Last Update on December 13, 2013 06:35 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov and David Savard scored in the first 11:10 and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Rangers 4-2 on Thursday night, sending New York to its fourth straight loss.
The Rangers, 0-3-1 on its nine-game homestand, closed within 3-2 in the third period, but Ryan Johansen pushed Columbus' lead back to two goals with 1:32 left.
The Blue Jackets goalie tandem of Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna, who are subbing for injured reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 32 of 34 shots.
Columbus (14-15-3) has won two in a row.
Dominic Moore and Dan Girardi scored for New York. Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after he stopped only 10 of 13 shots in the first period.
Cam Talbot relieved and made 13 saves the rest of the way, allowing only Johansen's goal between his pads.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Linebacker James Harrison is the latest Bengals trying to get healthy in time for the next game. And this one means a little more to the former Pittsburgh Steelers star.
Harrison was one of three Bengals who missed practice on Thursday because of an illness spreading through the team. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis missed a second day of practice, and linebacker Vontaze Burfict also was out.
It'll be a homecoming for Harrison when the Bengals (9-4) play in Pittsburgh (5-8) on Sunday night. He left Pittsburgh after he and the Steelers failed to get an agreement over a restructured contract. His role in Cincinnati has been expanding late in the season.
Harrison has two sacks and one interception.
Group wants Columbus arena payment issue on ballot
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A group wants Columbus residents to vote on whether the city should be paying for its professional hockey team's home arena, and it has collected enough signatures to get the issue on the May ballot.
That means voters will be asked whether to end the city's purchase contract for Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Columbus Dispatch reports elections officials confirmed the citizens group collected more than the roughly 5,000 verified signatures needed to put the initiative on the ballot.
The president of the group says it doesn't object to the arena but thinks the public should have had a say in the purchase agreement. The city and county agreed in 2011 to use casino tax revenue to help buy and maintain the facility for decades.
MLS-SOUNDERS FC-CREW TRADE
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Sounders' busy offseason continues with the team acquiring defender Chad Marshall from the Columbus Crew in exchange for a 2015 third-round pick and allocation money.
The trade was announced on Thursday morning.
Marshall has spent the past 10 seasons with Columbus and was a two-time MLS defender of the year in 2008 and 2009. He also earned MLS Best XI honors those seasons. He ranks 21s among active players with 253 MLS appearances and has 11 caps for the U.S. national team.
It's the third trade Seattle has made in three days, having acquired goalkeeper Stefan Frei from Toronto and sending midfielder Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA for forward Tristan Bowen earlier this week.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Timbers selected midfielder Steve Zukuani in the first stage of the MLS re-entry draft after trading up for the No. 2 pick.
Portland sent the No. 17 selection and defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste to Chivas USA on Thursday for the No. 2 pick and midfielder/defender Jorge Villafana.
Zakuani has played for the rival Seattle Sounders since he was the top pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He has appeared in 80 regular-season matches, with 17 goals and 14 assists.
Zakuani played for Timbers coach Caleb Porter at the University of Akron and led the nation in scoring with 20 goals and 47 points as a sophomore.
Last Update on December 13, 2013 06:08 GMT
DENVER (AP) -- Peyton Manning had two more touchdown passes on Thursday, but they weren't enough for the Denver Broncos to avoid their first home loss of the season.
Philip Rivers led a ball-control offense while throwing for 166 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego's 27-20 win over the Broncos. Ryan Mathews carried 29 times for 127 yards, including a 23-yard TD run that put the Chargers ahead 24-10 early in the third quarter. Keenan Allen had two scoring receptions for San Diego, which ran 44 running plays and kept the ball for almost 39 minutes.
The Chargers bolstered their fading playoff hopes by improving to 7-7 and ending the Broncos' 10-game winning streak against AFC West opponents.
Manning threw for 289 yards and moved within three touchdown passes of tying the NFL's single-season record, but the Broncos fell to 11-3.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Quarterback Jay Cutler is set to return to the Chicago Bears' lineup. Coach Marc Trestman says Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a high left ankle sprain. Josh McCown goes back to a reserve role after playing well in Cutler's absence.
Linebacker Lance Briggs participated on a limited basis and Trestman was not optimistic about him returning from his shoulder injury against the Browns.
UNDATED (AP) -- Some of college football's top awards have been doled out, two days before the Heisman Trophy presentation.
Florida State quarterback Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston has been selected as the Walter Camp player of the year and the recipient of the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback. The redshirt freshman has set FBS freshman records for yards passing (3,820) and touchdown passes (38), leading the top-ranked Seminoles to a 13-0 record and a berth in the BCS championship game against No. 2 Auburn. His 190.6 passer efficiency rating is tops in the country and on pace to set an NCAA record.
Fellow Heisman finalist Andre Williams of Boston College has won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back. The Heisman Trophy finalist became the first running back at the Football Bowl Subdivision level since 2008 to rush for 2,000 yards. He finished with 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns to help the Eagles to seven wins and a bowl berth this season.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has won the Maxwell Award, given to college football's player of the year.
Oregon State junior Brandin Cooks has won the Biletnikoff (bih-LET'-nih-kahf) Award as the nation's most outstanding wide receiver. Cooks had 120 receptions for 1,670 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald has won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top interior lineman. Donald has also come away with the Chuck Bednarik Award for the outstanding collegiate defensive player.
Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard has been recognized as the nation's best defensive back by receiving the Jim Thorpe Award.
Florida State freshman Roberto Aguayo has won the Lou Groza (GROH'-zah) Award as the nation's best place kicker.
Also in college football:
-- Florida coach Will Muschamp says freshman quarterback Max Staver is among six offensive players who have decided to transfer. Tight end Kent Taylor, fullback Rhaheim Ledbetter and offensive linemen Quinteze Williams, Trevon Young and Ian Silberman are changing schools as well following the school's first losing season since 1979. Their decisions came a little more than a week after Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.
-- Weber State has chosen Utah assistant Jay Hill as its new head football coach. He replaces Jody Sears, who was fired after going just 4-19 in his two seasons. Hill was a full-time assistant for the Utes the last nine years, working as the special teams coordinator.
-- Texas coach Mack Brown isn't saying what he's going to do after the upcoming Alamo Bowl. There has been plenty of speculation that he would either resign or be fired. Brown says he has yet to talk with new Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson and university president Bill Powers about his job. The Longhorns had a record of 8-4 this season.
UNDATED (AP) -- This has been another busy day of wheeling and dealing in Major League Baseball. Here are some of the headlines:
-- A person familiar with the negotiations says the Detroit Tigers have added depth to their bullpen by working out a one-year contract with Joba (JAH'-buh) Chamberlain. The hard-throwing, right-hander was 2-1 with one save and a career-high 4.93 ERA in 45 games for the New York Yankees last season. The converted starter was 23-14 with five saves with a 3.85 ERA in 260 games over seven seasons with the Yankees.
-- The Athletics have completed their trade with Baltimore that brought closer Jim Johnson to Oakland. The deal now sends minor league catcher David Freitas to the Orioles as the player to be named. Infielder Jemile Weeks also went to Baltimore in last week's swap.
-- Jordan Walden and the Atlanta Braves have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $1.49 million, one-year contract. Walden was 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA this year with 54 strikeouts in 47 innings.
-- Tomo Ohka (TOH'-moh OH'-kah) has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays after spending the last three years pitching in Japan. The 37-year-old right-hander compiled a 51-68 record for six major league teams.
-- A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that right-hander Roberto Hernandez and the Phillies have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical. Hernandez was 6-13 with a 4.89 earned run average for Tampa Bay last season.
-- The Cubs and Marlins worked out a deal. Chicago obtained outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Marlins for Brian Bogusevic (boh-guh-SEHV'-ihk).
-- Michael Morse has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- If things don't work out for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, he might have a future in big-league baseball. The Texas Rangers have selected the second-year signal caller in the Triple-A portion of baseball's winter draft from the Colorado Rockies.
Wilson played minor league baseball for parts of two seasons before becoming an NFL star, hitting .229 with five homers and 26 RBIs in Class-A.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Brooklyn Nets are proving to be a very good basketball team when their top players are healthy.
Andray Blatche (AHN'-dray blach) and Joe Johnson each had 21 points as the Nets cruised to their season-high third straight win, 102-93 over the Los Angeles Clippers. Brook Lopez finished with 16 points, Deron Williams had 15 and Paul Pierce added 10 off the bench.
The Nets are 2-0 since Pierce and Williams returned to action. The winning streak follows a 5-14 start in which Brooklyn played without Pierce, Williams, Lopez and/or Kevin Garnett.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Lakers guard Steve Blake will be out at least six weeks with a torn ligament in his right elbow. Blake was hurt Nov. 26th in a game against Washington. He says he won't undergo surgery and that he hopes to return this season. Blake is the third guard the team has lost as Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar (FAR'-mar) are both injured.
UNDATED (AP) -- It took three extra shootout rounds to decide the Detroit Red Wings' game at Tampa Bay.
Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') scored the lone shootout goal as the Lightning outlasted the Wings 2-1. Ben Bishop turned back 28 shots before stopping all six of the Red Wings' shootout attempts.
Detroit netminder Jonas Gustavsson had a shutout until Nikita Kucherov beat him with 44 seconds left in the second period.
The outcome gives the Lightning a 12-3-1 record at home and leaves them one point behind the third-place Wings in the Atlantic Division.
Also on ice Thursday:
-- St. Louis won for the eighth time in 11 games as David Backes (BAK'-ehs) scored twice and Jaden Schwartz collected three points in the Blues' 6-3 win over Toronto. Schwartz had a goal and two assists in the Blues' 13th home victory, tying them with Boston, Pittsburgh and Minnesota for most in the league.
-- Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh) scored twice and rookie Chad Johnson stopped 39 shots as Boston doubled up Edmonton 4-2. Dennis Seidenberg added a goal and an assist in helping the East-leading Bruins move three points ahead of Pittsburgh.
-- Shootout goals by Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN') and P.A. Parenteau (PAR'-ehn-toh) lifted Colorado over Winnipeg 4-3. Duchene also scored twice and collected there points as the Avalanche halted a two-game skid.
-- Claude Giroux (juh-ROO') scored the game-winner and had an assist as Philadelphia downed Montreal 2-1. The Canadiens have dropped their last two games since winning nine of 10.
-- Bobby Ryan has 30 points after providing a goal and an assist in Ottawa's 2-1 verdict over Buffalo. Craig Anderson made 40 saves and blanked the Sabres after Tyler Ennis scored a power-play goal in the first period.
-- Mikkel Boedker and Rob Klinkhammer each scored twice as Phoenix handed the New York Islanders their 10th loss in 11 games, 6-3. Klinkhammer and Mike Ribeiro each had three points to help the Coyotes win their second straight since a 2-4-2 stretch.
-- Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov (ah-NEE'-see-mahv) and David Savard scored in the first 11:10 to give Columbus a quick 3-0 lead in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts are 0-3-1 on their nine-game homestand.
-- David Legwand had a goal and an assist as Nashville downed Dallas 3-1. Patric Hornqvist and Paul Gaustad also scored, and Carter Hutton stopped 33 shots in the Predators' second straight win.
-- Calgary beat Carolina 2-1 on Chris Butler's goal with four seconds left in overtime. Bryan Gratton also tallied and Karri Ramo (RAH'-moh) made 29 saves in the Flames' fourth victory in their last six games.