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Saturday Sports: NASCAR Loses to Rain; Blackhawks vs Bruins; MLB; Belmont: French Open

By: AP
By: AP

NATIONWIDE
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway has been postponed until Sunday morning because of rain.

NHL PLAYOFFS
CHICAGO (AP) -- It's the first Stanley Cup final involving a pair of Original Six teams since 1979 -- the Chicago Blackhawks vs. the Boston Bruins.
Patrick Kane finished his hat trick with a blistering goal with 8:20 left in the second overtime and the Blackhawks eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings 4-3 to win the Western Conference final in five games. Next up are the Bruins, who swept the Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Eastern title.
Duncan Keith and Kane scored early to give Chicago a quick 2-0 lead. But the Kings fought back and tied it. Kane gave Chicago a 3-2 lead with 3:52 left in regulation. But Mike Richards scored on a deflection with just 9.4 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 3 and force overtime.
Chicago will host the Eastern champion Boston Bruins in Game 1 on Wednesday night.
Chicago won the Cup in 2010, ending a 49-year drought. Boston captured the title in 2011.

MLB-LATEST SCORES
(AP) -- A bunch of big leaguers became marathon men on Saturday.
The Miami Marlins needed 20 innings to outlast the New York Mets 2-1, overlapping for much of the afternoon and early evening with the Toronto Blue Jays' 4-3 win against the Texas Rangers in 18 innings.
According to STATS, it was the first time two games in the majors on the same day lasted that long since Aug. 15, 2006, when the matchups of Cubs-Astros and Diamondbacks-Rockies each went 18 innings.
The Marlins and Mets played the longest major league game in more than three years. They threw a combined 561 pitches and took 6 hours, 25 minutes in New York.
The Rangers and Blue Jays needed 5 hours, 28 minutes in Toronto. They each equaled the longest game in club history.
In other Saturday NL baseball:
----In late action, the Atlanta Braves defeated Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.
----Cincinnati doubled up NL Central-leading St. Louis 4-2. Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) turned in seven solid innings and improved to 6-0 as the Reds ended a three-game slide.
---- Milwaukee held off Philadelphia 4-3. Jean Segura homered and Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy) hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth inning.
---- A.J. Burnett pitched into the ninth inning and Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.
---- San Diego doubled up Colorado 4-2.

Over in the AL:
-- Prince Fielder hit a bases-clearing double in the second inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4. The AL Central-leading Tigers have won the first two games of the series to build a season-high 4 1/2-game lead over the Indians.
-- Jeremy Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings and six different Tampa Bay players drove in runs in the Rays' 8-0 victory over Baltimore. Tampa Bay has beaten the Orioles five straight times.
---- Forty-one-year-old Andy Pettitte (PEHT'-iht) allowed three hits over 7 1-3 innings to earn his 250th career victory, leading the Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. It was Pettitte's 213th victory as Yankee, putting him third on the franchise's career list behind Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231).
----The Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox split a twinbill. Mark Trumbo and Erick Aybar (EYE'-bar) each drove in two runs in the Angels' 9-5 win in the day game. In the nightcap, Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts) of the Sox improved to 9-0 as Boston won 7-2. Buchholz held the Angels to two runs in six and two-thirds innings before leaving with what the team called "neck tightness."
---- Ervin Santana pitched seven snappy innings and the Kansas City Royals finally backed him up with some offense in a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros.
---- The Chicago White Sox beat Oakland 4-1. John Danks pitched three-hit ball for eight innings for his first victory in more than a year.
----In the interleague game, Minnesota trimmed Washington 4-3 in 11 innings. Ryan Doumit (DOO'-miht) singled in the go-ahead run.

BELMONT STAKES
NEW YORK (AP) -- It was a very democratic Triple Crown this year -- three different horses have captured each leg of this year's horse racing's showcase.
Longshot Palace Malice, under Mike Smith, relished the extra distance and won the mile and a-half Belmont Stakes for trainer Todd Pletcher. It was the second Belmont Stakes triumph for both Smith and Pletcher. Palace Malice finished a well-beaten 12th in the Kentucky Derby, and sat out the Preakness.
Preakness winner Oxbow ran second and Kentucky Derby winner Orb was third.
Palace Malice paid $29.60 for a two-dollar ticket.

FRENCH OPEN
PARIS (AP) -- The penultimate day of the French Open was a good one for the U.S.
First, Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) 6-4, 6-4 in the women's title match at the French Open. The win is her 16th in a Grand Slam event and first French Open championship since 2002.
The victory completed a tremendous turn-around for the No. 1-ranked Williams as a year ago she was beaten in the first round by a player ranked 111th in the world. Since that defeat she's 74-3, including titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the London Olympics and the season-ending WTA Championships.
Williams whacked 10 aces, including three in the final game, to extend her career-best winning streak to 31 matches. She improved to 14-2 against Sharapova, with victories in their past 13 meetings and at 31, Williams became the oldest woman to win a major title since Martina Navratilova (nav-rat-TIHL'-oh-vuh) at Wimbledon in 1990 at age 33. Her 11-year gap between Roland Garros titles is the longest for any woman.
And then in the men's doubles final, top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States won their 14th major doubles title by defeating Michael Llodra (loh-DRAH') and Nicolas Mahut (mah-HYOO') of France 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the French Open final. In the tiebreaker, the Bryans rallied from a 4-2 deficit to clinch the victory when Mahut sent a forehand wide. The twins won their only other French Open in 2003.
The men's title match, an all-Spanish affair with Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') facing David Ferrer (feh-REHR') will be contested Sunday. Nadal is trying for his eighth French Open title, which would set a record for the most Grand Slam titles at one event.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-REGIONS TRADITION
Crowded leaderboard
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- David Frost birdied the 16th and 17th holes en route to a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples after the third round of the Regions Tradition. Frost, a South African who won the Toshiba Classic in March for his fourth Champions Tour title, had four birdies on the final eight holes to move to 12-under in the major championship. Couples shot a bogey-free 68.
Two-time defending champion Tom Lehman was five strokes back after a 69.

PGA-ST. JUDE CLASSIC
Stefani steps up
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Rookie Shawn Stefani has the lead after three rounds of the PGA's St. Jude Classic in Memphis. He shot a 4-under-66 in the third round to finish play 12 shots under par. When the final round starts Sunday, Stefani will have a one shot lead over Harris English, who shot a 1-under-69.

LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Pressel on the move
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- Morgan Pressel grabbed the clubhouse lead during the second round of the rain-delayed LPGA Championship. She completed her round 6-under after a 2-under-70. South Korea's Chella Choi shot a 1-over-73 to finish 4-under.


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