NHL draft on tap
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche own the first pick in the NHL draft, which gets under way within the hour in Newark, New Jersey. The question is whether they will keep the pick or trade down in what is believed to be a very deep draft.
Should they hold onto the pick, the Avs, have hinted they will take center Nathan MacKinnon from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Draft experts believe the Florida Panthers will use the second selection to snare Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, who was outstanding in the World Junior Championships last winter.
Other players projected to go among the top five are Finnish center Aleksander Barkov, Halifax left wing Jonathan Drouin (DROO'-an), Sault Ste. Marie (soo saynt mah-REE') defenseman Darnell Nurse and Ottawa center Sean Monahan.
Tampa Bay chooses third and might take Barkov to replace the offense lost when the Lightning bought out the contract of forward Vincent Lecavalier (leh-KAV'-ul-yay) last week. Nashville has the fourth pick, followed by Carolina, Calgary, Edmonton, Buffalo, New Jersey and Dallas.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Goaltender Mike Smith is going to stay with the Phoenix Coyotes. An NHL official familiar with the deal says Smith has accepted a six-year contract worth around $5.7 million a season, pending league approval. Smith was about to become a free agent and had been waiting for clarity on the Coyotes' ownership situation before signing.
Bourne, Pena out...Berkman sits again
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have placed outfielder Michael Bourn on the three-day paternity list and recalled left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone (HAG'-ah-dohn) from Triple-A Columbus. Bourn will be eligible to return to the roster on Wednesday. He has a .347 on-base percentage as the Indians primary leadoff hitter.
Also in the majors, Houston first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Pena will miss the next two games due to a death in his family. Astros manager Bo Porter says that Pena's nephew drowned in the Dominican Republic
Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is out of the lineup for the third straight day because of his sore right knee. Berkman says he's not concerned about the injury, which occurred when he slipped going down the steps while getting off the plane after the Rangers got home late Thursday night.
Haas on top
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Bill Haas was the leader late in the final round of the PGA's AT&T National near Washington.
Haas was 10-under with five holes to play, two strokes ahead of Roberto Castro and clubhouse leader D.H. Lee. Jason Kokrak (KOH'-krak) was three shots back with four to play.
Lee closed with a 64 to move into the mix at minus-8.
Park eyes history
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Inbee Park remained the leader early in the final round of the U.S. Women's Open as she tries to become the only player ever to win the first three majors of the year.
Park was three strokes ahead of I.K. Kim with 16 holes remaining. Kim was the only player with eight shots of Park, who was 10-under when the round began.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Perry wins in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Perry fired a 6-under-par 64 to win the Senior Players Championship by two strokes over Duffy Waldorf and third-round leader Fred Couples. Perry began the final round two shots back before finishing 19-under.
Waldorf also closed with a 64 to earn a share of second, five strokes ahead of Michael Allen and John Huston (HYOO'-stuhn).
NASCAR-QUAKER STATE 400
Trying again in Sparta
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson was the leader through 172 of 267 laps in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
Pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. was among the top three until his car was hit by debris during a wreck that caused the race to be red-flagged on lap 49. Brad Keselowski, Dave Blaney and Greg Biffle also sustained major damage in the multi-car collision but managed to return to the race.
FORMULA 1-BRITISH GRAND PRIX
SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Nico Rosberg is the winner of the British Grand Prix.
Rosberg overtook Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel with 10 laps remaining after the three-time defending champion retired with mechanical problems.
Mark Webber finished second after recovering from a collision with Romain Grosjean shortly after the start.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Kittel in yellow as riders start 2nd stage of Tour
AJACCIO, Corsica (AP) — Jan Bakelants (BAHK'-ah-lahnts) pulled away close to the finish line to win Sunday's second stage of the Tour de France and take the race leader's yellow jersey.
The Belgian made his move with a few hundred meters remaining and did enough to withstand a late charge from Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan.