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Minnesota Wild's Mark Parrish is checked into Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire by Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, of Norway, not seen, in the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, in St. Paul, Minn. The Blue Jackets shut out the Wild 4-0.

Pascal Leclaire woke up thinking he had the day off. The Columbus goalie ended up setting a club record and helping his team get back on track after a recent rough stretch. Leclaire stopped 32 shots for his club-record sixth shutout of the season, Michael Peca had a goal and an assist in his return from a groin injury, and the Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Friday.

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  • Pistons’ Wallace sits out with sore knee

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  • Allenby’s lead stays at 1 in Melbourne

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  • Couples favored in his 14th Skins Game

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  • NC State rallies by South Carolina 63-61

    Brandon Costner had 21 points and Farnold Degand added 14 as North Carolina State rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to beat South Carolina 63-61 at the Old Spice Classic on Friday. North Carolina State (3-1) also got nine points and eight rebounds from J.J. Hickson in advancing to Sunday’s championship game.

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