MIAMI — Luis Arraez had two hits to raise his major league-leading batting average to .401 and help the Miami Marlins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Second in the NL East, the Marlins have won five straight to improve to 34-28 — the first time they’ve been six games over .500 since August 2016.
After Arraez flew out to left in his first two at-bats, he hit consecutive singles to finish 2 for 4 with an RBI. Jesús Sánchez homered and Bryan De La Cruz drove in three runs.
“It is an honor when I see that number on the scoreboard but as I’ve said before it is not impossible,” Arraez...
LAS VEGAS — As the Florida Panthers made their eight-seeded run to the Stanley Cup Final, the three prime factors were Sergei Bobrovsky’s goaltending, Matthew Tkachuk’s dramatic scoring and healthy special-teams play.
All three were missing in the desert again in Game 2 of the Final as Vegas routed the Panthers, 7-2, Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Bobrovsky was replaced in the second period, Vegas is feasting on power plays and, while Tkachuk did score Monday, it was in a 6-1 game with no celebration.
Tkachuk’s presence was felt more by a resounding and legal check...
MIAMI — Luis Arraez had three hits to raise his major league-leading batting average to .399, and the Miami Marlins beat the Kansas City Royals 9-6 on Monday night.
Arraez drove in two runs for the Marlins, who erased an early four-run deficit and won their fourth straight game. Bryan De La Cruz hit his eighth homer, while Jon Berti, Nick Fortes and Joey Wendle had two hits apiece.
After going hitless in four at-bats Friday against Oakland, Arraez is 10 for 13 over the last three games.
“It’s huge,” he said of his current average. “I have worked hard for this. But this is just starting. I am...
DENVER – Observations and other notes of interest from Sunday night’s 111-108 NBA Finals victory over the Denver Nuggets:
– Say this about Gabe Vincent, he’s not afraid.
– Oh, and he’s going to be paid.
– There was a time when Vincent stood as the Heat placeholder at point guard.
– Now he essentially is irreplaceable.
– Basically picking up in this one with his 3-point shooting where Max Strus left off.
– Not, not your traditional assists point guard.
– But that is not the need with this team.
– It’s the shooting.
– Because it will take big shooting games for the Heat to conquer the Nuggets...
DENVER — The Miami Heat’s shock and awe continues.
This time at altitude.
And with an attitude.
Until Sunday night, visitors were 0-9 against the Denver Nuggets this postseason at mile-high Ball Arena..
Of course, prior to this season, no No. 8 seed had made the NBA Finals during an uninterrupted season.
For the Heat, just another step forward on this unlikeliest of playoff rides, turning thin air in a breath of new life with a 111-108 victory that evened the best-of-seven championship series at 1-1 heading into Wednesday night’s Game 3 at Kaseya Center.
Seizing control in the fourth quarter,...
LAS VEGAS — The Stanley Cup Final started with lasers and fireworks, decibel-deafening music and boom-boom sound effects, all in a technologically entertaining pre-game package off the Vegas Strip right down to Michael Buffer’s “Let’s get ready to rumble” throwback cheer.
And then the show started.
And they did rumble, and tumble, all the way until the Vegas Golden Knights took over a tie game in the third period Saturday night for a 5-2 win in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
It was physical, sometimes breathtakingly brutal, start to the Final as each team tried to mark its territory in...
CORAL GABLES — The Hurricanes dug an early hole for themselves on Saturday night, and they could not climb out of it. Now their season is in jeopardy.
No. 1 seed Miami (41-20) fell behind No. 2 seed Texas (40-20) 4-0 in the first three innings and could only push across a solitary run, dropping its first regional game at Mark Light Field. The Hurricanes now need to win three straight games to keep their season alive.
Sophomore Karson Ligon struggled in his start Saturday night. Dylan Campell put the Longhorns on the board quickly, smashing a two-run homer to open the scoring in the first inning....
MIAMI — Luis Arraez had a career-high five hits and five RBIs and the Miami Marlins beat the Oakland Athletics 12-1 on Saturday.
The major leagues’ leading hitter, Arraez hit three doubles and two singles to raise his average to .390. Arraez also became the first player in franchise history with five hits and five RBIs in a game.
Joey Wendle doubled twice and singled for the Marlins, who finished with 14 hits.
The A’s dropped to a major league-worst 12-48 and lost their 13th straight on the road.
Rookie Eury Pérez threw five scoreless innings of four-hit ball in his fifth major league start....
CORAL GABLES — The Hurricanes’ bats came alive in their first game of regional play.
Miami (41-19) jumped out to a seven-run lead in the second and never looked back, burying Maine (32-20) 9-1 in the first game of the Coral Gables regional at Mark Light Field on Friday night.
“Our talk before the game was try to get out in front early,” Miami coach Gino DiMare said. “Couldn’t script it any better.”
The Hurricanes, who entered the postseason seventh in the nation with 112 home runs, hit three more homers Friday. Left fielder Edgardo Villegas got the Hurricanes off to a quick start, driving a...
DENVER – The Miami Heat now will have to flip the script.
Having won their opening game of their first three series during this underdog run to the NBA Finals, the Heat for the first time this postseason will have to play from behind.
Three days after an emotional Game 7 road victory to push past the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, the Heat had the look of a team short on energy, height and shooting, falling 104-93 Thursday night to Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena.
With their fourth loss in their last five games, the Heat were unable to rekindle the East finals...