BOSTON (AP) — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.
The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this postseason with their 10th straight victory at home and moved within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010.
Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday if necessary. The home team has won every game so far in the series, and none has been closer than nine points.
LeBron James had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Love scored 14 points for the Cavaliers, who are trying to reach the finals for the fourth consecutive season. James has played to the end in seven straight seasons.
The Celtics opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter and nursed it the rest of the way, holding on through a four-minute scoring drought that saw Cleveland score nine straight points to cut the deficit to 83-71. But Terry Rozier hit Horford with an alley-oop to snap the skid, and that was as close as the Cavs would get.
James seemed to tire in the fourth, scoring just two points on four shots. He finished 1-for-6 from 3-point range in the game; the Cavaliers made just 9 of 34 attempts from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent overall.
Tatum added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals one day after finishing one vote shy of a unanimous selection to the NBA’s All-Rookie team. Jaylen Brown scored 17, and Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 13 as reserves.
Boston went on a 15-3 run in the first quarter to turn a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead. The Celtics scored nine in a row at the end of the first quarter and into the second to take a 36-19 lead, their biggest of the game.
That’s when the Cavaliers fought back.
After a hard defensive play by Morris sent Larry Nance Jr. into the first row of seats, Morris appeared to wander over and say something. Nance to jump up and body checked him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face.
Aron Baynes and Brown came in to break it up, and Terry Rozier put a body on Nance. After a review, the referees called technicals on Rozier, Nance and Morris. Kyle Korver made the foul shot to make it 36-20 and Cleveland went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to eight points, 36-28.
But Morris made a long 3-pointer to stop the scoring drought, and soon hit another to cap an 8-2 run that made it a double-digit lead.
Teams that win Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series win 83 percent of the time. … James had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists at the half. Tatum had 13 points, and Horford had 10 points and seven boards at the break. … Baynes made his first start of the series, subbing for Morris. … It took until midway through the third quarter for a Cavs starter other than James or Love to make a basket. J.R. Smith sank a floater to make it 63-50, and George Hill followed with a jumper of his own. … The Celtics were 10-0 in the playoffs at home in 1986.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night.
Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout and the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during the regular season, failed to score in the last 159 minutes, 27 seconds — a stretch of nearly eight periods.
Ovechkin, who had never played a team that advanced beyond the second round, scored 1:02 into the winner-take-all showdown he had described as probably the “biggest game in my life.”
Nicklas Backstrom had an empty-netter to complete the rout.
To earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Final, where they’ll play the Vegas Golden Knights, the Capitals beat the top-seeded Lightning three times on the road, improving to 8-2 away from home this postseason.
It’s Washington’s first Cup Final appearance since 1998, and the first during Ovechkin’s 13-year career.
Two games after being a healthy scratch for Game 5, Burakovsky became the 17th player to score a goal for Washington in the playoffs this year — four shy of the NHL record — when he beat Andrei Vasilevskiy on a breakaway at 8:59 of the second period.
The winger, who played two games in the first round against Columbus before sitting out 10 straight with an upper-body injury, added a breakaway goal to make it 3-0 heading into the last period.
Tampa Bay, which rebounded from losing the first two games at home to win straight three straight for a 3-2 series lead, had plenty of chances. A couple of shots clanged off the post, Yanni Gourde was unable to get his stick on a loose puck in front on an empty net and the game gradually slipped away.
It was the 33rd time in league history that a Game 7 was required to determine a Stanley Cup finalist. Home teams are 21-12 in those games.
Tampa Bay also played Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final in 2015, when they blanked the New York Rangers, and again two years ago, when they lost 2-1 to Pittsburgh.
Both of those deciding games were on the road. The Lightning had never lost a Game 7 at home before Wednesday night.
Notes: Ovechkin and Backstrom made their 11th career Game 7 appearance, one shy of Boston’s Zdeno Chara for the most among active NHL players. In addition to Chara, only five other players in NHL history have appeared in more Game 7s: Patrick Roy (13), Scott Stevens (13), Glenn Anderson (12), Ken Daneyko (12) and Stephane Yelle (12). … Evgeny Kuznetsov’s assist on Ovechkin’s early goal extended his points streak to 10 games. … Vasilevskiy made 19 saves. The Lightning outshot the Capitals (29-23) for the first time in the series.
“I’m tired of liberals using black people and making us look like victims,” Bryan Sharpe said. “Another thing I hate about them if you’re black, they will not hand you a microphone unless you follow their narrative, and I said, ‘if I go into Starbucks and do that, I’ll make the news.’”
Two black men went into Starbucks and asked to use the bathroom without buying anything. The men said they were waiting for someone, didn’t leave, and were arrested. Calling Starbucks racist, liberals protested.
Liberals use victimhood to blame someone (parents) or something (poverty) for their poor lot in life or to get something for nothing, and they call people who disagree with them racist, so it’s amusing when they slander their own. Starbucks’ CEO will now open his bathrooms to everyone, and he’ll close for a day to train his employees on racial bias. He apologized to the men and is paying for their college. He’s a good guy. He also helps vets, but if these men were white, there’d be no apology, no schooling and no story.
Bryan Sharpe went into a Starbucks and demanded and got a free cup of coffee as reparation for racism. The barista even added caramel to his coffee. He told Fox News racism is a business thanks to the ridiculousness of Black Lives Matters activists.
Cities where liberals rule are crime-ridden because the handcuffs are removed from criminals and put on police. Teachers once spanked students and decided who passed. Saying minorities are victims of bigotry, liberals took their authority away and lowered expectations for acceptable attendance, achievement and conduct for all kids.
Liberals suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome would hurt President Trump. Bryan Sharpe says they’re brainwashed because they can’t think for themselves. Is that why haters kill police?
Perhaps, it’s because they no longer call the shots. In a room of naked people, liberals can separate men from women, but insist we let transgenders use our bathrooms. They shout down conservatives and huddle in safe spaces where conservative ideas aren’t allowed. They tear down statues that offend them, boycott businesses that support the NRA, and they’re orchestrating a coup to dump Trump.
They so need another whipping.
Respectfully, your knuckle-dragging, Bible banging, flag waving neighbor.
I finally understood, I think, the thrust of the “right-to-work” ordinance after reading Lisa Dunlap’s article. All of us have a right to work, so this was the cause of my confusion.
The ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the Chaves County Board of Commissioners, should be called the right to work without being forced to pay dues or fees to a union. In the name of brevity, said ordinance was assigned the incomplete and ambiguous moniker “right-to-work”.
A letter to commissioners also addressed “right-to-work” as an egregious misnomer. An attempt to resolve the ambiguity resulted in the official naming of the ordinance as “Promotion of Economic Development and Commerce by Regulations of Certain Involuntary Payments Required of employees in Chaves County.”
The 2018 MainStreet Roswell Farmers’ and Growers’ Market doesn’t start until July 14, but the farmers, backyard gardeners and home-based artisans and crafters are now busy planting, pruning and primping to make our market successful.
The Saturday morning markets are a great way to gather with friends and neighbors and shop for tantalizingly fresh, New Mexico-raised produce. Chat with the vendors about their wares, take in the colors and aromas of just-picked vegetables and fresh baked goods, watch local cooks prepare fresh burritos, fajitas and more using seasonal produce. Enjoy visiting with friends on the grounds of our historical Chaves County Courthouse.
If you are a returning vendor from past years, or if this is your first year to be a vendor, you are invited to the Vendor Potluck Kick Off and Information Dinner on Saturday, May 26 at 5 p.m.
Please RSVP Market Manager Peggy Seskey at 575-622-5670 for directions and questions. Come meet your fellow vendors participating in the Saturday morning markets. Agreements are also available at mainstreetroswell.org/events.
Ongoing until May 25
Disney’s “The Lion King jr.’” experience
Registration for Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company’s summer youth production of “The Lion King jr.” is now open. This program is for anyone ages 10 to 15. WWOB have an audition placement day for speaking roles on May 29th and they begin rehearsals June 4, Monday through Thursday 1 to 5 p.m. Registration fee is due May 29 at the audition placement day. Performances for the show are July 13 and 14. For more information, message WWOB on its Facebook page or check at waywayoffbroadway.com/the-lion-king-2018.
Ongoing until May 30
Kid’s Connection to Aerospace
The Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St., hosts the Kid’s Connection to Aerospace every Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. This class introduces students to aerospace concepts including Bernoulli’s principle, forces related to flight, anatomy of an airplane and the space shuttle and Newton’s laws of motion. Students will be working with their peers in partners or small groups while they conduct experiments in these engaging, hands-on lessons. The instructor is Margaret “Peggy” Bohlin. For more information, visit roswellmuseum.org or call 575-624-6744.
Zac Wilkerson concert at Pecos Flavors
Zac Wilkerson is performing at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, 412 W. Second St., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit pecosflavorswinery.com or call 575-627-6265.
May 25 to 27
Hike It Spike It
The 23rd annual Hike It & Spike It 4-on-4 Charity Flag football tournament three day festival of football takes place at Cielo Grande, 1612 W. College Blvd. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Chaves County. Entry deadline is May 5. For more information, see the Roswell Daily Record edition of May 25 with the inserted Hike It Spike It special tab or roswellgridiron.com.
May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Join a table at Stellar Coffee Shop, 315 N. Main St., every Saturday morning with new and old friends. Meet Roswell’s talented board game creator, Matt Bromley. This is a family friendly event. For more information, call 575-623-3711.
Memorial Day ceremony at cemetery
The annual Memorial Day ceremony takes place at the General Douglas McBride Veterans Cemetery, located on the north side of South Park Cemetery, at 10 a.m. This year, the ceremony will be presented by Anderson Bethany Funeral Home & Crematory. For more information, call 575-622-5888.
Get UP Get Movin’ Get Fit
New Mexico Senior Olympics is hosting the free health promotion event for anyone 50 and over at the Roswell Adult & Recreation Center, 807 N. Missouri Street. This event is in conjunction with the National Senior Health and Fitness Day. The Get Up Get Movin’ Get Fit event hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit nmseniorolympics.org, call 1-888-623-6676 or email Terry@nmseniorolympics.org.
First Friday Downtown
MainStreet present its First Friday Downtown event with the theme Donuts with Daddy Down Town. This is the last chance to paint rocks to hide during the UFO Festival. For more information, visit MainStreet’s Facebook page.
Libraries Rock! Summer reading program
Libraries Rock! Summer reading program sign-up begins at the Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The program is for all ages, children, tweens, teens and adults. Sign up for the reading program for chances to earn cool prizes, end of the summer grand prizes and summer reading T-shirts. There will be activities and performances all summer long. For more information, visit roswell-nm.gov/418/Summer-Reading-Program.
June 1 and 2
Matthew Palmer album release party
Fans and friends of local artist Matthew Palmer are invited to the Chaves County Joy Center, 1822 N. Montana Ave., for his first album release party on Friday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 11 p.m. There will be music by Jones and Miles from Ruidoso, as well as snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit the Joy Center Facebook page.
June 2 and 3
Brynn Naylor Memorial Tennis Tournament
Sunrise Rotary, Roswell Tennis Association and Southeast New Mexico Tennis presents Brynn Naylor Memorial Tennis Tournament at the Cahoon Park Courts starting 8 a.m. Singles, doubles, mixed doubles and juniors are welcome. Must be a USTA sanctioned member. To register, visit UTSA.com/tennislink Tournament No. 750005618 or contact Holly at 575-317-9018.
Totally ‘80s Night
The Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave., is hosting the Totally ‘80s Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be music contests, prizes and dance. Refreshments will be provided for the free event. DJ provided by Scott Montgomery of Montgomery’s Music Instruction. For more information, call the Roswell Public Library’s Children Department at 575-622-7101.
SNL comedian Chris Kattan in Roswell
“Saturday Night Live” comedian Chris Kattan is performing at the Epiq Nightclub, 3905 SE Main St. There will be two shows, one at 8 p.m. and the other at 10 p.m. For more information, visit showtimeconcerts.com or call 432-653-9561.
A rosary will be held at 9 am, Friday, May 25, 2018 at St. Jude Parish in San Patricio, NM for Cecilia Booky, 88, who passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Alamogordo, NM. Funeral mass will be held at 10 am, Friday, May 25, 2018 also at St. Jude Parish with Bishop Ramirez officiating. Burial will follow at San Patricio Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 8 am to 9 am, Friday, May 25, 2018 at St. Jude Parish.
Cecilia graduated from Hondo High School in 1948, Vice-President of her graduating class, 4-H leader, 1st Hondo Valley Fiesta Queen in 1948, attended NM Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM., was a member of St Jude Parish in San Patricio, NM her whole life, she was a substitute teacher for the Hondo Valley Schools, worked at the Ruidoso Downs for 52 years before she retired. Cecilia was the kindest, most-loving soul and was the biggest cheerleader and supporter of all her grandchildren whether it was in academics or athletics. Cecilia was a contributing author for the Lincoln County Historical Book and enjoyed crochet, gardening, working with the animals they raised, listening to music and playing her piano. Very devoted Christian and patriotic with love for her family, hometown and country. She has many friends and would always give you a kind and friendly greeting.
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband for 69 years Ernest Booky of Hondo, NM; son Robert Booky and wife Josephine of Cloudcroft, NM; daughter Alice Velasquez and husband Leonard of Hondo, NM; sisters-in-law Lucia McTiegue Sanchez and Geneva Sanchez; grandchildren Melissa Armenta (Justin), Bernadine Booky, Lawarence Velasquez, Fatima Sanchez (Walt), Cody Booky, Isaac Velasquez and Fallon Velasquez and two great-grandchildren Logan Armenta and Drew Armenta. Also surviving her are her special friends Kathy Sanchez, Billy Joe Herrera and Justin Sanchez.
Preceded in death by grandparents Celestino and Navorcita Sanchez, Marriano Aldaz and Francisca Torrez; parents Mauro Sanchez and Antonita Aldaz Sanchez; brothers Monroe Sanchez and Ernest Sanchez; sisters Angelita Sanchez-Chavez, Nora Sanchez-McTiegue, Mary Sanchez-Torrez; son James Booky; brothers-in-law Mckinley McTeige, Ernest Torrez and Zeke Chavez.
Serving as pallbearers will be Isaac Velasquez, Lawrence Velasquez, Cody Booky, Arthur Torres, George Chavez, Billy Joe Herrera, Walt Sanchez and Justin Armenta. Honorary pallbearers, Melissa Armenta, Bernadine Booky, Fatima Sanchez, Fallon Velasquez, Drew Armenta and Logan Armenta.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.
Pedro Vigil, Jr. passed away October 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. He was 72 years old. He was born January 3, 1945 in Roswell, NM to Pedro Vigil, Sr. and Estrelia Carrillo Vigil. Both parents preceded him in death as well as sister Emma Baiza and brother Paul Vigil.
He is survived by his children: Monica, Paul Ray, Gabriel and Jeanette all of Colorado. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Tonya, Shantel, Nathan, Jenessa, Angelina, Kandra, Michael, Raymond, Audrey, Matthew. Ashley, Chelsea and Terrance. He is also survived by 13 Great grandchildren, sisters Sarah Perez, Viola Vigil and Mary Vital, brothers Felix Vigil and Robert Vigil.
A rosary will take place on Friday, May 25th at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church with a mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. Burial to take place at South Park Cemetery.
Dad go and run free with the angels. Dance around the golden clouds. For the Lord has chosen you to be with him and we should feel nothing but proud.
Although he has taken you from us and our pain a lifetime will cast, your memory will never escape us, but make us glad for the time we did have.
Your face will always be hidden deep inside our hearts, each precious moment you gave us shall never, ever depart.
So go and run with the angels, as they sing so tenderly and please be sure to tell them to take good care of you for us!
Love you Dad. May you rest in peace.
Alvis (Al) Wade Trigg died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 after a brief illness.
Al was born in Wellman, TX, Oct. 8, 1934, the youngest of 12 siblings. At his death, he was the only surviving child.
When Al was 8, his mother died and his father moved the family to Abilene where Al attended the campus elementary school and later ACU.
He served in the Texas National Guard, spending 6 weeks of intensive study on base every summer for six years,
He married Wanda Mae Pruitt on Aug. 15, 1958. He was the proud father of son David Russell (Russ) Trigg (wife Lynn Trigg) Sumter, SC, and daughter Sara Lois Trigg of Ft. Worth, TX.
He retired from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) in 2001, and he and Wanda moved to Roswell.
He loved his family and his large church family, choosing to always be in attendance for every activity.
Al will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His smile and gentle laughter were infectious and his children and grandchildren were the light of his life.
He is survived by his wife and son, daughter-in-law and daughter, as well as grandchildren Emily Catherine Peterson, Anna Caroline Trigg, David Michael Trigg, and Collin Trigg Davenport. Nieces and nephews too numerous to name, all of whom he loved wholeheartedly and very special friends, Leon and Karen Sims of Roswell.
Services are scheduled for Friday, May 25 at 10:00 AM at Grace Community Church, Lendell Nolan and Sean Lee officiating.
ATLANTA (AP) — Stand or stay out of sight.
Looking to quell a national debate that was sparked by Colin Kaepernick, stoked by President Trump and some say chipped away at the very popularity of America’s game, NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday that allows players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room but forbids them from sitting or taking a knee if they’re on the field.
Commissioner Roger Goodell called it a compromise aimed at putting the focus back on football after a tumultuous year in which television ratings dipped nearly 10 percent. He said it was unanimously approved by NFL owners, but that was immediately called into question when the head of the San Francisco 49ers — Kaepernick’s former team, no less — said he abstained from the vote. The owner of the New York Jets also took a more conciliatory approach, promising not to punish any player who continues to protest against social injustice in full view of fans.
The players’ union said it wasn’t consulted in the talks and would file a grievance against any change in the collective bargaining agreement. The owners seemed to address that concern by saying only teams would be fined for violations, not individual players. But the league also cleared the way for teams to set their own workplace policies, raising the specter of an even more convoluted approach to an issue that has dominated conversation away from the field.
The head of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith , angrily denounced the new policy and called it a blow against America’s most basic of rights — freedom of speech. Since the new policy is a change in the terms and conditions of employment that was not collectively bargained, any attempts to fine individual players would surely be opposed by the union.
“Management has chosen to quash the same freedom of speech that protects someone who wants to salute the flag in an effort to prevent someone who does not wish to do so,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “I know that not all of the NFL CEO’s are for this and I know that true American patriots are not cheering today.”
So, what happens to a player who decides to keep kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner?” Considering Kaepernick is heading into his second year without a job and a former teammate and fellow protester, Eric Reid, is also out of work, it seemed to clear to at least one player what message the NFL was trying to send.
“If the team says ‘this is what we’re doing,’ and ownership (does too), you either deal with it or you’re probably going to get cut,” Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster said. “They’ll find a way to get you up out of there.”
Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea, who has been in the league for a dozen years, scoffed at Goodell’s notion that this was a step toward appeasing all sides.
“If you want to use your right of freedom of speech and take a knee, you’re going to get fined,” Bethea said. “So it’s really not a compromise. But they did give us the option as far as guys wanting to stay in the locker room. It’s going to be something guys are going to have to deal with. Either it’s going to be a team thing and everybody stays in the locker room or everybody goes out and stands.”
49ers CEO Jed York said every owner who voted was in agreement with the new policy, but he abstained because he wasn’t comfortable with a process that didn’t directly involve the players. He wouldn’t say if any other owners declined to vote.
“I want to work with my team to make sure everything we do is about promoting the right types of social justice reform and getting to a better America,” York said.
Jet owner Christopher Johnson said his team will pay any fines doled out by the league, without passing on punishment to the players.
“I will support our players wherever we land as a team,” Johnson said. “Our focus is not on imposing any club rules, fines or restrictions.”
Clearly, Goodell and most owners just want to put the divisive issue behind them.
The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009 — the year it signed a marketing deal with the military.
“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem. We want people to stand,” said Goodell, who dismissed concerns about the lack of union involvement by contending the league met with countless players over the past year.
“We’ve been very sensitive on making sure that we give players choices,” the commissioner added, “but we do believe that moment is an important moment and one that we are going to focus on.”
The owners spent more than three hours over two days addressing the contentious issue — which made it all the way to the White House.
Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, a quiet but powerful protest against police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system that has drawn both praise and scorn.
Other players took up the cause, and the gesture carried on during the 2017 season even after Kaepernick left the 49ers and failed to be picked up by another team.
Trump turned the debate into a campaign issue , saying the NFL should fire any player who takes a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The NFL hasn’t gone that far, but Kaepernick and Reid believe they are being singled out as leaders in the movement.
There was no immediate comment from Trump on the new policy, but Vice President Mike Pence called it “a win for the fans, a win for (Trump), and a win for America.” Last season, Pence walked out of game at Indianapolis after some players kneeled during the anthem.
“Americans can once again come together around what unites us — our flag, our military, and our National Anthem. Thank you NFL,” Pence tweeted, adding the hashtag “ProudToStand.”
York said he intended to meet with his players to discuss the change.
“They know I will stand up for them,” York said. “I hope we can have a good, respectful conversation: Is it the best policy for us to write a check to the league (for further on-field protests) or can we find a better way to use this money?”
York said other initiatives were in the works, including a suspension of all concessions sales during the national anthem .
“If we want to be sacrosanct, if we want to honor the flag, we’ve got to make sure we go through a litany of things,” he said. “We’re not going to force people to stand in their seats, but we’re certainly going to make sure we’re not profiting during that two or three minutes of time during the game.”
HOUSTON (AP) — A lack of run support during the last month didn’t worry Justin Verlander.
“Runs come and go,” he would say.
Verlander allowed one run and three hits in six innings, leading the Houston Astros over the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Wednesday.
He had given up just three runs over 29 innings during his previous four starts, but the Astros had scored just three runs in that span, getting shut out twice.
“It felt nice,” Verlander said. “You’ve just got to continue to go about your business, keep your team in the game and good things happen.”
Verlander struck out nine and walked one, and his major league-leading ERA rose slightly to 1.08.
George Springer hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth on a 93 mph fastball from Jeff Samardzija (1-3), driving the ball off the facade above the left-field seats. Carlos Correa added an RBI single later in the inning.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Verlander didn’t have his best stuff. Pitching on six days’ rest, Verlander struggled with his slider command.
“I was probably a little rusty,” he said. “But overall was able to execute pitches when I needed to against a really good lineup that makes you work hard.”
Will Harris, Brad Peacock and Ken Giles each followed with a one-hit inning. Giles remained perfect in nine save chances.
Samardzija allowed four runs, four hits and a season-high five walks in 4 2/3 innings.
Buster Posey’s sacrifice fly put San Francisco ahead in the fourth following Gorkys Hernandez’s triple. Houston tied the score in the bottom half when Correa came around from first as right fielder Andrew McCutchen allowed Yuli Gurriel’s fly ball near the foul line to drop behind his glove for an error.
Houston completed a two-game sweep started on Tuesday by Gerrit Cole, whose 1.86 ERA is second in the AL to Verlander’s.
“You know that you’ve got your hands full to try and get some runs,:” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve had steals as the Astros were aggressive on the bases against catcher Nick Hundley. Bregman and Tony Kemp also were caught stealing.
Following a career-high five RBIs on Tuesday night, Kemp went 1 for 1 with a pair of walks.
“When Tony Kemp is getting on base at the rate that he is, he really sets the table,” Hinch said. “It’s like a second leadoff hitter getting on base in front of a middle-of-the-order bat that we have as our leadoff hitter. It clearly is an advantage when anybody at the bottom of the order is getting base.”
At 32-18 through 50 games, the Astros are off to their second-best start in franchise history behind last year’s 34-16. Houston’s 126 runs allowed are the fewest by a major league team through 50 games in the live-ball era, dating to 1920.
The Giants left wearing Golden State Warriors gear and “Strength In Numbers” T-shirts, just a few miles from where the Warriors were practicing in preparation for Thursday night’s Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Rockets. “It’s cool to show some support for the hometown team that I think a lot of guys are pretty close to with watching and being here for so long and both teams having so much success over the past few years,” Samardzija said.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner, on the DL since spring training with a broken pinkie on his throwing hand, will begin a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy said. He threw 30 pitches on Tuesday in his first action against hitters since he was injured.
Astros: OF Josh Reddick was put on the 10-day DL with an infection in his left leg. Reddick was in and out of the lineup over the past week with soreness above the knee. Houston recalled OF Jake Marisnick, who was just optioned to Triple-A Fresno on May 16 after hitting .141 with three homers and seven RBIs in 85 at-bats.
Giants: Derek Holland (2-5, 4.94 ERA) will open a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Friday. Holland allowed four runs on six hits in six innings against Colorado in his last start and hasn’t faced the Cubs since 2013.
Astros: Charlie Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) will face the Indians on Thursday to open a four-game series in Cleveland. In his most recent outing, also against the Indians, Morton allowed one run on four hits while striking out eight and walking one in seven innings.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon didn’t give much thought to NASCAR while racing sprint cars in Indiana as a teenager.
He was too busy trying to get into open wheel racing.
But when Gordon’s career stalled, he headed South to try his hand at stock car racing and went on to win 93 Cup races — third on the career list — and four championships while helping NASCAR move from a predominantly regional sport to the mainstream in the 1990s. Gordon was honored for his career achievements Wednesday when he was selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Gordon said it all feels “surreal,” considering he never thought this was the direction his life would take.
“I came down to North Carolina hoping and dreaming of something, but I didn’t know much about NASCAR racing,” Gordon said. “Everything was IndyCar, open wheel, sprint car and midget racing to me. I knew about the Daytona 500 and I knew who Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt were — but that was it.”
Gordon, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, received 96 percent of the votes from the committee, meaning only two of the 57 voters didn’t vote for him. Only Petty (200) and Bobby Pearson (105) have won more Cup races than Gordon.
Car owners Jack Roush and Roger Penske also were selected to the Hall of Fame, along with drivers Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki.
Roush has won a record 325 races across NASCAR’s three national series, including five national series owner championships, while his drivers have won three championships. He helped Matt Kenseth (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) emerge into premier series champions and jumpstarted the careers of Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle.
But the 76-year-old Roush his fondest memory in racing was when Mark Martin won the first Cup race for him as an owner in Rockingham, North Carolina, in 1989.
“What that meant to me is I could find a sponsor to keep going and for Mark it meant that the team was going to be solid and keep putting cars on the track,” Roush said. “There was some doubt in our minds if we were going to be able to turn the corner.”
Said Martin: “He mentored and gave the tools to people who otherwise wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity had it not been for him.”
Penske won the premier series championship in 2012 with driver Brad Keselowski, and owns two Daytona 500 wins with Ryan Newman in 2008 and Joey Logano in 2015.
Rusty Wallace, the third-winningest Team Penske driver said, “I don’t know of anyone who has accomplished as much across all levels of motorsports as Roger Penske. I don’t know anyone in motorsports that is more respected among all levels of racing as Roger.”
Kulwicki, known for his wrong-way “Polish victory lap,” and Allison, who won 19 Cup races, including the 1992 Daytona 500, were rising stars in NASCAR before their sudden deaths in 1993. Kulwicki died at age 38 in a plane crash that April while the charismatic Allison lost his life three months later in a helicopter crash at 32.
Gordon called Allison a “rock star.”
“He was the one who was going to take NASCAR to the next level,” Gordon said.
Allison joins his father Bobby Allison in the Hall of Fame.
Bobby Allison couldn’t hold back his emotions after hearing his son’s name called, saying he had to gather himself after being overcome with emotion.
He called Bobby “the ultimate son.”
“How many fathers here have had their son come to them and say, ‘Dad, how can I get better at what I want to do?'” Allison said.
Kulwicki was a short-track racer from Wisconsin who made the move to Charlotte in 1984 with nothing but a pickup truck and a self-built race car with hopes of competing in NASCAR’s premier series. With no sponsor and a limited budget, he went on to win the 1986 NASCAR Rookie of the Year with his self-owned AK Racing team. He won five career races, including the Cup championship in 1992. He never got a chance to defend that title.
Kulwicki perhaps became best known for his victory celebrations where he turned around his car after crossing the finish line and driving in the opposite direction around the track.
Jim Hunter was selected as the Landmark Award winner. He worked six decades as a company executive, track president, public relations professional and journalist.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rivers and watering holes are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest.
Climatologists and other experts on Wednesday provided an update on the situation in the Four Corners region — where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. They say the area is among the hardest hit and there’s little relief expected, and even robust summer rains might not be enough to replenish the soil and ease the fire danger.
The region is dealing with exceptional drought — the worst category. That has left farmers, ranchers and water planners bracing for a much different situation than just a year ago when only a fraction of the region was experiencing low levels of dryness.
Brian Fuchs, a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center in Nebraska, said people are become more aware and more concerned.
“We’ve been on this pattern where conditions have dried out, we haven’t seen much relief through last summer or into the winter months and here we are going into the summer of 2018 with over two-thirds of the region already in drought,” he said. “So that’s alarming to say the least.”
Portions of the four states are seeing near-record to record dryness. Fuchs explained that some spots have missed out over the last two years on more than 12 inches (30 centimeters) of precipitation — which can add up to as much as a year’s worth of rain under normal conditions.
Warmer-than-average temperatures haven’t helped as the soil dries out and water demands increases.
With the region’s resources strained, a top federal official has resumed pressure on states in the Southwest to wrap up long-delayed emergency plans for potential shortages on the Colorado River, which serves 40 million people in the U.S. and Mexico.
“We face an overwhelming risk on the system, and the time for action is now,” Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman said Tuesday. She spoke before the Imperial Irrigation District in Southern California, one of the biggest single users of the Colorado River.
The drought has hit the Colorado River hard. Forecasters say the river will carry only about 43 percent of its average amount of water this year into Lake Powell, one of two big reservoirs on the system.
In New Mexico, stretches of the Rio Grande — another one of North America’s longest rivers — have already gone dry as biologists have been forced to scoop up as many endangered Rio Grande silvery minnows as possible so they can be moved upstream.
The river this summer is expected to dry as far north as Albuquerque, New Mexico’s most populous city. The area saw its first major dose of rain this week, ending a 54-day dry spell. It wasn’t enough to make up for months without meaningful precipitation.
Management of the Rio Grande and the groundwater associated with it is at the center of a legal battle that has been simmering before the U.S. Supreme Court since 2013.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas late Tuesday filed counterclaims against Texas and the federal government, saying they also bear responsibility to ensure proper allocation and accounting of water if the region hopes to have a sustainable future.
“While this case initially should have been resolved without filing a costly lawsuit, I am excited New Mexico will finally get to tell its unified story about how Texas and the United States have unfairly tried to scapegoat New Mexico,” Balderas said Wednesday.
Texas officials are reviewing New Mexico’s claims.
Balderas, who inherited the case from former Attorney General Gary King, said he’s still hoping to resolve the lawsuit but wants to protect New Mexicans from paying “an unjust price.”
It could be years before the court issues a ruling on the merits of the case. Depending on the outcome, New Mexico could be forced to pay millions of dollars in damages despite the state’s claims that water deliveries have been met and that Texas hasn’t suffered damages.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The primary elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will not be working by Memorial Day despite plans to have renovations done ahead of the holiday weekend.
Park officials said Wednesday that completion of the work has been pushed back to June 15. The contractor was working 10-hour days, seven days a week in an effort to finish by May 25 but more time was needed.
The primary elevator system was originally installed in 1955 and went out of service in November 2015 when a motor shaft sheared off. Work to repair and modernize the elevators began last December.
Republican Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says he’s disappointed in the continued delay given the park’s role in drawing visitors to southeastern New Mexico.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A plan to temporarily store spent fuel from U.S. commercial nuclear reactors at a site in southeastern New Mexico is drawing opposition from critics who say the risks are too great.
Dozens of people spoke out against the proposal to build the below-ground storage space in Lea County, about 250 miles (402 kilometers) southeast of Albuquerque, during a meeting with federal regulators on Tuesday.
Opponents of the project have expressed concern about the safety of transporting the fuel across the country as well as the project’s effects on the environment.
Holtec International has applied for a 40-year license with Nuclear Regulatory Commission to store thousands of metric tons of nuclear waste at the site.
The facility would generate about 100 temporary jobs and about 100 permanent positions, Holtec executives said. They said they have confidence in the technology involved in transporting and storing the spent nuclear fuel.
The spent nuclear fuel would be packaged with “triple redundancies on any possible materials getting out,” Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance Chairman John Heaton told the Santa Fe New Mexican. A coalition of southeastern New Mexico municipalities has partnered with Holtec to bring the project forward.
The waste would be stored in zirconium rods, which would be packaged in stainless steel canisters. The canisters would then be secured in concrete casks for transportation.
Holtec project director Ed Mayer told the Albuquerque Journal that people seem to believe that the facility will be there forever. The project intends to be there for decades, he said.
The company hopes to begin construction in 2020 should the license be approved, Mayer said. The first shipment of spent nuclear fuel would then arrive in 2023.
The Albuquerque meeting Tuesday was the fifth held in recent weeks at locations across the state.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two incoming leaders at New Mexico State University will earn more under contract terms adopted by regents.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Chancellor-designate Dan Arvizu will earn $500,000 per year in base pay. Incoming President John Floros will earn $450,000 annually.
The total earnings of $950,000 represent a more than 150 percent increase in pay over outgoing chancellor/president Garrey Carruthers’ salary.
Board of Regents Chair Debra Hicks says the university plans to pay for the salary increase through savings resulting from administrative retirements. Regents also have a plan to set aside money through an investment strategy.
In announcing the pay rates, regents say the university needs the right talent to solve big challenges, such as a 22 percent overall decline in enrollment since 2013, the changing needs of students and online competition.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed a northern New Mexico trail after a hiker died in a fall last week.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the federal agency closed the La Junta Trail in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area near the village of Questa to address possible safety concerns.
New Mexico State Police say Owen O’Keefe fell about 200 feet (61 meters) while hiking the trail last Wednesday. The 72-year-old was the caretaker of La Junta Campgrounds.
The steep trail descends about 800 feet (244 meters) into the Rio Grande Gorge.
The bureau says visitors can still access the gorge area by the Little Arsenic Springs Trail.
The bureau did not specify what the potential safety concerns are or when the trail will reopen.