Preds pull even with Blackhawks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Craig Smith scored the first two playoff goals of his career and added an assist, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 Friday night to tie their NHL Western Conference opening-round playoff series at a game apiece.

The Predators won for the first time since clinching a postseason berth on March 28. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for the win and even had an assist.

Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane scored for Chicago.


Hoiberg has heart surgery

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa State says men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has undergone open-heart surgery to replace aortic valve.

Hoiberg had surgery Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Doctor Rakesh Suri says the operation was a success, adding that “Hoiberg is in recovery and doing very well himself.”

Hoiberg is expected to need about 4-6 weeks to recover. 


New proposal draws complaint

CHICAGO (AP) — A dissenting plaintiff’s attorney told a federal judge Friday that a reworked class-action head-injury settlement with the NCAA is as bad as the one the same judge rejected in December — though other attorneys defended it.

Jay Edelson, the dissenting lawyer, said the deal would still deprive thousands of people of the compensation they deserve. But a lead plaintiffs’ attorney, Steve Berman, said the new deal fixes all the flaws highlighted by Lee. He said new supporting documents illustrated how the $70 million will be more than enough.


Baseball game to use 5-pitch rule

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The Long Island Ducks and Bridgeport Bluefish will play an exhibition baseball game today, limiting every batter to five pitches in an experiment to speed the pace of the game.

The rules in the Atlantic League experimental game call for a batter to be called out if he fouls off a pitch with two strikes. Ordinarily a batter remains at the plate until he gets a hit, makes an out, strikes out on three pitches, is hit by a pitch or walks.

The rules also give batters a walk after three balls, not four.

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