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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 4:35 AM


Blackhawks win Stanley Cup

BOSTON (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have won their fifth Stanley Cup and second since 2010, doing so with a two-goal flurry in the waning moments.

Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored in the final 76 seconds to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 comeback win over the Bruins in Game 6 of the finals in Boston. Bolland's Cup-winning goal came just 17 seconds after Bickell knotted the score.

The Bruins appeared poised to force a Game 7 after Milan Lucic (loo-CHEECH) tallied with 7:49 remaining. Boston later killed off a minor penalty but couldn't hold off a Chicago team that outshot the Bruins 16-7 in the third period.

Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored the Hawks' first goal and assisted on the game-tying tally. Toews' availability for the game was in doubt after he suffered a head injury in Saturday's win over the Bruins.

Corey Crawford handled 23 shots for the Blackhawks, while Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask made 28 saves for the Bruins.

Patrick Kane came away with the Conn Smythe (smyth) Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. Kane scored nine goals and 19 points in 23 games.


Canucks get Torts...Minnesota inks goalie

UNDATED (AP) — It appears the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks have traded coaches.

The Canucks are expected to introduce John Tortorella as their new head coach tomorrow. Tortorella led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup playoffs the last three seasons but was dismissed late last month after the Blueshirts were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

He would replace Alain Vigneault (VEEN'-yoh), who is replacing Tortorella in New York.

Also in the NHL, goaltender Niklas Backstrom has re-signed with the Minnesota Wild, accepting a three-year pact that keeps the veteran from becoming an unrestricted free agent. The 35-year-old Backstrom went 24-15-3 with a 2.48 goals against average and two shutouts in 42 games last season for the Wild.

San Jose Sharks forward Martin Havlat has undergone surgery to help repair the injured groin that sidelined him during the playoffs. The injury prevents the Sharks from using one of the two compliance buyouts in the new collective bargaining agreement to get out of the final two years of his $30 million, six-year contract. Havlat has missed 51 regular season games with various injuries during his two seasons in San Jose, posting 15 goals and 30 assists in 79 games.

Winnipeg coach Claude Noel has signed a one-year extension that keeps him under contract for two more seasons. Noel led the Jets to a 24-21-3 record this season, missing the playoffs by four points.


Rays halt Jays' streak

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays' team record-tying 11-game winning streak has come to an end.

James Loney, Wil Myers and Sam Fuld hit consecutive homers as Tampa Bay downed the Jays 4-1. The back-to-back-to-back blasts came off Esmil Rogers and put the Rays ahead 3-0 in the second inning.

It was Myers' first round-tripper at home, and his second since the highly-touted outfield prospect was recalled last Monday. He's hitting .294 with seven RBIs in eight games.

Jeremy Hellickson was outstanding over seven shutout innings, limiting Toronto to one hit and four walks while striking out four.

Baltimore dropped another half-game in the AL East standings with a 5-2 loss to Cleveland. Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer and a two-run single as the Indians won for the ninth time in 12 games to pull within 3 ½ games of the AL Central-leading Tigers. Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh HIH'-meh-nehz) allowed solo homers to Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) and Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) but pitched into the sixth to improve to 6-4.

The Birds are 2 ½ games behind the East-leading Red Sox following their fourth consecutive loss.

Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) had another strong game as the Los Angeles Dodgers downed San Francisco 3-1. The rookie hit a first-inning homer and singled home the insurance run in the eighth to cap a 3-for-4 night. Puig is batting .442 with seven homers and 14 RBIs in 20 games since his major league debut three weeks ago.

Hanley Ramirez doubled home the tiebreaking run before scoring on Puig's final hit.

Philadelphia carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth before Kyle Blanks fueled a pair of rallies to push San Diego past the Phillies 4-3 in 10 innings. Blanks hit a two-run single and scored the tying run on a passed ball by Carlos Ruiz. Blanks later singled home the winning run as the Padres moved back over the .500 and within three games of NL West-leading Arizona.


Orioles option Garcia

UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have optioned veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk, an assignment the right-hander has the right to refuse and become a free agent. The 36-year-old Garcia is 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games with the Orioles.

Garcia was optioned because the Orioles recalled rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman from Norfolk.

In other baseball news:

— The Cleveland Indians have optioned right-hander Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus and recalled pitcher T.J. House.


Nuggets pick Shaw

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have found their next head coach.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw has agreed to succeed George Karl.

The Denver Post first announced the agreement with Shaw, and the former Phil Jackson pupil told the newspaper he's been "prepared by the best of the best" for his first NBA head coaching job.

Shaw is a former NBA guard and longtime assistant NBA coach who has interviewed about a dozen times for head coaching positions but kept coming up short until Monday. He takes over a team that set a team-record for victories but was eliminated in the Western Conference quarterfinals, leading to Karl's ouster.



LONDON (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') was a first-round casualty at Wimbledon. The men's No. 5 seed, fresh off his win in the French Open, was ousted by Belgium's Steve Darcis (DAR'-see), the world's 135th ranked player, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. The loss was the first for Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon winner, in the first round of a major. His opening round record in majors is now 34-1. The defeat ended Nadal's 22-match winning streak.

The fifth-seed in the women's division was also a loser on Day 1. Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee) of Italy was beaten in straight sets by Puerto Rican teenager Monica Puig (pweeg). Errani, runner-up at last year's French Open, lost 6-3, 6-2 to the 65th-ranked player in the first match on Court 18 of the grass-court Grand Slam.

In other results, women's second-seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) won her opening match in straight sets, as did third-seed Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) and No. 12 Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich).

Back to the men, defending champion and third-seed Roger Federer opened play with a straight sets win over Romania's Victor Hanescu (hah-NES'-koo), 6-3, 6-2, 6-0. The match took just 68 minutes. Federer is looking for his eighth title at the All England Club.

Second-seed Andy Murray, the British favorite every year at Wimbledon, reached the second round with a straight sets win over Germany's Benjamin Becker. Murray lost to Federer in last year's final.

Sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) of France eased into the second round with a 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over David Goffin. Tsonga reached the semifinals of the grass-court tournament last year.

Men's No. 18 John Isner (IHZ'-nur) finished a quick Grand Slam match for a change, beating 66th-ranked Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 6-1, 7-6, 7-6. The 6-foot-9 Isner, who is seeded 18th, had 22 aces with just one double-fault. The match took only 1 hour, 43 minutes.


Rose pulls out

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Already missing Tiger Woods, the AT&T National will now have to do this week without U.S. Open champion Justin Rose. Rose has withdrawn from the tournament because of fatigue. He says in a statement he is disappointed to pull out of a tournament he won in 2010, but the last three weeks have been mentally and physically demanding.

Woods withdrew last week because of an elbow injury. He won't play again until the British Open.

That leaves Masters champion Adam Scott as the featured player this week at Congressional.


Champs celebrate

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA champion Miami Heat have enjoyed their celebratory parade through the streets of the city. A crowd of 400,000 was expected to see the players, coaches and recently won trophy. The Heat beat the Spurs in seven games to win the NBA title.

Several players held super-soaker squirt guns and sprayed water on fans as confetti blew through the air and dotted the streets.


Alabama's Pollard withdraws

Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard has decided to withdraw from school after his arrest in connection to a child's kidnapping.

Pollard and his mother are among seven people who have been charged with conspiring to kidnap a 6-year-old girl from an east Mississippi elementary school in a plot that allegedly involved a property dispute.

Prosecutors say Pollard's mother, Jessie Mae Brown, led a scheme to kidnap the girl to pressure the child's mother in a dispute over some land.


Two receivers suspended

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has handed down four-game suspensions to Colts receiver LaVon Brazill and Giants wideout Brandon Collins for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Brazill will be eligible to return to the active roster following Indy's game Sept. 29 against Jacksonville. He may practice at training camp and play in all four preseason games. Collins also can to through full training camp and will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 30, the day after the Giants play the Chiefs.


No chemo or radiation for Jim Kelly

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says he has been told by doctors that he won't need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment after having surgery to remove cancerous cells in his jaw.

The former Buffalo Bills star says he had the left side of his jaw and the teeth on that side of his mouth removed in surgery on June 7. He was released from the hospital three days later.


Bruins win opener

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Adam Plutko worked six innings and Eric Filia hit a two-run single as UCLA beat Mississippi State 3-1 in Game 1 of the best-of-3 College World Series finals.

Plutko retired his first nine batters and held the Bulldogs to a run and four hits to help the Bruins get within one victory of their first national championship in baseball. Mississippi State had its chances to tie the game or pull ahead but left runners in scoring position four of the last six innings.

The Bruins can wrap up the championship Tuesday at Omaha.


New rules coming to hoops

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An NCAA panel has voted to expand the use of replay review in college basketball, and instituted the 10-second backcourt rule for the women's game.

The Playing Rules Oversight Panel also approved a tweak to the charging-blocking foul in the men's game and gave referees leeway when it comes to penalties for accidentally elbowing an opponent above the shoulders. The approved changes are effective immediately.