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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM


Coyotes hold off Wild for 2-1 win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Smith stopped 21 shots, Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal both scored, and the Phoenix Coyotes extended their point streak to five games with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

Korpikoski scored his fourth goal — all against Finnish goaltenders — in the first period, and Hanzal got his third in three games in the second.

Smith was sharp for the second straight start, giving up a goal on a turnover in the second period and fighting off a power play by the Wild in the closing minutes.

Zach Parise (puh-REE'-see) scored his 200th career goal, and Niklas Backstrom stopped 32 shots for Minnesota.

The Wild went more than 15 minutes without a shot spanning the second and third periods and hit the post twice to remain winless on the road this season (0-3-1).


Wild acquire rugged Rupp from Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have traded rugged forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.

The deal was announced Monday, hours before the Wild faced the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona.

The Rangers have been looking for depth at forward to complement their top line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards and former Wild star Marian Gaborik (MEHR'-ee-uhn GAB'-ohr-ihk). New York is also dealing with the loss of captain Ryan Callahan, who is currently sidelined by a dislocated shoulder.

The 27-year-old Powe has yet to record a point in eight games this season. He had six goals and seven assists while playing in all 82 games last season with the Wild.

He played 204 games with the Philadelphia Flyers before joining Minnesota last season.


Northern Arizona tops Sacramento State 62-61

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gabe Rogers scored 22 points, 16 in the second half, and Michael Dunn made two free throws with 7 seconds remaining to help Northern Arizona beat Sacramento State 62-61 Monday night.

Max Jacobsen added 16 points for the Lumberjacks (8-14, 5-7 Big Sky), who led only in the first two minutes and the last two minutes of the game. Sacramento State led 51-37 with 11:17 to play after John Dickson's 3-pointer.

Northern Arizona went on a 14-2 run, capped by Dunn's dunk with 5:15 to play that cut the Hornets' lead to 53-51. Rogers' 3-pointer with 2:14 to go put the Lumberjacks up 58-56, their first lead since 4-3.

Mikh McKinney scored with 19 seconds left to put Sacramento State (10-10, 5-7) in front 61-60, but Dunn was fouled and hit both free throws.

Dickson and Dylan Garrity led the Hornets with 13 points, and McKinney scored 12.


Hawaii to host N. Arizona In BracketBusters game

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii plans to host Northern Arizona in a non-televised ESPN BracketBusters game on Feb. 23.

Hawaii officials announced the matchup on Monday as part of a two-day event involving 122 teams across the country.

Ten Big West teams are involved.

Hawaii officials say it's the second straight year the Rainbow Warriors (13-9) have faced a team from the Big Sky Conference. Northern Arizona's record is 7-14.

The BracketBusters matchups give teams a non-conference game in the middle of their conference schedule, just a few weeks before teams are selected for the NCAA tournament.


Phoenix Suns forward cited for suspended license

PHOENIX (AP) — Scottsdale police say Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley was cited last month on suspicion of speeding, driving on a suspended Arizona license and driving without a vehicle license plate or registration.

The Suns issued a statement Monday saying they discussed the matter with Beasley "and at this time do not believe any further action by the club is warranted."

According to a police report, Beasley was stopped Jan. 25 on suspicion of driving 71 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Police say Beasley's Mercedes didn't have a license plate or temporary registration tag.

They say the 24-year-old Beasley had a Florida driver's license, but his Arizona driving privileges had been suspended Oct. 23 for failing to appear in Phoenix City Court.

Police say Beasley is due in court Feb. 11.


2006 Cy Young winner Brandon Webb retires

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(AP) — Brandon Webb, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2006 and was one of the top pitchers in baseball before being beset by arm injuries, is retiring.

The right-hander's agents, Mike Montana and Jonathan Maurer of Millennium Sports Management, confirmed Monday night that Webb was calling it a career.

The 33-year-old Webb hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009 because of shoulder problems. He came up with Arizona in 2003 and had a 2.84 ERA in 180 innings.

He pitched more than 200 innings each of the next five seasons, using his heavy sinker to win a Cy Young and earn three All-Star selections.

He threw four innings with the Diamondbacks in 2009.

In 2011, he signed with the Texas Rangers, but never pitched in a regular-season game.


Brewer takes in Super Bowl with son, Cards star

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer flew to New Orleans over the weekend on a Scottsdale entrepreneur's private jet to see the Super Bowl.

She was accompanied by her son Michael as well as Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Brewer's spokesman says she traveled at the invitation of philanthropist and businessman Jason Hope. Spokesman Matthew Benson says she paid for her own ticket to the game and will report the value of the flight on her next disclosure form if its value exceeded $500.

They were also joined on the plane by actor Edward James Olmos.

Fitzgerald posted a picture of the five on the jet on his Twitter page.