October 20, 2013 in Sports

Penguins edge Canucks in shootout

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury deflected 36 shots to help Pittsburgh to its seventh win overall and fifth straight win at home.
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NHL: Evgeni Malkin scored in the third round of the shootout, Marc-Andre Fleury made the deciding stop on Ryan Kesler and the Pittsburgh Penguins stayed unbeaten at home after a 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby scored his seventh of the season, and had two assists, while Chris Kunitz got his fourth and added two assists. Rookie Olli Maatta scored his first NHL goal for the Penguins.

Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots for his seventh win of the season.

Panthers use shootout to top Wild: Brad Boyes and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in a shootout, lifting the Florida Panthers over the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in Sunrise, Fla., to snap a three-game losing streak.

• Devils find first win of season: Cory Schneider made 22 saves for his first shutout with New Jersey, and the Devils became the last NHL team to win a game this season by beating the New York Rangers 4-0 in Newark, N.J.

Simpson maintains lead in Las Vegas

Golf: Webb Simpson maintained a four-stroke lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, birdieing four of the last seven holes at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Making his first start since helping the U.S. win the Presidents Cup, the 2012 U.S. Open champion shot a 4-under 67 to reach 19 under. He opened with rounds of 64 and 63.

Chesson Hadley was second after a 67, reaching 15 under with an eagle on the par-5 16th.

Jeff Overton was third at 14 under after a 68.

• Langer leads Greater Hickory Classic: Bernhard Langer overcame a bad start to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C.

Second behind Kenny Perry in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, Langer bogeyed the first two holes, then made six birdies for a 4-under 66.

The German star had a 10-under 130 total.

Perry was tied for 17th at 3 under after a 69.

• Nordqvist shares lead in South Korea: Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist shot a 2-under 70 to remain tied for the lead with Australia’s Katherine Hull-Kirk after the second round of the KEB HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.

Nordqvist had four birdies and two bogeys to move to 7-under 137, while Hull-Kirk had an eventful day with an eagle, a double bogey, five birdies and three bogeys for her 2-under 70.

Dixon earns IndyCar title over Castroneves

Auto racing: Scott Dixon used a fifth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., to win the IndyCar championship and deny Helio Castroneves his first title.

Will Power won the season finale – a year after he crashed in this race to blow his own title chances and salvage the night for Penske Racing.

The big prize went to Dixon, who won his third series title and gave Target Chip Ganassi its 10th championship since 1990.

Castroneves had to serve a drive-thru penalty that dropped him a lap down. He finished sixth.

• Sauter avoids late wreck to collect win: Johnny Sauter raced to his third NASCAR Truck Series victory of the season, surviving a huge 12-truck crash on the final turn at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway that took out Kyle Busch and everyone else racing at the front of the pack.

David Starr weaved through the carnage to claim second place. Ross Chastain sustained heavy damage but slid across in third.

Machida claims men’s title at Skate America

Figure skating: Japan’s Tatsuki Machida totaled 265.38 points to edge American Adam Rippon for the Skate America men’s title in Detroit, and Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White topped ice dance for the fourth straight year with a score of 188.23.

Rippon finished at 241.24, and American Max Aaron fell was third at 238.36.

In dance, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy finished second with 168.49.

Earlier, Mao Asada topped Ashley Wagner to win the women’s short program, and Russian pairs Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov set a short program world record.

Haase sets up Vienna final with Haas

Tennis: Dutchman Robin Haase upset top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-6 (4) to set up a final against Germany’s Tommy Haas at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

The second-seeded Haas rallied past Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (0).

• Wozniacki, Beck reach Luxembourg final: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki defeated third-seeded Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-4 and will play Annika Beck in the Luxembourg Open final.

Beck advanced when Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland retired at 7-5, 1-0 in the other semi.

• Stosur downs doubles partner: Samantha Stosur beat doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4 and will face Simona Halep in the Kremlin Cup final in Moscow.

Halep routed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1.

Velasquez downs Dos Santos to retain title

MMA: Cain Velasquez stopped Junior Dos Santos in the fifth round at UFC 166 in Houston to retain the heavyweight title.

In the final round, the two traded lefts before Velasquez (13-1) landed a left and took Dos Santos (16-3) down head-first to the mat, causing referee Herb Dean to stop the bout at 3:09.

In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier (13-0) unanimously outpointed Roy Nelson (20-9) in a heavyweight bout, with all three judges scoring it 30-27.

Wife of King Felix falls victim to fraud

Miscellany: Maria Jacqueline Peguero, the wife of Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero, has been accused of making $180,000 in unauthorized purchases with a debit card belonging to another person in the Mariners organization, federal court documents showed.

Citing an anonymous source familiar with the investigation, The Seattle Times reported that the unnamed victims described in court documents are star pitcher Felix Hernandez and his wife. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment beyond what was available in court filings, and a team spokesman did not return a call seeking comment.

Stewart wins motorcycle event: James Stewart won the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, winning two of the three main events on the Ricky Carmichael-designed track.

Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner won his second consecutive Super Mini Championship, winning consecutive main events, and Honda’s RJ Hampshire won the Amateur All-Stars Championship.

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