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In brief: Rookie Orlov’s first goal puts Caps on top

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus took just 67 minutes to win her first-round singles match at the Australian Open. (Associated Press)
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus took just 67 minutes to win her first-round singles match at the Australian Open. (Associated Press)

Hockey: Dmitry Orlov broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal, and the Washington Capitals moved into a tie for the Southeast Division lead with a 2-1 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

The rookie defenseman, playing in his 25th game, put in the rebound after a shot by Jason Chimera at 1:12. The Capitals have won three straight overall and seven in a row at home, moving them even with the Florida Panthers for the top spot in the division.

Alexander Semin also scored for the Capitals, and Tomas Vokoun made 43 saves.

• Blackhawks cool Sharks: Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat visiting San Jose 4-3 and ended the Sharks’ eight-game point streak.

Dave Bolland and rookie Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago.

• Oilers slip past Kings in OT: Taylor Hall scored at 3:06 of overtime to lift the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Edmonton, Alberta, snapping the Oilers’ five-game losing streak.

Hall scored his 15th goal of the season on a power play after a terrific backhand pass from Shawn Horcoff.

• Michigan tops Ohio State in outdoor game: Ohio State and Michigan took their heated rivalry to the ice, playing the first outdoor college hockey game in Ohio before 25,864 fans at Progressive Field, seasonal home of the Cleveland Indians.

Derek DeBlois and David Wohlberg scored 28 seconds apart in the second period to lead the No. 15 Wolverines to a 4-1 win over the No. 2 Buckeyes, who were the “home” team despite being a two-hour drive from campus and were outplayed for three periods by their nemesis from the north.

Azarenka begins Aussie Open with win

Tennis: Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka won 12 straight games to finish off Heather Watson 6-1, 6-0 in 67 minutes in the opening match on center court at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia.

Azarenka moves on for a second-round match against Australian wild-card entry Casey Dellacqua, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski.

No. 30 Kevin Anderson of South Africa was the first man into the second round, beating Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, while Juan Martin del Potro dropped the first set to France’s Adrian Mannarino before advancing 2-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4.

Warriors beat Pistons for first road win

NBA: David Lee scored 24 points and Monta Ellis added 22 to help the Golden State Warriors win on the road for the first time this season, 99-91 over the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The Warriors trailed 48-44 at halftime but went on an 8-0 run early in the third quarter and never trailed after that. Former Gonzaga sharpshooter Austin Daye went 0 of 3 from 3-point range for the Pistons and is now 0 of 13 for the season.

Rodney Stuckey (Eastern Washington) had 14 points and six assists for Detroit.

• Milsap leads Jazz over Nuggets: Paul Millsap had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Al Jefferson added 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Utah Jazz, winners of seven of their last eight, beat the Denver Nuggets 106-96 in Denver.

Utah Jazz forward Josh Howard did not play because of a strained left calf muscle.

Ohio State handles Indiana with ease

Men’s basketball: Lenzelle Smith Jr. more than doubled his career high with 28 points to lead No. 5 Ohio State (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten) to a surprisingly easy 80-63 victory over seventh-ranked Indiana (15-3, 3-3) at Columbus, Ohio.

Jared Sullinger added 16 points, William Buford scored 12 and Deshaun Thomas had 11 for the Buckeyes.

Wagner rallies to win Sony Open

Golf: Johnson Wagner played bogey-free over the last 12 holes and closed with a 3-under-par 67 to pull away from a half-dozen contenders and win the Sony Open in Honolulu.

The third win of his career earned Wagner an invitation to play in the Masters at Augusta National in April.

Wagner was among six players who had a share of the lead at some point in the final round. He was the only guy to stay there, and wound up with a two-shot win over Carl Pettersson, Sean O’Hair, Harrison Frazar and Charles Howell III.

Kostelic capitalizes on Hirscher miscue

Skiing: Ivica Kostelic of Croatia proved the master of Wengen (Switzerland) yet again, winning a World Cup slalom to close the gap on overall standings leader Marcel Hirscher, who was disqualified for straddling a gate.

Kostelic was almost flawless in the second run to finish 0.85 seconds ahead of Andre Myhrer of Sweden. Fritz Dopfer of Germany was third.

Hirscher’s overall lead was cut to 30 points.

Ethiopians clean up at Houston marathon

Miscellany: Ethiopian runners swept the Houston full and half marathons in record times.

Tariku Jufar won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 51 seconds, eclipsing the previous best time of 2:07.04 set last year by Ethiopia’s Bekana Daba.

Alemitu Abera won the women’s race in 2:23.14. The prior record was 2:23.53, set by Ethiopia’s Teyba Erkesso in 2010.

In the men’s half marathon, Feyisa Lelisa won in 59:22. That eclipsed the course and American record set by Ryan Hall in the 2007 U.S. Half Marathon championship (59:43).

Belaynesh Oljira won the women’s half marathon in 1:08.26, breaking Shalane Flanagan’s record time of 1:09.41, set in 2010.

• German wins Down Under Classic: German sprinter Andre Greipel won the 31-mile Down Under Classic in Adelaide, Australia.

The 30-lap race is a prelude to the Tour Down Under cycle race – the first event of the UCI World Tour – which runs from Tuesday through Sunday.

• Palermaa wins PBA World Championship: Finland’s Osku Palermaa became the first international player and first two-handed-style bowler to win the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship, beating Ryan Shafer 203-177 in the first major championship of the season in Las Vegas.

The 28-year-old Palermaa earned $50,000 for his second PBA title.