SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Defensemen Vince Dunn and Robert Bortuzzo scored second-period goals that helped the St. Louis Blues overcome another big game from San Jose’s Logan Couture with a 4-2 victory that tied the Western Conference final at one game apiece. Dunn’s second goal of the postseason gave the Blues a 2-0 lead and Bortuzzo then added his first career playoff goal late in the period after Couture had tied it.
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have adopted Laura Branigan’s 1980s hit “Gloria” as their celebration song. The tradition is only about five months old and it started in a Philadelphia bar. Five members of the Blues visited the bar in January, heard “Gloria” and the team turned its season around starting the very next day. The bar has since become a favorite for Blues fans. The Blues are playing San Jose in the Western Conference finals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals are bringing up top prospect Nicky Lopez from Triple-A Omaha, and he could make his big league debut when Kansas City opens a series against Texas on Tuesday night. Right-hander Jake Newberry was optioned to Omaha in a corresponding roster move Monday. The Royals will still need to make a move with their 40-man roster before facing the Rangers.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Troy men’s basketball transfer Javan Johnson has signed with Iowa State. Johnson, who averaged 10.4 points a game last season, will join the team next fall. Johnson will sit out next season due to the NCAA’s transfer guidelines and be eligible to play the next two seasons after that. Johnson, a 6-foot-7 forward, started all 30 games as a sophomore for the Trojans in 2018-19.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs quarterback EJ Manuel, who was signed this offseason to compete for a backup job, has decided to retire after four seasons with Buffalo and one season with Oakland. Manuel was the 16th overall pick of the Bills in the 2013 draft, going 6-11 while struggling to live up to expectations. His decision was announced as part of several moves the Chiefs made to reshape their 90-man roster Monday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Longtime NFL coach Gunther Cunningham, who emigrated from postwar Germany as a child and then dedicated his life to football, has died after a brief illness. He was 72. Cunningham’s wife, Rene, said in a statement that he died Saturday.