Sports briefs: June 18

June 18, 2013 

Patrick Newcomb

Hockey

Bruins blank Blackhawks, grab 2-1 lead in finals

The Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron scored in the second period and Tuukka Rask posted his third shutout of the playoffs by turning aside 28 shots Monday night at Boston, moving the Bruins within two wins of their second NHL championship in three years.

The Blackhawks suffered a key loss moments before the game when high-scoring forward Marian Hossa was scratched from the lineup after being hit by a puck during warm-ups.

Bryan Bickell nearly scored for Chicago, but his shot hit the right post with 42 seconds left.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Boston with the series shifting to Chicago on Saturday night.

Golf

Open champ Rose stays in Travelers field

U.S. Open champion Justin Rose won't 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 Cromwell, Conn., for this week's tournament.

Rose, who rose from fifth to third in the current world rankings with his win at Merion, is in a field that includes just five other top-20 players: Lee Westwood (12), Keegan Bradley (14), Jason Dufner (17), Ian Poulter (18) and Bubba Watson (19).

Webb Simpson (21) also is playing a year after he, too, won the U.S. Open and kept his commitment to play in Cromwell.

State Am scheduled to start Tuesday

Patrick Newcomb will be looking to three-peat when the 102nd Kentucky State Amateur golf championship is played at Bowling Green Country Club this week.

Newcomb, a former Murray State golfer from Marshall County, won the State Am at Kearney Hill Links in 2011 and at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville in 2012.

The last golfer to win the State Am three years in a row was Bill Musselman in 1970, '71 and '72.

Also in this year's field are Tyler McDaniel of Clay County High School, and Taylor Riggs, who plays for EKU. They tied for third last year.

The 54-hole tournament starts Tuesday and continues through Thursday.

NFL

Bengals to star in 'Hard Knocks' again

The Cincinnati Bengals will be featured in the training camp documentary show Hard Knocks for the second time in five NFL seasons. HBO announced Monday that the Bengals will star in the popular series, which premieres Aug. 6. Cincinnati last appeared on it in 2009. The Miami Dolphins were last season's team. The eighth season of "Hard Knocks" will air five episodes on Tuesday nights through Sept. 3.

Horse racing

Animal Kingdom to cap career in England

Animal Kingdom, the winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2011 and the $10 million Dubai World Cup this year, will be retired to stud after running in the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday at Ascot, England.

Not since 1936 has a Kentucky Derby winner competed at Royal Ascot. On that occasion, 1935 Triple Crown winner Omaha finished second in the Gold Cup — the signature race at Ascot.

Victory, though, will not come easy for Animal Kingdom, the odds-on favorite by British bookmakers. Accustomed to racing on dirt and on a left-turn track, he will have to contend with the up-and-down nature of Ascot's famous straight mile.

"Animal Kingdom is a very good horse, but this will be a different game for him," said Patrick Barbe, racing manager for Animal Kingdom's biggest rival, Elusive Kate.

A second win abroad would clearly boost the injury-prone horse's value as a stallion.

Fencing

Kiefer extends her win streak to four

A day after her 19th birthday, Paul Dunbar graduate Lee Kiefer became the second American to win four straight individual Pan American Zonal Championship titles with a victory Sunday in Cartagena, Colombia. Kiefer, who just finished her freshman year at Notre Dame, led the U.S. Women's Foil Team to a 1-2-3 finish as her teammates, fellow London Olympian Nzingha Prescod and four-time Junior World medalist Margaret Lu took silver and bronze, respectively. Kiefer defeated Lu 15-7 in the semifinals and Prescod 15-14 in the finals.

Media

Radio hosts fired for comments on ALS

A station official said the cast of an Atlanta sports radio show was fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig's disease. The show, Mayhem in the AM, was broadcast Monday morning on 790 The Zone. In a statement, General Manager Rick Mack said the station regrets comments made about ex-New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason. The 36-year-old suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS patients lose the ability to speak and move, which has happened to Gleason.

The station lists the hosts at Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino. But Mack didn't give the names of those fired.

Gleason played for the Saints between 2000 and 2006.

The last word

After Danny Green hit six more three-pointers to break Ray Allen's record for three-pointers in an NBA Finals series, Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was asked if he saw any similarities in the paths Green and former defensive stopper Bruce Bowen took to the NBA. Bowen was considered an elite defender in his day with the Spurs, while Green is shooting the three better than anyone has in finals history. Popovich said:

"I guess they both are similar in the fact that neither one of them has any moves. They just shoot it. They don't really dribble or do anything else. They just shoot it. So in that sense, they are kind of similar."

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