Monday Morning Sports Update – 06/07/2021

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Chicago White Sox 3, Detroit Tigers 0
Chicago Cubs 4, San Francisco Giants 3

White Sox 3, Tigers 0 – La Russa passes McGraw on wins list as White Sox beat Tigers
Tony La Russa moved into sole possession of second on baseball’s career manager wins list, snapping a tie with John McGraw by directing the Chicago White Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. It was win No. 2,764 for La Russa, who was hired by Chicago in October for his first managerial job since he led St. Louis to the World Series championship in 2011. Dylan Cease struck out 10 in seven sparkling innings for the White Sox, and Tim Anderson had two RBIs. The Tigers finished with five hits. They dropped three of four in the series.

Cubs 4, Giants 3 – Wisdom homers twice for Cubs, who avoid sweep with 4-3 win
Patrick Wisdom hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs in helping the Chicago Cubs avoid a four-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Wisdom has seven home runs in 13 games this season. He has a hit in nine of 11 games since his May 25 recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Kyle Hendricks won his fifth straight start, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five. Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 14th save.

Tonight
Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres, 10:00 p.m.
Tigers and White Sox are off

NHL – 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2 – Best of 7
Last Night
Montreal Canadiens 5, Winnipeg Jets 1                                       (MTL leads 3-0)
Vegas Golden Knights 5, Colorado Avalanche 1                          (Series tied 2-2)

Tonight
New York Islanders at Boston Bruins, 6:30 p.m.                         (Series tied 2-2)
Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens, 8:00 p.m.                          (MTL leads 3-0)

NHL – Canada grants NHL cross-border travel exemption for playoffs
The NHL has received an exemption from Canadian health officials to allow cross-border travel for teams starting in the semifinal round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. When in Canada, teams will be required to stay in a bubble and be tested daily for COVID-19, similar to the tight restrictions that allowed the NHL to stage and complete its playoffs in two hub cities last year. Teams will be assigned designated hotels and have no interaction with the public. The exemption means the winner of the NHL’s West Division second-round playoff series between Colorado and Vegas will be allowed to travel to face the winner of the North Division second-round series between Winnipeg and Montreal.

NBA – National Basketball Association Playoffs – Round 2 – Best of 7
Last Night – Round 1
Los Angeles Clippers 126, Dallas Mavericks 111                         (LAC wins 4-3)

Last Night – Round 2
Atlanta Hawks 128, Philadelphia 76ers 124                                (ATL leads 1-0)

Tonight – Round 2
Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m.                              (Game 1)
Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns, 10:00 p.m.                               (Game 1)

NFL – Titans agree to deal with Falcons for Julio Jones
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Falcons for seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones. The Falcons will receive the Titans’ second-round pick in 2022 and their fourth in 2023 with Atlanta sending Jones and a sixth-round pick in 2023 to Tennessee.

NASCAR – Larson wins again as Hendrick continues month of dominance
Kyle Larson beat teammate Chase Elliott in overtime at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday to win his second consecutive race. It continued a month of dominance for Hendrick Motorsports. Hendrick drivers have won four straight races dating to Alex Bowman’s May 16 victory. Larson’s win a week ago in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway made Rick Hendrick the winningest owner in NASCAR history. It was expected that one of Hendrick’s four drivers would win again on Sunday. But reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott was the favorite. Instead the win went to Elk Grove native Larson, who now has three victories this season.

Tennis – French Open – Serena ousted
Serena Williams has lost in the fourth round of the French Open. Williams was beaten 6-3, 7-5 by Elena Rybakina. Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion who has won the title at Roland Garros three times. But the 39-year-old American hasn’t been past the fourth round there since she was the runner-up in 2016. Williams’ exit came on the same day that Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament.

Gymnastics – Seven for Simone; Biles claims another US Gymnastics title
Simone Biles looks ready for the Tokyo Olympics. The 24-year-old easily captured her record seventh U.S. national title, beating runner-up Sunisa Lee by nearly five points. Biles posted the top score on three of the four events, looking far crisper during the finals than she did during the preliminaries. Jordan Chiles was third followed by Emma Malabuyo and Leanne Wong. The meet is the final one before the Olympic trials in St. Louis in late July.

Soccer – Pulisic scores in extra time, US beats Mexico 3-2
Christian Pulisic converted a penalty kick in the 114th minute, backup goalkeeper Ethan Horvath stopped Andrés Guardado’s penalty kick in the 124th minute and the United States overcame an early defensive blunder to beat Mexico 3-2 in a final of the first CONCACAF Nations League that turned on three video reviews. Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie scored as the U.S. twice overcame deficits. Pulisic, fresh off of winning the Champions League with Chelsea on May 29, cut inside the penalty area and was pulled down by Carlos Salcedo in the 108th minute.

Soccer – Mexican national team match halted for discriminatory chants
A match involving Mexico’s national team was stopped for the second time in four nights because of discriminatory chants. Officials stopped the CONCACAF Nations League final against the United States at Empower Field for about three minutes during second-half stoppage time under the regional governing body’s anti-discrimination protocol. A similar stoppage occurred Thursday night late in Mexico’s semifinal against Costa Rica, which El Tri went on to win on penalty kicks. CONCACAF said stadium security ejected several fans during the first half for discriminatory language following warnings on the public address system.

MILB – Minor League Baseball – High-A Central
Yesterday
South Bend Cubs 12, Lansing Lugnuts 8
Great Lakes Loons 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 4

Tonight
No games tonight

MHSAA – High School Sports
Saturday
Baseball – Districts
Division 1 at St. Joseph
SF1 – Portage Central 11, Portage Northern 3
SF2 – St. Joe 11, Loy Norrix 0
Championship – Portage Central 17, St. Joe 4

Division 2 at Lakeshore
SF1 – Niles 12, Berrien Springs 2
SF2 – Lakeshore 6, Edwardsburg 5
Championship – Lakeshore 5, Niles 3

Division 2 at Otsego
SF1 – South Haven 4, Plainwell 3
SF2 – Otsego 20, Benton Harbor 1
Championship – Otsego 4, South Haven 2

Division 3 at Bridgman
SF1 – Brandywine 7, Watervliet 4
SF2 – Buchanan 3, Coloma 0
Championship – Buchanan 8, Brandywine 0

Division 4 at River Valley
SF1 – River Valley 9, Lake Michigan Catholic 3
SF2 – Michigan Lutheran 15, New Buffalo 0
Championship – River Valley 5, Michigan Lutheran 1

Division 4 at Decatur
SF1 – Decatur 15, Cassopolis 0
SF2 – Lawrence 9, Marcellus 4
Championship – Decatur 10, Lawrence 0

Girls Soccer – District Finals
Division 2 at Paw Paw
St. Joseph 1, Lakeshore 0 – 2 OT
Elle Pavlopoulos (SJ) – Game winning goal 100th minute

Softball – Districts
Division 1 at St. Joseph
SF1 – Portage Northern 3, Loy Norrix 2
SF2 – St. Joe 5, Mattawan 1
Championship – St. Joe 7, Portage Northern 5

Division 2 at Lakeshore
SF – Lakeshore 11, Berrien Springs 0
Championship – Lakeshore 9, South Haven 1

Division 2 at Edwardsburg
SF1 – Niles 6, Dowagiac 3
SF2 – Edwardsburg 10, Three Rivers 5
Championship – Edwardsburg 5, Niles 0

Division 3 at Bronson
SF1 – Bronson 3, Centreville 2
SF2 – Buchanan 17, Constantine 0
Championship – Buchanan 6, Bronson 0

Division 4 at Bridgman
SF1 – River Valley 19, Lake Michigan Catholic 5
SF2 – Bridgman 19, Michigan Lutheran 2
Championship – Bridgman 8, River Valley 0

Division 4 at Eau Claire
SF1 – Marcellus 10, Lawrence 0
SF2 – Decatur 16, Cassopolis 1
Championship – Decatur 14, Marcellus 3

Division 4 at Mendon
SF1 – Mendon 8, Burr Oak 0
SF2 – Colon 16, Howardsville Christian 3
Championship – Mendon 8, Colon 1

Track State Finals – Championship Finishes
Boys
Division 1
400 Meter Relay – 1. St. Joe (Eli Zarotney, Trey McGinnis, Cole Toney, Preston Nichols) – :42.65

Division 2
High Jump – 1. Luke Stowasser, Edwardsburg – 6’06”
Long Jump – 1. Luke Stowasser, Edwardsburg – 21’10”