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Associated Press

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 19 at 6:35 PM

NHL-OPENERS

Finally, they're skating

UNDATED (AP) —After a four-month labor lockout, the NHL's compressed regular season finally got under way today with a 13-game schedule and the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings lost on the home-ice to Chicago, 5-2. Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks while Corey Crawford made 19 saves.

— In a matchup of long-time rivals, the Penguins got the better of the Flyers, winning in Philadelphia 3-1. Tyler Kennedy and James Neal both scored goals to lead the Pens to the victory. Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers in the first game for both teams since the end of the 113-day NHL lockout. About 20,000 fans filled the Wells Fargo Center and they were welcomed back and thanked by the team in videotaped messages throughout the game.

—Ottawa scored twice in the final period in a 4-1 win over Winnipeg. The Senators had 37 shots on goal to just 28 for the Jets.

NHL-NEWS

Sabres extend GM

UNDATED (AP)— Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier (rih-GEER') has received a contract extension. Regier is entering his 16th season as Sabres GM. He has overseen a franchise that has reached the Eastern Conference finals four times, most recently in 2007. However, Buffalo has missed the playoffs in three of the past five seasons.

T25 BASKETBALL-LATEST SCORES

Gators cruise in Donovan's 400th

UNDATED (AP) — Louisville, the top team in the AP Top-25 poll, was knocked off this afternoon by sixth-ranked Syracuse 70-68. The Orange are now 17-1 while the Cardinals fell to 16-2.

In other Top-25 play:

— Ben McLemore scored 16 points and No. 4 Kansas stormed back from a late double-digit deficit to stun Texas 64-59 and win its 15th straight win. Jeff Withey added 14 points and nine rebounds for the 16-1 Jayhawks.

— Mark Lyons scored 24 points, Nick Johnson added 19 and No. 7 Arizona pulled away in the second half to beat rival Arizona State 71-54.

—Scottie Wilbekin had 13 points and 10 assists, his first career double-double, and No. 10 Florida thumped No. 17 Missouri 83-52 in AP Top-25 college basketball. The victory was coach Billy Donovan's 400th with the Gators. He's the third coach in Southeastern Conference history to turn that feat with the same school. He joined Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and LSU's Dale Brown in the 400-win club. Florida has won six in a row to improve to 14-2 overall, and 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

— No. 16 Kansas State got 20 points from Rodney McGruder and 15 from Will Spradling in a 69-60 win over Oklahoma. The Sooners are now 12-4.

In other AP Top-25 hoops:

— Ben McLemore scored 16 points and No. 4 Kansas stormed back from a late double-digit deficit to stun Texas 64-59 and win its 15th straight win. Jeff Withey added 14 points and nine rebounds for the 16-1 Jayhawks.

— Mark Lyons scored 24 points, Nick Johnson added 19 and No. 7 Arizona pulled away in the second half to beat rival Arizona State 71-54.

NFL-49ERS/CRABTREE

Do the Niners have a distraction?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree has voluntarily met with police in their investigation into an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the team's playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers last weekend. That's according to his attorney, Joshua Bentley, who says Crabtree "fully cooperated with the inspectors and will continue to do so throughout this investigation."

San Francisco is preparing to play the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game on Sunday. The winner goes to the Super Bowl.

NFL-COORDINATORS

Jags and Raiders go on offensive

UNDATED (AP) — Two also-rans in the NFL this season have hired offensive coordinators in an attempt to kick-start their offenses.

— The Oakland Raiders have hired former Jacksonsville quarterbacks coach Greg Olson as their new offensive coordinator. Olson previously served as offensive coordinator with Detroit, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

— New Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley hired Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to the same position, charging him with remodeling one of the league's worst offenses. The Jags ranked 29th in the NFL in total offense.

NFL-FALCONS STADIUM

Falcons facing blowback in stadium push

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank will watch his team host an NFC championship game for the first time Sunday. If Blank gets his way, he'll soon be sitting in the owner's box of a $1 billion retractable-roof stadium downtown.

But Blank isn't getting a lot of help from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other politicians. Deal supports using $300 million in revenue from an existing hotel tax to partner with Blank on a new complex to replace the 21-year-old Georgia Dome, but he says the owner must do the heavy lifting.

Statewide polls in Georgia show that less than a third of residents support a new stadium, even if Blank covers most of the construction cost. So the politicians' message to Blank: If he wants it, he has to sell it.

OBIT-EARL WEAVER

Baseball mourning loss of Earl of Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baseball has lost one of its most successful managers -- and one of the most entertaining.

Earl Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles and seemingly was engaged in nearly as many arguments with umpires, has died at 82.

Dick Gordon, Weaver's marketing agent, says Weaver died while on a Caribbean cruise sponsored by the Orioles. Gordon said Weaver's wife told him that Weaver went back to his cabin after dinner and began choking between 10:30 and 11 Friday night. Gordon said a cause of death has not been determined.

The Duke of Earl, as he was affectionately known in Baltimore, took the Orioles to the World Series four times over 17 seasons but won only one title, in 1970. His .583 winning percentage ranks fifth among managers who served 10 or more seasons in the 20th century.

Washington Nationals skipper Davey Johnson, who played for Weaver in the minors and in Baltimore, said "no one managed a ballclub or a pitching staff better than Earl. He was decades ahead of his time. Not a game goes by that I don't draw on something Earl did or said. I will miss him every day."

MLB-NEWS

Cubs unveil $300 million Wrigley facelift plan

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have announced a five-year, $300 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field.

There are still several hurdles to clear, including funding for the project. But owner Tom Ricketts is confident renovations can begin as early as October, starting with the home clubhouse.

General manager Jed Hoyer said the Ricketts family would be happy to foot the entire bill, but would like fewer restrictions from the city in return.

GOLF-HUMANA CHALLENGE

Stallings on lead

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Tour rookie Scott Stallings is the clubhouse leader late in the third round of the Humana Challenge. He shot a third-round 9-under-63 and stands 22-under-par for the tournament. Several players are tied at minus-17.

GOLF-CHAMPIONS TOUR

Second round in progress

KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Round two of the Champions Tour Mitubishi Electronic Championship is underway. Two players, David Frost and Bernhard Langer, share the lead in the early going at 7-under par.

TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Federer too much for Tomic

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) —Roger Federer gave 20-year-old Bernard Tomic an instant reality check in moving into the fourth round at the Australian Open.

The last Aussie exited the event Saturday night, with second-seed Federer beating Tomic 6-4, 7-6, 6-1 in the third round.

Other third-round winners were No. 3 Andy Murray, No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh), No. 9 Richard Gasquet (ree-SHARD' gas-KAY'), No. 13 Milos Raonic, No. 14 Gilles Simon (zheel see-MOHN') and No. 21 Andreas Seppi.

Among the seeded men's losers were No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh), No. 12 Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) and No. 17 Philipp Kohlschreiber.

In women's singles, top-seed Victoria Azeranka, No. 3 Serena Williams, No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee), No. 14 Maria Kirilenko and No. 29 Sloane Stephens all advanced.

Seeded women losing included No. 16 Roberta Vinci, No. 20 Yanina Wickmayer and 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm.

Tonight's schedule includes men's top seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak YOH'-koh-vihch) and No. 2 women's seed Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) in action.

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