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NFL Capsule: Cardinals at Vikings

NFL Capsule: Cardinals at Vikings

ARIZONA (4-2) At MINNESOTA (4-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Vikings by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Arizona 3-3; Minnesota 3-3

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 14-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Cardinals No. 14; Vikings No. 11

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Cardinals 34-10, Oct. 9, 2011

LAST WEEK - Cardinals lost to Bills 19-16 OT; Vikings lost to Redskins 38-26

CARDINALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (27T), PASS (28)

CARDINALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (19), PASS (9)

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (8), PASS (18)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (11), PASS (10)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cardinals play at Minnesota for third straight season, losing in overtime by three points in 2010 and then by 24 points in 2011, when Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had three touchdowns in first quarter and defense forced four turnovers. Teams playing for fifth straight season and sixth in seven years. Vikings have won eight of last 10 in series. ... Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb out six to eight weeks with shoulder and rib injuries; John Skelton will return to starting role he won at training camp before hurting ankle in opener. Skelton 8-4 in career as starter, but eight of his 10 passes were incomplete last week after he relieved Kolb. ... Cardinals have allowed 28 sacks and 44 quarterback hits, both by far the most in league. They're third in NFL with 19 sacks. LB O'Brien Schofield and LB Daryl Washington tied for team lead with four each. ... With Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams out, Cardinals on third starting RB with William Powell. He rushed for career-high 70 yards last week. ... Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald returns to hometown. He teamed with equipment maker Riddell this week to donate 1,000 new helmets to Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board football program that Fitzgerald started playing sport in two decades ago. ... Cardinals start rough four-game stretch with this game, then hosting San Francisco, playing at Green Bay and then at Atlanta after bye week. Vikings, 49ers, Packers and Falcons are combined 17-7. ... Vikings QB Christian Ponder, still second in league with 68.6 completion percentage, has thrown two interceptions in each of last two games. He also lost fumble last week at Washington that set up Redskins for touchdown on next play. ... WR Percy Harvin leads NFL with 49 receptions, most ever by Vikings player through first six games of a season. He's caught pass in every game of his career. Harvin also leads league in total yards, including rushing, receiving and returning, with 1,048. Packers WR Randall Cobb next with 930. ... Vikings rookie Blair Walsh, 16 for 17 on field goals, tied for league lead with 24 kickoff touchbacks. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen, who leads league with 109 sacks since he entered in 2004, has four-game sack streak. ... After missing four of first six games and being hampered by injury in another, WR Jerome Simpson on track to play this week after recovering from lower-leg problem.

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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

WASHINGTON  -- Kike Hernandez and Yasiel Puig each hit two-run homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Hernandez's blast off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning put the Dodgers up 3-2. Yasmani Grandal also homered off Strasburg (5-4), who allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Alex Wood (1-4) pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Wood came out to start the seventh, but returned to the clubhouse after showing some discomfort during his warm-up tosses.

Trea Turner homered for Washington, which swept Arizona last weekend and then went five days without playing a full game because of rain before getting swept by the Dodgers.

Los Angeles, after losing six consecutive games, has now won four straight overall and five of six over Washington this season.

Washington's Juan Soto, at 19 the youngest active player in the majors, made his debut in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and struck out against Erik Goeddel.

The Dodgers added two runs in the ninth. Josh Fields recorded the final four outs for his second save of the season.

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George McPhee's Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final

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George McPhee's Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Ryan Reaves scored the winning goal, Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights pushed their remarkable expansion season into the Stanley Cup Final, beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday in Game 5 of the Western Conference final.

Alex Tuch also scored for the Knights. They lost Game 1 in Winnipeg before winning four straight to become the first expansion team since the 1968 St. Louis Blues -- when the six initial expansion teams were put alone in the West -- to get to the final.

Vegas will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Washington Capitals in the final. Tampa Bay leads the Eastern Conference final 3-2, with Game 6 set for Monday night in Washington.

Josh Morrissey scored for the Jets, and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.

Reaves, the bruising Winnipeg native acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins before to the trade deadline in February, snapped a 1-1 tie with 6:39 left in the second period when he tipped Luca Sbisa's point shot past Hellebuyck for his first goal of the playoffs.

Winnipeg got a power play early in the third, but couldn't muster much of anything. The Knights smothered much of the Jets' attack for the next 10 minutes, with Hellebuyck having to come up with big stops on William Karlsson and Eric Haula to keep his team within one.

The Jets pressed with under 4 minutes to go, with Fleury stopping captain Blake Wheeler on the doorstep, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Knights closed out their third straight series on the road.

The Jets beat the Knights 4-2 in Game 1, but Vegas snatched home ice with a 3-1 victory in Game 2 before picking up 4-2 and 3-2 wins at T-Mobile Arena.

The Knights, whose jaw-dropping inaugural 109-point campaign included a Pacific Division crown, swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, and knocked out the San Jose Sharks in six games.

The Jets had the NHL's second-best record with 114 points in the regular season. They advanced to the first conference final in city's history with a five-game victory over the Minnesota Wild in the opening round before topping the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators in Game 7 on the road.

The usual raucous, white-clad crowd at Bell MTS Place -- not to mention the thousands of fans outside the arena attending a street party on a sun-drenched spring afternoon -- were silenced just 5:11 into Game 5 when Tuch jumped on Morrissey's turnover and fired his sixth past Hellebuyck.

The Jets were tentative to start and it got worse after the opener as Vegas dominated the next couple of shifts, forcing some good saves from Hellebuyck before Winnipeg got its feet moving.

After being outshot 7-1 in the first 7 minutes, the Jets finally pushed back and turned the tide with the next nine attempts on goal, culminating with Morrissey making amends for his early gaffe with 2:46 left in the period.

Bryan Little won a faceoff in the offensive zone straight back to second-year defenseman, who blasted his first career playoff goal past Fleury's glove.

One of Winnipeg's downfalls in the series through four games was an inability to maintain momentum. The Knights scored within 1:28 of a Jets' goal in each of the first four games -- a crushing 12 seconds after Winnipeg tied Game 3, and an equally gut-wrenching 43 seconds after the Jets knotted Game 4 -- but they managed to take the game to the locker rooms tied 1-1.

Both teams had chances in the second period before Reaves made it 2-1, with Jets center Mathieu Perrault just missing on a pass from Little that had too much speed.

Right after Reaves scored the second playoff goal of his career -- and first since 2015 with St. Louis -- Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers rang a shot off the post on Fleury.

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