Brodeur notches 100th post-season win
Martin Brodeur stopped 24 shots for his 100th postseason win, and a three-goal first period was enough to help the New Jersey Devils spoil the Florida Panthers' long-awaited return to the Stanley Cup playoffs in a 3-2 victory Friday night.
Patrik Elias, Dainius Zubrus and Ryan Carter scored in a span of just over 8 minutes in the opening period for the Devils.
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Brodeur also picked up an assist for his 10th postseason point, and became the second goalie in NHL history to reach triple-figures in playoff wins. Only Patrick Roy has more, with 151.
Sean Bergenheim and Kris Versteeg scored for Florida. Jose Theodore made 35 saves for the Panthers.
Ian White and Cory Emmerton scored in the first period, and the Detroit Red Wings got the best revenge against the Nashville Predators with a 3-2 victory Friday night that evened the opening series 1-1. Johan Franzen also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 24 saves as the Red Wings answered Nashville defenseman Shea Weber being fined only $2,500 for smashing Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass at the end of Game 1 on Wednesday night. Todd Bertuzzi dropped the gloves with Weber 1:36 into the game and landed a good punch before they were separated.
Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux each scored three goals and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied for a wild 8-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Giroux added three assists for Philadelphia, and former Penguins Max Talbot and Jaromir Jagr also scored to help the Flyers take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Capriati elected to Hall of Fame
Jennifer Capriati went from teen prodigy to off-court troubles to Grand Slam champion, and now she's headed to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Capriati's election was announced Friday, joining a 2012 class that includes Gustavo Kuerten, Manuel Orantes, Randy Snow and Mike Davies.
With a power-based game and competitive fire, Capriati won the Australian Open in 2001 and 2002. She won the French Open in 2001 and a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. She also reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings.
At 14, just out of eighth grade, Capriati reached the semifinals of the first Grand Slam tournament she played — the 1990 French Open. Another 11 years would pass before she would take the next step, reaching a major final. Drug and other problems sidetracked her. She retired in 2004 with a career record of 430-176, including 14 singles titles.
Amputee still on track for Olympics
Oscar Pistorius advanced to the 400-meter final at the South African championships on Friday, attempting to become the first amputee athlete to run in the Olympics.
The double-amputee runner and Olympic hopeful smiled after the race, knowing he has a shot at winning South Africa's national 400-meter title on Saturday. He only needs one final step — another Olympic qualifying time of 45.30 at an international meet — to make history as the first amputee runner at the games.
British equestrian rider Pippa Funnell is out of contention for the London Olympics after injuries to her top horses. The British Equestrian Federation says Redesigned and Billy Shannon have sustained injuries. Funnell, who competes in three-day eventing, won team and individual medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.
Sports in the COurts
Retired NBA star Williams freed
Retired NBA star Jayson Williams was freed from jail Friday after serving eight months for drunken driving in New York and 18 months before that in New Jersey on charges stemming from a limo driver's shooting death. Williams drove his SUV into a tree in lower Manhattan in 2010, a week after he accepted a plea deal stemming from the 2002 shotgun death of a chauffeur in his New Jersey mansion.
A jury has convicted former Auburn football player Antonio Goodwin of first-degree robbery. First-degree robbery is a Class A felony that carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.
Goodwin is the first of four former Auburn players standing trial on first-degree robbery charges in an armed home invasion in March 2011.
Three birdies in four holes for Knost
Colt Knost shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Carl Pettersson after the second round of the RBC Heritage. Knost, tied for the first-round lead with Chad Campbell and Vaughn Taylor after a 67, had three birdies in a four-hole stretch midway through the round and finished at 9-under 133.
Bruce Fleisher shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Michael Allen and Chien Soon Lu after the first round of the Champions Tour's Encompass Insurance Pro-Am. The 63-year old Fleisher, making his third start of the year, had seven birdies and a bogey. He won the event in 2000 and 2003.
Hennie Otto and Jbe Kruger reached 9 under to share the clubhouse lead at the Malaysian Open before the second round was suspended two hours early because of a threat of thunderstorms..
Bell shuts down Georgia offense
Backed by 12 strikeouts from senior Chanda Bell, the Kentucky softball team (20-22) earned a 4-1 win over visiting Georgia (33-9).
Bell picked up her 11th win of the season to improve to 11-6. She limited a powerful Georgia offense to just one hit, a season low. The Bulldogs had just two runners advance past second base.
The last word
Cleveland Cavaliers mascot Moondog will be coming off the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list for Sunday's home game against the Orlando Magic. Moondog suffered an eye injury during pre-game introductions Wednesday and was taken to a local hospital after Indiana Pacers forward David West struck him with an errant blow to the face as they were joking around. Said Pacers Coach Frank Vogel:
"I informed him (West) very strongly that if there's anything he needs from me, more minutes, more touches, whatever he wants he has it. Just don't do me like he did Moondog."