Hawks win again...Devils win, Pens keep pace...B's squander third-period lead.
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks remain the only NHL team without a regulation loss.
Marcus Kruger scored the eventual game-winner and had an assist as the Hawks knocked off the slumping San Jose Sharks 4-1. Duncan Keith and Jamal Mayers each had two assists to help the Blackhawks improve to 11-0-3 and keep their four-point lead over Anaheim in the Western Conference standings.
Ray Emery made 27 saves for Chicago, which is approaching the NHL record for longest season-opening streak without a regulation loss. The 2006-07 Ducks opened 12-0-4 before winning their lone Stanley Cup.
The Sharks are 0-4-3 since their 7-0 start.
The Ducks kept pace with the Hawks as Andrew Cogliano scored twice during Anaheim's three-goal third period that wrapped up a 5-2 win at Detroit. Viktor Fasth made 26 saves to become the first goalie in seven years to win his first seven career starts.
The New Jersey Devils remain the top team in the Eastern Conference at 9-2-3.
David Clarkson scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period and Ilya Kovalchuk had three assists as the Devils rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat Philadelphia 5-3. Martin Brodeur (broh-DOOR') stopped 25 shots, recorded an assist and was perfect over the final two periods to allow the Devils to storm back.
Patrik Elias chipped in a goal and two assists for the Devils, who remain one point ahead of Pittsburgh and are three points better than Boston.
The Penguins were winners as Craig Adams scored his first two goals of the season in a 3-1 triumph at Winnipeg. James Neal notched his 11th goal to back Marc-Andre Fleury's 25 saves.
The Bruins fell to 8-2-2 by blowing a 2-1 lead in the third period of a 4-2 loss at Buffalo. Christian Ehrhoff (HER'-hahf) put the Sabres ahead midway through the final stanza, three minutes before Cody Hodgson added the insurance tally in Buffalo's third victory in eight games.
In other NHL action, Vancouver's six-game winning streak is over after Antoine Roussel and Brenden Dillon scored during the last eight minutes of the Dallas Stars' 4-3 win over the Canucks. Henrik Sedin (she-DEEN') became Vancouver's all-time scoring leader with two assists in the second period, giving him 757 points for his career.
David Perron scored twice on power plays as St. Louis handled Calgary 5-2. Alex Steen had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who led 4-0 in the first period and won their second straight since a five-game losing streak.
Meetings end on playing in Russia
UNDATED (AP) — Two days of talks between the NHL and Olympic officials wrapped up Friday with signs of progress toward a resolution on the issue of having the league send its players to the 2014 Sochi (SOH'-chee) Games. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel met for about 2½ hours after a 90-minute get-together Thursday night. No new talks were scheduled, but the sides are expected to meet again.
In other hockey news:
— Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is day to day with an upper-body injury, causing the team to recall netminder Henrik Karlsson from Rockford of the AHL. Crawford had 31 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim on Tuesday, leaving him 7-0-3 with a 1.65 goals-against average for the season.
— Red Wings star center Pavel Datsyuk (DAHT'-sook) didn't play Friday night due to what general manager Ken Holland called a nagging upper-body injury. Holland said Datsyuk is day to day.
Commish paid $29.5 million in 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') must be grateful there's no salary cap for him. That's because Goodell was paid $29.49 million by league owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year.
According to the league's most recent tax return, most of Goodell's pay comes in the form of a $22.3 million bonus. His base pay was $3.1 million. In 2011, Goodell helped the league reach a new 10-year labor deal and work out lucrative TV contracts.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank issued a statement calling the NFL the "most successful and best-managed sports league in the world," and it "is in no small part due to Roger's leadership." He added that Goodell's "compensation reflects that."
Goodell earned $11.6 million in 2010.
Goodell's compensation was first reported by Sports Business Journal.
Bills ink Jackson...Woodson, Freeney on the market
UNDATED — Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is coming back to Buffalo after re-signing with the Bills. In announcing Jackson's signing, new coach Doug Marrone (MUH'-rohn) ended a month of speculation regarding his plans at quarterback by saying he intends to have returning starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jackson compete for the starting job.
In other NFL doings:
— The Green Bay Packers have released 36-year-old defensive back Charles Woodson, who had two years left on his contract. Woodson signed a five-year deal before the 2010 season that was worth as much as $55 million. He missed nine games during the 2012 regular season because of a broken right collarbone and played in two postseason games for the Packers. Woodson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998.
— The Indianapolis Colts say they will not re-sign former league sacks champion Dwight Freeney or oft-injured receiver Austin Collie. Both will become unrestricted free agents next month.
__ Wide receiver Titus Young's has been placed on waivers after only a few days in St. Louis. Coach Jeff Fisher says the Rams picked up Young before they had much time to do any background checks. Young was banished three times by the Lions last year because of his behavior, including once for punching teammate Louis Delmas.
— The Minnesota Vikings are getting a new stadium, to be built on the current site of the Metrodome. The Vikings will play the 2014 and 2015 seasons outdoors at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.
Bourn signs and Swisher leaves...Utley optimistic
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Terms of the deal were not immediately known, but Zimmermann's arbitration asking price was $5.8 million while the Nationals submitted $4.6 million. The 26-year-old Zimmermann made $2.3 million last season, when he went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA last season.
In other spring training news:
— Chase Utley took batting practice and infield work and expects to be on the field when the Philadelphia Phillies open the Grapefruit League season next week. Utley hasn't played in a spring training game since 2010 and has missed significant time each of the last two seasons with knee injuries.
— Michael Bourn has signed his four-year, $48 million contract with the Indians. Bourn was an All-Star last season and hit .274 with nine homers, 42 stolen bases and 57 RBIs for the Atlanta Braves.
— Texas slugger Nelson Cruz says it was "shocking" and "depressing" when his name came up in connection to a clinic now at the center of Major League Baseball's latest drug investigation. MLB is investigating Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. The Miami New Times reported last month that it obtained records detailing drug purchases by several players, including Cruz, the 2011 AL championship series MVP.
TOP-25 MEN'S BASKETBALL
Hoyas win seventh straight
CINCINNATI (AP) — No. 15 Georgetown was a winner in Friday's lone men's basketball game involving a ranked team.
Markel Starks scored a team-high 17 points and the Hoyas improved to 9-3 in the Big East with a 62-55 win at Cincinnati. The Hoyas blew a 12-point lead in the second half before Starks hit a go-ahead three-pointer and added five free throws in the final minute.
Otto Porter added 16 points in the Hoyas' seventh consecutive win.
Georgetown was tied with Syracuse and Marquette for the conference lead heading into the weekend.
HALL OF FAME-BASKETBALL
Finalists for 2013 announced
HOUSTON (AP) —Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond are among 12 finalists for election into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Other finalists include former NBA stars Maurice Cheeks, Spencer Haywood and Bernard King, along with WNBA star Dawn Staley. Guy Lewis, Jerry Tarkanian (tahr-KAY'-nee-ehn), Rick Pitino (pih-TEE'-noh), Sylvia Hatchell and Tom Heinsohn (HYN'-suhn) are the past and present coaches among the finalists.
The 2013 class will be announced at the Final Four in April.
Pistorius statement disputes he committed murder
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A statement from the family of Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR'-ee-uhs) and his management says they dispute the claim that he murdered his girlfriend "in the strongest terms." The statement was issued after the double-amputee Olympian wept in court when prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder against him for the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Co-leaders thru 36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — South Korea's Sang-Moon Bae and Fredrik Jacobson share the lead at the midway point of the PGA's Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
Both players signed off on 6-under-par 65s for a 9-under total, one shot ahead of John Merrick and John Rollins. Luke Donald is another stroke back at minus-7.
Phil Mickelson had a 67 that puts him five shots off the pace.
CHAMPIONS-ACE GROUP CLASSIC
Langer takes the top spot
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) is the first-round leader at the Champions Tour event in Naples, Fla. Langer fired a 10-under-par 62 that included an eagle and five birdies on the back nine for a three-shot edge over Bob Tway. Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr., Jay Don Blake and John Huston opened with 66s.
Williams regains No. 1
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Serena Williams has secured the No. 1 ranking after coming from a set down to beat former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Qatar (GUH'-tur) Open semifinals. The 31-year-old American will become the oldest women's player to be No. 1 in next week's rankings.