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Sports briefs: May 15

Tampa Bay defenseman Brett Clark (7) was congratulated by teammate Teddy Purcell after Clark's goal against Boston Bruins during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Lightning scored three goals in the period.
Tampa Bay defenseman Brett Clark (7) was congratulated by teammate Teddy Purcell after Clark's goal against Boston Bruins during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Lightning scored three goals in the period. AP

NHL

Lightning score 3 quick goals, cruise past Bruins in Game 1

Sean Bergenheim began a stretch of three Tampa Bay goals in 1:25 in the first period and the Lightning beat the host Boston Bruins 5-2 in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night. Bergenheim, who scored just 14 goals in the regular season, got his NHL-high eighth of the playoffs at 11:15. Brett Clark connected at 11:34 and Teddy Purcell wrapped up the onslaught, both with unassisted goals. The two goals in 19 seconds and three in 1:25 are club records.

■ ESPN hockey analyst and former NHL player Matthew Barnaby pleaded not guilty Saturday to charges related to a "domestic incident" at an upstate New York home, police said. The 38-year-old pleaded not guilty to five charges, including criminal mischief, criminal trespass and harassment, and was released on his own recognizance. Police refused to give further details.

Barnaby broke into the league with the Buffalo Sabres and had a reputation as a league tough guy. A native of Ottawa, Canada, he played for seven NHL teams before retiring in 2007 because of a concussion suffered during a fight.

Tennis

Nadal gets another shot at Djokovic

No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic will resume their rivalry in the Italian Open finals Sunday.

Nadal, who has won this tournament five of the last six years, overcame a tough first set against Richard Gasquet on Saturday before rolling to a 7-5, 6-1 semifinal victory. Djokovic was pushed to the limit in extending his unbeaten streak to 38 matches, defeating fourth-ranked Andy Murray 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (2).

"I think anyone who saw the match knew that the winner was not decided until the last point," Djokovic said. "It was a fantastic match to be a part of."

In the women's finals, Maria Sharapova will meet Sam Stosur, last year's French Open runner-up. Sharapova outslugged top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3, and Stosur downed fourth-seeded Li Na of China 7-6 (6), 6-0.

Djokovic beat Nadal in title matches in Indian Wells and Miami this year, then also won in Madrid last weekend, his first victory over the Spaniard on clay. This tournament is a warmup for the French Open, which starts next weekend.

"Every aspect of the game will be important," Nadal said. "I know Djokovic is playing at an exceptional level right now, but I just have to fight to the end like I always do. If I don't beat him tomorrow, then the next match."

Auto racing

Carpenter tops chart in Indy practice

Sarah Fisher retired from driving to start a family. Turns out, her replacement can deliver, too. Ed Carpenter turned a fast lap of 224.786 mph in the No. 67 car, putting the expectant mother and team owner atop the speed charts on the opening day of Indianapolis 500 practice. New Zealand's Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy winner, was second at 224.491 mph.

Rookie JR Hildebrand, of Panther Racing, surprised many by finishing third at 224.433 — just two days after passing his rookie test.

Defending champ and two-time 500 winner Dario Franchitti, Dixon's teammate at Target Chip Ganassi, was fourth at 224.107.

C0llege baseball

Thomas More takes conference title

No. 3-seeded Thomas More defeated 4th-seeded Westminster 9-1 at Struthers, Ohio, for its second straight Presidents' Athletic Conference Tournament championship. Ryle graduate David Etscheid pitched a complete-game two-hitter for the Saints.

Etc.

Rooney clinches Man U.'s 19th title

Manchester United became the most successful team in English soccer league history with a 19th title triumph that overhauled Liverpool's record. With only a point required at Blackburn to capture the Premier League trophy with a game to spare, Wayne Rooney salvaged a 1-1 draw from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute.

Ricardo Lenhart caught three touchdowns and Maurice Douse ran for two as Northern Kentucky (10-2) remained unbeaten at home with the 34-28 victory against Huntington in their Ultimate Indoor Football League matchup. Jared Lorenzen finished 15-for-27 for 183 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

■ Kentucky track and field senior Mary Angell and junior Luis Orta both earned runner-up finishes at the SEC championships in Athens, Ga. Angell was second in discus with a career-best mark of 54.14 meters. Orta was second in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:53.00.

Abby Wambach scored and assisted on Amy Rodriguez's goal in the first half to lead the United States to a 2-0 win against No. 4 Japan in an exhibition soccer match in Columbus, Ohio. Wambach's 118th career goal came in the 29th minute off a header from 8 yards after a 40-yard free kick by Ali Krieger.

Peng Wu overcame Michael Phelps in the final 50 meters for the win in the 200 fly at the Charlotte UltraSwim in North Carolina.

The last word

Eric Torpy — a Larry Bird fan serving a 33-year prison sentence in Holdenvile, Okla., instead of 30 because he told the judge he preferred Bird's No. 33 — said he figures Bird has heard of him by now. Torpy told The Boston Globe:

"I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm an idiot. I mean, truthfully, most people do. My own family does, so I'm pretty sure he does, too."

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