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Flyers' goalie Mason to start Game 4 vs. Rangers


Steve Mason will start Game 4 for the Philadelphia Flyers against the New York Rangers on Friday night. The goalie hasn't started a game since suffering an upper-body injury on April 12.

Yankees' Pineda suspended 10 games for pine tar


New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday by Major League Baseball after being caught using pine tar to help him grip the ball.

Canadiens face long wait for next playoff opponent


Sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening round of NHL playoffs means a long wait for the Montreal Canadiens.

Canadian skier John Kucera retires


Former world downhill champion John Kucera is retiring from skiing. The 29-year-old from Calgary won the men's world downhill title in Val d'Isere, France, in 2009.

Suspended Matt Cooke apologizes for kneeing Barrie


Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has apologized for the knee-to-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

OK Rockets fit to be tied

It's like groundhog day and a bad Father's Day gift rolled into one.

Another game - another tie.

The Okanagan Rockets skated to a 1-1 tie with the Prince Albert Mintos Wednesday at the Telus Cup in Moose Jaw.

It's the third straight tie for the BC/Alberta midget champions coming on the heels of 3-3 draws with Chateauguay and host Moose Jaw.

The Rockets are just the second team in the 41 year history of the tournament to play to three ties during the preliminary round of the tournament.

The game was scoreless until Keegan Kjargaard put the Saskatchewan squad up 1-0 just 53 seconds into the third period.

As they have all tournament long the Rockets found a way to equalize late in the game.

Gen Bryshun beat the Prince Albert netminder with a wrist shot through a screen with less than seven minutes left to secure the single point.

Tanner Wishnowski picked up an assist on the goal giving him a tournament leading seven points (3 goals, 4 assists).

Wishnowski has been in on all seven Rockets goals.

Neither team had any success with the man advantage. The Rockets went 0-6 on the power-play while Prince Albert were 0-5.

The Rockets return to the ice Thursday night when they take on winless Halifax McDonalds (0-2-1).


Selke Trophy finalists: Toews, Kopitar, Bergeron


Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews and Anze Kopitar are the finalists for the NHL's Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward.

Red Wings' Zetterberg may return for Game 4 vs. Bruins


The Red Wings could get a big boost in their playoff series against the Bruins if Henrik Zetterberg is able to return for Game 4 on Thursday night in Detroit. Coach Mike Babcock called Zetterberg a game-time decision, pending a doctor's appointment and pre-game warm-ups.

Jays must find way to slow down Orioles' Nelson Cruz


Baltimore Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz will look for another big effort at the plate Thursday night (7:07 p.m. ET) against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

Wild's Granlund comes alive vs. Avalanche


Without Mikael Granlund's overtime goal, the Wild would be facing a nearly insurmountable deficit in their first-round matchup against Colorado. Instead, Minnesota has a chance to even the series in Game 4 on Thursday night (9:30 p.m. ET).

Bruins holding Wings to historically poor offensive output


The Boston Bruins look to take a commanding hold on their series with the Red Wings Thursday night (8 p.m. ET) in Detroit.

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges


Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed $44 million payment.


Rockets teeter on the brink

The Kelowna Rockets season is hanging in the balance.

Nic Petan scored three power-play goals as his Portland Winterhawks scored five unanswered goals in a 5-1 thumping of the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday in Portland.

The Winterhawks lead the best-of-seven Western Conference final 3-1 with game five back at Prospera Place Friday night.

The Rockets controlled the opening 20 minutes and opened the scoring when Nick Merkley scored his fourth of the playoffs.

It would be the only shot that would beat Corbin Boes in the Portland net.

"We really did have a good first period. We felt like we played the way we needed to," Rockets assistant coach Dan Lambert said on the post game radio show.

"Unfortunately in the second we started taking penalties and ultimately that's what changed the game. We were better than we were last night (Tuesday) five-on-five - I thought we had opportunities to score goals but once again if you are going to play against Portland and you're in the penalty box eventually they're going to make you pay.

The Hawks made the Rockets pay scoring three times with the man advantage and once while shorthanded.

Petan's first of the game late in the opening period tied it 1-1.

He made it 2-1 midway through the second on another power-play before Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his sixth of the series shorthanded less than a minute later.

Petan again and Paul Bittner into an empty net late in the third rounded out the scoring.

"When you play an elite team like Portland you need everybody to be really good and right now we have a lot of passengers," said Lambert.

"We have guys that for some reason will show energy for a shift or two and then they'll just disappear right off the face of the earth. I don't understand it - at this time of the year it's hard to watch, it's hard to take."

Lambert says they have to try and figure it out before Friday's fifth and possibly final game in the series.

"We need to put our best foot forward and that's the only way we're going to give ourselves a chance at beating this team."

Portland finished the night 3-8 on the power-play while the Rockets went 0-5 and gave up the shorthanded goal.

Should the Rockets prevail Friday a sixth game would be played back in Portland Sunday afternoon.

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks win Game 4 in OT

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Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

NHL players react to Jackets' comeback

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NHL players, including several on the Blue Jackets, were quick to react on Twitter to Columbus' comeback win in overtime on Wednesday.

Stars fight back to even series with Ducks



Blue Jays outslugged by Orioles


Nelson Cruz hit two home runs, including a grand slam, as the Baltimore Orioles outscored the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-8 at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night.

Ducks' Stephane Robidas avoids leg surgery


Anaheim Ducks defenceman Stephane Robidas is ready for yet another long rehab after breaking his right leg again, but at least he will not require reparatory surgery this time.

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