>>Blackhawks have the cup again
We tend to forget the crazy "non losing" streak Chicago put together during the season and just how often in sports the best team can and will get knocked off in the championship game or series. There was about to be a game 7. Until Chicago shocked Boston. Goals from Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland just 17 seconds apart in the final two minutes of the third period gave the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup championship with a thrilling 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 6 at TD
Garden. Bickell jammed it in to tie the game with 1:16 to play and Bolland tallied with just 58.3 seconds showing on the clock. The Blackhawks took home their second championship in the past four years. It was the perfect ending toa perfect season for Chicago, as the team captured the Presidents' Trophy,
thanks in part to starting the season with 24 consecutive games without a regulation loss, The first team to win the Cup as the top overall seed since Detroit in 2008, the Blackhawks won their fifth title in team history. Chicago's Patrick Kane was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.
>>Mariners Host Pirates
The Mariners host the Pirates for the first of two games beginning tonight. Seattle is 34-and-43 and shooting for its third straight win. Joe Saunders takes the hill for the M's. Pittsburgh counters with Jeff Locke.
>>Seahawks To Hold 14 Open Training Camp Practices
Seahawks training camp will be fan-friendly. A total of 14 practices will be open to the public beginning on June 27th. If you want to attend you have to register on the team's website.
>>Wiltjer Considering Transfer
Kentucky big man Kyle Wiltjer is looking into the possibility of transferring. ESPN reports if Wiltjer decides to leave that Gonzaga will be interested. He averaged 10 points a game last season.
>>Garia is on fire
The Spokane Indians had not hit a homerun all season. And now back to back nights in which returning Indians outfielder Chris Garia has gone deep. Garia smashed his latest HR over the left-field fence in the bottom half of the 11th inning to help the Indians defeat the Boise Hawks in walk-off fashion, closing out the five-game series with a 5-3 victory. The Indians have won 4 in a row. Garia has now hit 3 homeruns in the past two games.
>>Marathon The Toughest For 2013 Ironman CDA Winner
Ben Hoffman and Heather Wurtele have special connections to Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
Hoffman attended the University of Montana and the first Ironman he watched was when Polson’s Matt Seeley took second in the Lake City. Wurtele’s first Ironman race and first Ironman victory came in Coeur d’Alene. He joined Dean & Teresa on 590 KQNT this morning and said the marathon was the toughest of the three long legs of the Ironman. And said it will take a few days for his body to recover from the record performance.
Sunday was even more special for the two as they captured professional titles in record times at the 11th annual Ironman Coeur d’Alene. The Boulder, Colo.-based Hoffman took the lead early on the bike and covered the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 8 hours, 17 minutes and 31 seconds, eclipsing Craig Alexander’s 2011 record by more than 2 minutes. Three-time champion Viktor Zyemtsev was second in 8:26.01.
>>M's Double Up A's
Kendry Morales connected on a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Mariners to a 6-3 win in the rubber match of their three-game series with the Athletics at Safeco Field. Raul Ibanez hit two home runs with three RBI, while reliever Oliver Perez improved to 2-and-1. Perez pitched two shutout innings as Seattle improved to 34-and-43. The Mariners and Pirates start a two-game set tomorrow.
>>Three in a row for Spokane
The Spokane Indians offense awoke in front of 3,565 fans, as the Indians scored a season-high eight runs at home against Boise, beating the Hawks 8-6 on a Sunday afternoon that saw Kids Operate the Ballpark. Weather permitting the 5 game series ends tonight with first pitch scheduled for 6:30.
The Chicago Blackhawks will try to clinch their second
Stanley Cup since 2010 when they visit the Boston Bruins in Monday's Game 6 battle at TD Garden.
Chicago, which ended a 49-year championship drought when it lifted the Cup three years ago, was down 2-1 to Boston in this best-of-seven series before taking Games 4 and 5 to move within one win of another title.
After winning a wild 6-5 overtime decision in Game 4 last Wednesday in Boston, the Blackhawks notched a 3-1 decision in Saturday's matchup in the Windy City. Patrick Kane scored a pair of goals in Game 5 and Corey Crawford stopped 23-
of-24 shots to earn the pivotal win.
Chicago, the top seed in the West, is trying to become the first Presidents' Trophy winner to claim the Stanley Cup since Detroit beat Pittsburgh in 2008. The last time a team other than the Red Wings won the Cup after posting the league's best record in the regular season was when Colorado won it all in 2001.
>>Double Header At Avista
The Spokane Indians will play two 7-inning games beginning at 5:30 tonight. The Indians will be looking for the first home win of the young season. Spokane lost to Boise 4-1 last night in a pitchers dual through 7. Spokane fell to 1-6 on the season. It's Fireworks night following game two presented by 590 KQNT.
>>Athletics Double Up Mariners
Bartolo Colon tossed eight innings of three-run ball to power the Athletics to a 6-3 win in Seattle. Colon improved to 10-and-2, matching his win total from last season. Grant Balfour picked up his 18th save for Oakland, which snapped a two-game skid. Yoenis Cespedes belted a pair of two-run home runs in the win. Jed Lowrie scored twice and knocked in a run for the A's. Nick Franklin hit a three-run homer for Seattle, which has lost three straight. Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four runs in seven innings for the loss. He is 7-and-3.
The Spokane Shock put out the Utah Blaze with an 80-41 win.
After a two-day break, the Stanley Cup Final will resume tonights as the
Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will battle in a pivotal Game 5 in the
Windy City. This series is now even at two games apiece after Blackhawks
defenseman Brent Seabrook supplied the overtime goal in a 6-5 win at Boston on Wednesday night.
>>Angels Sneak By Mariners
C.J. Wilson tossed seven innings of two-hit ball as the Angels blanked the Mariners 1-0 in Anaheim. Former Angel Joe Saunders threw an eight-inning complete game for the Mariners but slipped to 5-and-7 for Seattle, which has lost three-of-four overall. The M's have lost three of their last four games and play the series finale tonight.
>>M's Sign 15 Draft Picks
The Mariners have agreed to terms with 15 draft picks from this month's amateur draft, the club announced Wednesday. The 15 players will report to Mariners' minor-league teams, with two going to short-season Class-A Everett. The Mariners have signed 28 of 40 selections from the draft.
>>Seahawks To Form Fan Council
The Seahawks on Wednesday announced the formation of a President's Fan Advisory Council that will assist team executives in the evaluating and enhancing the overall Seahawks fan experience. Meetings will be held quarterly to discuss fan issues from in-stadium experiences to in-stadium technology. The team seeks 12 season-ticket holders for the council and they will have two-year terms.
Brent Seabrook scored the winner 9:51 into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks took a 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins in a wild Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals from TD Garden. Patrick Kane threw a shot on net from the right wing
that Tuukka Rask made a stop on, but the rebound came out to the left point. Bryan Bickell grabbed the disc there and tried to get it down low, but it bounced off of a couple of Bruins. However, it found its way to the stick of Seabrook, who glided over to the right point and fired a shot on net that beat
Rask cleanly to the stick side for the win and a tied series. Chicago bounced back from losses in Game 2 and 3 to knot this best-of-seven with Game 5 set for Saturday night in Chicago.
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will do battle in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on tonight. The LeBron James-powered Heat rallied in the fourth quarter and found a way in overtime to hold off the San Antonio Spurs for a 103-100 win Tuesday night, setting up a seventh-game showdown. Tonght's Game
7 in Miami will be the NBA's first winner-take-all matchup to determine a champion since the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in 2010.
>>Heat Burn Spurs
The trophy was wheeled out. Heat fans were actually leaving!! It was over. Then there were missed free throws, blown calls and the greatest three point shooter in NBA history. It added up to one of the best finals games ever and a game 7 to decide it all. LeBron James posted 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Heat defeat the Spurs 103-100 in overtime of Game Six in the NBA Finals from Miami. Chris Bosh added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which hosts Game Seven on Thursday. Dwyane Wade was held to 14 points in the win. Ray Allen hit a game-tying three pointer with five second left in regulation to force the extra period. Tim Duncan tallied 30 points and 17 caroms for San Antonio, which was up by 10 entering the fourth quarter. Kawhi Leonard helped out with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs. Tony Parker scored 19 points.
The Spokane Indians dropped to 1-4 on the season with a 12 inning 5-4 loss in Vancouver. It's a getaway game 3 this afternoon before the Indians return home Thursday to face Boise.
>>Mariners Top Angels In 10
Justin Smoak and Raul Ibanez hit home runs and former Angel Kendrys Morales singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Mariners to a 3-2 win at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Charlie Furbush picked up his first win of the season in relief and Yoervis [[ Yo-er-vees ]] Medina his first career major-league save for the M's. Two more games remain in the series. >>USA Tops Honduras In WC Qualifier
Jozy Altidore netted the game winner in the 73rd minute to send the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team to a 1-0 win over Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium. The win moves the Americans to 13-4-and-3 all-time and 10-2-and-2 on U.S. soil against Honduras. The United States is 4-1-and-1 in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. The U.S. is first with 13 points in the standings, two points up on Costa Rica. The Americans are back to World Cup Qualifying in September. Brad Evans of the Seattle Sounders started at defender for the Americans.
>>Spokane Breaks Through
The Spokane Indians got the first win of the season with a 10-1 cruching of Vancouver in Canada. Spokane had 13 hits and went 6-13 with runners in scoring position. Cam Schiller, Ryan Cordell and Janluis Castro each had 2 hits. Schiller knocked in 3 runs.
>>Angels Rout Mariners
Time for a change. I like the manager and the potential of SOME of the players but that front office is not getting it done. Another yawner last night as Albert Pujols' RBI double sparked a seven-run sixth as the Angels rolled to an 11-3 win over the Mariners in Anaheim. Nick Franklin, who possible wears the biggest helmet in baseball, had Seattle's only big hit. He connected on a two-run homer for Seattle, which has dropped three of its last five. Aaron Harang allowed four runs on 12 hits in five innings to suffer the loss.
>>Mariners At Angels
The Mariners try to end a two-game losing streak tonight in Los Angeles when they face the Angels. It is the second meeting of a four-game series. Seattle sends Jeremy Bonderman to the mound. LA counters with Joe Blanton, who is 1-and-10.
>>Trouble "BRUIN" for Chicacgo
Tuukka Rask stopped all 28 shots he faced to lead the Boston Bruins in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final. Rask's third shutout of the postseason gives Boston a two games to one lead in the best-of-seven set. Daniel Pailleand Patrice Bergeron each lit the lamp in the second period for the Bruins, who host Game Four on Wednesday. Corey Crawford turned away 33 shots for 'Hawks in defeat. Chicago was without right wing Marian Hossa, who was scratched after warmups with an upper-body injury.
>>Spurs Look To Finish Off Heat In Game Six
I would actually expect Miami to blow out SA tonight. I still think the Spurs win it in Miami in 7. Becoming the first team since the 1978 Wasington Bullets to win a game 7 on the road. They actually beat the Seattle Supersonics in Seattle. The Sonics of course got revenge with a championship the next year. Yes kids there was a championship team in Seattle. Will there be a 5th one in San Anotnio? The NBA Finals heads back to South Beach where the Miami Heat are in a must-win situation as they host the San Antonio Spurs in Game Six tonight. Manu Ginobili racked up 24 points and 10 assists to lead the Spurs to a 114-104 victory in Game Five on Sunday. After splitting the first two games in Miami, the Spurs took two-of-three at home to grab a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven set. San Antonio is seeking its fifth NBA title in franchise history, but first since 2007. If necessary, a decisive Game Seven would be Thursday in Miami.
>>Mariners Mauled By A's
Endy Chavez knocked in two runs as the Mariners fell to the Athletics, 10-2. Starter Hisashi Iwakuma suffered possibly his worst outing of the season, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings for the loss. He slipped to 7-and-2. The M's start a four-game series with the Angels in Anaheim tonight.
Nearly 18,000 fans poured into Avista stadium in the season opening three game set vs Everett over the weekend. But the Aquasox spoiled the weekend by narrowly sweeping the Spokane Indians. 6-4, 6-4, 4-3 were the final tallies. A long trip to Vancouver is up next for the Indians before returning home Thursday to play Boise in the first of three long homestands on the schedule this summer.
Gregg Popovich moved Manu Ginobili into the starting lineup and he answered with a vintage performance as the San Antonio Spurs smoked the Miami Heat, 114-104, in Game Five of the NBA Finals from the AT&T Center. San Antonio takes a three games to two lead in the best-of-seven set as the series shifts back to Miami for Tuesday's Game Six. Ginobili finished well above his series averages with 24 points and 10 assists. Danny Green hit 6-of-10 from three on his way to 24 points. Green broke Ray Allen's record of most three-pointers in an NBA Finals series of 22. He now has 25. On bum hamstring Tony Parker scored a game-high 26 points with five assists. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 25 points in the loss. James added eight assists, six rebounds and four steals, while Wade tallied 10 helpers. Ray Allen kicked in 21 points off the bench.
>>Marion Wins U.S. Open
The course that no one thought would be able to challenge the best in the world of this generation did just that. +1 wins it. With pars on the final two holes Sunday, Justin Rose did just enough to win he U.S. Open Championship. Rose mixed five birdies and five bogeys in an even-par round of 70 at Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia to finish his first major championship title at 1-over par. Phil Mickelson bogeyed three of his last six holes to drop into a share of second at 3-over with Jason Day. The runner-up finish for Mickelson was his sixth at the U.S. Open, extending his own record. Tiger Woods, whose last major championship came five years ago to the day at Torrey Pines, ended at 13-over par -- his highest score in a
major championship as a professional. But my guess is a lot of golfers had some of their highest scores at this major.
Greg Biffle delivered Ford its 1,000th win in NASCAR national series competition by taking Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Biffle, who drives the No. 16 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, had to deal with a hard-charging Jimmie Johnson in the closing
laps, but Johnson hit the wall with just four laps to go, allowing Biffle to easily beat Kevin Harvick at the finish. It's the fourth time Biffle has won a Sprint Cup race at Michigan. Harvick finished three seconds behind, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart.
The Boston Bruins host Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday with the series tied at one game apiece following their overtime win in Chicago on Saturday. The Blackhawks pulled out a three-overtime thriller in the series opener but failed to take a commanding lead in the series when Boston's Daniel Paille
scored 13:48 into the extra session in Game 2. It's the second straight season that Games 1 and 2 of the Finals were decided in an extra session, as the Kings took two at New Jersey en route to last year's Cup title.
>>Spokane Indians host Everett Aqua Sox
Without a doubt the Spokane Indians are my favorite team in the NWL. But as a struggling Mariners fan I will take the Aqua Sox as my second favorite. The farm teams for the Texas Rangers and The Seattle Mariners will throw the first pitch at 6:30 at Avista Stadium tonight. My guess is it will be sold out. As of a few days ago - only bleacher seats remained. The nearly 7,000 fans will get to check out many new things at the ball park including many new faces on the team short season single A team. Tonight I'll be there with a microphone in hand. Tomorrow I will be there with an adult beverage in hand!
>>M's Open Series With A's Tonight In Oakland
The Mariners open up a three-game series with the Athletics tonight in Oakland. Joe Saunders will take the mound for the M's. He is 4-and-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 13 starts this season. The A's will counter with Tommy Millone, who is 6-and-5 with a 3.69 ERA.
>>Seahawks Bring Back QB Jackson
I told you yesterday that the Seattle Seahawks were bringing back a familiar face. NFL.com reports quarterback Tarvaris Jackson signed a one-year deal. Tarvaris spent 15 games with the Seahawks in 2011. He threw for over three-thousand yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions that season.
>>Heat Bounce Back With Game Four Win Over Spurs
Two days ago the media said the Heat were done. No everyone is back n the bandwagon. The Heat's Big Three awoke and Miami steamrolled the Spurs 109-93 in Game Four of the NBA Finals to tie the series at two games apiece. In the first three games LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to shoot 42-percent on 133 shots. Thursday night the threesome connected on 37-of-64 attempts and combined for 85 of the Heat's 109 points. Individually, James posted 33 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, while Wade added 32 points with six steals, six rebounds, and four helpers. Bosh had a double-double with 20 points and 13 boards. Tony Parker had an impressive first half and finished with 15 points and nine assists, but was 0-for-4 after halftime in the loss. Tim Duncan scored a team-high 20 points with five rebounds. The crucial Game Five is in San Antonio on Sunday.
>>Round One Suspended At U.S. Open
It was super entertaining to watch while it they able to play that is. Play has been suspended in the first round of the U.S. OpenGolf Championship. Luke Donald is through 13 holes with a four-under to own first place at Merion Golf Club. Phil Mickelson is finished with his first round and is three-under, tied with this year's Masters champion Adam Scott, who is through 11 holes. Defending champion Webb Simpson is two-under through eight holes. Tiger Woods is two-over par through 10 holes. Play was halted twice totalling over four hours due to weather.
>>Astros Bounce M's With Big Ninth
I was more interested in watching Mike Zunino make his debut than the game itself. Which is good, becuase the Mariners let another get away. (Actually I was more interested in the Stanley Cup thriller to be honest.) The Astros' bats awoke in the top of the ninth inning as they scored six runs and pulled out a 6-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field. Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen was charged with five of the six runs and blew his fourth save falling to 0-and-2. Starter Jeremy Bonderman dealt eight shutout innings with five strikeouts. Zunino goes 1-4. The M's travel to Oakland for a series that starts tomorrow.
>>Jackson Set To Return To Seahawks
The return of quarterback TarvarisJackson to the Seahawks could be made official as soon as today. Jackson said on Twitter that he is headed to Seattle to quote, make it official, unquote, on Thursday. The Seahawks were 7-and-7 in the 14 games Jackson started in 2011.
>>Huskies Put North Dakota On Football Schedule
Washington will play North Dakota in football in 2018. It will be the first meeting between the two schools and will be played on September 15 of that year at Husky Stadium. North Dakota plays in the FCS, a division of college football lower than that of the Huskies.
>>Blackhawks Grab Game One Over Bruins
(Chicago, IL) -- Andrew Shaw lit the lamp midway through the third overtime period to lift the Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over the Bruins in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final. Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya both scored in the third period to tie the game at three for Chicago, which hosts Game Two of the best-of-seven series on Saturday. Brandon Saad also scored while Corey Crawford stopped 51 shots. Tuuka Rask made 59 saves in defeat. Milan Lucic scored twice to put Boston up 2-0 early in the second frame. Patrice Bergeron added a power-play goal early in the third period.