Jensen’s hat trick sparks Hartford’s rally in overtime victory over Pirates

Nicklas Jensen scored three goals, including the winner 1:23 into overtime, as the Hartford Wolf Pack beat the Portland Pirates 4-3 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, on Friday.

Jensen also netted the tying goal on a power play with 7:44 left in the third period.

Portland’s Rob Schremp scored his 18th goal in the first period for a 1-0 lead.

Chris Brown and Jensen put Hartford ahead 2-1 with goals in the second period.

Chase Balisy and Connor Brickley each got their sixth goal in the third period for Portland.

Mike McKenna made 35 saves for the Pirates.


PGA: Jason Day made it look easy in the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 7-under 65 at Orlando, Florida. Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose had to work hard to stay in the game.

Day stretched his lead to five shots when he finished his round at Bay Hill in the morning. Stenson was eight shots behind when he started his second round and shot 66 to close within two shots. Rose had a 66 and was three behind.

Day was at 13-under 131.

Rory McIlroy made the cut with a 67, though he was still 11 shots behind Day.

LPGA: Sei Young Kim shot a 6-under 66 in the JTBC Founders Cup to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at Desert Ridge in Phoenix.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Woody Austin had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Tucson Conquistadores Classic.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Novak Djokovic dominated both tiebreakers to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) and reach the semifinals, where he will meet Rafael Nadal in a matchup of players who have won a combined seven titles at Indian Wells, California.

Nadal defeated Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-3, connecting on 89 percent of his first serves in a match played in 91-degree heat under a relentless sun.


WORLD CUP: Host Switzerland won the team event at St. Moritz, edging Germany by 0.04 seconds.

The finals continue Saturday and Sunday with slalom and giant slalom races. All the globes have been decided apart from the women’s giant slalom, which is between Eva-Maria Brem and Viktoria Rebensburg.


NFL: The New England Patriots announced the signings of running back Donald Brown, defensive end Chris Long and linebacker Shea McClellin on Friday.

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden underwent surgery on his left ankle earlier this week and will be sidelined until training camp, yet another blow to a team trying to rebuild following a 3-13 season.

 Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is opposing a bill approved by the Georgia Legislature that protects opponents of same-sex marriage, a measure that could impact Atlanta’s bid to host the Super Bowl.

Atlanta is one of four finalists for either the 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl, competing against New Orleans, Miami and Tampa.


NASCAR: Austin Dillon won the pole for the Sprint Cup race in Fontana, California, claiming the spot for the first time this season at a top speed of 188.482 mph.

Dillon turned a lap in 38.2 seconds in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, edging Kevin Harvick by .031 seconds for his second career pole.

– From staff and news services