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Detroit skates to 2-1 victory over Canucks


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NHL

Detroit slips by Vancouver, 2-1

Tomas Tatar scored his first goal of the season late in the second period, and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Wednesday.

Daniel Alfredsson had the other goal for the Red Wings (7-4-2), while Jimmy Howard made 19 saves as Detroit snapped a four-game slide.

Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver (9-5-1), which finished with a season-low 20 shots and had its four-game winning streak end.

Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots in taking the loss. Henrik Sedin set up Vancouver’s first goal to extend his point streak to 10 games (three goals, nine assists).

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, Alfredsson tied the score at 11:37 of the second with his third goal of the season. The former Ottawa Senators captain picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired a shot off the post that rebounded in off Luongo’s leg.

Playing just his fifth game of the season, the 22-year-old Tatar then gave Detroit its first lead of the game with 62 seconds left in the period.

Colorado goalie Varlamov surrenders for kidnapping

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov surrendered to Denver police on an arrest warrant on charges of kidnapping and third-degree assault in what authorities are calling a domestic violence incident.

Police released few details about the case during a brief news conference and declined to elaborate, other than to say it involved someone who Varlamov was in an intimate relationship with.

Ovechkin out of practice

Alex Ovechkin is nursing an upper-body injury.

The Washington Capitals forward missed practice Wednesday after the team returned from a West Coast trip.

Coach Adam Oates says he thinks Ovechkin was hurt in the first period of Monday’s loss to Vancouver. Ovechkin remained in the game.

Women’s soccer

Goal in 87th minute nets 1-1 tie for New Zealand against U.S.

It was a tie that felt like a loss to the Americans.

Hannah Wilkinson, twice denied on near goals, chipped in a 15-yard shot in the 87th minute to allow New Zealand to forge a 1-1 draw with the United States in a friendly in Columbus, Ohio.

Sydney Leroux scored in the 42nd minute for the Americans.

“Any time the U.S. women’s national team ties, it’s a loss for us,” Leroux said. “We’re very proud. I think we should have won. We’re going to be upset about this for a while. But we’ll move on.”

Wilkinson swooped in from the right side, sidestepped a defender and beat goalie Hope Solo, the former UW Husky.

Solo had three saves for the Americans, 12-0-3 this year and unbeaten in their last 38 games (32-0-6).

College football

Florida Atlantic coach Pelini resigns after admitting drug use

Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis both resigned Wednesday after university officials said they acknowledged using illegal drugs.

FAU received information about the allegations of drug usage by the two coaches on Monday, said athletic director Patrick Chun. An investigation began immediately and Chun confronted the coaches on Wednesday, a day when law enforcement officials also visited the school’s athletic offices.

Pelini was the head coach at practice in the morning. By late afternoon, he was gone.

Chun said that as of now, neither Pelini nor Rekstis is facing any charges. The investigation is continuing, and Chun said that was limiting the amount of information he could publicly reveal, other than the drug usage happened off-campus, not at an official school event, not on the team’s most recent road trip and that no players were involved.

Neither of the former coaches were permitted to address the team before leaving campus.

Horse racing

Baffert, Game On Dude again favored in Breeders’ Cup Classic

There’s little Bob Baffert hasn’t won in horse racing. The trainer can count nine victories in Triple Crown races, including three Kentucky Derbies, and seven Breeders’ Cup wins in his Hall of Fame career.

Game On Dude has been pretty good, too, with a 5-0 record this year.

But neither Baffert nor Game On Dude has won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

They’re going to team up for the third straight year on Saturday at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Game On Dude is the early 8-5 favorite in the 1¼-mile showcase race of the two-day, $25 million world championships.

Among his rivals are Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, last year’s runner-up Mucho Macho Man, defending champion Fort Larned, Travers winner Will Take Charge, Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Ron the Greek, and last year’s third-place finisher Flat Out.

ELSEWHERE

• Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round of the Paris Masters, and Roger Federer qualified for the ATP Finals for a 12th straight year.

Nadal beat Marcel Granollers 7-5, 7-5 in an all-Spanish meeting, and Federer topped Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4.

• Captain Joseph Paulo scored two tries and the United States won its Rugby League World Cup debut, beating the Cook Islands 32-20 at Memorial Stadium in Bristol, England.

Aside from his pair, the NRL-based standoff had a hand in two more tries and made four of his eight goalkicks.

• The NCAA has suspended freshman Kuran Iverson for Memphis’ season opener on Nov. 14 for playing in an unauthorized summer-league game in Connecticut

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