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- Rangers stay alive, drop B's on Kreider OT tally
Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the New York Rangers stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
- Sources: Nets contacted Celtics about Rivers
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was contacted by the Brooklyn Nets, who wanted to speak to Doc Rivers about their vacant coaching position, team and league sources confirmed to ESPNBoston.com.
- Sources: Mattingly wasn't critical of front office
When Dodgers manager Don Mattingly abruptly criticized the lack of fight and competitiveness on his team's "All-Star" roster Wednesday morning, he wasn't aiming that critique at the Dodgers' front office, sources say.
- Hamlin wins Coca-Cola 600 pole with record lap
Denny Hamlin broke the track record Thursday with a lap of 195.624 mph to capture the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
- Jays' Happ ready to start throwing outdoors
Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ said a package containing a knee brace didn't arrive Thursday as hoped, so Friday will be the earliest he'll try throwing outdoors since his injuries in a graphic May 7 episode.
- Cards ink 3rd-round pick Mathieu to contract
Rookie defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has signed with the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Thursday.
- Avs reach agreement with Roy as next coach
Patrick Roy will become the next head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced Thursday.
- RG III: Goal Week 1 but career comes first
Robert Griffin III says he cried after his knee surgery and changed his cellphone passcode to the date of the Washington Redskins season opener as he began his rehabilitation process.
- Boys' Brent off to court for alcohol detection
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent will attend a hearing on Friday morning to determine if he violated the conditions of his bail. According to the Dallas County District Attorney's office, Brent's alcohol monitoring device detected alcohol.
- Pats' Brady not surprised Welker left team
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said on Thursday morning that Wes Welker's free-agent departure to the Denver Broncos did not come as a surprise, as he's played in the NFL long enough to understand the nature of the business.