Sports Briefs: 5-18-14

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MONTREAL -- Martin St. Louis started the scoring and Henrik Lundqvist won for the first time in Montreal in more than two years in the New York Rangers' 7-2 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

St. Louis, set to attend his mother's funeral with his teammates today, got the opening goal and Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash also scored for the Rangers. New York had only four goals in its past nine regular-season visits to the Bell Centre.

Lundqvist made 20 saves. He had not played a game in Montreal since allowing four goals on Jan. 15, 2012. His last win at Bell Centre was March 17, 2009.

Rene Bourque and Lars Eller scored for Montreal, which saw star goalie Carey Price appeared to injure his right leg when he was run over early in the second period. Price was replaced by Peter Budaj after the second period but it was not clear if it was because of an injury.

• Baseball

Pitching moves: The Cleveland Indians have optioned right-hander Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus after he struggled in eight starts this season.

Salazar started last season's wild-card playoff game. But he was 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA, striking out 47 in 402⁄3 innings, but allowed 49 hits, including eight home runs.

The Indians also recalled left-hander T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander C.C. Lee to the same club. House was 1-2 with a 2.40 ERA in seven starts at Columbus. He spent three days with the Indians last season, but didn't appear in a game. Lee had no record and a 4.76 ERA in 13 relief appearances.

Playing at age 55: Julio Franco is going to try to get a few more hits at age 55. Franco is joining the Fort Worth Cats of the independent United League as a player-coach for their first homestand. He played in the major leagues until age 49.

The season opener is Tuesday, starting a nine-game homestand.

Franco played parts of 23 major league seasons for eight teams from 1982-2007, with stints in Japan, Mexico and South Korea during that time.

Two triple plays: Penn State had a rare double dose of triple plays against Michigan State on Friday.

The Nittany Lions became the second team in NCAA Division I history to turn two triple plays in one game, performing the feat in the fourth and eighth innings of a 4-2 loss to Michigan State in the opener of a doubleheader.

The only other school to do it was Gonzaga in 2006 against Washington State. It has happened only once in the major leagues: by Minnesota in 1990 against Boston.

Game goes 23 innings: College of Charleston beat William & Mary 3-2 in 23 innings Friday, tying for the second-longest game in NCAA history.

Cougars center fielder Morgan Phillips had a walk-off single that brought home catcher Erven Roper with the winning run in game that lasted 6 hours, 3 minutes.

The game ended two innings short of the NCAA record set when Texas outlasted Boston College 3-2 in the 2009 NCAA tournament. In 1971, Louisiana-Lafayette defeated McNeese State 6-5 in 23 innings.

• Elsewhere

Oosthuizen, Todd lead: Louis Oosthuizen birdied four of the last five holes for a 6-under 64 and a share of the third-round lead with Brendon Todd on Saturday in the Byron Nelson Championship.

Oosthuizen had the low round of the day after recovering from bogeys on two of the first four holes. The 2010 British Open winner is will play in the final group Sunday during an extended stretch when he has had to deal with back and neck issues.

Todd had a 68, making 12 consecutive pars before holing a 4-foot birdie at No. 18 to match Oosthuizen at 10-under 200.

Extra cash paid out: It turns out Wes Welker's luck at the Kentucky Derby extended beyond the racetrack and into the cashier's window.

Welker was seen at Churchill Downs with a large stack of cash and handing out $100 bills to random people earlier this month.

A spokesman for Churchill Downs said Friday that a patron believed to be a member of Welker's group was accidentally overpaid $14,898. TMZ reported that the Denver Broncos receiver sent a friend to collect his winnings for him.

Although the track sent a letter to that individual seeking repayment, the track doesn't expect to be repaid.

Errani vs. Williams: Sara Errani became the first home player to reach the Italian Open final in nearly 30 years Saturday, and she'll face top-ranked Serena Williams for the trophy.

Using vocal crowd support to her advantage, the 10th-seeded Errani fought back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set for a 6-3, 7-5 win over sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic.

Williams overcame a second-set lapse to beat 11th-seeded Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and gain a measure of revenge for a fourth-round loss to the Serb at this year's Australian Open.

Mathis makes mistake: NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis admits he made a mistake late last season.

Now it's going to cost him -- four games and four paychecks.

The Colts' career sacks leader was suspended Friday by the NFL after violating the league's ban on performance-enhancing substances. What exactly Mathis tested positive for remains a mystery but the linebacker said in a statement he was seeking fertility assistance. He acknowledged that he and his wife are expecting a baby.

Three for three: Kyle Busch is becoming as close to a sure thing as you can get at Charlotte Motor Speedway when it comes to winning NASCAR Truck Series races.

Busch continued his dominance Friday night, winning at the 1.5-mile track for the fourth time in the last five years.

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