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NHLDevils fall to Colorado

Craig Anderson made 41 saves and Chris Stewart, Cody McLeod and T.J. Galiardi scored to lead the visiting Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the slumping Devils on Friday night. Anderson had 17 of his saves in a one-sided first period.

Rookie Matt Taormina scored his first NHL goal and assisted on Ilya Kovalchuk's third-period tally for the offensively challenged Devils, who have nine goals and three points in five games (1-3-1).

Anderson, who led NHL goaltenders in shots faced and saves last season, kept the Avalanche in the game in the one-sided first period in which McLeod scored late in a 4-minute power play, then got kicked out of the game 22 seconds later with a major boarding penalty.

Patrick Sharp broke open a one-goal game with two second-period scores to lead thevisiting Chicago Blackhawks past the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2. Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Viktor Stalberg also scored.


Mediate maintains lead

Rocco Mediate holed a 7-iron approach from 160 yards for eagle on the par-4 fourth hole and finished with a 6-under-par 65 to hold a three-stroke second-round lead in the Open in San Martin, Calif. The 46-year-old Mediate, looking for his first PGA Tour victory in eight years, made the eagle on the 426-yard hole a day after a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole.

Andrew Svoboda, who played golf at St. John's, is in fourth place after two rounds of the Nationwide Tour's Miccosukee Championship in Miami. Svoboda shot 70 Friday and trails leader Keegan Bradley by two shots.


Red Sox owners win fight

to take over Liverpool

After reviving the pride of New England, John Henry and Tom Werner will try to resuscitate one of Old England's most famous soccer teams. The Boston Red Sox ownership group won its fight for Liverpool on Friday, gaining control of the struggling and nearly bankrupt Premier League club from Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. in a trans-Atlantic legal tussle that replaced one set of American owners with another. The purchase by New England Sports Ventures, the parent company of the Red Sox, had an announced value of $476 million. - AP

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