The Atlanta Thrashers have called off their coaching search for now. General manager Don Waddell said Friday that the Thrashers wouldn’t hire any outside coaching candidates this season. He fired Bob Hartley last month, took over himself and led Atlanta to a 9-4 record. “We’re keeping it internal, we’re not going to bring an external candidate in,” Waddell said after the Thrashers’ 3-0 victory over…
Marian Hossa knows how to score against the Carolina Hurricanes. Johan Hedberg knows how to beat them. Hossa had two goals and an assist, and Hedberg stopped the NHL’s highest-scoring team cold in the Atlanta Thrashers’ 3-0 victory over Carolina on Friday night. “There are some games you just feel comfortable, and right now against them, I feel my game is good,” Hossa said.
A local investor group trying to buy the Nashville Predators reached an agreement with city officials on changes to the arena lease. In the deal announced Friday afternoon, Mayor Karl Dean said the team would be required to stay in Nashville for five years or it would have to pay back the city its investment in the operations of the Sommet Center.
The Anaheim Ducks placed backup goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers Friday and recalled Jonas Hiller from the Portland Pirates of the AHL. If no team claims the 27-year-old Bryzgalov, he’ll be sent to Portland. Bryzgalov, the backup to Jean-Sebastien Giguere, appeared in nine games this season. He was 2-3-1 with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
Warren Buffett advised Alex Rodriguez to approach the New York Yankees and go around agent Scott Boras, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. The newspaper cited a person familiar with the matter, whom it did not identify. “A-Rod really loves being a Yankee,” Buffett was quoted as saying. He wouldn’t comment on the substance of any discussions with the player.
Kenny Rogers is representing himself as a free agent, the Detroit Tigers confirmed Saturday. The move seems to be a sign that the left-handed pitcher is closer to returning to Detroit and not letting agent Scott Boras shop his services to the highest bidder. “I still hope to be in a Tiger uniform in 2008,” Rogers wrote in an e-mail to Sports Betting News earlier this week before reports surfaced…
“I’ve never seen these documents,” Barry Bonds said. He was testifying before a federal grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, and had just been shown what prosecutors say was a positive steroid test conducted on a player named Barry B. “I’ve never seen these papers,” Bonds repeated, according to Thursday’s indictment charging Bonds with perjury and obstruction of…
The Yankees are waiting for Mariano Rivera. The closer, who turns 38 in two weeks, hasn’t accepted a $45 million, three-year offer from New York, and the Yankees say Rivera’s agent, Fernando Cuza, wants general manager Brian Cashman to offer a fourth season. “Brian has been talking to him off and on a couple times.
Looking to land a possible replacement for Andruw Jones, the Atlanta Braves traded reliever Oscar Villarreal to the Houston Astros for speedy outfielder Josh Anderson on Friday. Villarreal went 2-2 with one save and a 4.24 ERA in 51 games for the Braves this season. The right-hander turns 26 next week.
The Braves made an offer to Tom Glavine on Friday, moving quickly to lock up a deal that will allow the left-hander to finish his career in Atlanta. Just two days after meeting with Glavine’s agent in Phoenix, Braves general manager Frank Wren proposed a contract to the 41-year-old pitcher, who likely will command somewhere between $8 million and $10 million for the 2008 season.
Joe Nuxhall, the youngest major leaguer at age 15 and later a beloved broadcaster as “the ol’ left-hander” in Cincinnati, has died. He was 79. Nuxhall died Thursday night while hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia, the team said. He was awaiting surgery to insert a pacemaker, and had been slowed by a recurrence of cancer since September.
Kevin Durant buries the game-winning 3-pointer in double-overtime to beat the buzzer, and the Hawks, Friday night.
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