BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins have a two-games-to-one lead in the Stanley Cup finals after Tuukka (TOO’-kuh) Rask handled 28 shots in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Daniel Paille (PY’-ay) scored the winning goal for the second straight game, beating Corey Crawford at 2:13 of the second period. Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhur-ahn) also had a second-period goal to support Rask’s third shutout of the postseason.
MIAMI (AP) – The San Antonio Spurs had yesterday off before trying to capture their fifth NBA championship tonight in Miami. The Spurs lead the finals three games to two after Tony Parker scored 26 points and Manu Ginobili (MAN’-oo jih-NOH’-blee) added 24 in a 114-104 win over the Heat. Three teams have gone into Game 6 on their home court down 3-2 in the series and wound up winning the championship.
DENVER (AP) – The Denver Nuggets have hired Tim Connelly as executive vice president of basketball operations. Connelly has been the assistant GM with the New Orleans Pelicans since 2010. His first order of business with the Nuggets will be finding a replacement for George Karl after the longtime coach was fired nearly two weeks ago.
DETROIT (AP) – Detroit’s Max Scherzer has joined Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals as baseball’s first 10-game winners of the season. Scherzer improved to 10-0 by limiting Baltimore to a run and seven hits while striking out 10 in six innings of a 5-1 victory over the Orioles.
PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy began serving his 10-day suspension last night after dropping his appeal. He was punished after hitting Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) and Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) with high inside pitches, the latter one triggering a benches-clearing melee in the Diamondbacks’ game against the Dodgers last Tuesday.