The Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for a 4-2 NHL victory over the host New York Islanders that stretched their winning streak to 11 games.
winning streak to 11
Tomas Vokoun was sharp in making 33 saves, and Brandon Sutter snapped a tie early in the third period for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who rallied for a 4-2 victory over the host New York Islanders that stretched their winning streak to 11 games Friday.
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Sutter took a pass from Matt Cooke in front off a two-on-one rush and scored past goaltender Evgeni Nabokov 1:46 into the third period. Joe Vitale and Chris Kunitz had second-period goals for Pittsburgh, which erased two one-goal deficits.
Pascal Dupuis, with an assist from Vokoun, scored an empty-net goal with less than a second remaining.
Meanwhile, Nick Foligno scored twice in a span of 51 seconds as host Columbus beat Calgary 5-1 to extend its franchise-record points streak to 12 games.
Tree poisoner gets
sentenced to 3 years
The Alabama football fan who poisoned the iconic Toomer’s Corner oak trees at rival Auburn has been sentenced to three years.
Court filings show Harvey Updyke Jr. pleaded guilty to damaging an agricultural facility. The sentence requires him to be incarcerated for at least six months and spend five years on supervised probation. He has been credited with 104 days already served.
Updyke was sentenced after changing his plea from not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to guilty as part of a plea agreement. Andrew Stanley, Updyke’s attorney, told AL.com his client apologized to the court, his family and the state of Alabama for the poisoning of the trees.
“He was very remorseful about what he had done,” Stanley said.
Auburn fans traditionally gather at Toomer’s Corner to celebrate victories.
Azarenka’s fill-in wins
With an ankle injury forcing two-time champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to withdraw from the Sony Open, Lauren Davis quickly went from lucky loser to lucky winner in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Given a spot in the draw because Azarenka pulled out, Davis took advantage of shaky play by fellow Floridian Madison Keys in the decisive tiebreaker to win their match 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (9-7).
The 19-year-old Davis trailed 6-3 in the tiebreaker before saving three consecutive match points, all on unforced errors by Keys, 18.
Azarenka, ranked No. 3 in the world, estimated she needs another couple of weeks to recover.
Slim gets TV rights
Mexican magnate Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, secured the Latin American broadcast rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee said America Movil, the Mexican telecommunications company controlled by Slim, was awarded the rights to next year’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on media platforms across Latin America. The deal does not include Brazil.
Ross takes Super-G title
Laurenne Ross won the super-giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif., beating Stacey Cook by 0.01 seconds for her first national title.
In the men’s race, Travis Ganong won on his home course.
• English Premier League soccer team West Ham will move into London’s Olympic Stadium in 2016, ending drawn-out negotiations over the future of the $783 million venue that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies last year.
• Former Alabama football player Bill Battle, 71, has been hired as the school’s athletic director. He replaces former Crimson Tide teammate Mal Moore, 73, who is moving from AD to a job as special assistant to Judy Bonner, the university president, because of health issues.
• Louisville defensive-line coach Clint Hurtt has been placed on administrative leave while preparing to answer allegations of violations the NCAA says he committed while he was a Miami Hurricanes assistant football coach. Hurtt, 34, faces allegations of receiving and providing impermissible benefits while at Miami.
• Two-time defending champion Penn State leads second-place Oklahoma State by 20.5 points entering Saturday’s finals of the NCAA wrestling championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
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