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PSU lacrosse in semifinals

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The Penn State men’s lacrosse team, ranked first in the nation, took down No. 8 Loyola Maryland, 21-14, in the NCAA quarterfinals Sunday to advance to NCAA Championship weekend for the first time in program history.

Penn State will play Yale in the semifinals this Saturday while Virginia and Duke will play in the other semifinal matchup at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Penn State’s Mac O’Keefe and Grant Ament both recorded nine-point performances to lead the Nittany Lions offense.

O’Keefe tied the NCAA Tournament single-game record with nine goals, setting a new personal best in the process. He is now up to 75 goals on the season, moving him to third all-time in NCAA D-I history.

Ament finished the game with nine points on one goal and eight assists. The eight assists give him 91 for the season, becoming the first Division I player in NCAA history to surpass 90-plus assists.

In cage, junior Colby Kneese finished with 12 saves, two ground balls and the win.

Blues closer to Cup final

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot and Jaden Schwartz added the first of his three goals during a dominant second period that carried St. Louis to the brink of its first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in nearly a half-century, sending the Blues to a 5-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday in Game 5 of the Western Conference final.

St. Louis used a relentless forecheck to take control of the game and series in the second period, getting the two goals and outshooting the beleaguered Sharks 20-6 during the frame. It also got 21 saves from Jordan Binnington in his first playoff shutout and a first-period goal from Oskar Sundqvist to overwhelm the Sharks.

Schwartz added two goals in the third for his second hat trick this postseason, becoming the first player with two in one playoff run since Johan Franzen for Detroit in 2008.

Nadal earns 9th Open title

ROME — After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.

It marked the first time in an Open Era-record 54 meetings, and in their 142nd set against each other, that Nadal won a set against Djokovic without conceding a game — otherwise known as a bagel.

In all, Nadal had a career-high four bagel sets in this tournament.

The timing for Nadal’s return to form could not have been more opportune, as he will seek a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.

In the women’s final, Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-court trophy of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4.

Ex-Blue Devil gets GM job

NEW ORLEANS — A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon to serve as New Orleans’ GM under new executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin.

Langdon is a former Duke and NBA player who also played professionally in Europe. The 43-year-old has served as Nets assistant GM since 2016 and has helped rebuild Brooklyn into a squad that qualified for the Eastern Conference playoffs as a sixth seed this season after finishing last in the East two seasons earlier.

From Mirror, wire reports

Langdon interviewed with New Orleans for the top basketball operations job that went to Griffin in mid-April.

When Griffin was formally introduced by the Pelicans, he said he’d received a commitment from owner Gayle Benson to build up the management structure of the club. He has begun doing so by bringing in Langdon, and before that, hiring former Suns executive Aaron Nelson away from Phoenix to oversee injury prevention, rehabilitation, performance and recovery programs.

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