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Shohei Ohtani left his mark on Fenway Park with the best two-way efficiency since Babe Ruth himself.

Pitching on the historic ballpark for the primary time, Ohtani struck out 11 in seven shutout innings and added two hits — considered one of them a 109-mph line drive that banged off the Inexperienced Monster so arduous that it knocked his No. 17 out of the pitcher’s slot on the handbook scoreboard.

“I hope you don’t begin taking that without any consideration. Prefer it’s previous hat,” Angels supervisor Joe Maddon mentioned of Ohtani’s expertise. “It’s simply so uncommon. It’s otherworldly, on this stage of this recreation.”

The show got here in the course of the Angels’ 8-0 win over Boston Thursday that included a five-run eighth inning within the ballpark the place Ruth debuted in 1914 and performed six seasons earlier than the Pink Sox bought him to the Yankees.

Within the fourth, Ohtani hit a 389-foot single that was a few foot shy of being a house run. Within the eighth, he singled off the left-field wall to drive in a single run, then scored because the Angels turned a 2-0 recreation right into a blowout.

Ohtani (3-2) additionally induced 29 swings and misses from Boston batters — a profession excessive, and essentially the most for any pitcher this 12 months. He threw 81 of his 99 pitches for strikes, additionally a profession excessive.

“It’s considered one of my favourite ballparks,” mentioned Ohtani, who has batted .302 with two homers in 10 video games at Fenway. “I used to be trying ahead to pitching right here.”

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KINGS

From Kevin Baxter: There was some excellent news and unhealthy information within the shellacking the Kings endured in Recreation 2 of their first-round NHL playoff collection in Edmonton.

The unhealthy information is the 6-0 loss was the workforce’s most one-sided defeat in a playoff recreation since April 1990, when the Oilers routed the Kings 7-0 in Edmonton. However right here’s the excellent news: With the groups splitting the primary two video games in Canada, the collection is now a best-of-five playoff. And with three of the subsequent 4 video games in Los Angeles, starting with Recreation 3 on Friday, the Kings now have the home-ice benefit.

“We got here right here to win a recreation and we did,” captain Anze Kopitar mentioned earlier than leaving Edmonton on Thursday. “Now it’s time to go dwelling and deal with enterprise.”

Added defenseman Matt Roy: “Getting one is big. We’re excited to get again to our followers and play in entrance of them.”

Taking part in at dwelling, nevertheless, hasn’t all the time been the profit it ought to be for the Kings. The workforce has misplaced its final 5 playoff video games at dwelling, final profitable there within the ultimate recreation of the 2014 Stanley Cup Last. That was additionally the final time the Kings gained a postseason collection.

NHL PLAYOFFS

Schedule and outcomes
All occasions Pacific
First spherical
Western Convention

No. 2 Edmonton vs. No. 3 Kings
Kings 4, Edmonton 3
Edmonton 6, Kings 0
Tonight at Kings, 7 p.m., TBS
Sunday at Kings, 7 p.m., TBS
Tuesday at Edmonton, TBD
*Thursday at Kings, TBD
*Saturday, Could 14 at Edmonton, TBD

No. 1 Colorado vs. WC#2 Nashville
Colorado 7, Nashville 2
Colorado 2, Nashville 1 (OT)
Saturday at Nashville, 1:30 p.m., TNT
Monday at Nashville, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
*Wednesday at Colorado, TBD
*Friday, Could 13, at Nashville, TBD
*Sunday, Could 15, at Colorado, TBD

No. 2 Minnesota vs. No. 3 St. Louis
St. Louis 4, Minnesota 0
Minnesota 6, St. Louis 2
Tonight at St. Louis, 6:30 p.m., TNT
Sunday at St. Louis, 1:30 p.m., TBS
Tuesday at Minnesota, TBD
*Thursday at St. Louis, TBD
*Saturday, Could 14, at Minnesota, TBD

No. 1 Calgary vs. WC#1 Dallas
Calgary 1, Dallas 0
Dallas 2, Calgary 0
Saturday at Dallas, 6:30 p.m., TNT
Monday at Dallas, 6:30 p.m., TBS
Wednesday at Calgary, TBD
*Friday, Could 13 at Dallas, TBD
*Sunday, Could 15 at Calgary, TBD

Jap Convention

No. 1 Florida vs. WC#2 Washington
Washington 4, Florida 2
Florida 5, Washington 1
Saturday at Washington, 10 a.m., ESPN
Monday at Washington, 4 p.m., TBS
Wednesday at Florida, TBD
*Friday at Washington, TBD
*Sunday, Could 15 at Florida, TBD

No. 2 Toronto vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay
Toronto 5, Tampa Bay 0
Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 3
Right now at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m., TBS
Sunday at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m., TBS
Tuesday at Toronto, TBD
*Thursday at Tampa Bay, TBD
*Saturday, Could 14 at Toronto, TBD

No. 1 Carolina at WC#1 Boston
Carolina 5, Boston 1
Carolina 5, Boston 2
Right now at Boston, 4 p.m., TNT
Sunday at Boston, 9:30 a.m., ESPN
*Tuesday at Carolina, TBD
*Thursday at Boston, TBD
*Saturday, Could 14 at Carolina, TBD

No. 2 New York Rangers vs. No. 3 Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh 4, New York 3 (3 OT)
New York 5, Pittsburgh 2
Saturday at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m., TNT
Monday at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m., ESPN
Wednesday at New York, TBD
*Friday, Could 13 at Pittsburgh, TBD
*Sunday, Could 15 at New York, TBD

*-if needed

VOLLEYBALL

From Thuc Nhi Nguyen: Simply the point out of Alex Nikolov’s identify made UCLA coach John Speraw elevate his eyebrows and shake his head. Sitting in his workplace throughout UCLA’s week off earlier than the NCAA match, Speraw known as Lengthy Seaside State’s 6-foot-8 freshman phenom “the most effective child within the nation.”

Nikolov proved it Thursday, carrying top-seeded Lengthy Seaside State to a five-set win over No. 3 UCLA within the NCAA semifinal at Pauley Pavilion. The 18-year-old who was named AVCA nationwide participant of the 12 months Wednesday had 20 kills, six digs, two blocks and three assists because the Seaside (21-5) got here again from a two-set gap to win 18-25, 18-25, 25-15, 25-10, 16-14.

Simon Torwie sealed the victory with an ace, considered one of his 4 on the evening, to ship Lengthy Seaside to the championship recreation at 5 p.m. on Saturday in opposition to Hawaii or Ball State. Seaside has now gained 9 of the previous 11 matches in opposition to UCLA (22-5) and is one win away from its third NCAA title in 5 years.

Nikolov is the primary freshman to win the nation’s high particular person honor. Freshmen, even the highest prospects, typically wrestle with the physicality of faculty volleyball. Serves on the junior stage are available in at roughly 50 mph, Lengthy Seaside coach Alan Knipe mentioned final week. In faculty, gamers rocket the ball at 70 mph.

Nikolov’s serve is already considered one of his greatest weapons: With 58 aces on the 12 months, together with one Thursday, he’s already set a freshman document at Lengthy Seaside State. He’s solely two away from tying the varsity’s single-season ace document.

BOXING

From Dylan Hernández: Safe the correct venue on the correct date and the opponent turns into virtually irrelevant.

Oscar De La Hoya knew this.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. knew this.

And now, Canelo Álvarez is aware of this.

After a pandemic-imposed two-year absence, boxing has returned to Las Vegas on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

The peculiar desert metropolis is welcoming again considered one of its extra established sports activities traditions on Saturday when Álvarez headlines a present at T-Cell Area.

“I’m pleased to be right here representing my nation on an necessary date,” Álvarez informed reporters in Spanish earlier this week.

Who’s Álvarez preventing?

Who’s Dmitry Bivol?

Who cares?

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Full protection: Canelo Álvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol title battle

SPARKS

From Emma Carmichael: Generally Liz Cambage wonders what she’s doing right here.

Not Los Angeles. That half she is aware of. It’s due to a pinky promise the 6-foot-8 Australian heart made in August 2018, within the midst of a profession 12 months for the Dallas Wings wherein she would win the scoring title. The Wings’ season had began out sturdy, however after an eight-game skid, head coach Fred Williams — who’d helped persuade Cambage to return to the WNBA after a protracted stint overseas — was fired in dramatic trend, exterior of the workforce locker room after a recreation.

Cambage was devastated. In simply three seasons, she’d already developed an advanced relationship with the WNBA. When she was drafted second total by the Shock in 2011, she had by no means even heard of Tulsa. After the Shock went 3-31 that season, Cambage decamped for China for a 12 months, the place she earned 10 occasions her rookie wage; she returned to Tulsa in 2013, then took a four-year hiatus from the league on the finish of that season. By the point Williams satisfied her to signal with Dallas — which had relocated from Tulsa in 2015 — Cambage had proved she didn’t want the WNBA to have a profitable basketball profession. And now, her coach and trusted advocate was gone. It was yet one more crushing disappointment.

When Williams returned to Dallas to pack up his home, he and Cambage had dinner to say their farewells, and so they ended up speaking about Los Angeles. Williams had grown up in Compton, and began out his teaching profession as an assistant at USC within the ‘80s, the place he initially made $500 a season and coached Trojans nice Cheryl Miller. Cambage, for her half, knew she ultimately wished to play for the Sparks.

“L.A. is his dwelling, and L.A. is the place I all the time wished to be,” Cambage remembers. “We made a pinky promise then and there we have been going to finish up [here] collectively.”

KENTUCKY DERBY

From John Cherwa: Few would blame Amr Zedan if he gave up on horse racing. Someday he’s the profitable proprietor of the Kentucky Derby. Per week later he’s going through the disqualification of his horse. Seven months later his horse dies. And, amid all this, his coach is banned for 2 years from Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.

However but, he’s again at Churchill Downs with a special coach and a horse named Taiba, who’s drawing some buzz if for no different cause than having raced solely two occasions. It’s additionally a horse his new coach and racing supervisor didn’t need to run within the Santa Anita Derby.

“I stroll in with no unwell emotions towards Churchill about something,” Zedan mentioned from his dwelling in Jordan earlier than his scheduled arrival in Louisville on Thursday evening. “Horses are a serious a part of my nature and my modus operandi is to fly at a better altitude. Let the chips fall the place they might. Focus and preserve strolling.”

UCLA BASKETBALL

From Ben Bolch: For the primary time below coach Mick Cronin, UCLA intends to unleash a full-court fury.

The Bruins will most likely characteristic eight perimeter gamers subsequent season upon the return of Tyger Campbell and Jaime Jaquez Jr. plus the arrival of Amari Bailey and Dylan Andrews. These speedy newcomers, mixed with the savvy veterans, will permit the workforce to shuffle lineups and ruffle opponents from one baseline to the opposite.

In what would possibly qualify as a contemporary model of Arkansas’ “40 Minutes of Hell,” one working title for the Bruins is perhaps “94 Ft of Repel.”

“We’re going to have the ability to press, lastly, which is one thing that I’ve wished to do, we tried to do, however we simply couldn’t do it at a constant stage,” Cronin informed The Instances throughout a wide-ranging phone interview. “So we’re simply going to be a a lot quicker workforce.”

That pace can even be mirrored within the frontcourt upon the departures of Myles Johnson and Cody Riley, worthwhile if comparatively plodding massive males. Johnson is beginning his engineering profession and Riley is predicted to maneuver on after 5 faculty seasons that included a visit to the 2021 Last 4, opening the door for some supersonic youth.

CHARGERS

From Jeff Miller: The Chargers’ defensive rebuild continued Thursday with the signing of linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

A veteran of eight NFL seasons, Van Noy has performed inside and out of doors throughout a profession highlighted by a pair of Tremendous Bowl championships with New England. The Chargers’ information launch on the signing referred to him as an outdoor linebacker.

Popping out of the draft over the weekend, the Chargers have been nonetheless quick on edge rushers.

Van Noy, who turned 31 in March, had 5 sacks and 27 pressures in 16 video games (eight begins) final season for the Patriots, in keeping with Professional Soccer Focus. He had profession highs in sacks (6.5) and pressures (58) in 2019.

The Chargers have starters Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack on the sting, with Chris Rumph II as one backup. They signed Jamal Davis II out of the CFL to compete on the place. Emeke Egbule additionally stays on the roster.

CLIPPERS

From Andrew Greif: The Clippers locked down considered one of their offseason priorities by agreeing to a two-year extension with ahead Robert Covington price $24 million, an individual with data of the settlement not licensed to talk publicly confirmed Thursday.

Covington might have develop into an unrestricted free agent this season, getting into a market with restricted wage cap house across the NBA, however by making the most of guidelines that made him eligible for an extension, Covington will earn barely greater than what he might have earned from the nontaxpayer midlevel exception.

Covington was acquired Feb. 4 in a cope with Portland that additionally netted the Clippers guard Norman Powell. Whereas Powell, seen as a franchise cornerstone taking part in alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, battled a foot harm to remain on the courtroom initially, Covington made an impression with the workforce by doing issues each anticipated and never. A profession 36% three-point shooter, the 31-year-old, 6-foot-7 wing shot 37.8% on threes with the Clippers. He made a franchise-record 11 three-pointers in a recreation in opposition to Milwaukee in April. A former NBA all-defense choice, his 2.8% steal proportion outpaced his profession common and his assist protection and quick palms — ones teammate Nicolas Batum mentioned might result in theft as deftly as these of Leonard — thwarted quite a few drives previous teammates.

NBA PLAYOFFS

Schedule and outcomes
All occasions Pacific
Convention semifinals
Western Convention

No. 1 Phoenix Suns vs. No. 4 Dallas Mavericks
Phoenix 121, Dallas 114
Phoenix 129, Dallas 109
Tonight at Dallas, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
Sunday at Dallas, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
*Tuesday at Phoenix, TBD, TBT
*Thursday, TBD, ESPN
*Sunday, Could 15, TBD

No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 3 Golden State Warriors
Golden State 117, Memphis 116
Memphis 106, Golden State 101
Saturday at Golden State, 5:30 p.m., ABC
Monday at Golden State, 7 p.m., TNT
Wednesday at Memphis, TBD, TNT
*Friday, Could 13 at Golden State, TBD, ESPN
*Monday, Could 16 at Memphis, TBD, TNT

Jap Convention

No. 1 Miami Warmth vs. No. 4 Philadelphia 76ers
Miami 106, Philadelphia 92
Miami 119, Philadelphia 103
Right now at Philadelphia, 4 p.m., ESPN
Sunday at Philadelphia, 5 p.m., TNT
*Tuesday at Miami, TBD, TNT
*Thursday at Philadelphia, TBD, ESPN
*Sunday, Could 15 at Miami, TBD

No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee 101, Boston 89
Boston 109, Milwaukee 86
Saturday at Milwaukee, 12:30 p.m., ABC
Monday at Milwaukee, 4:30 p.m., TNT
Wednesday at Boston, TBD, TNT
*Friday, Could 13 at Milwaukee, TBD, ESPN
*Sunday, Could 15 at Boston, TBD

*-if needed

THIS DATE IN SPORTS

1895 — African American jockey James “Soup” Perkins guides Halma to a wire-to-wire victory within the Kentucky Derby. The 15-year-old joins fellow African American jockey Alonzo Clayton because the youngest jockey to experience a Derby winner.

1917 — Bob Groom of the Browns duplicates teammate Ernie Koob’s feat of the day past by pitching a 3-0 no-hit victory in opposition to the Chicago White Sox within the second recreation of a doubleheader in St. Louis.

1944 — Pensive, ridden by Conn McCreary, wins the Kentucky Derby going away by 4 and a half lengths forward of Broadcloth. Pensive, who clocks 2:04.2, is third getting into the stretch and wears down Broadcloth and Stir Up.

1973 — The New England Whalers beat the Winnipeg Jets 9-6 to win the primary World Hockey Affiliation championship.

1976 — Philadelphia’s Reggie Leach ties an NHL playoff document, scoring 5 objectives within the Flyers’ 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Maurice Richard and Darryl Sittler additionally achieved the feat.

1978 — Affirmed, ridden by Steve Cauthen, holds off Alydar’s late cost for a 1½-length victory within the Kentucky Derby. That is Affirmed’s best race in opposition to Alydar en path to the Triple Crown. aA1988 — Rick Stiner is 6-for-8 with 11 RBIs and three dwelling runs and Matt Hyde is 6-for-9 with two homers and 7 RBIs as Grand Canyon School units a university scoring document with a 45-15 victory over Denver.

1991 — Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union breaks his world out of doors pole vault document and Seppo Raty of Finland smashes the world javelin document in the course of the Toto Worldwide Tremendous Monitor and Discipline Meet in Japan. Bubka clears 19 ft, 11 inches, breaking his out of doors document of 19-10½. Raty hurls the javelin 301 ft, 9 inches, breaking the world document of 298-6 set.

1998 — Rookie Kerry Wooden ties the foremost league document with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning recreation, pitching a one-hitter to steer the Chicago Cubs over the Houston Astros 2-0.

2000 — Fusaichi Pegasus, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, is the primary favourite to win Kentucky Derby since 1979. Fusaichi Pegasus pays $6.60, turning into the primary favourite to win the race since Spectacular Bid.

2001 — Scott Dixon, a 20-year-old rookie, turns into the youngest winner in main open-wheel racing when he holds off Kenny Brack by 0.366 seconds to seize the CART Lehigh Valley Grand Prix.

2006 — Barbaro storms into the lead on the high of the stretch and wins the Kentucky Derby victory convincingly. Barbaro, ridden by Edgar Prado, wins his sixth consecutive race 6½ lengths forward of Bluegrass Cat and is the sixth undefeated winner of the Derby.

2006 — Phoenix is the eighth workforce in NBA historical past to win a collection after trailing 3-1 with a 121-90 victory over Lakers in Recreation 7 of its Western Convention opening-round collection.

2010 — Johan Franzen scores a pure hat trick in a 3:26 span of the primary interval, scores a fourth purpose within the third, and units a Pink Wings playoff document with six factors as Detroit stays alive with a 7-1 rout of the San Jose Sharks in Recreation 4 of the Western Convention semifinals.

2011 — James Hylton, at age 76, turns into the oldest driver to make the sphere in NASCAR’s high three collection by qualifying for the Nationwide occasion at Darlington Raceway. Hylton surpasses his personal mark for racing longevity set three years in the past when the then-73-year-old began the Nationwide occasion at Daytona.

2012 — Dustin Brown scores two objectives and the eighth-seeded Kings end an inconceivable four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues with a 3-1 victory, advancing to the convention finals. The Kings develop into the primary No. 8 seed in NHL historical past to get rid of their convention’s high two seeds in the identical postseason. After steamrolling previous top-seeded Vancouver and second-seeded St. Louis with eight wins in 9 video games.

2018 — Marc-Andre Fleury makes 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the playoffs and the growth Vegas Golden Knights are headed to the Western Convention Last of their inaugural season after beating the San Jose Sharks 3-0 in Recreation 6 of their second-round collection. Vegas turns into the third workforce in NHL historical past to win a number of collection in its first season.

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And eventually

Affirmed wins the Kentucky Derby. Watch and pay attention right here.

Till subsequent time…

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