Sports Digest: Hammond Hurricanes stretch undefeated season

2014-06-09T21:30:00Z 2014-06-10T17:27:09Z Sports Digest: Hammond Hurricanes stretch undefeated season nwitimes.com

Amateur Baseball

HURRICANES DEFEAT DAWGS: The Hammond Hurricanes continue their undefeated season with a 11-0 win over the Crown Point Dawgs in a 16- to 18-year-old summer league game on Monday.

Tolbin Mielenz from Hammond was able to secure his first victory of the summer, giving up no runs in four innings pitched. The Hurricanes bring their summer record to 5-0.

Pro Hockey

KINGS ONE WIN FROM TAKING STANLEY CUP: Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are close to finishing off the New York Rangers in a big hurry.

The All-Star goalie had his best game of the finals by far, making 32 saves to put the Kings on the cusp of another coronation with a 3-0 victory over New York in Game 3 on Monday night.

Los Angeles escaped with two overtime wins at home and then took complete command inside Madison Square Garden to take a 3-0 series edge. The Kings are a win away from winning their second Stanley Cup in three years.

The Kings took their first lead of the series on Jeff Carter's goal in the final second of the first period and then stretched the edge to three goals in the second — something the Rangers failed to do in California.

New York will face elimination at home Wednesday night in Game 4.

Pro basketball

JORDAN SEES BIG THINGS FOR HORNETS: Michael Jordan anticipates the Charlotte Hornets will make another big splash this offseason.

Jordan said Monday with three draft picks and more than $13 million to spend in free agency the Hornets are in position to make a "big difference" in upgrading their roster.

"I think we made a difference last year with Big Al (Jefferson) and some of the acquisitions — and I don't anticipate this year being any different," Jordan said.

Behind Jefferson, who was recently named third-team All-NBA, Charlotte made the playoffs for the first time since 2010 — the year Jordan took over as majority owner.

Jordan is hoping Jefferson's success will convince other big-name free agents to come to Charlotte.

Horse racing

CHROME OWNER APOLOGIZES FOR REMARKS: California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn apologized Monday for his bitter remarks after his horse failed to win the Triple Crown.

Coburn said on ABC's "Good Morning America" he was "very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed. I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife, Carolyn."

She tried to intervene as Saturday's interview got out of control, explaining that her husband was "very emotional and I was trying to calm him down."

Coburn also apologized to the connections of winning horse Tonalist, saying: "I did not mean to take anything away from them."

On Saturday, he had said that Tonalist took "the coward's way out" by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Sunday, he doubled down by pointing out that "it wouldn't be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheelchair because I got an unfair advantage."

By Monday though, he tried to make amends. Coburn's lower lip quivered at times during the interview in which he apologized to co-owner Perry Martin and trainer Art Sherman, among others.

Golf

SPIETH SAYS HE'S READY TO WIN: Talk about the impatience of youth. For 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, it's no longer good enough to be in contention for a major championship.

He's ready to win one.

Spieth was tied for the 54-hole lead at both the Masters and The Players Championship, the two biggest events on the schedule so far, but he's couldn't hold it together on Sunday.

Now, he comes to the U.S. Open fully convinced that if he's in the same position, he'll be the one raising the trophy at the end.

Spieth is already the first teenage winner on the PGA Tour since the Great Depression, having captured the John Deere at age 19. If he can conquer Pinehurst No. 2, he'd be the youngest major champion since Tom Creavy at the 1931 PGA Championship.

Swimming

OLYMPIAN HURT IN ATV CRASH: Authorities in eastern Arizona say six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Rouen was seriously injured while driving an all-terrain vehicle.

A Show Low Police Department report says the swimmer — who competed under the name Amy Van Dyken — was injured early Friday evening after driving an ATV over a curb on the edge of a restaurant parking lot.

There was a 5-to-7-foot drop on the other side of the curb, and the report says Rouen was found lying on the ground next to the ATV.

According to the report, she told responders that she couldn't move her toes or feet and couldn't feel anything touching her legs.

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