Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy of the San Diego Padres could have a contract extension within the next several days. “We’re moving toward it but it’s not a done deal yet,” Peavy’s agent, Barry Axelrod, said Sunday night from Nashville, Tenn., site of the winter meetings. “There’s still some stuff we’re trying to work out.
Hedo Turkoglu sparked a pivotal 9-0 run with a 3-pointer that put Orlando ahead to stay and added a layup with 55 seconds left to lead the Orlando Magic to a 104-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Rashard Lewis led the Magic with 18 points, and Dwight Howard had 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Denver Nuggets made quick work of the slumping Miami Heat. Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, and Kenyon Martin added a season-high 20 to help the Nuggets rout the Heat 115-89 on Sunday night. Marcus Camby had 21 rebounds, his fifth 20-rebound game of the season. Dwyane Wade had 13 points for Miami, and Ricky Davis and Daequan Cook had 11 each.
Happy and healthy, Grant Hill delivered a reminder that he can still be an elite NBA player. Down the hall, there was nothing but more misery for the New York Knicks, with the loss compounded by news that Stephon Marbury’s father died during the game. Hill scored a season-high 28 points, nine during a fourth-quarter flurry that broke open a close game, and the Phoenix Suns pulled away to beat the…
Really, it wasn’t Golden State’s hot start that set the KeyArena scoreboard ablaze. Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington led the Warriors with 20 points apiece, and the highest-scoring team in the NBA jumped to a 19-point first quarter lead and coasted past the Seattle SuperSonics, 109-96 on Sunday night for their sixth straight win.
Frank Lickliter II shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday at Orange County National to take a five-stroke lead after the fifth of six rounds in the PGA Tour National Qualifying Tournament. The top 25 finishers and ties will earn 2008 PGA Tour cards, while the next number of players nearest 50 will get full Nationwide Tour exemptions.
Former UCLA star Jane Park completed a wire-to-wire victory in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament on Sunday, topping the 17 players who earned full 2008 playing status. Park, the 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur winner, had a 17-under 274 total. “I was playing great, so I knew I had a good chance to win,” Park said.
It came down to a showdown between a gifted scorer and a likely Hall of Fame-bound goalie. Martin Brodeur made a glove save on Ilya Kovalchuk in the shootout and the New Jersey Devils beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Sunday for their seventh straight victory. Brian Gionta, second up for the Devils, had the only goal in the shootout.
Aaron Voros and Eric Belanger scored to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. It was the fourth straight win for Minnesota, which moved into sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division. Mike Brown scored for Vancouver, which lost in regulation for just the second time in 13 outings to fall two points behind the Wild.
Ryan Smyth found a simple solution to his offensive drought. He went to the net and got the desired results. Playing on a line with center Paul Stastny and right wing Milan Hejduk, Smyth broke open a tie game with a pair of third-period goals and led the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Lee Stempniak knew it was just a matter of time before his goal drought would end. The St. Louis Blues winger had gone 19 straight games without scoring and was stuck on one goal for the season. The drought ended Friday, and Stempniak made it two goals in two nights with another in the Blues’ 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.
Radek Bonk returned to Montreal and brought his new team back, too. Bonk and Martin Erat scored in the shootout after Nashville erased a three-goal deficit in the third period, and the Predators beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 Saturday night. Bonk, who spent the last two seasons with Montreal, tied the game with 46.8 seconds remaining in regulation.