National Sports Briefs: Staal leads Hurricanes to win
RALEIGH ó Eric Staal scored with 1:36 remaining to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Thursday night.
Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist, Chad LaRose also scored and Cam Ward earned his 100th NHL victory for the Hurricanes. Carolina, which had lost six of eight, played just its second home game since Jan. 6 and improved to 4-0 against the Lightning.
Mark Recchi finished with a goal and an assist, and Ryan Malone also scored for Tampa Bay, which was denied its first four-game winning streak since November 2007.
Staal, the Hurricanes’ All-Star center, capped the critical flurry of late activity that he started by taking the puck off the stick of Martin St. Louis.
Devils 4, Bruins 3
BOSTON ó Jamie Langenbrunner scored his second goal of the game with 1:11 gone in overtime and the New Jersey Devils, who allowed three straight third-period goals to blow a two-goal lead, beat the Boston Bruins 4-3.
Scott Clemmensen stopped 24 shots for New Jersey, which won its seventh consecutive game.
Panthers 5, Canadiens 1
SUNRISE, Fla. ó Jay Bouwmeester and Stephen Weiss scored power-play goals in the first period for Florida.
Richard Zednik, Radek Dvorak and Michael Frolik also scored for the Panthers, 7-1-3 in their last 11 games. Weiss added two assists, and Cory Stillman helped set up three goals.
Stars 4, Red Wings 2
DETROIT ó Brad Richards had two assists a minute apart on power plays midway through the first period to lift Dallas over Detroit.
Steve Ott, Jere Lehtinen, Chris Conner and Loui Eriksson put the Stars ahead 4-0 early in the second period.
Islanders 5, Thrashers 4
ATLANTA ó Kyle Okposo had his first two-goal game in the NHL, and goalie Yann Danis survived a shaky third period in the New York Islanders’ victory over Atlanta.
SAN FRANCISCO ó Twenty federal agents raided the home of the mother-in-law of Barry Bonds’ personal trainer.
Madeleine Gestas and her daughter Nicole Anderson, the trainer’s wife, are the target of a tax investigation that the lawyer for Greg Anderson said is aimed at pressuring the trainer to testify at Bonds’ upcoming trial.
Bonds, baseball’s career home run leader and a seven-time MVP, has pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to a federal grand jury in 2003 when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.
TAMPA, Fla. ó Three weeks after being dismissed by Boston College for pursuing an NFL head coaching job, Jeff Jagodzinski was hired Thursday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their offensive coordinator.
Jagodzinski, who led Boston College to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game in each of his two seasons, was fired Jan. 7 after being told he would be let go if he interviewed for the Jets’ coaching vacancy.
– NEW YORK ó Herm Edwards is moving from the sideline to the studio.
Fired as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs last Friday, Edwards joined ESPN as an analyst, the network announced Thursday. He will appear on several ESPN television and radio programs starting next month.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ó Bobby Bowden signed a one-year contract Wednesday to coach a 34th season at Florida State, prolonging his duel with Penn State’s Joe Paterno to see who will retire as college football’s all-time leader in wins.
Bowden’s 382 career wins are one fewer than Paterno.
BUSH & BASKETBALL
WACO, Texas ó Former President George W. Bush attended the Baylor women’s basketball game against Oklahoma in one of his first public appearances since returning to his Crawford ranch.
When the Bushes were introduced during the first timeout 4:03 into the game, somebody screamed “We love you, George Bush” and there was another loud ovation. He smiled and waved.
The Baylor campus is about 25 miles from the Bush ranch in Crawford, where the Bushes have been staying since last week when President Barack Obama took office.
ORLANDO, Fla. ó Dwight Howard had 22 points and 18 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic took advantage of LeBron James’ off night to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-88 on Thursday night.
James was 10-of-27 shooting for the Cavaliers, who lost for the first time in five games. He finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ó Lucas Glover and Australia’s James Nitties shot 6-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the FBR Open, while Phil Mickelson struggled to a 76 in his first PGA Tour round of the year.
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