NEW YORK (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and the New York Rangers avoided a four-game sweep in the Stanley Cup finals by downing the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. Lundqvist was perfect while the Rangers were outshot 15-1 in the third period, and he didn’t allow a goal after Dustin Brown tallied midway through the game. Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN’ san loo-EE’) scored the eventual game-winner 6 ½ minutes into the second period after Benout Pouliot (BEHN’-wah POO’-lee-aht) opened the scoring 7:25 after the opening faceoff.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trial has been scheduled July 15 in Los Angeles probate court to determine whether Donald Sterling was properly removed as an administrator for the family trust that owns the Clippers. Sterling’s estranged wife, Sherry, sought the trial to confirm that as sole trustee she can proceed with a $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Detroit Tigers continued their recent swoon as the White Sox chased Justin Verlander during a seven-run sixth that led to an 8-2 rout in Chicago. The Tigers have dropped 16 of their last 22 since opening the season with a major league-best 27-12 record. Detroit has been outscored by 53 runs during the skid.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has returned to St. Louis for tests on his sore right elbow, although the team is optimistic the situation isn’t serious. Wainwright became the NL’s first nine-game winner by pitching seven innings in last night’s 1-0 win at Tampa Bay. Wainwright had elbow ligament replacement surgery four years ago, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says the discomfort was on the other side of the elbow.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Open is set to begin within the hour at Pinehurst. The par-70 course covers more than 7,500 yards and has been renovated since the U.S. Open was last played there in 2005. Justin Rose won his first major championship in last year’s U.S. Open, finishing two strokes ahead of Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.