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Astros turn 1st triple play since 2004, on Kinsler grounder

Houston Astros turn 1st triple play since 2004, do it on grounder by Detroit's Ian Kinsler
The Associated Press

DETROIT - The Houston Astros turned their first triple play since 2004, pulling the feat on a grounder by Detroit's Ian Kinsler

The Tigers had runners on first and second and had already scored a run in the fifth inning Saturday when Kinsler hit a grounder to third. Jonathan Villar stepped on the bag and threw to second, where Jose Altuve relayed the ball to first.

Hawks' Kyle Korver out for the playoffs with sprained ankle

Kyle Korver done for playoffs with sprained ankle as injuries grow and hopes fade for Hawks
Paul Newberry, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Already facing a daunting task after losing the first two games at home in the Eastern Conference final, the Atlanta Hawks were dealt another major blow Saturday when 3-point specialist Kyle Korver was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs because of a severely sprained right ankle.

Clock ticks but fortune smiles for Federer at French Open

Does Roger Federer have another Grand Slam in him? French Open holds promise of answer
John Leicester, The Associated Press

PARIS - There are two distinct sounds when Roger Federer graces the courts of Roland Garros. One is the pop of backhands and forehands kicking up puffs of red clay. The other, getting ever louder, is the scratchy tick of life's clock.

At age 33, with 34 bearing down in August, time is increasingly the enemy to Federer's quest to add to his already record haul of Grand Slam titles.

Rockets fined $500 for criticizing officials

Kelowna Rockets fined $500 for criticizing referees at memorial Cup
The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - The Kelowna Rockets were fined $500 on Saturday for criticizing the officials at the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

A Canadian Hockey League statement said a member of the Rockets' organization made "negative comments" about the referees to members of the CHL hockey operations department after a 4-3 loss to the host Quebec Remparts on Friday night.

They did not specify which member of the team's brass made the comments.

Kelowna had 44 penalty minutes on 10 infractions. The Remparts were on the power play five times, but didn't score.

Stroman enjoying balancing rehab and school

Old School: Blue Jays pitcher Stroman enjoying balancing rehab and university
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Marcus Stroman is having a busy summer, even if it's away from his Toronto Blue Jays teammates.

The 24-year-old pitcher was ruled out for the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in spring training, but has occupied his time with physical rehabilitation, training and a full course load at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

"I'm good with distraction," said Stroman on Saturday. "That's how I've always been. The more going on, the more I kind of feel like I lock in. When I don't have enough going on that's when I kind of get spacey.

Canadians score first ever sevens Cup win

Canadian women defeat Australia, score first ever rugby sevens tournament win
The Canadian Press

AMSTERDAM - One day after securing Olympic rugby qualification, Canada made history Saturday by defeating Australia 20-17 at the Amsterdam Sevens to win its first ever Women's World Series tournament.

Ghislaine Landry's try with one minute remaining put Canada ahead for good after a back-and-forth final. Canadian captain Jen Kish retrieved the ensuing kickoff to end Australia's hopes of a comeback.

"They've been playing some great rugby, I'm so proud of them," said Canadian coach John Tait.

Raptors Ross has surgery on left ankle

Raptors guard/forward Ross has surgery on left ankle; no timetable for return
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto Raptors guard/forward Terrence Ross had surgery on Friday to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle, the team said on Saturday.

The surgery was done in Van Nuys, Calif., and Ross will conduct his rehabilitation in Toronto. No timetable has been set for a return to basketball activities.

Ross averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 25.3 minutes in a career-best 82 games this past season.

He owns career averages of 9.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 23.3 minutes in 236 games. He has shot .373 (371-994) from three-point range.

Lundqvist stands tall, Rangers beat Lightning 5-1 in Game 4

Lundqvist rebounds, Nash scores twice to help Rangers beat Lightning 5-1 in Game 4
Fred Goodall, The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Henrik Lundqvist and a couple of other old standbys picked a nice time to reassert themselves for the New York Rangers.

New York's star goalie reverted to his reliable ways after two subpar performances, and Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis emerged from playoff scoring droughts Friday night to help the Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

James leads Cavs to 94-82 win over Hawks, 2-0 series lead

LeBron James leads Cavaliers to 94-82 win over top-seeded Hawks, 2-0 lead in East final
Paul Newberry, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Forget the Big Three.

One is enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as long as it's the King.

LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, beating the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead with the series heading to Ohio.

Defencemen score as Remparts top Rockets 4-3

Three defencemen score as Remparts down Rockets 4-3 to open Memorial Cup
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - If there was lingering pain from losing the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final in Game 7 overtime, the Quebec Remparts overcame it on Friday night.

Goals from defencemen Nikolas Brouillard, Matt Murphy and Ryan Graves and an empty-net goal from Adam Erne that ended up as the winner gave the Remparts a 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Rockets in the opening game of the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

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