NHL: Josh Bailey’s goal with 1:40 left capped the Islanders’ furious third-period rally, and visiting New York edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Friday night.
Bailey took a feed from Frans Nielsen in front of the net and beat goalie Jeff Zatkoff for his fourth goal of the season. The Islanders scored three times in the final 7:14 and erased deficits of 2-1 and 3-2.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby scored his eighth goal of the season and now has an NHL-high 18 points.
• Avs improve to 9-1: Matt Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche extended their strong start by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 in Denver.
Erik Johnson and Alex Tanguay also scored for the Avalanche (9-1).
Carolina got goals from former Spokane Chief Drayson Bowman and Andrej Sekera.
• Kesler lifts Canucks: Ryan Kesler scored his second goal of the game at 4:45 of overtime during a power play to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Backup goalie Eddie Lack made 22 saves for the Canucks, who went 5-1-1 on their seven-game road trip.
Bradley shoots 66 for CIMB Classic lead
Golf: Keegan Bradley had seven birdies – five in a six-hole stretch on his back nine – and shot a 6-under 66 to open a four-stroke lead at 13-under 131 at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ryan Moore was second, following his opening 63 with a 72. Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud shot 69 to reach 8 under.
The tournament is an official PGA Tour event for the first time. The winner will receive a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters.
• Guthrie retains BMW lead: Luke Guthrie handled another day of strong wind and kept his distance in the BMW Masters in Shanghai with a 1-under 71, giving the American a four-shot lead going into the weekend of his first tournament in Asia.
Ricardo Gonzalez, Scott Jamieson, Paul Casey, Thongchai Jaidee, Craig Lee and Simon Dyson are tied for second.
• Ace helps Pettersen: Suzann Pettersen had a hole-in-one and increased her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship in Yangmei, Taiwan.
The defending champion aced the 133-yard second hole with a pitching wedge and finished with a 3-under 69 to reach 7 under.
South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo of South Korea and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda were tied for second.
• Birdie barrage boosts Perry: Kenny Perry birdied five of the first six holes and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship in San Antonio.
Tom Pernice Jr. was a stroke back after a 66. Langer and Anders Forsbrand followed at 67.
Moses Lake native and Pullman High School graduate Kirk Triplett shot a 70, good for a tie for 21st place.
Li, Kvitova earn berths in WTA semifinals
Tennis: Li Na reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships in Istanbul with a 6-2, 6-1 victory Friday over Victoria Azarenka, who was wincing in pain from a back injury that brought her to tears.
The fourth-seeded Li will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3, in the season-ending tournament that features the top eight players in the world.
Defending champion Serena Williams will play Jelena Jankovic in a semifinal today. Williams, who swept her group on Thursday, has a 7-4 career edge over Jankovic.
Li and Kvitova are tied 3-3 in career meetings.
Azarenka’s loss meant Jankovic advanced to the semifinals before she played Sara Errani later Friday. Errani won that match 6-4, 6-4.
Wizards acquire Gortat from Suns
Miscellany: Adding a front-court piece in hopes of finally returning to the playoffs, the Washington Wizards acquired center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in a multiplayer NBA trade.
Phoenix will get injured center Emeka Okafor and a top-12-protected first-round draft pick in 2014.
The Suns are sending guards Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee to Washington so the deal will work financially. The Wizards are expected to waive that trio of players.
• Gold wins short program: American Gracie Gold won the women’s short program at Skate Canada in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Gold finished with 69.45 points. Julia Lipnitskaia, a 15-year-old from Russia, was second at 66.89, and Japan’s Akiko Suzuki followed at 65.76.
Earlier, Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs short program, performing to a song Radford wrote after the death of coach Paul Wirtz.
• Lincecum deal official: Two-time N.L. Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum finalized his $35 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants after passing a physical.
Lincecum reached agreement on the new deal earlier in the week that keeps him with his only major league team through 2015.
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