April 26, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Tortorella suspended; Pens eliminate Flyers


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


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


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.

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