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In brief: Kings’ last-minute goal tops Stars

Mon., March 14, 2011

NHL: Michal Handzus scored the tiebreaking goal with 20.8 seconds remaining and the visiting Los Angeles Kings stretched their winning streak to three with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Jamie Langenbrunner had tied it at 2 for Dallas with 43 seconds left when he poked a loose puck through the pads of Jonathan Quick, who lost sight of the puck in the crease after stopping Alex Goligoski’s attempt.

But with the game seemingly headed for overtime, Handzus set up in front and steered Alexei Ponikarovsky’s centering feed past goalie Kari Lehtonen to give the Kings the win.

Drew Doughty and Dustin Penner added goals, and Quick made 17 saves for the Kings, 7-2-1 in their last 10.

• Knuble’s goal gives Caps OT win over Chicago: Mike Knuble scored with 1:09 left in overtime to give the Washington Capitals their eighth straight victory, a 4-3 decision over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago forced overtime when Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal with 38.5 seconds left in regulation. The Blackhawks pulled Crawford and had a two-man advantage on the power play.

• Ennis scores 2 goals in win over Sens: Tyler Ennis scored two goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-4 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators.

• Kunitz’s 2 goals lead Penguins past Oilers: Chris Kunitz scored two goals, Tyler Kennedy added three assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the visiting Edmonton Oilers 5-1.

With Nash injured, Magic rout Suns

NBA: Dwight Howard had 26 points and 15 rebounds, then watched the fourth quarter from the bench as the visiting Orlando Magic completed a 111-88 rout of the Suns for their first victory in Phoenix in nine seasons.

Phoenix had been the only NBA city where Howard had not won.

Aaron Brooks, starting in place of injured Steve Nash, had 19 points and 10 assists.

Six other Magic players reached double figures, led by Brandon Bass with 17 and Gilbert Arenas with 16.

• Celtics set franchise record against Bucks: Ray Allen scored 17 points in just three quarters, Paul Pierce added 14 and Boston set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in the shot clock era in an 87-56 win over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.

• Pacers use Knicks to snap skid: Tyler Hansbrough scored a career-high 29 points, Dahntay Jones added 18 in place of leading scorer Danny Granger, and the visiting Indiana Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 106-93 win over the New York Knicks.

Tokyo skating worlds may be canceled

Miscellany: Germany announced it will not send a team to next week’s world figure skating championships in Tokyo, and international skating officials were weighing whether to even hold the event following the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the country.

Germany, the United States and several European countries have advised citizens not to travel to Japan, and the German Ice Skating Union said in a statement it would follow that recommendation. The first German skaters would have left Wednesday for worlds, which are scheduled to begin March 21 at Yoyogi stadium in Tokyo.

• Baker extends Iditarod lead: At Anchorage, Alaska, veteran musher John Baker was holding on to his lead Sunday in the 1,150-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, at least three hours ahead of his closest rivals.

The finish line in Nome is about 270 miles away.

• FIBA clears Britain to compete at Olympics: The international basketball federation cleared Britain’s men’s and women’s teams to compete in the 2012 London Olympics without qualifying.

The world governing body FIBA gave the teams a special exemption at a central board meeting after receiving guarantees that the host will improve its long-term basketball program after the games.

• Reutter wins silver in women’s short track: American speedskater Katherine Reutter won the silver medal in the women’s overall competition at the World Short Track Championships at Sheffield, England.

• Wolf claims 4th 500 gold; U.S. wins pursuit: At Inzell, Germany, Jenny Wolf of Germany won the women’s 500-meter title for the fourth year in a row at the speedskating world championships, and the U.S. won the team pursuit.

The American trio of Shani Davis, Trevor Marsicano and Jonathan Kuck clocked 3 minutes, 41.72 seconds to take the gold ahead of Canada and Netherlands.

• Cuche wins super-G in Norway: In Kvitfjell, Norway, Switzerland’s Didier Cuche held off two Austrians to win the World Cup super-G and power into the lead in the discipline standings.

Cuche completed the Olympiabakken course in 1 minute, 33.05 seconds.

• Neb.-Omaha plans to move to D-I: The University of Nebraska at Omaha announced that it plans to switch to the Division I Summit League and eliminate its football and wrestling teams in order to make its athletic program financially sustainable.



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