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Winterhawks claim road win over Oil Kings

WHL: The Portland Winterhawks earned a key road victory in the Western Hockey League final.

Olivier Bjorkstrand and Taylor Leier each had a goal and an assist for Portland in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday.

Ty Rattie also scored as the Winterhawks took a 2-1 lead in the championship series after Portland had to settle for a split at home.

Michael St. Croix had the lone goal for Edmonton.

Mac Carruth stopped 38 shots in net for Portland, while Laurent Brossoit turned aside 24 pucks for Edmonton.

The series resumes for Game 4 at Rexall Place tonight.

Dimitrov knocks off top-ranked Djokovic

Tennis: Grigor Dimitrov stunned Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open, beating the top-ranked Serb 7-6 (6), 6-7 (8), 6-3 for the biggest win of his career.

Earlier, defending champion Roger Federer looked comfortable on clay in his first match in two months, easing past Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3 to reach the third round.

In the women’s draw, defending champion Serena Williams moved into the third round after beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 6-2, 7-5.

Russia rallies to defeat USA

Hockey: Russia got two late goals to beat the United States 5-3 in a hard fought game, while Canada scored four unanswered goals en route to a 7-1 rout of Norway on at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki.

The Americans gave the defending champions their toughest test yet at this year’s tournament, leading 3-2 after two goals from captain Paul Stastny and a slapshot from the blue line by Matt Hunwick.

The U.S. (2-1) plays co-host Finland (3-0) today.

Sabres hire Rolston: The Buffalo Sabres have hired Ron Rolston as head coach after he served the interim position following the firing of Lindy Ruff in February.

Trufant signs deal with Jacksonville

Miscellany: The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to revamp their secondary, signing free agent cornerback Marcus Trufant and reuniting him with coach Gus Bradley.

The team released veteran cornerback Antwaun Molden to make room for the former Seattle Seahawks and Washington State star.

Kasay retires with Carolina: John Kasay, who ranks among the NFL’s all-time leaders in field goals and scoring, is retiring with Carolina.

Kasay, who began his carrer with Seattle and spent 15 seasons with Carolina, signed a one-day contract with the Panthers so he could retire as a member of the team.

Suns hire McDonough: The Phoenix Suns have hired Ryan McDonough as their new general manager.

The 33-year-old McDonough spent the previous 10 seasons with the Boston Celtics.

Battaglin wins stage: Enrico Battaglin of Italy sprinted to victory on the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia, while compatriot Luca Paolini retained the overall leader’s pink jersey.


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