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At the NBA draft last night the top picks went mostly as expected.

Like a too good to be true soaring stock market, the Boston Red Sox bullpen was due for a correction, but what happened yesterday in Kansas City was more like a full blown financial meltdown.

Chris Sale didn't want to come out of the game, but at 110 pitches thrown and with a big five-run lead in the ninth, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell didn't want to risk the health of his ace, and Sale fell just short of a complete game but still on the winning end of an 8-3 Red Sox victory over the Royals in Kansas City last night.

For the seventh time in a row, the U.S. Open golf tournament has produced a winner who had never won it before. The latest to join the first-timers club is Brooks Koepka, who not only won the Open, but did so with a final round 16-under par, which matches Rory McIlroy for the lowest single day score under par in U.S. Open history.

Father's Day isn't until Sunday but I'm already nominating Phil Mickelson for Father of the Year honors. Mickelson officially withdrew from the U.S. Open golf tournament, which started yesterday at Erin Hills, Wisconsin, because he didn't want to miss his daughter's high school graduation.

A big night at the plate for Mookie Betts and more great relief pitching led to a third straight win for the Boston Red Sox over the Philadelphia Phillies, as the home and home interleague series switched from Boston to Philly last night and the Red Sox came away with a 7-3 win.

For a second consecutive night the Boston Red Sox went extra innings with the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park, and both extended games resulted in victories for Boston, with Andrew Benintendi playing the hero last night at the plate and in the field.

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Vail Resorts' acquisition of Stowe Mountain Resort has been finalized. 

The persistent rain yesterday postponed a number of high school playoff match-ups, most in baseball and softball, but the wet stuff didn't stop lacrosse from taking center stage, even though a incident of racist vandalism almost did.

There's a reason Kevin Durant signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors, and that reason is knowing what he could do in combination with Steph Curry. In game two of the NBA Finals last night in Oakland, Curry and Durant were unstoppable in a 132-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers that has the Warriors up two games to none, and neither game has been close.

Meeting for the third year in a row in the NBA Finals, with each team winning once previously, this is the rubber match for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, and in game one in Oakland last night, it was the Warriors who came out to play, beating LeBron James and the Cavs 113-91 behind a dominant performance by Kevin Durant.

Game two of the Stanley Cup Finals can be encapsulated in a mere three minute span at the beginning of the third period. That's when a 1-1 tie game spun out of control for the Nashville Predators, who got buried under a flurry of three goals in three minutes that resulted in a 4-1 win for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a commanding two games to none lead in a series that can't shift to Music City fast enough for the Predators.

The basketball season’s now down to the seemingly endless NBA playoffs, after the nearly endless season. But I look back on another winter of Vermont basketball, the Barre Aud, other high school matchups, and college games at Middlebury, St. Michaels, Norwich, UVM. I’m a junkie.

He got a standing ovation from the fans he used to pitch in front of, he faced his old team for the first time since being traded from Chicago to Boston, and then Chris Sale went out and gave up six runs on ten hits in his worst outing since joining the Boston Red Sox. Oh, he also got the win.

The adage is that to win the Stanley Cup, you have to be lucky as well as good, and in a 5-3 game one victory last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to be more the former than the latter.

Tyler Andrews of Arlington, Virginia, won the men's division of the Vermont City Marathon and Relay yesterday, breaking the tape with a time of 2:19:41, and in the women's division a Vermonter took the crown. Huntington's Kasie Enman took first place among women, the third time she's accomplished the feat. Enman finished with a time of 2:50:27.

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At Rutland's Mount St. Joseph Academy, school officials have been working hard to grow and diversify enrollment. And despite some bumps along the way, their efforts seem to be paying off.

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Recent ski area acquisitions in Vermont are changing the season ski pass market in the state. Single-resort passes are giving way to discounted multi-mountain offerings. 

The tension in playoff hockey is thicker than the puck the players battle to control. Make it a game seven and it kicks up another notch.

Vermont has one of the toughest school concussion laws in the country, and now officials want to know how the law is being implemented.

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