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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 9:35 PM


Bruins up by two in third

BOSTON (AP) — Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals has entered the third period with the Boston Bruins leading the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0.

The game was scoreless until Daniel Paille (PY'-ay) scored 2:13 into the second period. Paille also provided the overtime goal on Boston's 2-1 victory in Game 2.

Patrice Bergeron (BEHR'-zur-ahn) doubled the Bruins' lead with 5:55 left in the period.

Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask was perfect on 18 shots over the first 40 minutes. Corey Crawford has made 24 stops for the Blackhawks.

Chicago is playing without forward Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah), who was scratched after being hit by a puck during warm-ups.

The B's are trying to take a two-games-to-one lead in the series.


Scherzer nets 10th win...Four homers power Reds past Bucs

UNDATED (AP) — Max Scherzer is a perfect 10.

The Detroit Tigers pitcher has improved to 10-0 by limiting Baltimore to a run and seven hits while striking out 10 in six innings of a 5-1 victory over the Orioles. According to STATS, Scherzer is the first pitcher to begin a season 10-0 in his starts since Roger Clemens went 11-0 for the 1997 Blue Jays.

Scherzer also is the American League's first 10-game winner of the season, and the second in the majors.

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer as the Tigers stretched their lead in the AL Central to five games over Kansas City.

Orioles slugger Chris Davis smacked his major league-leading 24th homer but struck out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning with the Birds down by two runs.

In other major league action, Kansas City has 11 wins in its last 13 games after pinch-runner Elliott Johnson scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning as the Royals downed Cleveland 2-1. Eric Hosmer tied the game with an RBI double in the eighth, two innings after Carlos Santana homered for the Indians.

Cincinnati is a season-high 15-games over .500 after Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier hit upper-deck homers off left-hander Francisco Liriano to power the Reds past Pittsburgh 4-1. Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) and Jay Bruce also hit solo homers to support Mike Leake, who's 7-3 after allowing one run in seven innings.

Philadelphia beat Washington 5-4 on Domonic Brown's run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth, a half-inning after Chad Tracy knotted the score with a two-out homer. Ryan Howard belted a solo homer and had two RBIS, and Delmon Young lined a two-run double for the Phillies' other offense.

Josh Johnson combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and Maicer Izturis (MY'-sur his-TOOR'-ihs) hit a two-run single in the eighth inning as Toronto blanked Colorado 2-0. Johnson had to settle for a no-decision after holding the Rockies to five hits while striking out a season-high 10 in 7 1/3 innings.


Kennedy begins suspension

UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks are spending the next week and a-half without pitcher Ian Kennedy.

He has dropped his appeal and began serving his 10-day suspension for his role in last week's brawl with the Dodgers. Kennedy got the most severe of the six suspensions stemming from the brawl. He was suspended after hitting Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) and Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) with high inside pitches, the latter one triggering the bench-clearing melee.

Kennedy started Sunday's game in San Diego, leaving with no decision in a 4-1 Arizona loss.

Also in the majors, 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.

Struggling Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is not in the lineup for the second straight day. Berkman is hitting only .192 over the past 21 games, dropping to a season-low .266. He has only three RBIs and one extra-base hit the past 18 games.

Phillies pitcher John Lannan started against the Washington Nationals after being activated earlier in the day. The former National is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA and has been out since April 17 because of a strained tendon in his left knee. Philadelphia made roster room by putting reliever Jeremy Horst on the 15-day DL with a strained left elbow.

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.

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.


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.


Beavers still alive after eliminating Cardinals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oregon State stayed alive in the College World Series by scoring seven times in the fourth inning of an 11-4 romp over Louisville. Max Gordon had two hits and two RBIs out of the No. 9 hole as the Beavers eliminated the Cardinals.

Today's second game has Mississippi State against Indiana.


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.