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Anaheim blasts Canucks 9-1
Corey Perry had two goals and two assists, Teemu Selanne had two goals and an assist, and the relentless Anaheim Ducks beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks 9-1 for their 18th victory in 19 games.
Corey Perry had two goals and two assists, Teemu Selanne had two goals and an assist, and the relentless Anaheim Ducks beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks 9-1 for their 18th victory in 19 games. Nick Bonino also scored two goals for the NHL-leading Ducks, who earned their eighth consecutive victory by scoring a club-record six power-play goals in the highest-scoring performance in the franchise’s two-decade history.
Andrew Cogliano, Jakob Silfverberg and Sami Vatanen also scored, and Frederik Andersen made 31 saves as Anaheim joined the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only teams in league history to win 18 times in a 19-game span.
Zack Kassian scored for the Canucks, who picked up 58 penalty minutes in the third period of their seventh loss in eight games.
The Nashville Predators made a move trying to improve at goaltender while Pekka Rinne continues recovering from hip surgery that has kept him out since late October.
The Predators traded center Matt Hendricks to Edmonton for Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
In another deal, the Los Angeles Kings traded backup goalie Ben Scrivens to the Edmonton Oilers for a third-round pick in the draft.
Jamie Langenbrunner retired after a 16-year NHL career in which he won two Stanley Cups.
The 38-year-old right wing from Cloquet, Minn., played for Dallas, New Jersey and St. Louis. He won NHL titles with Dallas in 1999 and New Jersey in 2003. He was on the U.S. Olympic team in 1998 and 2010.
Timbers sign 2 Argentines
The Portland Timbers signed striker Gaston Fernandez and center back Norberto Paparatto, both from Argentina.
Fernandez, 30, has played for several first-division teams in Argentina, winning season titles with three different clubs. Since 2002, he has appeared in 224 matches with 176 starts and 48 goals. He has also played in Mexico’s top league.
Paparatto, 30, has played for top-division Club Atletico Tigre in Argentina since 2007.
Major League Soccer is expected to announce a new long-term television deal with ESPN and Fox this week, leaving NBC Sports Network after the end of the 2014 season.
A key part of the new deal, which will reportedly pay MLS $70 million a year (double its current deal), is the rights to televise games involving the U.S. national teams.
An American referee was picked to officiate at the World Cup for the first time since 2002. Mark Geiger, 39, a high-school math teacher from Beachwood, N.J., was among 25 referees selected by FIFA.
Cal’s Bigelow turning pro
California running back Brendan Bigelow has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Wednesday was the deadline for declaring for the draft. At least 90 players with college eligibility have done so. It shatters last year’s record number of 73.
Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley said he would stay in school for his senior season.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is the Paul “Bear” Bryant College Coach of the Year after leading a remarkable turnaround in his first season in charge of the Tigers, who went to the national title game a year after they went 3-9.
Malzahn, who like Bryant is from Arkansas, said he was honored to be associated with an award with the name of the fabled former Alabama coach.
Malzahn beat out Baylor’s Art Briles, David Bailiff of Rice, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio and David Shaw of Stanford for the honor.
Patrick Deneen from Cle Elum clinched a spot in next month’s Sochi Games with a second-place finish in a World Cup moguls event at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, N.Y.
“It was 99 percent before today, and it’s 100 percent today,” Deneen said of making the Olympic team. “I feel really good with where I’m at with my skiing. I kept a lot of DD (degree of difficulty) in my back pocket today and still came out with the silver, and that feels good. I am hoping to put all the pieces in place for a winning run in the Olympics.”
Defending Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau won the event and Bradley Wilson was third for the U.S. men. Canada’s Justine Dufour-LaPointe won the women’s competition, with Heidi Kloser and Hannah Kearney of the U.S. taking the last two spots on the podium.
Lindsey Vonn announced on her Facebook page that she had surgery on her right knee. The injury prevented the reigning Olympic downhill champion from competing in the Sochi Games.
• Northern Arizona football coach Jerome Souers received a four-year extension through the 2018 season. Souers is 93-88 in 16 seasons with the Lumberjacks.
• Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel of France closed the gap on Dakar Rally leader Nani Roma of Spain to just two minutes after another all-out attack on the 10th stage along the Chilean coast in Antofagasta.
• Adelina Sotnikova and Julia Lipnitskaia gave Russia a 1-2 lead after the women’s short program at the European figure skating championships in Budapest, Hungary.
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