LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings ended the longest postseason in franchise history with the longest game they had ever played. Thanks to Alec Martinez and one beautiful rebound goal, they finished as champions again.
Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5.
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Marian Gaborik scored a tying power-play goal with 12:04 left in regulation for the resilient Kings, who rallied from yet another deficit before finishing off the Rangers in the longest game in franchise history and the third overtime game at Staples Center in this series.
Jonathan Quick made 28 saves and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams scored an early goal as Los Angeles added a second title to its 2012 championship, the first in the franchise’s 47-year history.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died at his home. He was 82.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner said Noll died of natural causes.
Noll transformed the Steelers from a long-standing joke into one of the NFL’s pre-eminent powers, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls. He was a demanding figure who did not make close friends with his players, yet was a successful and motivating leader.
The Steelers won the four Super Bowls over six seasons (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979), an unprecedented run that made Pittsburgh one of the NFL’s marquee franchises, one that breathed life into a struggling, blue-collar city.
HOUSTON (AP) – Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery.
Coach Bill O’Brien disclosed the procedure and said Clowney had been struggling with a groin issue. O’Brien said the standout from South Carolina was sent to a specialist in Philadelphia. The surgery was performed Thursday. O’Brien expects Clowney to be ready for training camp, which begins in late July.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason has broken a bone in his right foot and is expected to miss most of training camp. The team announced that he also tore a ligament during Thursday’s offseason training activity workout.
Beason went down defending a pass play. He walked off the field, but was later carted off for evaluation. He had X-rays, an MRI and a CT scan to determine the extent of the injury. His status for the season opener Sept. 8 against Detroit remains in question. Beason said in a statement released by the team that he hopes to be back for the opener.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs released cornerback Brandon Flowers, shortly after finishing up three weeks of voluntary workouts in which the former starter was conspicuously absent.
Kansas City has been bumping up against the salary cap, so the move to part ways with Flowers was largely expected. He was due to make $5.25 million this season, and the former starter carried a salary cap number of $10.5 million next season.
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Lions cut cornerback Chris Houston one year into his $25 million, five-year contract.
Houston, who had foot surgery, was limited to 12 games last season because of toe and foot injuries. The ailments appeared to hurt his play when he was on the field. Houston had not attended offseason workouts so far this year under new coach Jim Caldwell.
Patrick Dempsey has long proved his love of racing was no act. He put starring in big-budget blockbusters on hold for now, riding the hope that his next weekend smash is a podium finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Dempsey’s love affair with sports-car racing was always more than a frivolous dalliance. The 48-year-old Dempsey gets another shot at a top-three finish when the 82nd race starts on Saturday. He’ll share the No. 77 Dempsey Racing-Proton Porsche 911 RSR with long-time motorsports business partner Joe Foster (also competing in his third Le Mans 24) and Long. They are competing in the GTE Am class.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt testified in a lawsuit filed over a severe beating at Dodger Stadium that he wasn’t personally involved in security matters at the venue but did suggest a fan code of conduct.
McCourt was only on the witness stand for about an hour in the negligence case filed on behalf of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who suffered brain damage in the beating in a parking lot after the 2011 Opening Day game between the California rivals.
McCourt, who had been questioned by David Lira, an attorney for Stow, in pretrial depositions, appeared prepared for every question and was cautious in his answers, even when asked about his ownership of the Dodgers.
An American bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics would come from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington if the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to put a city in the running.
A process that began 16 months ago when the USOC sent letters to leaders in 35 cities is now at four finalists after Dallas and San Diego were scratched from the list. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. Boston, San Francisco and Washington would be first-time hosts.
Over the next seven months, the USOC will decide whether it even wants to try to host the Olympics, with the deadline for deciding expected in early 2015.
NEW YORK (AP) – Liberty center Tina Charles is donating half of her WNBA salary to a charity she started to honor an aunt who died of multiple organ failure last year.
Charles has already raised $48,000 for Hopey’s Heart Foundation to purchase 100 automatic external defibrillators (AEDS). She’ll donate approximately $50,000 of her salary, which is about $100,000 per season. Charles is in her first season with the Liberty after coming to New York in a trade in April. She’s also donating tickets to Liberty home games to local community groups.