By Minami Funakoshi HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Barack Obama on Friday becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first atomic bombing, a gesture Washington and Tokyo hope will showcase their alliance and breathe life into stalled efforts to abolish nuclear arms. The two governments hope Obama's tour of Hiroshima, where an atomic bomb killed thousands instantly on Aug. 6, 1945, and some 140,000 by the year's end, will highlight a new level of reconciliation and tighter ties between the former enemies. Aides say Obama's main objective in Hiroshima, where he will lay a wreath at a peace memorial, is to showcase his nuclear disarmament agenda for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
BOSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Boston Red Sox had his hitting streak ended at 29 games on Thursday night and teammate Xander Bogaerts took over the mantle of the longest current streak in the majors by keeping his alive at 19 games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup final Thursday with a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the deciding seventh game of their Eastern Conference playoff series. The Penguins begin the best-of-seven championship on Monday when they host the San Jose Sharks, who beat the St. Louis Blues in six games in the other NHL semi-final. It was the loudest I've heard a building in all my years in this league," said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan of the crowd of 18,600 at the Penguins' Consol Energy Center.