Sports Briefs: May 24

May 24, 2013 

NHL

Rangers force Game 5

Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the New York Rangers stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

New York, which erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the critical Game 4 matchup in the Eastern Conference semifinals, still trails the series 3-1.

The Rangers, who were outshot 40-32, won a faceoff deep in their zone, and Nash rushed the puck up ice. He stopped above the right circle and fed a hard pass in front that Kreider skated into and tipped past goalie Tuukka Rask for his first goal of the playoffs.


UK Sports

Men's tennis out of NCAA Championship

Anthony Rossi, Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai saw their seasons end on Thursday afternoon at the NCAA Championship in Champaign, Ill.

In singles, Rossi fell in three sets to Andre Dome of Cal Poly, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3. Rossi finished his career with 106 career wins, tied for 12th all time. Rossi's career winning percentage of .769 is second only to Eric Quigley in UK history.

In doubles first-round action, Jomby and Lai suffered a tough two-set defeat, 6-4, 7-6. Jomby and Lai were up 5-0 in the second set, including a double-break lead but were unable to serve out the set and Georgia State rallied to take the set 7-6 in a tiebreak.


College basketball

Vanderbilt hires Harvard assistant

Vanderbilt men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings has hired Harvard assistant Yanni Hufnagel to fill a spot on his staff.

Hufnagel spent the last four years at Harvard, where he worked as a recruiting coordinator and also assisted in scouting and perimeter player development.

Vanderbilt announced Thursday in a university release that Hufnagel would replace Brad Frederick pending a school-mandated background check. Vanderbilt announced in its release that Frederick is expected to join another staff in a few weeks.


Auto racing

Waltrip highlights tornado victims' plight

NASCAR's Michael Waltrip hopes to bring attention to the needs of those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes at the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend.

The three Sprint Cup cars of Michael Waltrip Racing will carry decals of Feed The Children, an Oklahoma City-based group who's providing food and resources to victims of the tornadoes. Michael Waltrip said he wanted to help out when he saw the devastation caused by the storms.

MWR cars driven by Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin will carry the decals in Sunday's race.


College baseball

Alabama, Vandy advance in 10 innings

Mikey White hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give Alabama a 7-5 victory against Mississippi at the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday. Alabama (34-25) trailed 3-0 early in the elimination game, but rallied for two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead. The Rebels' Stuart Turner hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to tie the game at 5-5 and eventually send it to extra innings.

Conrad Gregor's RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday lifted top-seeded Vanderbilt to a 4-3 win against fourth-seeded South Carolina in an elimination game. Carson Fulmer (2-0) picked up the win for Vanderbilt, pitching 41⁄3 innings in relief, allowing three hits and one earned run.

 Third-seeded Arkansas opened up a close game with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning to remain undefeated in the tournament with a 4-1 victory against second-seeded LSU. Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek (9-2) earned the victory, pitching 8 innings, scattering six hits, no unearned runs and struck out four.


Minor league baseball

Suns shut out Legends

Ivan Pineyro allowed three hits in seven innings as the host Hagerstown Suns shut out the Lexington Legends 7-0 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. Pineyro struck out six batters and walked two.

Pineyro (4-2) got the win. Daniel Stumpf (3-2) was the starting and losing pitcher for Lexington.


NFL

Ex-Cowboy Brent's bond revoked

Prosecutors are going to court to have the bond revoked for a Dallas Cowboys player awaiting trial on an intoxication manslaughter charge. In court papers filed Thursday, prosecutors accused Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent of violating the terms of his release on bond by consuming alcohol and tampering with a device that detects the presence of alcohol in his body.

Brent has been free on a $100,000 bond since being charged in the Dec. 8 crash that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr., a passenger in the car. Police say Brent had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit for driving.

 Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has signed a four-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. The team's third-round draft pick, Mathieu did not play last season after repeated off-field issues. The deal could be worth up to just over $3 million.


Etc.

Wrestling changes with eye on Olympics

Wrestling's governing body has "reacted well" and made the necessary changes to give the sport a chance of saving its place in the Olympics, IOC President Jacques Rogge said.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Rogge said FILA has dealt with the issues that led the IOC executive board in February to remove wrestling from the list of core sports for the 2020 Games.

Rogge praised the measures approved by FILA at its congress in Moscow last weekend, including rule changes to make matches more compelling and the inclusion of women and athletes in decision-making positions.

Wrestling is competing with seven other sports for a single spot on the 2020 program.

Prominent swim coach sentenced

A Virginia man who was once one of the nation's most prominent swimming coaches has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing one of the girls he instructed.

Richard J. Curl, who pleaded guilty in February, apologized to the victim Thursday afternoon in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Curl, of Vienna, Va., was banned for life by USA Swimming over allegations of an intimate relationship with a teenage swimmer in the 1980s.


The last word

An 80-year-old Japanese man who began the year with his fourth heart operation became the oldest conqueror of Mount Everest on Thursday. Yuichiro Miura, a former extreme skier, also climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak when he was 70 and 75. Said Miura:

"I made it! I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mount Everest at age 80. This is the world's best feeling, although I'm totally exhausted."

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