NHL: The Detroit Red Wings are headed to the playoffs for the 22nd straight season after Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in a 3-0 victory over the Stars on Saturday night at Dallas.
Jimmy Howard made 17 saves to post his fifth shutout of the season as Detroit secured the seventh spot in the Western Conference. It’s the lowest playoff seed for the Red Wings since the NHL moved to the 1 vs. 8 conference format in 1993.
Jonathan Ericsson also scored and Pavel Datsyuk had three assists for the Red Wings, who own the longest active playoff streak in major professional sports.
• St. Louis increases points lead in win: NHL points leader Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers at Tampa, Fla., in the season finale for two non-playoff teams.
St. Louis finished the year with 60 points, giving him the league lead pending the outcome of later games.
• Blues clinch home ice: Brian Elliott made 22 saves and Jaden Schwartz had his first two-goal game as the Blues earned home-ice advantage for the first-round of the playoffs by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 at St. Louis.
Liverpool routs Newcastle 6-0
Soccer: With Luis Suarez beginning a 10-match ban for biting an opponent, Liverpool romped to a 6-0 victory in the Premier League for Newcastle’s worst home loss since 1925.
Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson each scored twice.
• Barcelona draws 2-2 with Athletic Bilbao: Barcelona gave up a tying goal in the 90th minute, spoiling a great performance by Lionel Messi in a 2-2 draw with host Athletic Bilbao.
Glover leads by two at Zurich Classic
Golf: Lucas Glover increased his lead to two strokes in the Zurich Classic to remain in position for his first victory in two years.
The 2009 U.S. Open winner shot a 2-under 70 to reach 14 under at TPC Louisiana at Avondale.
• Ciganda leads Park at North Texas: Carlota Ciganda shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over the world’s No. 1 player and an LPGA Tour rookie into the final round of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout at Irving.
Top-ranked Inbee Park finished her 67 with consecutive birdies.
Chapman, Blake on top at better-ball event: Roger Chapman and Jay Don Blake shot an 11-under 61 in the second round of the Champion’s Tour better-ball tournament at Savannah, Ga., to take a one shot lead.
Five teams, including 18-hole leaders Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman, are a shot back.
Garcia dominates Judah, retains titles
Boxing: Danny Garcia unanimously outpointed Brooklyn’s Zab Judah at Barclays Center to retain the WBA and WBC junior welterweight titles at New York.
• Martinez outpoints Murray: Sergio Martinez retained his WBC middleweight title at Buenos Aires, Argentina, unanimously outpointing Martin Murray despite being sent to the canvas several times.
Nadal, Almagro reach Barcelona Open final
Tennis: Seven-time winner Rafael Nadal defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-0 to reach the final of the Barcelona Open.
He will play for the title today against Nicolas Almagro in a match between Spaniards. Almagro defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-1 in the other semifinal to advance to his second clay-court final of the year.
• Sharapova to face Li: Defending champion Maria Sharapova will face Li Na in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix today in a matchup of the last two French Open winners at Stuttgart, Germany.
Sharapova rallied in the third set to beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 before second-seeded Li followed with a 6-4, 6-3 win over qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States.
U.S. women set American record
Miscellany: The United States set an American record in winning the women’s 3,200 relay at the Penn Relays at Philadelphia.
Led by a strong anchor leg from Alysia Montano, who ran the final 800 meters in 1:58.6, the U.S. finished with a time of 8:04.31. The U.S. also won the men’s 400 and 1,600 relays.
• Froome extends lead at Romandie: Chris Froome of Britain extended his Tour de Romandie lead at Les Diablerets, Switzerland, powering up a rain-hit final climb in the main mountain stage to finish on the wheel of winner Simon Spilak.
• Bejarano, Hollendorfer win big: Jockey Rafael Bejarano and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had three winners each on California Gold Rush day at Betfair Hollywood Park.
• Smith suspended: The NBA suspended Knicks guard J.R. Smith for Game 4 of New York’s playoff series against Boston for elbowing the Celtics’ Jason Terry in the chin.
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