WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap
Well the Rangers and Capitals needed triple overtime…
Last night in Washington, D.C., Marian Gaborik's goal at 14:41 of the third overtime lifted the Rangers to a 2-1 win and to a 2-1 lead in the series. Sound courtesy of the NHL.
Elsewhere on the ice, Pekka Rinne made 32 saves, pitching a shutout in Nashville’s 2-0 win over Phoenix. The Coyotes still lead the series 2-1.
To the NBA postseason, Danny Granger’s 26 points powered the Pacers over the Magic 97-74 – Indiana leads the series 2-1. Tony Parker poured 18 as the Spurs blasted the Jazz 114-83 – San Antonio leads 2-0. And Rudy Gay netted 21 to lead the Grizzlies over the Clippers 105-98, evening the series at one game apiece.
In NFL news, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season for his role in the New Orleans bounty program. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Packers, gets eight games; Saints defensive end Will Smith gets four; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Browns, gets three games. All four players are expected to appeal.
Sad news out of Oceanside, California, 12-time pro bowl linebacker Junior Seau has been found dead inside his home in what police are saying is an apparent suicide. The 43-year-old former Chargers, Dolphins, and Patriots star died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Seau becomes the eighth member of the Chargers' lone Super Bowl team in 1994 to die before their 45th birthday.
To baseball… A big night in the Big A! The Angels – they went to Jered. Angels’ starter Jered Weaver walked one and fanned nine in tossing the second no-hitter of the young baseball season, as the Angels routed Minnesota 9-0. Weaver’s no-no comes less than two weeks after White Sox pitcher Phil Humber threw a perfect game against Seattle.
Elsewhere in the American League, Jake Arrieta scattered five hits over eight innings as Baltimore bounced the Yankees 5-0, Tampa Bay edged Seattle 5-4, Toronto hammered Texas 11-5, Kansas City got by Detroit 3-2, Cleveland doubled up the White Sox 6-3, and Brandon McCarthy allowed one run over 6 2/3s to pitch Oakland over Boston 4-2.
Over to the NL, Atlanta outlasted Philadelphia 15-13 in 11, Washington got by Arizona 5-4, St. Louis blew out Pittsburgh 12-3, San Diego blanked Milwaukee 5-0, the Cubs downed Cincinnati 3-1, Colorado beat the Dodgers 8-5, and Chris Johnson homered twice to help Houston complete a sweep of the Mets 8-1.
In other baseball news, the Red Sox have placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day D.L. with a strained back.
I’m Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.