Around the Nation (May 17): Oosthuizen, Todd share Nelson lead after 3 rounds

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GOLF

Oosthuizen, Todd share Nelson lead after three rounds

IRVING, Texas -- Louis Oosthuizen birdied four of the last five holes for a 6-under 64 and a share of the third-round lead with Brendon Todd in the Byron Nelson Championship.

Oosthuizen had the low round of the day after recovering from bogeys on two of the first four holes.

Todd had a 68, making 12 consecutive pars before holing a 4-foot birdie at No. 18 to match Oosthuizen at 10-under 200.

Former Kent State star Ben Curtis missed the cut on Friday after shooting 73 and 70 in the first two rounds. He totaled a 3-over, with the cut line sitting at 1-over.

Park retains LPGA lead at Kingsmill

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Hee Young Park remained the leader by one shot Saturday as the rain-delayed second round was finished in the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship.

The South Korean overcame a wrist injury to shoot a 3-under 68 on Friday, when play was delayed 3 1/2 hours. Darkness fell with 24 groups still on the course.

Stacy Lewis, bidding to regain her No. 1 world ranking, is a shot back, along with Brittany Lang and Lizette Salas.

ICE HOCKEY

N.Y. Rangers rout Canadiens 7-2, take 1-0 lead in series

MONTREAL -- Martin St. Louis started the scoring and Henrik Lundqvist posted his first win in Montreal in more than two years and the New York Rangers routed the Canadiens 7-2 to open the NHL Eastern Conference Final on Saturday afternoon.

St. Louis, who is scheduled to attend his mother's funeral with his teammates on Sunday, got the opening goal before Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash also scored for the Rangers. New York had scored only four goals in its past nine regular-season visits to the Bell Centre.

Rene Bourque and Lars Eller scored for Montreal, which saw star goalie Carey Price apparently injure his right leg when he was run over early in the second period. Price was replaced by Peter Budaj after the second period but it was not clear if it was because of an injury.

It was Montreal's worst playoff defeat since losing 8-2 to Carolina in 2002.

BASKETBALL

Heat, Pacers eager to start next playoff battle today in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's time for the NBA's fight of the year.

After spending a whole season talking about Indiana and Miami squaring off in the Eastern Conference Finals, the long-anticipated rematch begins Sunday when the top-seeded Pacers face the two-time defending NBA champion Heat in Game 1 of this best-of-seven series.

Miami has won the last two playoff bouts -- winning three straight to oust the Pacers 4-2 in the second round in 2012 before blowing out the Pacers in Game 7 last year in the conference finals.

This year, the Pacers made it clear from the start they wanted the No. 1 seed to assure Miami had to play in Indy if there was a Game 7.

Now it is up to Indiana to prove they can top the two-time defending league champions.

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