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Kessel scores three goals to halt Ducks

Wed., Oct. 23, 2013, midnight

Toronto’s Phil Kessel connects on one of his three goals against Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller. (Associated Press)
Toronto’s Phil Kessel connects on one of his three goals against Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller. (Associated Press)

NHL: Phil Kessel scored three goals to rally Toronto from a two-goal deficit and the Maple Leafs beat visiting Anaheim 4-2 Tuesday night to deny the Ducks a club record eighth straight win.

It was a Jekyll-and-Hyde performance for the Leafs, who were booed off the ice after a woeful first period that saw them outplayed, outshot 6-2 and outscored 1-0. Kessel struck twice in the second period sandwiched around a goal by Dion Phaneuf. Kessel completed his hat trick at 8:11 of the third period.

Richardson hits in OT: Brad Richardson banked in a shot off goalie Evgeni Nabokov 2:16 into overtime to lift visiting Vancouver to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders.

Blackhawks win shootout: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp each scored in the shootout to lead Chicago to a 3-2 victory over Florida in Sunrise, Fla.

Oilers down Canadiens: Jeff Petry and Ryan Jones scored in the third period to lift Edmonton past Montreal 4-3.

Wild blanks Predators: Josh Harding stopped 16 shots for his first shutout of the season in Minnesota’s 2-0 victory over Nashville at St. Paul, Minn.

Blue Jackets beat slumping Devils: Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots and James Wisniewski had a goal and two assists to lead host Columbus to a 4-1 victory over struggling New Jersey.

The loss dropped the Devils to 0-5-2 on the road and 1-5-3 on the season.

Ribeiro stays hot for Phoenix: Mike Ribeiro had two goals for the second straight game and Phoenix fought back after a couple of defensive miscues to hold off visiting Calgary 4-2.

Edmonton’s Hall out: Edmonton forward Taylor Hall is expected to miss four weeks after injuring his left knee in a game on Saturday. Hall, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, has three goals and five assists in nine games this season.

Irish QB can play against Air Force

College football: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said quarterback Tommy Rees has been cleared to play against Air Force after missing much of the second half against USC with a strained neck.

Rees left the game with 9 minutes left in the third quarter after being sacked and the offense struggled without him as the Irish held on for a 14-10 victory against the Trojans.

Grizzly safety pleads guilty: Montana’s starting free safety has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief for breaking a directional sign after a night of drinking.

The Missoulian reports 21-year-old Matthew Brian Hermanson entered his plea in Justice Court and was fined $635.

Hermanson was arrested on Sept. 22 after a sheriff’s deputy saw someone throw a large, white object onto the road. The sergeant found Hermanson, shirtless and bleeding, walking along the road.

QB throws for 796 yards in loss: Mendocino College quarterback Trevor Taylor’s prolific passing game ended in a loss.

Taylor threw for 796 yards against the College of the Redwoods on Saturday only to see his team lose 69-66 on a touchdown pass with 5 seconds remaining. Taylor completed 38 of 52 passes and threw for nine touchdowns in the California Community College Athletic Association game.

Messi’s goal keeps Barcelona unbeaten

Soccer: Lionel Messi preserved Barcelona’s unbeaten start to the Champions League by equalizing in a 1-1 draw at AC Milan, while Arsenal lost 2-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund.

Atletico Madrid made it three wins in three thanks to two goals from striker Diego Costa in a 3-0 victory at Austria Vienna, and Chelsea won by the same score at Schalke.

Funds approved for new Orlando stadium: County commissioners approved $20 million in tourism taxes to be used toward the funding of an $84 million downtown Orlando Major League Soccer stadium, clearing the last hurdle for the city to be the home of the league’s next expansion franchise.

Injured IndyCar driver returns home

Motor sports: IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has been released from the hospital and has returned to his home in Longmont, Colo.

Wilson was injured Saturday night in the season finale at Fontana, Calif., when his car spun coming out of the second turn. IndyCar’s medical director diagnosed Wilson with non-operable pelvic fractures and a bruised lung.

Wilson has seven career open-wheel wins, three in the IndyCar Series.

Maurice Petty will be honored: Richard Petty Motorsports will honor Maurice “Chief” Petty this weekend by running a car featuring the likeness of the Hall of Fame inductee on the hood.

Aric Almirola’s traditional No. 43 Ford will be replaced at Martinsville Speedway with a No. 41 Ford in Petty Blue colors. The number represents the one Maurice Petty used during his driving career.

It’s fitting for RPM to run the car at Martinsville, where the Petty organization won 19 races.

Maurice Petty built 15 of the race-winning engines.

Serena Williams rolls to victory

Miscellany: Top-ranked Serena Williams breezed past Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-1 at Instanbul to open her bid for a fourth ATP Championships title.

Williams, the defending champion, had no trouble against Kerber, who also lost to the American 6-4, 6-1 in the round-robin at this event last year.

Williams, 32, is enjoying the finest season in her career, having already won 10 titles, including two majors.

New Zealand teen Ko turns pro: Top-ranked New Zealand amateur golfer Lydia Ko has announced her decision to turn professional at the age of 16 after foregoing more than $1 million in potential prize money.

Ko, ranked No. 5 in the world, tweeted her decision today, saying she made up her mind after taking advice from rugby player Israel Dagg.


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