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Pujols ties Musial on RBI list; Angels beat Twins 2-1

Albert Pujols hit his 623rd career homer and tied Stan Musial for seventh on the career RBI list with 1,951, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 after a four-hour rain delay Saturday. Pujols’ solo home run in the sixth proved to be the difference as Tyler Skaggs (5-4) allowed one run in seven innings and matched a season best with eight strikeouts. Ian Kinsler had a solo home run for Los Angeles, his sixth in the past 11 games. Blake Parker recorded his seventh save for Los Angeles, which has won seven of its past...

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Ellyse Perry named world’s best female cricketer in inaugural Guardian survey | Sport

Had the Guardian compiled a list of the world’s 20 best women cricketers at any stage over the past few years Meg Lanning would likely have been an emphatic choice as the world’s best, such is the way she has rewritten records with her broad and stylish blade. It shows how competitive women’s cricket is that the Australia captain’s six months out of the game, rebuilding a shoulder that needed reconstructing, was enough for her to be overtaken by Ellyse Perry and Suzie Bates when compiling this inaugural list. The Guardian asked 15 judges with specialist knowledge of women’s cricket – including Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, Mel Jones and Jason Gillespie – to choose their individual top 20 from a longlist of 40. We pooled their votes to produce our own list of the world’s top 20 on the eve of England’s first match of the summer. It is not a definitive list – ask 15 other judges and you would have a different top 20 – but it does provide intriguing reading. The rules • We sent our 15 judges a longlist of 40 cricketers and asked one simple question: who are the best 20 female players in the world right now? • They ranked their selection in order from 1-20. The No1 choice of each judge was awarded 20pts, No2 given 19pts, down to 1pt for their No20 choice. All the votes were...

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Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become 13th winner of Triple Crown | Sport

Justify roared to an imperious victory in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon, becoming the 13th horse to win thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and only the second in 40 years. The strapping chestnut colt, trained by Bob Baffert and rode by Mike Smith, broke well out of the gate and went right to the front, leaing the one-and-a-half-mile race from wire to wire and pulling away down the homestretch in a finishing time of 2:28.18 amid a deafening crescendo from the crowd of more than 90,000 at Belmont Park, the venerable race course just outside New York city limits. “This horse ran a tremendous race,” said the 52-year-old Smith. “He’s so gifted. He’s sent from heaven. He’s just amazing. I can’t describe the emotions going through my body right now. “Did you see him standing in the gate? He’s standing so still, I actually thought he’s not going to break today. I mean, he left there like he was going 440 yards in Riodoso, New Mexico.” Gronkowski finished second, one-and-three-quarters lengths back. Hofburg was third and Vino Rosso fourth, followed by Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy. Justify went off as a prohibitive 3-5 favorite and paid $3.60, $3.50 and $2.80, running the final quarter-mile in 25.28 seconds and becoming the first ever Triple Crown winner to defeat nine opponents at Belmont. (None...

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