Devils score late to keep Stanley Cup hopes alive
Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the host Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals.
Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored third-period goals for the Eastern Conference champion Devils, who forced the NHL to put the Stanley Cup back in its crate for another cross-country trip. Game 5 is Saturday night in Newark, N.J.
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Rafa keeps rolling at Roland Garros
A rain shower stopped play at Roland Garros for a minute or two in the middle of Rafael Nadal's quarterfinal.
Nicolas Almagro? He couldn't do anything to slow Rafa at his favorite tournament.
Second-seeded Nadal defeated his fellow Spaniard 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday to move to the French Open semifinals, two wins away from a record seventh title on the red clay of Paris.
Including the 2 hours, 46 minutes he took to dispatch Almagro, Nadal has spent a grand total of 10 hours, 37 minutes on court. Novak Djokovic, by comparison, spent a combined 8 hours, 27 minutes grinding out his past two matches — five-set wins over Andreas Seppi and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Djokovic saved four match points in his win Tuesday against the Frenchman Tsonga.
In the women's quarterfinals before Nadal played, second-seeded Maria Sharapova defeated 23rd-seeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 6-3 and the No. 4 seed, Petra Kvitova, beat 142nd-ranked qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Ole Miss QB Stoudt leaves program
Mississippi quarterback Zack Stoudt has left the program after one season.
The university released a statement saying the senior from Dublin, Ohio, has decided to end his career with the Rebels because of "health-related issues," but would stay in school to complete his degree. He didn't play much during the last half of the season and missed most of spring practice because of a back injury.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban wouldn't mind playing a ninth Southeastern Conference game every season. The Crimson Tide coach says he's also hoping the SEC can come up with a format where players get a chance to face every team during their careers. The SEC has adopted a 6-1-1 schedule with teams likely to play six division games with one cross-division rival.
Kansas State athletic director John Currie has signed a contract extension to remain with the school through June 2018. Currie will make $450,000 for 2012-13, with his salary increasing $25,000 for each remaining year. The extension also includes an enhanced retention incentive structure.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Sandusky jury full of Penn State ties
A jury dominated by people with Penn State loyalties was selected Wednesday to decide Jerry Sandusky's fate in the child sexual-abuse scandal that rocked the university and led to football coach Joe Paterno's downfall.
The seven women and five men who will hear opening statements on Monday include an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the continuing education program and a professor who has been on the faculty for 24 years.
Also: a Penn State senior, a retired soil sciences professor with 37 years at the university, a man with bachelor's and master's degrees from the school and a woman who has been a season ticketholder since the 1970s.
Sandusky, a 68-year-old former assistant football coach, is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year span.
Former Bengals linebacker Nate Webster was sentenced Wednesday in Ohio to 12 years in prison for having sex with the underage teen daughter of a former assistant coach for the Cincinnati team. Webster, 34, was sentenced Wednesday In Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati. A jury convicted him in April on four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and he could have been sentenced to up to 20 years.
Evans throws career best in discus
Kentucky sophomore thrower Andrew Evans saved his best for last, finishing seventh Wednesday in the discus with a career-best mark of 193-03 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Evans' mark is the sixth-best in program history.
Evans was UK's only competitor at the national championships Wednesday. Freshman thrower Raymond Dykstra and junior distance runner Luis Orta will compete Thursday at Drake Stadium. Dykstra will compete in the javelin, while Orta will run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Dykstra, a second-team All-SEC performer and All-SEC Freshman Team selection in the javelin, qualified for the championships with a mark of 222-09.
Orta, who was a second-team All-SEC performer in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, qualified for the championships behind a career-best time of 8:44.25, which is the second-fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase recorded in Kentucky history.
Coughlin's contract extended
Tom Coughlin has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season with the New York Giants. The 65-year-old Coughlin, who led the team to its second Super Bowl under him in February, has coached the Giants since 2004. His contract was in its final year.
The last word
Since Denver Broncos defensive lineman Ty Warren once played with Tom Brady in New England and now has Peyton Manning running the show in the Mile High City, Warren was asked which quarterback was better.
"Manning, all day, man. What do you want me to say? That's my teammate!"