January 1, 2014 in Sports

Canadiens snap skid behind Semin’s OT goal

 

NHL: Alexander Semin scored 3:27 into overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Manny Malhotra scored the fourth goal in a 7-minute span for Carolina, which trailed 3-0 in the second period.

Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban tied the game at 4 with 9:44 remaining in regulation.

• Richards lifts Rangers over Panthers: Brad Richards scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 in Sunrise, Fla.

New York defenseman Dan Girardi scored with 2:10 left in regulation to send it to OT.

• Devils defeat Penguins: Adam Henrique scored 1:38 into the game and Michael Ryder connected 2:45 into the second period, sparking the Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Newark, N.J.

Goalie Martin Brodeur had an assist in the game for the Devils and made 19 saves.

• Blues’ Stewart struck in face by puck: St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart left the game against Minnesota in the first period after being struck in the face by a puck.

• Sharks rookie Hertl has surgery: San Jose forward Tomas Hertl is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery in Cleveland to repair damaged ligaments in his right knee.

The Sharks rookie sensation is expected to miss more than a month as he recovers.

• Holmstrom guides Red Wings’ alumni sweep: Tomas Holmstrom scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings’ alumni a 6-5 victory and a sweep of two games – winning the first game 5-4 – in the NHL’s Alumni Showdown outside at Detroit’s Comerica Park before an announced crowd 33,425.

Richardson wins 1,500 at speedskating trials

Winter sports: Heather Richardson crossed the line in 1 minute, 54.19 seconds to capture the 1,500-meter race at the U.S. speedskating trials in Kearns, Utah. Brittany Bowe was second in 1:54.96, while Jilleanne Rookard claimed the third spot on the Olympic team in 1:57.70.

Richardson and Bowe also went 1-2 in the 500 and 1,000, meaning they will compete in all three events at Sochi.

On the men’s side, Shani Davis cruised to victory in the 1,500 at 1 minute, 43.20 seconds. Brian Hansen finished second in 1:43.70. Joey Mantia and Jonathan Kuck earned the other two spots on the Olympic team.

• Canada tops U.S. at world juniors: Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings) scored in a 2:19 span in the third period and Canada beat the United States 3-2 to win Group A in the world junior hockey tournament in Malmo, Sweden.

Nic Petan (Portland Winterhawks) also scored for Canada (3-0-1), and Zach Fucale made 24 saves. Canada will face Switzerland – fourth in Group B – in the quarterfinals Thursday.

The Americans (3-1-0) will play Russia in the quarterfinals.

No. 11 Villanova escapes Butler in OT

Men’s basketball: JayVaughn Pinkston had 22 points and No. 11 Villanova (12-1, 1-0) held on to a 76-73 overtime victory over Butler (10-3, 0-1) in Indianapolis in the Big East opener for both teams.

Darrun Hilliard scored 15 points and Josh Hart added 10 for the Wildcats.

Butler was making its debut in its third conference in as many seasons. The Bulldogs left the Horizon League after 2011-12 and played in the Atlantic 10 last season.

No. 5 Spartans handle Nittany Lions: Branden Dawson scored 20 points and Keith Appling had 14 to help No. 5 Michigan State (12-1, 1-0) hang on for a 79-63 win over Penn State (9-5, 0-1) in the Big Ten opener for both teams at State College, Pa.

Dawson led a second-half charge to help the Spartans rally from a halftime deficit and win their fifth straight game.

The Spartans were in total control in the second half, and hit 10 of 20 3-pointers overall.

• Gibbs, Seton Hall upend Providence: Seton Hall (10-4) rebounded after letting a 12-point second-half lead slip away to defeat Providence (10-4) 81-80 in double overtime in Providence, R.I., in the Big East opener for both teams.

Sterling Gibbs provided the deciding points, swishing two free throws with 3.3 seconds left in the second OT. Out of timeouts, the Friars’ last chance died at halfcourt when Tyler Harris was called for traveling.

Kings deny Rockets despite Harden’s 38

NBA: Rudy Gay had 25 points and DeMarcus Cousins took over late in the fourth quarter to lift the Sacramento Kings to a 110-106 road victory over the Houston Rockets.

The Kings trailed by three before Cousins scored four quick points to make it 105-104. He then stole the ball from James Harden and passed to Ben McLemore for a layup.

On the next play, Cousins took a charge from Harden to give the Kings the ball back.

The late comeback ruined a big night by Harden, who finished with a season-high 38 points and 10 rebounds.

Trail Blazers storm back to top Thunder: LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds and Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to beat the Thunder 98-94 in Oklahoma City. Damian Lillard added 21 points and 11 assists and hit a pair of clinching free throws with 2.1 seconds left for Portland.

• Cavs’ Irving to undergo MRI: Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will undergo an MRI today after injuring his left knee in a loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Irving was helped off the floor in the third quarter after falling awkwardly on a missed layup. A team physician cleared Irving to play and he returned in the fourth, but couldn’t stop the Cavaliers from dropping their sixth straight game.

• Hawks lose Horford: Atlanta center Al Horford has had season-ending surgery to repair a complete tear of his right pectoral muscle which he suffered in a double-OT win at Cleveland Thursday night.

Chelsea reveals losses topping $80 million

Miscellany: European soccer club Chelsea has posted annual losses of more than $80 million, but the Premier League club remains confident of complying with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Chelsea lost $81.7 million in the year after making a profit of $2.3 million in 2011-12. But UEFA allows unlimited investment on infrastructure and youth development, which Chelsea believes accounted for around $25 million in spending in 2012-13.

UEFA is allowing losses of up to $62,000 in the first FFP monitoring period – 2011-2013 – without the risk of being barred from European competitions.

• Astros agree to deal with Crain: All-Star free-agent reliever Jesse Crain agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Astros. Financial terms were not released.

Crain made the All-Star team last season with a 0.74 ERA in 37 appearances for the Chicago White Sox. He had a streak of 29 straight appearances without allowing a run from April 17 to June 22. Crain was traded to Tampa Bay on July 29 but didn’t appear in a game because of a right shoulder strain.


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