SportS: In brief

May 1, 2014 

NHL

Carcillo and Pouliot score to give Game 7 to Rangers at MSG

Daniel Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot scored second-period goals, and the New York Rangers advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

The Rangers shook off a 5-2 thrashing in Philadelphia on Tuesday and knocked out the Flyers about 24 hours later, improving to 6-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden. New York will face another Metropolitan Division rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the next round starting on Friday.

Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, allowing only a third-period goal to Jason Akeson 3:32 into the final frame. He protected the one-goal lead at 7:25 when he made an awkward save against Flyers captain Claude Giroux.

nfl

Reid calls for Redskins to change name

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it's time for the Washington Redskins to change their name, linking the issue to racist comments by NBA owner Donald Sterling.

In a Senate speech Wednesday, the Nevada Democrat said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is hiding behind tradition in retaining his team's name, which critics call racially offensive.

Reid called on Snyder "to do what is morally right" by changing the name. Reid has criticized the name before, telling The Washington Post in March that he thinks it will be changed within three years.

Reid said his state has 22 tribes and that the only tradition behind the Redskins' name was one of racism.

Reid congratulated the NBA for banning Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling for life. Sterling was caught in an audio recording making racist comments about blacks.

ncaa football

Playoff panel sets polling procedures

The college football playoff selection committee will release a weekly top 25, starting Oct. 25, and panel members will be required to recuse themselves when a school they work for comes up for discussion.

The selection committee will use the same voting procedure and recusal policy as the committee that chooses the 68-team field for the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

The 13-member panel, which includes five current athletic directors, will meet in person and the rankings will be released on Tuesday nights on ESPN.

The committee will choose and seed the four teams that will play in the national semifinal and pick some of the other teams that will play in the four other marquee New Year's bowls.

■ Defense attorneys for a former Vanderbilt player alleged to be involved in the gang rape of a woman in a campus dorm last June are accusing prosecutors of destroying or not preserving evidence.

The allegations were contained in a motion filed Tuesday asking for the case against Brandon Vandenburg to be dismissed.

The attorneys say the woman told police that then-Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin and his strength coach contacted her after the alleged assault, telling her they cared because she helped with recruiting. The filings didn't elaborate. They say the woman also told police that Franklin also had asked for help getting 15 "pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting."

Franklin, who is now football coach at Penn State, denied he did anything wrong.

"The allegations that I did something wrong are simply not true," he said in a statement, adding he was cooperating with authorities.

Recruiting

Turner chooses home-state Longhorns

Myles Turner — the top unsigned basketball player in the class of 2014 — announced his commitment to Texas on Wednesday.

Turner picked the Longhorns over Kansas, Southern Methodist and several other schools. He long listed Kentucky among his top choices, but he never visited Lexington and the Wildcats were not among the finalists going into Wednesday's announcement.

The 7-footer from Euless, Texas, is considered a top-10 prospect by every major recruiting service, and Scout.com ranks him as the No. 2 overall player in the class.

UK has four McDonald's All-Americans in its incoming recruiting class, which is ranked No. 2 behind Duke.

ETC.

Trump purchases Turnberry links course

Donald Trump expanded his golf empire with his biggest acquisition yet — Turnberry.

Trump announced Tuesday that he has agreed to buy the picturesque links course and resort on the west coast of Scotland, which has hosted the British Open four times. The most recent was in 2009, when Stewart Cink won a playoff over 59-year-old Tom Watson. The most famous was in 1977, the "Duel in the Sun" that featured Watson defeating Jack Nicklaus.

"It is an honor and privilege to own one of golf's greatest and most exciting properties," Trump said.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Independent in London reported that Trump paid Dubai-based Leisurecorp just over $63 million — 37.5 million pounds.

Juan Pablo Montoya is turning Indianapolis into his own triple play.

Roger Penske's team announced Wednesday that the Colombian driver will add two NASCAR races — Indianapolis and Michigan — to his full-time IndyCar schedule.

Montoya already is scheduled to compete in the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10. One week later, he will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Now he'll return to Indy for the Brickyard 400 in July, too, and if he qualifies for each one, Montoya would be the first driver to start three feature races at Indy in the same season.

No driver has won even two of the biggest feature races at the track — the 500, the Brickyard, the U.S. Grand Prix or the MotoGP race.

■ Oklahoma State announced Wednesday that it has hired former Houston coach James Dickey as an assistant.

Dickey coached at Houston the past four years before resigning because of a family matter. The Cougars went 17-16 last season with an 8-10 record in the American Athletic Conference. He led the Cougars to a 20-13 record and a CBI bid the previous season.

■ Wednesday's minor league baseball game between the Lexington Legends and the Lakewood BlueClaws was rained out at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday.

The first of two seven-inning games will begin at 5:05 p.m. Thursday.

Mike Fiers, who pitched for Cumberlands during the 2007 season, won his fifth straight start for the Triple-A Brewers affiliate Nashville Sounds. Fiers (5-0) currently has a 0.80 ERA and leads the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts with 57.

The last word

When game one of the NHL's Eastern Conference second-round series between Montreal and Boston begins Thursday, it will start the record 34th postseason series between the two clubs. Bruins coach Claude Julien is well-versed in the rivalry between the two Original Six teams, having previously coached the Canadiens for three seasons. Commented Julien:

"I hated Boston when I was in Montreal, and now I hate Montreal because I'm in Boston. It's a lot of fun."

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