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Sports briefs: May 1


Ovechkin's late goal lifts Caps

Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal with 7:27 remaining snapped a tie and gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that squared the Eastern Conference semifinals series 1-1 on Monday night.

Just under 6 minutes after Ryan Callahan got the Rangers even with a power-play goal, Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead for good after they squandered a 2-0 lead.

Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera scored first-period goals for the Capitals, who will host the next two games of the series.

Brad Richards had a goal and assist, and defenseman Michael Del Zotto had two assists for the top-seeded Rangers, who got forward Brian Boyle back from a three-game injury absence but couldn't turn it into a commanding lead in the series.

College basketball

2012 recruit to pick between UK or UNC

Class of 2013 recruit Troy Williams, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Hampton, Va, who is ranked 19th by Rivals.com and eighth by Scout.com, said he will announce his college choice on Twitter on Tuesday. Williams is expected to choose Kentucky or North Carolina.


Four former Cats sign contracts

Former University of Kentucky football players, Anthony Mosley, Matt Roark, Ronnie Sneed and Ryan Tydlacka have signed as undrafted free agents.

Mosley agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers; Roark signs with the New England Patriots; Sneed will join the Detroit Lions; and Tydlacka will head to the Philadelphia Eagles organization.

Mosley had 27 tackles and five pass breakups in 12 games last season for Kentucky. Mosley's best game statistically came at South Carolina, where he earned a career-best nine tackles, including a tackle for loss. The cornerback finished his career with 63 tackles in 30 career games with his lone interception being the game-clincher in the win over South Carolina in 2010.

Roark led Kentucky to its first win over rival Tennessee in 27 years. Roark started at quarterback in the game for the first time collegiately, rushing 24 times for 124 yards for the win. Before the win, Roark had developed into a key part of UK's wide receiving corps, making 36 receptions for 349 yards and a touchdown.

Sneed played in 42 career games at linebacker for UK, making 25 consecutive starts to end his career. Sneed finished with 148 tackles, including 133 tackles in his junior and senior seasons. His career-best game came this season at LSU, where he earned 11 tackles against the No. 1 team in the nation.

Tydlacka, a native of Louisville, ranked fourth in the SEC by averaging 43.6 yards per punt in 2011. His outstanding hangtime and punt placement helped UK rank second in the league last season in net punting with 39.6 net yards per punt. Tydlacka had 20 punts of at least 50 yards during the season, leading the SEC in that category, and he also placed 19 punts within the 20-yard line. He was named second-team All-SEC by Rivals.com.

 Buffalo Bills receiver and ex-Wildcat Stevie Johnson is scheduled to have what his agent described as "very minor" surgery to repair a groin injury that nagged the player for most of last season.

C.J. Laboy confirmed in an email Monday that the surgery is scheduled to take place in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Laboy said the procedure was planned. Though he added Johnson is expected to be fully recovered within weeks, the Bills aren't expected to rush the player's rehab.

That makes it uncertain whether Johnson will be cleared to participate for the start of a series of voluntary minicamps, which open May 29.

With 1,004 yards receiving last season, Johnson became the first Bills player to break the 1,000-yard mark in consecutive seasons.


Tiger trades news conference for Facebook

The only questions Tiger Woods fielded before his next tournament came from his fans.

Instead of a news conference before this week's Wells Fargo Championship, Woods answered 19 questions Monday in a 15-minute video posted on his Web site. The questions were submitted through Facebook and Twitter.

The timing of the decision was peculiar. Woods is coming off his worst performance ever at the Masters, a tie for 40th in which he finished 15 shots behind and was roundly criticized for kicking his 9-iron in disgust after a poor tee shot on the par-3 16th hole in the second round.

Woods typically speaks to the media before every tournament. This time, he will not speak to reporters until his first round Thursday at Quail Hollow.

This is believed to be the first time he has ever skipped his media obligations before the tournament.


Amarillo Slim dead at 83

Thomas Austin "Amarillo Slim" Preston Jr., a poker champion whose brash style, fast talking and love of the spotlight helped broaden the professional game's appeal and made him one of its most recognizable characters, has died. He was 83.

Preston's son, Bunky Preston, said he died Sunday of colon cancer while in hospice care in Amarillo, where he lived.

While Thomas Preston craved the spotlight that his poker fame provided, his public image was sullied eight years ago when he was sentenced to probation on misdemeanor charges that he assaulted a young relative.

Preston would bet on just about anything, and he mastered the art of stretching the truth. Among his many claims laid out on his website are that he played Minnesota Fats in one-pocket billiards using a broomstick; beat Bobby Riggs, of Billie Jean King fame, at ping pong using an iron skillet; and outran "a horse for a hundred yards (no one ever said nothing about the race being straight-away)."

"Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker," he said on his Web site.

The last word

The Sixers' top scorer Lou Williams plans to take a different mindset into Game 2 on Tuesday night with Derrick Rose out, having struggled in Game 1. Said Williams:

"As weird as it is, I feel more confident now because now I take it personally. Now I feel like it's a challenge. We'll see if I respond better Tuesday."