Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sports

Sports in brief: Rowdies tie; Lightning's Johnson leads U.S.

hockey

Lightning's johnson gives u.s. win

MINSK, Belarus — The Lightning's Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal in the third period and the United Sates made it two wins in two days at the world championship by defeating last year's runnerup, Switzerland, 3-2 on Saturday.

"I was just trying to get the puck on net," Johnson, a finalist for NHL rookie of the year, told USA Today. "(Wing Craig Smith) and their D man were battling in front. The goalie didn't even see it. Luckily for me, I was able to find a hole. It was a muffin of a shot, but with a good screen, they go in."

Sweden negotiated the first step in its title defense with a 3-0 victory over Denmark, and Canada rebounded from a stunning loss to France to edge Slovakia 4-1. Finland began its campaign by losing to Latvia 3-2 for the first time at worlds.

soccer

Rowdies tie Ottawa after goalless 2nd half

The Rowdies and host Ottawa tied 1-1 after neither team could add a goal to its first-half total.

Georgi Hristov put the Rowdies (1-1-3) ahead with a penalty kick in the 27th minute, but 10 minutes later, Tony Donatelli tied it for the Fury.

"Well done to keep a clean sheet in that second half," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "We've got a lot of work to do to be better. With the quality we have, we can be a lot better."

Before Hristov had a chance to put the Rowdies ahead, Tampa Bay goalkeeper Matt Pickens saved a Fury penalty kick in the 25th minute. Midfielder Darel Russell made a sliding clearance, but the ball caromed off his arm as he slid out of the 18-yard box, and the referee signaled the handball occurred before he crossed the line.

Ottawa forward Oliver shot to Pickens' left, but the 6-foot-3 Pickens stretched to push the ball past the post.

English Premier League: As the season ends today, all 10 matches will air simultaneously on NBCUniversal networks (schedule, 2C). In the first season of its three-year, $250 million deal to broadcast England's top league in the United States, NBC has embraced the value of offering viewers choices. That culminates with today's unprecedented setup, when networks not usually associated with sports airs matches. USA, CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo, Syfy, Esquire Network, E! and Oxygen are among those showing games.

France: League champion Paris Saint-Germain broke the record for most points in a season by defeating Lille 3-1. PSG has 86 points, two more than Lyon's record in 2006.

tennis

Nadal, Sharapova make Madrid finals

Rafael Nadal is back in a claycourt final at the Madrid Open, where Japan's Kei Nishikori denied an all-Spanish meeting by converting his 10th match point in a grueling victory over David Ferrer.

Nadal, the defending champ, reached his first clay final since winning in Rio de Janeiro in February with a 6-4, 6-4 win against countryman Roberto Bautista Agut. Ferrer saved nine match points before Nishikori ultimately overcame his late nerves for a 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3 victory.

On the women's side, Maria Sharapova reached her second consecutive final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Agnieszka Radwanska. She plays Simona Halep, who rallied in the hot conditions to dispatch 2011 champion Petra Kvitova 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2.

ET CETERA

Boxing: Bermane Stiverne became the first Haitian-born heavyweight titleholder, stopping American Chris Arreola in the sixth round in Los Angeles to claim the WBC crown vacated by Vitali Klitschko.

horses: Ring Weekend, the Tampa Bay Derby winner who missed the Kentucky Derby with an illness, has been confirmed to start in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. … Tonalist plowed through the slop to win the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes, a prep race for the Belmont Stakes, at Belmont Park in New York.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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