Downie snaps 3rd period tie, forces Game 7 for Lightning
Steve Downie scored to snap a third-period tie and Dwayne Roloson stopped 27 shots Monday night, helping the host Tampa Bay Lightning beat Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 to force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.
Downie put the Lightning ahead for good, scoring just over a minute after Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal gave the Penguins life with a goal that made it 2-2 early in the third. Teddy Purcell, Sean Bergenheim and Ryan Malone also scored against Fleury, who faltered for the second straight game.
■ The Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, who played for the Kentucky Thoroughblades during the 1997-98 season, was one of three finalists for the Norris Trophy awarded to the NHL's top all-around defenseman. Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom and Nashville's Shea Weber were also named. Chara, a finalist for the third time in four seasons and the 2009 winner, had 44 points and led the NHL in plus-minus at plus-33. The winner will be announced June 22.
Score of Sunday's game changed
Arkansas officials say the final score from Sunday's baseball game between the Razorbacks and Kentucky has been changed.
Arkansas was leading 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when the game was called off because of lightning from an approaching storm Sunday afternoon.
After consulting NCAA scoring rules, officials thought the final score would revert back to the final full inning played. It was 4-1 after five complete innings.
But staffs at Arkansas, Kentucky and the Southeastern Conference did more checking and determined that if the scoring and statistics don't affect the outcome of the contest, the original score remains in effect. Kentucky had runners on base with one out before the game was called off at 5:53 p.m.
■ The Cats host rival Louisville on Tuesday night. First pitch is 7 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Sophomore right-hander Jordan Cooper will take the mound in his fourth career start against the Cardinals (his second of the season). Over the last two seasons, Cooper has started every game against Louisville, tossing 13 innings and allowing only one earned run. In his last game against the Cards, Cooper allowed five hits and two runs over 61⁄3 innings, striking out two.
NCAA clears Mississippi QB
The NCAA has cleared Barry Brunetti to play football immediately at Mississippi, giving the Rebels three scholarship quarterbacks for the upcoming season.
Brunetti, a transfer from West Virginia who is from Memphis, Tenn., came to Ole Miss in part because of his ailing mother. The NCAA usually requires transfers to sit out one season but can grant a waiver if there is a family hardship. Ole Miss is about 75 miles from Memphis.
Top seed upset at Barcelona Open
■ Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia upset top-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round of the Barcelona Open on Monday. The 72nd-ranked Rybarikova broke the 2007 Wimbledon runner-up twice in the first set and three times in the second.
■ Florida coach Billy Donovan has filled his final staff vacancy by hiring former assistant Matt McCall. McCall returns to Florida after three seasons as an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic.
■ A fire has torn through the Illinois home of former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and Super Bowl champion Ted Petersen.
Petersen tells The Daily Journal in Kankakee the Sunday blaze that left his home in rural Momence in Kankakee County uninhabitable "could have been a lot worse." The cause is under investigation. Fire fighters were able to recover Petersen's 1979 and 1980 Super Bowl rings.
■ Takahiko Kozuka of Japan easily has won the men's qualifying round at the world figure skating championships Monday, finishing almost 30 points ahead of Sweden's Alexander Majorov. Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic is third. The world championships were supposed to be held last month in Tokyo, but were moved after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Heritage needs a sponsor
The Heritage golf tournament had another thrilling finish and got another round of endorsements from the PGA Tour's top golfers.
But the tournament is without a title sponsor and could lose its spot on the schedule if it can't find one soon.
Tournament director Steve Wilmot said prospects for a company stepping up are positive. Yet he still goes home each night concerned because a backer hasn't been found.
The Heritage has been a PGA Tour fixture since 1969.
Shady tactics by Spanish ball boys
■ Footballers are renowned for stretching the rules to breaking point to gain an advantage, and now it seems the ball boys are getting in on the act.
Sevilla's 3-2 victory over Villarreal on Sunday was marred by the latest example of what seems to be a growing trend in the Spanish league that has seen extra balls being thrown onto the field in order to stop play. A video replay clearly shows a ballboy throwing another ball onto the pitch as Villarreal pushed upfield late in the contest, and another ball is launched onto the field from the seats above Villarreal's goal.
■ Three players from Bahrain's national soccer team have been detained and six clubs have withdrawn from domestic leagues following widespread anti-government protests, the country's governing soccer body said Monday. More than 150 athletes, coaches and referees also have been suspended since April 5 for their alleged involvement in protests against the country's Sunni rulers.
The last word
Chicago Bulls' Kyle Korver on teammate Derrick Rose's sprained ankle:
"In the NBA these days, it's really popular to milk your injuries and let everyone know you're hurt, let everyone know how much pain you're playing in. That's not Derrick at all ... He's tough. He doesn't ever complain."