Stanley Cup finals
Kings rout Devils 6-1 to claim their first Stanley Cup
The Los Angeles Kings' 45-year Stanley Cup quest ended in a triumphant flourish of blood, sweat and power-play goals. After missing two chances to claim the title last week, the long-suffering Kings are NHL champions for the first time.
Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored two goals apiece, playoff MVP Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in his latest stellar performance, and the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 Monday night in Game 6 of the finals, becoming the first eighth-seeded playoff team to win the league title.
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Captain Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists for Los Angeles, which ended its dominant two-month playoff run at home.
One penalty abruptly changed the tone of a series. Brown, Carter and Lewis scored during a five-minute power play in the first period after Steve Bernier was ejected for boarding Rob Scuderi, leaving the veteran defenseman in a pool of blood. Quick took it from there, finishing his star-making postseason by allowing just seven goals in six finals games.
Nehro, Astrology likely for Stephen Foster
Trainer Steve Asmussen said Monday that he has "mixed emotions" about running the "two best horses" in his stable against a tough field in the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. Asmussen said Nehro, runner-up to Animal Kingdom in the 2011 Kentucky Derby, and Astrology, third to Shackleford in the 2011 Preakness, are expected to be entered when the field is drawn on Wednesday.
"It's very good to see an older horse Grade I this deep and talented," Asmussen said. "There is a tremendous amount on the line, considering the depth of the field."
The Stephen Foster, for 3-year-olds and up at 11⁄8 miles on the main track, is also expected to include Wise Dan, winner of the 2011 Clark Handicap; Santa Anita Handicap winner Ron the Greek; Skip Away winner Fort Larned; Lone Star Park Handicap and New Orleans Handicap winner Nates Mineshaft; Mission Impazible, runner-up to Pool Play in the 2011 Stephen Foster; Where's Sterling, winner of the Philip Iselin at Monmouth Park; and Rogue Romance, a recent allowance winner at Churchill Downs.
Season over for Mark Valeski
Mark Valeski, who had been pointed toward the Kentucky Derby before his injury, will have season-ending surgery to remove a bone chip in his left knee, owner-breeder Brereton Jones said.
"He had a little bit of a spur for a while and we knew it was probably going to be a matter of time, but it looks like it has flaked off," Jones said. "So he'll be out for three or four months, at least."
Ochocinco signs with Dolphins
Chad Ochocinco signed with the Miami Dolphins four days after being released by the New England Patriots. The deal came after Ochocinco had a tryout with the Dolphins, who are thin at the position and dropping a lot of passes in off-season drills. He's likely to join the team for organized team activities that began Monday and continue through Wednesday. The 34-year-old Ochocinco is a Miami native and played for the Hurricanes in college.
■ Derrick Mason retired as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, the team that provided him his biggest thrills during a 15-year NFL career. The 38-year-old wide receiver announced his decision Monday in a ceremony at the Ravens' training complex. Mason played eight seasons with Tennessee before signing as a free agent with Baltimore in 2005. He never missed a game over six seasons with the Ravens and is the team career leader with 471 catches and 5,777 yards receiving. He also ranks second with 29 TD catches.
■ The NFL suspended Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson for the first three games of the 2012 season, punishing him for a felony drug conviction tied to a marijuana shipment to his home last fall. Simpson played for the Cincinnati Bengals last season.
■ The Bengals reached a deal with receiver Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers, leaving 10 of their 11 draft picks under contract before the start of their mini-camp. Sanu was the first of the Bengals' two picks in the third round. He's competing for a starting outside receiver spot across from A.J. Green. Defensive tackle Brandon Thompson of Clemson, the Bengals' other third-round pick, is the only one unsigned. Cincinnati opens its mini-camp Tuesday.
England and France play to a draw
England held on for a 1-1 draw with France on Monday at the European Championship in Donetsk, Ukraine, giving the Group D favorites one point each. Joleon Lescott put England in the lead with a header in the 30th minute, and Samir Nasri leveled for France shortly before halftime with a strike into the bottom corner.
■ Andriy Shevchenko scored on two headers Monday to give Ukraine a 2-1 win over Sweden. After Zlatan Ibrahimovic had given Sweden the lead in the 52nd minute, Shevchenko responded by heading in the equalizer just three minutes later and then added the winner in the 61st.
The last word
Since joining the Miami Heat as a free agent, Shane Battier said he's learned how down to earth league MVP LeBron James is:
"You guys don't get to see him like we get to see him in the locker room, on the team plane and buses. He's doesn't drink beer but if he did drink beer, he's the type of guy you'd like to have a beer with. I like beer, so I'll drink for him."