WASHINGTON (AP) — Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) is the 26th member of baseball’s 500 home run club after belting a pair in the Los Angeles Angels’ 7-2 victory in Washington. Pujols hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run blast in the fifth to become the first player to smack his 499th and 500th home runs in the same game. The 34-year-old first baseman also is the third-youngest player to reach the milestone, behind only Ken Griffey Jr. and Jimmie Foxx.
UNDATED (AP) — Bradley Beal finished with a game-high 26 points and Nene (NAY’-nay) scored the first six points of overtime as Washington downed the Bulls 101-99 in Chicago to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA first-round series. Indiana and Atlanta are tied at a game apiece after the Pacers outscored the Hawks 31-13 in the third quarter of a 101-85 win at Indianapolis. DeMar DeRozan had 30 points in the Raptors’ 100-95 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets, tying that series at a game apiece.
UNDATED (AP) — San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich has joined Pat Riley and Don Nelson as the only coaches to win the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award three times. Popovich led the Spurs to a league-best 62-20 record, ensuring them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Phoenix’s Jeff Hornacek (HORN’-uh-sehk) finished second and Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau (THIH’-buh-doh) was third in the voting.
UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have swept themselves into the NHL’s Eastern Conference semifinals by beating Tampa Bay 4-3 on Max Pacioretty’s (pash-uh-RET’-eez) power-play goal with 43 seconds left. San Jose has a three-games-to-none lead after Patrick Marleau scored at 6:20 of overtime to lift the Sharks over the Kings 4-3 in Los Angeles. Boston and New York each own 2-1 series leads following the Bruins’ 3-0 shutout in Detroit and the Rangers’ 4-1 verdict over Philadelphia.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has doled out its punishment to players involved in Sunday’s brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-dah-NAH’-doh) has begun serving a five-game suspension last night against San Diego. Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez was suspended for three games, Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider received a two-game penalty and Pirates catcher Russell Martin got a one-game ban, but the three are appealing their suspensions.