Sharapova overcomes shaky start to beat McHale in Rome

ROME (AP) — Taking advantage of another wild card upon her return from a doping ban, Maria Sharapova overcame a shaky opening set to defeat 58th-ranked Christina McHale 6-4, 6-2 Monday in the first round of the Italian Open.

  • Written by ANDREW DAMPF , AP Sports Writer

Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks were down a game in the Western Conference finals and down 2-0 in Game 2 against Pekka Rinne, the most dominant goalie in these Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • Written by GREG BEACHAM , AP Hockey Writer

Former NBA head coach George Irvine dies at age 69

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — George Irvine, who coached nearly 200 games for the Indiana Pacers in the 1980s before working in the front office, has died after battling cancer. He was 69.