Brad Richards scored with 4:58 left to give the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. \nRichards' pass from behind the net appeared to deflect into the net off New Jersey defenseman Viktor Kozlov. \n"It was just a lucky bounce," Richards said. "In those type of games, with the amount of shots both teams had, you knew it was going to come down to something like that. It was one of those games that was grind it out." \nNew Jersey tied it at 1 midway through the period on Patrik Elias' 35th goal of the season. \nPavel Kubina opened the scoring midway through the second period for the Lightning, who swept the four-game season series with the Stanley Cup champion Devils. \n"We've had a really good season, the whole team," Kubina said. "I'm looking forward to the playoffs. I want to go far in the playoffs." \nNikolai Khabibulin stopped 18 shots for Tampa Bay, and Martin Brodeur made 15 saves for New Jersey. \nIslanders 4, Flyers 2 \nIn Philadelphia, Wade Dubielewicz came off the bench to stop all 14 shots he faced in his NHL debut to lead the New York Islanders over Philadelphia for its fourth straight victory. \nAdrian Aucoin had two goals in the first period, Mark Parrish scored the game-winner on a breakaway in the second, and Janne Niinimaa had a third-period goal. Dubielewicz replaced Garth Snow after the first period. \nJohn LeClair and Michal Handzus scored for Philadelphia. Flyers center Jeremy Roenick returned to the lineup after missing 19 games because of a broken jaw and a concussion. \nMaple Leafs 3, Bruins 0 \nIn Boston, Ed Belfour made 33 saves for his eighth shutout of the season, and Toronto cut Boston's lead in the Northeast Division to one point. \nToronto got goals from Joe Nieuwendyk and Ron Francis in the first nine minutes of the second period and an empty-net goal from Nik Antropov with 1:43 left in the game. \nHurricanes 3, Panthers 2 \nIn Raleigh, North Carolina, Josef Vasicek scored with 11:51 left to help Carolina overcome a two-goal deficit and beat Florida. \nRod Brind'Amour and Kevyn Adams also scored for the Hurricanes, eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday. \nNathan Horton and Niklas Hagman scored for Florida. Roberto Luongo made 42 saves, giving him an NHL-record 2,219 this season. He broke the mark of 2,214 set by Toronto's Felix Potvin in 1996-97. \nPredators 4, Rangers 2 \nIn New York, Andreas Johansson snapped a third-period tie as Nashville beat the New York Rangers to move into seventh place in the Western Conference with its team-record 35th victory. \nNashville, which missed the playoffs its first five NHL seasons, has a one-point lead over eighth-place Edmonton and St. Louis. \nDefensemen Marek Zidlicky and Mark Eaton, and Martin Erat also scored for Nashville. Jaromir Jagr reached 30 goals for 13th straight season and Karel Rachunek also scored for New York, which dropped its eighth straight (0-5-0-3). \nSenators 4, Canadiens 0 \nIn Montreal, Daniel Alfredsson scored twice and added an assist, and Patrick Lalime made 29 saves for Ottawa for his fifth shutout of the season. \nBrian Smolinski and Jason Spezza also scored for Ottawa. \nMontreal, 2-1 losers in Buffalo on Wednesday night, failed for the second straight game to earn the single point it needs to clinch a playoff spot. \nRed Wings 3, Avalanche 1 \nIn Denver, Manny Legace stopped 34 shots as Detroit scored twice in the final 2 1/2 minutes to beat Colorado. \nDetroit managed just 23 shots, but Tomas Holmstrom scored on a power play in the first period and Pavel Datsyuk sealed the win with 2:32 left. Henrik Zetterberg added an empty-net goal to push the Red Wings over the 100-point mark (101) and seven points ahead of Colorado in the Western Conference. \nSteve Konowalchuk scored for Colorado, 0-4-1 in its last five games.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two