May 28, 2011 in Sports

Bruins advance to Stanley Cup finals to meet Vancouver

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Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, left, and Nathan Horton celebrate after beating Lightning in Game 7 to advance to Stanley Cup finals.
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NHL: Nathan Horton scored with 7:33 left in Game 7, sending the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in more than two decades with a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night in Boston.

Horton beat Tampa goalie Dwayne Roloson by deflecting a pass across the slot from David Krejci.

Tim Thomas made 24 saves in his third career playoff shutout and second this season.

Boston will open the Stanley Cup finals in Vancouver, British Columbia, against the Canucks on Wednesday.

The Bruins won their most recent championship in 1972 and hadn’t reached the finals since 1990, when they were swept by the Edmonton Oilers.

• Kootenay knocked out: Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals and the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors defeated the Kootenay Ice 3-1 in the semifinals of the Memorial Cup in Mississauga, Ontario.

The win sends the Majors to Sunday’s title game against the Saint John Sea Dogs.

No. 1 Wozniacki sent packing at French

Tennis: Caroline Wozniacki, who is No. 1 in the women’s rankings despite never having won a major title, lost to 28th-seeded Daniela Hantuchova in the third round of the French Open in Paris.

Wozniacki’s early exit came a day after No. 2 Kim Clijsters was eliminated by 114th-ranked Arantxa Rus, marking the first time that the top two seeded women failed to make the round of 16 at any Grand Slam tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968.

In men’s play, Novak Djokovic, who is on a 41-match winning streak, was tied at a set apiece with Juan Martin del Potro when play was suspended because of darkness.

Earlier, Roger Federer saved the only break point he faced in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 29 Janko Tipsarevic.

Garcia, Palmer tied for Nelson lead

Golf: Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer share the lead at 8-under-par 132 after two rounds at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas.

Garcia posted his second straight 4-under 66.

Palmer made the cut only once his seven previous tries at the Nelson with nine straight rounds over par before this week. With caddie James Edmondson calling his shots, he’s carded 65 and 67.

Tim Petrovic and Scott Piercy are three strokes back.

Spokane native Alex Prugh shot a 72 for a two-day total of 143 and made the cut.

• Murota stretches lead: Japan’s Kiyoshi Murota shot a 5-under 67 to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky.

Murota followed an opening 66 to stand at 11-under 133 at Valhalla Golf Club.

Nick Price and Hale Irwin are tied for second at 7-under.

Animal Kingdom will race at Belmont

Miscellany: The rematch is almost set.

With Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom a go for the Belmont Stakes in two weeks, attention shifts to whether Preakness winner Shackleford will run in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

For now, Shackleford’s trainer, Dale Romans, isn’t committing, but said the colt will be shipped to Belmont Park next week and that’s when the decision will be made.

The last rematch in the final leg of the Triple Crown between the Derby and Preakness winners was 2005, when Preakness winner Afleet Alex defeated Derby winner Giacomo.

Animal Kingdom will attempt to become the 12th horse to complete a Derby-Belmont double.

• Tiralongo wins stage; Contador leads: Paolo Tiralongo of Italy finished ahead of overall leader Alberto Contador to win the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Macugnaga, Italy.

The pair finished the 129-mile ride from Bergamo to Macugnaga together in 5 hours, 26 minutes, 27 seconds, after the Italian led the attack on the final climb to the finish. Vincenzo Nibali was third, 3 seconds behind.

Contador upped his lead over Michele Scarponi in the overall standings by 20 seconds to 5:18.

• Nonwhite coach hires dip: The number of nonwhite coaches hired in women’s college basketball has declined, according to the latest assess- ment from the Black Coaches and Administrators group.

The fourth BCA report found that five nonwhite coaches were among the 18 people hired from 2009-11. That’s down from the record nine who were hired when 16 openings were filled in 2007-08, the last time the assessment was done.

Cowboys want lawsuit tossed out

NFL: The NFL and the Dallas Cowboys have asked a federal court judge to dismiss the class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Super Bowl ticket holders who wound up with no seats for the game.

About 1,250 temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington were deemed unsafe just hours before the Feb. 6 game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. That forced about 850 fans to move to new seats and 400 others to watch the game from standing-room locations.

A 26-page motion filed by the league and the team says the ticket holders aren’t entitled to compensation beyond what they’ve already been offered.

The motion states that the NFL could revoke ticket-holding privileges as long as it provided a refund. In this instance, the league said it went “beyond its contractual obligations” when it offered displaced fans the actual prices they paid for their tickets as well as all documented travel, lodging and meal expenses

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