Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson each had a goal and an assist Thursday night as the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 to even their Eastern Conference series after four games.

No home team has won yet.

Wilson scored in the first period and T.J. Oshie in the second. Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov had third-period goals for the Capitals, who return home for Game 5 at 3 p.m. Saturday. Boone Jenner scored for Columbus.

The NHL suspended Nashville forward Ryan Hartman for Game 5 against Colorado for an illegal check to the head of Carl Soderberg.


OBIT: Longtime New England Patriots radio broadcaster Gil Santos passed away Thursday – his birthday – at the age of 78, according to WBZ.

The Patriots’ Hall of Famer was the team’s play-by-play broadcaster for 36 seasons.


PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS: Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik shot an 8-under 63 in better-ball play to take the first-round lead in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in Ridgedale, Missouri.

PGA: Grayson Murray fixed a flaw in his swing and hit the ball well enough that blustery conditions didn’t matter at the Valero Texas Open. He made seven birdies in his round of 5-under 67 for a one-shot lead at San Antonio.

LPGA: Inbee Park shot a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead in the opening round of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open in the LPGA Tour’s return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.


LAWSUIT: Lance Armstrong reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistle-blower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

The deal came as the two sides prepared for a trial that was scheduled to start May 7 in Washington. Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis filed the original lawsuit in 2010 and is eligible for up to 25 percent of the settlement.


KENTUCKY DERBY: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has bought a “substantial stake” in his namesake horse that is set to run in the Kentucky Derby next month.

Gronkowski, a 3-year-old colt, has won all three of his starts this year. He earned a spot in the 20-horse Derby field by virtue of leading the point standings among Europe-based horses. The colt’s earnings of $79,496 would be the smallest in the field.


MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal beat big-hitting Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals in Monaco, clinching victory with a clinical smash at the net. The 10-time champion next faces fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, who earlier won 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 against Novak Djokovic.