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Five resurgent Yankees who have fueled team’s push toward top of AL East

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Five resurgent Yankees who have fueled team's push toward top of AL East

The Yankees have won six games in a row, outscoring their opponents 25-9.

That very small sample size is one way to look at the club’s recent success on the field. Thing is, though, the Yankees have been playing very good baseball for quite a while, so you could also point out that they’ve won 12 of their past 15 games, that they’re 16-5 in May or you could note that they’re 19-6 in their past 25 contests. 

If you wanted to back up to their lowest point of the season, when a five-game losing skid — to division foes Toronto and Tampa Bay — left them five games under .500 at 5-10, you could say they’re 23-9 since then, starting with a win on April 20. That’s the best record in baseball in that stretch. The 19-6 record is the best stretch in that particular time, their May record is tied with the Rays for best in the bigs and the 12-3 mark is a half-game behind the Dodgers and Padres, both of whom are 12-2. 

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Regardless how you choose to break it down, here’s the bottom line: The Yankees were once alone in last place in the AL East, five games behind the Red Sox. Now, they’re only a half-game out of first place, a spot shared by the Red Sox and Rays. 

This is, of course, right where most expected the Yankees to reside, at or near the top of the AL standings. The Red Sox, Rays and Yankees have the best three records in the AL. Let’s take a look at five resurgent players most responsible for the Bronx resurgence. 

And because we’re only looking at players who have turned up their impact after slow starts, there will be no further mentions of ace Gerrit Cole or closer Aroldis Champan. Both have been stellar from the very start of the 2021 campaign. 

Giancarlo Stanton

The mighty slugger was chugging along with a frustrating .158 average and .238 slugging percentage, with the occasional laser home run, but mostly strikeouts and other plate appearances that ended in frustration. But then, he caught fire, as he tends to do. For a 12-game stretch starting with a two-homer game in Cleveland on April 23, Stanton hit .500 with five homers, four doubles, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored. The Yankees went 8-3 in that stretch, pulling from five games under .500 (at 6-11) all the way back to .500 (14-14). He’s currently on the IL with a left quad strain but should be back soon. 

Corey Kluber

Look, the Yankees knew there would be a bit of rust as the two-time Cy Young winner tried to reestablish his career at 35 years old after injuries basically wiped out his 2019-20 seasons. And through his first four starts, Kluber had a 5.40 ERA and failed to make it out of the fifth inning even once. Since then, though? In five starts, he has a 1.78 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings. And you know all about the gem of that batch, the no-hitter he threw against the Rangers, his former team.

Here’s another factor that can’t be overlooked: The Yankees have only lost back-to-back games twice since bottoming out at five games under .500, and the games that stopped those mini-skids from turning into losing streaks were both started by Kluber. He threw a combined 12 1/3 innings in games against the Orioles and Nationals, allowing three runs and striking out 11. 

Gleyber Torres

In his first 16 games this season, Torres batted just .186 with zero homers and only one RBI. Needless to say, it was a disappointing start for a two-time All-Star entering his Age 24 season. He’d just started to heat up when he had to miss seven games while on the COVID IL. Small sample size, sure, but here are his numbers in the five games since he returned to the field: .611 average, .833 slugging, 1.465 OPS, eight RBI, one home run. The Yankees have won all five of those games. 

Aaron Judge

It’s been a season of ups and downs for Judge. For example, he went 5-for-9 with a double, two homers and eight RBIs in back-to-back games April 30 and May 1 (both Yankees wins), then followed that with a seven-game stretch during which he batted .083 with 14 strikeouts and zero extra-base hits. He followed that with his current hot streak; he’s batting .457 with five homers, 21 hits and only eight Ks in 13 games, and the Yankees are 10-3 in that stretch. He had seven walks in those 13 games, none bigger than his walk-off walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning against the White Sox on Sunday. 

Domingo German

The Yankees lost the first two games German started this year. And, sure, a big reason they lost those two contests was offensive struggles — they scored a total of one run — but German didn’t exactly help, allowing three runs in three innings in his first start and four in four innings in his second one. In those seven innings, he allowed 12 hits, including four home runs. Not exactly “keep your team in the game” stuff. And in his third start, against Cleveland on April 22, he allowed three runs in the opening inning.

Since then, though, he’s been brilliant. The righthander shut out Cleveland over the next five innings of that game, then pitched seven shutout innings against Baltimore in his next start. In the 36 1/3 innings since that first frame in Cleveland, German’s ERA is 1.49, and the Yankees have won all six of his starts. 

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USA Olympic gymnastics trials 2021: TV schedule, live streams to watch qualifying for Tokyo

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There may be somewhat of a changing of the guard on the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team for the 2021 Summer Games in Tokyo. Simone Biles will be a constant for the women’s team, but aside from her, little will remain the same.

That’s why there will be a level of intrigue surrounding the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials, which take place from June 24-27 at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo. Notably, competitors like Jordan Chiles, Jade Carey and Suni Lee will look to earn spots on the four-gymnast women’s team while two others compete for individual specialist roles.

For the men, all four qualifiers will be chosen as well. Only Sam Mikulak remains from the 2016 Olympic team, so there will be a few new faces on that team, too.

Sporting News has you covered on how to watch each of the gymnastics qualifying events throughout the entirety of the trials:

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How to watch USA Olympic gymnastic trials

  • TV channels: NBC, NBC Sports

NBC owns the exclusive rights to all Olympic broadcasts in the United States and will be airing the gymnastics trials from June 24-27.

TV Schedule

The USA Olympic gymnastics trials will take place in St. Louis, Mo. from June 24-27. Each day consists of several rounds of each of the four women’s events and six men’s events in gymnastics.

Here’s NBC’s full scheduled TV coverage for the USA Olympic gymnastic trials. For a full schedule of events for the trials, click here.

Thursday, June 24

Event Time (ET) Channel
Men Day 1 6:30-9 p.m. NBCSN

Friday, June 25

Event Time (ET) Channel
Women Day 1 7:30-8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Women Day 1 8-10 p.m. NBC

Saturday, June 26

Event Time (ET) Channel
Men Day 2 3-4 p.m. Olympic Channel
Men Day 2 4-6 p.m. NBC

Sunday, June 27

Event Time (ET) Channel
Women Day 2 8-8:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Women Day 2 8:30-11 p.m. NBC

Olympic trials gymnastics schedule 2021

The gymnastics trials are unique compared to other Olympic qualifiers, as they will largely consist of the same 4-6 events on a daily basis with different gymnasts participating in them each day.

For the men, there are six Olympic events:

  • Vault
  • Pommel horse
  • Floor
  • Rings
  • Horizontal bar
  • Parallel bars

For the women, there are four:

  • Vault
  • Floor
  • Uneven bars
  • Beam

Throughout the televised coverage, you will see these events in action. Here are the big competitors to watch on each day of the 2021 U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials.

For a full look at the events and start lists, click here.

Thursday, June 24

  • Sam Mikulak
  • Brody Malone
  • Yul Moldauer
  • Akash Modi
  • Donnell Whittenburg

These five men will compete in all six events during Thursday’s competition.

Friday, June 25

  • Simone Biles
  • Jordan Chiles
  • Suni Lee
  • Jade Carey
  • MyKayla Skinner

These five women will compete in all four events during Friday’s competition.

Saturday, June 26

The same five men will bear watching on Saturday during the finals, including any other gymnasts that make noise during the qualification process.

  • Sam Mikulak
  • Brody Malone
  • Yul Moldauer
  • Akash Modi
  • Donnell Whittenburg

Sunday, June 27

The same five women will bear watching on Saturday during the finals, including any other gymnasts that make noise during the qualification process.

  • Simone Biles
  • Jordan Chiles
  • Suni Lee
  • Jade Carey
  • MyKayla Skinner

USA gymnastics live streams

All of Team USA’s gymnastics events will be available to stream on Peacock, NBC’s streaming platform. You can also stream the events with fuboTV when they are aired on NBC or NBC Sports. NBCSports.com and NBCOlympics.com will carry some of the earlier qualifying events. 

Olympic gymnastic trials results 2021

The top two all-around women’s gymnasts at the U.S. Olympic trials will automatically qualify for Team USA. The U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team will consist of a four-competitor team along with two additional individual slots, which the United States earned the right to bring to the Summer Games as individual athletes to compete as specialists in line with new rules that allow smaller nations to be competitive.

The men’s side is simpler. The top four finishers at the Olympic trials will make the roster, while they have earned one extra spot for a specialst. 

Women’s

Event Top Scorers
Vault
Uneven bars
Beam
Floor

Men’s

Event Top Scorers
Vault
Pommel horse
Floor
Rings
Horizontal bar
Parallel bars

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Islanders, Anthony Beauvillier force Game 7 in (possibly) last game at Nassau Coliseum

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders staved off closure of the Nassau Coliseum for at least a little longer with a 3-2, come-from-behind overtime win Wednesday night. Whether the ice can be melted one final time at the Old Barn is now labeled as “to be determined” as the home team forced a Game 7.

“We’re obviously a resilient group and we knew we had a lot of time on the clock still, so, just stuck with it and fortunate to get two goals and tie it up and obviously win in overtime,” said Mathew Barzal. 

Things started a little better for the Islanders than they did two nights prior when they were blown out of Amalie Arena in Tampa 8-0. The first goal of that game came just 45 seconds after the drop of the puck. In this game, they came out matching the tempo with the Bolts in front of a loud and boisterous crowd. But the fans were all hushed when Brayden Point did, well, Brayden Point things — again.

The Calgary, Alta., native lit the lamp for the ninth consecutive game; only Reggie Leach’s 10 straight games with a goal stands in his way of the record.

In the second period, the Lightning killed off a 5-on-3 for about a minute before Anthony Cirelli gave them a two-goal lead. His fourth goal of the postseason went five-hole through netminder Semyon Varlamov. But the Islanders, with the crowd fully behind them, got one back with under six minutes left in the middle frame. Jordan Eberle, who entered Game 6 with just three goals in the postseason and amid a six-game goal drought, threw a backhander on net and past the blocker of Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Islanders had their chances after that. Barzal controlled the puck for a Steve Yzerman amount of time in the first few minutes of the third period. Kyle Palmieri pulled Vasilevskiy out but couldn’t tuck the puck in behind him. Eberle had a chance for his second with just over 12 minutes to go.

Maybe they got a jump from Jets guard Greg Van Roten pounding a beer and then smashing the container on his head. Maybe it was because it seemed as if the crowd was standing the rest of the way. 

With 8:44 left on the clock, Scott Mayfield — who probably should have been called for cross-checking Nikita Kucherov in the back and knocking him out of the game after one shift— became an unlikely Islanders hero. He went down the right wing and beat Vasilevskiy top shelf to even things. It was just his third career playoff goal and his first since Game 3 of the first round against the Penguins.

The building was hopping after that, although things got dicey for the hometown team when Matt Martin took a high-sticking penalty with 5:57 remaining. Varlamov and his crew held the Lightning at bay, and with the fans chanting a deafening “Let’s Go Islanders,” the game went to a nail-biting overtime.

New York didn’t need much time in the extra session, however.

Just 68 seconds in, Anthony Beauvillier intercepted a pass deep in the offensive zone — he said postgame that he blacked out — and buried it.

“Feels amazing, to be honest. That building coming into overtime was smelling like cigarettes and now it smells like beers,” said the goal scorer. “That place was going crazy so everyone is happy we’re going back to Tampa.”

The building erupted as the Islanders flew off the bench to swarm the overtime hero. And as the team celebrated, so did the fans — by throwing beer cans and bottles onto the ice and sticking around long past the team had left the ice.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Barzal with a smile before adding it was “a little dangerous.”

“It’s one of the best [moments],” said bench boss Barry Trotz when asked where Game 6 will rank among his career hghlights. “I love this group, the character of this group. And this building and what it’s meant to a number of players and more than anything, our fans. These are great moments. Going off the ice, everybody’s hugging each other, there’s beer cans flying all over. It’s quite a sight.  

“These are great memories to have. But we’ve got to get another one.”

It’ll now come down to that Game 7 on Friday night in Tampa to determine who will play for the Stanley Cup.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo not upset about Trae Young’s shimmy: ‘He’s just having fun’

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Trae Young was the talk of NBA Twitter on Wednesday night, as the Hawks star exploded for a playoff career-high 48 points in Atlanta’s 116-113 win over Milwaukee. But did Young enjoy his impressive Eastern Conference finals performance just a little too much?

No, he did not because sports are supposed to be fun, and a two-time NBA MVP seems to agree with that idea.

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During the third quarter of Game 1, Young left Bucks guard Jrue Holiday in the dust with a vicious left-to-right crossover, putting him in position to drain a wide open 3-pointer. Before he released the ball, though, Young decided to throw in a little shimmy.

“I had a lot of time,” Young said after the game. “I was kind of tired, a little bit. So I got a little second to get a deep breath and knock it down.”

At the next timeout break following Young’s shot, Giannis Antetokounmpo could be seen replicating Young’s shimmy motion in front of his Bucks teammates, perhaps looking to inspire better defensive effort.

When asked during his postgame media availability whether he took the shimmy personally, Antetokounmpo, who totaled 34 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in the loss, quickly brushed it off and (hopefully) prevented a silly cycle of hot takes.

“He’s just having fun. He’s enjoying the game,” Antetokounmpo said. “Obviously I wouldn’t want him to make the shot, but he’s having fun. He’s enjoying the game. We’re going to do the same as a team. We’re going to have fun. We’re going to enjoy the game. There’s going to be times that Bryn [Forbes] or Jrue might shimmy or whatever the case might be. I might mean mug.

“It’s just part of the game. It’s nothing. You can’t take that personally.”

Thank you, Giannis. Let’s all just appreciate the entertainment that Young provides and get ready for Game 2.

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