Sports News Roundup: Canadiens, Price shut out Avalanche; Thunder to retire Collison’s number; Mavs' Barea has torn Achilles
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Panarin repeats OT feat as Jackets stop Caps
Artemi Panarin scored a power-play goal with 1:30 left in overtime that gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 victory over the host Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Nicklas Backstrom had been whistled for slashing just 12 seconds earlier, and that gave Columbus the extra man. Seth Jones slid a pass over to Panarin by the left circle, and he ripped a slap shot past goalie Pheonix Copley for the game-winner. It was Panarin's second game-winning goal in overtime in the last two games as the Jackets on Thursday beat the Nashville Predators 4-3.
Federer feeling 'lucky' ahead of hat-trick bid in Melbourne
As the tennis world continued to digest the prospect of Andy Murray's retirement, an evergreen Roger Federer pondered the "luck" of his longevity on Sunday ahead of his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles. Murray's announcement that Melbourne Park could be his last tournament as a professional has made 37-year-old Federer's career seem all the more miraculous.
Anderson, Gurley run Rams past Cowboys, into NFC title game
C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley added 115 yards and a score as the Los Angeles Rams ran their way into the NFC Championship game with a 30-22 victory Saturday over the visiting Dallas Cowboys. Quarterback Jared Goff was 15-of-28 passing for 186 yards as the Rams moved one victory from the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance since 2001, when they lost to the New England Patriots.
Thunder to retire Collison's number
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Saturday that they will retire the number of Nick Collison on March 20, the first number ever to be retired by the club. Collison retired after the 2017-18 season, having spent all 15 of his pro seasons with the Thunder franchise, including four playing seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season.
Canadiens, Price shut out Avalanche
Carey Price had 28 saves for his 43rd career shutout, Brett Kulak and Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored goals midway through the third period, and the host Montreal Canadiens beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Saturday night. Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots for Colorado, which is 1-7-2 in its last 10 games.
Excited Wozniacki more careful of her body in title defense
Defending a Grand Slam title for the first time feels like a fun challenge for Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and the world number three said she is learning to take extra care of her body as she battles with rheumatoid arthritis. Following her group stage exit from the WTA Finals in October in Singapore, the 28-year-old Dane, who claimed her maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne last year, revealed she was suffering from the painful autoimmune condition.
Winslow propels Heat over Grizzlies
Justise Winslow produced a game-high 26 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists as the host Miami Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 112-108 on Saturday. Winslow made 10-of-16 shots, including 4-of-4 on 3-pointers, as Miami improved to 10-4 in its past 14 games.
No winning kickers in Chicago's Cody Parkey challenge
For all the grief Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey received for missing what would have been a winning 43-yard field goal in the playoffs last week, many others in the Windy City might express some sympathy after knowing what it feels like. Among the 101 contestants who tried the kick from the same yardage in tough, wintery conditions in Chicago on Saturday, not one put it through the uprights in what was called the Cody Parkey challenge. And none faced a rush trying to block their attempts -- Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester nicked Parkey's kick last week.
NFL notebook: Fitzgerald pondering Cardinals return
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he is undecided if he will retire or play in 2019, which would be his 16th season in the NFL. He told ESPN's Adam Schefter he intends to take some time to mull the decision.
Mavs' Barea has torn Achilles
Veteran point guard J.J. Barea tore his Achilles tendon in the Dallas Mavericks' win Friday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Barea, 34, injured his right leg after making a layup and landing awkwardly in the fourth quarter of the game.
(With inputs from agencies.)