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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 7:30 AM

ARENA GRAND PRIX

Olympic champ Missy Franklin at Arena Grand Prix

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Olympic swimming champions Missy Franklin, Nathan Adrian and Katie Ledecky won races Thursday night in the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz.

Franklin won the 100-meter freestyle, finishing in 54.27 seconds. Hungary's Katinka Hosszu was second in 54.60, and fellow Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin followed in 54.61.

Breeja Larson, a Mesa native and 2012 Olympian, won the women's 200 breast in 2:28.03, and

B.J. Johnson took the men's race in 2:14.51.

Olympian Matt McLean won the 400 free in 3:51.95, Olympian Claire Donahue took the women's 100 butterfly in 59.58, and Poland's Marcin Tarczynski won the men's race in 52.83.

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AVALANCHE-KINGS

LA Kings hold off Colorado 3-2 in shootout

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Carter scored his 24th goal and scored again in the shootout, and the Los Angeles Kings moved back into fourth place in the Western Conference with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Mike Richards scored in the first period and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who ended a two-game losing streak. Captain Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar (AHN'-jay KOH'-pih-tar) also scored in Los Angeles' 3-for-3 shootout against Jean-Sebastien Giguere (zhee-GEHR').

Patrick Bordeleau scored his first career goal with 14:55 to play to even it for the last-place Avalanche, who nearly pulled another upset in Southern California.

Paul Stastny (STAS'-nee) also scored for Colorado, which ended a 14-game, road-losing streak since Feb. 14 with a 4-1 win at powerful Anaheim on Wednesday.

SURGING NUGGETS

Nuggets on cusp of franchise record for wins

DENVER (AP) — Ty Lawson goes down with a torn right heel, the Denver Nuggets keep right on winning.

Danilo Gallinari tears an ACL, they don't miss a beat.

The starless but selfless Nuggets have four chances left to set a franchise record with their 55th win, starting at Dallas on Friday night, before they try to parlay their deep roster into a deep playoff run.

Although Gallinari is out for the season after injuring his left knee last week, Lawson hopes to return this weekend to test out his pain threshold and knock off some rust before the playoffs begin.

The Nuggets hardly missed their top two scorers Wednesday night when they set a franchise record with their 21st straight home win with a 96-86 thumping of the West-leading San Antonio Spurs.

CAMP CUTCLIFFE

Manning brothers back at Duke for informal workout

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Peyton and Eli Manning listened intently to Duke coach David Cutcliffe's instructions as the NFL quarterbacks worked up a sweat, briskly throwing a mix of deep and short passes at the Blue Devils' indoor practice field.

The Mannings trust what their college mentor has to say.

That's why when they needed somewhere tune up their games before voluntary NFL workouts begin next week, they reunited with the coach they've known for roughly two decades.

Eli Manning said Thursday, "that's why we came back here — we come to get coached."

The Mannings brought some of their NFL teammates to Duke this week to fine-tune a few things and receive some guidance from their mentor.

Among the guests were new Denver receiver Wes Welker and New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz.

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