October 24, 2013 in Sports

Hot Bruins hand Sabres another loss

From Staff And Wire Reports
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Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, bottom, can’t watch Boston celebrate.
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NHL: Milan Lucic had two goals and an assist, and Torey Krug also scored twice to help the Boston Bruins beat the reeling Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Wednesday in Buffalo, N.Y.

Dougie Hamilton also scored for Boston. The Bruins are 6-2 overall and have won their first four road games for the first time since 2010.

Nikita Zadorov and Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo. At 1-9-1, the Sabres are off to their worst start in franchise history. They are winless in their first seven home games.

Chad Johnson made 14 saves for Boston, and Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots for Buffalo.

• Senators rout Red Wings: Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan scored two goals apiece, and the Ottawa Senators routed the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 in Detroit.

Eric Gryba and former Spokane Chiefs defenseman Jared Cowen also scored for the Senators.

Sporting K.C. makes CONCACAF quarters

Soccer: Eric Kronberg earned his third shutout in four group matches and Sporting Kansas City withstood two disallowed goals to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a scoreless draw against Honduras’ CD Olimpia in Kansas City, Kan.

Sporting (2-0-2) needed only a draw to move on to its first regional knockout competition since the 2002 CONCACAF Champions Cup. Olimpia (2-1-1) needed a win to advance.

Teal Bunbury had a goal waved off in the 36th minute and Graham Zusi in the 54th, both after offside calls.

• Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic shine: Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic warmed up for their World Cup playoffs meeting with big games for Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Ronaldo had two goals in Madrid’s 2-1 home victory over Juventus in the marquee matchup of the day, and Ibrahimovic scored four times – including an unstoppable long-range strike – to help PSG outclass Anderlecht 5-0 in Brussels.

Li, Jankovic open with wins in Istanbul

Tennis: Jelena Jankovic topped second-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 in her first match at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Earlier, fifth-ranked Li Na edged Sara Errani 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the round-robin event featuring the top eight players in the world.

Jankovic, who was ranked No. 1 in 2008 and returned in the top 10 for the first time since 2011, outplayed the erratic Azaranka to snap a four-match losing streak against her.

• Isner, Ferrer advance: John Isner of the United States edged Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) at the Valencia (Spain) Open.

Top-seeded David Ferrer eased into the second round by stopping Gael Monfils of France 6-3, 6-2.

Philipp Kohlschreiber upset second-seeded fellow German Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

WADA investigation headed to Jamaica

Miscellany: After attempts by Jamaica’s anti-doping commission to delay an inquiry, a team from the World Anti-Doping Agency is scheduled to visit the island next week to begin a special audit of the sprinting power- house’s drug testing regime.

Herb Elliott, the chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, said that three WADA officials will be on the Caribbean island Monday and Tuesday to inspect the agency in the wake of revelations of a near-complete breakdown of the commission’s out-of- competition testing from January 2012 to the July opening of the London Olympics.

• WVU clears coach: West Virginia said it found no misconduct or violations of NCAA rules with the Mountaineers football program involving an assistant football coach who was identified by Sports Illustrated as having provided improper payments to players while he worked at Oklahoma State.

Last month Sports Illustrated reported Joe DeForest paid cash bonuses to Oklahoma State players of up to $500 for performance. DeForest spent a decade with the Cowboys before being hired at West Virginia in 2012.

• 2014 Tour de France route set: Tracing a route that limits the strengths of defending champion Chris Froome, the 2014 Tour de France will rattle over bone-jarring cobblestones, pay homage to World War I battlefields, climb unfamiliar mountains in the east of France and have only one time trial.

Starting in Leeds, England, on July 5, the 101st Tour ends 22 days later, as is traditional, on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. With 25 ascents, the same as the 2012 edition won by Bradley Wiggins and only three fewer than this year’s centennial dominated by Froome, the 2014 race will again suit strong climbers.

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