CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Blackhawks have advanced to the NHL’s Western Conference finals by downing the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. Brent Seabrook scored the game-winner at 3:35 of the extra period after the Hawks had a goal waved off with 1:47 left in regulation. Corey Crawford stopped 26 shots and blanked the Red Wings until Henrik Zetterberg tied the game 26 seconds into the third period.
NEW YORK (AP) – Saying every coach has a shelf life, New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather has fired John Tortorella (tohr-toh-REH’-leh) after four-plus seasons and four straight playoff appearances. Tortorella went 171-118-1-9 with the Rangers during the regular season, but the team was eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals and went 5-7 in the playoffs after it was expected to contend for a berth in the Stanley Cup finals. The Rangers were 19-25 in the postseason under Tortorella.
CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner (dee-AH’-nur) Navarro and Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman have become the third and fourth players to homer three times in a major league game this season. Navarro had a career-high six RBIs in his first three-homer game as the Cubs clobbered the White Sox 9-3. Zimmerman homered in his first three at-bats and drove in four runs, but the Nats blew a 6-2 lead in a 9-6 loss at Baltimore.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Charlotte Bobcats have hired longtime NBA assistant coach Steve Clifford as their new head coach. An assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers this season, Clifford becomes the Bobcats’ sixth coach since the 2006-07 season. This will be his first NBA head coaching job.
PARIS (AP) – Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) and No. 3 Rafael Nadal each have second-round matches scheduled at the French Open today. Women’s second seed Maria Sharapova and No. 3 Victoria Azarenka are also part of the schedule after top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the third round yesterday.