NHL playoffs: Blues look for momentum; New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens hope to clinch

After St. Louis ended a nine-game playoff road losing streak with a 6-1 victory, coach Ken Hitchcock was emphatic he expected more of the same when the Central Division champions return home for Game 5 Friday night.

Johnson, Lightning tie series with 3-2 OT win over Red Wings

The Red Wings led 2-0 in the third period before Tyler Johnson scored with 5:26 remaining. He then assisted on Ondrej Palat's tying goal 77 seconds later.


Despite early pitching scare, Missouri softball run rules Iowa

Missouri plated three runs in the bottom of the first, three runs in the bottom of the fifth and another four in the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers managed their fourth straight run-rule victory in the win over the Hawkeyes.

Twins shut out Royals at Kauffman

Mike Pelfrey pitched seven scoreless innings to pick up his first victory since 2013 as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 Wednesday night.

Blues' 6-1 win injects life into series against Wild

Jared Spurgeon's power-play goal early in the second period gave the Wild and their fans some life. But less than 2 minutes later, Stastny snapped a shot on the rush from the circle on Dubnyk's right that slipped between the goalie's pads. Dubnyk gave up six goals on 17 shots and was pulled with 3:10 left in the second period.

Stephens College scores one run in doubleheader loss to Missouri Baptist

Stephens College concluded conference play Wednesday in a doubleheader against Missouri Baptist University. The Stars were defeated in both games and managed to score only one run.

Tolton baseball rides big fourth inning in win over Southern Boone

Carson McCarty led Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School to a 4-3 win over Southern Boone High School. McCarty scored once and had two RBIs.

Missouri tennis parts ways with assistant coach

Jason Potthoff will not return to Missouri after four years with the tennis program, according to a press release. 


Overtime goal puts New York on brink of advancing over Pittsburgh

Kevin Hayes scored at 3:14 of overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory Wednesday night and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

Strong defensive effort leads Grizzlies past Trail Blazers

Mike Conley and Courtney Lee each scored 18 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Portland Trail Blazers 97-82 Wednesday night to grab the franchise's first 2-0 lead in a playoff series.

Wong's late hit pushes Cardinals past Nationals

Wong finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs. He had a two-run homer in the second inning and a single in the fourth.

Mayweather: I'm the best ever

Floyd Mayweather Jr. refused Wednesday to back off earlier comments declaring himself a better fighter than Muhammad Ali. Mayweather said he respects Ali's great career and the things he did outside the ring. But he said he believes he has done as much in boxing as the legendary former heavyweight champion ever did, without the losses that Ali suffered in his career.

NFL hands Hardy 10-game suspension

Hardy, who joined the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent on a one-year, incentive-laden deal, was notified Wednesday of the decision in a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell. Hardy plans to appeal.

Thunder fire head coach Scott Brooks

The Oklahoma City Thunder fired Brooks on Wednesday, parting ways with the former NBA Coach of the year who led the team to three conference finals in four years only to falter this season as his players were hit hard by injuries.


Ottawa tops Montreal in playoff battle up north

Craig Anderson made 28 saves to help the Senators' cut Montreal's lead to 3-1 in the Eastern Conference first-round series. Game 5 is Friday night in Montreal.

Atlanta holds off Brooklyn again for 2-0 series lead

Paul Millsap scored 19 points, and the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks again survived a tougher-than-expected test from the Brooklyn Nets for a 96-91 victory and a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series Wednesday night.

Confusion surrounds Raiders owner Davis's proposed trip

The Raiders and San Diego Chargers are trying to build a $1.7 billion stadium in the city of Carson, just outside Los Angeles. Yet Davis was listed as a special guest this week at a speech by the mayor in nearby Inglewood, where a $1.9 billion stadium is planned that could become home for the St. Louis Rams.

Rondo likely leaving Mavericks after season's end

The four-time All-Star sat all but 34 seconds after halftime Tuesday night in a 111-99 loss that gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. Game 3 is Friday night in Dallas.

No. 23 Missouri baseball gives up big lead, loses to No. 19 Missouri State

Trey Harris had already tied Tuesday's game once, and he had a chance to do it again in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Missouri basketball adds Logan College teammates Martavian Payne, Russell Woods

The young Tigers were in need of instant help.