National Sports Digest
CHICAGO ó Theo Epstein is leaving the Boston Red Sox after a remarkable run that included two World Series championships. He’s joining the Chicago Cubs to see if he can bring success to another team steeped in history and starved for a title.
The 37-year-old Epstein became the president of baseball operations for the Cubs on Friday night after resigning with a year left on his contract as general manager of the Red Sox.
With Epstein at the helm, the Red Sox ended an 86-year World Series championship drought in 2004 and won the title again in 2007.
Cubs fans can only hope he will do the same thing on the North Side where the Cubs are looking for their first title since 1908.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ó Justin Leonard chipped in three times in a span of five holes Saturday to salvage a scrappy day at Disney with a 2-under 70 that gave him a share of the lead with PGA Tour rookie Kevin Chappell at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
CASTELLON, Spain ó Sergio Garcia shot a 7-under 64 on his home course to extend his lead to eight strokes after the third round of the European Tour’s Castello Masters.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. ó The Pac-12 Conference suspended 10 players for their involvment in a fight that occurred during the first half of the UCLA-Arizona football game Thursday night.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. ó Aaron Rouse returned one of his three interceptions 46 yards for a touchdown to help the Virginia Destroyers win the United Football League championship game, 17-3 over the Las Vegas Locomotives on Friday night.
Dominic Rhodes, the league’s offensive MVP, ran for 90 yards, scoring on a 2-yard run in the second quarter to give the Destroyers a 14-0 lead. The Destroyers gave coach Marty Schottenheimer his first pro title.
WASHINGTON ó Mike Green had two goals and two assists Saturday, Matthieu Perreault added two goals, and the Washington Capitals routed the Detroit Red Wings 7-1 in a matchup of the NHL’s last unbeaten teams.
Jets 5, Hurricanes 3
WINNIPEG, Manitoba ó The Hurricanes (3-3-2) got their early goals on scrambles right in front of Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec by Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Skinner.
Sharks 4, Bruins 2
BOSTON ó Joe Thornton returned to Boston in his 1,001st NHL game for a video tribute and an early assist as San Jose beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins.
Penguins 4, Devils 1
PITTSBURGH ó Jordan Staal scored twice to give him 100 NHL goals, James Neal added his league-leading eighth of the season, and Pittsburgh won its third consecutive game by topping New Jersey.
Blues 4, Flyers 2
PHILADELPHIA ó Kent Huskins and T.J Oshie scored early goals and Brian Elliott was strong in net to lead St. Louis over Philadelphia.
Lightning 3, Sabres 0
TAMPA, Fla. ó Martin St. Louis scored a nifty goal, Mathieu Garon earned his 20th NHL shutout, and Tampa Bay beat Buffalo.
Panthers 4, Islanders 2
SUNRISE, Fla. ó Tim Kennedy scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Jacob Markstrom earned his first NHL victory in relief of Jose Theodore to lift Florida past the New York Islanders.
Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 4, OT
MONTREAL ó Mikhail Grabovski scored 1:23 into overtime to give Toronto a win over Montreal.
Canucks 3, Wild 2, OT
VANCOUVER, British Columbia ó Sami Salo scored on a power play at 4:39 of overtime to lift Vancouver over Minnesota.
Senators 4, Blue Jackets 3
OTTAWA ó Milan Michalek scored with 4.7 seconds remaining and Ottawa won consecutive games for the first time this season.