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Rangers’ Stepan has surgery

The New York Rangers’ smooth ride to the Stanley Cup Final has suddenly become much rougher.

Not only did the Broadway Blueshirts let the Montreal Canadiens back into the Eastern Conference final with a 3-2 overtime victory Thursday at Madison Square Garden, they might have to play without top center Derek Stepan, whose broken jaw required surgery Friday.

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The Rangers will carry a 2-1 series lead into Sunday’s Game 4, but finishing off the Canadiens could be more difficult if Stepan is sidelined for long.

He was injured in a blindside hit from Montreal’s Brandon Prust, who wasn’t penalized for the shot that left Stepan sprawled on the ice for several moments. Prust had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Friday and was given a two-game suspension for interference.

Also, New York enforcer Daniel Carcillo was given an automatic 10-game suspension for twice elbowing linesman Steve Driscoll after fighting Prust.


Toronto, K.C. draw 2-2

Dom Dwyer scored his ninth and 10th goals to take the MLS lead in host Sporting Kansas City’s 2-2 tie with short-handed Toronto FC.

Dwyer put Sporting (5-4-3) up 1-0 in the 47th minute and 2-1 with a penalty kick in the 84th. But in the first minute of stoppage time, Bradley Orr headed in a high ball from Nick Hagglund to salvage a road point for the Reds (4-4-1).


Moore scores 38 for Lynx

Maya Moore made the winning free throws with 11.8 seconds remaining for the last of her career-high 38 points in the Minnesota Lynx’s 94-93 victory over the host Tulsa Shock.

In other games, Danielle Robinson had 14 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as the San Antonio Stars held off the host Phoenix Mercury 78-74; and rookie Bria Hartley scored 15 points in the Washington Mystics’ 79-63 victory over the host Indiana Fever.


Serena, Venus in same draw

The French Open draw ceremony in Paris placed 29th-seeded Venus Williams into a possible third-round meeting with her sister Serena, the top seed and defending champion.

“It never gets easier,” Serena said of playing her sister. “She’s essentially the love of my life, so it’s definitely difficult.”

In the quarterfinals, Serena could face seventh-seeded Maria Sharapova, whom she defeated 6-4, 6-4 in last year’s final. The French Open begins Sunday.


Federal judge sets trial

A federal judge denied motions by the NCAA that would delay a trial on an antitrust suit by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and others, ordering the trial to go forward next month in California.

Judge Claudia Wilken ordered a June 9 trial in Oakland on the antitrust lawsuit. The plaintiffs are seeking an injunction that would allow Division I players the right to band together to sell their services in an open market.

If successful, the lawsuit could upend the NCAA’s current model built upon the concept college athletes are amateurs and shouldn’t be compensated beyond tuition and basic room and board.

Wilken denied the last of the NCAA motions to delay the trial until February with a pair of rulings that went against the organization. At the same time, she set another trial for next March on claims by other athletes that the NCAA and video game maker Electronic Arts misappropriated athlete names and likenesses for NCAA-branded video games.

Horse racing

Chrome has company

An opossum briefly joined California Chrome during his 1¾-mile morning gallop at Belmont Park in New York.

Assistant trainer Alan Sherman said the opossum’s movement not far off the outside rail, parallel to the colt’s right flank, didn’t make California Chrome lose focus.

“Nothing,” Sherman said. “It didn’t faze him. We get coyotes in California all the time, so it was no big deal.”


• Clemson men’s basketball coach Brad Brownell agreed to a six-year, $10.6 million deal.

• Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., will renovate its one-mile dirt track in July, replacing the existing surface with a natural soil that includes sand to ensure balanced drainage during wet weather.

• The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said it will ask the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by track coach Jon Drummond, calling the case “baseless.”

• Second-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia will meet Federico Delbonis of Argentina in the Open de Nice final in France after brushing aside defending champion Albert Montanes of Spain 6-0, 6-3.

• Top-seeded Philipp Kohlscheriber of Germany beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to set up a Düsseldorf Open final in Germany against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada will play Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic for the Nuremberg Cup title in Germany. Bouchard beat Karin Knapp of Italy 6-4, 6-3 and Pliskova upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Marco Canola of Italy won the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Rivarolo Canavese for his first victory in a Grand Tour, while Colombian Rigoberto Uran retained the overall lead.

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