Former Bills star has surgery
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — It is expected that Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will have a speedy recovery and successful outcome after having surgery to remove cancer from his upper jaw, according to doctors who performed the operation. The operation, conducted this morning, was described as going "very well," according to a release issued by Buffalo's Erie County Medical Center.
The 53-year-old Kelly announced Monday he had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma two weeks earlier. Calling the prognosis for recovery as being "very good," Kelly said tests showed the cancer was isolated to his jaw.
PARIS (AP) — It's going to be an all-Spanish final at the French Open for the men.
In the semifinals third-seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') got the better of top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) in a marathon 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7 match. Seven-time champion Nadal twice let a lead slip away in the fourth set of the match, then came from behind in the fifth to win.
Nadal improved to 58-1 at Roland Garros, including five wins over Djokovic. The French Open remains the only major title Djokovic has yet to win.
Nadal will face fourth-seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR') who disappointed French fans by beating sixth-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) of France, 6-1, 7-6, 6-2
The women's semifinals took place yesterday with the winners being Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah), the tournament's top two seeds. They play for the championship Saturday.
Bruins look to finish off Pittsburgh
BOSTON (AP) — The shell shocked Pittsburgh Penguins are fighting for their professional lives tonight. In short, if they lose to the Bruins in Boston, their season is over. If they win, they force a fifth game in the NHL's Eastern Conference final.
Pens fans are in a state of disbelief as the Bruins have dominated the series, winning the three games by scores of 3-0, 6-1 and 2-1. That last game took double-overtime to decide.
Should the Penguins win tonight's game, the fifth game in the series will be played in Pittsburgh Sunday.
Three games rained out
UNDATED (AP) — Rain has played havoc with the schedule as three games have been postponed. The Minnesota at Washington game has been called because of rain and will be made up Sunday as part of a day-night doubleheader. The Angels and Red Sox will play a day-night double dip on Saturday because tonight's game has been rained out, and in New York the rain was bad enough to postpone the Mets-Marlins game.
Weather permitting; Arizona's Patrick Corbin is out to become the first 10-game winner of the season tonight as the Diamondbacks entertain San Francisco. Corbin is 9-0 with a 2.06 earned run average.
Adam Wainwright of the Cards is looking for his ninth win of the season this evening as St. Louis plays the Reds in Cincinnati. He already has three complete games this season.
The lone interleague game on the schedule has Minnesota playing at Washington tonight.
The Phillies start the day with the longest winning streak in baseball. They've won five in a row. The longest losing streak is four, which is held by Cleveland.
Closer charged with possession of pot
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River say that Indians closer Chris Perez told drug agents he had pot in his home for his personal use and pointed out two jars. Perez and his wife have been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after police were tipped off to suspicious packages by postal inspectors. Police arranged a delivery Tuesday under surveillance and Melanie Perez accepted two packages.
According to the police reports, a later house search under warrant began while Perez and his wife were out for lunch and a movie. Police say Perez returned home and mentioned personal marijuana use.
Mrs. Perez, whose maiden name is Baum, told the undercover officer delivering the packages that they were intended for her dog, named Brody. The package was addressed to Brody Baum, according to postal inspectors.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-REGIONS TRADITION
Second round continues
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Sluman (SLOO'-mihn) and David Frost have the lead during the second round of the Regions Tradition on the Champions Tour. Each stands 7-under par with several holes to go. Sluman has completed 10 holes and Frost 12.
The clubhouse leader at 5-under is David Eger.
PGA-ST. JUDE CLASSIC
English takes early lead
MEMPHIS (AP) — Harris English has the early second round clubhouse lead of the PGA's St. Jude Classic in Memphis. He shot a 6-under-64 in round two to stand 10-under for the tournament. Shawn Stefani is in second place, two shots back after a 65.
First round continues
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Morgan Pressel has the clubhouse lead during the rain-delayed first round of the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y. She completed play at 4-under-68 and leads fellow American Brittany Lincicome (LIHN'-sih-kohm) by one shot.
On the course, South Korea's Chella Choi is 5-under after nine.
Heavy rain washed out play Thursday, and the schedule calls for 18 holes today and tomorrow and then 36 on Sunday.
Pole qualifying on tap today
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Qualifying for Sunday's Pocono 400 Sprint Cup race is taking place today in Long Pond, Pa. Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson is looking to increase his lead in this year's point standings. Entering this week's action he tops Carl Edwards by 30 points with Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur) third, 50 points back.
The pole to be determined today
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Firestone 500 IndyCar race is taking place tomorrow night in Fort Worth, Texas. On tap today is the qualifying for the 343 mile race. This race is the second of six oval races on the IndyCar circuit this season.
There's currently a tie for the points lead between Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh cas-troh-NEHV'-us) and Marco Andretti.
Police clear former slugger
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in Las Vegas have cleared former baseball slugger Jose Canseco after an investigation of a woman's rape claim. Officer Jose Hernandez says that detectives closed the sexual assault case with a decision not to seek criminal charges. The 48-year-old Canseco was never arrested in the case.
Canseco says he was falsely accused and is considering filing a civil lawsuit seeking damages against his accuser.
Successful Miami of Ohio coach dies
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Longtime Miami of Ohio basketball coach Charlie Coles has died at his Oxford, Ohio, home. He was 71. The two-time Mid-American Conference coach of the year was Miami's all-time leader in victories with 263. He had a career record of 355-308 over 22 seasons at Miami and Central Michigan. Coles retired in March 2012.