Lewiston Maineiacs suffer overtime loss in first game of third-round playoff series

Stephen MacAuley scored at 2:59 of overtime to lift the Saint John Sea Dogs to a 5-4, come-from-behind victory over the Lewiston Maineiacs on Friday night in the first game of their best-of-seven semifinal series at Saint John, New Brunswick.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first 14 minutes, the Maineiacs put together four unanswered goals, capped by Antoine Houde-Caron’s short-hander with 13:58 remaining. The Sea Dogs answered with goals from Nathan Beaulieu and Tomas Jurco in the final 5:32 of regulation.

Lewiston also got goals from Matthew Bissonnette, Jess Tanguy and Kirill Kabanov, who extended his point streak to nine.


NASCAR TRUCKS: Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch raced to his second truck series victory of the season, passing Ron Hornaday Jr. on a late restart and easily holding off Nelson Piquet Jr. in Gladeville, Tenn.

Busch, also the Nashville winner last spring, led 140 of 150 laps on the 1.333-mile concrete oval. He also won the Trucks race in Phoenix in February and has 26 series victories in 89 starts.


GRAND PRIX SAR: Dinara Safina edged Anastasia Pivovarova 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the Grand Prix SAR in Fez, Morocco.

BARCELONA OPEN: Rafael Nadal cruised into the semifinals after topping Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2 in Barcelona, Spain.


BOYS’ LACROSSE: The Hyde School of Woodstock, Conn., defeated the Hyde School of Bath, 6-5 at Woodstock, Conn. Stars for the Bath school were Nat Abernathy and Tyler Rass, who scored two goals and had one assist each.


PGA: English star Luke Donald moved a step closer to the No. 1 ranking, shooting a 6-under 65 to take the lead halfway through The Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Donald is ranked third now, behind No. 1 Martin Kaymer and No. 2 Lee Westwood. However, Donald would jump to the top with a win at Harbour Town, no matter how Westwood fares this weekend in the Indonesian Masters.

Donald was at 10-under 132 for a one-shot edge over first-round leader Garrett Willis (69).

Masters runner-up Jason Day (65), defending champion Jim Furyk (66), Camilo Villegas (68) and Chad Campbell (69) were 8 under.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Tom Kite and Gil Morgan shot a 10-under 62 in better-ball play for a share of the first-round lead with Ted Schulz and Gary Hallberg in the Legends of Golf event at Savannah, Ga.

CHINA OPEN: Jamie Donaldson shot an 11-under 61 to take a one-stroke lead in Changdu, China.

Jeppe Huldahl (65), Gregory Havret (66), Nicolas Colsaerts (67), Keith Horne (69), Peter Lawrie (64), Jeev Milkha Singh (66) and Gareth Maybin were tied for second.



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