National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2015-04-21T04:49:20Z National Sports NHL Playoff Capsules OTTAWA - Colin Greening scored 7:39 into double overtime, and the Ottawa Senators rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins that cut their series deficit to 2-1 on Sunday night. Butler takes charge as Chicago Bulls down Milwaukee Bucks Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career high of 31 points as the Chicago Bulls took a 2-0 first round playoff series lead with a 91-82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. Butler scored 14 of his game high points in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, who maintained home court advantage in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series. "So far so good," Bulls Pau Gasol said. Bulls guard Derrick Rose added 15 points and nine assists after being held scoreless in the first half. Tebow signs contract with NFL's Philadelphia Eagles Tim Tebow, who hasn't played in the National Football League for more than two years, signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL team announced. With the start of the NFL regular season still over four months away, Tebow becomes one of five quarterbacks on the Eagles' roster, joining Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. Doug Buffone, longtime linebacker for NFL's Chicago Bears, dies (Reuters) - Doug Buffone, a linebacker who played 14 seasons for the National Football League's Chicago Bears before retiring in 1980 as the franchise's all-time leader in games played, died on Monday at the age of 70, the team said. Buffone, a fourth-round draft pick whose 24 interceptions remain the most in club history for a linebacker, was found dead in his Chicago home, the coroner's office said. "Today is a sad day for Bears nation," former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher posted on Twitter. Doug Buffone will be missed." Buffone played in 186 games for the Bears, making 1,257 tackles and going over the 100-tackle mark in seven seasons. Fenerbahce reach Euroleague Final Four, CSKA held By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Fenerbahce Istanbul became the first team to qualify for the Euroleague Final Four as a 75-74 overtime win at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Monday completed a 3-0 sweep of the holders in the best-of-five quarter-final series. In the other two quarter-finals, Real Madrid are 2-0 ahead of Anadolu Efes Istanbul while Barcelona and Olympiakos Piraeus are tied at 1-1 in the race to reach the May 15-17 Madrid event. Fenerbahce playmaker Andrew Goudelock spun away from his markers and netted a lay-up with his weaker left hand with nine seconds remaining to settle a thrilling rollercoaster contest. Oklahoma teen faces life term for killing Australian man out of 'boredom' By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A teenager convicted of fatally shooting an Australian jogger in 2013 out of boredom faces life in prison without the chance of parole after he is sentenced in June, Oklahoma prosecutors said on Monday. Chancey Allen Luna, who was 16 at the time of the crime, was found guilty on Friday of first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting of Christopher Lane, an Australian baseball player who was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, Oklahoma, when he was shot in the back. Lane’s killing garnered wide attention after Duncan police said the boys said they shot Lane because "they were bored." "I no longer have ... a zest for life because one of my kids is missing,” Lane’s mother, Donna Lane, said in a victim-impact statement to the judge on Friday. The driver of the vehicle, Michael DeWayne Jones, now 19, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder. Braves pitcher McKirahan banned for 80 games Atlanta Braves pitcher Andrew McKirahan has been handed an 80-game ban for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. McKirahan, who is in his first season in the majors, tested positive for Ipamorelin, a performance-enhancing substance. Unlike certain other players, who were suspended earlier this month, McKirahan is accepting his ban without any excuses and is asking fans for forgiveness. McKirahan, who was claimed off waivers from the Florida Marlins in early April, also apologized to the Braves. Raptors' Williams wins NBA's Sixth Man Award (Reuters) - Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams was named winner of the National Basketball Association's award for best player in a reserve role, the league said on Monday. Williams, playing in his 10th NBA season and first with the Raptors, won the Sixth Man Award after averaging a career-high 15.5 points per game in helping Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games during the 2014-15 campaign. He led or tied for the Raptors in scoring 18 times, second most in the league for a reserve. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics finished a distant second with 324 points and two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers was third with 131 points. Braves pitcher banned 80 games for failed drug test (Reuters) - Atlanta Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan has been suspended for 80 games after failing a drug test, Major League Baseball said on Monday. The 25-year-old left-handed pitcher tested positive for Ipamorelin, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. McKirahan, who was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 21st round of the 2011 amateur draft, appeared in three games for Atlanta this season and compiled a 4.15 earned run average in 4-1/3 innings. "We are disappointed in the decision Andrew made," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. Watson and Faldo to play final British Open at St Andrews Golfing greats Tom Watson and Nick Faldo are both set to make their final British Open appearance at this year's edition of the sport's oldest major at St Andrews, it was announced Monday. Watson, a five-times British Open champion who came within a whisker of winning a sixth title at the age of 59 in 2009 before losing a play-off at Turnberry, has been granted a special exemption from organisers the Royal and Ancient to play in this year's edition of a tournament first staged in 1860. The American's appearance at the 'home of golf' in July come 40 years after he won his first British Open title at Carnoustie, another Scottish course. For Faldo, Britain's most successful golfer with six major titles to his name, the 2015 British Open also signals an anniversary as it will be 25 years since he won the second of his three Open titles on the celebrated Old Course at St Andrews, the R&A's base. Faldo to join Watson in British Open farewell By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Six-times major champion Nick Faldo will play his last British Open when it returns to St Andrews this year, the 25th anniversary of his victory at the Old Course. "The Open and St Andrews will forever hold a significant place in my heart," the 57-year-old Briton said in a news release on Monday. I am grateful for it all and grateful to golf." Faldo won the Open at St Andrews in 1990 and at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992. "Nick Faldo is an inspirational figure in British golf and has enjoyed a remarkable career in the Open," said Peter Dawson, chief executive of championship organizers the Royal and Ancient. Golf-Faldo to join Watson in British Open farewell By Tony Jimenez LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) - Six-times major champion Nick Faldo will play his last British Open when it returns to St Andrews this year, the 25th anniversary of his victory at the Old Course. "The Open and St Andrews will forever hold a significant place in my heart," the 57-year-old Briton said in a news release on Monday. I am grateful for it all and grateful to golf." Faldo won the Open at St Andrews in 1990 and at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992. "Nick Faldo is an inspirational figure in British golf and has enjoyed a remarkable career in the Open," said Peter Dawson, chief executive of championship organisers the Royal and Ancient. Cavaliers, Clippers cruise to NBA series opening wins Kyrie Irving made the most of his playoff debut, scoring 30 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 113-100 in the opening game of their first round series. Guard Irving played with the poise of an NBA veteran as he drained his first five shots from beyond the arc. He was backed up by LeBron James 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Kevin Love's 19 point and 12 rebound performance as Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series. In other playoff action Sunday, Kyle Korver finished with a game-high 21 points to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 99-92 win over the Brooklyn Nets in game one of their East series. Tebow in line for surprise return at Philadelphia (Reuters) - Tim Tebow is set to make a surprise return to the NFL after the quarterback agreed on a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the league reported on Sunday. Terms of the contract have yet to be revealed but the 27-year-old Tebow is expected to join a large group of quarterbacks vying for spots on the Philadelphia roster. Tebow has been employed as a television analyst since his last NFL game in 2012 but worked out with the Eagles last month and appears to have made a good impression. Tebow to sign contract with NFL's Philadelphia Eagles: media Tim Tebow, who hasn't played in the National Football League for more than two years, is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, US media reported on Sunday. Tebow would become one of five quarterbacks on the Eagles' roster, joining Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. The 27-year-old Tebow worked out with the Eagles last month. Strike like it's 2011? Low copper prices loom large over wage talks By Josephine Mason SANTIAGO (Reuters) - When Antofagasta Chief Executive Diego Hernandez took the stage at the world's biggest copper conference last week, he talked about the growing risks mining companies face from rising worker salaries in South America due to staff shortages and strong unions. What he didn't mention at the CRU copper conference in Santiago was the far graver immediate labor threat that many of his rivals face: the biggest round of contract negotiations since 2011, and likely the most contentious in years as falling copper prices and deep cost cutting programs strain relations between workers and operators.  The copper market seems to be perilously indifferent to the threat posed by this year's contract talks at mines including one of the world's largest, Grasberg in Indonesia, and Antamina, Peru's biggest, risking a bullish shock if workers move to strike, analysts said. … But it could be a very tough situation," Juan Carlos Guajardo, executive director of Santiago-based mining consulting firm Plusmining, said. Soccer idols Zidane and Ronaldo team up in U.N. Ebola fundraiser By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Soccer idols Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo will lead a star-studded team in a friendly match on Monday aimed at raising money to help Ebola-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The 12th annual 'Match Against Poverty', organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be contested in France between French club AS Saint-Étienne and a team of past and present international players. Former France captain Zidane and renowned Brazilian striker Ronaldo, both UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, will be joined by Ivorian Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, retired Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf and ex-Brazilian captain Cafu. Golf-FedEx Cup rankings April 19 (Infostrada Sports) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (1) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 2072 2. (2) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 1680 3. (3) J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 1233 4. (4) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 1173 5. (5) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 1117 6. (6) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 1106 7. (7) Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 1037 8. (8) Ryan Moore (U.S.) 952 9. (9) Jason Day (Australia) 941 10. (10) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 939 11. (13) Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 934 12. (12) Bae Sang-Moon (South Korea) 929 13. (11) Robert Streb (U.S.) 927 14. (14) Ben Martin (U.S.) 860 15. (15) Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 826 16. (16) Bill Haas (U.S.) 811 17. ... Veteran Furyk snaps long winless drought American Jim Furyk birdied the par-three 17th hole to beat Kevin Kisner in a playoff and win the PGA Tour's Heritage tournament on Sunday. Furyk, who played in the third to last group, made birdie on both playoff holes after firing a closing round eight under 63 to finish at 18-under-par 266. Though he trailed entering the final round, Furyk had blown nine 54-hole leads since his last win on the PGA Tour at the 2010 Tour Championship. Kisner closed with a seven-under 64 as he birdied the final hole of regulation to force the playoff at the Harbour Town golf course. Furyk wins RBC Heritage in playoff over Kisner (Reuters) - Jim Furyk ended a five-year PGA Tour victory drought with a birdie on the second playoff hole to beat fellow American Kevin Kisner for the RBC Heritage title on Sunday in South Carolina. "I really dug deep today and glad I got it done." Furyk, the 2010 winner at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, fired an eight-under-par 63 for an 18-under total and Kisner used a birdie at the last to complete a 64 and force the sudden death playoff. Both players birdied the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th, and moved on to the par-three 17th. Golf-Furyk wins RBC Heritage in playoff over Kisner * Furyk ends victory drought in sudden death * Kisner birdies 72nd hole to force playoff * Masters winner Spieth ties for 11th (Adds details, quotes) April 19 (Reuters) - Jim Furyk ended a five-year PGA Tour victory drought with a birdie on the second playoff hole to beat fellow American Kevin Kisner for the RBC Heritage title on Sunday in South Carolina. "I really dug deep today and glad I got it done." Furyk, the 2010 winner at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, fired an eight-under-par 63 for an 18-under total and Kisner used a birdie at the last to complete a 64 and force the sudden death playoff. Both players birdied the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th, and moved on to the par-three 17th. Furyk knocked his tee shot to 12 feet, and after Kisner missed his 20-footer for birdie, the 44-year-old tour veteran curled in his downhill putt to claim his 17th career PGA title and first since the 2010 Tour Championship. Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic scores April 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic at the par-71 course on Sunday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina PLAY-OFF 1 Jim Furyk (U.S.) after 2 extra holes 2 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) after 2 extra holes REGULAR ROUNDS -18 Jim Furyk (U.S.) 71 64 68 63 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 68 67 67 64 -16 Troy Merritt (U.S.) 69 61 69 69 -15 Brendon Todd (U.S.) 73 66 63 67 -14 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 68 66 68 68 -13 Sean O'Hair (U.S.) 70 67 70 64 -12 Branden Grace (South Africa) 70 67 66 69 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 69 67 69 67 -11 Bo Van Pelt (U.S. ... Kiradech wins playoff to end Li's teenage dream Overnight leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat fought back from two shots down with two holes to play Sunday to win the Shenzhen International in a dramatic playoff and end teenager Li Haotong's dream of a maiden European Tour victory. China's number one Li, aged just 19 and a four-time winner on the PGA China Tour last year, put in a sparkling closing round of five-under 67 on home soil at Genzon Golf Club to take the clubhouse lead on 12-under par. Second time round the 25-year-old nailed it, screaming with delight and relief after finally adding a second European Tour title to his 2013 Malaysian Open triumph. Thai Kiradech prevails in playoff to win in Shenzhen (Reuters) - Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat eagled the penultimate hole to force a playoff and then prevailed over Chinese teen Li Hao-tong at the Shenzhen International to claim his second European Tour title on Sunday. The 19-year-old Chinese golfer signed off with a five-under-par 67 in his regular round to aggregate 12-under, hoping to be the first from his country to win an European Tour event on home soil. Overnight leader Kiradech, however, had other ideas as the Thai, having dropped four bogeys by then, eagled the 17th to draw level before squandering a putt to win the tournament on the final hole. "Special thanks to my caddie, he was always pushing me," the 25-year-old Kiradech, whose only other European Tour victory came at the 2013 Malaysian Open, said. Golf-Thai Kiradech prevails in playoff to win in Shenzhen Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat eagled the penultimate hole to force a playoff and then prevailed over Chinese teen Li Hao-tong at the Shenzhen International to claim his second European Tour title on Sunday. The 19-year-old Chinese golfer signed off with a five-under-par 67 in his regular round to aggregate 12-under, hoping to be the first from his country to win an European Tour event on home soil. Overnight leader Kiradech, however, had other ideas as the Thai, having dropped four bogeys by then, eagled the 17th to draw level before squandering a putt to win the tournament on the final hole. "Special thanks to my caddie, he was always pushing me," the 25-year-old Kiradech, whose only other European Tour victory came at the 2013 Malaysian Open, said. Golf-European Tour Shenzhen International scores April 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Shenzhen International at the par-72 course on Sunday in Shenzhen PLAY-OFF 1 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) after 1 2 Li Haotong (China) after 1 REGULAR ROUNDS -12 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 67 69 68 72 Li Haotong (China) 71 73 65 67 -11 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 70 69 69 69 -10 Marco Crespi (Italy) 69 70 72 67 Yang Yong-Eun (Korea) 72 71 66 69 Tom Lewis (Britain) 72 71 66 69 Peter Uihlein (U.S. ... Kim Sei-Young tops Park in playoff for LPGA LOTTE win Kim Sei Young chipped in for par to force a playoff then holed a shot for eagle to beat Park In-Bee in the LPGA LOTTE Championship. She was joined there by world number three Park, who posted a one-under 71 in the final round. Warriors hold off Pelicans to launch playoff race The Golden State Warriors powered to a big lead Saturday, but had to battle late to hold off the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99 in the first game of the NBA Western Conference playoffs. Stephen Curry scored 34 points and the Warriors looked like living up to their status as the top team in the regular-season with a blowout. New Orleans put together a 14-0 scoring run bridging the third and fourth quarters, trimming a 25-point deficit to 11. Curry and Klay Thompson responded for Golden State, draining back-to-back three-pointers to launch a 7-0 run for the hosts. Kim holes out from fairway to win LOTTE Championship (Reuters) - LPGA Tour rookie Kim Sei-Young produced a stunning turnaround to win the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Saturday, chipping in to force a playoff with Park In-bee before holing out from 150 yards to beat the world number three on the first extra hole. Kim In-kyung (74) was third on nine-under, with Choi Chella (72) and Kim Hyo-joo (69) fourth on 281. Wizards 'set tone' with win over Raptors The Washington Wizards, led by a strong performance from Paul Pierce, held off Toronto 93-86 in overtime on the Raptors' home floor on Saturday to open the NBA playoffs. The Wizards squandered a lead that stretched to as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter, but allowed the Raptors to score just four points in overtime to seal the victory in the opener of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. Elsewhere in the East, a resurgent Derrick Rose scored 23 points to lead the Bulls to a 103-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Chicago. Olympic course designer hopes golf wins in Rio Games By Larry Fine FAR HILLS, New Jersey (Reuters) - Gil Hanse designed the course that will stage the return of golf to the Olympics in 2016 for the first time in 112 years and knows the stakes are high for the sport. "I hate figure skating. "So people who have never watched golf, because it's an Olympic sport will tune in. "If in any small way we can present the face of what we believe golf should look like -- not perfect, a little bit rugged, a little bit rustic -- hopefully this will bring a boom in golf development around the world." After long delays in construction over issues including environmental concerns, Hanse said the struggles are over and only the last touches remain on the as yet unnamed course. Merritt leads by three, Spieth in the hunt (Reuters) - Unheralded American Troy Merritt moved one step closer to his maiden PGA Tour title by claiming a three-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina. Merritt, ranked 249th in the world and making his 86th tour start, followed his course record-tying 61 in the second round with a 69 for a 54-hole total of 14-under-par 199 on the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. It was pretty stress free for the most part." Tied for second on 11 under par were defending champion Matt Kuchar, who shot a 68, and fellow Americans Brendon Todd (63) and Kevin Kisner (67). "I hit a beautiful shot in but it caught a limb and it ended up costing me a double bogey." One more shot back were 2010 winner Jim Furyk (68), Brice Garnett (65) and Branden Grace of South Africa (66). Golf-Merritt leads by three, Spieth in the hunt (Adds quotes, details) April 18 (Reuters) - Unheralded American Troy Merritt moved one step closer to his maiden PGA Tour title by claiming a three-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina. Merritt, ranked 249th in the world and making his 86th tour start, followed his course record-tying 61 in the second round with a 69 for a 54-hole total of 14-under-par 199 on the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. It was pretty stress free for the most part." Tied for second on 11 under par were defending champion Matt Kuchar, who shot a 68, and fellow Americans Brendon Todd (63) and Kevin Kisner (67). "I hit a beautiful shot in but it caught a limb and it ended up costing me a double bogey." One more shot back were 2010 winner Jim Furyk (68), Brice Garnett (65) and Branden Grace of South Africa (66). Merritt keeps lead at RBC Heritage Troy Merritt shook off a double-bogey to keep his bid for a first US PGA Tour title on track Saturday at the RBC Heritage, firing a third-round 69 for a three-shot lead. Defending champion Matt Kuchar, who played in the last group with Merritt, carded a 68 for 202. Brendon Todd joined the group sharing second with a sparkling 63 and Kevin Kisner posted a 67 to get to 11-under for the tournament. Todd's 63 -- the third lowest round of the week after Merritt's 61 and Jordan Spieth's 62 -- included eight birdies without a bogey. Aphibarnrat grabs Shenzhen lead despite late woes (Reuters) - Kiradech Aphibarnrat dropped three shots in his last two holes but will still take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Shenzhen International as the Thai bids for his second European Tour title. The 2013 Malaysian Open champion double bogeyed the par-five hole and dropped another shot at the last to sit 12-under after his round of 68. Then I made a big mistake on last two holes, not the way to finish." Halfway leader Peter Uihlein lurked two shots behind after birdying the penultimate hole for the third time this week to return one-under-par 71. Four bogeys, a bit rough, five birdies and missed a couple pretty easy ones," rued Uihlein, who has not won in European Tour since his maiden triumph at the 2013 Madeira Islands Open. Golf-Aphibarnrat grabs Shenzhen lead despite late woes Kiradech Aphibarnrat dropped three shots in his last two holes but will still take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Shenzhen International as the Thai bids for his second European Tour title. The 2013 Malaysian Open champion double bogeyed the par-five hole and dropped another shot at the last to sit 12-under after his round of 68. Then I made a big mistake on last two holes, not the way to finish." Halfway leader Peter Uihlein lurked two shots behind after birdying the penultimate hole for the third time this week to return one-under-par 71. Four bogeys, a bit rough, five birdies and missed a couple pretty easy ones," rued Uihlein, who has not won in European Tour since his maiden triumph at the 2013 Madeira Islands Open. 'Diamond' Phachara hopes to sparkle on Asian Tour debut (Reuters) - Fifteen-year-old Thai Phachara Khongwatmai will make his Asian Tour debut at next week's Indonesian Masters, hoping to steal some limelight from former world number one Lee Westwood and Dane Thomas Bjorn. He turned professional last August before becoming the youngest winner on the Asian Development Tour, which serves as the feeder circuit to the Asian Tour, last month. "I started playing golf when I was nine years old," said Phachara, who earned his Tour card through qualifying school in January. Kim Sei-Young takes solo lead in LPGA LOTTE Championship South Korean LPGA rookie Kim Sei-Young defied gusty winds to fire a two-under par 70 to move into the solo lead at the LOTTE Championship. Kim, who notched her first LPGA victory in just her second start as a tour member at the Pure Silk-Bahamas this season, had shared the overnight lead with compatriot Kim In-Kyung. Kim In-Kyung had four birdies and three bogeys in her one-under 71 for 205. Two more South Koreans occupied fourth and fifth, Jenny Shin posting a two-under 70 for 208 and Chella Choi signing for a 71 for 209. Kim calm and collected in gusty Hawaii LPGA Tour rookie Kim Sei-young held firm in windy conditions to take over the solo lead after the third round of the South Korean-dominated LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Friday. Facing winds that reached up to 30 miles per hour, Kim scrapped out a two-under-par 70 that put her at 12-under for the tournament and gave her a one-stroke edge over fellow South Korean Kim In-kyung, who entered the day tied for the lead. For Kim Sei-young, the final round at the Ko Olina course near Honolulu will give her a chance at redemption. Kim In-kyung will be breathing down her neck after a third-round 71, while just two strokes back lurks world number three Park In-bee at 10-under. All-time scoring leader Abdul-Jabbar has heart surgery (Reuters) - NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league's all-time leading scorer, is recovering from quadruple coronary bypass surgery, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said on Friday. Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the operation on Thursday, said Abdul-Jabbar was expected to make a full recovery. Abdul-Jabbar, who marked his 68th birthday on Thursday, was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease earlier in the week. The 7-foot-2 New York native was one of the most potent offensive players in the game. ... WRHL 2015-04-21T09:49:20Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495