October 29, 2013 in Sports

Penguins end skid with win over Hurricanes

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

NHL: Rookie Jayson Megna had his first career goal and assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in Raleigh, N.C., on Monday night.

Chris Kunitz and Tanner Glass also scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins. Brooks Orpik had three assists, Sidney Crosby added two and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots.

• Stars hang on to beat Sabres: Tyler Seguin capped a three-goal, first-period outburst, and the Dallas Stars hung on to a 4-3 win despite nearly squandering a 4-1 lead against the Sabres (2-11-1), the NHL’s worst team, in Buffalo, N.Y.

• Canadiens spoil Rangers’ opener: Peter Budaj made 27 saves for his 11th career shutout, and Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk provided all the offense Montreal needed as the Canadiens spoiled the New York Rangers’ long-awaited home opener with a 2-0 victory.

Walsh Jennings sets career wins mark

Volleyball: Kerri Walsh Jennings has broken the record for most tournament wins by a female beach player.

She and partner April Ross won the FIVB Grand Slam in Xiamen, China, on Sunday, giving Walsh Jennings the 113th title of her career. She broke the old mark set by her retired partner Misty May-Treanor.

Walsh Jennings says it’s a special record to own because most of the victories came with May-Treanor as her partner.

Walsh Jennings and Ross won 21-14, 17-21, 15-12 over the Brazilian pair of Taiana Lima and Talita Da Rocha Antunes. It was the Americans’ third title in five events since joining forces.

LPGA waives age requirement for Ko

Golf: The LPGA Tour waived its age requirement for Lydia Ko, clearing the way for the 16-year-old from New Zealand to join the tour in 2014.

Ko won’t be like most LPGA Tour rookies.

She already is a two-time champion, having won the Women’s Canadian Open at 15 last year to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history, and then successfully defending her title this summer in Canada. Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, she already is No. 5 in women’s world ranking.

Shortly after contending at the Evian Championship in France, Ko asked the LPGA Tour to waive its requirement of 18 or older to join.

Ko plans to play the LPGA Titleholders in Naples, Fla., at the end of November. By granting her petition now, LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan said the teenager will be able to take part in rookie development sessions early next year before the season gets under way.

Knicks exercise option on Shumpert

NBA: The New York Knicks have exercised their fourth-year option on guard Iman Shumpert’s contract.

Shumpert averaged 6.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 45 games, all starts, last season after returning from torn knee ligaments.

Shumpert was the No. 17 pick in the 2011 draft and was a first-team, All-Rookie selection. He will earn about $2.6 million in the 2014-15 season.


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