In Brief


HOCKEY

Long propels Wranglers to win over Stockton

Colin Long scored both goals for the Wranglers, including one with 11 seconds left to give Las Vegas a 2-1 ECHL victory over the Stockton Thunder on Wednesday in Stockton, Calif.

Long gave the Wranglers (38-27-5, 81 points) a 1-0 lead by scoring less than three minutes into the game, and it held up until midway through the third period, when Stockton evened the score on a Jordan Fulton power-play goal.

Wranglers goalie Michael Ouzas stopped 34 of 35 shots.

Also: Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was cleared to return to the team's morning skates on game days, but he will not participate in full practices, according to general manager Ray Shero.

Crosby, the Penguins captain who has been out since Jan. 5 with a concussion, will travel with the team to Florida and partake in the morning skate today before the game against Tampa Bay.

The next step is full practice, then perhaps a return to game action in time for the postseason. Pittsburgh hopes to have him on the ice for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Daymond Langkow was cleared to resume full-contact practice with the Calgary Flames for the first time in more than a year. The veteran center broke a bone in his neck when he was hit by teammate Ian White's shot on March 21, 2010, during a game in Minnesota.

TENNIS

Fish reaches Key Biscayne semis; Clijsters ousted

Mardy Fish will become the top American in the ATP tour rankings for the first time after reaching the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open. Fish beat No. 6 seed David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2 in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Fish, 29, will climb to at least 11th, a career best, in the next world rankings. Andy Roddick, a good friend since childhood, will fall from eighth to 14th after losing his opening match last week.

On Friday, Fish will face No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, who is unbeaten this year. Djokovic extended his winning streak to 24 matches (22-0 in 2011) by defeating Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-2.

On the women's side, Victoria Azarenka advanced to her first semifinal this year by upsetting two-time champion Kim Clijsters, 6-3, 6-3. Clijsters, nursing a right shoulder injury since she won the Australian Open in January, had eight double-faults and held only three times in nine service games.

MISCELLANEOUS

UNLV's Koelbaek named MWC golfer of month

UNLV senior Therese Koelbaek was named Mountain West Conference women's golfer of the month for the third straight time and seventh in her career.

Koelbaek had three top-seven finishes in March, tying for second in the Battle at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego, taking fourth at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Hawaii and tying for seventh at the UNLV Spring Invitational.

Also: Golf sensation Ryo Ishikawa said he is giving all his tournament earnings this year to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in his native Japan. Kyodo News reported that the 19-year-old also is pledging money for every birdie he makes.

If he plays similar to last year, Ishikawa could wind up giving more than $2 million toward relief efforts.

Jockeys Calvin Borel, John Velazquez and Garrett Gomez, and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer were named for the first time as finalists for the National Racing Museum's Hall of Fame.

This year's nominations were rounded out by six previous finalists: jockey Alex Solis, trainers Gary Jones and Robert Wheeler, and thoroughbreds Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty.

 

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