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Tortorella suspended; Pens eliminate Flyers

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New York Rangers coach John Tortorella has been suspended by the NHL for one game because he squirted a fan with water and threw a water bottle into the stands, striking a spectator in Washington. Tortorella will miss Game 6 on Sunday when New York hosts the Capitals with a chance to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The NHL ruled Saturday night that Tortorella's actions Friday night during the third period of the Rangers' 4-0 loss that cut their series lead to 3-2 warranted a serious punishment.

Penguins 5, Flyers 3: : Down three goals and facing an inspired opponent in a hostile building, Pittsburgh easily could've settled for going back home to play Game 7. Instead, Sergei Gonchar and Sidney Crosby helped the Penguins stage a remarkable comeback to advance to the next round. Gonchar scored 2:19 into the third period and the Penguins eliminated Philadelphia in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Crosby scored the tying goal in the second period and an empty-netter in the final minute, Ruslan Fedotenko and Mark Eaton also had goals, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves. Mike Knuble, Joffrey Lupul and Daniel Briere scored for the Flyers.

Blackhawks 5, Flames 1:: Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg scored 19 seconds apart in a three-goal first period and host Chicago grabbed control early and beat Calgary to take a 3-2 series lead. The Blackhawks will have a chance in Monday's Game 6 to wrap up the franchise's first playoff series win since 1996.

Steelers, Ward agree on new deal

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Wide receiver Hines Ward will apparently get his wish to finish his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ward, 33, about to enter the final season of his contract, agreed to an extension that will pay him a lower salary than the $5.8 million he was to make this season but will make up the money in a signing bonus. The deal is expected to be worth about $22 million over four seasons, although only a portion of that is guaranteed. Ward is the leading receiver in franchise history with 800 receptions for 9,780 yards and 72 touchdowns.

Montoya captures his 1st NASCAR pole

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Juan Pablo Montoya won the first pole of his NASCAR career, taking the top starting spot for Sunday's Sprint Cup Aarons 499 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway to put himself into position for his first win on an oval. Since leaving Formula One in 2006, the Colombian's only wins have been on road courses. Montoya posted a lap at 188.171 mph. Greg Biffle was second with a speed of 188.141, and Martin Truex was third at 187.971 mph.

Nationwide Series: : David Ragan earned his first NASCAR win by passing Ryan Newman right before the finish line in the Aarons' 312 at Talladega. Newman was second and Joey Logano third.

IndyCar: : Graham Rahal averaged 211.311 mph to earn his second pole in three races for Sunday's Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 in Kansas City, Kan.

Formula One: : Toyota's Jarno Trulli claimed the pole position for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix with a time of 1 minute, 33.431 seconds.

Duke's Henderson entering NBA draft

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Gerald Henderson is entering the NBA draft but is keeping open the option to return to Duke for his senior season. The school said in an announcement Henderson has not hired an agent. The decision wasn't much of a surprise, because the swingman was widely expected to test his draft stock after a productive junior year in which he led the Blue Devils with 16.5 points and scored at least 10 points in 31 games.

Football: : Tailback Trevor Walker rushed for 49 yards on 15 carries and scored the game's only touchdown as Towson's Black Team edged the White Team, 10-6, in the spring game at Johnny Unitas Stadium. ... Penn State's Navorro Bowman (Suitland) sat out the Blue-White scrimmage, and coach Joe Paterno plans to sit down with him next week after the linebacker admitted to smoking marijuana, a violation of his parole. ... A national spring game record crowd of 95,722 came out for Ohio State's spring game.

Hammond's Speierman throws two no-hitters

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Right-hander Stephanie Speierman (9-2) threw two no-hitters as Hammond (9-2) beat Mount Hebron, 6-0, and Centennial, 1-0, in softball. She set a county record for no-hitters in a doubleheader. In two games, Speierman pitched 14 innings, gave up two walks, hit one batter and struck out 34. She went 4-for-5 at the plate with a double and three runs scored.

Golf: : Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a 4-under-par 69 in windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead over Norway's Suzann Pettersen into the final round of the LPGA Corona Championship in Morelia, Mexico. Ochoa, the top-ranked Mexican star who also won the 2006 tournament at Tres Marias, had a 20-under 199 total. After opening with consecutive bogey-free 65s, she had eight birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey Saturday. ... Jerry Kelly shot a bogey-free 3-under 69 to take a three-shot lead over Steve Marino after the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic in New Orleans. Kelly had a 13-under 203 total. ... Loren Roberts and Mark Wiebe reeled off five birdies and an eagle over the final nine holes for a better-ball 61 and 125 total, a shot ahead of John Cook and Joey Sindelar (63) at the Champions Liberty Mutual Legends in Savannah, Ga.

Tennis: : Rafael Nadal will attempt to win his fifth straight ATP Barcelona Open title when he meets David Ferrer on Sunday in a repeat of last year's final. Nadal beat Nikolay Davydenko, 6-3, 6-2, and Ferrer rallied to defeat Fernando Gonzalez, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), in Saturday's semifinals. Track and field: : Maryland freshman Dwight Barbiasz soared 7 feet, 2 1/4 inches to place second in the high jump at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. He couldn't match Joseph Kindred of St. Augustine's, who went 7-5 to repeat as Penn titlist, but with Frank Costello - a Terps assistant and former high jump champion at the event - on hand to guide his progress, he will have a bright future. UMES might be poised to regain old track and field glories, too. While Tennessee's women were flying to a Penn Relays-record 8:17.91 win in the Championship of America 3,200-meter final, UMES was racing to an 8:37.56 second place with Celia Whyte (2:09.45), Merrecia James (2:09.21), Eunice Jones (2:08.97) and Cynthia Anais (2:09.93.). Coppin State's big moment came in the concluding men's IC4A division 1,600-meter relay. Delaware State won it at 3:05.84 but Coppin was a quick second in 3:09.82. This was a weekend in which Navy assistant Al Cantello - the former world-record holder in the javelin throw and a 1960 U.S. Olympian - was installed in the Penn Relays Wall of Fame. ELLIOTT DENMAN

Boxing: : Super-middleweight champion Carl Froch delivered a stunning knockout of Jermain Taylor in the final round in Mashantucket, Conn., stealing a fight he would have lost had it been allowed to go a few seconds longer. The World Boxing Council champion trailed 106-102 on two of the judges' scorecards entering the final round, but he knocked Taylor down with less than a minute remaining. Froch then battered Taylor against the ropes until referee Michael Ortega stopped the fight with 14 seconds left.

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