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TORONTO — There was no hiding the frustration after the Toronto Blue Jays fell back to the .500 mark with a 10-5 loss to Oakland on Thursday night.

Manager John Gibbons offered pithy replies in a media availability that lasted just 81 seconds. Starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez dropped a few expletives in his scrum with reporters.

A promising 15-10 April has been followed by a disappointing 6-10 May and the cracks are starting to show.

The Blue Jays were hoping to build on a stellar performance from a day earlier in New York. Instead they kicked off a seven-game homestand with a dud.

It was the Athletics who came to play on this night, with Khris Davis leading the charge by hitting one of three Oakland homers and finishing with four hits.

After the game, Gibbons kept his answers brief.

“It’s a tough night, that’s all I got,” he said. “No need to elaborate. A tough night.”

A reporter tried a follow-up question.

“Don’t bother,” said the skipper.

Both Oakland and Toronto own identical records of 22-22. The Blue Jays have dropped nine of their last 12 home games.

Sanchez (2-4) threw 29 pitches in the first inning and never really got on track. He struck out eight but walked four and had his 97-pitch effort end with a leadoff walk in the fifth.

“They put good swings on it,” Sanchez said. “I felt like tonight any time I left the ball up in the zone it was smacked.”

Was he encouraged with the swinging strikeouts?

“I don’t really give a (expletive),” he said, adding an f-bomb for good measure.

Davis, who reached base five times in all, leads the Athletics with 13 homers. Matt Olson added a three-run shot in the fifth inning and Matt Chapman provided a two-run blast in the sixth.

Toronto brought the potential tying run to the plate in the eighth inning but Josh Donaldson grounded out to end the threat. The Athletics outhit the Blue Jays 14-7.

“When we’re swinging pretty good and getting some contributions from everybody, it can turn into 10 runs like it did tonight,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

Kevin Pillar picked up his major-league leading 18th double of the season in the second inning for Toronto and Curtis Granderson walked three times.

Oakland starter Andrew Triggs took himself out of the game in the third inning due to “forearm nerve discomfort” in his throwing arm.

Reliever Yusmeiro Petit (1-0) worked 2 2/3 innings for the victory as the Athletics improved to 4-3 on their 10-game road trip.

Announced attendance was 22,893 and the game took three hours 34 minutes to play.

Notes: Oakland placed Bruce Maxwell on the restricted list for the series and recalled fellow catcher Josh Phegley from triple-A Nashville. Maxwell can’t enter Canada while awaiting sentencing in Arizona on a gun-related charge. … Canadian skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis threw the ceremonial first pitch. … The retractable roof was open for the second time this year. It was sunny and 19 C at game time. … Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez sat out with back tightness. Gibbons said Hernandez is day to day. … Right-hander Marco Estrada (2-3, 5.32 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday against Oakland southpaw Brett Anderson (0-2, 8.16).

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Live playoff updates: Warriors vs. Rockets, Game 2 on Wednesday

Join us for live news and analysis Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. as the Warriors look to seize a commanding lead in the Western Conference Finals when they take on the Rockets in Houston for Game 2.

The Rockets were summarily silenced by the Warriors in Game 1 on Monday and now Houston is facing a must-win situation in Game 2 following Golden State’s impressive 119-106 Game 1 win.

James Harden scored 41 points in Game 1 but need to do even more if the Rockets can avoid becoming the first team to win 65 or more games and trail a series 2-0 in NBA postseason history.

The Warriors had plenty of answers for the team with the NBA’s best regular season record in Game 1, beginning with Kevin Durant’s dominating 37-point performance. Klay Thompson (28 points, 6 3-pointers) and Stephen Curry (18 points, 8-of-15 shooting) chipped in offensively, as did Nick Young (3 3-pointers).

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The series will shift to Oakland on Sunday for Game 3, beginning at 5 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were the best team in the NBA in the regular season.

They played like it Wednesday night, using a balanced scoring attack to rout the Golden State Warriors 127-105 and even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece.

James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points on a night Houston had five players score 16 points or more.

“We can beat anybody, anywhere at any time playing the way we play,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.

The Rockets didn’t trail after the first quarter and led by double digits for most of the night. They head to Oakland, California for Game 3 on Sunday night feeling much better after rebounding from a deflating 119-106 loss in the series opener.

P.J. Tucker added a playoff career-high 22 and Trevor Ariza had 19 as both bounced back after struggling in Game 1. Tucker had just one point in that game and Ariza scored eight, but was limited on defense after collecting his fifth foul early in the third quarter.

They were more settled tonight and they hit timely shots,” Durant said. “The first quarter was still the most important part of the game. Eric Gordon hit two big 3s and that kind of settled them in. Those shots did it for them.”

Houston avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this postseason and the Warriors lost in the second game of a playoff series for the first time since the 2015 NBA Finals, snapping a 10-game winning streak in such games.

“We got outplayed the whole game … we got it handed to us,” Kerr said. “You can look at it any way you want … and parcel it out, but it didn’t matter who we had out there tonight we got beat.”

Houston led by as many as 19 in the first half and was up 64-50 at halftime. The Warriors cut it to 74-64 with five quick points from Durant, but the Rockets opened it back up to 89-72 when Gordon made an off-balance layup before crashing to the court while being fouled and made the free throw.

The Rockets were up by 16 to start the fourth quarter but Golden State got within 98-86 with about 10 minutes left. Curry had five points in that span, including his first 3 after missing his first six attempts of the night.

Curry finished with 16 points and Thompson was 3 for 11 for his eight points.

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IIHF World Championship 2018: Sweden stunned by Switzerland, will play Sweden for bronze

Switzerland stunned the heavily-favored Canadians 3-2 in Saturday’s semifinal round to set up an all-European gold medal game against Sweden on Sunday. Sweden will have to settle for a bronze medal matchup against the United States.

The Canadians outplayed Switzerland for much of the contest, but never led as they struggled to solve Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni. Genoni stopped 43 of the 45 shots he faced, with most of them coming in the second and third periods as Sweden ramped up the pressure.

Tristan Scherwey opened the scoring for Switzerland late in the first period, but the Canadians responded well in the second and tied the game on a Bo Horvat wrist-shot. The Swiss regained the lead a few minutes later and then pushed it to 3-1 in the third period with some opportunistic offense from their special teams.

Gregory Hofmann tapped home a Kevin Fiala pass for a power play marker in the second and Gaetan Haas made the most of a man-advantage by redirecting Switzerland’s only third-period shot on goal past Darcy Kuemper to give his team a two-goal cushion.

Colton Parayko’s one-time blast in the final 130 seconds of regulation made things interesting, but the Swiss held their nerve to seal the win.

Sweden will face the United States for the bronze on Sunday (9:45 a.m. ET) in a rematch between the rivals who opened the 2018 tournament against each other. The United States won that first game, 5-4, in a shootout.

Sporting News provided updates throughout Sweden’s 3-2 semifinal loss to Switzerland (all times Eastern).
Third period

Shots on goal: Sweden 45, Switzerland 17

3:33 – Sweden wins the faceoff and takes two more shot attempts, but Parayko’s effort is blocked and Genoni comes up big once again on a rebound as the Swiss hold on to advance to the gold medal game.

3:31 – The Canadians keep control of the puck in the offensive zone and try to create chaos in the crease. Genoni finds the loose puck and covers with seven seconds remaining.

3:30 – Sweden continues to apply the pressure with six skaters on the ice and Switzerland ices the puck with 42 seconds to play.

3:27 – Goal Sweden! The extra attacker pays off as Colton Parayko blasts a one-timer off of Genoni’s blocker and into the back of the net. Sweden uses its timeout to get its top line some rest. 3-2 Switzerland with 2:07 to play in the period.

3:25 – Kuemper heads to the bench for an extra attacker just as Ekblad fires a shot from the point into Genoni’s glove. Sweden will have six skaters on the ice for an offensive zone faceoff with 2:39 to go.

3:22 – Sweden’s top power play unit spends a good 90 seconds in the offensive zone, but can’t convert. O’Reilly has a couple chances in front, but Genoni does just enough to keep the puck out of the net. Switzerland kills off the remaining penalty time as we go back to 5-on-5 play with less than four minutes to play in regulation.

3:20 – Noah Rod gets caught for a slash on Parayko and Sweden will head to the power play for the first time this afternoon.

3:15 – Schenn fires a shot on goal from the slot and finds his own rebound for a second-effort, but Genoni gets in front of it and pounces onto the rebound with McDavid lurking.

3:12 – Sweden has been applying the pressure in the offensive zone, but hasn’t created a lot of clear-cut chances to get back in this. The Canadians are outshooting the Swiss 10-1 in the period as we reach the 10-minute mark.

3:03 – Goal Switzerland! The Swiss convert on the power play again to go up by two. Bo Horvat comes close to scoring a nifty short-handed goal, but Switzerland comes back the other way and Andrighetto fires a wrist shot that is deflected past Kuemper by Gaetan Haas. 3-1 Switzerland with 15:46 to play in the period.

3:00 – Switzerland will go to the power play for the third time tonight (1-2) after Nugent-Hopkins is whistled for hooking in the offensive zone.

2:58 – Early pressure from Sweden. Parayko fires two long-range shots that are stopped by Genoni and then the Swiss goaltender gets bailed out by his near post on an effor by O’Reilly.

2:55 p.m. – The puck is dropped for the start of the third period. Sweden has 20 minutes to find a tying goal.
Second period: Switzerland 2, Sweden 1

Shots: Sweden 27, Switzerland 16

2:41 – Nugent-Hopkins fires a backhand effort on goal, but Genoni shrugs it away with his shoulder as the second period comes to a close.

2:38 – Edmundson fires a one-timer from the point that takes a wicked deflection off the stick of Andrighetto and bounces into Genoni’s glove. The Swiss netminder follows that up with a nice save on O’Reilly in close.

2:34 – Sven Andrighetto skates over the Canadian blueline and fires a shot at Kuemper, who makes an easy glove save. That’s the goaltender’s first involvement in a while.

2:28 – The McDavid line causes all sorts of problems for Switzerland, who essentially plays the shift down a man because of a broken stick. After nearly two minutes in the zone, Switzerland finally ices the puck, but can’t get a change. They finally get that change on the next sequence against the Islanders’ line (Barzal, Bailey, Beauvillier) and avoid any high-danger chances.

2:22 – What a save by Genoni! Barzal plays it across to Beauvillier and the Islanders’ forward is denied by a spectacluar lunging save. Sweden players on the ice and bench thought that was going in.

2:18 – Goal Switzerland! The Swiss strike back immediately after keeping the Canadian penalty kill on the ice for extended shift. Fiala plays the puck through the crease and Gregory Hofmann taps it home to restore the lead. 2-1 Switzerland with 10:20 to play in the period.

2:16 – The Swiss will get a chance to take the momentum back right away on the power play as Edmundson is whistled for hooking.

2:14 – Goal Sweden! Sweden capitalizes on its early pressure as Bo Horvat scores his third goal of the tournament on an eerily similar play to Switzerland’s opening goal. Pageau plays the puck to the Canucks forward, who skates over the blue line and fires a shot from the top of the left circle past Genoni. 1-1 with 12:40 to play in the period.

2:11 – Brayden Schenn plays a nice give-and-go with McDavid before firing a shot from the slot, but Genoni gets a piece of it and the Swiss clear the zone.

2:07 – Chance for Pageau! Bo Horvat finds the Senators forward on the doorstep, but Genoni makes a right-pad stop to keep his team in the lead.

2:02 p.m. – The puck is dropped for the start of the second period. Tristan Scherwey’s first-period goal is the difference so far.
First period: Switzerland 1, Sweden 0

Shots: Sweden 9, Switzerland 5

1:47 – Edmundson fires a shot from a poor angle and Genoni makes the save as the final seconds of the period expire.

1:44 – Goal Switzerland! It’s been coming. The Swiss finally capitalize on their pressure as Tristan Scherwey takes a pass in the neutral zone, crosses the blueline and fires a shot over Kuemper’s shoulder. Darnell Nurse gave Scherwey too much time and space to fire his effort on goal. 1-0 Switzerland with 1:19 to play in the period.

1:39 – Another opportunity for Meier! The Swiss forward can’t control a pass in close and ends up playing the puck through the crease insead of into the open side. Big letoff for the Canadians.

1:37 – Big chance for Sweden! Bailey and Beauvillier come close to connecting on a tip play for the Canadians, but Genoni just gets his stick out to break the pass.

1:33 – Two chances for Switzerland! Timo Meier finds some room in the slot, but fires his wrist shot just wide of Kuemper’s goal. On the ensuing shift, the Canadian netminder robs Tristan Scherwey on the doorstep.

1:27 – Very tentative start from the Swiss, but they have limited Sweden to shots from the perimeter so far. Genoni has been equal to them all.

1:23 – No shots for Switzerland on the power play. The Canadians kill it off with relative ease as the Swiss had trouble gaining the offensive zone.

1:20 – Down the other end, Switzerland takes advantage of a Sweden turnover and Gaetan Haas gets his team’s first shot on Kuemper. The Canadians steer the rebound to safety, but Darnell Nurse is heading to the penalty box for delay of game. The Swiss get the first power play of the game.

1:18 – Genoni comes way out of his crease to deny Pageau of a breakaway chance. The Swiss netminder fires the puck into his team’s bench, avoiding a delay of game penalty.

1:15 p.m. – The puck is dropped and away we go! It’s Darcy Kuemper in net for Sweden against Leonardo Genoni for Switzerland.
Pregame

12:50 p.m. – Here are the expected lineups for Sweden and Switzerland:

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Jets vs. Golden Knights live stream, Game 4: TV schedule, online and more

After taking Game 3 on Wednesday, the Vegas Golden Knights will try to put their Western Conference Final series against the Winnipeg Jets out of reach in Game 4. Check below for TV times, listings, streaming information and more.

Going into Game 1, we wondered on the eventual outcome between a few key matchups in this series. Notably, how would things go down with Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury facing the Winnipeg Jets’ offense. We also wanted to know if Patrik Laine could find his groove again. Let’s revisit some of those thoughts before Game 4 on Friday.

Winnipeg took the first contest pretty handily 4-2 and it seemed that we actually answered all of those burning questions right away. Fleury wasn’t great on only 26 shots against and Mark Scheifele decided he wasn’t done scoring goals for the Jets. Laine also showed up and showed out with his first tally in eons.

Not that one game is an indicator of how an entire series will play out, of course. But the initial impression was fairly strong in Winnipeg’s favor. Now three games in, we can offer a much clearer view of how the tide has turned for Vegas.
Jets vs. Golden Knights, Game 4

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Location: T-Mobile Arena, Vegas

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Fleury went back to being out of this world in Games 2 and 3. He stopped 30 of 31 in a 3-1 victory and then 33 of 35 on Wednesday. Maybe most importantly, Vegas got the win on the road before winning at home. Splitting in Winnipeg was going to be a difficult task as the Jets have rarely lost at home since March. So Vegas getting one early could prove crucial to how the rest of this plays out.

Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault also came to play. With four goals in the last two, we seem to be witnessing something of a duel between he and Scheifele. Scheifele also scored two in the Game 3 loss and he has 11 road goals now. The only difference is that Marchessault is getting way more help than his counterpart. It’s what has ultimately changed this series from a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 lead for Vegas.

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has to be better. The Jets have to find a way get Laine going again, and it can’t be the Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien show. We love Big Buff manhandling multiple players at once, but if he’s more noticeable than almost anyone for Winnipeg, the team is in trouble. Blake Wheeler has been strong with five points, but the Golden Knights are simply matching that with James Neal, Alex Tuch, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson. Brayden McNabb also has three points.

Then again, as series go, Winnipeg will probably come on strong in Game 4 and turn the matchup once again. In fact, we expect it.
Players to watch in Game 4

Jets: Blake Wheeler. Wheeler doesn’t have a goal yet this series but he does have five assists. He also has 20 points which is tied for the NHL lead in terms of players still remaining. He actually hasn’t scored a goal since Game 3 against the Nashville Predators. That was back on May 1. While the assists are great, Winnipeg will need him to start hitting the net and helping to solve the rubix’s cube that is Fleury. That’s even more monumental if Laine continues to wither in quicksand.

Vegas: Jonathan Marchessault. After an opening ceremony by Vegas that looked straight penned from the hand of Giacomo Puccini, Marchessault felt the adrenaline and scored 35 seconds into the first frame. He also added another on an empty net and he now has four goals through three. Aside from Scheifele, he’s the hottest hand going in the West with eight goals and 17 points overall. The Golden Knights need that to continue in Game 4.

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Team Switzerland Throttled By Sweden In Hockey final, Headed To Bronze-Medal Game

The U.S. men’s hockey team will have to settle for playing for the bronze medal after being beaten soundly by Sweden, 6-0, in the semifinals of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Team Switzerland blazed through the preliminary round undefeated until the final game before the playoffs, when it lost to Finland 6-2.

With a 6-1 record, the Americans rebounded with a 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, lifted by a tiebreaking goal by two-time Olympian and team captain Patrick Kane. Kane led the tournament in scoring coming into Saturday with eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points – a U.S. record at a single world championship.

The win set up a difficult matchup against Sweden, the top team in Pool A and the only team still undefeated in the tournament.

The two teams met in the preliminary round in last year’s tournament, with the U.S. getting the win for the first time since 2005.

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Sweden scored first in Saturday’s game, then racked up three goals in the second period to take a commanding 4-0 lead into the third. With goaltender Keith Kinkaid pulled for an extra attacker with almost half the final period left to play, Sweden tacked on another goal.

Team Switzerland outshot Sweden 41-20, but couldn’t manage to get anything past goaltender Anders Nilsson.

The U.S. is now 2-9 in semifinal games at world championships.

The Americans will now face Canada, which lost to Switzerland, 3-2, in the other semifinal. The bronze-medal game will be 9:45 a.m. ET on Sunday, televised live on NHL Network. The U.S. is seeking its first medal since winning bronze in 2015.

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USA vs Canada steamrolls Team in semifinal at World Championship

USA vs Canada steamrolls Team Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson made 41 saves to lead Canada to a 6-0 victory over the United States in the semifinal round Saturday at the World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Canada, the reigning Worlds champion, will play Switzerland in the gold-medal game Sunday. Switzerland stunned Canada 3-2 in the other semifinal. Canada and Switzerland also met in the 2013 gold-medal game, with Canada winning its ninth Worlds title.

The Swedes defeated Switzerland 5-3 in the preliminary round of this year’s tournament.

Team USA will play for bronze against Canada. The U.S. has won bronze twice in the last five years in 2013 and 2015. Canada won gold in 2015 and 2016, but fell to Canada in the 2017 gold-medal game.

Team USA edged Canada 5-4 in a shootout during the preliminary round earlier this month.

Calgary Flames’ Makael Backlund had three assists, while Ottawa Senators’ Magnus Paajarvi, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Patric Hornqvist, Dallas Stars’ Mattias Janmark and Los Angeles Kings’ Adrian Kempe also scored.

Arvidsson knocked in a shot past New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid at 14:43 to give Canada a 1-0 first-period lead. Paajarvi, Hornqvist and Janmark followed in the second and Arvidsson and Kempe piled on two more in the third.

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who leads the tournament with 19 points, had three shots in 22:02 of ice time, while defenseman Connor Murphy logged two shots in 16:58. Hawks winger Alex DeBrincat did not record a shot.in semifinal at World Championship

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Rumours of Gibbes move to France hang over Ulster’s vital play-off

The curious case of Jono Gibbes and La Rochelle continued yesterday with sources in France still believing the departing Ulster head coach will take a job with the Top 14 outfit.

Gibbes has long been known to be leaving Ulster due to a family issue back home in New Zealand and has already been confirmed as taking over at Waikato in the weeks ahead.

After initial scepticism on Ulster’s end, French media reports that the former Clermont and Leinster coach would visit La Rochelle on Thursday proved to be correct.

While it was a day off for Ulster and their staff, when Gibbes was tracked down by the club they were told that he had been in France but he would not have been in a position to accept any job offered due to his family situation.

But despite Waikato also having spoken to their incoming coach to discuss plans, sources continue to persist that he will be in the Top 14 next year.

With Ulster hosting Ospreys in a do-or-die Champions Cup play-off tomorrow (3.05), the timing of the confusion could hardly have been worse but it is understood that Gibbes took the meeting as something of a courtesy and still fully intends to return home in the coming weeks.
Departure

Gibbes took the job as Ulster head coach following Les Kiss’s departure at the end of January.

However, the 41-year-old soon announced that he would return to his native New Zealand this summer to be closer to an undisclosed family situation.

Dan McFarland, of course, has already been named as Ulster’s next head coach.

In more pressing matters, Ulster take on Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium with a place in next season’s Champions Cup on the line.

Having already lost Iain Henderson to injury, the province are without skipper Rory Best too after the hooker suffered a hamstring injury in training during the week.

His place in the number-two jersey, and as captain, is taken by Rob Herring.

Short of back-row options, Robbie Diack has been deployed in the six jersey alongside Nick Timoney and Sean Reidy, while academy lock Jack Regan, son of former Offaly hurler Daithi, could make his debut off the bench.

While it will be a last game in an Ulster jersey for Callum Black, Charles Piutau and Diack, there is no place in the 23 for any of the retiring trio of Tommy Bowe, Paul Marshall and Andrew Trimble.

Verdict: Ulster.

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Ulster – C Piutau; L Ludik, L Marshall, S McCloskey, J Stockdale; J McPhillips, J Cooney; C Black, R Herring, R Kane; A O’Connor, K Treadwell; R Diack, S Reidy, N Timoney. Reps: J Andrew, A Warwick, T O’Toole, J Regan, C Henry, D Shanahan, D Cave, C Gilroy.

Ospreys – D Evans; J Hassler, A Beck, O Watkin, H Dirksen; D Biggar, T Habberfield; N Smith, S Otten, D Arhip; B Davies, AW Jones (c); D Lydiate, J Tipuric, J King. Reps: I Phillips, R Jones, M Fia, A Beard, S Cross, M Aubrey, C Allen, J Hook.

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‘American Idol’ Fifth Judge: Carrie Underwood Inspires, But Fan-Favorite Gets the Boot in Semi-Finals

With the best Top 5 lineup seen in years, “Idol” had to send two of them home in one shocking elimination after another.

The show’s most successful alum ever, Carrie Underwood, returned to the house that made her to serve as mentor for the Top 5 and also the category for one of the two rounds of competition. It’s the semifinals episode of “American Idol” and two contestants won’t make it through the night.

After joining the contestants for a rousing rendition of “See You Again,” where she outsang every single one of the remaining five contestants, the night kicked off with Ryan Seacrest letting all of us know that “This is ‘American Idol.'” In the spirit of Mother’s Day, the second round of the competition is songs dedicated to the contestant’s mothers.

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Fair warning, since I’m safe at home, I’m probably going to be a little harsher than my colleagues Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. But I might be nicer, too. Maybe. With two rounds of singing tonight, I’m going to rank them in each individual category and then average those rankings to come up with my overall results.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD ROUND

Before we take a look at how the contestants did tackling Carrie’s vast library of hits, she also graced the stage herself for an absolutely stunning performance of “Cry Pretty” that rocked so hard she sounded like Axl Rose in the closing note. Carrie just keeps getting better, and it’s just a good thing she performed after the contestants in this round, because she sang circles around them. It goes to show that you never stop growing and learning as a singer and performer. She absolutely owned that stage from the first note to the last wail.

Michael J. Woodard (20) “Flat on the Floor,” Carrie Underwood

Of course Michael also loves country music. The most versatile performer left in the competition has already impressed with everything from soul to R&B, rock-and-roll to Broadway, so why not country music, too? It was a high-energy performance, but I would have liked to see more dynamism from that performance vocally. His stage presence was the strongest we’ve seen yet from him.
Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Caleb Lee Hutchinson (18) “So Small,” Carrie Underwood

I expected great things from our resident country singers with Carrie Underwood mentoring them, and her classic country catalogue represented. I wasn’t disappointed. Country music can be about pulling heartstrings, but mostly it’s about storytelling. Caleb probably could have picked a song better suited to his gentler side, but I applaud him stepping outside of his comfort zone during the big moment in the middle. Still, he brought it home with intimacy. This wasn’t his strongest vocal, but it was a beautifully small performance.
Maddie Poppe

Maddie Poppe (20) “I Told You So,” Carrie Underwood

Maddie touched the heart of this song and pulled out the emotion. I’m not sure if she took Carrie’s advice to stop overthinking and feel her way through it, but it seems that’s exactly what she did. I didn’t love the way she dropped back out of her falsetto, but the overall performance was fantastic. Maddie brings a folk sensibility to her performances, and for most of that song she absolutely drew me in. She nailed the storytelling aesthetic of country in a way that many country singers should be jealous of.

Maddie touched the heart of this song and pulled out the emotion. I’m not sure if she took Carrie’s advice to stop overthinking and feel her way through it, but it seems that’s exactly what she did. I didn’t love the way she dropped back out of her falsetto, but the overall performance was fantastic. Maddie brings a folk sensibility to her performances, and for most of that song she absolutely drew me in. She nailed the storytelling aesthetic of country in a way that many country singers should be jealous of.
Carrie gave Cade advice he should have gotten earlier in his career. She told him about storytelling in music. He needs to learn to take the listener on a journey and that means not always being at an eleven with his vocal delivery. We know he’s got it, so that’s great. Now make us feel it. To Cade’s credit, he took the note and we journeyed with him through a rock anthem. He still needs to work on his lower register a bit, but his voice was stellar throughout so much of that song — and he’s so adorable — he’s got a real shot of winning the whole thing.

American Idol Grande Finale live show

Journey to find next superstar comes to a head on ABC’s ‘American Idol’

Bobby Bones will mentor top 3 finalists on Sunday; grand finale will include performances by ‘American Idol’ judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie & Luke Bryan
In part one of the “American Idol” two-night season finale, the Top 3 finalists

visit their hometowns to celebrate their time on the show then return to the stage for their last chance to win America’s vote, as the search for America’s next superstar continues on its new home on America’s network, The ABC Television Network, Sunday, May 20 (8-10:01 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand.
In this episode, the finalists – Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett and Maddie Poppe – return to their hometowns – Dallas, Georgia; Pittsburgh; and Clarksville, Iowa, respectively – to say thank you to all of their supportive fans back home and enjoy the day with their family and friends.


Nationally syndicated host of iHeartMedia’s “The Bobby Bones Show” and New York Times best-selling author Bobby Bones will return to “American Idol” to mentor the finalists as they enter their final week of the competition.
Back on the “Idol” stage, the Top 3 finalists will perform three songs: a hometown dedication, a repeat of their favorite song of the season and their winner’s single. In addition to performances by Caleb, Gabby and Maddie, four past contestants – Jonny Brenns, Catie Turner, Michelle Sussett and Harper Grace – will also come back to “American Idol” to perform an original song medley.
The finalists and their song choices for this week include:
•Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Hometown: “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash
Repeat: “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley
Winner’s Single: “Johnny Cash Heart” (Original)

•Gabby Barrett

Hometown: “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
Repeat: “Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert
Winner’s Single: “Rivers Deep” (Original)

•Maddie Poppe

Hometown: “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
Repeat: “Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up” (Original)
Winner’s Single: “Going Going Gone” (Original)

The original song medley will include:

Jonny Brenns – “Blue Jeans” (Original)
Catie Turner – “21st Century Machine” (Original)
Harper Grace – “Yard Sale” (Original)
Michelle Sussett – “I’m a Dreamer” (Original)

America will vote overnight on Sunday to determine who will be crowned the next “American Idol” during the grand finale on Monday. Voting for the finale will open for the Top 3 contestants when the show goes live at 8 p.m. Sunday, and will remain open overnight, closing at 9 a.m. on Monday. Fans can vote online at AmericanIdol.com/vote, in the “American Idol” app or via text. One can vote 10 times per contestant, per method.
Helping America determine who will become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, with Emmy Award-winning Ryan Seacrest returning as host.
Then on Monday, the winner of season one of “American Idol” on ABC will finally be crowned, as the search for America’s next superstar comes to a close starting at 9 p.m.
Performances during the grand finale include:

Bebe Rexha + Top 3 Finalists – “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha
Darius Rucker + Caleb Lee Hutchinson – “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker
Gary Clark Jr. + Dennis Lorenzo + Cade Foehner – “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.
Katy Perry + Catie Turner – “Part of Me” by Katy Perry
Kermit the Frog + Maddie Poppe – “Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie”
Lionel Richie + Top 10 Finalists – “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie
Luke Bryan – “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” by Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan + Gabby Barrett – “Most People Are Good” by Luke Bryan
Nick Jonas + Mustard – “Anywhere” by Nick Jonas and Mustard
Nick Jonas + Jurnee – “Jealous” by Nick Jonas
Patti LaBelle + Ada Vox – “Lady Marmalade” by Patti LaBelle
Yolanda Adams with a choir of voices + Michael J. Woodard – “What the World Needs Now”
Layla and Dyxie Spring – “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes
Top 2 Finalists – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What A Wonderful World”
The winner of Season 1 of “American Idol” on ABC will sing his/her winner’s single

The official “American Idol” app is available on iOS and Android devices. Using the app, fans can vote for their favorite contestants, as well as on AmericanIdol.com/vote or via text. Fans can also use the app to “IDOLize” their selfies with “American Idol” filters and stickers, and track what’s trending with judges, contestants and fans.