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Logan  Couture tied  the game late in regulation and Michal Handzus scored the
lone  shootout goal, as the undefeated San Jose Sharks extended the best start
in  franchise  history with a  3-2 win over the  Anaheim Ducks at HP Pavilion.
Couture  found  the back of  the net with 2:45  remaining in the third period,
taking  a drop pass  from newcomer Scott Gomez and ripping a shot past Anaheim
goalie  Jonas Hiller.  Handzus, the  first participant  in the  shootout, beat
Hiller  over the glove. Antti Niemi turned away the Ducks' first two shooters,
Bobby  Ryan and Corey Perry, before getting a little help from the crossbar on
Teemu Selanne's bid. The Sharks improved to 6-0-0 on the young season.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

Boston Bruins 2, New Jersey Devils 1 (SO)
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Buffalo Sabres 3 (OT)
New York Rangers 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1
Montreal Canadiens 4, Winnipeg Jets 3
Ottawa Senators 3, Washington Capitals 2
New York Islanders 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Florida Panthers 2
Detroit Red Wings 4, Dallas Stars 1
Minnesota Wild 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2

Top-25 College Basketball


Kyle  Wiltjer  scored a career-high  26 points  and nailed five 3-pointers and
Archie  Goodwin  added 24 points,  as Kentucky  held off 16th-ranked Ole Miss,
87-74,  Tuesday  in an  SEC offensive  battle. Nerlens  Noel nearly recorded a
double-double  with a  school-record  12  blocks and  seven  rebounds for  the
Wildcats (14-6, 5-2 SEC), who picked up their first win over a ranked opponent
this  season and  now have found victory  in four of their last five contests.
Alex Poythress contributed 15 points and seven rebounds in the win.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:

(11) Ohio State 58, Wisconsin 49
Indiana State 68, (15) Wichita State 55
Virginia 58, (19) North Carolina State 55
(23) Minnesota 84, Nebraska 65

National Basketball Association


LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a game-tying 3-pointer late and then delivered the
deciding  bucket as  time expired  to  send the  Portland Trail  Blazers to  a
106-104  victory  over the Dallas Mavericks.  The Trail Blazers rallied from a
21-point  third-quarter deficit  before Aldridge stepped back in the corner to
drain  his first 3-pointer  of the season and tie the game at 104-104 with 4.5
seconds  left. After  O.J. Mayo was called  for an offensive foul at the other
end,  Aldridge  caught the inbounds pass  and swished a fadeaway jumper as the
buzzer sounded to give Portland to its third victory in four games.

Elsewhere in the NBA:


Golden State Warriors 108, Cleveland Cavaliers 95
Milwaukee Bucks 117, Detroit Pistons 90
Los Angeles Lakers 111, New Orleans Hornets 106

NFL

Tuesday was media day at the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers were up first
and  Randy Moss  declared himself  the best  wide receiver  of all-time  while
deposed   starting   quarterback  Alex   Smith   called   his  trip   to   the
Super  Bowl  "bittersweet."  The  Baltimore  Ravens  were  next  and  retiring
linebacker  Ray Lewis  drew the  most  attention during  his team's  hour-long
session.  Reports  surfaced that  the star  linebacker may  have used a banned
substance  to help  him  recover  from his  torn  triceps  this season.  Lewis
wouldn't  give much  of a  response when  asked about  the Sports  Illustrated
story that broke Tuesday.

BASEBALL

Alex  Rodriguez has  been once  again linked  to performance-enhancing  drugs.
According to a Miami publication, Rodriguez's name was found in the records of
a  Miami anti-aging  clinic that allegedly supplied the New York Yankees third
baseman  and  other big  league players with performance-enhancing substances.
The  report was based  on records given to the publication from an employee at
Biogenesis,  a clinic  run by Anthony Bosch, who was previously connected with
Manny  Ramirez  when the  slugger was  suspended by  Major League Baseball for
violating  its  drug policy  in 2009.  Rodriguez, though,  has denied having a
relationship  with Bosch.  Rodriguez, in the spring of 2009, admitted to using
PEDs  while a  member of the Texas  Rangers from 2001-03. He said he had never
taken the drugs while with the Yankees, but the records from Biogenesis appear
to  indicate  Rodriguez's  name  appearing 16  times  in  Bosch's  handwritten
notebooks  from 2009-12.  Other major leaguers named in Bosch's notebooks were
Melky  Cabrera,  Bartolo Colon  and Yasmani  Grandal -- all  of whom have been
suspended by Major League Baseball for PED use in the past year.

The  Philadelphia  Phillies  signed  relief  pitcher Chad  Durbin  to  a  one-
year  contract  on Tuesday. The  deal includes a  club option for 2014. Durbin
heads  back to  Philadelphia after  pitching  for the  Phillies from  2008-10.
He  went 11-7  with a  3.62 ERA  during that  span, and  was a  member of  the
World  Series championship team in 2008. The 35-year-old right-hander went 4-1
with  one save  and  a 3.10  ERA  in  76 appearances  for  the Atlanta  Braves
last season.  He surpassed 60 innings (61.0) for the sixth straight year.

 

 

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