Update on the latest sports
NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
Stanley Cup in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL season could come to a close tonight in Los Angeles. Should that happen, the Kings will have won the first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history.
The Kings and Devils were scoreless late in the first period at L.A.
The Kings own a three-games-to-none lead against New Jersey and are trying to become the first team to sweep the finals since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings against Washington. The Red Wings are also the only team in league history to lose a final series after winning the first three games, doing it against Toronto 70 years ago.
L.A. took control of the series with a 4-0 shutout of the Devils on Monday after posting a pair of 2-1 overtime victories in Newark.
Oilers GM Tambellini gets extension, Habs ax assistants
UNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers and general manager Steve Tambellini have agreed on a contract extension.
Tambellini is looking for a new head coach. Tom Renney's contract wasn't renewed after the season. The Oilers haven't made the playoffs since reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2006.
Edmonton has the first overall pick in the NHL draft later this month for the third straight year.
The Montreal Canadiens fired assistant coaches Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladoceur (lah-doh-SOOR') a day after hiring Michel Therrien (mih-SHEHL' TEHR'-ee-ihn) as head coach. Cunneyworth was the team's interim head coach after Jacques Martin (mar-TAN') was fired in December, and the Canadiens went on to finished last in the Eastern Conference.
Thunder looks to eliminate Spurs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City has a chance to thunder into the NBA Finals tonight. The Thunder have grabbed the advantage in the Western Conference finals with three straight wins over San Antonio, who took the first two games of the series to cap a 20-game winning streak.
Oklahoma City will have the backing of the home crowd tonight as they try to close out the Spurs.
I'll Have Another made 4-5 favorite to win Belmont
NEW YORK (AP) — I'll Have Another is the 4-5 early favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown champion.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will break from the No. 11 post under Mario Gutierrez on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Oddsmakers put Dullahan as the second choice at 5-1. The colt finished third in the Kentucky Derby and sat out the Preakness.
Union Rags was made the third betting choice at 6-1.
Eleven horses are entered to take on I'll Have Another in his bid to win the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1978.
Giants extend Coughlin
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Coach Tom Coughlin has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season with the New York Giants. The 65-year old Coughlin became the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl when he guided the Giants to a win over New England in February. It was the second Super Bowl win for the Giants under Coughlin since he took over as coach in 2004. His contract was in its final year.
Concussion lawsuits consoloated
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for former NFL players plan to file a single lawsuit Thursday consolidating scores of complaints brought against the league in the past year accusing the NFL of concealing information linking football-related head injuries to permanent neurological problems.
Plaintiffs lawyers say more than 80 pending lawsuits are consolidated in the "master complaint" being filed in Philadelphia. They involve thousands of retired players.
Halladay gets second opinion
UNDATED (AP) — Roy Halladay is continuing his recovery from a shoulder injury as planned after a second opinion confirmed the original diagnosis for the Philadelphia Phillies' ace right-hander.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner is still expected to miss between six to eight weeks because of a strained muscle on the right side of his back. Halladay will be shut down for three weeks before he begins a throwing program. He went on the disabled list on May 29.
Also around the majors, Boston right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay mat-soo-ZAH'-kah) is expected to start Saturday against Washington, one day short of a year after he had elbow reconstructive surgery. He made eight rehab starts and will replace right-hander Daniel Bard, who was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says the blood clot in his right calf has cleared up and he will have surgery on his injured knee June 12. The 42-year-old Rivera was hurt shagging flyballs on May 3. Surgery was delayed because doctors discovered the clot.
Mets outfielder Jason Bay has been activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing six weeks due to a fractured rib. The Mets also reinstated right-handed pitcher Pedro Beato from the disabled list and designated infielder Josh Satin for assignment.
Jamie Moyer has signed a minor-league contract with the Baltimore Orioles and is slated to pitch for Triple-A Norfolk Saturday against Buffalo. The 49-year-old Moyer was released by Colorado late last month, a few weeks after becoming the oldest starting pitcher to win a major league game.
Nadal, Ferrer, Sharapova and Kvitova reach French Open semis
PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL') and David Ferrer (feh-REHR') will meet in the French Open semifinals after winning today. The second-seeded Nadal was a 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 winner against Nicolas Almagro, and the No. 6 Ferrer knocked off fourth seed Andy Murray, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Second seed Maria Sharapova and No. 4 Petra Kvitova (kuh-VEE'-toh-vah) also won today to advance to the women's semifinals..
McNamee's wife denies nagging over Clemens
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brian McNamee's estranged wife offered a different account from her husband's about how he started collecting alleged medical waste after allegedly injecting Roger Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs. Ellen McNamee was on the witness stand today for the defense in Clemens' perjury trial.
Brian McNamee testified last month that his wife's nagging prompted him to save syringes and other waste from what he says were steroids injections he gave Clemens.
But she testified that when she first saw the FedEx box containing the items, her husband said he was saving things for his "protection" and it wasn't her concern.
Clemens' lawyers hope her testimony will help discredit her husband who is the government's chief witness. Ellen McNamee has been given immunity for her testimony.
Earlier, a defense expert testified that DNA from Clemens found on a syringe needle could have been placed there intentionally.
12-person jury, alternates chosen in Sandusky case
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection has concluded in the child molestation case against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who faces a total of 52 counts involving 10 alleged victims over a 15-year span.
The 12-person jury and four alternates include six current and former teachers, students and administrators at the school, and a woman who's been a football season ticket holder since the 1970s.
Sandusky's attorney again asked for a delay in the proceedings, a request that was denied by Judge John Cleland.