National sports briefs

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 29, 2006

Associated Press

PHOENIX — Mike Tyson was released from jail without bond on a felony drug possession charge Friday after an early-morning arrest in which Buckeye police said they found two bags of white powder in his back pocket.

“He admitted to using today and stated he is an addict and has a problem,” according to a police probable cause statement. “Mike admitted to possessing bags of cocaine and said he uses any time he can get his hands on it.”


RALEIGH — Ray Whitney had a goal and two assists, and Rod Brind’Amour added a goal and an assist in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Justin Williams also had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who bounced back from a loss at Buffalo on Thursday night to win for the sixth time in seven games.

Cam Ward made 25 saves, and Erik Cole scored an empty-netter in the final minute to seal it in a matchup of the defending Stanley Cup champions and the NHL’s top team.

Wild 4, Blue Jackets 3, OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Wes Walz scored a controversial goal 1:29 into overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Senators 1, Rangers 0

OTTAWA — Ray Emery made 27 saves for his second straight shutout, Daniel Alfredsson scored in the first minute and Ottawa extended New York’s losing streak to seven games.

Penguins 4, Maple Leafs 1

PITTSBURGH — Sergei Gonchar scored the go-ahead goal and set up another by Evgeni Malkin and Pittsburgh scored three power-play goals, ending a five-game losing streak by beating penalty-prone Toronto.

Devils 4, Capitals 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Scott Gomez had two goals and an assist to help New Jersey beat Washington for the sixth straight game.

Panthers 3, Canadiens 1

SUNRISE, Fla. — Ed Belfour made 32 saves, and Nathan Horton scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period for Florida.

Flames 6, Kings 4

CALGARY, Alberta — Jarome Iginla scored his 21st goal of the season and added three assists.

Blues 4, Avalanche 2

DENVER — Martin Rucinsky scored two goals and Manny Legace beat Colorado for the eighth straight time in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-2 win over the Avalanche.


TAMPA, Fla. — Kentrell Gransberry made three clutch free throws in the final minute to finish with 17 points and 15 rebounds Friday night, helping South Florida snap a four-game losing streak with a 75-67 victory over Wake Forest (7-5).

Winthrop 71, ODU 65

NORFOLK, Va. — Chris Gaynor scored 18 points, Torrell Williams had 15 and Winthrop led throughout the second half in a 71-65 victory at Old Dominion.

Winthrop, of the lightly regarded Big South Conference, also got 11 points from former West Rowan star Phillip Williams.


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers receiver Antonio Bryant pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless driving and resisting arrest after he was spotted driving more than 100 mph last month.


OKLAHOMA CITY — An ankle injury will keep New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul sidelined for at least a month.

Paul had an MRI on Thursday and has a severely sprained ankle that will take a minimum of four weeks to heal. He is the Hornets leading scorer, averaging 18.4 points. He also leads the team in assists with 9.0 per game.


NEW YORK — Former New York Yankees player Bobby Murcer watched the Independence Bowl from his Houston hospital bed after surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Murcer, now a Yankees broadcaster, had been having headaches and feeling a loss of energy. The tumor was discovered following an MRI on Christmas Eve.

* MIAMI — The Florida Marlins and infielder Aaron Boone agreed to a $925,000, one-year contract on Friday.

Boone, who turns 34 next March, hit .251 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs in 104 games at third base last season for Cleveland.