In brief: Stamkos’ hat trick leads to Lightning win
NHL: Steven Stamkos had his second hat trick of the season and added two assists, and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 8-7 on Thursday night.
Nate Thompson scored the tiebreaking goal at 5:19 of the third period, flicking a rebound past backup goalie Brian Boucher.
Adam Hall, Ryan Malone, Brett Clark and Steve Downie also scored for Tampa Bay.
Nikolay Zherdev scored twice, and Andreas Nodl, Jeff Carter, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere and Andrej Meszaros also scored for Philadelphia.
The 20-year-old Stamkos leads the NHL with 19 goals and 35 points.
• Ribeiro lifts Stars over Sharks in OT: Mike Ribeiro scored at 2:52 of overtime after capping a two-goal comeback in the final 3 minutes of regulation in the host Dallas Stars’ 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks. James Neal scored the second of his two goals on the night with 2:35 left in regulation, and Ribeiro tied it 29 seconds later.
• NHL suspends Flames’ Jokinen for three games: Calgary Flames center Olli Jokinen was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL, a day after cross-checking Phoenix’s Wojtek Wolski in the head. The suspension will cost Jokinen $48,387 in salary.
Aldridge, Trail Blazers rally to beat Nuggets
NBA: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, Wesley Matthews added 20 and the host Portland Trail Blazers rallied during the second half to beat the Denver Nuggets 86-83.
Portland trailed by as many as nine points after halftime but outscored Denver 17-12 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
Andre Miller added 16 points for Portland. Carmelo Anthony scored 18 to lead five Nuggets in double figures.
Hamilton leads Texas to OT win over Illinois
Men’s basketball: Jordan Hamilton scored 25 points and Texas scored the first eight points of overtime in a 90-84 victory over No. 13 Illinois in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic in New York.
Freshman Tristan Thompson had 20 points for the Longhorns (3-0) and Gary Johnson finished with 16. Demetri McCamey had 22 points to lead Illinois (3-1).
• Zanna, Pittsburgh get past Maryland: Freshman Talib Zanna had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 5 Pittsburgh (4-0) to a 79-70 victory over Maryland (3-1) in the other semifinal matchup of the 2K Sports Classic.
Pittsburgh will play Texas tonight for the title in the tournament that benefits Coaches vs. Cancer.
• Pullen powers Kansas St. past Presbyterian: Jacob Pullen scored 15 points, leading No. 3 Kansas State (3-0) to a tough, 76-67 nonconference victory over Presbyterian (0-2) at Manhattan, Kan.
Rodney Magruder added 13 points for the Wildcats. Presbyterian was led by Al’Lonzo Coleman’s 15 points and 14 rebounds.
• Missouri edges Western Illinois: Laurence Bowers had nine points and 10 rebounds, and No. 15 Missouri (1-0) held off Western Illinois (2-1) for a 66-61 nonconference win at Columbia, Mo. Matt Lander’s 24 points led Western Illinois.
Morris, Bruins beat Irish in two overtimes
Women’s basketball: Darxia Morris scored five points in the second overtime and came up with a big steal to help No. 15 UCLA beat No. 12 Notre Dame 86-83 in a nonconference matchup in South Bend, Ind.
Jasmine Dixon had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins (3-0). Morris added 17 and Markel Walker 16.
Skylar Diggins led Notre Dame (2-1) with 22 points and Natalie Novosel added 19.
Bettencourt leads Pebble Beach Invite
Miscellany: At Pebble Beach, Calif., PGA Tour winner Matt Bettencourt shot an 8-under-par 64 at Del Monte to take a two-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach Invitational, while Annika Sorenstam opened with a 69 in a rare competitive start since her retirement in 2008.
Bettencourt had two eagles, five birdies and a bogey in the tournament that features 76 male and female players. LPGA Tour player Morgan Pressel, PGA Tour veteran Bryce Molder and New York club pro Heath Wassen opened with 66s, also at Del Monte.
• Russia beats WHL all- stars, wins Super Series: The Russians won their first Super Series. Stanislav Bocharov scored a hat trick and Dmitry Shikin made 38 saves as Russia won the six-game series with a 5-2 victory over the Western Hockey League all-stars in Prince George, British Columbia.
Russia won four of six games for its first series victory in the eight-year history of the tournament, which pits a touring team of junior Russian players against the best in the Canadian Hockey League.
• Pop Warner: Doctor’s OK needed for concussed kids: Pop Warner, the nation’s oldest and largest youth football organization, is requiring a note from a doctor before letting anyone who’s suffered a head injury back on the field.
The organization also announced the creation of a national medical advisory board. The chairman is Dr. Julian Bailes, who works with the NFL Players Association on concussion- related issues.
• Lotus to build engines, cars in IndyCar series: IndyCar has announced that Lotus will join Honda and Chevrolet as an engine manufacturer when IndyCar unveils its new car design in 2012.
The England-based company will also produce aerodynamic kits for KV Racing Technology. Engine specifics and the number of cars Lotus will produce engines for was not immediately available.