Associated Press Sportswatch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


Pens look to go up 2-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- In the lone Stanley Cup playoff game of the night the Penguins are playing host to the Senators in Game 2 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal. The Pens won the opening game on Tuesday, 4-1. Game 3 will take place Sunday in Ottawa.

The Pittsburgh power play proved to be the difference in the opening game as the Penguins made it look easy against the NHL's best penalty killing team.


Matinee baseball in Chicago

UNDATED (AP) -- Boston's Clay Buchholz will try to become baseball's third seven-game winner of the season tonight when the Red Sox face the Twins in Minneapolis. Buchholz, who is 6-0 with a 1.69 ERA, would equal Tampa Bay's Matt Moore and Washington's Jordan Zimmerman as baseball's only seven-game winners.

The Reds are currently the hottest team in baseball with a seven-game winning streak. They face the Phillies tonight in Philadelphia.

Overall, 15 games are taking place today with the lone interleague contest being played in Pittsburgh as the Pirates entertain the Astros.


Pestano activated

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Reliever Vinnie Pestano has been activated off of the disabled list by Cleveland. The team's top set-up man went on the DL with a sore right elbow on May 1. To make room on their roster, the Indians optioned left-hander Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus.


Heyward rejoining Braves

ATLANTA (AP) -- Right fielder Jason Heyward has been activated from the disabled list by the Braves. Tonight's game will mark his first appearance since his appendix was removed April 22. Heyward was hitting .121 with two homers in 17 games before the emergency surgery.


A Ryan is back with Houston

HOUSTON (AP) -- Reid Ryan, the oldest son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, has been named president of the Houston Astros. Ryan, the eldest son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, was the CEO of a group that owns the Triple-A Round Rock Express and Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks. His father played for the Astros from 1980-88 and spent four years beginning in 2004 as a special assistant to the general manager.


Jets running back in trouble

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Jets running back Mike Goodson is facing drug and weapons charges after a New Jersey traffic stop. State police say Goodson was a passenger in a vehicle stopped early Friday morning. A police spokesman says both Goodson and the man driving were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and three weapons charges stemming from a handgun found in the vehicle. Goodson played three seasons for Carolina and one for Oakland before the Jets signed him to a three-year deal in the offseason.


Fillies take center stage today

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The annual Black-Eyed Susan race is taking place today at Pimlico Race Course, site of tomorrow's Preakness. A Hall of Fame trainer and the winning jockey in the Kentucky Derby will join forces in the race as Bob Baffert will saddle Fiftyshadesofhay. The jockey will be Joel Rosario.

In the Preakness Baffert will enter Govenor Charlie.

A field of just nine will compete in the second leg of the horse racing Triple Crown tomorrow. Orb, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, is looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 with wins in the Preakness and then the Belmont Stakes. Orb will start the race from the No. 1 position on the rail. Only two horses, Bally Ache in 1960 and Tabasco Cat in 1994, have won the Preakness from the No. 1 post since 1950.


Kings remaining in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says that a deal is in place to sell the Kings to a group led by software tycoon. Johnson helped assemble the new ownership group in a bid to keep the Kings in California's capital city, a feat that was accomplished earlier in the week when NBA owners rejected a bid to move the franchise to Seattle.

The NBA is expected to officially approve the sale next week.


Gillis leads the way

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The second round of the PGA's Byron Nelson Championship continues in Irving, Texas. Tom Gillis is in the clubhouse at 8-under after a 7-under-63. He leads John Huh by one shot.

On the course, Keegan Bradley continues to lead the way at 10-under after eight holes.

China's Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur who made the cut at the Masters, failed to make the cut at the Nelson. He had a second round a 7-over 77.


11-under is the score to beat

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- The second round is winding down at the LPGA's Mobile Bay Classic in Alabama. The clubhouse lead is held by South Korea's Chella Choi at 11-under-par. Sydnee Michaels of the U.S. and Pomanong Phatlum of Thailand are in the clubhouse at 10-under.


Pole qualifying today

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Qualifying for the pole is on tap today for tomorrow night's Sprint Showdown and All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The showdown covers 40 laps and 60 miles, while the All-Star race is 90 laps or 135 miles. There are four 20-lap segments followed by a 10-lap finale.

The winners of the four 20-lap segments will line up in positions 1-4 entering the mandatory pit stop before the 10-lap final segment. If there is a repeat segment winner, the second-place finisher will get the spot. Only green-flag laps will count in the final segment.


Williams wins again

ROME (AP) -- Serena Williams is hotter than she has ever been before. The top-ranked American has extended her winning streak to 22 matches with a 6-2, 6-love win over Carla Suarez Navarro in a quarterfinal match at the Italian Open. Williams had twice won 21 in a row before, although both of those streaks came a decade ago, in 2002 and 2003. Williams will next face either two-time Rome winner Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) or Romanian qualifier Simona Halep in the semifinals.

Two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) has withdrawn from the Italian Open before her quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee). Sharapova cites illness for the cause of her pulling out. The withdrawal means Errani advances to the semifinals. Her opponent will be either third-seeded Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) or ninth-seeded Sam Stosur.

In men's play, top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) was beaten 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 by sixth-seed Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') in the quarterfinals. It's the second consecutive week that Djokovic has struggled, having also lost in the second round of the Madrid Open, where he was bothered by a right ankle injury.

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