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Weekend In Review: Stanley Cup Champs, Belmont Stakes And More

Another Great Weekend In Sports The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth Stanley Cup on Sunday night, beating the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to take the best-of-seven series in six...


Another Great Weekend In Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth Stanley Cup on Sunday night, beating the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to take the best-of-seven series in six games.

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The Penguins fiercely guarded a 2-1 in the third period and the Sharks pulled their goalie to get an extra skater on the ice as time wound down. Patric Hornqvist scored into the empty net with 62 seconds to set the final score. Sidney Crosby, who had two assists in this victory, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the outstanding player of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray became only the seventh rookie to win four games in the finals. The Penguins last won the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Belmont Stakes
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The three Triple Crown races saw three winners. The 16-1 longshot Creator beat Destin by a nose in the 1 ½-mile race on Saturday. Exaggerator, the heavy favorite and winner of the Preakness, finished 11th in the 13-horse field. Nyquist, who won the Kentucky Derby, did not run.

NBA Finals
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The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The sixth game is Monday night at 9 p.m. ET in Oakland. The Warriors are seeking to repeat as champions after setting an NBA record with 73 wins in the regular season.

Elsewhere
Joey Logano won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. … The IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway was postponed due to rain on Saturday night and then postponed again on Sunday – to Aug. 27, once more because of weather. … Daniel Berger earned his first PGA Tour victory, winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic by three strokes. He’s the 13th first-time winner on the Tour this season. In the LPGA’s KPMG PGA Championship, Brooke Henderson, who trailed by three shots on the back nine, defeated Lydia Ko on the first playoff hole. Henderson shot a 6-under 65 on the final 18 holes for the best round of the week. … Rookie Max Kepler hit his first career home run in dramatic fashion. His three-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Minnesota Twins a walk-off 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox.
 
 
Post By: Larry Weisman, a longtime sportswriter for USA TODAY, blogs for Twistity.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrLarryWeisman

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