Bruins outlast Flyers with overtime victory in opener
In his first game back since a concussion seven weeks ago, Marc Savard scored on a delayed penalty with 6:08 left in the first overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 5-4 playoff victory over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the best-of seven Eastern Conference semifinals. Game 2 is Monday night in Boston.
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With the Flyers due to receive a penalty in their own end, Savard got the puck at the right circle and slapped it past goalie Brian Boucher and under the crossbar.
"It's been a whirlwind for me. Obviously, I went through a lot of tough days," said Savard, who received a big cheer for his first shift. "When I got out there, there was a little water in my eyes at first. The crowd treated me great. My teammates were great with me all day. And I just wanted to fit in. ... I guess you can't script it any better."
Miroslav Satan and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins. Dennis Wideman added three assists.
■ San Jose should be closer to full strength for Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. The Sharks are expecting their leading goal-scorer from the regular season back after Patrick Marleau missed Game 1 with an illness.
Nadal pulls out win at Rome Masters
Rafael Nadal withstood a serious test from Ernests Gulbis before finally wearing down his 40th-ranked opponent to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Rome Masters on Saturday. It was the first time in nine matches on clay this year that Nadal dropped a set.
Routinely putting first serves in at 133 mph, Gulbis didn't allow Nadal his usual rhythm on his return game and the Spaniard converted only two of 12 break points. Nadal broke Gulbis in the opening game of the match and didn't do it again until the final game.
"It was a really hard match and I didn't play well," Nadal said. "His serve was really unbelievable."
Nadal will be aiming for his fifth Rome title in six years when he meets David Ferrer in Sunday's title match. His fellow Spaniard beat a sluggish Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the first Masters Series final of his career.
The 21-year-old Gulbis was attempting to become the first player to beat both Roger Federer and Nadal in the same clay-court tournament, having stunned the top-ranked Swiss in the second round.
"I knew I could play with the top players if I play good. With my serve and my powerful shots I know I'm tough to play against," Gulbis said. "I lost but I'm satisfied with this week."
Henin reaches finals in Germany
Justine Henin beat Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-2 at the Porsche Grand Prix on Saturday at Stuttgart, Germany, advancing to her third finals in five tournaments since coming out of retirement in January.
Peer got no presents on her 23rd birthday from the former world No. 1, who is looking for her first title of the year.
Henin will play in the finals against Samantha Stosur, who defeated qualifier Anna Lapushchenkova 7-5, 6-3 in the Russian's first WTA Tour-level tournament.
Long shot wins English 2,000 Guineas
Makfi won the 2,000 Guineas at 33-1 odds, beating Dick Turpin by 1¼ lengths in the first classic of the English season. Christophe Lemaire guided the Mikel Delzangles-trained Makfi through a gap in the 19-strong field at Newmarket on Saturday. Canford Cliffs was third and favorite St. Nicholas Abbey failed to find any speed in the last 400 yards and finished well off the pace.
■ Dynaslew led all the way, beating Scolara by 3¼ lengths in the $100,000 Beaugay Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park. Eibar Coa was aboard for trainer Seth Benzel as the 4-year-old won for the fourth time in 10 starts. The time was 1:42.39 for 11⁄16 miles on the firm course.
Softball drops 2nd straight to Michigan
For the second consecutive game Kentucky's softball team led second-ranked Michigan going into the decisive sixth inning, but once again the host Wolverines used a five-run sixth inning to earn an 8-4 win. Samantha DeMartine led the Wildcats' offense, going 2-for-4, including a two-run single that gave the Wildcats (29-23) a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth.
■ Kentucky's Kristin Smith opened the Jesse Owens Track Classic with her best performance of the season, finished second overall and first among her collegiate competitors in the women's hammer throw Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium at Columbus, Ohio. Smith's best throw (63.57 meters) came on her final attempt.
Osby leaving Mississippi State
Mississippi State Coach Rick Stansbury said forward Romero Osby has asked for and been given release from his scholarship.Over two seasons in Starkville, the 6-foot-8, 230-pound rising junior averaged 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds.
■ California starting forward Omondi Amoke was dismissed from the team by Coach Mike Montgomery for violating team rules. Amoke, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, averaged 4.8 points and 4.6 rebounds last season.
Clark, Cardinals rout Rutgers 24-6
First baseman Andrew Clark hit a pair of first-inning home runs and had a career-best eight RBI to lead Louisville (36-7) to a 24-6 victory over visiting Rutgers on Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium. Clark finished 4-for-4. Stewart Ijames (Owensboro Catholic) was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, including his ninth home run of the season, and Jeff Arnold (Louisville Male) was 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs scored.
The last word
ABC's Jimmy Kimmel, on why it took the IOC so long to strip China of an Olympic bronze medal for using an underage gymnast in the 2000 Games:
"Ten years later, when she still hadn't finished high school, they figured it out."