The Sports Xchange
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Backup quarterbacks Case Keenum and Taylor Heinicke led third-quarter touchdown drives to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a 17-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the preseason opener for both teams on Thursday night in Orchard Park. The Vikings improved to 13-1 in preseason games under coach Mike Zimmer, while the Bills didn't do much to impress in new coach Sean McDermott's preseason debut.
Former major league slugger and manager Don Baylor died Monday of cancer. He was 68. "Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life," his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement. Baylor, who played 19 seasons in his major league career and was the 1979 American League MVP, died at a hospital in his native Austin, Texas, after a 14-year struggle with multiple myeloma. Baylor played for the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, California Angels, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins.
LONG POND, Pa.—Kyle Busch claimed his first NASCAR Cup Series win of 2017 and broke a winless streak that lasted just over a year with his win of the Overton's 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. The win was the 100th in the Cup Series for Toyota. Kevin Harvick finished second, Martin Truex Jr. was third, Denny Hamlin fourth and Brad Keselowski fifth.
SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Kasey Kahne claimed his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win since 2014 and snapped a 102-race losing streak with a victory Sunday in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was his first career Brickyard 400 win. Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman finished second and third, respectively, as the race finished under caution after two overtime restarts. A Denny Hamlin flat tire resulted in the race-ending wreck. Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Ricky Stenhouse Jr. claimed his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory and his second of the season Saturday night when he took the checkered flag in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Stenhouse took his final lead on an overtime restart, getting a push from Michael McDowell. Clint Bowyer, though, got up to second on the final lap to take runner-up honors. Paul Menard finished third, while McDowell held on to finish fourth, a career best. Ryan Newman rounded out the top-five.
Guion, who turned 30 on Wednesday, had a blood alcohol level of .086 when tested for a routine traffic stop, according to Honolulu police.
ERIN, Wis.—Rickie Fowler birdied three of his first five holes Thursday and kept rolling en route to a 7-under 65 and a two-shot lead after the first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Fowler finished his bogey-free round with seven birdies—including three straight at Nos. 18, 1 and 2—as he matched a U.S. Open record for the lowest first-round score in relation to par. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf shot 7-under 63s at Baltustrol Golf Club in 1980. Fowler's 65 represents the second-lowest first-round score in tournament history.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Stanley Cup is going back to Pittsburgh. Former Nashville forward Patric Hornqvist broke a scoreless tie at 18:25 of the third period Sunday night as the Penguins successfully defended their Stanley Cup championship with a 2-0 victory over the Predators in Game 6 of the Final at Bridgestone Arena.
CLEVELAND—A chance at perfection ended, the Golden State Warriors find themselves in the same spot in the 2017 Finals as they were at this time a year ago. The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 of the Finals on Friday night to avoid elimination. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points and LeBron James broke all kinds of records as he posted a triple-double.
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Martin Truex Jr. joined Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson as two-time winners in 2017 Saturday night by winning the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway. Keselowski recovered from a lackluster night to take runner-up honors, while Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. The race was attrition-filled with the yellow flag waving a track-record 15 times.