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Sports briefs: May 3

Hockey

Overtime goal propels Bruins to 2-0 series lead over Flyers

David Krejci scored 14:00 into overtime and the Boston Bruins beat host Philadelphia 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Tim Thomas was phenomenal in net, stopping 46 straight shots after the Flyers took a quick 2-0 lead.

Game 3 is Wednesday in Boston.

Krejci fired a one-timer from one knee that ricocheted off the back off the net and back onto the ice. Play continued until officials could review the call. But the goal was clearly good.

Philadelphia's James van Riemsdyk scored two goals, fired eight shots on net and was all over the ice trying to help the Flyers win at least one at home. Instead, they have to rally from another deficit.

NFL

Tests confirm Duerson's brain damage

Dave Duerson, a former NFL player who committed suicide in February, had "moderately advanced" brain damage related to blows to the head, according to the researcher who made the diagnosis. "It's indisputable" that Duerson had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder linked to repeated brain trauma, Dr. Ann McKee said Monday.

The findings were announced as part of an effort conducted by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University's School of Medicine. The CSTE Brain Bank has the brains of more than 70 athletes and military veterans, with football players comprising more than half of the athletes.

The body of Duerson, who was 50, was found in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., on Feb. 17. He left a note asking that his brain be given to the NFL's Brain Bank. He shot himself in the chest, "presumably" to preserve his brain for study, said Chris Nowinski, co-director of the CSTE.

"We have been given the gift of closure," said his son, Tregg. "We accept this gift with great humility, as we are mindful of other families that have lost loved ones and still bear the burden of unanswered questions."

Simms: Arrest was misunderstanding

A defense lawyer says Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms got charged with driving while high on marijuana because a New York City police officer misunderstood Simms telling him a passenger had smoked the drug. Simms went on trial Monday. He was stopped at a police sobriety checkpoint July 1. A prosecutor told jurors an officer found Simms slurring his speech, moving slowly and saying he'd smoked marijuana. The 30-year-old Simms is the son of former Giants and Morehead State quarterback Phil Simms.

College football

Buckeye suspended for season

Ohio State confirmed that linebacker Dorian Bell has been suspended for the 2011 season for a violation of team rules. Bell, a redshirt sophomore, was expected to play since the Buckeyes lost two starters off last year's team. Ohio State officials did not specify what rules were broken. The Buckeyes will already be without five players for the first five games for accepting improper benefits, with a sixth missing the opener for the same reason. In addition, Coach Jim Tressel will sit out the first five games for failing to report his knowledge of the players' actions.

Oregon: Junior linebacker Kiko Alonso was suspended indefinitely following his arrest on burglary and trespassing charges. Coach Chip Kelly said there would no further comment while the case was pending. Alonso was suspended for the entire 2010 season after a driving-while-intoxicated citation last winter.

College basketball

George Mason welcomes new coach

George Mason introduced Paul Hewitt as its new men's basketball coach Monday. The former Georgia Tech coach was announced on Saturday to replace Jim Larranaga, who left last month for Miami after 14 seasons with the program. Hewitt, who turns 48 on Wednesday, was fired by Georgia Tech after completing a 13-18 regular season and compiling a 190-162 record during his 11 seasons.

Wyoming: Larry Nance Jr., of Richfield, Ohio, signed with the Cowboys for the 2011-12 season. Nance is the son of former NBA player and slam-dunk-contest champion Larry Nance, who played from 1981-94 with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns.

Etc.

IOC chief says security won't change

IOC President Jacques Rogge said security at next year's London Olympics remains the "top priority" and is not affected by the death of Osama bin Laden. Rogge declined to comment Monday on the killing of the al-Qaida leader by U.S. forces in Pakistan, calling it a "political issue." But he said the International Olympic Committee's security strategy has remained the same since the killing of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Games. "Security has always been our concern," Rogge said.

Sharapova reaches 3rd round in Madrid

Maria Sharapova beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in an all-Russian match on Monday to advance to the third round at the Madrid Open. The eighth-seeded Sharapova, whose most recent title was at Strasbourg in May 2010, broke Makarova three times and dropped serve only once.

California men's gymnastics rescued

A fund-raising effort has helped save Cal's men's gymnastics program, which was slated to be eliminated in a cost-cutting move. School officials said Monday that supporters had raised more than $2.5 million for the program. That's short of the $4 million needed, but officials say it's enough to support the team for seven to 10 years when combined with cost-cutting steps, including restricting scholarships for new recruits.

The last word

Dallas Mavericks center and Los Angeles native Tyson Chandler, on playing his hometown Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals:

"I think when you grow up in L.A., you either want to be a Laker or be on another team and you want to kill the Lakers. I'm on another team. So you know what I want to do."

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