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In Game 1, the Golden Knights fell behind, went ahead, gave up their lead and then finally took over. In Game 2, they went straight to taking over.
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Vegas scored twice in the first period and twice more in the second, leading the Panthers to pull goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in an eventual 7-2 thrashing that puts Vegas up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final.
- Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring on a power play, and Alec Martinez doubled the lead later in the first.
- Nicolas Roy and Brett Howden made it 4-0 early in the second before Florida pulled Bobrovsky. He allowed four goals on 13 shots faced. Alex Lyon took over and ended up allowing third-period goals to Marchessault, Michael Amadio and Howden.
- Lyon allowed three goals on just 15 shots faced, so head coach Paul Maurice can't be feeling too confident in either option.
The Golden Knights have had nine different scorers already this series, the most ever through two games of a Stanley Cup Final. Their offensive firepower and depth is simply overwhelming the Panthers, writes our Austin Nivison.
- Nivison: "The Golden Knights' depth has given them an advantage throughout the playoffs, and that has been the case through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. All four lines have been effective at generating offense against the Panthers.
Vegas has dressed 18 skaters so far in the series, and 15 of them have recorded a point... This comes after every single player recorded a point against the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final."
- One day after winning the Memorial, Viktor Hovland at a U.S. Open qualifier.
- Five-star 2024 linebacker prospect Sammy Brown Clemson.
And not such a good morning for...
ISAIAH RODGERS AND THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
The NFL is investigating Colts cornerback/returner Isaiah Rodgers for , the latest episode in an offseason that's been full of betting-related issues.
Rodgers, 25, reportedly placed "hundreds of wagers," including on the Colts, through an acquaintance's account. NFL rules prevent players from gambling on the NFL ever, as well as on any sport at team facilities or while traveling with the team.
- Rodgers posted an apology to Twitter, saying he will "work hard to make sure that those mistakes are rectified through this process."
- In April, the NFL -- four from the Lions and one from the Commanders -- for gambling violations. In May, the NFL .
- Those investigations and suspensions came after Calvin Ridley was for gambling on the NFL. He was .
Rodgers, 25, has played three seasons in Indianapolis after the Colts picked him in the sixth round in 2020. After primarily being used as a kick returner as a rookie, he became a significant part of the defense with three interceptions in 2021 and nine starts in 2022.
Not so honorable mentions
- Alek Manoah got against the Astros as his tough season continues.
- Mike Soroka's initial return to MLB from an Achilles injury .
Kyrie Irving trying to recruit LeBron James to Dallas 🏀
Kyrie Irving wants to team up with LeBron James, but maybe not in the way you expected:, reaching out personally to James to gauge his interest
Irving is an unrestricted free agent this summer (though owner Mark Cuban hasIrving and Luka Doncic) while James remains under contract with the Lakers. James can opt out of his contract after next season, though he has -- who will be playing college ball at USC.
The big problem? Going for James is nearly impossible without including Doncic. As our Brad Botkin pointed out, the chances of anything happening here are slim --.
Mandatory minicamp storylines: Quarterback questions, rookie impressions 🏈
We're three months and one day away from the NFL regular season, and things are beginning to pick up, even if just a bit., and there are storylines abound, especially at the game's most important position: quarterback.
No one has more questions (or potential solutions) than the 49ers, who. Let our Tyler Sullivan explain:
- Sullivan: "Brock Purdy is in line to be the team's starter in 2023, but the quarterback is recovering from right elbow surgery and has only recently resumed throwing. With that in mind, Purdy likely won't see the lion's share of work at minicamp, thrusting either Trey Lance or Sam Darnold into the primary role, which has been the case throughout OTAs. If Lance can flash the talent that made him the No. 3 overall pick just a few years ago, it'll be interesting how that could set the stage for training camp, especially if Purdy is still not 100%."
Elsewhere, former 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with, and the Commanders are turning to Sam Howell.
As for two of the most pleasant surprises of 2022, the Seahawks and Lions are hoping to Jack Campbell in Detroit to show what they can do.. Time for first-rounders Devon Witherspoon and Jaxon Smith-Njigba in Seattle and Jahmyr Gibbs and
Oklahoma softball reaches WCWS finals as winning streak hits 51 games 🥎
Oklahoma softball has won six national championships (including the last two), produced legend after legend and recorded some of the greatest seasons in college softball history. This team might just be the best ever -- not just in program history, but the sport's as a whole.
The No. 1 Sooners beat Stanford,and advance to the Women's College World Series finals.
Our Chris Bengel took a look at, and while this isn't quite 111 straight from UConn women's basketball or 88 straight from UCLA men's basketball, it's still plenty impressive.
- This streak is longer than the longest winning streak in D-I football, also by Oklahoma (47 from 1953-57), and well past the longest winning streak in D-I baseball (34 by Texas in 1977 and FAU in 1999).
- At 59-1 this season, Oklahoma is on pace to have the best record in D-I softball history.
- Their lone loss this season was back on Feb. 19 to Baylor .
Oklahoma will face No. 3 Florida State in the finals.
WNBA Power Rankings: Aces still top, but a new No. 2 🏀
We knew the Aces were going to be a powerhouse this season, and at 6-0, they absolutely are. It's the best start to a season since the Lynx began 9-0 in 2017, and Las Vegas is nearly halfway to the longest winning streak to start a season ever (the 2016 Lynx started 13-0).
Long story short, the Aces are still comfortably No. 1 in.
But it's the No. 2 team we have our eye on at the moment. The 6-1 Sun jumped the Liberty for second in Jack's rankings, and:
- Maloney: "The Sun may not always play the prettiest or most entertaining basketball, but they just keep on racking up wins. They added two of them this week to improve to 6-1, which is second only to the undefeated Aces. Alyssa Thomas, who set a franchise record with 16 assists in their win over the Lynx, continues to do it all. She's on pace to join Candace Parker as the only players in WNBA history to average at least 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists per game for a season."
Here's Jack's top five:
- 1. Aces (prev: 1)
- 2. Sun (prev: 3)
- 3. Liberty (prev: 2)
- 4. Sky (prev: 5)
- 5. Mystics (prev: 4)
What we're watching Tuesday 📺
⚾ Mets at Braves, 7:20 p.m. on TBS
🏀 Fever at Sky, 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
🏀 Sparks at Storm, 10 p.m. on CBS Sports Network