Bobrovsky blocks 28 in Columbus’ win
NHL: Artem Anisimov scored with 6:25 remaining in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves to lead the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets to a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
It was Bobrovsky’s third shutout of the season for Columbus, which has won four of six since the Olympic break. The Predators have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.
• One shootout goal in seven rounds nets Bruins win: Reilly Smith scored the lone shootout goal in the seventh round to lead the Boston Bruins past the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in Tampa, Fla.
Boston pulled even at 3 when Boychuk snapped a 20-game goal drought 8:11 into the third. The Bruins have outscored their opponents 78-43 during the third period this season.
• Ruutu sails one past former teammates for Devils’ win: Tuomo Ruutu scored with 6:30 to play against his former teammates, and the New Jersey Devils earned a 5-4 victory over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes after squandering a three-goal lead.
Ruutu, acquired by New Jersey from Carolina on Wednesday, scored the game winner with a shot from between the circles that was set up by an outstanding play by defenseman Marek Zidlicky.
Griffin leads Clippers to seventh straight
NBA: Blake Griffin had 27 points and eight rebounds, Chris Paul added 19 points, including a go-ahead layup in the final minute, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks 109-108 for their season-high seventh straight victory.
Griffin made 11 of 19 shots while extending his career-best streak of games with 20 or more points to 22.
DeMarre Carroll scored 19 points in Atlanta’s 14th loss in 15 games and sixth in a row.
• Mayo gets one-game suspension for throat jab: Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo was suspended one game by the NBA for punching New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma in the throat during the first quarter of Milwaukee’s 112-104 away loss to the Pelicans on Friday.
Woods looking for first win of year
Golf: Patrick Reed turned his game around in four holes and wound up with a 3-under 69 in much tamer conditions at Doral, Fla., giving him a two-shot lead at the Cadillac Championship going into a final round that will prominently feature Tiger Woods for the first time this year.
Woods delivered the low round of the tournament and his best round of the year, a 6-under 66.
Woods goes into today only three shots behind as he tries to win at Doral for the fifth time. Reed will be going for his third win in his last 14 starts dating to the Wyndham Championship in August.
• Hadley takes lead despite windy conditions: Chesson Hadley took the third-round lead in the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande, shooting a 5-under 67 in windy conditions at Trump International.
Gustafsson handsd Manuwa first UFC loss
Miscellany: Alexander Gustafsson handed Jimi Manuwa his first MMA defeat in the main event of the UFC Fight Night card at O2 Arena in London.
Michael Johnson unanimously outpointed Melvin Guillard.
• California Chrome takes crown: California Chrome romped to victory by 7 1/4 lengths in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., inserting the colt into the Kentucky Derby picture.
• Ring Weekend gets spot in winner’s circle: Ring Weekend held off favorite Vinceremos by three lengths in the Grade II $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Fla.
• Zirkle leaps into first: A runner-up from the last two years and a four-time champion continued to play leapfrog at the head of the pack in the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Aliy Zirkle, who has finished in second place the last two years, left the Yukon River village of Kaltag in Alaska at 3:18 a.m. to retake the lead from Martin Buser.
Buser has not finished in the top 10 since 2008.
• Eaton wins gold, misses world record: Ashton Eaton has successfully defended his heptathlon world indoor title in Sopot, Poland, but a world record escaped the American by just 1.18 seconds over the closing 1,000 meters.
• Richardson eases Sochi woes with second World Cup: Heather Richardson of the United States did it again, claiming her second speedskating World Cup win over 500 meters one day after her first in Inzell, Germany.
Shani Davis won and Brian Hansen finished third in the men’s 1,000 as American speedskaters went some way toward easing the disappointment of their Sochi medal shutout.
• Ligety becomes first man to win six World Cup races: Olympic champion Ted Ligety overcame a softening course and a challenge by Austrian veteran Benjamin Raich to win a men’s World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
It was the American’s sixth career win in the Slovenian resort, making him the first man to win six World Cup races in one discipline at the same venue.
• Villopoto flings Supercross dirt and buries competition: Ryan Villopoto raced to his fourth AMA Supercross victory at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., easily beating Ken Roczen.
Villopoto, the Kawasaki rider from Poulsbo, Wash., has three victories in the first 10 450SK races this season.
The three-time defending series champion leads the standings, 28 points ahead of Ryan Dungey.