Sports, June 18th

ROCKIES SHUTOUT BY BLUE JAYS

TORONTO (AP) – Maicer Izturis hit a two-run single in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their sixth consecutive game Monday night, beating the Colorado Rockies 2-0 behind Josh Johnson and two relievers. Johnson struck out a season-high 10 over 7 1-3 innings but remained winless in seven starts with Toronto, having received only 13 runs of support. Brett Cecil (3-0) got two outs for the victory and Casey Janssen finished for his 14th save in 15 chances. Izturis had two of Toronto’s three hits as the Blue Jays won six straight for the first time since May 10-16, 2011. Rockies’ lefty Jeff Francis is on the hill tonight in Toronto.

DENVER NUGGETS FILL VACANT FRONT OFFICE POST

Denver—The Denver Nuggets have hired Tim Connelly as executive vice president of basketball operations. Team President Josh Kroenke confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Monday that Connelly will take over for Masai Ujiri, who left to become general manager of the Toronto Raptors. Connelly has been the assistant GM with the New Orleans Pelicans since 2010. His first order of business with the Nuggets will be finding a replacement for George Karl after the longtime coach was fired nearly two weeks ago.

MLS/RAPIDS TRADE ALL-STAR PLAYER

CARSON, Calif. (AP) – The Los Angeles Galaxy have acquired six-time MLS All-Star midfielder Pablo Mastroeni in a trade with the Colorado Rapids. Under the deal announced Monday, the Galaxy also received the rights to midfielder Baggio Husidic. The Rapids received an international roster slot through the end of the 2014 MLS season and Los Angeles’ second-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Mastroeni will be eligible to make his Galaxy debut when Los Angeles hosts the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night. The 36-year-old Mastroeni has spent the last 12-plus seasons with the Rapids, leading the club to its first MLS Cup championship in 2010. A former member of the U.S. men’s team, Mastroeni played in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup under current Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…

BOSTON (AP) – The Bruins took a 2-1 series lead over the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals last night with a 2-0 win in front of the hometown fans. Chicago had to play the game without star forward Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah), who was a late scratch with an upper body injury. His status for Game 4 on Wednesday night is uncertain.

MIAMI (AP) – San Antonio can wrap up another NBA championship tonight with a win over the Heat in Miami. The Spurs took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 10-point win in Game 5 Sunday night. If Miami evens the series up tonight with a win, the seventh and final game will be played in Miami Thursday night.

UNDATED (AP) – Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals is looking to become baseball’s first 11-game winner of the season tonight. He’ll take to the mound when St. Louis faces the Cubs in Busch Stadium. The American League got its first 10-game winner last night when Detroit’s Max Scherzer upped his record to 10-0 in a 5-1 win over Baltimore.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Play in the College World Series today features two games. In the first contest, North Carolina is playing LSU this afternoon, while this evening UCLA goes up against North Carolina State.

LONDON (AP) – American Steve Johnson and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut (mah-HYOO’) have earned wild-card berths to play at Wimbledon. The 100th-ranked Johnson will be playing in the singles at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament for the first time because he won the ATP Challenger title at Nottingham last week to earn his wild card.

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