NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
Will Bruins and Blackhawks burn the midnight oil again?
BOSTON (AP) — The opening two games have gone overtime, with the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks splitting a pair of games while playing four extra periods of tense, make-no-mistake hockey.
So don't be surprised if tonight's Game 3 in Boston is a close, tight-checking affair with very little room for much offensive movement. If the teams go overtime tonight, these teams will be the first to play three straight OTs to start a Stanley Cup final since Montreal and the L.A. Kings did it in 1993.
The Bruins are home for the next two games. Chicago won the opener in triple overtime while the Bruins evened the series with a 2-1 overtime win Saturday night in Chicago.
Working overtime is nothing new to the Bruins. They've played seven overtime games already -- tied for fifth-most in a single playoff year in NHL history.
Spurs head to Miami with control of series
MIAMI (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are heading to Miami with two shots at winning their fifth NBA title -- and fourth in the Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (jih-NOH'-blee) era.
Parker and Ginobili combined for 50 points as the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead with a 114-104 win over the Miami Heat last night. The Spurs shot 60 percent from the field.
Parker played over 35 minutes, shot 10-for-14 from the field and delivered a team-high 26 points. Ginobili also had the hot hand while making a rare start, hitting eight of his 14 shots and finishing with 24 points and 10 assists.
The Spurs can wrap up their fifth championship Tuesday in Miami. If the Heat win that one, Game 7 will be Thursday night in Miami.
Nuggets fill GM post; coach next
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have hired Tim Connelly as executive vice president of basketball operations. Connelly has been the assistant GM with the New Orleans Pelicans since 2010. His first order of business with the Nuggets will be finding a replacement for George Karl after the longtime coach was fired nearly two weeks ago.
Yanks GM says Teixeira could go back on DL
NEW YORK (AP) — Slumping New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) could be heading back to the disabled list.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he's leaning toward putting Teixeira on the DL. Cashman spoke on a conference call Monday, an off-day for New York before its hosts the Los Angeles Dodgers in a two-game series.
Teixeira missed the first 53 games of the season because of an injured right wrist. The All-Star slugger is hitting just .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 53 at-bats.
Orioles take on unbeaten Scherzer
UNDATED (AP) — There are a dozen games on the Major League schedule -- all under the lights.
After taking three of four from Boston over the weekend, the Baltimore Orioles travel to Detroit to face the Tigers and undefeated Max Scherzer tonight. The Detroit right-hander is trying for his 10th victory tonight at Comerica Park. Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 23rd home run as Baltimore topped Boston 6-3. Detroit is coming off a 5-2 win over the Twins.
The Tigers start play with a four and a-half game lead in the AL Central over Cleveland. The Indians continue their homestand, opening a series against Kansas City. The Indians send out 0-2 Carlos Carrasco against 2-6 James Shields of the Royals, a half-game back of the Indians in the standings.
AL West-leading Oakland opens an important series against Texas, which has lost six in a row and has fallen three games back of the Athletics. Dan Straily takes a 4-2 record to the mound for the Athletics against 3-6 Nick Tepesch.
The rest of the AL schedule has the Chicago White Sox opening a series in Houston against the last-place Astros and Seattle visiting the L.A. Angels.
In the National League, the Washington Nationals open a three-game series in Philadelphia. Dan Haren takes his 4-8 record to the mound for Washington against lefty John Lannan, who pitched the last six seasons in Washington.
The Chicago Cubs visit St. Louis to take on the NL Central-leading Cardinals. St. Louis opens with a two and a-half game lead over Cincinnati. The Cardinals lost a series for the first time since April 26-28 against Pittsburgh as they lost two of three in Miami.
The Reds are home to open a series against Pittsburgh. Mike Leake takes a 6-3 record to the mound for the Reds against Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh), who is 5-2 for the Pirates. Pittsburgh is three games back of the Cardinals in the tight NL Central.
The New York Mets are coming off a dramatic 4-3 win over the Cubs, but move up in class a bit. The Mets travel to Atlanta to take on the NL East-leading Braves. It's Dillon Gee (jee) for the Mets against Tim Hudson for the Braves, who have a six and a-half game lead following their 3-0 win over the Giants last night.
San Francisco returns home tonight to open a series against the red-hot San Diego Padres, who've won six in a row. The Padres send out 5-5 Edinson Volquez against 4-5 Barry Zito (ZEE'-toh) tonight. The Padres moved above 500. for the first time since closing the 2010 season with a 90-72 record after beating Arizona 4-1 yesterday.
In interleague play, the Toronto Blue Jays, last in the AL East, try for their fifth straight victory against Colorado following their 7-2 win over Texas yesterday to finish a four-game sweep of the Rangers. Chien-Ming Wang (shee-EHN' ming wahng), cut loose by the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees, earned his first victory in more than a year with seven scoreless innings in the Blue Jays' 7-2 win yesterday.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Louisville vs. Oregon State opens doubleheader
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — There's a doubleheader at the College World Series today. Louisville is playing Oregon State in the afternoon game. Tonight, it's Indiana and Mississippi State in the double-elimination tournament.
Yesterday, North Carolina State's Carlos Rodon pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Wolfpack to an 8-1 win over ACC rival North Carolina at the College World Series. Rodon held the No. 1 national seed Tar Heels hitless into the fifth inning.
Next up for NC State is UCLA, which held off LSU 2-1.
Open champ Rose taking no time off
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Justin Rose has no plans to take any time off after winning his first major championship.
Nathan Grube, the tournament director at the Travelers Championship, said Rose's wife, Kate, called shortly after he won his first major title, to confirm they would be in Connecticut for this week's tournament that starts Thursday.
Rose is the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
Ivanovic falls in Wimbledon warmup
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Elena Vesnina beat seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich) of Serbia 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 today in the first round of the grass-court Aegon International.
Marion Bartoli, the 2011 champion, reached the second round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy's Flavia Pennetta (FLAH'-vee-uh pehn-EHT'-uh).
Bartoli's win sets up a possible meeting with second-seeded Li Na in the Wimbledon warm-up.
Advisor Ackerman proposing tourney changes
UNDATED (AP) — The WNBA's first president says that women's college basketball needs to make changes if the sport is to grow. Val Ackerman, hired by the NCAA in November to assess the state of the women's game, is suggesting moving the Final Four back to a Friday-Sunday format, exploring a two-site super regional for the second week of the NCAA tournament and returning to a format in which the top 16 teams host the first two rounds.
Attendance growth at the women's tournament has become stagnant over the past few years. Last season the NCAA averaged 5,466 for all its tournament rounds.
Players and father convicted in death of linesman
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch court has convicted six young soccer players and the father of one of the athletes of manslaughter in the death of a volunteer linesman who was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked after a youth match last December in a brutal attack that shocked this soccer-loving nation.
Judges sentenced the 50-year-old father to six years in prison. Five teenage players were given two-year sentences in youth detention for their roles in the attack and another was sentenced to a year. Another youth got 30 days of detention.
Ex-NFL receiver released from jail
UNDATED (AP) — Former NFL star Chad Johnson is being released immediately from jail after apologizing to a judge for lack of respect when he slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week.
Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson's apology and reduced his jail term from 30 days to seven days. Attorney Adam Swickle said the rear-end slap was just a football player's way of saying thanks.
The 35-year-old formerly known as Chad Ochocinco was in court because of a probation violation stemming from a domestic altercation.
In other football news:
— Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano has won the George Halas Award from the Professional Football Writers Association for overcoming adversity. Early in his first season as Colts coach, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and took a leave of absence. Pagano worked from his hospital bed on game plans and analyzing practices even as he was recovering from the disease. He returned and coached the team into the playoffs.
— Former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli (pee-OH'-lee) is joining NBC's Sunday night studio show. Pioli left the Chiefs in January after four mostly unsuccessful seasons. He previously led the New England Patriots' player personnel department, helping the team win three Super Bowls.
— Lights, camera, action!! — the Cincinnati Bengals will star in the training camp documentary show "Hard Knocks" for the second time in five NFL seasons.