Other Sports

Sports briefs: May 18

Boston's Michael Ryder celebrated one of his two goals 
in the Bruins' 6-5 victory in Game 2 against Tampa Bay.
Boston's Michael Ryder celebrated one of his two goals in the Bruins' 6-5 victory in Game 2 against Tampa Bay. ASSOCIATED PRESS

NHL Playoffs

Bruins win 6-5 goal-festto tie series with Lightning

Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists and the Boston Bruins fed off the energy of the recently promoted rookie to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 and tie the Eastern Conference finals at one game each on Tuesday night in Boston.

Boston earned a split at home and snapped the Lightning's eight-game winning streak that began when they were down 3-1 to Pittsburgh in the first round. Game 3 is at Tampa Bay on Thursday.

The shifty, 19-year-old Seguin, the second pick in last year's NHL Draft, was benched for the first 11 playoff games because of perceived defensive shortcomings. He rejoined the lineup for the series opener, getting a goal and an assist, when Patrice Bergeron sat out because of a mild concussion.

NASCAR

Empty seats expected for Brickyard 400

Ticket sales for this year's Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis are lagging behind last year's pace, and race organizers worry it could produce a second straight record-low turnout for the July 31 race.

"We don't disclose numbers, but you saw a lot of empty seats here last year, and I think you're going to see more here this year," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and CEO Jeff Belskus.

Declining ticket sales have already hit two of NASCAR fans' favorite tracks this season: Bristol, Tenn., and Talladega, Ala. And Dover, Del., which has traditionally drawn smaller crowds, had empty sections at Sunday's race.

Indianapolis could be the next to see declining numbers. Last July's attendance estimate was 140,000 — nearly half of the 270,000 that came to the track in 2007.

Belskus conceded that the poor economy and high gas prices have made an impact on ticket sales.

"I'm in the camp that there's oversaturation, too," Belskus said. "It's truck events, it's Nationwide events and it's Sprint Cup events. When we started this (race) in 1996, we didn't have a Sprint Cup event 120 miles away in Kentucky or 150 miles away in Chicago."

ESPN to use split screen during Chase

ESPN will use split screens during commercial breaks while broadcasting the 10 races of NASCAR's championship series.

The feature, called "NASCAR NonStop," was announced Tuesday as ESPN previewed its programming plans. Network officials said the feature has been in the works for months, and was unrelated to Fox's use of a split screen during the final commercial break of its Sunday broadcast at Dover.

Prior to Fox's use of split screen late in Sunday's race at Dover — when series title sponsor Sprint and two others agreed to share their screen time with racing — TNT was the only network to use the feature, during the July race at Daytona.

Boxing

Leonard says he was abused by coach

Sugar Ray Leonard says in his upcoming autobiography that he was sexually abused by a coach as a young boxer in the early 1970s. In The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring, the Hall of Famer writes that an unnamed "prominent Olympic boxing coach," who has since died, assaulted him in a car in a deserted parking lot across the street from a rec center after praising his bright future.

Leonard, who turned 55 on Tuesday, won a gold medal at the 1976 Games then went on to capture five world titles in five weight classes. He writes: "I do know that I was in a lot of pain as I chased my dream of winning the gold."

The book, written with Michael Arkush, is due out next month.

Minor-league baseball

Legends to play doubleheader today

Tuesday night's game between the Lexington Legends and the West Virginia Power was postponed because of rain. The Legends and Power will play a doubleheader Wednesday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The first of two seven-inning games will begin at 10:05 a.m.

The pitching matchup in game one will involve two first-round picks from the 2010 draft. Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, the 19th overall pick by the Houston Astros, will go for the Legends. His opponent will be right-hander Jameson Taillon, the first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the second overall choice in the draft, just behind Bryce Harper, who was chosen by the Washington Nationals.

UK sports

Cats' home finale against WKU canceled

The Kentucky baseball team's home finale against Western Kentucky on Tuesday night was canceled because of rain. No makeup date will be scheduled. Kentucky will conclude its season with a three-game series at No. 4 Florida, beginning on Thursday.

■ Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum was selected to be one of the sites for an NCAA Volleyball Regional on Dec. 9-10. It will be the first time in school history that UK will host one.

Tennis

Roddick might miss French Open

Andy Roddick withdrew from the Open de Nice in France on Tuesday and is in doubt for the French Open because of a right shoulder injury. Nice organizers said Roddick will miss Wednesday's match against Victor Hanescu after being hurt in last week's Italian Open.

The 2003 U.S. Open champion said he will not play in the French Open unless he is 100 percent.

The last word

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, on how he ignores his critics:

"I don't really read what you guys write, I read Playboy and things like that."

  Comments