Capitals Can’t Oust Carolina
Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals, 5-2, on Monday night to force Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.
Justin Williams scored an insurance goal seconds after the Capitals had the tying goal disallowed, Warren Foegele and Teuvo Teravainen also scored, Dougie Hamilton added an empty-netter and Petr Mrazek made 23 saves.
The Hurricanes scored three third-period goals in bouncing back from a 6-0 beatdown in Game 5 and prolonging their first playoff appearance in a decade by one game at least.
Game 7 is Wednesday night in Washington. The winner will play the New York Islanders in the second round.
Alex Ovechkin scored for the third straight game, Brett Connolly also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots.
Yankees release Gonzalez
Gio Gonzalez was released from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees.
The 33-year-old left-hander agreed to the deal in mid-March. If added to the 40-man roster, he would have received a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9 million in performance bonuses: $300,000 for each start through 30. Gonzalez was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts and 15 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom remains on track to start Friday night after an MRI on his right elbow showed no damage. New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the NL Cy Young Award winner had a test Monday morning that came back clean. DeGrom reported soreness last week and the Mets put him on the injured list while the team was in St. Louis. The move followed two shaky starts by deGrom, leaving him 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA.
Nets minority owner fined
Brooklyn minority owner Joe Tsai was fined $35,000 by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for public statements detrimental to the league, becoming the latest member of the Nets organization to be penalized for actions during their playoff series against Philadelphia.
Tsai tweeted support Sunday for general manager Sean Marks, who was suspended one game without pay and fined $25,000 for entering the referees’ locker room following the Nets’ Game 4 loss.
The Los Angeles Sparks have acquired guard Alexis Jones from the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for guard Odyssey Sims. Jones shot 38 percent from 3-point range and 86 percent from the free throw line in a limited role during her rookie season last year.
Saban has hip surgery
Alabama coach Nick Saban has undergone hip replacement surgery.
Dr. Lyle Cain said the 67-year-old Saban is expected to make a full recovery and “should be able to return to work in the very new future.” Cain says the right hip replacement was “robotic assisted” at Andrews Sports Medicine, with hip specialist Benton Emblom.
Cain says Saban could now have “a few more yards off the tee” in his golf game.