NHL: Danny Briere, Matt Read and Max Talbot each scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to an 8-4 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday in a fight-filled Game 3 in the first-round series.
Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux also scored to help the Flyers take a 3-0 lead in the combustible best-of-7 Eastern Conference series.
The goals might be hard to find on a highlight reel. This one was all about the brawls more suitable for a UFC card. Three players were tossed in the first period. There was a rare fight between superstars when Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby squared off against Giroux.
Jordan Staal and James Neal scored twice for a Penguins team pushed to the limit by its hated, intrastate rival. Marc-Andre Fleury was benched after allowing six goals in two periods. He has allowed a whopping 17 goals in the first three games.
• Kings put Canucks in 3-0 hole: Jonathan Quick made 41 saves, Dustin Brown scored on a long rebound with 13:30 to play, and the eighth-seeded Kings pushed the Vancouver Canucks to the brink of elimination with a 1-0 victory in Game 3 in Los Angeles.
Brown’s fourth goal of a stellar series put the Kings one win away from their first playoff series victory since 2001. He also put the two-time Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks on the edge of a shocking playoff departure.
• Panthers net first postseason win since ’97: Stephen Weiss scored the first two playoff goals of his 10-year NHL career, Jose Theodore stopped 23 shots and the Florida Panthers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 in Sunrise, Fla., to even the first-round series at a game apiece and give Florida its first playoff victory since beating the New York Rangers 3-0 on April 17, 1997.
• Predators take 2-1 series lead over Red Wings: Shea Weber silenced the Detroit crowd with a goal early in the first period and Nashville held on to beat the Red Wings to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference series.
Henrik Zetterberg scored with just under a minute left to pull the Red Wings within one, but they couldn’t tie the game to force overtime.
• Hagelin handed suspension for elbow: Rangers forward Carl Hagelin was suspended for three games for elbowing Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson in the head during New York’s loss in Game 2 of the first-round Eastern Conference series. There was no update on Alfredsson’s condition or playing status.
Bryant-less Lakers outlast Mavs in OT
NBA: Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Pau Gasol made back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth straight game without Kobe Bryant, 112-108 over the visiting Dallas Mavericks.
Ramon Sessions scored 22 points, and Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who are 4-1 while the NBA’s leading scorer rests his bruised shin.
Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points on 9-of-28 shooting and 14 rebounds, but Jason Terry missed a potential tying layup at the rim with 5 seconds left in overtime for the Mavericks.
• Magic beat Cavs to clinch postseason spot: Jameer Nelson scored 21 points and the Orlando Magic clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a 100-84 win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
The news the Magic made the postseason took a back seat to the team’s injury list, which seems to grow by the day. Dwight Howard (herniated disc in back) and forward Hedo Turkoglu (facial fracture) are sidelined indefinitely. Coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game he’s preparing to play the rest of the regular season and the playoffs without the two players.
Orlando took another hit in the first quarter when Glen Davis, filling in for Howard, sustained a sprained right knee and didn’t return. He will undergo a further examination today.
• James, Heat hold off Anthony, Knicks: LeBron James had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 points and nine boards, and the Miami Heat beat the Knicks 93-85 in New York to clinch the Southeast Division title.
Carmelo Anthony scored 42 points for the Knicks, but had only two baskets in the fourth quarter, perhaps tired after playing 43 minutes.
• Rose guides Bulls over Pistons in OT: Derrick Rose scored 24 points, including a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons for the 15th straight time, 100-94 in overtime at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Rodney Stuckey scored 32 points for the Pistons, but he missed two crucial free throws late in the fourth quarter. Rose’s 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds remaining tied the game at 86 and sent it to the extra session.
Kerber upsets top-seeded Wozniacki
Tennis: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki was upset by Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the e-Boks Open in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Second-seeded Kerber broke the Dane’s serve three times in each set to earn the title in 1 hour, 38 minutes. Wozniacki couldn’t match the 24-year-old German, breaking only twice in each set.
• Monaco beats Isner in Clay Court finale: Juan Monaco defeated John Isner 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the final match of the U.S. Clay Court Championship in Houston. Monaco broke Isner’s serve three times to hand the American his first clay loss of the year.
• Andujar tops Ramos to defend title: Pablo Andujar successfully defended his Grand Prix Hassan II title, beating Albert Ramos 6-1, 7-6 (5) in the rain-delayed all-Spanish final in Casablanca, Morocco.
MLS match cut short by lightning
Soccer: Logan Pause scored in the 27th minute to lift the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo in Bridgeview, Ill., in a match shortened to 66 minutes due to lightning.
Will Bruin opened the scoring for Houston in the 24th minute with a low shot from 14 yards out after taking a pass from former Gonzaga standout Brian Ching.
British racing chief defends National
Horse racing: The head of British horseracing says the Grand National will never be risk-free and is warning against any kneejerk reaction in the wake of two horses dying for the second straight year during the world’s most grueling jumps race.
Pre-race favorite Synchronised and According to Pete were put down after suffering injuries, putting London’s prestigious event under further scrutiny from animal rights groups who have called for it to be banned.
Paul Bittar, chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, said, “Naturally our objective is for there to be no fatalities, but we also recognize that we cannot remove risk altogether from such a competitive activity.”
After nine months, Clemens back on trial
Courts: Jury selection is set to begin today in the retrial of Roger Clemens.
Clemens is back in a Washington court nine months after the first attempt by the government to prove that the seven-time Cy Young Award winner lied when he denied using steroids and human growth hormone before Congress in 2008.
Only two witnesses had been called last July when U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial. Walton said that prosecutors had made a gaffe that even a “first-year law student” wouldn’t make.
The second trial is expected to last four to six weeks. U.S. sentencing guidelines suggest Clemens would receive up to 15 to 21 months in prison if found guilty on all six counts he’s facing.