Saturday, February 13
Kings work overtime at Garden...Penguins stay hot...Big night for Doan
UNDATED (AP) — On NHL ice, Tanner Pearson's goal with 1:50 left in overtime powered the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Anze Kopitar (AHN'-zhay KOH'-pih-tahr) recorded a hat trick. Marian Gaborik added a goal for Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles, which has won three of its last five.
In other hockey:
— Kris Letang scored on the final shot of a shootout, Marc-Andre Fleury (marhk-ahn-dray FLOOR'-ee) made 29 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. The Penguins have won eight of 10.
__ Blake Comeau (KOH'-moh) scored in both the third period and the shootout to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Semyon Varlamov (vahr-LAY'-mawf) made 43 saves between the pipes for the Avs.
— St. Louis jumped on Florida with three goals in the opening period and beat the Panthers 5-3. Vladimir Tarasenko noted his 27th goal for the Blues. Brian Elliott made his 13th straight start in place of top goalie Jake Allen and had 29 saves for St. Louis.
— Marcus Foligno (foh-LEE'-noh) scored twice, including once on a penalty shot, and the Buffalo Sabres hung on to snap a four-game skid by beating the Montreal Canadiens 6-4. Foligno also had an assist for a career-best three points.
— Tampa Bay edged Nashville 4-3 in overtime. That's the Lightning's ninth straight home victory. Steven Stamkos scored the tying goal late in the third period. Tyler Johnson won it 1:04 of OT.
— Arizona jumped all over Calgary with three goals in the first period and beat the Flames 4-1. Arizona captain Shane Doan scored his 20th and 21st goals for the Coyotes. He has 931 career points, most in Coyotes franchise history.
Flyers hold off Rhodies
UNDATED (AP) — Darrell Davis made a go-ahead 3-pointer from the corner with 20 seconds left and No. 19 Dayton beat Rhode Island 68-66. Dyshawn Pierre led Dayton with 17 points and nine boards.
Rhode Island's Four McGlynn missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds, and Dayton got the rebound.
In other AP Top-25:
__ No. 17 Arizona won its 20th game by beating UCLA 81-75. Allonzo Trier (TREER) had 18 for the Wildcats. Parker Jackson-Cartwright added 16.
— Tra Holder scored 20 points, Savon Goodman added 17 and Arizona State knocked off No. 23 USC 74-67. Nikola Jovanovic had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Trojans, who missed an opportunity to close within a half-game of first-place Oregon in the Pac-12.
MLB-METS-MEJIA PERMANENTLY BANNED
Mets' Mejia strikes out
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia (HEHN'-ree meh-HEE'-uh) has made baseball history, but not in a good way.
Mejia is the first player to receive a lifetime ban under baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.
The commissioner's office says that Mejia tested positive for Boldenone.
The 26-year-old was the Mets' closer before he was suspended for 80 games last April 11 following a positive test for Stanozolol. He returned July 12, appeared in seven games for New York, then was banned for 162 games on July 28 after a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone.
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
Chapman, Yanks get together...Dodgers' Montas out 2-to-4 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Closer Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract worth $11,325,000, avoiding salary arbitration.
Chapman had asked for $13.1 million and had been offered $9 million when the sides exchanged figures last month.
Chapman threw the 62 fastest pitches in the major leagues last season, ranging from 103.92 to 102.36 mph. He was 4-4 with a 1.63 ERA and 33 saves in 36 chances, striking out 116 and walking 33 in 66 1/3 innings. He made $8,075,000.
Chapman was acquired from Cincinnati in December.
In other baseball:
— Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Frankie Montas will be out two to four months after having rib resection surgery on Friday. Montas was acquired from the White Sox with infielder Micah Johnson and outfielder Trayce Thompson in a three-team deal involving Todd Frazier.
Bosh out, Horford in
TORONTO (AP) — Miami's Chris Bosh will miss Sunday's All-Star Game with a calf injury, and has been replaced on the Eastern Conference roster by Atlanta's Al Horford.
That also means Bosh will not take part in the 3-point contest on Saturday. His place in that contest will be taken by Portland's C.J. McCollum.
NBA-ALL-STAR-HALL OF FAME
Hall of Fame finalists announced
TORONTO (AP) — Former NBA stars Shaquillle O'Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming are among the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame of the finalists for the class of 2016.
O'Neal won four NBA championships, an MVP award and is in the league's top 10 in career scoring. The six-foot Iverson won four scoring titles and was the league's MVP in 2001. Ming was instrumental in the globalization of the game.
College coaches Tom Izzo (IH'-zoh), Eddie Sutton, Lefty Driesell (drih-SEHL'), Bo Ryan and Muffet McGraw are included along with women's star Sheryl Swoopes,
The class of 2016 will be announced during Final Four weekend this April in Houston with the induction ceremony set for Sept. 9.
NBA-RISING STARS CHALLENGE
LaVine's 30 leads US over World, 157-154
TORONTO (AP) — Zach LaVine had 30 points and seven rebounds and the United States team beat the World team 157-154 in the Rising Stars Challenge to kick off NBA All-Star weekend.
In the game featuring some of the best rookies and sophomores in the league, LaVine geared up to defend his slam dunk title on Saturday night by making 13 of 20 shots to beat Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Andrew Wiggins. LaVine was selected the game MVP.
New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis (pohr-ZIHN'-gihs) scored 30 points to lead the World.
Notes from around the league
CHICAGO (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte (for-TAY') has announced on Instagram that he's been informed by the Bears that he will not be offered a contract for next season. The team then confirmed the posting calling him one of the "all-time great Bears." The move means Forte is now an unrestricted free agent able to sign with any team beginning March 8.
In eight seasons with the Bears, the 30-year old rushed for 8,602 yards, second only to Walter Payton on the team's all-time list.
In other NFL:
— The Miami Dolphins terminated the contracts of defensive end Quinton Coples and cornerback Brice McCain, saving the team about $10 million in salary cap space. Coples, a former first-round draft pick, was acquired off waivers from the New York Jets in November and played in six games as a reserve. McCain, a seven-year veteran, spent one season with Miami and started 11 games in 2015.
PGA-AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM
Kang flirts with 59
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — South Korea's Sung Kang fired a tournament course record 11-under 60 at Monterey Peninsula to grab a share of the lead after the second round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
He's tied at 11-under with Japan's Hiroshi Iwata who shot a 6-under 66 at Pebble Beach.
They hold a one-shot lead over three others including Phil Mickelson. He shot a 65 at Monterey Peninsula. Freddie Jacobson (YAHK'-uhb-sihn) and first-round leader Chez Reavie (CHEHZ REH'-vee) are also at 10-under.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-CHUBB CLASSIC
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Bernhard Langer shot a 10-under 62 to take the lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Chubb Classic. The two time winner of the event posted 11 birdies including two runs of five straight.
He leads Jay Haas by four shots.
No charges, just yet
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An attorney for Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy says he's been told by authorities that no decision will be made until next week into the case of a Philadelphia nightclub brawl that left two off-duty police officers injured. Defense attorney Larry Krasner says authorities told him a decision won't be made until at least Wednesday.
The 27-year-old McCoy is one of four men under investigation in the Sunday fight over a bottle of champagne.