Lightning win…NCAA alters hoops rules…No shortage of shortstop talent…Pats cut Spikes

CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Bishop stopped 36 shots and Cedric Paquette scored the game-winner with 3:11 remaining as the Tampa Bay Lightning knocked off Chicago 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup finals. Lightning forward Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’) tied the game early in the third period, 13 seconds after Brandon Saad (sahd) gave the Blackhawks their only lead of the night. Ryan Callahan had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who will take on the Hawks tomorrow night in Chicago.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved several changes in men’s basketball. The shot clock in men’s basketball has been reduced from 35 to 30 seconds, and the number of timeouts in the second half has been cut from four to three. The panel also eliminated some of the extra stoppages by using any timeout called within 30 seconds of a media timeout as the scheduled break.

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Shortstops were taken with the first three picks in last night’s major league draft, with Vanderbilt’s Dansby Swanson going to Arizona with the No. 1 choice. LSU’s Alex Bregman was chosen second by the Houston Astros, who used the fifth overall selection to take high school outfielder Kyle Tucker. Colorado went for high school shortstop Brendan Rodgers at No. 3 before UC Santa Barbara pitcher Dillon Tate went to Texas with the fourth pick.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes yesterday as authorities investigate whether a Mercedes he owned was involved in an accident. The car was found abandoned in a highway median near where three people were hurt in a car that was rear-ended. The driver of Spikes’ car reported hitting a deer about 3:30 a.m. through the car’s OnStar on-board navigation system, around the time troopers got a report that a car in the same area had been rear-ended by a vehicle the occupants did not see.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed veteran cornerback Tracy Porter to a one-year contract. Porter is joining his fourth team in as many seasons since playing his first four years in New Orleans. He is best known for his clinching 74-yard interception return touchdown for the Saints against Indianapolis in the 2010 Super Bowl.