Jun 11, 2021 9:31 AM

Friday Sports Headlines and Scores presented by Barton Community College

Posted Jun 11, 2021 9:31 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The offensive line that the Kansas City Chiefs aggressively overhauled this offseason has taken a hit. Veteran Kyle Long suffered a knee injury during voluntary workouts that could require surgery and keep him out of training camp. The 32-year-old Long came out of a one-year retirement designed largely to get him healthy to sign a one-year contract with the Chiefs, who completely recast their offensive line after it was decimated by injuries and opt-outs last season. But he failed to make it through three weeks of workouts before another injury sidelined him.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jorge Soler and Andrew Benintendi homered to help back Mike Minor, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Oakland Athletics 6-1. The Royals finally got to Frankie Montas, who was crisp into the seventh with eight strikeouts and no walks. He was tagged for three runs — two earned — on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. Minor struck out eight and walked one while allowing three hits and one earned run over seven strong innings. Hunter Dozier hit a tying double in the seventh then Kelvin Gutiérrez followed with a go-ahead, two-run single.

UNDATED (AP) — The College Football Playoff is considering an expansion from four to 12 teams. Six spots would be reserved for the highest-ranked conference champions plus six at-large selections. Such a plan would triple the number of teams with a shot at winning the national championship. The four-team playoff was implemented in 2014. Its popularity seems to have waned since only a few teams have grabbed the majority of the spots, led by Alabama and Clemson. The soonest such a plan might be in place would be for the 2023 season. It is more likely to be after the 2026 season.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Giselle Juarez threw her second consecutive complete game and Oklahoma won its fifth national championship, beating Florida State 5-1 in the Women’s College World Series. The Sooners had lacked a dominant pitcher heading into the series but Juarez answered the call, allowing one run on two hits in the decisive Game 3. Oklahoma won Game 2 6-2 behind Juarez, who went 5-0 at the World Series and was named Most Outstanding Player. She allowed four runs in 31 1/3 innings. The top-seeded Sooners dropped a stunner to James Madison in the series' opening game, but recovered to beat the Dukes and then got past Florida State after dropping Game 1.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo each had impressive double-doubles as the Bucks beat the Nets, 86-83 to pull within two games to one in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals. Middleton finished with 35 points and 15 rebounds, while Antetokounmpo delivered 33 points and 14 boards. But the Bucks blew a 21-point lead and trailed by one before Jrue Holiday drained a basket with 11 seconds remaining.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz are halfway toward closing out their NBA Western Conference semifinal series, taking a 2-0 lead with a 117-111 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Donovan Mitchell scored 37 points and Utah forced nine straight misses during a 14-2 run down the stretch. Jordan Clarkson scored 24 for the Jazz, including six 3-pointers.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have advanced to the Stanley Cup semifinals with four straight wins over the Colorado Avalanche following back-to-back losses. Alex Pietrangelo scored his first goal of the postseason to put the Knights ahead to stay in a 6-3 downing of the Avalanche. Marc-Andre Fleury made the lead stand up by making 11 of his 30 saves in the final period.

THURSDAY SCORES

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Detroit 8 Seattle 3

Final Chicago White Sox 5 Toronto 2

Final Boston 12 Houston 8

Final Minnesota 7 N.Y. Yankees 5

Final Kansas City 6 Oakland 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Francisco at Washington 2:05 p.m. (Postponed)

Final L.A. Dodgers 6 Pittsburgh 3

Final Milwaukee 7 Cincinnati 2

Final Philadelphia 4 Atlanta 3

Final Miami 11 Colorado 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final Milwaukee 86 Brooklyn 83

Final Utah 117 L.A. Clippers 111

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final Vegas 6 Colorado 3