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Staal, Neal lead Penguins past Devils

Sun., Oct. 23, 2011

NHL: Jordan Staal scored twice to give him 100 career goals, James Neal added his NHL-leading eighth goal and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their third consecutive game, 4-1 over the New Jersey Devils Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Staal’s second goal of the game came 70 seconds after Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal early in the third period.

• Senators edge Blue Jackets: Milan Michalek scored with 4.7 seconds remaining and Ottawa won consecutive games for the first time this season after beating Columbus 4-3 in Ottawa.

Filip Kuba, Zack Smith and Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators.

Aaron Johnson, Kris Russell and Rick Nash scored for Columbus.

Canucks acquire Booth from Panthers: The Vancouver Canucks acquired left wing David Booth, center Steve Reinprecht and a third-round draft pick in 2013 from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.

Strong: Tests continue on Conner

Football: Louisville cornerback Anthony Conner is undergoing additional tests after breaking his neck against Rutgers, Louisville coach Charlie Strong said.

The injury occurred on the first play of the second quarter Friday night when Conner’s head hit the knee of Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu.

Conner wasn’t paralyzed. Strong said he was conscious with feeling in his extremities.

Leonard, Chappell tied for Disney lead

Golf: Justin Leonard chipped in three times in a span of five holes to salvage a scrappy day at Disney with a 2-under-par 70 that gave him a share of the lead with PGA Tour rookie Kevin Chappell at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Magnolia Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

• Tseng shoots 67 to reclaim Taiwan lead: Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 5-under 67 for a two-shot lead going into the final round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship at Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Yang Mei, Taiwan.

Wendy Ward (Edwall, Wash.) shot a 73 and is nine shots back.

Monfils, Nieminen make Stockholm final

Tennis: Top-seeded Gael Monfils defeated Milos Raonic 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-3 to set up a Stockholm final against Jarkko Nieminen.

Nieminen beat American player James Blake 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-2 to reach his third Stockholm Open final.

Azarenka to play Niculescu in Luxembourg final: Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka beat Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Luxembourg Open final.

Azarenka next plays Monica Niculescu of Romania, who reached her first WTA final by ousting Britain’s Anne Keothavong 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted more than three hours.

Troicki advances, will defend Kremlin Cup title: Defending champion Viktor Troicki of Serbia advanced to the Kremlin Cup final in Moscow with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy.

In the women’s semifinals, Dominika Cibulkova beat Elena Vesnina 6-0, 6-2 while Kaia Kanepi eliminated Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3.

Franklin sets record in 200 backstroke

Swimming: American swimmer Missy Franklin set a short-course world record in the 200 backstroke, clocking 2 minutes, 0.03 seconds at a World Cup meet in Berlin.

The 16-year-old Franklin shaved 0.15 seconds off the old mark set at the same meet by Shiho Sakai of Japan in 2009.

Frayler misses gold at Pan Am Games

Pan Am Games: Canada’s Richard Weinberger edged 17-year-old Arthur Frayler to the line in the 6.2-mile open water swim off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, winning the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Weinberger finished in 1 hour, 57 minutes, 31 seconds. Frayler was only 0.3 seconds behind.

The United States won seven titles on the day, bringing its gold total to 48. Brazil was next with 18.

Davis and White win Skate America title

Figure skating: Meryl Davis and Charlie White picked up where they left off last season – atop the medals podium wearing gold.

The Americans skated an elegant routine to win the ice dancing title at Skate America in Ontario, Calif.

Michal Brezina hung on to win the men’s title at Skate America despite a slew of mistakes in his free program.

Donaire retains WBC, WBO titles

Boxing: Nonito Donaire retained the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles, unanimously outpointing Omar Narvaez at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Donaire improved to 27-1 in a performance that had most of the 4,425 fans booing the lack of action. Narvaez (35-1-2) lost for the first time in his 11-year professional career.

• Marco Huck retains WBO cruiser belt: German cruiserweight Marco Huck successfully retained the WBO title for the eighth time, stopping Argentine challenger Rogelio Rossi in the sixth round in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Kiwi Drysdale wins Head of the Charles

Rowing: Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mahe Drysdale cruised to victory in the men’s singles on the first day of the 47th annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass.

The Kiwi completed the 3-mile course on the Charles River in 17 minutes, 57.33 seconds.


 

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