National briefs: Knubleís double-OT goal lifts Flyers to 3-1 lead
PHILADELPHIA ó Danny Briere saved the game for the Philadelphia Flyers in regulation, and Mike Knuble pushed them within a win of the second round in a thrilling double-overtime finish.
Knuble poked in his second goal of the series 6:40 into the second OT to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. The Flyers have a 3-1 series lead.
Jeff Carter scored twice for Philadelphia, which can finish off the Caps in Game 5 on Saturday in Washington.
The Caps have dropped three straight in the series. Alex Ovechkin managed only an assist in Game 4.
* ST. PAUL, Minn. ó Wojtek Wolski and Paul Stastny pushed Minnesota to the edge of elimination.
Wojtek and Stastny scored 79 seconds apart early in the third period to give Colorado a 3-2 win and a 3-2 series lead.
* MONTREAL ó Glen Metropolit scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period after Carey Price caused a reckless turnover, and Boston beat Montreal 5-1 to avoid elimination. The Bruins trail 3-2 in the series.
* DALLAS ó Stu Barnes and Steve Ott scored third-period goals and Marty Turco came within 7.6 seconds of a shutout, sending Dallas past Anaheim 3-1 and putting the reigning Stanley Cup champion on the brink of elimination.
The Stars lead the first-round series 3-1 going into tonightís Game 5 in Anaheim.
CHARLESTON, S.C. ó Serena Williams set up a quarterfinal match against Maria Sharapova at the Family Circle Cup, overcoming a sprained ankle to beat Katarina Srebotnik 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Sharapova beat Tatiana Perebiynis 7-5, 6-2.
* HOUSTON ó James Blake beat 15-year-old Ryan Harrison 6-3, 6-2 to move into the U.S. Menís Clay Court Championship quarterfinals.
REUNION, Fla. ó Lorena Ochoa, going for her fourth consecutive victory, shot a 4-under 68 in the first round of the Ginn Open to finish a stroke behind leaders Carin Koch and Teresa Lu.
* HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. ó Five-time tournament champion Davis Love III shot a 5-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead in the Verizon Heritage with Justin Leonard and Lucas Glover.
Love has struggled to bounce back from tearing ligaments in his left ankle, and he failed to qualify for the Masters, missing his first major championship since the 1990 U.S. Open.
A large group one stroke behind the leaders included two-time Heritage winner Stewart Cink and Camilo Villegas. Jim Furyk had a 68.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. ó Ex-West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez said he would find a job at Michigan for a WVU athletic fundraiser being investigated over an alleged racist remark, according to a sworn affidavit obtained by The Associated Press. Larry Aschebrook confronted Rodriguez and former assistant coach Calvin Magee after being informed of a WVU investigation into Mageeís accusation. Aschebrook has denied making any such remark.
Mageeís agent, Mike Brown, said Aschebrook told Magee, who is black, that he wouldnít have a chance at Rodriguezís former job because of his skin color.