Stefan Kueng wins chilly Tour of Romandie stage
from Switzerland of team BMC Racing raises his arms after crossing the finish
line to win the second stage of the Tour de Romandie cycling race in Chatelard,
Switzerland, Thursday, April 27. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
Champery, Switzerland (AP)
— Stefan Kueng won a shortened Tour of Romandie stage Thursday that
started on snow-lined roads, ended in chilling rain and left the top of the
overall standings unchanged.
The Swiss rider outlasted Andriy
Grivko of Ukraine in a two-man sprint more than 3-1/2 hours after racers
left Aigle instead of the planned start at Champery ski station.
Organizers cut about 25 kilometers
(15 miles) from the route to "protect the peleton from unnecessary risks" in
snow and cold temperatures.
Third-place Sonny Colbrelli of Italy
won the bunch sprint 20 seconds behind the leaders.
Fabio Felline of Italy finished
safely in sixth to retain his overall lead in the six-day race, which
The 23-year-old Kueng also won a
stage in cold and rain in the 2015 Tour of Romandie, and is seen as a
contender to inherit the now-retired Fabian Cancellara's status as the Swiss
Friday's stage is a 187-kilometer
(116-mile) ride starting and finishing in Payerne.
Sharapova reaches quarterfinals after 2nd win since return
reacts during her match against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova at the Porsche
Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday April 27. (Bernd
Weissbrod/dpa via AP)
Stuttgart, Germany (AP) —
Maria Sharapova won again to reach the Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinals
while another major obstacle to a deep run departed on Thursday.
Two-time defending champion
Angelique Kerber, who was against Sharapova receiving a wild-card entry, was
upset by Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-2, 7-5.
Sharapova advanced earlier by
beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 in her second match after
a 15-month doping ban.
Mladenovic won just one set in three
previous matches against Kerber but dominated large parts of Thursday's
match. It was the top-seeded German's first defeat in the event since 2014.
Sharapova hit nine aces and held
serve throughout against Makarova. She converted three of her four break
"Being in the quarterfinals here
again is quite special," said Sharapova, who won the indoor clay event three
times from 2012-14.
Less than 24 hours after beating
Roberta Vinci in straight sets in her highly anticipated first match,
Sharapova said she "felt I settled down a little bit. I was able to focus on
the game. I executed a great plan today and I thought I was solid."
The Russian, who tested positive for
meldonium at last year's Australian Open, held off the only break point for
Makarova at 5-5, and converted her second chance in the next game to close
out the opening set.
Sharapova was in control of the
second throughout and wrapped up the win with two straight aces to raise her
total for the tournament to 20. She improved to 7-0 against Makarova.
The five-time Grand Slam champion
and former No. 1, who lost her ranking due to the suspension and entered the
event on a wild card, will play 73rd-ranked Anett Kontaveit of Estonia for a
place in the semifinals.
Mladenovic next takes on Carla
Suarez-Navarro, who beat another Russian, Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-4.
Also, the second-seeded Karolina
Pliskova beat CoCo Vandeweghe 7-6 (2), 6-4 and will play Laura Siegemund in
the quarterfinals. The finalist from last year defeated 2009 champion
Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3.
Anastasija Sevastova beat
sixth-seeded Johanna Konta 6-3, 7-5 to set up a quarterfinal against Simona
Murray and Nadal reach quarterfinals in Barcelona Open
Andy Murray of
Britain returns the ball to Feliciano Lopez of Spain during the Barcelona Open
Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 27. (AP Photo/Manu
Barcelona, Spain (AP) —
Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 to reach
the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open while Andy Murray struggled to join
him on Thursday.
Murray had his hands full getting
past Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4.
Nadal converted a break point in
each set to secure his seventh straight clay-court victory.
"It wasn't a day where I took a lot
of free points because the court was very heavy. But I was serving well, at
a good speed, and changing directions well," Nadal said. "I had the chance
to hit my forehand after my serve and take control of the rallies."
Nadal, a nine-time champion in
Barcelona, will next face qualifier Hyeon Chung of South Korea, who defeated
eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-1, 6-4.
The fifth-ranked Nadal is coming off
his 10th title at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The top-ranked Murray took nearly
two hours to close out the 40th-ranked Lopez.
"I didn't feel so good at the start,
but I played good tennis in some of the important moments," Murray said.
Murray will play the quarterfinal
against Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who defeated fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista
Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Ramos-Vinolas eliminated Murray in
the third round in Monte Carlo despite trailing 4-0 in the deciding set.
Murray was originally going to skip
the Barcelona Open but decided to play after that loss to Ramos-Vinolas. He
is looking to regain his form going into the French Open following a right
elbow injury that kept him out of action earlier this year.
Karen Khachanov of Russia defeated
fifth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 to play the
quarterfinal against Horacio Zeballos of Argentina, who topped Benoit Paire
of France 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3).
"I feel amazing," the 20-year-old
Khachanov said. "It's the biggest win of my career."
In other third-round matches,
fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria defeated Daniel Evans of Britain 7-6
(5), 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal against lucky loser Yuichi Sugita of
Japan, who beat seventh-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-3, 6-3.
"It was my best win. It's
unbelievable," said the 91st-ranked Sugita, who entered the main draw only
after countryman Kei Nishikori withdrew with a right wrist injury. "This was
very important for my life."
Sugita is the first lucky loser to
reach an ATP quarterfinal since Lucas Pouille reached the final four last
year in Rome.
Karlsson helps Senators edge Rangers 2-1 in Game 1
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, makes a save against Ottawa Senators
Viktor Stalberg during the first period of Game 1 of their NHL hockey
second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 27, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Fred
Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa, Ontario (AP) —
Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period,
sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in
the opener of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.
The Senators captain beat fellow
Swede Henrik Lundqvist from just above the goal line. The shot pinged off
Rangers center Derek Stepan before going into the net.
It was Karlsson's first goal and
seventh point of the playoffs. The 26-year-old defenseman, who has been
playing with a foot injury, also logged more than 28 minutes in the win.
Game 2 is Saturday.
Ryan McDonagh scored for New York,
and Lundqvist finished with 41 saves.
Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots and
Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, which eliminated Boston in six games in the
The Senators, playing in front of
several empty seats, had a chance for a fast start, but went 0 for 3 on the
power play during a scoreless first period.
The 35-year-old Lundqvist was
terrific, especially early on. He made 21 saves in the first, including a
pair of stops on Mark Stone during a flurry around the net on Ottawa's first
Lundqvist had a 1.70 goals-against
average and a .947 save percentage in the first round against Montreal.
Anderson wasn't tested nearly as
much at the other end, but was forced to hang tough when McDonagh walked
past a row of Senators during a New York power play and made an attempt on
goal that went wide.
The captain of the Rangers made the
most of another power-play opportunity in the second, beating Anderson at
7:10 with pesky winger Chris Kreider camped out in front. New York went 1
for 15 with the man advantage in the first round.
Slumping through the first half of
the middle period, the Sens grabbed momentum by punishing the Rangers with a
series of heavy shifts down low in the offensive zone. The speedy Viktor
Stalberg nearly scored when he slipped behind the New York defense at one
point, but he was turned away.
Ottawa finally broke through with
another power play — on the second of two minor penalties for rookie Brady
Lundqvist brushed aside Kyle Turris'
shot from the left face-off circle, but the rebound came right to Dzingel
and he converted the Sens' 33rd shot.
It was more Lundqvist in the third.
He denied Clarke MacArthur on a redirection from the slot, and then turned
away Dzingel, who had gotten behind the New York defense. Lundqvist snatched
his shot with the glove as the Canadian Tire Centre crowd murmured in
Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, and Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan battle
for a loose ball during the second half of Game 6 of their NBA first-round
playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP
Genaro C. Armas
Milwaukee (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored
32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25-point lead late in the
third quarter before holding on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night over the
Milwaukee Bucks to take their first-round playoff series in six games.
Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0
run in the final 2 minutes, including a 3-pointer with 1:27 left, to help
stave off the pesky Bucks.
The Raptors move on to face the
Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in a series that
starts Monday. They'll need to work on finishing off opponents in the second
Jason Terry's 3 with 3:06 left gave
the Bucks an 80-78 lead, completing an unlikely comeback from the 25-point
deficit with 5:16 left in the third quarter. The Raptors looked as if they
were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll's 3 gave them the 71-46
Giannis Antetokounmpo spearheaded
the second-half rally for Milwaukee. He had 34 points.
But the Bucks finished one comeback
The furious effort appeared to sap
the energy of the young Bucks. Even Antetokounmpo, a renowned gym rat,
looked tired with his hands on hips as he caught his breath during
fourth-quarter breaks. He played 47 minutes.
Antetokounmpo finished 13 of 23 from
the field but was 2 of 6 in the fourth.
The Raptors could finally breathe
easy after DeRozan went 2 of 2 from the foul line with 3.1 seconds to play
for a three-point lead. Tony Snell's inbounds pass on the ensuing possession
was intercepted by DeRozan.
Rebounding from 2-1 series deficit
and an embarrassing 27-point loss in Game 3, the Raptors will face Cleveland
a year after losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals in six
Kyle Lowry added 13 points for
Fellaini sent off but United hold City in Manchester derby
City's Vincent Komapany, center, shields the ball from Manchester United's
Daley Blind, right, during their English Premier League match at the Etihad
Stadium in Manchester, Thursday, April 27. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Manchester, England (AP) -
Manchester United held on following Marouane Fellaini's late sending-off for
headbutting Sergio Aguero to draw 0-0 at Manchester City in the English
Premier League on Thursday, keeping the race for Champions League
A physical midfielder never far from
on-field flashpoints, Fellaini had just been booked for tripping Aguero when
he fouled the City striker again, before confronting him and connecting with
a butt to earn a straight red card in the 84th minute.
There were just 19 seconds between
the two cards being shown.
United manager Jose Mourinho didn't
criticize his midfielder for his recklessness, saying Fellaini felt he was
sent off only because of his reputation and Aguero perhaps overreacted.
"I saw Aguero in the tunnel,"
Mourinho said. "No broken nose, no broken head, his face as nice as always.
If Sergio doesn't go to the floor, for sure it's not a red card, although
Marouane gave him the chance to do that."
Fellaini's actions, which resulted
in his third red card in nine years in English soccer, nearly undermined
another dogged defensive effort by United in the 174th Manchester derby.
City sent on fit-again striker
Gabriel Jesus after Fellaini's departure in an attempt to grab a late goal
and the striker had a stoppage-time headed goal disallowed for offside in a
tense finish at Etihad Stadium.
Mourinho's defensive tactics
suffocated another heavyweight rival — it resembled an attack-vs-defence
exercise in the second half — but whether a goalless draw does United any
good is open to question with a month left in the season.
The result kept Mourinho's
injury-hit team in fifth place, both a place and a point behind City with
five games remaining in the race for a top-four finish to qualify for the
Champions League. Liverpool are a point ahead of City, and have played a
game more than both Manchester clubs, while Arsenal are four points behind
United with a game in hand.
"City will finish top four,"
Mourinho said. "The matches they have to play I see them doing that. I think
it's between us, Arsenal, and Liverpool."
United have a difficult run-in, with
trips to come to Tottenham and Arsenal, and are still involved in the Europa
League, with a two-leg semifinal looming against Celta Vigo. Their squad is
also ravaged by injury, a situation that won't be helped by Fellaini's
upcoming three-game suspension.
By becoming only the second team,
after Stoke, to stop City from scoring at home this season, United extended
their unbeaten run in the league to 24 games dating to October and a loss at
Mourinho masterminded a 0-0 draw
against Liverpool at Anfield in October, stopping at the time the league's
most prolific attack, and recently delivered a tactical masterclass in a 2-0
win over first-place Chelsea.
He relishes churning out results in
the big games, especially against a managerial rival like City's Pep
Guardiola, and his approach for this one was clear and expected — defend in
two blocks and strike on the counterattack using the long ball and the pace
of forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
It worked to an extent, although it
"We have the talent," City manager
Pep Guardiola said, "but it's not easy with so many players behind the
Mourinho said United were "the best
team in the first half and ... the best team in the second half. They were
amazing, the way they fight."
Rashford was particularly lively in
the first half, outsprinting defender Nicolas Otamendi with embarrassing
ease on occasions, and City were often thankful for the composure of
fit-again captain Vincent Kompany alongside Otamendi at the back.
City might be challenging for the
title — and not just a place in the top four — had Kompany stayed
injury-free this season.
After the break, Rashford was left
increasingly isolated up front as United sat back even more. City were
utterly dominant, restricting their opponents to just seven touches in
United's attacking third, but couldn't find a way past goalkeeper David De
City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was
carried off on a stretcher with a calf injury moments before Fellaini's red
card after injuring himself collecting a corner. He had little else to do.
In three matches between City and
United this season — two in the league and the other in the League Cup —
Mourinho and Guardiola have earned one win each and drawn the other.
Everything is supersized in big heavyweight title fight
Anthony Joshua, left, and Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko pose head-to-head
for the media at the end of a press conference at Sky studios in west London,
Thursday, April 27. They are due to fight for the IBF heavyweight world title on
Saturday at Wembley stadium in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
London (AP) — Anthony
Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko drew the kind of crowd for their final news
conference that most fighters would be happy with once they got in the ring.
Everything is supersized in their
heavyweight title fight, including the fighters themselves.
The two big — and big punching —
heavyweights meet Saturday night in England's national stadium, where some
90,000 fans are expected to watch the most anticipated heavyweight fight in
more than a decade. Most will be screaming for Joshua, but the loudest voice
may be that of Klitschko's brother, Vitali, in his corner.
"My prediction is that Wladimir will
knock him out," said Vitali Klitschko, a former three-time heavyweight
champion himself who is now the mayor of Kiev in his native Ukraine. "I've
never seen my brother so confident, and Joshua doesn't know he'll be
fighting against two fighters — Wladimir and myself."
Unfortunately for Klitschko, there
will be no tag team match as he enters the ring an underdog for the first
time in his career. He also enters it without a title belt for the first
time in more than a decade after losing to Tyson Fury in his last fight in
And, of course, he enters it seen as
a villain by English fans who are hoping for Joshua to have the kind of
heavyweight reign Klitschko has enjoyed — if not even better.
"It's his fans, I totally get it,"
Klitschko said. "But it's my night, my fight, my win."
Joshua's popularity in his native
country was evident Thursday at the news conference in the Sky Sports
building, where hundreds of employees left their desks to line the balconies
and stairwells to get a glimpse of the two fighters. The fight quickly sold
out Wembley Stadium when announced and will be on pay-per-view in England as
well as both HBO and Showtime in the United States.
It comes at a time when the
heavyweight division is suddenly attractive again, with American Deontay
Wilder holding part of the title and Joshua owning another piece. Wilder
will be ringside and is expected to push for a bout next year against Joshua
should he beat Klitschko.
Joshua, who seemingly came from
nowhere to win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, is a powerful puncher
who has knocked out all 18 of his opponents but has yet to face anyone near
the caliber of Klitschko.
"I don't know if it's stupid or
smart," Klitschko said of Joshua fighting him with so little experience.
"I'm just comfortable and confident."
Klitschko will be fighting for the
heavyweight title for the 29th time, a remarkable feat all by itself. With
his brother, Vitali, he has dominated heavyweight boxing for the last
decade, much to the displeasure of many avid boxing fans who don't like his
But he has vowed to change his ways
and be aggressive against Joshua, knowing that at age 41 this very well
could be his last hurrah. The fact Klitschko got the fight at all had a lot
to do with his poor performance in losing the title by decision to Fury.
"I think Father Time is a terrible
person when he shows up," said Joshua's trainer, Rob McCracken. "And he's
already shown up."
London bookies favor Joshua in the
fight, which matches two 6-foot-6 boxers who are impressive knockout
punchers. That is a big selling point, but part of the appeal is also to see
if Joshua can beat a great — but 41-year-old — heavyweight and establish
himself as boxing's next big attraction.
"It's just me and another man coming
to blows and the best man will win," Joshua said. "April 29 is just another
stepping stone to greatness."
Joshua is a former sparring partner
for Klitschko, who used him in 2014 when Joshua had only seven pro fights.
Klitschko said the two know each other well after working together for about
Until watching Joshua at a public
training session on Wednesday, though, Klitschko saw something different.
"I have never seen AJ as big as he
is now," he said. "He's as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger."
Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89
Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Kapolei, Hawaii (AP) —
Ariya Jutanugarn and In-Kyung Kim each birdied their final hole Thursday to
share the lead halfway through the second round of the LPGA Lotte
Jutanugarn had a bogey-free 6-under 66,
and Kim shot 64 to reach 9-under 135 at Ko Olina Golf Club.
Jutanugarn won five times last season
and was the LPGA Tour's player of the year.
Alena Sharp (69) and first-round
co-leader Mi Hyang Lee (70) were a stroke back.
Among those another shot back were
second-ranked So Yeon Ryu (69), coming off a victory in the major ANA
Inspiration, and Olympic champion Inbee Park.
Paula Creamer, co-leader after an
opening 66, bogeyed both par 5s on the front nine and had a double bogey on
the par-3 eighth in a 74.
Fan disorder delays Lyon-Besiktas game in Europa League QFs
A fan climbs the goal as supporters invade the pitch a few minutes before the Europa League quarterfinal between Lyon and Besiktas, in Lyon, central France, Thursday, April 13. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Geneva (AP) — On a volatile
night in Lyon, fighting French and Turkish fans delayed a Europa League
quarterfinal kickoff by 45 minutes on Thursday.
Hundreds of Lyon fans sought safety on
the field when the disorder flared about 20 minutes before the scheduled
kickoff in a stadium that will host the final next season.
Trouble was concentrated in a section
behind one goal housing Besiktas fans, and followed clashes between rival
groups on the streets.
On the field, Lyon trailed until the
84th minute before scoring twice — the second from a bad goalkeeping error —
to seize an unlikely 2-1 victory.
The return match is next Thursday in
Istanbul which has a reputation as among the most hostile cities in Europe
for visiting fans.
Elsewhere, Manchester United stayed on
course to complete their full set of European trophies by drawing at
Anderlecht 1-1 in their first-leg game.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the first
half and the Belgian side levelled in the 86th to add intrigue to the return
match at Old Trafford next Thursday.
LYON 2, BESIKTAS 1
After a 9:50 p.m. kickoff in Lyon,
Besiktas led at halftime through Ryan Babel's low shot in the 15th minute.
Lyon waited until late to score twice in two minutes.
In the 83rd, Matthieu Valbuena's free
kick found Corentin Tolisso to level the match. A minute later, Besiktas
goalkeeper Fabri gifted Lyon a winner when he took a backpass close to goal
and tried to trick his way past the onrushing Jeremy Morel. The defender was
left with an empty net to score in.
Both clubs will be fined by UEFA, which
increased security measures at all Champions League and Europa League
matches this week after Borussia Dortmund's team bus was targeted by a bomb
attack on Tuesday.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was
among the officials on the pitch trying to restore calm.
Besiktas likely face the heavier
sanctions from UEFA, which can close sections of the Turkish champion's
stadium at the second-leg game.
ANDERLECHT 1, MANCHESTER UNITED 1
United coach Jose Mourino was unhappy
his team lapsed into a season-long failing — drawing games they should have
"If I were one of my defenders I would
be very disappointed because they had serious work and the people who had to
kill the game didn't," Mourinho said.
Still, United will be favored to
advance at Old Trafford next week after controlling much of the game in
Zlatan Ibrahimovic linked in a sweeping
move to give United the lead. His pass to the right wing found Antonio
Valencia for a cross that was met by Marcus Rashford's volleyed shot.
Anderlecht goalkeeper Martinez Rubin dived right to push the ball spinning
away toward the byline and, from a tight angle, Mkhitaryan hit a rising shot
into the net.
Mkhitaryan has scored in four straight
away games in the Europa League, which shapes as United's best route back to
the Champions League if they can reach and win the final in Stockholm on May
Anderlecht made the second leg trickier
in the 86th. Leander Dendoncker ran clear of two United defenders to power a
header from near the penalty spot past goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
AJAX 2, SCHALKE 0
Ajax, the 1992 champions, could have
taken a more decisive lead to Germany next week.
Davy Klaassen's 23rd-minute penalty and
shot in the 52nd from Justin Kluivert's cross were a poor reward for their
dominance at Amsterdam Arena.
Ajax brought 10 saves from Schalke
'keeper Ralf Faehrmann and twice were denied by the goal frame.
CELTA VIGO 3, GENK 2
Seeking to keep the trophy in Spain for
a fourth straight year, and sixth time since 2010, Celta Vigo found a
resilient opponent in Belgium champions Genk.
After trailing inside 10 minutes to a
Jean-Paul Boetius goal, Celta seized the lead eight minutes later and were
3-1 up at halftime. Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and John Guidetti got the goals.
But Genk got a valuable second away
goal in the 67th from substitute Thomas Buffel.
Genk, playing their 17th game in the
competition theybegan in the second qualifying round in July, are unbeaten
at home so far.
IAAF: 'Little progress' by Russia to secure athletics return
IAAF President Lord Sebastian Coe listens to a reporter’s question during a press conference in London, Thursday April 13. (Lauren Hurley/PA via AP)
London (AP) — Russia's lack of
progress in cleaning up its doping culture and introducing a satisfactory
testing regime continues to impede the country's reinstatement to athletics,
the IAAF said on Thursday.
Providing its latest update on Russia's
state-sponsored doping system, the IAAF also criticized the country's
decision to make Yelena Isinbayeva the head of the country's scandalized
"It is difficult to see how this helps
to achieve the desired change in culture in Russian track and field, or how
it helps to promote an open environment for Russian whistleblowers," Russia
task force chairman Rune Andersen said in his report to the IAAF Council.
Isinbayeva repeatedly criticized the
World Anti-Doping Agency, framed doping investigations as an anti-Russian
plot, and called for a leading whistleblower to be banned for life.
The two-time gold medalist and
world-record holder missed the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of a ban on
Russia's athletics team that is unlikely to be lifted soon based on the
IAAF's fresh concerns.
"There is no reason why better progress
has not been made," IAAF President Sebastian Coe said, "and RUSAF (Russia's
athletics federation) should be under no illusion at all that we will stick
to this. The criteria are serious and will be followed through."
But they currently are not, according
to Coe, who insists the IAAF will not soften its tough stance.
"There is testing but it is still far
too limited," Coe said. "The Russian investigative committee is still
refusing to hand over athlete biological passport samples for independent
testing from labs, we still have got athletes in closed cities that are
difficult or impossible to get to, the ongoing employment of coaches from a
tainted system, and we have got the head coach of RUSAF effectively refusing
to sign their own pledge to clean athletics."
The IAAF is allowing some Russians to
compete internationally as neutrals while their country remains banned, with
12 athletes proving they have been adequately tested for drugs over a
lengthy period by non-Russian agencies.
The athletes are still "subject to
acceptance of their entries by individual meeting organizers," such as the
Diamond League series, the IAAF has said. The 14-meet circuit opens on May 5
in Doha, Qatar.
NHL Playoffs: Penguins beat Columbus 3-1 in opener
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, left, stops a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell during Game 1 of their NHL first-round playoff series in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 12. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh (AP) — Marc-Andre
Fleury stopped 31 shots in a surprise start in place of injured Matt Murray
and the Pittsburgh Penguins opened their Stanley Cup title defense with a
3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Murray was scheduled to get the nod in
the playoff opener but was a late scratch after suffering a lower-body
injury during warm-ups. Fleury withstood an early push by Columbus, and the
Penguins responded by pulling away from the untested Blue Jackets.
Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist
for Pittsburgh. Nick Bonino and Bryan Rust also scored, and Evgeni Malkin
assisted on Rust and Kessel's goals in his first game back after missing the
final three weeks of the regular season because of an upper-body injury.
Matt Calvert scored for Columbus in the
third period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves.
Game 2 is Friday in Pittsburgh.
RANGERS 2, CANADIENS 0
MONTREAL — Tanner Glass scored in the
first period and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to help New York beat
Montreal in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is
Friday night at Bell Centre.
Michael Grabner added an empty-net goal
with 1:10 left.
Fired up by 1960s pop star Ginette
Reno's national anthem, the Canadiens were all over New York in the opening
period, but the Rangers struck first at 9:50. Montreal's Tomas Plekanec won
a draw in his own zone, but fourth-line winger Glass pounced on it and
lifted a backhander over Carey Price's shoulder.
BRUINS 2, SENATORS 1
OTTAWA, Ontario — Brad Marchand broke a
tie with 2:33 left and Boston held on to beat Ottawain Game 1 of their
Marchand scored off the rebound of
Patrice Bergeron's shot.
Frank Vatrano added a goal for Boston
in his first NHL playoff game, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves. Bobby Ryan
scored for Ottawa, and Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots.
Game 2 is Saturday in Ottawa.
SHARKS 3, OILERS 2 (overtime)
EDMONTON, Alberta — Melker Karlsson
scored at 3:22 of overtime and the San Jose Sharks came back to beat the
Oilers on Wednesday in Game 1 of their Western Conference series.
The Oilers took a 2-0 first-period lead
only for the veteran Sharks to come back and tie the game with just over 15
minutes to play.
Milan Lucic and Oscar Klefbom scored
for the Oilers.
Joel Ward and Paul Martin scored for
Edmonton center Connor McDavid, the
NHL's leading scorer in the regular season, had one assist in his playoff
debut to extend his points streak to 15 games.
BLUES 2, WILD 1 (overtime)
ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Joel Edmundson
scored for St. Louis at 17:48 of overtime, Jake Allen made a career-high 51
saves and the Blues sneaked into Minnesota to steal Game 1 of their
first-round series from the Wild on Wednesday.
Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko was quiet
for most of the night until he drove into a crowd and threaded a pass
through the Wild defense to Edmundson, who knocked in the second postseason
goal of his career.
Zach Parise tied the game with 22.7
seconds left in regulation for the Wild, whose dominance was thwarted by a
stellar performance from Allen.
He made the most saves ever recorded
against the Wild in their 16-season history.
Australia defend world title in men's team pursuit
Australia's team competes during the Men's Team Pursuit at the World Track Cycling championships in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hong Kong (AP) — Australia
defended their title in the men's team pursuit on Thursday at the world
track cycling championships.
Sam Welsford, Cameron Meyer, Alexander
Porter and Nicholas Yallouris won in 3 minutes, 51.503 seconds, beating last
year's runners-up New Zealand by more than two seconds in the final at the
Hong Kong Velodrome.
"We had a time in mind. We had a 3:52
in mind to ride ... and we beat it by a second and that was enough to win
the world title," Meyer said.
Italy won the bronze medal, beating
Olympic champions Britain.
In the women's team pursuit, Kelly
Catlin, Chloe Dygert, Kimberly Geist and Jennifer Valente of the United
States retained their world title in the closest race of the evening,
beating Australia by only .417 seconds. New Zealand took bronze.
Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia, the
Olympic bronze medalist, won the men's kerin for his first major gold medal.
"I've been trying for 10 years, since
2007 until now, and finally it's my time to be a world champion," Awang
Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata of
Colombia was second and Thomas Babek of the Czech Republic took bronze.
In the men's 15-kilometer scratch race,
Adrian Teklinski of Poland won gold. Lucas Liss of Germany took silver and
Christopher Latham of Britain got bronze.
F1 Sauber driver Wehrlein hits back at critics over absence
Pascal Wehrlein. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)
Sakhir, Bahrain (AP) — Sauber
driver Pascal Wehrlein has hit back at critics who questioned why he missed
the first two races in Formula One.
Wehrlein will finally make his debut
for Sauber at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, after Italian Antonio
Giovinazzi replaced him at the season-opening Australian GP and then the
China GP last weekend.
The 22-year-old German injured his back
in a crash at the Race of Champions in Miami in January, sustaining hairline
cracks in vertebrae and compressing some of his intervertebral discs.
But there was confusion surrounding the
initial driver switch in Australia because Wehrlein competed in the first
two practice sessions at Melbourne, leading to speculation.
"I don't care too much what the others
say. They didn't know my situation," Wehrlein said on Thursday at the
"If you don't know what injury someone
had, you shouldn't criticize him. It's quite simple. If it was just some
muscle pain or anything else, do you think Sauber would accept me to not
Wehrlein is confident he will be fit
enough to race on Sunday.
"I'll be fine in the car. No pain,
that's the most important thing," he said. "The track is also quite flat,
not many bumps."
Wehrlein impressed at times last year
with Manor Racing during his F1 debut season, finishing 10th at the Austrian
GP for the team's only point.