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Pens nab Ponikarovsky
in deal with Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Alexei Ponikarovsky to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday for forward Luca Caputi and defenseman Martin Skoula.

Ponikarovsky, 29, has 19 goals and 22 assists in 61 games for the Leafs this season.

Caputi, 21, has 47 points in 54 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Skoula, 30, has appeared in 33 games with Pittsburgh this season, his 10th in the NHL.

Also: The Atlanta Thrashers signed Chris Chelios, a three-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenseman.

Chelios, 48, has spent the season with the AHL Chicago Wolves and is expected to remain with them for now. Chelios, drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1981, has played in 11 NHL All-Star Games and has 185 goals and 763 assists in 1,644 NHL games.

The Ottawa Senators acquired veteran defenseman Andy Sutton from the New York Islanders for a second-round pick in the 2010 draft. Sutton, 34, is second in the league with 153 blocked shots this season.

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery needs surgery to repair his right hip and will miss the rest of the season. Emery went 16-11-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in his first season with the Flyers. He had three shutouts.

Marian Gaborik missed the New York Rangers’ game at Ottawa due to an unspecified lower-body injury. Gaborik leads the team with 35 goals and 69 points.


Baseball team bags
victory over Arizona

The UNLV baseball team outlasted Arizona 12-10 in Tucson, Ariz., claiming its seventh straight win while playing its first road game of the season.

The Rebels (7-2) broke a 10-10 tie in the top of the eighth inning on a Jarred Frierson RBI single and a Brandon Bayardi RBI fielder’s choice.

Bayardi also had a two-run homer in the second inning, and Kyle Kretchmer had a first-inning grand slam.

Also: The UNLV women’s golf team shot 13-over-par 301 in the second round of the Bruin Wave Invitational, falling one spot to eighth at the 18-team event in Santa Clarita, Calif.

UNLV has a 19-over 595 total, with No. 2 UCLA in front at par 576, paced by individual leader Stephanie Kono (6-under 138).

Therese Koelbaek led the Rebels, shooting 73 to stand tied for fifth at 1-under 143.

The UNLV women’s tennis team (10-2) moved from 30th to 23rd in the rankings, its first top-25 appearance in seven years. Also, top singles player Kristina Nedeltcheva (21-4) jumped from 45th to 25th in the individual rankings.


Oklahoma top scorer
to have surgery on ankle

Oklahoma sophomore guard Willie Warren will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery today on his injured right ankle.

Warren, last season’s Big 12 Conference freshman of the year, is the Sooners’ leading scorer at 16.3 points per game.

Also: Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson agreed in principle to a two-year contract extension. The agreement keeps Robinson with the Beavers through the 2015-16 season.

Alabama forward JaMychal Green, the team’s second-leading scorer and top rebounder, was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Green averages 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

The UNR football team opens the 2010 season with three straight home games, including California’s first appearance at Mackay Stadium on Sept. 18.

The Wolf Pack will host Eastern Washington of the Big Sky Conference in a Thursday season opener Sept. 2. They will host Colorado State on Sept. 11. UNR concludes nonconference play Sept. 25 at Brigham Young and Oct. 2 at UNLV.

Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic was upset in the first round of the Monterrey Open in Monterrey, Mexico, losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.

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