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In brief: Bourque lifts Flames over Predators

Calgary’s Rene Bourque, left, scored his first goal of the season after sitting out two games with a concussion.  (Associated Press / Fr155495 Ap)
Calgary’s Rene Bourque, left, scored his first goal of the season after sitting out two games with a concussion. (Associated Press / Fr155495 Ap)

NHL: Rene Bourque scored at 2:10 of overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night at Nashville, Tenn.

After winning their first three games of the season, the Predators have lost back-to-back games, both in overtime.

After missing Calgary’s past two games with a concussion, Bourque got his first goal of the season.

• Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec returned to practice with no memory of his frightening collapse barely 2 minutes into the Thrashers’ opening game.

There is no timetable for Pavelec to return to the Thrashers’ lineup.

Stuckey leads Pistons over Washington

NBA: Rodney Stuckey scored 34 points and Charlie Villanueva added 19 to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 98-92 victory over the Washington Wizards in Toledo, Ohio.

After averaging 12.8 points in the preseason when he had started four of the Pistons’ first six games, Stuckey said he’s fine with whatever role coach John Kuester has for him.

“It is what it is. If I have to come off the bench, I’ll come off the bench,” said the former Eastern Washington University player. “I ain’t tripping. Whatever it takes to make this team win.”

• Performance enhancing shoes?: The NBA is prohibiting its players from wearing a new line of sneakers that claims to increase vertical leap.

Athletic Propulsion Labs’ $300 Concept 1 shoe employs a spring-based system designed to increase lift.

Toms leads Els at Grand Slam of Golf

Golf: In an opening day led by the two alternates, David Toms got off to a fast start before losing momentum with a pair of bogeys at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Southhampton, Bermuda.

He still managed a 4-under-par 67 for a one-shot lead over Ernie Els.

The 36-hole event is for the four major champions. Toms replaced British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, who is out with an ankle injury. Els filled in for Masters champion Phil Mickelson, who chose not to play.

Coach, team stand by paralyzed LeGrand

College Football: Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand is responsive and aware of the difficult road ahead, says coach Greg Schiano, who described the junior defensive tackle as being in “good spirits.”

Schiano did not update LeGrand’s medical condition in a news conference but said he’s seen him every day since LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down after making a special teams tackle against Army on Saturday.

“We know it’s going to be a long road,” Schiano said. “It’s going to be one step at a time and we’re going to do this as a family, the LeGrand family, the Rutgers football family. That’s the way we are going to approach it.”

• Wildcats receiver sorry for Tweets: Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb apologized for using Twitter to lash out at fans for coming late, leaving early and being more concerned about the school’s basketball team, following an upset of South Carolina last weekend.

Miscellany: As the soccer world governing body prepares to investigate World Cup vote-trading allegations today, Transparency International lawyer Sylvia Schenk told the Associated Press that scandals surrounding how FIFA chooses the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts have created “a lot of doubt” about its integrity.

“You have a culture of giving presents and gifts to everybody, all the time, at any occasion,” Schenk said in a telephone interview.

• Costa Rican team downs Sounders: David Guzman scored on a shot that went in off the hands of Kasey Keller midway through the 87th minute, giving Saprissa of Costa Rica a 2-1 victory against the Sounders in Seattle.

That boosted the Costa Rican side into the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Champions League. Seattle finished 1-5-0 with three points in its first CCL appearance.


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