Caps beat Rangers, 4-0, avoid elimination
Matt Bradley scored his first two playoff goals, Alex Ovechkin added a highlight-reel tally, rookie Simeon Varlamov posted his second shutout of the opening round, and the host Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers, 4-0, in Game 5 on Friday night to avoid elimination. The seventh-seeded Rangers, minus Sean Avery, lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 heading to Game 6 in New York on Sunday. Alexander Semin also scored for No. 2 Washington. Rangers coach John Tortorella threw a plastic drinking bottle over the glass and into the stands during a confrontation with a fan in the third period.
Guard Ross commits to Maryland for 2010
Maryland landed its second commitment of the 2010 class, and it was a significant one. Montrose Christian shooting guard Terrence Ross, a four-star prospect, pledged to the Terps after reportedly having been recruited by Louisville, Georgetown, Villanova and others. Ross, the No. 31 player in the 2010 class according to Rivals.com, is from Portland, Ore. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound player transferred to Montrose before this season. He was Montrose's second-leading scorer at about 15 points a game. Ross joins Terrell Stoglin, a point guard at Santa Rita High in Tucson, Ariz., in Maryland's 2010 recruiting class. MATT BRACKEN
Louisville:: An equipment manager's estranged wife was charged with trying to extort coach Rick Pitino, at first demanding cars and tuition for her children, then later asking for $10 million, according to a federal complaint filed Friday. Karen Cunagin Sypher, who also is accused of lying to the FBI in the case, did not enter a plea at a court appearance Friday and was released on her own recognizance.
Late layup gives Sixers 2-1 lead over Magic
Thaddeus Young's driving layup with two seconds left lifted host Philadelphia to a 96-94 victory over the Orlando Magic, giving the 76ers a surprising 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday night at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers, who stumbled into the playoffs with six losses in their last seven games and a 41-41 record, are two wins away from their first playoff series victory since 2001. Dwight Howard had 36 points for the Magic. Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 29.
Cavaliers 79, Pistons 68: : LeBron James had 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, leading visiting Cleveland to a 3-0 lead in the first-round series. The Pistons, whose collective heart was questioned by Detroit forward Antonio McDyess, played hard for three-plus quarters before being rendered helpless by James. James had help, getting a career playoff-high 19 points and 10 rebounds from Joe Smith (Maryland).
Rockets 86, Trail Blazers 83: : Luis Scola scored 19 points, Houston's defense bottled up Brandon Roy, and the host Rockets beat Portland to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Shane Battier added 16 points, and Houston got away with a quiet night from Yao Ming.
Mavericks: : Guard Jason Terry was presented with the Sixth Man Award.
Agents say Stafford has deal with Lions
Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions agreed on a six-year deal, his agents told the Associated Press. Tom Condon and Ben Dogra, who represent Stafford, said the Lions will pay Stafford $41.7 million in guarantees and as much as $78 million. Detroit desperately needs a quarterback to help turn around the NFL's first 0-16 team. The Lions will formally take Stafford with the No. 1 pick in the draft Saturday.
More NFL: : Commissioner Roger Goodell said he can envision a Super Bowl played in mid-February if the league expands its regular-season schedule to 17 or 18 games. Team owners are expected to get a proposal, perhaps as soon as next month, that would eliminate two preseason games and add one or two to the regular schedule.
Lacrosse: : Junior midfielder Joe Lennon scored the final three goals of the game, including the game-winner with 2:46 left in the third overtime, to give No. 11 Navy (10-4) a 9-8 victory over No. 15 Colgate (9-5) in the Patriot League men's lacrosse semifinal in Lewisburg, Pa. Navy plays No. 14 Bucknell (9-6) on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the title game. ... The No. 13 Maryland men (8-6) never led in their Atlantic Coast Conference semifinal matchup with No. 7 North Carolina (11-4) and fell, 16-10, to the host Tar Heels. ... Caityln McFadden, Laura Merrifield and Brittany Jones each scored three goals, and the No. 2 Maryland women (17-0) won, 15-7, over No. 9 Virginia (11-7) in Blacksburg, Va., to advance to Sunday's ACC title game against Duke. ... The No. 1 Salisbury women (17-1) won the Capital Athletic Conference championship with a 16-8 victory over visiting Mary Washington (13-7).