BOSTON (AP) – The Chicago Blackhawks pulled out a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins to claim their fifth Stanley Cup and second in four seasons. Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart over the final 1:16 after Milan Lucic (loo-CHEECH) tallied with 7:49 remaining to put the Bruins ahead 2-1. Patrick Kane came away with the Conn Smythe (smyth) Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. Kane scored nine goals and 19 points in 23 games.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – John Tortorella is replacing the man who replaced him as New York Rangers head coach. The Vancouver Canucks today will introduce Tortorella as their new coach, less than a month after he was let go by the Rangers following three straight playoff appearances. Tortorella succeeds Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh), who was dismissed by the Canucks before taking over for Tortorella in New York.
DENVER (AP) – Brian Shaw will be the next head coach of the Denver Nuggets. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Indiana Pacers assistant has been hired by the Nuggets to replace George Karl. He takes over a team that set a team-record for victories but was eliminated in the Western Conference quarterfinals, leading to Karl’s ouster.
LONDON (AP) – Top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) will take Centre Court as part of today’s Wimbledon schedule. Williams has a first-round match against Mandy Minella before Djokovic takes on Florian Mayer. The tournament continues without two-time men’s champion Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL’), who lost in the opening round for the first time in 35 major appearances.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Adam Plutko worked six innings and Eric Filia hit a two-run single as UCLA beat Mississippi State 3-1 in Game 1 of the best-of-3 College World Series finals. Plutko retired his first nine batters and held the Bulldogs to a run and four hits to help the Bruins get within one victory of their first national championship in baseball. Mississippi State had its chances to tie the game or pull ahead but left runners in scoring position four of the last six innings.