Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar yesterday said he played the final two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a partially torn right medial collateral ligament, a major knee injury that can sideline a player for months.

Gonchar, playing through the injury because he wanted to win the Cup for the first time in a career that began in 1994, was hurt on a knee-to-knee hit by Washington star Alex Ovechkin in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Gonchar returned for Game 7 of that series and played in the Eastern Conference finals against Carolina and the Cup Finals vs. Detroit without missing a game.

"Lots of guys were playing with bruises," Gonchar said.

In Detroit, Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said he missed the last two games of the Western Conference finals after testicular surgery. Lidstrom told the Detroit Free Press he had the surgery after he was speared by Chicago's Patrick Sharp in Game 3 on May 22.

Lidstrom returned to the ice for the Stanley Cup Finals.


Andy Murray defeated American James Blake, 7-5, 6-4, to win the Queen's Club championship in London for his first grass-court title. The Scot became the first British player to win the tournament since Bunny Austin in 1938, who went on to become the last Briton to reach the Wimbledon final.


Michael Phelps was beaten in both the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist finished second behind defending world champion Brent Hayden of Canada in the 100 free, then to Olympic teammate Ryan Lochte, who swept the backstroke events.

It was Phelps' second competition since returning from a three-month suspension by USA Swimming after being photographed with a marijuana pipe.


Kole Calhoun's three-run homer in the 10th led Arizona State to a 5-2 victory over North Carolina in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Arizona State will play Texas tomorrow night; the Longhorns defeated Southern Mississippi, 7-6.

Elsewhere: Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun, 67, was released from the UConn Medical Center in Farmington a day after breaking five ribs in a bicycle accident. . . . Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s July 18 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas has been postponed because Mayweather suffered a rib injury while training.