program history.