Rangers beat Flyers 4-1 in Game 3, take 2-1 lead
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, Dan Girardi and Dan Carcillo scored goals, leading the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Friday in Philadelphia.
Lundqvist was backed by a defense that delivered with a flurry of blocked shots to stymie the Flyers. The Rangers took an early 2-0 lead and that was enough of a cushion for a team that led the Eastern Conference with 25 road victories.
Mark Streit scored for the Flyers.
Ray Emery struggled in net in his third straight start of the postseason for Steve Mason, and was lifted late in the third period.
DeRozan scores 30 as Raptors beat Nets 100-95
TORONTO (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight playoff double-double and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.
Amir Johnson scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry had 14 as the Raptors rebounded from a 94-87 loss in Game 1.
Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Deron Williams had 15 and Mirza Teletovic 14 for the Nets, who will host Game 3 on Friday night.
Hampered by foul trouble throughout the game, Brooklyn's Paul Pierce went 2 for 11 from the field, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range. He finished with seven points.
Ellsbury returns, helps Yanks beat Red Sox 9-3
BOSTON (AP) - Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and made a sliding catch in his return to Fenway Park, helping the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka beat the Boston Red Sox 9-3 on Tuesday night.
Ellsbury received a mixed reception in his first game as a visitor after seven seasons with the Red Sox before signing a $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees.
Tanaka (3-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. His 35 strikeouts in his first four major league starts set a team record and he's walked just two batters in 29 1-3 innings.
Jon Lester (2-3) struggled after four outstanding outings, allowing seven runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Wainwright injures knee, Cardinals blank Mets 3-0
NEW YORK (AP) - Adam Wainwright threw seven neat innings before leaving with a knee injury, and Jon Jay hit a two-run single that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Left fielder Matt Holliday robbed Chris Young of a tying homer, one night after the Mets played some dazzling defense of their own to post a shutout in the series opener.
Wainwright (4-1) faced the minimum through four innings and outpitched Dillon Gee. It was the second consecutive scoreless start for Wainwright, who tossed a two-hit shutout last Thursday at Washington.
Mets ace Matt Harvey off Twitter after photo flap
NEW YORK (AP) - The picture Matt Harvey tweeted of himself making an obscene gesture on his way into surgery caused such a stir that the injured New York Mets ace has shut down his Twitter account.
Harvey confirms he posted a photo Tuesday morning that showed him raising the middle finger on his left hand as he was about to undergo Tommy John surgery exactly six months ago. Harvey says his mother took the photo and he posted it because he was excited about the milestone and wanted to have a little fun.
Harvey says he won't apologize for simply showing his playful personality.
The picture generated plenty of attention online, and the Mets say they asked Harvey to take it down because they deemed it inappropriate. Harvey decided to delete his Twitter account entirely.
LADY BYNG FINALISTS
Lady Byng finalists: St. Louis, Marleau, O'Reilly
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly are finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy.
St. Louis was selected a finalist for the eighth time in 10 years on Tuesday. He won it last year and in both 2011 and 2010 while playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lady Byng honors a person in the league who plays at a high level with good sportsmanship. The NHL will announce the winner of all of its awards on June 24 in Las Vegas.
30 top prospects to attend NFL draft in New York
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL says 30 top prospects, including Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, will attend the draft next month in New York.
Among other players scheduled to appear at Radio City Music Hall include Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.
The prospects are expected to be selected in the first three rounds.
The first round will be Thursday, May 8, with rounds 2-3 the next day.
Bills QB Manuel eager to shed rookie questions
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Raising his right leg for emphasis, Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel says both knees are fine, and his mind also feels refreshed.
The next step is shedding the injuries and inconsistencies that limited the first-round draft pick's development during his rookie season last year.
Manuel was blunt in assessing his up-and-down season, and acknowledged he has much room for improvement.
He spoke Tuesday after joining his teammates for the start of the Bills' offseason voluntary conditioning program.
Being healthy is a start. Manuel was sidelined three times last season because of injuries to both knees.
He went 4-6 on a team that finished 6-10 and extended the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 seasons.
Bills coach Marrone had cancerous mole removed
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone says he has had a cancerous mole removed following a recent doctor's visit, and adds it will not have any effect on his ability to continue coaching.
Marrone revealed he had cancer through a statement released by the team late Tuesday night. Marrone said the only follow-up requirement is to have his moles checked every three months, adding: "that basically is the end of the story."
Marrone is entering his second year on the job following the team's 6-10 finish last year.
The news comes at a difficult time for the Bills. Owner and founder Ralph Wilson died last month, and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is currently being treated for the recurrence of sinus cancer.
AP Source: Giants' Hill facing 3rd suspension
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - A person with knowledge of the allegation tells The Associated Press that New York Giants safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
The person, who requested anonymity because the allegations have not been publicly disclosed, confirmed Monday that Hill failed another drug test. Teams and the league do not discuss such allegations because players have a right to privacy under the league's drug policy.
A message seeking comment was left with Hill's agent. Fox Sports and the Star-Ledger of Newark were the first to report that the talented but troubled 24-year-old Hill failed another drug test.
Hill could face a suspension of six games to a year depending on what the tests showed.
St. John's Harrison wins Haggerty Award
NEW YORK (AP) - St. John's junior guard D'Angelo Harrison has won the Haggerty Award, presented to the top Division I player in the New York Metropolitan area.
The award was announced Tuesday by the Met Basketball Writers Association.
Harrison, who averaged 17.5 points and 4.9 rebounds, is St. John's all-time 3-point leader with 198, including 64 this season.
Steve Masiello of Manhattan, who is currently on leave while he finishes his undergraduate degree at Kentucky, was selected coach of the year for a second time. He led the Jaspers to a 28-5 record this season and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title. The Jaspers lost 71-64 to Louisville in the NCAA tournament.
Guard Jon Severe of Fordham, who was fourth in the Atlantic 10 with a 17.3-point average, was selected rookie of the year.
Joining Harrison on the All-Met first team are Sean Armand of Iona, George Beamon of Manhattan, Jason Brickman of LIU-Brooklyn, Fuquan Edwin of Seton Hall, and Jameel Warney of Stony Brook.
5 former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders sue over pay
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders are suing the team, saying they weren't paid for their time at games or mandatory public appearances that left them open to groping and sexual comments.
The lawsuit is the third filed this year against a National Football League team by its cheerleaders. The Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals also have pending wage battles.
Two members of the Buffalo Jills squad held a news conference Tuesday with their attorney, Frank Dolce (DOHL'-chay). They say they were wrongly classified as independent contractors by Stejon Productions, which manages the Jills and failed to pay them for hundreds of hours of work.
Their lawsuit seeks back pay and "other damages as allowed by law."
A Bills spokesman says the team doesn't comment on pending litigation. Stejon Productions hasn't responded to a request for comment.
Splashy plan for pool in NYC's East River unveiled
NEW YORK (AP) - Forget Jones Beach or the Jersey Shore. A design team says New York's East River could soon be the place for summer fun.
The developers of a massive floating swimming pool said Tuesday the project is on track to launch off Brooklyn in the summer of 2016.
They say the pool would be the first of its kind because it's made of filtration material designed to make dirty river water safe for swimming.
The designers say the pool will be anchored to the river bed. It'll have a walkway to shore.
They say the Olympic-sized pool will be open to everyone, with sections built for children, loungers and avid lap swimmers.
More than 3,000 people have contributed nearly $275,000 to an online campaign to keep the pool project afloat.
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