National Sports Briefs: Hossa beaten by former team

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Associated Press
DETROIT ó Marian Hossa’s decision to leave Pittsburgh to sign with Detroit will only be validated if he helps the Red Wings hoist the Stanley Cup.
Hossa’s former teammates, though, can feel good about beating him in their first shot.
Jordan Staal had a hat trick in the third period and set up Ruslan Fedotenko’s winning goal with 1:11 in overtime, lifting the Penguins to a 7-6 comeback win over the Red Wings on Tuesday night.
Hossa had two assists against the team he left as a free agent to chase a Cup in Detroit, signing a one-year deal instead of staying in Pittsburgh for a longer and more lucrative contract.
Canadiens 4, Senators 0
MONTREALó Chris Higgins scored three goals and Carey Price got his first shutout of the season to lead Montreal to the win.
Higgins scored a short-handed goal 7:22 in before extending the Canadiens’ lead to 2-0 with his second of the game 14:11 into the second.
Flyers 3, Islanders 1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. ó Danny Briere gave the Flyers a second-period lead before leaving with another injury, and Martin Biron made 35 saves for Philadelphia.
NEW YORK ó Tim Lincecum won the National League Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin Tuesday, taking home pitching’s highest honor in his second major league season.
The slender kid with the whirling windup joined Mike McCormick (1967) as the only San Francisco Giants pitchers to win a Cy Young.
Lincecum received 23 of 32 first-place votes and 137 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks got four first-place votes and finished second with 73 points.
Listed at 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, tiny by today’s standards for a big league pitcher, Lincecum defied detractors ó and the laws of physics ó by firing 97 mph fastballs past one hulking slugger after another.
The 24-year-old right-hander was 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA and a major league-best 265 strikeouts, remarkable numbers for a fourth-place team that finished 72-90.
– NEW YORK ó Selling suites may not be so sweet a business for the New York Yankees in these tough economic times.
Seven luxury boxes down the foul lines priced at $600,000 remain available for the 2009 season, the first at the new Yankee Stadium. The team still had seven available in August, too.
“There’s no getting away from the fact that the world is different than it was, so traffic slows,” chief operating officer Lonn Trost said Tuesday. “So you don’t have 10 people banging on the door.”
– OAKLAND, Calif. ó Matt Holliday’s trade to the Oakland Athletics was nearly completed Tuesday and an announcement was expected soon.
The Colorado Rockies were set to send Holliday to the A’s for reliever Huston Street, left-hander Greg Smith and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Holliday has 128 homers and 483 RBIs in five big league seasons. His best year was 2007, when he won the NL batting title with a .340 average. He also had 36 homers and a league-best 137 RBIs in helping the Rockies reach the World Series. He finished second to Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins for NL MVP.
– SAN DIEGO ó The San Diego Padres withdrew their $4 million offer to closer Trevor Hoffman, leaving it unclear whether they would continue to negotiate with the career saves leader.
He has 554 career saves and a 2.78 ERA. He had 30 saves last season but posted a 3.77 ERA ó his highest since 1995.
HENDERSON, Nev. ó Nick Price shot a 7-under 65 Tuesday to lead the Champions Tour team to two nine-hole tournament victories at the 17h Annual Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge.
LOS ANGELES ó Landon Donovan wants another chance to succeed in Europe. A bust with Bayer Leverkusen during two prior stints in Germany, Donovan began training with Bayern Munich on Tuesday ó the same day he was voted U.S. player of the year for a record fifth time.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Jockey Julien Leparoux tied Hall of Famer Pat Day’s track record with seven wins at Churchill Downs.
The 25-year-old Leparoux won his first seven races Tuesday before coming up just short in his final two mounts.