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Kings roll behind Carter hat trick

Jeff Carter scored three goals, Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots and the Los Angeles Kings matched an NHL record with their seventh straight road playoff victory, beating the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-0, last night to take control with a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals.

Team USA tops Swiss

The Anaheim Ducks' Bobby Ryan scored the first of four straight goals for the United States to help spur a 5-2 victory over Switzerland at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki.


Johnson, Monk lead Hall class

Former Oklahoma State, Miami Hurricanes and Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson is in a class of 17 former players and coaches selected for the College Football Hall of Fame. The other coaches to be inducted in December are Phillip Fulmer, who won the first BCS title in 1998 with Tennessee, and R.C. Slocum, the winningest coach in Texas A&M history.

Among the 14 players in the class are receiver Art Monk of Syracuse; tight end Dave Casper of Notre Dame; tackle Jonathan Ogden of UCLA; running back Charles Alexander of LSU; quarterbacks Steve Bartkowski of Cal and Tommy Kramer of Rice.


Welker signs Patriots offer

Patriots receiver Wes Welker, 30, who led the league with 122 receptions in 2011, said he has signed the $9.5-million tender offer that came along with being designated the team's franchise player.


Kurt Busch fined

Kurt Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR for reckless driving on pit road at Darlington and a postrace altercation with Ryan Newman's crew members. Busch was also placed on probation through July 25.


Djokovic cruises in Rome

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic made a solid return to red clay, dominating Australian teenager Bernard Tomic, 6-3, 6-3, to open his Italian Open title defense in Rome. Fourth-ranked Andy Murray beat David Nalbandian of Argentina, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams won in straight sets.-- AP


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