December 30, 2013 in Sports

Miller, Sabres turn away Capitals in SO

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller turned aside 49 of the 50 shots he faced against Washington, including 12 from Alex Ovechkin.
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NHL: If USA Hockey needed a reminder of how well Ryan Miller can play, the Buffalo Sabres goalie provided one.

Playing three days before the U.S. Olympic hockey roster will be released, Miller made 49 saves to lead the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals in a six-round shootout on Sunday night in Buffalo, N.Y.

“Olympics or not, he’s going to play like that no matter what,” said Drew Stafford, who scored Buffalo’s regulation goal.

Miller stood out as the Sabres were outshot 50-17. He stopped 12 shots from Alex Ovechkin before the shootout and then stopped him and five others in the tiebreaker.

Steve Ott scored the lone shootout goal for the Sabres.

• Blues top Stars in overtime: Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal 4:49 into overtime, giving the visiting St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Jaden Schwartz had a goal in his fifth straight game and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Blues, who improved to 12-0-1 against Central Division opponents. Brian Elliott made 28 saves.

Dallas overcame a 2-0 deficit with second-period goals by Jamie Benn and Ryan Garbutt.

• Wheeler pushes Jets past Avs: Blake Wheeler scored at 4:58 of overtime and Winnipeg slipped past the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in Denver.

Al Montoya stopped 32 shots and Andrew Ladd also scored for Winnipeg.

Wheeler won it for the Jets when he shoved the puck past Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov with time ticking down in the extra period.

Jerome, Fairall top ski jumping trials

Winter sports: Jessica Jerome earned the first American spot in the first women’s ski jumping competition in Olympics history, winning the U.S. trials in Park City, Utah.

Jerome scored 248.5 points to secure a spot in Sochi. Lindsay Van was second, 2.0 points back.

Nicholas Fairall won the men’s competition with 253.5 points to earn his first Olympic spot. Anders Johnson was second, 4.5 points behind.

The other three Olympic spots on each squad will be determined by results in international competition.

• Schild claims record 35th WC slalom: Marlies Schild set a World Cup record by earning her 35th slalom victory, overtaking Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider on top of the all-time list in the discipline.

Schild was sixth after the opening leg in Lienz, Austria, but used a blistering second run to finish in 1 minute, 55.63 seconds and beat American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin, who led the competition after the first run. Shiffrin finished 0.41 seconds behind.

• No date set for Vonn return: Lindsey Vonn’s head coach says no date has been set for the injured skier’s return to the World Cup, and that she might not compete at all before the Sochi Olympics in February.

Vonn flew back to Vail, Colo., last week after hurting her surgically repaired right knee at a downhill race in France.

Vonn needed surgery in February to reconstruct two knee ligaments after a crash in super-G at the world championships, and then partially re-tore one of them in November.

• Svindal captures downhill victory: Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, the overall World Cup leader, clocked 1 minute, 54.08 seconds to finish 0.39 seconds ahead of Austria’s Hannes Reichelt on the Stelvio course in Bormio, Italy, to win a downhill for his fourth victory of the Olympic season.

Erik Guay of Canada placed third, 0.51 back.

American Bode Miller struggled with the conditions and finished outside the top 30.

• Davis dominates, Garcia qualifies at speedskating trials: Two-time defending Olympic champion Shani Davis won the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials in Kearns, Utah, with a time of 1 minute, 7.52 seconds. Brian Hansen came up just short in the final race, crossing the line in 1:07.53.

But the most poignant performance was turned in by Jonathan Garcia, who was disqualified the previous day in the 500 for not wearing his timing transponders, after skating fast enough to make the Olympics. He came back to finish fourth in the 1,000 at 1:07.96, good enough for the first Olympic berth of his career.

Joey Mantia is also going to the Olympics for the first time after taking third in 1:07.88.

• U.S. beats Germany at hockey world juniors: Notre Dame’s Vince Hinostroza helped the defending champion United States wrap up a spot in the playoff round at the world junior hockey tournament in Malmo, Sweden, scoring twice and adding two assists in an 8-0 victory over Germany (0-3-0).

Boston University’s Matt Grzelcyk had a goal and two assists. The United States (3-0-0) will finish Group A play Tuesday against Canada (1-0-1).

Curry lifts Warriors over Cavs in OT

NBA: Stephen Curry had 29 points and made a clutch jumper with 13.5 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors earned their fifth straight win, 108-104 in overtime against the host Cleveland Cavaliers.

Curry overcame a poor first-half shooting performance and nearly recorded a triple-double, adding 11 assists and nine rebounds in 48 minutes. Curry was just 2 of 12 from the floor in the second half and overtime.

Kyrie Irving added 27 points for Cleveland.

• Spurs hold off Kings: Manu Ginobili scored 28 points, Tony Parker added 22 and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 112-104 win over the Sacramento Kings in San Antonio.

DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento.

Ginobili, Duncan and Parker scored the Spurs’ final 21 points in a 23-8 run to close the game.

• Thunder rout Rockets: Kevin Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the visiting Houston Rockets 117-86 for the league’s best record at 25-5.

Jeremy Lamb added a career-high 22 points and five assists for the Thunder.

Reggie Jackson, starting in place of the injured Russell Westbrook, had 16 points and eight assists.

Young reaches 1,000 as Gators top Tigers

Men’s basketball: Pat Young scored 15 points, becoming the 50th player in school history to reach 1,000 in his career, and No. 13 Florida earned a 76-34 victory over Savannah State (2-11) in Gainesville, Fla.

Young was one of four Florida players in double figures. Michael Frazier II had 11 points for the Gators (10-2). Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin chipped in 10 points each.

• No. 12 Ducks continue hot start to season: Joseph Young scored 24 points and No. 12 Oregon (12-0) continued its best start since going 13-0 in 2006-07 with a 97-76 win over Morgan State (3-9) in Eugene.

Dodgers meet with Puig following arrest

Miscellany: The Los Angeles Dodgers have told outfielder Yasiel Puig the organization is “very disappointed” with his behavior in the wake of his second arrest this year for reckless driving.

The team issued a statement that said Puig’s behavior “is a very serious issue to us.” The Dodgers said they would continue to educate the 23-year-old Cuban defector and strive to further develop his growth off the field.

Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving Saturday in Naples, Fla., after the Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.

In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50-mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.

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