Sports briefs 6-2-14: Kings beat Blackhawks 5-4 in OT in Game 7

JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer Published:

CHICAGO -- When it comes to Game 7, Los Angeles truly is the king of the road.

Alec Martinez scored at 5:47 of overtime, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Sunday night to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in three years.

Los Angeles improved to 7-0 in elimination games with its third Game 7 win on the road this postseason. It will host the New York Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

"We've battled back so many times this year and so many times in these playoffs, we said, 'Why not again today?'" said Justin Williams, who had a goal and an assist. "It was a total team effort, every single guy here giving everything they've got."

Martinez's shot went off Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy and fluttered over goalie Corey Crawford, stunning the sellout crowd at the United Center and leading to a wild on-ice celebration for Los Angeles. Leddy and Crawford were hunched over as the Kings gathered in a big huddle along the boards.

• Softball

Gators top Baylor: Florida didn't dominate Baylor in the rematch, but the Gators' performance was good enough.

Hannah Rogers pitched a complete game and helped Florida defeat Baylor 6-3 on Sunday to advance to the Women's College World Series national championship best-of-three series. Florida will play Alabama for the title.

Tosses four-hitter: Jackie Traina threw a four-hitter to help Alabama beat Oregon 2-0 on Sunday and advance to the best-of-three Women's College World Series championship series against Southeastern Conference rival Florida.

Alabama took two out of three from the Gators during the regular season. They will meet again Monday night.

• Elsewhere

Johnson dominates: Jimmie Johnson dominated again at Dover International Speedway, extending his track victory record to nine.

He followed last week's victory in the Coca-Cola 600 with another sensational run in a race red-flagged for 22 minutes because of a pothole in the concrete track.

Brad Keselowski was second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin.

Federer beaten: Roger Federer's streak of nine consecutive quarterfinals at the French Open ended Sunday with a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 fourth-round loss to 18th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion had not left Roland Garros so soon since 2004, when he was beaten in the third round by Gustavo Kuerten.

Breaks AVP record: Kerri Walsh Jennings broke the AVP Tour women's record Sunday with her 67th victory on the professional beach volleyball circuit.

The three-time Olympic champion teamed with April Ross to beat Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick 19-21, 21-15, 15-11 in the St. Petersburg Open final at Spa Beach Park.

Helio wins: Helio Castroneves easily won the second Detroit Grand Prix race of the weekend Sunday, finishing 1.6836 seconds ahead of Penske Racing teammate Will Power, the winner of Saturday's race.

Parker uncertain: Tony Parker is dinged up again, and his status is unclear heading into the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.

The San Antonio Spurs' All-Star point guard did not play in the second half or overtime of the Western Conference finals-clinching win over Oklahoma City on Saturday because of a sore left ankle. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn't know what shape Parker will be in for Game 1 on Thursday in San Antonio.

Takes top spot: Stacy Lewis won the ShopRite LPGA Classic to take the top spot in the world ranking from Inbee Park, finishing with a 4-under 67 for a six-stroke victory.

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