As of 8:40 p.m. (et) |
Three games are on tonight's NHL playoff schedule, highlighted by the Eastern
Conference opener between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins
claimed the Presidents' Trophy this season and will face the Red Wings in the
playoffs for the first time in 57 years. A pair of pivotal Game 2s are also
on tap, with the Canadiens and Ducks each trying to grab 2-0 series leads.
Montreal stole a road win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 thanks to Dale Wiese's
overtime winner, while Anaheim, the top seed in the West, held off Dallas to
take Game 1 at home against the Stars.
The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel
Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct. The incident took place during
Thursday's Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series against the St.
Louis Blues. At 6:51 of the second overtime, officials met to decide whether
St. Louis should be called for a delay of game penalty that would have given
the Blackhawks a two-man advantage. No penalty was called and cameras caught
Quenneville grabbing his crotch and yelling at the officials. The Blackhawks
ended up losing in the third overtime and trail the playoff series 1-0.
Tulsa has named Frank Haith as its new men's basketball coach. Haith decided
to leave his position at Missouri after three successful seasons and will
replace Danny Manning, who spent two years with the Golden Hurricane and
departed earlier this month for the vacancy at Wake Forest. Haith guided
Missouri to a record of 76-28 with a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, but
the Tigers missed this year's NCAA tourney after a record of 23-12. There had
been speculation that Haith was looking for a way out at Missouri, which just
this week granted Tulsa permission to discuss its position with the 48-year-
old, who also spent seven seasons as head coach at Miami-Florida. Haith served
a five-game suspension to open this past season as a result of discipline
handed down by the NCAA for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance
while coaching at Miami.
Duke sophomore forward Rodney Hood is following teammate Jabari Parker to the
NBA Draft. The 6-foot-8 Hood announced his intention to turn pro on Friday,
one day after the freshman star made public he was leaving Duke. Hood played
just one year for the Blue Devils after transferring from Mississippi State,
and averaged 16.1 points with 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists this past season.
K.J. Choi shot 4-under 67 on Friday and moved into the lead with the second
round of the Heritage suspended due to inclement weather. Choi finished 36
holes at 5-under-par 137 before the worst of the weather moved in. Robert
Allenby was 2-under after five holes and was alone in second place at minus-4.
Scott Langley, who shared the first-round lead with Matt Kuchar and William
McGirt, tripped to a 2-over 73 to slip to 3-under-par 139. Langley was joined
there by Luke Donald and Billy Hurley III, who both posted 69s in round two.
Bo Van Pelt and Ben Martin also stood at minus-3, but had only played five and
four holes, respectively.
Rafael Nadal was surprisingly beaten by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer today in
the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. Ferrer pulled off a 7-6 (7-1),
6-4 victory over Nadal, an eight-time Monte Carlo champion who hadn't lost on
clay since falling to Novak Djokovic in the final of this storied event last
year. Ferrer will face Stanislas Wawrinka in the semifinals after the
Australian Open champ advanced earlier in the day with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win
over Milos Raonic. Roger Federer, a three-time Monte Carlo runner-up, rallied
for a 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 victory over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and will
play Djokovic in Saturday's semifinals. Djokovic fought back to beat Guillermo
Garcia-Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
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