The New York Yankees bounced back from a 14-1 drubbing at the hands of the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday to win 10-7 - and break Boston’s nine-game winning streak. The game at Fenway Park was a heated affair – with the two sides trading blows in the seventh inning when Tyler Austin was struck with a pitch and the benches clearing as the two sides confronted each other. New York took a 4-1 lead after the first with a Gary Sanchez homer, and Sanchez doubled up in the fourth with a two run homer. J.D. Martinez scored a grand slam to bring Boston within two runs, but New York grabbed two more runs in the sixth. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Baltimore Orioles 5 Toronto Blue Jays 3, Boston Red Sox 7 New York Yankees 10, Chicago Cubs 13 Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Chicago White Sox 2 Tampa Bay Rays 1, Cleveland Indians 5 Detroit Tigers 1, Colorado Rockies 6 San Diego Padres 4, Kansas City Royals 2 Seattle Mariners 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 6 Oakland Athletics 16, Miami Marlins 1 New York Mets 4, Minnesota Twins 9 Houston Astros 8, Philadelphia Phillies 4 Cincinnati Reds 3, San Francisco Giants 3 Arizona Diamondbacks 7, St Louis Cardinals 2 Milwaukee Brewers 3, Texas Rangers 2 LA Angels 7, Washington Nationals 3 Atlanta Braves 5.
The Minnesota Timberwolves clinched a spot in the NBA post-season by beating the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in overtime in a winner-takesall game. Both sides entered the game with a 46-35 record and were vying for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Jamal Murray brought the Nuggets level at 101-101 with two minutes left to play in regulation, which forced the additional five minutes. Jimmy Butler had seven points in the extra period and Will Barton missed a two-pointer with 24 seconds left as the Timberwolves took the win to seal the side’s first play-off game since 2003-04. NBA: Boston Celtics 110 Brooklyn Nets 97, Chicago Bulls 87 Detroit Pistons 119, Cleveland Cavaliers 98 New York Knicks 110, LA Clippers 100 LA Lakers 115, Miami Heat 116 Toronto Raptors 109, Minnesota Timberwolves 112 Denver Nuggets 106 (OT), New Orleans Pelicans 122 San Antonio Spurs 98 (OT), Oklahoma City Thunder 137 Memphis Grizzlies 123, Orlando Magic 101 Washington Wizards 92, Philadelphia 76ers 130 Milwaukee Bucks 95, Portland Trail Blazers 102 Utah Jazz 93, Sacramento Kings 96 Houston Rockets 83.
The Stanley Cup playoffs kicked off with historic wins for the Vegas Golden Knights and the Winnipeg Jets, while reigning champions the Pittsburgh Penguins made an ominous start. Vegas continued their remarkable first season in the NHL by winning their maiden playoff game 1-0 against the Los Angeles Kings, while the Jets – who entered the league as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999 – also broke their post-season duck by seeing off the Minnesota Wild 3-2. Pittsburgh started their bid for a third successive Stanley Cup with a 7-0 thrashing of the Philadelphia. NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Western Conference play-off 1st rd: Winnipeg Jets 3 Minnesota Wild 2, Vegas Golden Knights 1 LA Kings 0. Eastern Conference Play-off 1st rd: Pittsburgh Penguins 7 Philadelphia Flyers 0.
ATP GRAND PRIX HASSAN II (Marrakech, Morocco) 2nd rd: Joao Sousa (Por) bt Mirza Basic (Bih) 6-3 3-6 6-4, Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo) bt Lamine Ouahab (Mor) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 6-3.