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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.

Djokovic drawn opposite of Rafa and Roger

Djokovic on opposite side of Australian Open draw to Nadal, Federer
John Pye, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are on the same half of a Grand Slam draw for the first time since 2005, meaning defending champion and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic won't have to play either of his biggest rivals unless he reaches the Australian Open final.

No. 23-seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will face unseeded Filippo Volandri of Italy.

Wozniacki to play Rodionova in 1st round

Caroline Wozniacki to play Rodionova in 1st round at Australian Open
The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Defending champion Kim Clijsters and losing finalist Li Na could meet in the fourth round at this year's Australian Open after being drawn in the same quarter of the draw Friday.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will play Australian Anastasia Rodionova in her first-round match and is in the same half as Clijsters and Li, last year's French Open champion.

On the other half of the draw, five-time champion Serena Williams is in the same section of No. 3 Vera Zvonereva and former Grand Slam champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova.

Djokovic plays Lorenzi, Nadal a qualifer

Djokovic plays Lorenzi in 1st round, could meet Murray in Australian Open semis
The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Defending champion Novak Djokovic could meet Andy Murray, the man he beat in last year's Australian Open final, in the semifinals and Roger Federer could play Rafael Nadal at the same stage after the draw was held Friday at Melbourne Park.

Top-seeded Djokovic will play Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in the first round and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal has drawn a qualifier.

Impact selects Wenger with No. 1 pick

Montreal Impact selects Duke's Andrew Wenger with No. 1 pick in MLS SuperDraft
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - There were other strong candidates, but the expansion Montreal Impact felt the versatile Andrew Wenger was their man at the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

The six-foot 185-pound Wenger, who can play defence, midfield and up front, was selected first overall at the draft in Kansas City on Thursday, adding another piece to the Impact lineup heading into their first MLS season.

Kessel likely won't be last all-star standing

Phil Kessel returns to NHL all-star game but won't be picked last
Chris Johnston, The Canadian Press

Phil Kessel is heading back to the NHL all-star game and it's hard to imagine he'll have to wait until the end of the draft before hearing his name called this time.

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward was among the final 36 players added to the event by the league's hockey operations department Thursday, joining Maple Leafs teammates Joffrey Lupul and Dion Phaneuf for the Jan. 29 game at Scotiabank Place.

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