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NHL Bruins lose to Sabres as pro sports resume in Boston | A.M. Briefing
Bruins lose to Sabres as pro sports resume in Boston
Drew Stafford scored the only shootout goal after Buffalo tied the game in the final minute of regulation, and the Sabres beat the Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night in the first pro game in Boston since the marathon bombings Monday.
The Sabres forced overtime with 26.6 seconds left when Cody Hodgson scored his 14th goal of the season, tipping in Thomas Vanek's pass into the slot during a power play.
Boston still clinched a playoff berth by gaining one point. The Bruins are tied in points with Montreal atop the Northeast Division but have one game in hand on the Canadiens.
There was heightened security at TD Garden where cars entering the garage were searched, and fans were checked with wands and patted down. There was a pregame period of silence and a slideshow of scenes from the Boston Marathon.
Hardaway Jr. declares for draft
Tim Hardaway Jr. is moving on to the next challenge, well aware that he'll still need to prove himself if he's going to follow his father's footsteps in the NBA.
Hardaway announced he will forgo his senior season at Michigan and enter the NBA draft. He's the second Wolverine to declare early for this year's draft — national player of the year Trey Burke announced his departure Sunday.
Burke could be one of the top players taken, but Hardaway's status is less clear. The 6-foot-6 guard started all 107 games he played during his three-year career with the Wolverines, but he's projected as a second-round pick by DraftExpress. Hardaway's father played in the NBA from 1989 to 2003.
Jerrett leaving Arizona
Arizona's Grant Jerrett, a 6-foot-10 freshman who averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds, declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.
NASCAR punishes Penske
NASCAR came down hard with far-reaching penalties against Penske Racing, with six-race suspensions for seven crew members of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano along with $200,000 in fines for bringing unapproved parts to Texas Motor Speedway for last weekend's race.
Each driver and car owner was docked 25 championship points, dropping Keselowski from second to fourth in the Cup standings and Logano from ninth to 14th.
Along with the $100,000 fine they each got, Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe and Logano crew chief Todd Gordon were suspended for the next six championship points races and placed on probation for the rest of the year. Also suspended and put on probation were Travis Geisler, who serves as team manager for both cars, and the individual car chiefs and team engineers for the two cars.
Sporting KC blanks Red Bulls
Jimmy Nielsen extended his scoreless streak to 519 minutes with his fifth straight shutout, and Aurelien Collin scored his first goal in nearly a year in Sporting Kansas City's 1-0 victory over the host New York Red Bulls (2-4-2).
Thierry Henry had a great chance to break Nielsen's scoreless run in the 64th minute but pushed his shot inches wide of the right post in front of 12,338 at Red Bull Arena.
Collins scored on a header in the 13th minute off a corner kick for Sporting KC (4-1-2).
U.S. match may be moved
Costa Rica wants to move a World Cup qualifying game against the United States to cozy old Ricardo Saprissa stadium. The Sept. 6 match was originally scheduled to be held at the National Stadium in San Jose. FIFA would have to approve the change in venue.
Djokovic, Nadal advance
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 43 matches and top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia won despite a balky ankle. Nadal cruised past Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-1, 6-2. Djokovic defeated Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Teen leads LPGA event
Thai teen Ariya Jutanugarn shot an 8-under 64 at breezy Ko Olina in Kapolei, Hawaii, to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen and Hee Kyung Seo after the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.
Former Husky Paige Mackenzie shot a 73. Wendy Ward, who lives near Edwall, outside Spokane, had a 74. Former Cougar Kim Welch shot a 75.
• Illinois State forward Jon Ekey and Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby have agreed to join Illinois. Ekey will play immediately as a graduate-student transfer. Cosby, who will be a junior next season, will have to sit out a year.
• DePaul signed shooting guard R.J. Curington of high-chool powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
• Big 12 player of the year Marcus Smart said he will return for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State.
• Men's basketball coach Mick Cronin agreed to a contract extension with Cincinnati that would add at least one year to his deal and run through the 2017-18 season.
• Guard Elijah Brown, son of former Lakers coach Mike Brown, has signed to play at Butler.
• Florida Gulf Coast hired former Kansas assistant Joe Dooley as its new men's basketball coach.
• The NHL suspended Montreal Canadiens center Ryan White for five games for a check to the head of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins.
• Real Madrid passed Manchester United as the most valuable soccer team in Forbes' annual estimates. Forbes valued Real Madrid at $3.3 billion, up from last year's estimate of $1.88 billion.
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