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DeLaet is happy to be back, and it shows

Canada's DeLaet, after a year away with bad back, opens with 63 at Sony Open
Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Graham DeLaet has never been happier to be on the PGA Tour, and it showed Thursday in the Sony Open.

One year after back surgery that made him wonder if he could ever play golf again, DeLaet chipped in for eagle and twice holed 35-foot birdie putts for a 7-under 63 that gave the Canadian a two-shot lead.

Cammalleri traded to Flames for Bourque

Montreal's season to forget continues with trade of Mike Cammalleri
The Canadian Press

BOSTON - The Montreal Canadiens shipped forward Michael Cammalleri to the Calgary Flames on Thursday, adding another chapter to the storied organization's turbulent season.

The trade comes one day after Cammalleri questioned the Canadiens' attitude in the dressing room after a loss to the St. Louis Blues, and said the team played with a losing mentality.

Spezza scores 2, Ottawa blanks Rangers

Spezza, Anderson and rest of Senators shut down streaking Rangers 3-0
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist has been among the NHL's best goalies lately. Ottawa's Craig Anderson won't be joining his New York Rangers counterpart at the all-star game, but he sure is making a good case that he should be.

Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice and the Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.

Thursday's Scoreboard

Thursday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Thursday's Scores

NHL

Boston 2 Montreal 1

Ottawa 3 N.Y. Rangers 0

Vancouver 3 St. Louis 2 (OT)

San Jose 2 Winnipeg 0

Calgary 0 Anaheim 0 (in 3rd)

Philadelphia 3 N.Y. Islanders 2

Carolina 5 Tampa Bay 2

Detroit 3 Phoenix 2 (SO)

Nashville 3 Colorado 2 (OT)

Chicago 5 Minnesota 2

Dallas 2 Los Angeles 0 (in 1st)

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AHL

Hershey 4 Charlotte 3

Peoria 4 Lake Erie 0

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NBA

Atlanta 111 Charlotte 81

Memphis 94 New York 83

Milwaukee 102 Detroit 93

Niemi makes 24 saves as Sharks blank Jets 2-0

Sharks goalie Antti Niemi makes 24 saves in 2-0 shutout against Winnipeg Jets
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Antti Niemi made 24 saves to claim his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Logan Couture scored the game’s first goal at 13:36 of the second period and left-winger Brad Winchester made it 2-0 early in the third for the Sharks (24-11-5), who have won five of their last six games.

Couture scored for the second straight game but it was the skilled work of defenceman Brent Burns that made it happen against Winnipeg (20-18-5).

D. Sedin's OT goal lifts Canucks over Blues

Canucks stay atop West after Daniel Sedin's power-play OT goal beats Blues 3-2
R.B. Fallstrom, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal 46 seconds into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night in a matchup for first place in the Western Conference.

NHL Capsules: Anderson has shutout in Sens win

NHL Capsules: Anderson has first shutout of season in 3-0 Senators win
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Craig Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice, and the Ottawa Senators beat the surging New York Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.

Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators, who have won five straight at Madison Square Garden and seven of eight there (7-0-1).

New York (27-10-4), which entered with the most points in the NHL, had won five straight and 10 of 11.

Habs trade Cammalleri during 2-1 loss to Bruins

Struggling Canadiens lose 2-1 to Bruins; trade Cammalleri to Calgary
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

BOSTON - The Montreal Canadiens have struggled so much this season that even the Boston fans couldn't muster much of a hatred for their Original Six rivals.

So the crowd yelled derogatory cheers about Tim Tebow instead.

"They've got a lot going on right now, and I think their situation is a little bit different," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday night after Boston beat the embattled Canadiens 2-1.

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sprains right ankle

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sprains right ankle after earlier injuring left wrist
The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - New York forward Carmelo Anthony left the Knicks' game against Memphis on Thursday night after spraining his right ankle early in the second half.

Knicks officials said Anthony wouldn't return and that X-rays were negative.

Anthony, the Knicks' leading scorer at 26.6 points a game, injured the ankle on New York's end of the floor and immediately limped to the bench. He was taken to the locker room moments later.

He had 14 points and three rebounds when he left the game.

NCAA president supports 4-team football playoff

NCAA President Emmert says he would back 4-team BCS football playoff
Michael Marot, The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - NCAA President Mark Emmert would support a four-team playoff in college football — as long as the field doesn't grow.

After giving his annual state of the association speech Thursday in Indianapolis, Emmert acknowledged he would back a small playoff if that's what Bowl Championship Series officials decide to adopt.

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