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Sports Report: Rangers Grab 2-1 Series Lead Over Penguins

Henrik Lundqvist

NHL:

In the NHL Playoffs, the Rangers edged Pittsburgh 2-1 for a 2-1 series lead, Minnesota blanked St. Louis 3-0 for a 2-1 series lead, and it was Anaheim over Winnipeg in overtime 5-4 putting the Ducks one win away from Round 2.

After seven years of great regular-season success and playoff disappointments, coach Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks have parted ways. McLellan was the winningest coach in Sharks franchise history but the team missed the playoffs this year for the first time since 2003.

NBA:

In the NBA Playoffs, Chicago topped Milwaukee 91-82 for a 2-0 series lead and Golden State bested New Orleans 97-87 for a 2-0 series lead.

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, Boston beat Baltimore 7-1 in 6 innings, Detroit slid past the Yankees 2-1, the White Sox edged Cleveland 4-3, Kansas City routed Minnesota 7-1, Oakland doubled up the Angels 6-3, and it was Houston over Seattle 7-5.

In the National League, the Cubs beat Pittsburgh 5-2, Cincinnati won against Milwaukee 6-1, and it was San Diego over Colorado 14-3.

The city of Hartford is hoping to pay off a planned minor league baseball stadium with proceeds from the state's admission tax on tickets. City leaders including Mayor Pedro Segarra appeared Monday before the legislature's Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee. They support legislation that would transfer the 10 percent tax on each ticket, about $426,000 annually, to a special account used to pay down debt from building the stadium.

Boston Marathon:

Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa  and Kenya's Caroline Rotich won the men's and women's divisions of the Boston Marathon. Desisa won the 119th version of the annual race in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds for his second victory in the race. He also won in 2013, the year of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Horse Racing:

Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Chris Antley, thoroughbreds Lava Man and Xtra Heat, and trainer King Leatherbury have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. The four will be inducted August 7th at the museum in Saratoga Springs.

NFL:

Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning has no problem heading into the upcoming season playing the final year of his contract with the New York Giants. Speaking Monday as the team started voluntary offseason workouts, Manning said his only concern was to get ready for a season in which Tom Coughlin's team looks to end a three-year playoff drought. Manning will earn $17 million this year under terms of a $97.5 million deal signed in 2010.

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract, giving the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner his first shot in the NFL since the Patriots cut him before the 2013 season. Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. The Eagles already have four other quarterbacks on their roster: Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne.

Tony Romo wants country fans to know that when he throws, his footballs are properly inflated. The Cowboys quarterback poked fun at the New England Patriots last night during the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards, referencing the scandal sparked in the playoffs when New England was found using deflated footballs. The NFL is investigating the Patriots' use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game, with no timetable on its conclusions.

OBIT:

Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bob St. Clair, a five-time Pro Bowler who played all 11 of his seasons with his hometown San Francisco 49ers, has died. He was 84.The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the 49ers announced St. Clair had died Monday. A 6-foot-9 right tackle known for his speed and uncanny blocking ability in the passing and running games, St. Clair was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone, whose reputation for being a passionate football player carried over into his career as a sports broadcaster, was found dead Monday in his home, according to police.

Buffone played 14 seasons for the Bears. Buffone retired after the 1979 season with 24 career interceptions, the most for any Bears linebacker. He once held the team's record for most games played with 186.

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher called Buffone's death "a sad day for Bears nation."

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