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Trades come fast at deadline

UNDATED (AP) — A pair of team captains were part of a headline making deal that came just before the NHL trade deadline.

The Rangers set Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay in exchange for Martin St. Louis (mar-TAN' SAYNT loo-EE'). The Lightning also get a second-round pick in this year's draft, and a first round pick in next year's draft.

Callahan reportedly wanted a six-year deal worth $6.5 million dollars per season, but it's believed the Rangers wouldn't go above $6 million.

The 38-year old St. Louis had been seeking a trade after initially being left off Canada's Olympic roster by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman (EYE'-zur-man) who served as Canada's executive director. St. Louis led the NHL in scoring in the lockout shortened 2013 season with 60 points.

In other trade deadline maneuvering;

— Montreal has picked up winger Thomas Vanek from the Islanders for forward prospect Sebastian Collberg, a 2014 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder. Vanek becomes the Canadiens leading scorer with 53 points. The 30-year-old Austrian player is in the final season of a $50 million, seven-year contract.

— Washington has acquire goalie Jaroslav Halak (hah-LAHK') and a 2015 third round draft pick from Buffalo for goalie Michal Neuvirth (NOY'-virth) and defenseman Rostislav Klesla. The Sabres picked up Halak in the megarade with St. Louis for Ryan Miller last week.

— Anaheim gets Marian Gaborik (GA'-bor-ihk) from Columbus for right wing Matt Frattin and two conditional draft picks.

— The Pittsburgh Panthers have acquired forward Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers and forward Lee Stempniak from the Calgary Flames in exchange for draft picks. Their acquisition is expected to give the Penguins some much needed depth on their injury riddled bottom two lines.

— Dallas has acquired Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers for Dan Ellis in a swap of goaltenders. The move is designed to give Dallas a boost behind starter Kari Lehtonen in its push for the playoffs.

— Nashville has traded forward David Legwand to Detroit for Patrick Eaves, a prospect and a third-round draft pick. Legwand was the expansion Predators first pick in the 1998 draft. He was tied for the team lead in scoring with 40 points.

—Buffalo has sent forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Minnesota in exchange for forward Torrey Mitchell and pair of second-round picks.


League leaders in action

UNDATED (AP) — Anaheim heads into tonight's play with a league-leading 91 points. The Ducks take a three-game winning streak into their home game against Montreal.

The Rangers are hosting the Maple Leafs, who have not won at Madison Square Garden since December 2011.

Washington is at Philadelphia in the tie breaking finale of their season series. The teams have split the first four games.

The Ottawa Senators are on the road to take on Calgary.


Proposed 10-second ruled is sacked

NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA football rules committee has tabled a proposal that would have penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock.

After a conference call, the committee decided not to send the so-called 10-second rule to the playing rules oversight panel for approval Thursday.

NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding told the AP the committee agreed to put off advancing the rule change to get more information from the medical community and allow time for a broader discussion.

Advocates for the change say it will cut down on injuries.

Redding said the NCAA received 324 comments during the feedback period after the proposal passed and 75 percent opposed the change; 16 percent supported the proposal. The rest were uncertain.


Former player sues NCAA

UNDATED (AP) — A former West Virginia football player has sued the NCAA and five major conferences saying they have violated antitrust laws by agreeing to cap the value of an athletic scholarship at less than the actual cost of attending school. Former Mountaineers running back Shawne Alston had to take out a $5,500 loan to cover the difference between his scholarship and actual costs of attendance, the lawsuit said. It said if a free market existed in major-college football, cost of attendance, and possibly more, would be included in a scholarship.


PAC 12 champs look for No. 28

UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Wildcats, who clinched the Pac 12 title Sunday night, are on the road this evening for a game at Oregon State. The Wildcats are 27-2 and with Sunday's victory completed an undefeated home portion of the schedule.

In an ACC contest, fourth-ranked Duke is playing at Wake Forest. This is the second-to-last game of the regular season with the conference tournament starting March 12. Duke concludes its regular season Saturday in a home game with arch-rival North Carolina.

The remaining top-10 games tonight have eighth-ranked Kansas at home to Texas Tech, No. 9 Wisconsin playing host to Purdue and 10th-ranked San Diego State at UNLV.

This evening's remaining games feature No. 11 Louisville at No. 18 SMU, 17th-ranked Saint Louis at home to Dayton's Flyers, 19th-ranked Connecticut home to Rutgers, the 21st-ranked New Mexico Lobos hosting Air Force and No. 23 Oklahoma home to West Virginia.


Rockets look to win again

UNDATED (AP) — Fresh off a 106-103 win last night over visiting Miami, the Houston Rockets are on the road in Orlando. The Rockets are just three games back of the idle Spurs in the Southwest Division and riding a two-game winning streak. They have won eight of their last 10 games and are 41-19 on the season.

Indiana is on top of the league now with a record of 46-14. The Pacers have won seven of 10 and are at Charlotte tonight. The Bobcats are one of several teams in the Eastern Conference vying for the final playoff spot.

Portland continues to dog Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division. The idle Thunder top the Blazers by 4 1/2 games. Tonight Portland is home to the Atlanta Hawks.

The remaining games tonight are Utah at Washington, Brooklyn home to Memphis, Golden State at Boston, the Pistons at home to Chicago, Dallas at Denver, Minnesota hosting the Knicks and Sacramento at Milwaukee.


Cleveland cuts Bess

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have severed ties with troubled receiver Davone Bess. During the offseason Bess has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer at an airport in Florida and posted photos of himself on social media with what appeared to be marijuana.

The 28-year-old played one season for the Browns and is owed a guaranteed $3.067 million for 2014.


No game in Toronto

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — There won't be a Buffalo Bills game played in Toronto this year. The Bills have gone 1-5 in the "home" games played in the Canadian city.

The Bills have announced a postponement of the game for at least one year. The decision comes a little more than a year after the Bills agreed to renew the series for five years through 2017, after the original five-year deal expired.

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