Sports briefs: June 25

June 25, 2013 

Stanley Cup finals

Blackhawks stage late rally, finish off Bruins with 3-2 win

An NHL-record unbeaten streak to start the lockout-shortened season. Three straight victories to clinch the title. From beginning to end, the Chicago Blackhawks skated away from the rest of the league.

Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart in the 1:16 and the Blackhawks staged a stunning rally to win Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals 3-2 on Monday night for their second NHL championship in four seasons.

Jonathan Toews returned from injury to add a goal, and Corey Crawford made 23 saves for Chicago in the first final round between Original Six since 1979.

"I still can't believe that finish," Crawford said. "Oh my God, we never quit."

Patrick Kane, whose overtime goal in Game 6 beat Philadelphia to win the 2010 championship, was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoffs MVP.

"It was the best year of my life, just playing with these guys," Kane said.

Toews scored his third goal of the playoffs to tie it for the Blackawks at 4:24 of the second of Game 6 — exactly two minutes after teammate Andrew Shaw was penalized for roughing.

"In 2010, we didn't really know what we were doing," Toews said. "We just, we played great hockey and we were kind of oblivious to how good we were playing.

"This time around, we know definitely how much work it takes and how much sacrifice it takes to get back here and this is an unbelievable group. We've been through a lot together this year and this is a sweet way to finish it off."

NFL

Kelly says no chemo, radiation needed

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly said he has been told by doctors that he won't need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment after having surgery to remove cancerous cells in his jaw.

The former Buffalo Bills star made the announcement at his football camp in Buffalo on Monday.

"From what I've been told, everything that they did in surgery, if I had to do radiation or chemo it would put me way back," Kelly said.

He said he had the left side of his jaw and the teeth on that side of his mouth removed in surgery on June 7. Kelly was released from the hospital three days later.

"It's very, very sore, but it takes time," he said. "I know when you have knee surgery or shoulder surgery it's sore for a small period of time, and rehab and everything is good and you just take your time. This is just constant pain for now, but it's a small price to pay for where I'll be later on down the road."

He says he's scheduled for a follow-up with doctors in two months to see if the cancer stays away.

"I never thought I'd be saying cancer. I never thought the 'C' word would become part of my vocabulary," Kelly said. "But it is what has happened to me and the ups and downs of my life. I'm already on the way back up."

Vikes add ex-Packers linebacker Bishop

Desmond Bishop agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, giving them a possible starter at middle linebacker. The move also gives the former Green Bay Packers player an opportunity to re-establish himself as a productive player after he missed last season because of injury. Bishop missed the 2012 season after tearing his right hamstring during the pre-season, an injury that required surgery.

Horse racing

NYRA: Triple Crown winners Orb, Oxbow, Palace Malice all headed to Saratoga

All three winners of this year's Triple Crown races will be in town for this summer's season at Saratoga Race Course, which is marking the 150th anniversary of Thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs, the New York Racing Association said Monday.

Orb, Oxbow and Palace Malice will be working out in Saratoga and NYRA officials hope all three will be entered in the $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 24. It wasn't initially known which races they'll run during the 40-day meet, which opens July 19 and runs through Labor Day.

Golf

Rose withdraws from Congressional

Already missing Tiger Woods, the AT&T National at Bethesda, Md., will now have to do without U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.

Rose withdrew from the tournament Monday because of fatigue. He said in a statement he is disappointed to pull out of a tournament he won in 2010, but the last three weeks have been mentally and physically demanding.

Woods withdrew last week because of an elbow injury. He won't play again until the British Open.

That leaves Masters champion Adam Scott as the featured player this week at Congressional.

Minor-league baseball

Legends rally for 3-2 win at Hickory

Alex Hudak singled in Michael Antonio for the go-ahead score in the top of the ninth inning and the Lexington Legends had to wait out a rain delay before finishing off the host Hickory Crawdads in the bottom half of the inning of a 3-2 victory. Hudak had struck out in all three of his other at-bats.

The Legends trailed 2-1 before tying it up in the eighth inning on a groundout by Mark Threlkeld.

The last word

Adam Wainwright lost the lead in the seventh inning Sunday night, and then he lost his temper. The St. Louis Cardinals ace strenuously objected to being pulled before Ian Kinsler's go-ahead hit that helped the Texas Rangers complete a soggy three-game interleague sweep with a 2-1 victory. Hearing Manager Mike Matheny's assessment that he'd been "laboring" and that it had been "two pretty stressful innings in a row" got Wainwright even hotter. Wainwright said after missing a chance to become the National League's first 11-game winner:

"He's wrong. You don't want to call your manager out and I would never do that. Laboring is not what I was doing. ... If you think I'm laboring because I went into deep counts, I went into deep counts all day. Made good pitches. That's his opinion."

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