Bourque named MVP as Hershey tops Texas to win second straight AHL championship

The Hershey Bears captured their second straight Calder Cup championship Monday with a 4-0 win over the Texas Stars in Game 6 of the American Hockey League finals at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

Hershey became the first AHL team to win the championship after losing the first two games at home.

John Carlson and Karl Alzner provided first-period goals and Patrick McNeill added goals in the second and third. Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves.

Chris Bourque, son of Boston Bruins great Ray Bourque, won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player with seven goals and 20 assists.


NECBL: Doug Elliot drove in four and the Sanford Mainers (7-2) scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to take a 7-4 win over the North Shore Navigators (0-6) at Goodall Park.


UNICEF OPEN: Top-seeded Justine Henin made a successful return to grass after a three-year absence, beating Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-2 in the first round in Den Bosch, Netherlands.

AEGON INTERNATIONAL: Samantha Stosur defeated Melanie Oudin 6-4, 6-4 in the first round in Eastbourne, England.


WNBA: Looking to bolster their inside presence, the New York Liberty acquired veteran forward Plenette Pierson from the Tulsa Shock. The Liberty sent fourth-year forward Tiffany Jackson to Tulsa in the deal.


TOUR OF SWITZERLAND: Frank Schleck of Luxembourg led a late breakaway to win the third stage, while Lance Armstrong gained ground in the standings.

Germany’s Tony Martin of Team HTC-Columbia took the overall race lead from Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara in the 122.4-mile trek from Sierre to Schwarzenburg featuring a climb up the Mosses Pass.

Schleck, a Saxo Bank teammate of Cancellara who’s known as a strong climber, triumphed by breaking away in the last 200 yards of a climb. Armstrong rose to 21st from 33rd and is 30 seconds behind Martin.