Richards nets hat trick as Rangers roll
NHL: The New York Rangers scored five times in a span of less than 3 minutes and Brad Richards notched his first NHL hat trick in an 8-4 rout of the Sabres on Friday night at Buffalo.
The five-goal spurt at the end of the opening period and the beginning of the second was part of a 6-0 outburst to start the game. Richards scored two of the first five goals, and then completed the hat trick in the third period as the win kept the Rangers in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Carl Hagelin, Ryane Clowe, Anton Stralman, Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan also scored for New York.
Buffalo was eliminated from the postseason picture and had its three-game winning streak stopped.
The five goals in a span of 2:58 set a Rangers franchise record.
• Blues stay hot in win over Stars: Brian Elliott made 21 saves to help the Blues win for the ninth time in their last 11 games with a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at St. Louis.
Ryan Reaves and Chris Stewart scored for the Blues, who are in sixth in the Western Conference with 54 points – one behind Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Jose, who are tied for third.
• Blackhawks win seventh straight: Marian Hossa scored a power-play goal just 52 seconds into overtime and the streaking Blackhawks swept the season series against the Nashville Predators for the first time with a 5-4 win at Chicago.
With Rich Clune in the penalty box serving a four-minute minor for high sticking, Patrick Kane sent a pass across the ice to Hossa, who one-timed it for his 17th goal of the season.
Gernat shines as Oil Kings even series
WHL: Laurent Brossoit stopped 23 shots as the Oil Kings defeated the Calgary Hitmen 6-0 in Western Hockey League playoff action at Edmonton.
Martin Gernat had two goals and three assists for the Oil Kings, who evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 1-1.
• Winterhawks take 1-0 series lead: Ty Rattie scored on a penalty shot and added two assists as the Portland Winterhawks downed the visiting Kamloops Blazers 4-1 in Western Hockey League playoff action.
Kamloops led early, but Portland rallied with four unanswered goals to take a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference final.
Jumbled leaderboard at rainy RBC Heritage
Golf: Kevin Streelman, Charley Hoffman and rookie Steve LeBrun were tied for the RBC Heritage lead, and Brandt Snedeker was on the verge of missing the cut when second-round play was suspended because of rain at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Conditions worsened throughout the day and 17 players were unable to finish at Harbour Town Golf Links. They will resume play this morning.
• Pettersen maintains lead: Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 at wind-swept Ko Olina to maintain a one-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Lotte Championship at Kapolei, Hawaii.
The 32-year-old Norwegian, a 10-time LPGA Tour winner ranked sixth in the world, had a 14-under 202 total.
• Bryant, Frost lead at Greater Gwinnett: Bart Bryant and David Frost topped the first-round leaderboard in the Champions Tour’s rain-delayed Greater Gwinnett Championship at Duluth, Ga.
There were 57 players still on the TPC Sugarloaf course when the round was suspended because of darkness. Bryant completed a 4-under 68, and Frost was 4 under with five holes left to play.
Nadal, Djokovic win Monte Carlo semis
Tennis: Rafael Nadal edged Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to win his 45th straight match at the Monte Carlo Masters and reach the semifinals at Monaco.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic had less trouble with Jarkko Nieminen, beating the Finnish veteran 6-4, 6-3. Djokovic won despite a balky right ankle, which the Serb twisted two weeks ago a during Davis Cup match against the United States.
Browns owner not asked to step aside
NFL: The NFL has no plans to ask Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to step aside while the FBI investigates his involvement in a fraud scheme.
League spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email that the league is not concerned about the daily operations of the Browns and that “there are no such plans” to have Haslam remove himself temporarily from the team.
• Charlotte, Panthers reach stadium agreement: The city of Charlotte and the Carolina Panthers have reached agreement on improvements for the team’s stadium.
The plan calls for the city to contribute about $87 million for renovations to Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a six-year deal to keep the Panthers in Charlotte.
Kenseth sets mark at Kansas Speedway
Auto racing: Matt Kenseth took the pole for Sunday’s race at one of his favorite places after setting a track qualifying record of 191.864 mph at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
Kenseth won the fall race at Kansas last season, and hasn’t finished outside the top 10 since having engine trouble in 2009. He has finished in the top five at Kansas five times.
• Hunter-Reay fastest at Long Beach: Defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest in practice at Long Beach, where Mike Conway made his return seven months after walking away from IndyCar.
Hunter-Reay, who won two weeks ago at Barber, ran a lap at 1:09.4224 in his Andretti Autosport Chevrolet.
UW tabs Neighbors new women’s coach
Miscellany: Washington has promoted Mike Neighbors to be the Huskies new head women’s basketball coach after Kevin McGuff left to take the head job at Ohio State.
Neighbors, 44, spent the last two seasons as an assistant to McGuff. He’s never been a head coach at the college level, serving as an assistant at Xavier, Arkansas, Colorado and Tulsa before coming to Washington.
• Nibali tops stage, field at Trentino: Vincenzo Nibali won the four-day Giro del Trentino with a solo victory in the final stage, while Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was slowed by a mechanical problem at Sega di Ala, Italy.
Nibali, who rides for the Astana team, attacked on the long and grueling uphill finish and completed the 104-mile leg from Arco to Sega di Ala in over 4 hours, 21 minutes.