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In brief: Rangers win on Lundqvist’s 11th shutout

Sun., March 27, 2011

NHL: Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for his league-leading 11th shutout, and Derek Stepan deflected Michael Sauer’s shot into the net at 6:39 of the first period for the game’s only goal to lead the New York Rangers to a 1-0 road victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

It was the Rangers’ eighth victory in their last 10 games. They are two points ahead of eighth-place Buffalo in the Eastern Conference.

• Flyers roll on: James van Riemsdyk scored two goals in the first period and finished his first NHL hat trick in the third to help the Philadelphia Flyers remain atop the Eastern Conference with a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y.

• Kings win, lose Kopitar: Anze Kopitar scored his team-leading 26th goal before leaving in the second period with an injury, Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist in the third, and the Los Angeles Kings tightened their grip on a playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Los Angeles. Kopitar injured his ankle and is expected to miss six weeks.

• Sabres ride Miller: Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots for his fifth shutout of the season in leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-0 victory over New Jersey in Buffalo, N.Y., that all but ended the Devils’ playoff hopes.

Laird leads at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Golf: Martin Laird’s fortunes rose and fell at Bay Hill. The only thing that never changed was his name atop the leaderboard in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

Laird finally regained control with a two-shot swing on the par-5 16th and finished with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot lead over Spencer Levin going into the final round.

• Shin leads Kia Classic: Second-ranked Jiyai Shin shot a 3-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over Sandra Gal after the third round of the Kia Classic in Industry, Calif.

Shin, who has eight LPGA Tour victories, had a 15-under 204 total on the Industry Hills Golf Club course at Pacific Palms. Gal also shot a 70.

Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., missed the cut after the conclusion of the delayed second round.

Animal Kingdom wins Spiral Stakes

Horse racing: Animal Kingdom roared to the front at the turn then held off Decisive Moment to win the $500,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

The 3-year-old colt thrust himself into the Kentucky Derby picture by easily turning away a late bid from Decisive Moment to win by 2 3/4 lengths.

• Pants On Fire victorious: Pants On Fire came from just off the pace to win the $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Mucho Macho Man, the 3-2 favorite, finished third.

• Victoire Pisa wins: Japan’s Victoire Pisa won the $10 million Dubai World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, capturing the world’s richest horse race.

Bobcats hand Knicks sixth straight loss

NBA: Boris Diaw scored 20 points, Stephen Jackson added 19 despite a sore hamstring, and the Charlotte Bobcats provided more misery for the slumping New York Knicks with a 114-106 win in Charlotte, N.C.

The Bobcats sent the Knicks to their sixth straight loss.

• Rose sparks Bulls: Derrick Rose hit three straight shots in the final two minutes, rallying the Chicago Bulls to a 95-87 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee.

Rose scored 30 points and had 17 assists.

• Pistons top Pacers: Richard Hamilton scored 23 points, and the Detroit Pistons held off the Indiana Pacers 100-88 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Former EWU standout Rodney Stuckey finished with 16 points and six assists for Detroit.

Agudelo gives U.S. tie against Argentina

Miscellany: Juan Agudelo scored in the 59th minute, and the United States rallied for a surprising 1-1 tie against Argentina in a exhibition soccer game in East Rutherford, N.J.

Esteban Cambiasso put fourth-ranked Argentina ahead in the 42nd minute after a thrilling run to the endline by Lionel Messi, who passed through the legs of U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra. Angel Di Maria’s initial shot was stopped by goalkeeper Tim Howard, and Cambiasso scored on the rebound.

• Gamboa KOs Solis in 4th round: At Atlantic City, N.J., Yuriorkis Gamboa stopped Jorge Solis in the fourth round to defend his WBA and IBF featherweight titles.

Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) delivered a sensational performance before a sellout crowd of 2,913 at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom. Solis dropped to 40-3-1.

• Roddick knocked out in opener: An ailing Andy Roddick has been eliminated in his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Roddick, the defending champion, had trouble breathing because of chest congestion and lost to Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 7-6 (4).

• Bellarmine wins D-II title: Chris Dowe and Jeremy Kendle scored 16 points apiece and Bellarmine (33-2) held on for a 71-68 victory over BYU-Hawaii (22-9) to win the men’s NCAA Division II championship in Springfield, Mass.

• Timbers dropped by Toronto: Javier Martina scored two goals, including a gorgeous volley from long range, and Toronto FC beat the Portland Timbers 2-0 in Toronto.

• Cal wins swimming title: California held off defending champion Texas in Minneapolis to win its first men’s NCAA swimming championship in 31 years.

Cal’s Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Tom Shields and Nathan Adrian clinched the title by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2 minutes, 47.39 seconds.

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