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In brief: Red Wings defeat Sharks to stay alive

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

NHL: Tomas Holmstrom broke a tie with 6:08 remaining, and the visiting Detroit Red Wings had three third-period goals to avoid elimination with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

Danny Cleary and Jonathan Ericsson also scored in the final period to send the series back to Detroit for Game 6 on Tuesday night. After winning the first three games, San Jose is clinging to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchi scored to help the Sharks take a 3-1 lead early in the third period. Then the Red Wings scored two quick goals before Holmstrom redirected the winner past Antti Niemi.

Jimmy Howard made 39 saves and Pavel Datsyuk had three assists for Detroit.

Smith, Teague lead Hawks past Bulls

NBA: Josh Smith had 23 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists, and Jeff Teague came up with another big game to lead the Atlanta Hawks past the Chicago Bulls 100-88, evening their Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece.

The Hawks snapped a nine-game home losing streak in the second round of the playoffs, their misery dating to a May 13, 1996, win against Orlando.

Smith, frequently criticized by Atlanta fans for his inconsistent play, stayed away from the outside jumpers, dominated on the inside and found the open man with crisp passes. Teague has been an even bigger surprise filling in for injured Kirk Hinrich, scoring 12 points and dishing out four assists.

• Mack leaving for NBA draft: Butler says guard Shelvin Mack is keeping his name in the June 23 NBA draft and won’t return for his senior season with the small Indiana school that reached the NCAA basketball final the last two seasons.

Mack is Butler’s all-time NCAA tournament scoring leader with 232 points in 13 games. He was the Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer for the season at 16 points per game.

• Kentucky’s Liggins to remain in draft: Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins will remain in the NBA draft.

Liggins announced Sunday he will turn pro rather than return for his senior season after receiving positive feedback from NBA personnel during a weekend camp hosted by the New Jersey Nets.

Wildcats freshman Brandon Knight also is staying in the draft while forward Terrence Jones announced Saturday he will come back for his sophomore season.

• Green staying in draft: Stanford guard Jeremy Green has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft.

Green averaged 16.7 points per game last season, fifth-best in the Pac-10 Conference. He also shot 42 percent from 3-point range and overall from the floor.

Kvitova tops Azarenka for Madrid Open title

Tennis: Petra Kvitova won her third title of the season, beating Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the Madrid Open final at Madrid.

The 18th-ranked Czech player won the first set tiebreaker when Azarenka netted. The players exchanged breaks before Kvitova gained the momentum, helped by 40 winners. Kvitova secured her first Masters series trophy when Azarenka returned long on the first championship point.

The victory will vault her to No. 10 when the new WTA rankings come out today.

Azarenka will jump one spot to No. 4 despite coming up short in her bid for a third title this season.

Panathinaikos wins Euroleague title

Miscellany: In Barcelona, Spain, Panathinaikos won the Euroleague basketball final, beating Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 78-70 behind 16 points and nine assists from Dimitris Diamantidis.

This was the sixth European title and third in five years for the Greek club. Italy’s Montepaschi Siena beat Real Madrid 80-62 for third place.

Mike Batiste, who also won the title with Panathinaikos in 2007 and ’09, scored 18 points and Drew Nicholas added 14. Maccabi’s Chuck Eidson had 17.

The Israelis were within three points at halftime, but their outside shooting faltered in the second half when it made just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. Diamantidis, the regular-season MVP, was also the MVP of the Final Four.

• Duke adds Capel to coaching staff: Former Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel has taken a job on the Duke staff.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that the former Blue Devils guard will be one of his assistant coaches. Capel spent the past nine seasons as a head coach at Virginia Commonwealth and then Oklahoma. The Sooners fired him following their second consecutive losing season.

• Czech Republic beats Russia at worlds: Czech Republic overcame the arrival of Alex Ovechkin to beat Russia 3-2 and maintain a perfect record at the hockey world championship at Kosice, Slovakia.

Jakub Voracek, Jaromir Jagr and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Czech Republic as Ovechkin couldn’t help Russia avenge a 2-1 loss to the Czechs in the final of last year’s worlds.

• Vettel wins Turkish Grand Prix: In Istanbul, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel cruised to victory in the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, clinching his third win of the season ahead of teammate Mark Webber to extend his overall lead in the standings.

The Formula One champion was never in trouble at Istanbul Park after starting from the pole position for the fourth consecutive race.

Red Bull started 1-2 on the grid and Webber passed Spaniard Fernando Alonso late in an exciting race that saw a lot of bumping and overtaking early on, and where the top four drivers all made four tire changes.

Alonso was third, giving Ferrari its first podium finish this season.

• Petacchi wins second stage of Giro: In Parma, Italy, Alessandro Petacchi won a mass sprint to take the second stage of the Giro d’Italia, with Mark Cavendish finishing second to take the overall lead.

The Lampre rider captured the longest stage of the Giro, completing the 151-mile ride from Alba to Parma in 5 hours, 45 minutes, 40 seconds.

• China dominates USA Diving Grand Prix: In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Huo Liang won the men’s 10-meter platform event in the USA Diving Grand Prix, part of a strong weekend for China at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center.

Chinese divers won three of the four events on the final day of the only yearly international competition held in the United States. • Return to racing uncertain for Archarcharch: Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch was scheduled to have surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic after suffering a condylar fracture to his left front leg during his 15th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Jinks Fires, who was saddling his first Derby starter after 50 years of conditioning horses, said Dr. Larry Bramlage informed him that as long as there was no major cartilage damage, the son of Arch could eventually return to racing.

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