US Open play suspended
ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — First-round play at the U.S. Open got underway, but not for long. Play has been suspended as a large storm system is heading right for the Merion Golf Club. Golfers were on the course for just under two hours before play was halted.
Thunderstorms are forecast throughout the day in Ardmore, Pa., casting doubt on whether the first round will be completed.
Among those on the course is five-time U.S. Open runner-up Phil Mickelson. He left earlier this week to fly to San Diego where his daughter Amanda graduated from the eighth grade yesterday. Mickelson then took a late flight back last night and made it in time for his 7:11 tee time.
Ian Poulter was off to a dazzling start before play was called. He started his round on the 11th hole and opened with three straight birdies.
No. 1-ranked Tiger Woods is set to play in a group with second-ranked Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Adam Scott for the first two days. Woods enters the tournament with four wins this year. He's trying to snap a five-year winning drought at major championships.
NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
Blackhawks strike first in triple-OT
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are within three victories of their second Stanley Cup title since 2010 after winning the fifth-longest finals game in NHL history.
Andrew Shaw scored at 12:08 of triple-overtime to give the Hawks a 4-3 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the series. Michal Rozsival (ROH'-sih-vahl) fired a shot from the point that glanced off both Dave Bolland and Shaw before settling into the net.
The Bruins appeared to be in command once Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) scored a power-play goal to give his team a 3-1 lead early in the third period. But Dave Bolland tallied 1:51 later before Johnny Oduya (oh-DOO'-yuh) knotted the score with 7:46 left in regulation.
Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (LOO'-chihch) scored the game's first two goals and set up Bergeron's power-play tally. Brandon Saad (sahd) has a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks.
Chicago also got 51 saves out of Corey Crawford, who blanked the Bruins over the final 65:59. Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stoped 59 shots for Boston.
Game 2 is Friday in Chicago.
Penguins extend Blysma
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dan Bylsma (BIHLZ'-muh) has been given a two-year contract extension by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The move comes just a week after the Eastern Conference's top seed was swept out of the NHL Eastern Conference final by Boston.
Bylsma is the second-winningest coach in franchise history with a 201-92-25 since taking over as coach in February 2009.
Isles deal Streit's rights to Flyers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have picked up defenseman Mark Streit (stryt) from the New York Islanders for minor league forward Shane Harper and a fourth-round pick in next year's draft.
Streit served as team captain while helping the Islanders reach the playoffs this spring for the first time since 2007. Although he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 5, the Flyers have exclusive negotiating rights until then.
Reds stretch Wrigley winning streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have never won more than nine straight games at Great American Ballpark since moving there in 2003, but they've surpassed that streak at Wrigley Field by completing a three-game sweep.
The Reds picked up their 12th consecutive win at the Friendly Confines as Mike Leake and Todd Frazier led a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Frazier snapped a 1-1 tie with a solo homer in the seventh to back Leake, who allowed three hits over eight innings.
Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.
The previous record for consecutive wins by a visitor at Wrigley was 10, a mark set by the St. Louis Cardinals (1943-44) and matched by the New York Giants (1950-51) and Montreal (1982-83), according to STATS.
Also in the majors, Alfredo Aceves (ah-SEH'-vehs) allowed a run and four hits in six innings to pitch Boston past Tampa Bay 2-1. Daniel Nava (NAH'-vah) hit a two-run homer in the third inning to help the Red Sox win despite just five hits.
Brandon Moss homered twice while driving in three runs to power Oakland past the New York Yankees, 5-2. Dan Straily looked good for 6 2/3 innings, yielding just two runs and three hits to help the Athletics take over the AL West lead, one game ahead of Texas.
Erick Aybar (EYE'-bahr) hit a bases-loaded triple and Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) homered while the Los Angeles Angels scored six times in the seventh to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 9-5 win over the Orioles in Baltimore. Hank Conger homered, Pujols had three hits and Howie Kendrick contributed two doubles to help the Angels avert a three-game sweep. Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 21st homer for the Birds.
Jason Kipnis and Mike Aviles homered as Cleveland beat Texas 5-2. Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEH'-nehz) helped the Indians win their second straight since an eight-game skid by holding the Rangers to one run over five-plus innings.
The Kansas City Royals took the rubber match of their three-game series with Detroit by scoring twice in the ninth and once in the 10th to beat the Tigers 3-2. Lorenzo Cain tied it with a two-out, two-run homer before Eric Hosmer singled home the winning run.
Lucas Duda (DOO'-dah), David Wright and Marlon Byrd hit solo homers as the New York Mets won for only the second time in their last nine games, defeating St. Louis 5-1. Dillon Gee held the Cardinals to a run and six hits while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.
Martin Prado (mahr-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) doubled home the tiebreaking run while Arizona was scoring four times in the 12th to beat the Dodgers 8-6 in Los Angeles. Cody Ross and Miguel Montero each had four of the Diamondbacks' 20 hits, and Gerardo Parra chipped in three hits and two RBIs.
Starling Marte (mahr-TAY') had a career-high four hits and scored four times as Pittsburgh outscored San Francisco 12-8. Neil Walker and Alex Presley homered for the Pirates, who set season highs for runs and hits.
Ross Ohlendorf held Colorado to a run and two hits in six innings of Washington's 5-1 verdict over the Rockies. Ian Desmond had three RBIs to help Ohlendorf win his Nationals debut.
Edinson Volquez tossed seven innings and Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer as San Diego beat Atlanta 5-3 to complete a three-game sweep. Volquez held the Braves to a run and six hits while striking out a season-high nine, one start after surrendering career highs of nine runs and 11 hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Philadelphia has a five-game losing streak after Clete Thomas went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles in Minnesota's 4-3 triumph over the Phillies. Thomas tied the game with a double in the eighth before scoring the winning run on a wild pitch later in the inning.
Jonathan Lucroy hit a bases-loaded triple in the first inning and had four RBIs as Milwaukee hammered Miami 10-1. Carlos Gomez raised his average to .326 by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Houston had just three hits before erupting for six runs in the ninth inning to beat Seattle 6-1. Chris Carter put the Astros ahead with a two-run homer and Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) added a two-run single after Jeremy Bonderman shut them down for the first eight innings.
The threat of bad weather forced the postponement of the White Sox home game against Toronto. No makeup date has been announced.
Scutaro hurts his pinkie
PITTSBURGH (AP) — San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (SKOO'-tah-roh) is out indefinitely after injuring his left pinkie finger.
Scutaro was hit on the hand by Pittsburgh pitcher Tony Watson while batting in the seventh inning of an 8-2 loss on Tuesday night. X-rays were negative. Scutaro says he has some ligament damage near the tip of the finger.
Manager Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) said the team will wait a few days to see if Scutaro's injury responds to rest and treatment. There is a chance he could play this weekend when the Giants are in Atlanta.
Dodgers, Diamondbacks to open 2014 campaign down under
NEW YORK (AP) — The 2014 major league season will begin down under.
MLB has announced the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will play a two-game series at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22 and 23. It will be the first time Australia has hosted a big league game.
Kidd hired as Nets coach
UNDATED (AP) — Jason Kidd was the New Jersey Nets' top player when the team made their only NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov (PROH'-koh-rahv) is bringing him back to the organization, this time as head coach.
Prokhorov says Kidd has the fire in the belly the team needs and has achieved as a player everything the Nets are striving to achieve.
Kidd retired earlier this month after one season with the New York Knicks, his 19th in the NBA. He spent 6 ½ seasons with the Nets, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds.
Kidd replaces P.J. Carlesimo, who was not retained despite leading the Nets to a 35-19 record.
NBA FINALS-GAME 3
Parker hopeful for Game 4
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio's Tony Parker has a mild strained hamstring and hopes to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Miami on Thursday night.
Parker had an MRI that revealed the Grade 1 strain. He is listed as day-to-day. Parker was concerned that the hamstring could have been torn, which would have made it very difficult for him to play.
Parker was injured early in the second half of the Spurs 36-point, Game 3 win Tuesday night. He was limited to six points and eight assists in 27 minutes and left the game early in the fourth quarter with the outcome already decided.
Parker's injury somewhat muted the celebration in San Antonio following the Spurs' decisive bounce-back victory that put them two wins shy of the franchise's fifth championship.
Coach Gregg Popovich says he wants to wait until Thursday before deciding Parker's status for Game 4.
NASCAR driver killed in accident
BRIDGEPORT, N.J. (AP) — NASCAR driver Jason Leffler has died following an accident Wednesday night during a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.
The 37-year-old Leffler was a two-time winner on the Nationwide Series and finished last at Pocono over the weekend, his first Sprint Cup start of the year.
Bridgeport Speedway is a 5/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval.
Kelly home from surgery
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is said to be in good spirits, recovering at home after having surgery to remove cancerous cells from his upper jaw.
Kelly's wife, Jill, posted a note on her Twitter account, saying "there's a long road ahead," but doctors are pleased with her husband's recovery. She said the next step is awaiting results of bone tests.
MONROE, La. (AP) — Five-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters of the Philadelphia Eagles has been arrested in north Louisiana for allegedly drag racing and trying to flee from police.
The Monroe (La.) News-Star reports that Peters was released on bond Wednesday after his early morning arrest. An arrest affidavit obtained by the newspaper says an Ouachita (WAH'-shih-tah) Parish Sheriff's Office deputy saw a white Camaro and a blue sedan in what appeared to be a race at 4:45 a.m.
Good enough for Goodell
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') is defending the Washington Redskins nickname, calling it a "unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect."
Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed because it is offensive to many Native Americans.
Goodell cited the nickname's origins and polls that support its popularity.
The name is the subject of a legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection.
Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the name.
Barber dies at 82
UNDATED (AP) — The PGA says golfer Miller Barber died yesterday at 82, although the tour didn't provide details of his death. Barber played in 1,297 tournaments on the PGA Tour and 50-and-over circuit, the most combined starts of any player. He earned 11 of his 24 victories on the PGA Tour and captured all five of his majors on the senior circuit.