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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Torres tally tops Thomas, Boston

By Abigail Abbey

NHL: With just 18.5 seconds left in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, Vancouver's Raffi Torres scored off a beautiful feed from Jannik Hansen to break a 0-0 tie and give the Canucks a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins. Roberto Luongo, who last year led Canada to Olympic gold on the same ice, was sensational in goal for the Canucks, stopping all 36 shots he faced. The Bruins' Tim Thomas was almost as good, stopping 33 Vancouver shots before allowing Torres' game-winner. The Canucks are in search of their first Stanley Cup, while the Bruins haven't won the trophy since 1972. Game 2 is Saturday in Vancouver.

NBA: Shaquille O'Neal, who won four NBA championship rings and three NBA Finals MVP Awards during his 19 years in the league, announced his retirement Wednesday. The 15-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer retires as the fifth-leading scorer in NBA history.

MLB: Led by the clutch hitting of Paul Konerko, who hit a go-ahead single in the seventh and a two-run homer in the ninth, the White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park, coming from 3-0 down to win 7-4 Wednesday night. With four consecutive losses, Boston has dropped to two games behind the Yankees in the AL East, as New York completed a sweep of the Athletics in Oakland. More bad news for Boston: It has been reported that starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, out since May 18, is expected to miss the rest of the season after opting for Tommy John surgery on his right shoulder.

In the NL East, Washington southpaw John Lannan outdueled Philadelphia's Roy Oswalt as the last-place Nationals topped the division-leading Phillies, 2-1. Lannan, whose name was misspelled "Lannen" on the lineup card by Washington manager Jim Riggleman, had a 0-10 career record against the Phillies until Wednesday night's win.

French Open: In quarterfinal action Wednesday, top seed Rafael Nadal improved his career French Open record to 43-1 with a straight-sets victory over Robin Soderling. The Swede's 2009 fourth-round defeat of Nadal is still the Spaniard's only loss at Roland Garros. Nadal, the five-time champion, will next face fourth-seeded Andy Murray, who reached his first French Open semifinal by beating Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela in straight sets. In the women's quarters, Maria Sharapova steamrolled past Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-0, 6-3, to reach a major semifinal for the first time in more than three years. The Russian star is now two match wins away from completing the career Grand Slam. Sharapova's semifinal opponent will be China's Li Na, who knocked off Belarus' Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-2.