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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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