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Jason Day lifts PGA Tour to victory

Jason Day lifts PGA Tour to victory

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) Jason Day beat Stacy Lewis with birdie on the second hole of a playoff to lift the PGA Tour past the LPGA Tour on Tuesday in the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge.

Day's drive stopped on a cart path, and the Australian hit a 95-yard approach to 5 feet to set up the winning birdie.

``Actually, I had no idea where it finished,'' Day said. ``And I was very fortunate to finish on the cart path.''

Lewis missed an 8-foot birdie putt.

``I thought it was pretty straight,'' said Lewis, the LPGA Tour player of the year and a four-time winner this season, ``but it kind of moved a little left on me.''

After the teams finished at 19 under in regulation at Rio Secco Golf Club, Nick Watney and Cristie Kerr - coming off a victory Sunday in Mexico in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational - parred the par-4 18th hole to force a second extra hole.

Watney holed a 45-foot birdie putt on the final hole in regulation to force the playoff.

Davis Love III also played for the PGA Tour, and Natalie Gulbis completed the LPGA Tour lineup.

The Champions Tour trio of Bernhard Langer, Fred Funk and Tom Lehman finished six strokes back.

Only the two best scores on a hole from the three-player teams counted in the total.

Kerr helped the LPGA rally, birdieing Nos. 14-17.

``The women went 14 under on the back nine, but Nick holed a great, great putt to tie it,'' Day said. ``Nick and I birdied the 18th and Davis birdied the 17th. Everybody won this as a team.''

Day led all players with nine birdies, while Watney and Lewis each made eight, and Kerr had seven. Lewis and Kerr each had five of their birdies on the back nine holes for the LPGA team, which trailed the PGA Tour team by five shots after nine holes. Gulbis had the lone eagle, holing a 30-yard chip on the par-5 15th.

``Stacy started making a lot of birdies and Natalie had that chip-in on the 15th, and that got them going,'' Love said. ``They got hot on the back nine.''

The PGA Tour team earned $500,000, the LPGA Tour got $270,000, and Champions Tour $230,000.

The PGA Tour won for the ninth time in the 21-year event. The Champions Tour has seven titles and the LPGA five. The event raised $3,442,300 for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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3 stars of the game: Burakovsky's big night propels Caps to the Stanley Cup Final

3 stars of the game: Burakovsky's big night propels Caps to the Stanley Cup Final

For just the second time in franchise history, the Capitals are Eastern Conference Champions. They will play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup FInal after a dominant 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals the lead just 62 seconds into the game. It was a lead they would never relinquish as Braden Holtby recorded his second consecutive shutout.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will be Monday in Las Vegas.

Here are the three stars of the game.

1. Andre Burakovsky: It's been a rough year for Burakovsky, but all that was erased on Wednesday with his brilliant two-goal performance to lead the Caps.

The Caps were clinging to a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Lightning were buzzing, outshooting the Caps 8-1. They had all the momentum until Burakovsky stole a bouncing puck from Dan Girardi and fired a quick shot far-side for the beautiful goal.

Burakovsky added a second goal later in the second as John Carlson banked a pass off the boards to launch him on a breakaway. Burakovsky coolly shot it through the open five-hole of Vasilevskiy to make it 3-0.

It's incredible to think that Burakovsky had not recorded a point yet this postseason prior to Game 7, was a healthy scratch for Game 5 and was talking about seeing a sports psychologist over the summer after the morning skate for Game 6.

2. Braden Holtby: The goaltending for much of the series was Andrei Vasilevskiy who led Tampa Bay's comeback in the series with his phenomenal netminding. He was outplayed in the most important games by Holtby, however, who recorded shutouts in both Game 6 and Game 7. The last goal the Lightning scored in the series came 33 seconds into the second period of Game 5. That's 139:27 of continuous play and 60 straight saves for Holtby.

Holtby was phenomenal in Game 7 with big save after big save as the Lightning pushed to tie. His biggest save came in the second period when he denied Alex Killorn on the breakaway. The score was just 2-0 at that point.

This marks just the fifth time a goalie has recorded a shutout in Game 6 and Game 7 in a playoff series.

3. Alex Ovechkin: It took Ovechkin just 62 seconds to put the Capitals ahead and it turned out to be the goal that sent Washington to the Stanley Cup Final. How fitting for it to be Ovechkin to score the game-winner?

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Referees miss blatant boarding by Paquette on Orpik

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Referees miss blatant boarding by Paquette on Orpik

A rough hit to the back of Brooks Orpik left him down on the ice and slow to get up. Cedric Paquette skated back to his bench and waited for the trainer to attend to Orpik and (probably) for the referees to call his number and send him to the box.

The penalty, however, never came.

You always hear in hockey that if you can see a player's numbers, you should pull up on the hit.

What that refers to is the numbers on the back of a player's jersey. You are not allowed to hit a player directly in the back into the boards.

The official definition of boarding according to the NHL rule book is, "any player who checks or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to hit or impact the boards violently or dangerously." Hitting a player "in the numbers" is a defenseless position.

Apparently Cedric Paquette didn't know that and, unfortunately for the Capitals, neither did the referees.

Someone explain to me how this is not a boarding penalty:

Sometimes referees are put in a tough position because a player turns his back right before they take the hit, thus putting themselves in a vulnerable position to draw a penalty. That was not the case here. Orpik never turned.

When Tom Wilson hit Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese in the second period, the hockey world spent the next day debating whether it was an illegal hit. There is no debate here, no grey area. Just a clear board.

And no call.

You can understand referees wanting to put away the whistles for a Game 7, but you have to call the blatant dangerous plays like this. This was a bad miss by the referees, plain and simple.

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