Canadiens top Devils 4-3 in shootout
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - David Desharnais scored the tying goal with 37 seconds left in the third period and added a goal in the shootout and the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
Lars Eller also scored in third period and shootout for Montreal, which also beat the Devils in Montreal on Monday night.
Rookie Reid Boucher, making his NHL debut, scored for the Devils in the shootout, breaking a string of 20 straight missed chances by the Devils, who are 0-5 in shootouts this season.
Patrik Elias' unassisted goal at 18:54 had given the Devils a 3-2 edge, but Desharnais redirected a slap shot by Brian Gionta to score at 19:23 for Montreal and force overtime.
Eli Manning and Philip Rivers are forever linked
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Eli Manning doesn't feel comfortable talking about why he and his family didn't want him to play in San Diego in 2004.
The New York Giants quarterback gets a sheepish look and says he really doesn't remember why he spurned a city known for its mild climates and beaches.
It's in the past, and he'll keep it there.
The bottom line was the Mannings told the Chargers he didn't want to play in southern California and it forced their hand on draft day. The Chargers took Manning with the No. 1 overall pick and traded him to the Giants for Philip Rivers - the No. 4 selection - and three other picks.
A decade later, Manning and Rivers are still the quarterbacks for their teams, and they will meet again Sunday in San Diego.
Ryan gives Geno, Jets' rookies an 'A-plus' grade
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Rex Ryan gives his New York Jets rookies an "A-plus" grade, despite the struggles and recent benchings of both Geno Smith and Dee Milliner.
Ryan says Wednesday that the team's rookie group "is about as strong a class I've ever seen," raving about having five of the team's draft picks performing as starters this season.
Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, the No. 13 overall pick, was the Jets' second draft selection and has had a terrific first season as one of the NFL's top defensive playmakers. But Milliner, No. 9 overall, and Smith, a second-rounder, have had major issues.
So have Brian Winters, a third-rounder who's starting at left guard, and fullback Tommy Bohanon, a seventh-rounder.
Jets' Ryan takes cover as speakers malfunction
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The sinking New York Jets have Rex Ryan ducking for cover these days.
The oft-criticized coach was in the middle of answering a question during his news conference Wednesday when the speakers in the press room at the team's facility malfunctioned and crackled loudly, sounding like fireworks. The sudden outburst startled Ryan and the media assembled in front of him.
A smiling Ryan ducked a few times behind the podium before looking at the cameras and joking, "I know, we're on a three-game losing streak. I understand. ... Wow. Not a good product, so ... "
Ryan quickly gathered himself and finished answering the question, the final one of his news conference, while the speakers continued to pop.
The Jets (5-7) host the Oakland Raiders (4-8) on Sunday.
Buffalo Bills sign former Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Tight end Tony Moeaki will get what's essentially a four-week tryout in Buffalo to show he's healthy after being signed by the Bills.
The former Chiefs player has been out since breaking his shoulder in Kansas City's preseason win over Pittsburgh on Aug. 23. He was then released by the Chiefs after reaching an injury settlement in October.
At 6-foot-3. 252 pounds, Moeaki first gained prominence during his rookie season in 2010, when he had 47 catches for 556 yards and three touchdowns. His career has since been slowed by injuries, including a torn left ACL that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season.
The Bills (4-8) play at Tampa Bay (3-9) on Sunday. Buffalo made room to sign Moeaki on Wednesday by cutting running back Tashard Choice.
Buffalo Bills cut RB Tashard Choice
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills have cut little-used veteran running back Tashard Choice.
The team announced the move in a one-sentence release issued on Wednesday before the Bills (4-8) returned to practice to prepare for their game at Tampa Bay (3-9) on Sunday.
Choice is a six-year NFL veteran, who was in his third season in Buffalo. He ranks third on the team with 126 yards rushing behind co-starters C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
Choice's best outing came in a 35-17 loss at New Orleans on Oct. 27, when he had seven carries for 35 yards. He also has four catches for 10 yards.
Brandon: Bills to review benefits of Toronto games
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon is expressing concern over whether his team loses a competitive edge by playing annual home games in Toronto.
During his weekly show on Buffalo's WGR-AM on Wednesday, Brandon said "nothing comes above winning," before adding the benefits of the "Bills In Toronto" series will be "reviewed in a grand manner."
Brandon stopped short of saying whether the Bills would consider canceling the series or can opt out of the four remaining years of their deal with Rogers Communications.
Brandon's comments came after Buffalo dropped to 1-5 in regular-season games at Toronto following a 34-31 overtime loss to Atlanta on Sunday. The warm-weather Falcons played inside the domed Rogers Centre and avoided the wintry conditions in Buffalo.
G Lundqvist, Rangers agree on contract extension
NEW YORK (AP) - Goalie Henrik Lundqvist has agreed to a contract extension with the New York Rangers.
The team did not announce terms of the deal Wednesday.
The 31-year-old Lundqvist has been a Vezina Trophy finalist as the NHL's top goaltender in five of his eight seasons, winning the award in 2012.
Lundqvist has a 284-182-57 career record with a 2.26 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and 47 shutouts.
The Swede was a seventh-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2000 and made his NHL debut in 2005.
YANKEES-MINOR LEAGUER SUSPENDED
Yankees minor leaguer suspended for drug violation
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Yankees catcher Ryan Baker has been suspended 50 games for refusing to take an offseason drug test in violation of baseball's minor league drug program.
Baker made just two appearances last season, as a pitcher for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Baker, who will be 29 in November, has been in the Yankees system since 2008 without reaching the majors.
He is currently on the roster of Class-A Charleston of the South Atlantic League. The suspension announced Wednesday will begin at the start of the RiverDogs' season.
There have been 60 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program and 15 under the major league program.
MLS--RED BULLS SIGNINGS
Red Bulls sign Alexander, Kimura and Luyindula
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - The New York Red Bulls have re-signed midfielder Eric Alexander, defender Kosuke Kimura and forward Peguy Luyindula to new contracts.
The Red Bulls, who had the best regular-season record in the MLS this season, announced the signing Wednesday without releasing details of the contracts.
Acquired from Portland before the season, Alexander appeared in every regular-season match, recording personal-highs in games played (34), starts (30), goals (4) and shots (33). Alexander also played in two playoff games and scored a goal.
Kimura was also acquired in the 2012-13 offseason from Portland. The fullback played in 24 games (15 starts) and had two assists.
Luyindula was signed in March after previously playing for Paris Saint-Germain. He made 22 appearances (9 starts) and had one goal and seven assists.
Compliance Officer wins Big A feature
NEW YORK (AP) - Compliance Officer rolled to a three-length victory over Cheyenne Nation on Wednesday in the $79,000 turf allowance feature at Aqueduct.
The 7-year-old gelding trained by Bruce Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano improved to 12 for 33. The time was 1:37.75 for the mile on the course rated good.
Compliance Officer paid $11.20, $5.30 and $4.10. Cheyenne Nation returned $4.10 and $3.50, while Royal Blessing paid $3.60 to show.
GW wins again, 93-87 over Rutgers
WASHINGTON (AP) - Isaiah Armwood scored 20 points and Kethan Savage matched his career-high with 18 as George Washington continued its best start since the 2005-06 season with a 93-87 win over Rutgers on Wednesday night.
Maurice Creek also scored 18 points and Nemanja Mikic 14 for the Colonials (7-1), who had five players score in double figures and survived knockdown shooting from Rutgers for the opening 30 minutes. George Washington shot 52.6 percent from the field and scored 40 points in the paint in its return home after wins over Miami and No. 20 Creighton at the Wooden Legacy in California.
Myles Mack scored 26 points for Rutgers (4-5), which has lost two straight and four of five. Jerome Seagears, out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, scored 23. Both guards made 5 of 7 3-pointers, and the Scarlet Knights shot 13 of 27 from beyond the arc.
Mullins' 28 carries Columbia past Army 81-64
NEW YORK (AP) - Grant Mullins scored a career-high 28 points to lead Columbia to an 81-64 win over Army on Wednesday night.
Mullins was almost unstopped, hitting 10 of 14 shots, including 6 of 10 3-pointers. He also had four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Columbia (5-4) also got another strong game from junior sixth-man Alex Rosenberg. Averaging just over 15 points a game over the last three games, scored 15 again.
Kevin Ferguson, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, paced Army (1-6) with a career-high 19 points, hitting 8 of 10 shots. Kyle Wilson added 11.
After the Black Knights scored the first basket the Lions reeled off 11 points, seven from Mullins. Mullins and Meiko Lyles hit back-to-back 3's to make it 20-8 early in the game. When Zach En'Wezoh made a three-point play at the 7 minute mark for a 27-14 lead, Army never got within single digits again.
Sacred Heart takes down Hofstra 73-59
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Steve Glowiak scored 18 points on six 3-pointers, leading a hot-shooting Sacred Heart offense past Hofstra 73-59 on Wednesday night.
Sacred Heart (2-6) snapped a two-game losing skid, hitting 12 of 24 3-pointers and shooting 50 percent (27 of 54) from the field. The Pioneers hit 8 of 15 attempts from behind the arc in the first half on their way to a 42-31 halftime lead.
Hofstra (2-6) shot 46.9 percent from the field and came within 62-57 on Zeke Upshaw's bucket with 5:41 left in the second half before Glowiak responded with his sixth 3 of the game, sparking an 11-2 run to finish the game.
Evan Kelley scored 14 points for Sacred Heart and Chris Evans added 13. Phil Gaetano had eight points and paced the offense with a season-high 11 assists.
Upshaw scored 16 points for Hofstra, Jamall Robinson added 14 and Jordan Allen had 10.
ALBANY (NY)-HOLY CROSS
Dudzinski's 22 lifts Holy Cross past Albany 62-57
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Dave Dudzinski had a game-high 22 points, and scored 13 of the final 15 points for Holy Cross as they outlasted Albany 62-57 Wednesday night.
The Crusaders (5-3) faced an early 10-point deficit in the second half, but Malachi Alexander sparked a 12-2 run with a layup and two jumpers to tie the game at 40.
Dudzinski hit two layups with a pair of free throws in between and Malcolm Miller had a lay-in as well to put Holy Cross up 55-49.
Albany (4-4) pulled within two on a Peter Hooley 3-pointer, and he followed two Dudzinski free throws with a layup to make it 59-57 with :47 left.
Dudzinski answered with a 3-point dagger to ice the game with 11 seconds remaining. He finished with seven rebounds and was 6 of 6 from the foul line.
Hooley led the Great Danes with 19 points and Sam Rowley had 14.
BINGHAMTON-MOUNT ST MARY'S
Binghamton defeats Mount St. Mary's 74-70
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - Jordan Reed scored 17 points joining three of his teammates in double digits as Binghamton defeated Mount St. Mary's 74-70 on Wednesday night.
Reed had eight rebounds, two assists and two steals for Binghamton. Marlon Beck scored 19 points, Yosef Yacob had 18, and Nick Madray came off the bench to score 12 points with a team-high 10 rebounds. The win breaks a 4-game losing streak for the Bearcats (2-6).
Binghamton led by 10 the break but Mount St Mary's battled back in the second. Trailing 59-40 with 6:20 remaining, the Mountaineers (2-7) used a 13-3 scoring run to cut the deficit to nine with just under three-minutes left. They came within two with 1.7 seconds left on the clock.
The Mountaineers' scoring leader was Julian Norfleet with a game-high 26 points, three rebounds, and seven assists.
Fordham races away from Furman 79-48
NEW YORK (AP) - Mandell Thomas hit back-to-back 3-pointers in an early run and finished with a season-high 19 points as Fordham raced away from Furman en route to a 79-48 victory on Wednesday night.
It took the Rams (3-2) just five seconds off the opening tip to score on a Brian Smith layup - his only field goal of the game. Thomas hit back-to-back 3s in the run as Fordham soon led by 11, and extended the lead to 25 by halftime.
Thomas was a perfect 3-for-3 on 3-pointers, and Jon Severe hit 5 of 8 long-range shots to finish with 23 points - his fourth game over 20 this season. Ryan Rhoomes had career highs with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Smith added 12 boards.
The Paladins (3-3) were led by Dominic Early's career-best 21 points. Furman shot just 34 percent from the field, 0-11 on 3-point attempts. Fordham out-rebounded Furman 45-25.
NJIT defeats Maine again 81-72
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Terrence Smith scored 22 points and Damon Lynn 19 as NJIT defeated Maine 81-72 on Wednesday night.
NJIT won at Maine 88-82 on Nov. 19.
The Highlanders (5-4) used 51.6 percent shooting in the first half to take a nine-point lead. Free throws paid off in the second half, when they made 17 of 23 attempts.
Trailing by 20 at 10:34 of the second half, Maine (2-5) made a couple of runs before closing within five points with 1:05 left on a pair of free throws by Dimitry Akanda-Coronel. But the Highlanders hit 7 of 8 free throws from there to secure the victory.
The Highlanders survived 23 turnovers that led to 29 Maine points. Tim Coleman added 13 points and Winfield Willis 12 for NJIT.
Zarko Valjarevic led the Black Bears with 19 points, Xavier Pollard added 18 points and 11 rebounds and Garet Beal scored 12.
Iona defeats conference foe Marist 83-74
NEW ROCHELLE, New York (AP) - Sean Armand scored 26 points including 6 of 10 from 3-point range as Iona downed Marist Wednesday night 83-74.
Five players scored in double-figures for Iona (4-2). Isaiah Williams had 17 and A.J. English scored 10 points to go along with 13 assists.
Chavaughn Lewis led Marist (0-8) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Khalid Hart and Jay Bowie had 15 points each.
Marist trailed by 10 or more points for the majority of the game. They were able to cut it to eight with 10 minutes left, but Iona then made four unanswered 3-pointers in a row to take a 20 point lead 69-49. Marist couldn't cut the lead to single-digits the rest of the game.
Iona went 17 of 30 from 3-point range - one off the school record - and held the Red Foxes to 5 of 17 from 3.
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON-STONY BROOK
Stony Brook defeats Fairleigh Dickinson 77-62
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - Carson Puriefoy scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures as Stony Brook defeated Fairleigh Dickinson Wednesday night.
Stony Brook (6-3) had a 32-9 run to end the first half. Puriefoy scored 11, including two 3-pointers during the stretch.
Sidney Sanders Jr. made a layup to pull Fairleigh Dickinson (3-7) within four at 61-57 with 3:42 remaining. Dave Coley answered with a 3-pointer, sparking a 16-5 run by the Seawolves to cap the scoring.
Coley, Anthony Jackson and Jameel Warney each scored 13 points. Ahmad Walker scored 14 points, and had a team-high seven rebounds for the Seawolves.
Sanders scored a career-high 28 points. He scored a previous career-best 23 points during Sunday's win against Seton Hall.
The Seawolves improve to 29-2 at home, rebounding after having their 13-game home streak snapped Sunday against St. Francis Brooklyn.
Finances cited as challenge for New Jersey F1 race
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) - The promoter of a planned Formula One race in New Jersey says he's working to restructure the financing so the event can be held in 2015.
Leo Hindery Jr. said Wednesday he wants the race to take place as soon as possible. But he calls it a "huge undertaking" to build the road course without tapping public money while also meeting the sport's timing demands.
F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said last month during the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas that the New Jersey race would not take place in 2014, though it had been on the provisional calendar for the year.
Plans call for the race to run on a 3.2-mile temporary street circuit along the Hudson River in the towns of Weehawken and West New York, with the New York City skyline as a backdrop.
HALL OF FAME-INDUCTION
De La Hoya headlines 2014 boxing Hall class
CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) - Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe head the class of 2014 to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Also to be enshrined are George Chaney, Charles Ledoux and Mike O'Dowd in the old-timer category, while Tom Allen is the lone honoree in the pioneer category.
The 25th class includes promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, journalist Graham Houston and photographer Neil Leifer in the non-participant and observer categories.
De La Hoya won 10 titles in six weight classes and an Olympic gold medal in his career, while Trinidad was a three-time world champion and Calzaghe retired unbeaten in 46 professional bouts.
Inductees were selected by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. Induction ceremonies will be held June 8 at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y.
BUCK O'NEIL AWARD
Joe Garagiola wins HOF's Buck O'Neil Award
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Joe Garagiola is the winner of the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum gives the award to an individual for efforts to enhance baseball's positive impact on society. The 87-year-old Garagiola will receive the award July 26 as part of Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Following a nine-year major league career that began in 1946, Garagiola had a long career in baseball broadcasting. He also founded The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) and the National Spit Tobacco Education Program.
Garagiola becomes the third winner of the lifetime achievement award, which was established in 2007.
O'Neil, a Negro Leagues star and the first black coach in the majors, received it posthumously in 2008, two years after his death.
NBA Radio channel to launch Monday
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA is getting its own satellite radio station.
SiriusXM NBA Radio will launch Monday, with the opening day to include interviews with players, owners and league executives, plus live coverage of a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers.
The station, which the NBA and SiriusXM will announce Thursday, also will provide live coverage of the Miami-Indiana showdown on Tuesday.
NBA Radio on Channel 217 will showcase more than 14 live games each week and a daily schedule of NBA-focused news and talk, with hosts that include former coaches Lionel Hollins, Mike Dunleavy and Sam Mitchell.
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