Rangers fall to eighth place

Montreal and Buffalo moved ahead of the idle Rangers Tuesday in the battle for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are now eighth with 91 points while Montreal moved into sixth place with 93 points after a 2-1 overtime win over Chicago. Buffalo is in sixth with 92 points after a 4-2 over visiting Tampa Bay behind Thomas Vanek's hat trick. Ninth-place Carolina, four points behind the Rangers with a game in hand, did not play.

Pascal Dupuis had two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins moved closer to clinching home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Devils. David Steckel and Brian Rolston scored for the Devils, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention with their defeat to Montreal on Saturday ... Alex Ovechkin scored his 300th NHL goal in Washington's 3-2 shootout win over Toronto.


Gottfried takes over N.C. State

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Former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried will be the next men's basketball coach at North Carolina State, according to a person familiar with the situation. Gottfried will receive a five-year deal with a guarantee of $1.2 million annually, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. He replaces Sidney Lowe, who resigned last month after five seasons on the sideline for the program he led to an improbable national championship as a player in 1983. Gottfried, 47, inherits a program that hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since Herb Sendek's final year in 2006.


John Mara can't get out of jury duty

Giants owner John Mara has been chosen as an alternate juror for a drug trial, despite his request to be dismissed because of the upcoming NFL draft and his role as a negotiator for team owners in the league's current work stoppage. Mara was the last of four alternate jurors chosen to hear a trial in which the son of Liberia's president teamed with U.S. drug investigators to make arrests.



Weidman signs bout agreement

Chris Weidman, a four-time All-American wrestler at Nassau CC and Hofstra, signed his bout agreement and returns to the octagon in UFC 131 on June 11, Newsday confirmed. Weidman's middleweight bout against Jesse Bongfeldt in Vancouver is expected to air on Spike in the 9 p.m. hour as part of the UFC 131 prelims. Brock Lesnar fights Junior Dos Santos in the main event on pay-per-view. The 26-year-old Baldwin native (5-0) debuted in UFC last month with a unanimous decision win over Alessio Sakara on just 19 days' notice -- and with a cracked rib.