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Canucks edge Stars in NHL, 4-3 | A.M. Briefing
Canucks edge Stars
Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin scored third-period goals to help lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the host Dallas Stars on Thursday.
Alex Burrows and Kevin Bieksa also scored for the Canucks, who ended a three-game losing streak. Cory Schneider made 22 saves for the win.
Jamie Benn, Michael Ryder and Brenden Morrow scored for Dallas, which lost for the third time in its past four games.
Cristopher Nilstorp, who was recalled from AHL Texas on Sunday, stopped 18 shots.
The Canucks broke a 2-2 tie by scoring twice within a 1:46 span early in the third period.
Kvitova, Wozniacki advance
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic overpowered defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-2, 6-4 to set up a semifinal against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the Dubai Championships in United Arab Emirates.
Wozniacki, once ranked No. 1, defeated Marion Bartoli of France 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Doubles specialist Roberta Vinci of Italy surprised former U.S. Open champ Sam Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-4.
Top seed moves on
Top seed Marin Cilic of Croatia saved three match points in a third-set tiebreaker against Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. National Indoor Championships in Memphis, Tenn., with a 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-6 (9-7) victory.
Marinko Matosevic of Australia eliminated fourth-seeded American Sam Querrey 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
NFL exec: HGH testing resolution needed
NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch said the league and players association need to reach agreement soon on HGH testing.
The NFL and the union agreed in principle to HGH testing when a new 10-year labor agreement was finalized in August 2011. But protocols must be approved by both sides and the players have questioned the science in the testing procedures, delaying implementation.
World Baseball Classic rosters set
Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval and Cy Young knuckleballer R.A. Dickey are among 45 major-league All-Stars on the final rosters for the World Baseball Classic. The 16-team tournament begins next month.
There are seven players who have won MVP awards, including Cabrera, Joe Mauer, Joey Votto and Miguel Tejada.
Japan won the first two WBC tournaments. This year's Japanese team does not include any major-league players.
Ryan Braun, David Wright and Giancarlo Stanton are among the stars on the U.S. team. Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano and free agent Jose Valverde lead the Dominican Republic. The Cincinnati Reds blocked ace Johnny Cueto from pitching.
Former Miami coaches want case tossed
Three former Miami assistant coaches filed a motion with the NCAA asking that their infractions cases be dismissed because of the mistakes that the governing body for college athletics made in its long investigation of the Hurricanes.
Former football assistant Aubrey Hill and former basketball assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez had their motion delivered to the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.
• The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Chris Young on a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
• Winnipeg Jets rookie defenseman Zach Redmond underwent surgery to repair a laceration to the femoral artery in his right leg after a teammate stepped on him during the club's morning skate.
• Philadelphia Flyers center Matt Read will miss six weeks because of torn rib cage muscles.
• The Portland Timbers signed midfielder Michael Nanchoff, adding another player who played for new Portland coach Caleb Porter at Akron.
• Late goals by Tottenham's Mousa Dembele and Chelsea's Eden Hazard advanced the English clubs to the Europa League's third round, while Newcastle also reached the final 16 and Liverpool and defending champion Atletico Madrid were eliminated.
• Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina beat Michael Llodra of France 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 to reach the Open 13 quarterfinals in Marseille, France.
• Nicolas Almagro of Spain and Federico Delbonis of Argentina won second-round matches and will meet in the quarterfinals of the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• Former swim coach Rick Curl, whose namesake club became internationally renowned for its elite competitors, pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C., to one count of child sexual abuse involving one of his former swimmers, Kelley Currin, in the 1980s. Sentencing is set for May 23. Curl, 63, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.
• The Giro d'Italia in 2014 will begin in Northern Ireland and Ireland. This will be the 11th time the cycling race will start outside Italy.
• Jerry Sandusky's attorney filed notice that he'll take his quest for a new trial to a higher level court.
• Marit Bjoergen of Norway won the third individual sprint world title of her career and Nikita Kriukov of Russia matched his Olympic gold at the Nordic world ski championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
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