May 26, 2012 in Sports

Devils qualify for Cup final with OT win

 
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New Jersey Devils’ Adam Henrique, right, scores winning goal in overtime victory over the New York Rangers on Friday.
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NHL: Adam Henrique scored off a wild scramble in front of the net at 1:03 into overtime and the sixth-seeded New Jersey Devils defeated the top-seeded New York Rangers 3-2 in Newark, N.J., to advance to their first Stanley Cup finals since 2003.

The Devils will face the Los Angeles Kings for the Cup in a series that starts Wednesday.

Ryan Carter and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored for the Devils, who blew a 2-0 first-period lead.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Ryan Callahan scored for New York.

January’s Fever beat Vandersloot’s Sky

WNBA: Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and Katie Douglas added 21 to lead the Indiana Fever to an 83-72 victory over the Chicago Sky in Rosemont, Ill.

Lewis and Clark grad Briann January had four points and two steals in 20 minutes off the bench for the Fever.

Former Gonzaga University star Courtney Vandersloot started and totaled nine points, four assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes for the Sky.

• McCoughtry sparks Dream: Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points, Lindsey Harding added 19 and the Atlanta Dream won their home opener, 100-74 over the New York Liberty.

• Sun edge Silver Stars: Tina Charles had 18 points and eight rebounds to become the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 800 career rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 83-79 in Uncasville, Conn.

Charles reached the mark in her 71st career game, topping Yolanda Griffith (72).

Red-hot Dufner has two-stroke lead

Golf: Jason Dufner moved into position for his second straight victory, shooting a bogey-free 6-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead in the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dufner had an 11-under 129 total. First-round leader Zach Johnson was second after a 67, and Bo Van Pelt (64) and Tommy Gainey (67) were third at 7 under.

• Irwin shoots his age: Hale Irwin shot his age with a 5-under 66, finishing the second round of the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich., two shots behind leaders Roger Chapman and John Cook.

Cook also had a 66 to match Chapman at 7 under. Chapman had a 67. Michael Allen broke the course record with a 64.

• Morrison has big lead: England’s James Morrison shot an 8-under 64 to take a four-stroke lead in the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England, while Rory McIlroy had a 79 to miss the cut and leave himself in danger of losing the top spot in the world ranking to No. 2 Luke Donald.

Morrison had a 12-under 132 total. Donald, the defending champion, was tied for second with David Drysdale.

• Alabama wins first title: Alabama won the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship for the first time, holding off Southern California by a stroke on the 72nd hole in Franklin, Tenn.

Oklahoma’s Chirapat Jao-Javanil was the medalist by four strokes with a 6-under 282.

St. George’s graduate Chessey Thomas closed with a 2-under 70 and was the top finisher for Tennessee. Thomas tied for 45th with a 10-over 298.

American qualifier Baker in Nice final

Tennis: American qualifier Brian Baker outlasted Nikolay Davydenko 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the final of the Open de Nice in Nice, France.

The 216th-ranked Baker will face Nicolas Almagro of Spain, who beat Gilles Simon of France 6-1, 6-3.

• Radwanska, Halep advance: Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 7-6 (8) 6-3 to set up a championship match against Simona Halep in the Belgian Open in Brussels.

Halep beat Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-4, 6-3.

• Schiavone will face Cornet: Francesca Schiavone beat Sloane Stephens of the U.S. 7-5, 6-1 to reach the Strasbourg (France) International final, where she will play Alize Cornet of France.

Cornet rallied to beat fellow French player Pauline Parmentier 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Bolt captures 100 at Golden Spike

Track and field: Usain Bolt won the 100 meters at a Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The Jamaican had a slow start but pulled ahead in the final stretch to finish in 10.04 seconds.

Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis finished second in 10.19 and American sprinter Darvis Patton was third in 10.22.

Rodriguez retains Giro d’Italia lead

Cycling: Roman Kreuziger won the 19th stage of Giro d’Italia in Val di Fiemme, Italy, and Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead.

Kreuziger finished the penultimate mountain leg of the Giro in 6 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds. Ryder Hesjedal was 19 seconds behind.

Rodriguez finished third. His advantage over Hesjedal in the overall standings is down to 17 seconds.

• Armstrong plans to race: U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is confident she can overcome her injury to earn a spot on the women’s team for the London Olympics.

Armstrong crashed her bicycle Thursday night in Boise during the first stage of the Exergy Tour.

She underwent surgery Friday and had pins installed in her clavicle.

Expert says DNA matched Clemens

Miscellany: A forensic scientist has testified in Washington that two cotton balls and a syringe needle allegedly saved after a steroids injection tested positive for Roger Clemens’ DNA – in a key moment as the government tries to prove the former pitcher used performance- enhancing drugs.

Alan Keel told jurors that the DNA matches were “unique to one person who has ever lived on the planet” – Clemens.

Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former strength coach, earlier testified he collected the medical waste after injecting the pitcher with steroids.

Clemens is accused of lying to Congress when he denied using PEDs.

• Hammon will play for Russia: Becky Hammon will again play for the Russian Olympic women’s basketball team in London this summer.

Hammon created a stir in 2008 when she first played for Russia in the Beijing Olympics.

Hammon, 35, plays for a Russian club team during the winter and became a natural- ized citizen.

Because she hadn’t played for the U.S. in any major international events, she was allowed to compete for Russia in the Olympics.

• TNA accuses WWE of poaching: Two giants in the wrestling world are getting ready to rumble – in a Nashville, Tenn., courtroom.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling has sued World Wrestling Entertainment for obtaining secret contract information in an attempt to poach TNA’s wrestlers.

TNA’s top talent includes veteran wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, who the WWE has already reportedly tried to lure away.


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