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FLYERS-RANGERS

Rangers score 3 in 3rd, top Flyers in opener 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) - Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games.

The teams were locked in a 1-1 tie when Jason Akeson - playing in just his third career NHL game - was given a double high-sticking penalty for clipping Rangers forward Carl Hagelin with 7:35 remaining.

New York quickly took advantage.

Richards gave the Rangers their first lead of the night when a rebound of Martin St. Louis' shot came to him, and he fired it in from the right circle, punctuating the moment with an emphatic fist pump at 8:22.

Richards and St. Louis hooked up again to help set up Stepan's insurance goal. New York worked the puck around the Philadelphia end, and Richards faked a drive. He instead sent a hard pass to Stepan for a shot into the open left side.

BBA-YANKEES-RAYS

Sabathia beats Price; Yanks top Rays 10-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - CC Sabathia pitched seven innings for a rare win at Tropicana Field, leading the New York Yankees past David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 Thursday night in a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners.

Sabathia (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits, improving to 2-7 in 12 starts at Tropicana Field since joining the Yankees in 2009.

Price (2-1) entered 6-1 in nine starts against Sabathia but gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings. Sean Rodriguez hit into a triple play and had a solo homer for the Rays, who have lost four straight.

Brian Roberts, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Yangervis Solarte drove in two runs each for the Yankees, who have started 10-6 for the fourth consecutive year.

YANKEES-TEIXEIRA

Teixeira hopes to rejoin the Yankees on Sunday

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mark Teixeira could be back in the New York Yankees' lineup Sunday.

The first baseman walked twice, struck out and scored a run Thursday in his first extended spring training game since injuring his right leg.

Teixeira is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled Sunday, when the Yankees finish a four-game series against Tampa Bay.

Teixeira played three innings of defense Thursday against Toronto minor leaguers. He is scheduled to get five at-bats and play five innings in the field in another extended spring training game Friday.

KNICKS WRAPUP

Knicks' season over, focus is on Anthony's future

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony says he wants to stay in New York, and he says he wants to win.

It is up to Phil Jackson to convince him that he can do both.

With the Knicks' season over and Anthony missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, he can begin thinking about his future. He says he will become a free agent in July and wants to be someplace where he can compete for championships.

The Knicks never came close this season, going 37-45. Anthony says he's unwilling to go through another losing season, which could force him to look elsewhere since New York will have trouble changing its roster next season.

He met with Jackson on Thursday, then said he's "not at a point in my career where I want to rebuild."

JETS-JOHNSON

Jets' Johnson not concerned about knee, carries

NEW YORK (AP) - Newly signed Jets running back Chris Johnson has no concerns about whether his surgically repaired knee will be healthy in time for training camp or how New York will split carries in its backfield.

Johnson was signed Wednesday by the Jets after he was released by the Tennessee Titans on April 7. The former 2,000-yard rusher says Thursday during a conference call that his left knee is "getting better and better" every day and says he's "pretty close" after having a torn meniscus repaired after last season.

Johnson adds that a report suggesting he has arthritis in the knee is "not accurate."

After balking at splitting carries last season, Johnson says this year "is about winning," and sharing the workload with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell isn't an issue.

MLS-RED BULLS-DE GRANDPRE

Marc de Grandpre rejoins Red Bulls

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Marc de Grandpre is returning to the New York Red Bulls as head of commercial operations.

De Grandpre became the team's managing director in April 2006 and left two years later. With his hiring, announced Thursday, he effectively replaces general manager Jerome de Bontin.

De Bontin was hired in October 2011 and resigned last month.

After leaving the Red Bulls, de Grandpre became head of marketing and senior vice president at KIND Snacks and chief marketing officer at IMAX.

GLF-SENIOR-PGA-PROFESSIONAL

Gene Fieger leads Senior PGA Professional

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Gene Fieger shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

The 53-year-old Fieger, the PGA director of golf at Hideout Golf Club in Naples, Fla., had a 10-under 206 total at PGA Golf Club in the event postponed in October in Virginia because of rain and flooding. The top 35 on Friday will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship on May 22-25 at Harbor Shores in Michigan.

Steve Parker and Frank Esposito were tied for second.

Parker, a 56-year-old PGA Life Member from Houston, shot a 67. Esposito, the 50-year-old PGA head pro at Brooklake in Florham Park, N.J., had a 74.

AQUEDUCT

Touchofstarquality wins Big A feature

NEW YORK (AP) - Touchofstarquality and jockey Cornelio Velasquez surged to victory with a four-wide sweep in the $67,000 allowance feature on Thursday at Aqueduct.

The 4-year-old trained by Michelle Nevin improved to 2 for 3 as the 2-1 second choice. He paid $6.70, $3.70 and $3.10.

The time was 1:35.03 for the mile on the fast track.

Bemata was second, returning $3.70 and $3.10. Iron Power paid $4.90 to show.

UNION COLLEGE'S MOMENT

Parade honors Union College's hockey championship

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - Union College's championship hockey team has been awarded the key to the city after a celebratory parade from the campus to the steps of Schenectady's City Hall.

The parade Thursday afternoon honored Union's win over Minnesota on Saturday for its first NCAA title.

Union is a small liberal arts school of 2,200 that defeated college hockey powerhouses to become champions.

A ceremony at City Hall after the parade featured speeches by Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Union College President Stephen Ainlay and numerous local dignitaries.

Diamond-encrusted sterling silver hockey pucks engraved to commemorate the team's victory were presented to Ainlay, head coach Rick Bennett and athletic director Jim McLaughlan.

US-WRESTLING-LYNCHING-PHOTO

No charges for wrestlers in lynching photo

BELVIDERE, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey prosecutor says no charges will be filed against the members of a high school wrestling team who posed in a photograph that simulated a lynching.

The Warren County prosecutor's office said Thursday that its investigation with the Phillipsburg police found no criminal wrongdoing.

The photo, which surfaced online, showed seven white teens wearing Phillipsburg High wrestling attire posing with a black tackling dummy in a Paulsboro wrestling shirt and hanging from a noose. Two of the boys had the hoods on their sweatshirts fixed into points.

Paulsboro and Phillipsburg high schools are longtime wrestling powerhouses and rivals. Phillipsburg is about 85 percent white. More than one-third of Paulsboro's residents are black.

Prosecutor Richard T. Burke says his decision was cleared with the state attorney general's office.

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