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Vancouver Canucks win at Carolina

Ryan Kesler scored two goals to lead the visiting Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 NHL victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.


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NHL

Kesler scores twice as Canucks beat host Carolina Hurricanes

Ryan Kesler shut off the Carolina Hurricanes’ onslaught after an early second-period surge and put the Vancouver Canucks back in control.

The Canucks maintained control for much of the final 40 minutes and skated off with a 3-2 road victory Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.

Kesler capped a frenetic 37-second stretch early in the second period by scoring his second goal of the game — and it turned out to be the winner.

Vancouver led 2-0 after one period as Kesler connected on the power play at 3:24 and Tom Sestito scored at 15:48.

“They pushed us out of the first period,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. “They won all the battles, they were more competitive, They owned it around our net in the first period. We had one shot from our forwards in the first period.

“All that stuff adds up. It’s not good enough.”

Carolina tied the score in the opening minute of the second period, with Jordan Staal and Nathan Gerbe getting the goals.

Kesler closed out scoring at 1:16 of the second period with his 12th goal of the season.

“We wanted to gain the momentum back, and there’s no better way than scoring a goal,” Kesler said. “I’m happy that we got one there.”

Backup goaltender Eddie Lack made 29 saves in place of Roberto Luongo to help Vancouver earn its third victory in 11 games. The Canucks lost 5-2 to the Rangers in New York on Saturday.

Carolina was 0 for 6 on the power play against Vancouver’s penalty killers, who rank No. 1 in the league.

Baseball

Reports: Pitcher Hughes , Twins agree to terms on 3-year contract

Right-hander Phil Hughes probably needed to leave hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, and the Minnesota Twins were desperate for proven arms to strengthen a woeful rotation.

Hughes and the Twins agreed to a $24 million, three-year deal, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The source requested anonymity because Hughes, 27, must pass a physical before the contract can become official.

Hughes went 56-50 and had a 4.54 earned-run average in seven seasons with the Yankees, including 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA last season.

Hughes developed shoulder problems in 2011 that limited him to 17 starts and has been unimpressive the past two seasons while also dealing with back problems.

Skiing

Vonn seeks to postpone surgery

U.S. standout Lindsey Vonn is delaying further surgery on her right knee for as long as possible in hopes of competing at the Sochi Olympics in Russia in February.

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist, partially tore one of her reconstructed knee ligaments during a crash in training last month.

“At the end of the season, I have to reconstruct the ACL,” she said. “So it’s kind of like, might as well see how long it holds up. Not a lot of options. In the end, surgery is going to have to happen.”

Vonn, 29, might race in a World Cup event this week in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Swede wins giant-slalom event

Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden won a World Cup giant-slalom event in Beaver Creek, Colo., with a two-run time of 2 minutes, 17.92 seconds.

American Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, was second, 0.09 seconds behind.

Svindal extends Super-G streak

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won a men’s World Cup super-giant slalom in Lake Louise — the third consecutive year he has triumphed in the Super-G on the course.

Svindal won in 1:28.53, beating Matthias Mayer of Austria by 0.24 seconds.

ELSEWHERE

Rory McIlroy’s 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole gave him a one-stroke victory over Adam Scott in the Australian Open golf tournament at Royal Sydney.

Australian Scott, ranked second in the world behind American Tiger Woods, bogeyed the final hole.

It was the first victory of 2013 for McIlroy, who was in danger of his first winless year since 2008. The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland entered the event ranked sixth in the world.

“I’ve put the hours in and I’ve practiced hard and finally it has turned around for me,” he said.

• South African golfer Charl Schwartzel successfully defended his title at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, a European Tour-sanctioned event in Malelane, South Africa.

Schwartzel closed with a 4-under-par 68 for a 17-under 271 total. Runner-up Richard Finch (70) of England was at 13 under.

• Chelsea moved into second place in English Premier League soccer with a 3-1 victory over Southampton. Chelsea is four points behind Arsenal after 13 league matches.

Meanwhile, Fulham (3-9-1) fired manager Martin Jol.

• In Grade I horse races with $251,000 purses on the turf course at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., 3-year-old colt Seek Again ($12.40 to win) took the Hollywood Derby and 4-year-old filly Egg Drop ($23.20) captured the Matriarch by a nose over 3-year-old filly Discreet Marq.

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