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Traded The Calgary Flames traded left wing Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich to the Colorado Avalanche for right wing David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien. The 33-year-old Tanguay is returning to Colorado, where he scored a career-high 29 goals in the 2005-06 NHL season. In 13 seasons with Colorado, Calgary, Montreal and Tampa Bay, he has 249 goals and 513 assists in 922 games. Sarich has 20 goals, 128 assists and 1,051 penalty minutes in 915 games with Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Calgary. Jones spent the past six seasons with the Avalanche. He has 70 goals and 56 assists in 272 games. O’Brien has 13 goals and 75 assists in 483 games with Anaheim, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Nashville and Colorado.

Hired Oklahoma has hired Pete Hughes as its new baseball coach. He leaves Virginia Tech after leading the Hokies to 30 or more victories each of the past five seasons. Virginia Tech promoted assistant Patrick Mason to head coach.

Died Former New York Jets safety Jim Hudson, who helped the team to its only Super Bowl title in 1969 with a key interception, has died in Austin, Texas. He was 70.

Leaves Special assistant Mark Messier is leaving the New York Rangers after being passed over to replace fired head coach John Tortorella. Messier, who has six Stanley Cup rings and led the Rangers to the Stanely Cup in 1993-94, has no NHL coaching experience.

Agreed The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Chris Kunitz agreed to a three-year contract extension. General manager Ray Shero says the new deal, which begins with the 2014-15 NHL season, will carry an annual salary cap hit of $3.85 million.

• The Minnesota Vikings have signed veteran Desmond Bishop to a one-year deal to add much-needed help for the NFL team at linebacker. The 28-year-old Bishop comes to Minnesota from the NFC Central Division rival Green Bay Packers.

Buy out The Tampa Bay Lightning are buying out the contract of center Vincent Lecavalier, a move that will create salary cap space and make one of the stars of the franchise’s only Stanley Cup champion a free agent next month. Lecavalier was the first overall pick in the 1998 NHL draft and helped Tampa Bay win the NHL title in 2004.