Predators force Game 6 Saturday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rookie Filip Forsberg had his first career hat trick and the first in Nashville’s postseason history as the Predators forced a sixth game in their first-round NHL Western Conference series by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Thursday night.

“Obviously, it’s always special to get a hat trick, bu the most important thing is that we got the win,” Forsberg said. “We had to win this game and had to take this series back a little bit.”

The Predators came in having lost the first seven elimination games in franchise history, six on their own ice. This time, the teams appeared headed for the third overtime game of this series tied at 1-1 after two.

James Neal then got the go-ahead goal in the opening minute of the third to start a flurry of three goals in a span of less than 2 1/2 minutes and the Predators pulled to 3-2 in the series with Game 6 Saturday night in Chicago.


Pirates rally to beat Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chicago Cubs center fielder Kris Bryant’s roundabout path to the ball in the seventh inning helped Josh Harrison scoot to second base after hitting a tailing fly to left-center to tie the game with one out, and two batters later, Harrison sprinted home with the go-ahead run on Gregory Polanco’s single in a 5-4 Pittsburgh victory. 


Illinois getting 6-foot-11 transfer

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce says Mike Thorne Jr. will transfer to Illinois from Charlotte for the 2015-2016 season.

The 6-11 center, who will enroll in graduate school, according to a news release, started 30 of 32 games last season. He was third-leading scorer for the 49ers, averaging 10.1 points, and averaged 7.3 rebounds.


Stripped LLWS champs to switch

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West plans to leave the Little League organization for the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken division.

The team was stripped of its national title in February after allegations arose that team officials falsified boundaries to add ineligible players to the roster.

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