National Sports Briefs: Maple Leafs ruin Wings’ celebration
DETROIT ó The Toronto Maple Leafs watched the Detroit Red Wings hoist the Stanley Cup banner to the rafters, then they put a damper on the celebration.
Pavel Kubina, Dominic Moore and Nikolai Kulemin scored, lifting the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win Thursday night in the opener for both teams. Vesa Toskala made 35 saves ó and stood strong against a power play in the final 30 seconds ó to help Ron Wilson win his first regular-season game behind Toronto’s bench.
Tomas Holmstrom scored twice for Detroit, which raised its 11th championship banner to the Joe Louis Arena rafters in a pregame ceremony.
SAN ANTONIO ó Australia’s Nathan Green shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead over Olin Browne and Paul Claxton in the Texas Open.
Green, winless in three seasons on the PGA Tour, birdied nine of the first 16 holes before dropping a stroke on the par-3 17th and closing with a par.
– TIMONIUM, Md. ó Phil Blackmar, Bruce Fleisher and Des Smyth shot 5-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the Senior Players Championship, the fifth and final Champions Tour major of the year.
– DANVILLE, Calif. ó Michele Redman and Sweden’s Maria Hjorth shot 6-under 66s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Longs Drugs Challenge.
IRVING, Texas ó Troubled cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones won’t be disciplined by the Dallas Cowboys for a scuffle with his bodyguard that team owner Jerry Jones said resulted from joking banter that got out of hand and was quickly settled.
“They were literally kidding each other,” Jerry Jones said Thursday. “They were jiving around … and all of a sudden one of them starting saying some things, and here you go.”
Dallas police were called to an upscale downtown hotel because of the disturbance late Tuesday night. No charges were filed.
While not planning any discipline for Adam Jones, Jerry Jones acknowledged that he was “very disappointed in that we’re having to deal with this.”
It remained unclear if the NFL planned any discipline.
– ASHBURN, Va. ó Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Taylor practiced Thursday for the first time since the emergency surgery on his left calf.
“It felt good to be out here running around a little bit,” Taylor said. “But it’s only 17 days since we had it done. We’ll see how it responds.”
– DAVIE, Fla. ó Miami Dolphins assistant coach Jim Reid is home recovering from surgery and an undisclosed illness.
Reid, who last worked Sept. 24, left the hospital about a week ago.
– DENVER ó Former Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry was released from jail after posting a $400,000 bond on federal drug charges.
FRANKFURT, Germany ó Evander Holyfield, 46, has been offered a fight with WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev in December.
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