JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – A former Missouri Southern State University football player has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a crash that killed two of his teammates. Twenty-one-year-old Jeremy Johnson entered the plea yesterday to two counts of involuntary manslaughter. The December 2011 crash near Joplin killed Diondre Johnson and Michael McCrimmons.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hall of Famer George Brett is still finding his groove as the Kansas City Royals’ hitting coach. Brett is about three weeks into a monthlong experiment with the team, and the results have been slow to show. Manager Ned Yost believes it will happen eventually, and points out that it takes time for change to take hold.
BOSTON (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks pulled out a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins to claim their fifth Stanley Cup and second in four seasons. Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart over the final 1:16 after Milan Lucic (loo-CHEECH) tallied with 7:49 remaining to put the Bruins ahead 2-1. Patrick Kane came away with the Conn Smythe (smyth) Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. Kane scored nine goals and 19 points in 23 games.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — UCLA beat Mississippi State 3-1 in Game 1 of the best-of-3 College World Series finals. The Bruins are now within one victory of their first national championship in baseball. Mississippi State had its chances to tie the game or pull ahead but left runners in scoring position four of the last six innings.