BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams. Brad Marchand - Boston's top goal scorer in the regular season - scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points to help the New York Knicks stay alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 last night. Reserves J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail 3-2 and will need a victory Saturday in Indiana to force a Game 7.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 last night. Will Middlebrooks had a three-run double off closer Fernando Rodney with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Red Sox to victory. Rodney, who blew just two saves last year, is 7 for 10 in save opportunities this year.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Boston Red Sox right-hander Joel Hanrahan had ligament replacement surgery yesterday on his right elbow. Hanrahan also had his right flexor tendon repaired. Obtained from Pittsburgh in an offseason trade, the 2-time All-Star is making $7.04 million this year and is eligible for free agency after the World Series.
NEW YORK (AP) - On a night of injuries, the Seattle Mariners patched together just enough pitching to win. Andy Pettitte and Chris Stewart became the latest Yankees to get hurt, and emergency Seattle starter Hector Noesi pitched into the fifth inning in place of ailing Aaron Harang to lead the Mariners over New York 3-2 last night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The New York Mets snapped a 6-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday. Daniel Murphy and David Wright combined for five hits and three RBIs against Adam Wainwright. Jonathan Niese allowed two runs on six hits in 7 1-3 innings, his longest outing of the season.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Mark Sanchez says "nothing's changed" in his approach to competing for the New York Jets' starting quarterback job even with David Garrard out of the mix. Garrard plans to retire because his balky left knee has continued to give him trouble, so that means the Jets' once-crowded quarterback room has one less player.
VERNON, Conn. (AP) - A man accused of assaulting a Brown University basketball player has waived extradition from Connecticut and is headed to Providence. Tory Lussier was taken into custody Wednesday at his home in Vernon, Connecticut on a felony arrest warrant. Providence police say Lussier is expected to be returned today for a court appearance.
(AP) - Connecticut Sun guard Kara Lawson is the winner of the WNBA Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award. The award includes a $10,000 gift from the WNBA to the recipient's charity of choice. Lawson requested that the money go to the Pat Summitt Foundation, dedicated to fighting Alzheimer's disease.
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