National Sports Briefs: Penguins win
PITTSBURGH ó Evgeni Malkin deflected Sidney Crosby’s one-timer from the right point on a Pittsburgh power play with 1:41 remaining to finish a frantic comeback, and the Penguins rallied from a three-goal deficit against the New York Rangers for a 5-4 victory in their second-round playoff series opener Friday night.
Petr Sykora and Marian Hossa scored 20 seconds apart early in the third period, and the Penguins shook off Scott Gomez’s tying goal midway through the period for one of best comeback victories in their playoff history.
The Rangers lost for the first time in four road games in these playoffs, an unexpected ending after they seized the momentum and, it seemed, control of the game with a 3-0 lead that looked very safe with star Henrik Lundqvist in net
IRVING, Texas ó Adam Scott was a deadline entrant into the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, where Friday he shot a second-round 67 to take the lead at 5-under 135.
– AVENTURA, Fla. ó Annika Sorenstam shot a 4-under 67 on the Soffer course to move within a stroke of leader Young Kim after the second round of the inaugural Stanford International Pro-Am at Turnberry Isle.
– SAVANNAH, Ga. ó Tom Watson and Andy North teamed to birdie the first seven holes en route to a better-ball 13-under 59 and a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
PITTSBURGH ó Pittsburgh forward Sam Young, the Big East’s most improved player last season, will return for his senior year.
The 6-foot-7 Young weighed entering the NBA draft but, with two other starters back from last season’s team that went 27-10, decided to finish his college career. Pitt also returns point guard Levance Fields and center DeJuan Blair.
IRVING, Texas ó The Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans are on the clock with their Adam “Pacman” Jones trade. How fast that clock is ticking depends on who you talk to.
The deal still wasn’t finalized Friday, two days after the teams agreed in principle and the eve of the NFL draft. The Titans are supposed to get Dallas’ fourth-round pick and another pick next year for the rights to the suspended cornerback.
MADRID, Spain ó English coach Fabio Capello believes David Beckham could play again for his country at the 2010 World Cup.
Capello said the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder could be called up for the tournament in South Africa, if he maintains his fitness. Beckham would be 35 by then.
PHOENIX ó Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns has won the Joe Dumars trophy for outstanding sportsmanship in the NBA, becoming the first player to earn the award twice.
Hill, a 12-year NBA veteran, also won the award in 2005 with Orlando.
– PHILADELPHIA ó Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for his actions after Game 2 of the 76ers’ series against Detroit.
Cheeks was cited for verbal abuse of the officials and for not leaving the court and going directly to the locker room at the end of Philadelphia’s 105-88 loss.