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Mooney seniors sign Letters of Intent

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Three Cardinal Mooney student-athletes signed Letters of Intent to continue their athletic pursuits at the collegiate level.

Jake Fonderlin will play collegiate baseball for Notre Dame College. Stefan Moser will play football for Ohio Northern University. Tyler Petrey will wrestle in the 285-pound class with Ashland University.

Raptors fire head coach Dwane Casey after loss

TORONTO

The Toronto Raptors have fired Dwane Casey after the team was swept in the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers for second straight season.

Toronto President Masai Ujiri on Friday called the move a “very difficult but necessary step.”

The move comes two days after Casey was honored as coach of the year by the National Basketball Coaches Association.

Casey led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins and a top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time. He posted a 320-238 record and is the franchise’s winningest coach.

Ovechkin, Capitals beat Lightning in Game 1

TAMPA, Fla.

Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and an assist in his Eastern Conference finals debut, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots and Michal Kempny, Jay Beagle and Lars Eller also scored for the Caps.

Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay, which trailed 4-0 heading into the third period.

Thiem beats Nadal, snaps clay court streak

MADRID

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal lost to Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Friday, breaking the defending champion’s run of 21 straight wins on clay courts.

Nadal hadn’t lost a single set on clay since falling to Thiem at the Rome Open quarterfinals one year ago.

Since that loss, Nadal won the French Open and the hard-court U.S. Open to take his Grand Slam haul to 16, and he came to the Spanish capital fresh off winning his 11th titles at both Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

Harvick stays hot with pole at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan.

Fresh off his fourth win of the season last week at Dover, Kevin Harvick turned a best lap of 188.811 mph Friday night to easily claim the top starting spot at Kanas Speedway. Ryan Blaney was a distant second in 187.825 mph, with Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

It was Harvick’s fourth pole at Kansas, his most at any track on the Cup Series circuit.

Other drivers weren’t as fortunate getting through inspection.

There were 10 cars still trying to clear it when the first qualifying session started, and several never made it on the track by the end. That included Matt Kenseth, who is making his return this week in the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, and Clint Bowyer, the hometown favorite from Emporia, Kansas.

Will Power wins third pole for IndyCar GP

INDIANAPOLIS

Will Power has won his third IndyCar Grand Prix pole by turning a fast lap of 1 minute, 9.8182 seconds on his final qualifying run.

The Australian claimed his 51st pole win, giving him sole possession of third place in series history. He had been tied with Helio Castroneves, one of Power’s three teammates who drives for Roger Penske’s Chevrolet-powered team.

Rookie Robert Wickens of Canada will start second after completing Indy’s 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in 1:09.9052 on Friday. Wickens was the top Honda driver and competes for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

France’s Sebastien Bourdais will start third in Saturday’s race after completing the circuit in 1:09.9449 for Dale Coyne Racing.

Power has won the race twice, both after taking the pole.

Staff/Wire Reports

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