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Wednesday’s Sports Minute

BRUINS WIN:Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell celebrates his goal against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 21. The Bruins won 5-3. Photo: Associated Press/Elise Amendola

In addition to the Giants win over the Royals in game 1 of the World Series, here is a look at the other big sports stories making headlines today, Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Phils keep Williams

The Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed right-hander Jerome Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Williams was 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers in August. He also pitched for Houston last year and was 6-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 37 games with all three teams.

Bruins top Sharks

The San Jose Sharks are heading home after dropping the last two games of what became a 2-2-1 road trip.

Seth Griffith and Gregory Campbell each scored their first goals of the season in the third period as Boston rallied to beat the Sharks 4-3. The Bruins grabbed a 2-1 lead on power-play goals by Brad Marchand and Torey Krug, but the Sharks surged ahead when Logan Couture and Joe Thornton scored 37 seconds apart late in the second period.

Krug finished with a goal and two assists, and Milan Lucic set up three goals to help the B’s climb back to .500 at 4-4.

Also in the NHL:

  • The New York Rangers picked up their third straight win by beating New Jersey 4-3 on Kevin Klein’s goal at 2:42 of overtime. Rick Nash tied it late in the third period with his league-leading eighth goal of the season.
  • Carey Price stopped 27 shots and David Desharnais scored 56 seconds into overtime to lead Montreal past Detroit 2-1. The Red Wings enjoyed a 1-0 lead on Henrik Zetterberg’s second-period goal, and they remained ahead until Alex Galchenyuk scored with 3:09 left in regulation.
  • Phil Kessel scored twice while the Toronto Maple Leafs were netting four unanswered goals in the second period of a 5-2 win over the Islanders in New York. David Clarkson also tallied twice and James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist for the Leafs.
  • Ryan Ellis provided a goal and two assists in regulation before scoring the deciding shootout goal in Nashville’s 4-3 victory against Arizona. James Neal scored the tying goal in the third period for the 4-0-2 Predators.
  • Andrew Ladd and Adam Lowry scored to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead just over 2 ½ minutes into a 3-1 triumph over Carolina. Dustin Byfuglien added an insurance goal and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 21 shots to help the Jets win for only the second time in six games.
  • Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad…Bills go to Plan B

    The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad, causing the NFL’s first openly gay player to find a third team since being drafted by St. Louis this year.

    Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after joining their practice squad Sept. 3. He went to Dallas four days after being released by the Rams, who selected him in the seventh round of the draft.

    In other NFL news on Tuesday:

  • Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has been placed on the reserve injured/designated to return list, a day after having surgery to repair a collarbone injury. That means Spiller will have a chance to return by Week 16. Spiller and co-starting running back Fred Jackson were hurt in a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Jackson is expected to miss four weeks with a groin injury. The Bills filled Spiller’s roster spot by signing Phillip Tanner, who spent the previous three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
  • The Tennessee Titans have traded linebacker Akeem Ayers and a seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft to the New England Patriots for a sixth-round selection, pending a physical on Ayers. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said on his radio show Tuesday night the trade probably was the best for both Ayers and the team. Ayers had been scratched five of seven games this season.
  • The Washington Redskins have signed linebacker Everette Brown and placed linebacker Brian Orakpo on injured reserve. Brown has appeared in 38 NFL games with three starts with the Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys.
  • The New York Jets locked up reliable wide receiver Jeremy Kerley with a four-year contract extension. Kerley was due to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
  • Running back Darren Sproles and linebacker Mychal Kendricks were among the injured players who practiced for Philadelphia, though their status is uncertain for Sunday’s game at Arizona. Sproles sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in a 27-0 win over the New York Giants on Oct. 12. Kendricks hasn’t played since he injured his calf in a win at Indianapolis in Week 2.
  • The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay defensive end Da’Quan Bowers for two games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
  • Durant struggling to deal with injury

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant says he has been antsy since finding out he will miss the early part of the season with a broken bone in his right foot.

    The reigning MVP had surgery on Oct. 16 and will be re-evaluated in about five weeks. Durant says he’s never had surgery, so he doesn’t know how he will respond to it, but he won’t rush his return. He said the situation presents an opportunity for his teammates to grow, and he feels that the team will be better off in the long run as a result.

    Pa. governor dropped from lawsuit

    The NCAA has dropped Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett from its lawsuit challenging a state law that limits where $60 million in Penn State fine money can be spent.

    It also dropped Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. It reached a deal with lawyers for the officials saying they’re not important to the case.

    The lawsuit stems from a 2013 law requiring fines levied after the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal to be spent on Pennsylvania child abuse programs.

    NCAA: SI allegations vs Oklahoma St ‘unfounded’

    An inquiry by the NCAA and an independent investigator have concluded that a Sports Illustrated expose alleging misconduct in the Oklahoma State football program to be “fundamentally unfounded.”

    The NCAA and the university said the joint investigation included nearly 100 interviews and a review of some 50,000 documents and emails. It found three instances that may lead to NCAA infractions.

    SI said it interviewed more than 60 former players and found evidence of potential NCAA violations under coaches Les Miles and current coach Mike Gundy dating to 2001. The series of stories included numerous former players making allegations of cash payments to players, academic misconduct, inconsistent enforcement of drug policies and some of the school’s recruiting hostesses having sex with prospects from 2001-10.

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