Tennis: ATP Tour Finals to stay in London until 2020
LONDON The season-ending ATP World Tour Finals will remain in London until 2020, the men's governing body confirmed on Thursday.
A gutsy rally maintained Buffalo's playoff push as the Sabres twice overcame daunting deficits to outlast the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 in overtime on Tuesday and move level on points with eighth-placed Washington.
Buffalo and the Capitals have 88 points in the Eastern Conference, though Washington own the tie-breaker in the race for the final playoff spot because they have more non-shootout wins. Both have two games remaining.
"Close isn't good enough. We want to get into the playoffs," Buffalo's Jordan Leopold told reporters.
The Sabres trailed 3-0 after the first period on Tuesday and were down 5-3 with less than six minutes to go but fought back bravely.
Alexander Sulzer netted a goal, his second of the game, and Jordan Leopold tied the contest with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
Derek Roy then delivered the game-winner at 3:29 in overtime, also his second score of the night, and the home team celebrated their biggest victory of the season.
"I just wanted to step up and do my part," Roy said. "I told myself before the game that my part is to score goals."
The battle for the Western Conference's final post-season spot heated up as San Jose beat Dallas 5-2 to move three points in front of the ninth-place Stars.
The Sharks are in eighth one point behind Phoenix, who have 93 after shutting out Columbus 2-0 to stay in front.
With the season winding down, the New York Rangers put the finishing touches on their top seed in the East with a 5-3 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers.
"A great feeling knowing we finished first," goalie Henrik Lundqvist told reporters.
"But when we play the next game it doesn't mean anything. Yeah, we have home-ice advantage, that's a big thing, but after that it doesn't really get us anything."
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles. Editing by Patrick Johnston)
La Liga club Barcelona have expressed their support for Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his father after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld their prison sentences over tax fraud charges, although neither are expected to go to jail.
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro suffered a setback to his French Open preparations after losing 7-6(0) 6-4 to qualifier Gastao Elias in the Lyon Open second round while top seed Milos Raonic moved into the quarter-finals on Wednesday.