OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Craig Anderson made 27 saves to stop his seven-game losing streak and the Ottawa Senators snapped their five-game skid with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. Bobby Ryan, Cody Ceci and Zack Smith scored for the Senators, who returned home from a seven-game road trip and improved to 2-10-2 in their past 14 games overall.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tyler Pitlick scored twice and Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Alexander Radulov and Remi Elie also scored for the Stars, who won their second straight after a three-game skid. Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 shots for his 300th career victory, and John Klingberg had two assists.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne and running back Matt Forte were among a handful of players to sit out practice with injuries. Claiborne has been dealing with a sprained right foot since late October and says that his performance against Denver last Sunday was embarrassing. Forte continues to deal with a sore knee
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor will get a majority of work in practice to test his bruised left knee, putting him in a position to start against Miami on Sunday. Coach Sean McDermott says Taylor continues to make progress in recovering from an injury that prevented him from playing in a 13-7 overtime win over Indianapolis last weekend.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - An NFL spokesman says Commissioner Roger Goodell views the agreement reached on an extension last week as his final contract overseeing the league. Spokesman Joe Lockhart says at the owners meetings that Goodell "has been clear that he views this as his last contract" and that it will allow him to "deal with some of the important issues that we know are on the horizon." The NFL's current labor deal expires in 2021. Goodell's new contract runs through 2024.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak is reuniting with Mickey Callaway, the new manager of the New York Mets. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that the 32-year-old right-hander and the Mets have agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced and is subject to successful physical.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Agent Scott Boras says Derek Jeter and his ownership group are turning the Miami Marlins into a pawn shop. Boras' comment at baseball's winter meetings is yet another jab at the Marlins' direction under new CEO Jeter. He says the group should have been more carefully vetted to prevent the franchise's latest payroll purge.
NEW YORK (AP) - A defense lawyer says there's more incriminating evidence against government cooperators than there is against three former South American soccer officials charged in New York in the FIFA corruption scandal. Attorney John Pappalardo said Wednesday there's "not one penny" in bribe money prosecutors could trace to his client, Juan Angel Napout, of Paraguay. A prosecutor says Napout and defendants from Brazil and Peru failed to protect the interests of the sport's governing bodies.
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