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Former Nets Owner Among Dead in Massachusetts Plane Crash

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz was among the dead in a plane crash that claimed the lives of six others in Massachusetts, a business partner confirmed on Sunday. Katz, who also once owned the New Jersey Devils, was 72.

Harold H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest said he was informed by the pairs lawyer. Katz’s death comes days after he and Lenfest acquired full control of The Philadelphia Inquirer, buying out their co-owners with a $88 million deal.

“All of us at the NBA were extremely saddened to learn of the tragic, sudden death of former Nets owner Lewis Katz,” a statement released by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “Lewis was a trusted friend and valued member of the NBA family. He was a visionary businessman who touched the lives of so many with his tireless pursuit of innovation and enterprise, as well as his deep commitment to his family, friends and community.”

The former Nets owner made his fortune investing in both the Kinney Parking empire as well as the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network.

Katz oversaw the most successful period in the Nets franchise, purchasing the team in 1998, and watching them reach the NBA Finals in both 2002 and 2003. He sold the team a year later. A 1963 graduate of Temple University, Katz spoke at the schools commencement ceremony in May and received an honorary degree.

Katz is survived by his son, daughter, and several grandchildren.

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Matsuyama Wins Memorial In a Playoff

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(DUBLIN, Ohio) — Bubba Watson failed to hold his 54-hole lead at the Memorial, opening the door for a number of other players. Hideki Matsuyama was able to force a playoff with Kevin Na before winning his first tournament in America on the first extra hole.

It was not easy for Matsuyama, as he double-bogeyed on the 16th hole and bogeyed on the 17th, falling one stroke behind Na, who was already in the clubhouse. On his final tee shot of regulation, Matsuyama’s drive bounced off a tree and into the fairway. The 22-year old took advantage of the break and hit a 7-iron to within five feet of the pin. His birdie putt put him at 13-under for the tournament and forced a playoff that he would win with a par on the first hole.

“To win my first PGA Tour event is enough,” Matsuyama said. “But to win it here at (Jack) Nicklaus’ course, it really gives me a lot of confidence now going on. And hopefully, I’ll be able to use this week as a stepping stone to further my career.”

Matsuyama became just the fourth Japanese-born player to win on the PGA Tour. His victory was aided by the collapse of multiple major winners. Watson, the Masters champion, led by one stroke with five holes to play but shot 3 over down the stretch. Adam Scott was 4 over on his final seven holes after being tied for the lead.

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Martinez’s OT Goal Lifts Kings into Stanley Cup Final

Justin Heiman/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) — The Los Angeles Kings trailed the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in the first period but battled back to force overtime in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Less than six minutes into the extra frame, Alec Martinez scored, giving the Kings a 5-4 win and sending them to their second Stanley Cup Final in three seasons.

“We’ve battled back so many times this year and so many times in these playoffs, we said, ‘Why not again today?’” said winger Justin Williams. “It was a total team effort, every single guy here giving everything they’ve got.”

Williams tied the game at 2-2 in the first period and later assisted on the game-winner, giving him 14 career points in Game 7′s, the most all-time. Los Angeles never led until Martinez’s tally in overtime. The Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission thanks to Patrick Sharp and again led 4-3 after two periods, courtesy of Sharp’s power play goal. Marion Gaborik knotted things up in the third with his 12th goal of the postseason.

The Kings will now face the New York Rangers, the team that traded Gaborik at the deadline in the 2012-13 season, in the Stanley Cup Final. Los Angeles won the title in 2012, their only championship in franchise history.

Corey Crawford made 27 saves in the loss, as the defending champs were ousted on home ice.

Jonathan Quick stopped 37 shots, including one in the final seconds of regulation. Los Angeles improves to 7-0 in elimination games in the playoffs and become the first team to ever reach the Stanley Cup Final by winning three Game 7′s. The Kings and Rangers play Game 1 on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

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Blue Jays Shut Out Royals, 4-0, Buehrle Wins 10th

BananaStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Mark Buehrle improved to 10-1 after the Blue Jays (34-24) silenced the Kansas City Royals (26-30), 4-0 on Sunday.

Buehrle pitched eight innings and allowed six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

“It was one of those games where I could have gotten my butt handed to me,” said Buehrle, who has now won six straight decisions. “I was making mistakes and they weren’t making me pay for it.”

The Blue Jays homered twice in the victory and Edwin Encarnacion’s 19th homer of the year in the bottom of the eighth gave Aaron Loup a four-run cushion in the ninth.

“Today he was as good as he’s been all year,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Buehrle’s performance. “He topped off a nice homestand for us.”

Toronto is now 18-13 at home and Buehrle became the MLB’s first ten-game winner.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Consecutive Sprint Cup race

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(DOVER, Del.) — Jimmie Johnson is at it again. The six-time Sprint Cup champion took home the checkered flag for the second consecutive weekend after a win at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.

Johnson won last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 and led 272 of the 400 laps to cruise into victory lane.

Brad Keselowski won the pole and made a late rally, but fell short and finished in second.

Kyle Busch’s bid at a sweep this weekend took a turn for the worst after the No. 18 Toyota slammed into the wall 124 laps into the 400-lap race and was forced into the garage.

Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

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Andy Murray Advances at the French Open

Comstock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Andy Murray outlasted Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on Sunday, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10 to advance to the fourth round of the French Open.

The match between the two-time Grand Slam champion and Kohlschreiber was suspended on Saturday at 7-7 in the fifth set because of fading light. When the match resumed, Murray needed 40 minutes to secure the victory. He will face Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the next round.

John Isner of the United States lost to sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. No American men’s tennis player has advance to the quarterfinals at the French Open since Andre Agassi in 2003.

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Buffalo Sabres Sign F Nicholas Baptiste To Entry-Level Contract

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — The Buffalo Sabres agreed to a three-year, entry level contract with forward Nicholas Baptiste, the team announced on Saturday.

The Sabres drafted Baptiste in the third-round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. In 65 games this past season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the 18-year-old recorded 45 goals with 44 assists for 89 points.

Baptiste won a gold medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2013 world junior championships in Sochi, Russia.

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Minnesota Wild Sign Coach Mike Yeo To Contract Extension

Comstock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Wild and coach Mike Yeo agreed to a multiyear contract extension, the club announced on Saturday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Yeo led the Wild (43-27-12; 98pts) to their second straight post-season berth this season and their first playoff series win since 2003. Minnesota was eliminated by Chicago in the Western Conference Semifinals.

“I’m very excited to continue to coach the Minnesota Wild and pursue a Stanley Cup for the State of Hockey,” Yeo said in a statement. “Our fan support has been amazing and it went to a new level during the playoffs this season. We are all motivated to reward them.”

In three seasons at the helm of the Wild, the 40-year-old Yeo has compiled a record of 104-82-26.

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Ramirez, Cespedes Power Teams to Victory

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A night of offensive outbursts in Major League Baseball were highlighted by a pair of five RBI performances from Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes and Los Angeles’ Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez belted two home runs in the Dodgers (30-27) 12-2 rout of Pittsburgh while Cespedes sparked a six-run seventh as the Athletics (34-22) knocked off the Angels 11-3.

For Ramirez, his offense started early with a single in the bottom of the first that scored Andre Either. He did the same thing in the third, giving Los Angeles a 3-0 advantage. In his next at-bat, Ramirez launched a two run shot to center that scored Yasiel Puig and gave the Dodgers an 8-1 lead. His final RBI came on a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth that brought the final score to 12-2.

All five of Cespedes’ RBI’s came in the seventh and eighth innings as Oakland had to come from behind to get the win. The Athletics entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 3-1 but Cespedes stepped to the plate with a tie score and two runners on. The outfielder tripled to right center, giving Oakland a 5-3 lead over the Angels. He added to his total with three run blast in the bottom of the eighth.

The Athletics hold the American League’s best record, leading the AL West, while the Dodgers sit six and a half games back of National League leader San Francisco.

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