NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
Will Bruins and Blackhawks burn the midnight oil again?
BOSTON (AP) — The opening two games have gone overtime, with the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks splitting a pair of games while playing four extra periods of tense, make-no-mistake hockey.
So don't be surprised if tonight's Game 3 in Boston is a close, tight-checking affair with very little room for much offensive movement. If the teams go overtime tonight, these teams will be the first to play three straight OTs to start a Stanley Cup final since Montreal and the L.A. Kings did it in 1993.
The Bruins are home for the next two games. Chicago won the opener in triple overtime while the Bruins evened the series with a 2-1 overtime win Saturday night in Chicago.
Working overtime is nothing new to the Bruins. They've played seven overtime games already -- tied for fifth-most in a single playoff year in NHL history.
Spurs and Heat set to play in Miami
MIAMI (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs head to Miami with two shots at winning their fifth NBA title -- and fourth in the Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (jih-NOH'-blee) era.
Parker and Ginobili combined for 50 points as the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead with a 114-104 win over the Heat Sunday night.
The Spurs can wrap up the title Tuesday night. If the Heat win that one, Game 7 will be Thursday night in Miami.
Nuggets fill GM post; coach next
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have hired Tim Connelly as executive vice president of basketball operations. Connelly has been the assistant GM with the New Orleans Pelicans since 2010. His first order of business with the Nuggets will be finding a replacement for George Karl after the longtime coach was fired nearly two weeks ago.
Yankees/Indians and Tigers have injured players
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he is leaning toward putting first baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) back on the disabled list. Teixeira missed the first 53 games of the season because of an injured right wrist. The All-Star slugger is hitting just .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 53 at-bats.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Slumping Indians first baseman Nick Swisher will miss the next few games because of a sore left shoulder. Cleveland manager Terry Francona says Swisher received a cortisone shot after an MRI revealed no structural damage. Francona said Swisher possibly could return Friday when the Indians open a three-game set against Minnesota.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have placed right-hander Anibal (AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez and catcher Alex Avila (AH'-vee-lah) on the 15-day disabled list. Sanchez is expected to miss two starts because of a strained right shoulder and Avila will be out with a bruised left forearm.
Open champ Rose taking no time off
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Justin Rose has no plans to take any time off after winning his first major championship.
Nathan Grube, the tournament director at the Travelers Championship, said Rose's wife, Kate, called shortly after he won his first major title, to confirm they would be in Connecticut for this week's tournament that starts Thursday.
Rose is the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
Advisor Ackerman proposing tourney changes
UNDATED (AP) — The WNBA's first president says that women's college basketball needs to make changes if the sport is to grow. Val Ackerman, hired by the NCAA in November to assess the state of the women's game, is suggesting moving the Final Four back to a Friday-Sunday format, exploring a two-site super regional for the second week of the NCAA tournament and returning to a format in which the top 16 teams host the first two rounds.
Attendance growth at the women's tournament has become stagnant over the past few years. Last season the NCAA averaged 5,466 for all its tournament rounds.
Ex-NFL receiver released from jail
UNDATED (AP) — Former NFL star Chad Johnson has been released from jail after apologizing to a judge for lack of respect when he slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week. Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson's apology and reduced his jail term from 30 days to seven days.
In other football news:
— Colts coach Chuck Pagano (PUH'-gah-noh) has won the George Halas Award from the Professional Football Writers Association for overcoming adversity. Early in his first season as coach, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and took a leave of absence. Pagano worked from his hospital bed on game plans and analyzing practices even as he was recovering from the disease. He returned and coached the team into the playoffs.
— Former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli (pee-OH'-lee) is joining NBC's Sunday night studio show. Pioli left the Chiefs in January after four mostly unsuccessful seasons. He previously led the New England Patriots' player personnel department, helping the team win three Super Bowls.
— Lights, camera, action!! — the Cincinnati Bengals will star in the training camp documentary show "Hard Knocks" for the second time in five NFL seasons.