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From Sarah Valenzuela: It took less than two innings for the Angels to win 2-1 Sunday morning against the Seattle Mariners to turn into an Octagon-worthy fight.

Angels fly-half Andrew Wantz hit Jesse Winker with a pitch in the second inning, prompting Mariners manager Scott Servais to ask Wantz to be sent off. Wantz and both teams received bookings in the first inning after the pitcher threw inside to Julio Rodriguez.

But Winker was already exchanging words with the Angels dugout, and before home plate umpire John Bacon and third base umpire Adrian Johnson could try to defuse the situation, Winker began pushing toward the dugout. Angels, and benches and relievers cleared. Anthony Rendon, who was recovering from season-ending wrist surgery, charged at the rest of his team, shoving his left hand into Winker’s face.

The scuffle, pushed into the back net between the dugout and home plate, involved the Mariners’ JP Crawford jumping over his teammates to hit one of the Angels.

Winker found himself near the bottom of a pile of players, as he appeared to be brawling with Angels reliever Ryan Tepera. Recent Angels call-up Monte Harrison and left fielder Brandon Marsh were among dozens trying to separate teammates and coaches.

After the commotion on the pitch began to subside, fans at the Angel Stadium began chanting “Let’s go Angels!” before another fight breaks out. Angels starter Noah Syndergaard and Rodriguez were among those expected to be retained by a large group of players.

Winker, as he returned to the dugout, knocked the crowd down. Shortly after, he got out of the dugout and raised his middle finger to the crowd.

The Angels closed in on Raisel Iglesias, a teammate of Winker on the Cincinnati Reds from 2017-2020, then grabbed the box of sunflower seed packets from the dugout and tossed them onto the field, scattering them on the third line basic.

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DODGERS

From Jack Harris: There were the older Dodgers closer, blowing a stoppage against his old team.

There were the Braves once closer, also faltering against his former side in a game at Truist Park on Sunday that stretched deep into the night.

And, of course, there was the longtime Braves hero, burning down his former club at the end of an emotional reunion weekend in Atlanta.

In the end, neither Kenley Jansen, nor Craig Kimbrel, nor even Freddie Freeman was part of the streak that ultimately decided the Dodgers 5-3 overtime win, with Chris Taylor and Trea Turner providing the fire instead. green RBIs to help the Dodgers win two of three games against their National League nemesis this weekend.

But in a series that focused on Freeman’s return to Atlanta, and which could very well have served as a preview of a third consecutive postseason meeting between the teams this fall, it was all too fitting that the three familiar faces figure prominently in getting the match. at 11 innings.

“We all know these are two great teams,” Freeman said, “that have a very good chance of seeing each other again.”

LAFC

Cristian Arango and Diego Palacios scored three minutes apart in the second half as LAFC pulled away to a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

MLS-leading LAFC moved to 10-3-3 with its fourth shutout of the season and capped off a memorable weekend of activity. Co-chairman and chief executive John Thorrington confirmed after Sunday’s game that the club had signed Welsh striker Gareth Bale and secured an extension with Carlos Vela.

Bale, 32, is set to move to the United States within the next two weeks after spending the better part of the last nine years with Real Madrid.

WNBA

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia since February 17.

Her arrest, incarceration and the fight to bring her home sparked many questions that the Times has posed to a range of experts to help answer.

Click here for questions and answers.

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NHL PLAYOFFS

From Helene Elliott: When Andrew Cogliano speaks, his teammates listen. After 15 seasons in the NHL as an honest and hard-working winger, he had the credibility to speak out when the Colorado Avalanche held a team meeting on Saturday night on the eve of their second chance at the Cup. Stanley.

They had missed an opportunity when they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday in Denver. Cogliano was determined not to lose a second chance Sunday at the Amalie Arena.

“I said at the end of the day in this situation you have to play with no regrets,” the former Duck said. “We felt that in Game 5 – I spoke for myself – mentally you were there but you weren’t there, and we went too far to do that and we wanted to be in the moment. And what I felt, I knew other guys felt the same. We brought it out in the open and came here and was led by our leaders and we got the job done.

They skated off the ice Sunday with champion smiles after a 2-1 win that ended the Cup Final in six games and ended the Lightning’s remarkable two-season reign. “I wasn’t sure that would ever happen to me,” said Cogliano, who was traded to Colorado from San Jose before this season’s trade deadline and helped get there with his grit and wits.

The Avalanche’s win was a win for those who love fast-paced hockey, for finding and developing mobile defensemen like Cale Makar, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and Bowen Byram, who was born four days after the Avalanche’s previous Cup triumph in 2001.

It happened because Colorado was the best team in the Finals, the freshest team. After 71 playoff games in three seasons, the Lightning had the bruises, sprains and strains of a team that had played a lot of hockey and was fueled in later games by pride and heart. “We’re not done,” said coach Jon Cooper, who hugged fellow Tampa Bay counterpart Jared Bednar at center ice.

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THIS DATE IN SPORT

1903 – Willie Anderson wins the US Open by two strokes over David Brown in the playoffs.

1914 – Jack Johnson wins a 20-round arbitration decision against Frank Moran at the Vélodrome d’Hiver in Paris.

1924 – Walter Hagen wins his second British Open. Hagen finished with a 301 to edge Ernest Whitcombe by one shot at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. Hagen, who won in 1922, was the first US-born Open winner.

1936 – Alf Padgham beats Jimmy Adams to win the British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

1950 – Chandler Harper wins the PGA Championship beating Henry Williams Jr., 4 and 3 in the last round.

1959 – Mickey Wright beats Louise Suggs by two strokes for her second straight US Women’s Open title.

1971 – JoAnne Carner wins the US Women’s Open with a seven-stroke victory over Kathy Whitworth.

1992 – Top-seeded Australian and French Open champion Jim Courier loses 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to qualifier Andrei Olhovskiy of Russia at Wimbledon. It is the first time in Wimbledon history that a qualifier has beaten the top seed.

1999 – Juli Inkster shoots a 6-under 65 to win the LPGA Championship, becoming the second woman to win a Grand Slam in her modern career. Pat Bradley won his Grand Slam 13 years earlier.

2006 – Roger Federer wins his record 42nd consecutive match on grass, beating Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to open his bid for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship. Federer broke the record he shared with Bjorn Borg, the five-time Wimbledon champion who won 41 consecutive matches on grass from 1976 to 1981.

2008 – Zheng Jie wins the biggest win of her career at Wimbledon, beating new No.1 Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round. Zheng’s 133rd-ranked win, her first against a top-10 player, is the first outing by a top-ranked woman at Wimbledon since losing Martina Hingis in the first round in 2001.

2010 – Cristie Kerr earns a 12-stroke victory in the LPGA Championship in one of the most lopsided wins at a major tournament. Kerr leads wire to wire, closing with a 6-under 66 for a total of 19-under 269. Kerr breaks the tournament record for margin of victory of 11 set by Betsy King in 1992 and ties the second-most victory in a major.

2017 – Florida scores four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference rival 6-1 to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series Finals for their first national baseball title. LSU loses for the first time in seven appearances in a championship game.

2021 – Nelly Korda defeats Lizette Salas by 3 strokes to win the Women’s PGA Championship. The win is Korda’s first major title.

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and finally

The final round of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game, as called by Vin Scully. Watch and listen here.

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