Rangers stay alive
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have extended their season with a comeback victory over Boston in Game 4 of the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals.
Chris Krieder scored on a nifty pass from Rick Nash at 7:03 of overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 win against the Bruins. The Rangers erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits before Kreider notched his first goal of the postseason.
The Bruins were looking pretty good after Nathan Horton and Torey Krug (kroog) scored 3:02 apart to give them a two-goal lead at the 7:49 mark of the second period. Derek Stepan (STEP'-ahn) tied it 75 seconds into the third period and set up Brian Boyle's goal with 10 minutes left in regulation.
Henrik Lundqvist turned back 37 shots for the Rangers, who head to Boston for Game 5 on Saturday.
Hall of Famer back with Avs
DENVER (AP) — It's back to the future for the Colorado Avalanche.
The club has hired former Avs goaltender Patrick Roy (wah) as head coach and vice president of hockey operations. He'll work in the front office alongside Joe Sakic (SAK'-ihk), who was recently promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations.
The Avalanche won two Stanley Cup titles with the duo on the ice and the organization is hoping they can help turn around a downtrodden team.
Roy becomes the sixth coach in Avalanche history and the 14th in franchise history. The team began in the WHA as the Quebec Nordiques in 1972 and joined the NHL seven years later.
Roy has spent the last eight seasons as coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, winning the 2006 Memorial Cup. He is also a part owner of the QMJHL franchise.
Coach K is back
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) took some time to think about it and his decision is he will be back to the coach U.S. men's national team, including the 2016 Olympics. The longtime Duke coach calls being the U.S. coach the "ultimate honor."
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo (koh-LAN'-jeh-loh), speaking by teleconference, said the job is "a perfect fit" for Krzyzewski.
Krzyzewski took over as coach as USA Basketball began its national-team program in 2005. Since then, Krzyzewski has led the U.S. men's team to Olympic gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. He also led the Americans to the gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The team record under Coach-K is 62-1.
James a unanimous choice
NEW YORK (AP) — Miami's LeBron James was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA team. James received all 119 votes for the first team from a panel of sports writer and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers is also a first-teamer, marking his record-tying 11th first-team selection. Joining James and Bryant on the first team are Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, San Antonio center Tim Duncan and Clippers guard Chris Paul.
Bryant tied Utah Hall of Famer Karl Malone with his 11th first-team nod.
NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony led the second team, joined by guards Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker, center Marc Gasol (gah-SOHL') and forward Blake Griffin.
The third team was Houston's James Harden, Miami's Dwyane (dwayn) Wade, Lakers center Dwight Howard and forwards Paul George of Indiana and David Lee of Golden State.
Four straight for the Bucs
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are season-high 11 games over .500 following their fourth straight win.
Andre McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles as the Bucs doubled up the Chicago Cubs 4-2. Starling Marte singled and scored in each of the first two innings to help the Pirates win for the 11th time in 13 games.
Cubs starter Edwin Jackson fell to 1-7 with a 6.11 ERA, yielding three runs in just three innings of Chicago's fourth consecutive loss.
Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-ohn) belted his fifth career grand slam and J.P. Arencibia (ar-ehn-SEE'-bee-uh) added a two-run blast and four RBIs in Toronto's 12-6 pounding of Baltimore. Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was roughed up in his major league debut, surrendering four runs and seven hits in five innings.
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have placed second baseman Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique that could keep the five-time All-Star out for four weeks.
Phils general manager Ruben Amaro says the team is being cautious with the injury so it doesn't remain an issue throughout the season.
Utley is batting .272 with seven homers and 25 RBIs. Freddy Galvis has replaced him in the starting lineup.
Also in the majors, injured New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira could soon start playing in minor league games. The All-Star has been out since injuring his right wrist in early March while with the U.S. team preparing for the World Baseball Classic. Teixeira has been taking part in simulated games this week at the Yankees' minor league complex.
The Blue Jays are promoting left-hander Sean Nolin to make his major league debut Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles. The sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three games for Double-A New Hampshire this year after going 10-0 with a 2.04 earned run average in 20 games in "A'' ball last season.
Seattle has sent slumping catcher Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma to work on his hitting. Montero is batting .208 with three homers and nine RBIs while splitting time with Kelly Shoppach (SHAHP'-ak).
NASCAR-COCA-COLA 600 QUALIFYING
Hamlin takes pole
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has never won a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but he's put himself in good position to do it this weekend.
Hamlin broke the track record in winning the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, recording a lap of 195.624 mph. He was one of eight drivers to top the previous record of 193.708 set last October by Greg Biffle.
Hamlin will start alongside Kurt Busch on the front row, followed by Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer.
It is Hamlin's 14th career pole.
Surgery for fullback
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Fullback Henry Hynoski of the New York Giants will have surgery Friday after hurting his left knee in the team's organized training activity. The three-year veteran was hurt on the second play from scrimmage during a drill on Wednesday.
The Giants say a doctor examined Hynoski and found two injuries. He'll need surgery to repair the medical collateral ligament and a chip fracture.
Tampa's first pick agrees to deal
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Second-round draft choice Johnthan Banks, who was the 43rd overall pick, has agreed to a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Banks won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back in 2012. He finished his college career with 16 interceptions, including three he returned for touchdowns.
Palmer stakes claim to lead
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Ryan Palmer isn't just the Colonial leader, he's also a member.
Palmer matched the first-round record at Hogan's Alley, firing an 8-under 62 for a one-stroke lead over John Rollins in the PGA event at Fort Worth.
Palmer and longtime caddie James Edmondson are full dues-paying members at Colonial.
Graham DeLaet, Morgan Hoffmann, David Hearn and John Peterson are two strokes back, while defending Colonial champ Zach Johnson had an opening 69.
Rain wipes out first round of new LPGA event
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — An overnight storm dropped nearly a foot of water on the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, causing the first round to be delayed. The event, which will begin Friday as a 12-hole round, will use holes that are not under water from the worst flooding in about 20 years. Officials hope the rest of the course will drain in time for an 18-hole Sunday. Otherwise, it would be three rounds of 12 holes for the 144-player field.
This is a new event on the LPGA Tour.
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Haas has good round
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jay Haas and Duffy Waldorf are co-leaders through the first round of the Senior PGA Championship in St. Louis.
The 50-year-old Haas shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 under breezy conditions at Bellerive Country Club. Sonny Skinner and Japan's Kiyoshi Murota (kih-YOH'-shee muh-ROH'-tah) are one stroke back.
Make room for Elon
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Colonial Athletic Association is getting a new member as Elon (EE'-lon) is joining the CAA for the 2014-15 season. Elon, which is leaving the Southern Conference, will join as an all-sports member. That gives the CAA 10 basketball schools and 12 in football.
The CAA has been scrambling to add members after losing Georgia State, VCU, George Mason and Old Dominion in the past 13 months.