Devils goalie Brodeur ties career-win record

Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy’s NHL career record of 551 wins when the New Jersey goalie led the Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Brodeur was as steady as ever in making 22 saves back home in Montreal against Roy’s former team, with the Hockey Hall of Famer looking on from a suite. Brodeur has claimed seven wins in eight starts after a 50-game absence caused by the first serious injury of his career, a torn biceps in his left arm.

He will get his first chance at setting the record Tuesday in New Jersey against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“To look around and see the guys reacting … I finally did it,” he said.

A sellout crowd of 21,273 attended the game.


Khan bashes Barrera, aims for shot at title

Amir Khan pounded Marco Antonio Barrera with speedy punches in the fifth round of a lightweight bout in Manchester, England, marking a turning point in his career six months after a major setback in the same arena.

The 22-year-old Brit won on a technical decision after a disciplined battering of the outclassed Mexican, who was covered in blood after sustaining a cut to his forehead in the first round.

Khan’s gamble to fight a seven-time world champion 13 years his senior paid off, with the 2004 Olympic silver medalist banishing memories of being humiliated by Breidis Prescott in 54 seconds in September.

Also: Arthur Abraham retained his IBF middleweight title with a unanimous decision over overmatched Lajuan Simon (24-1) in Kiel, Germany.

The judges scored the fight 117-110, 117-110 and 118-109 for Abraham (29-0), who hopes to land a unification bout with recognized champion Kelly Pavlik.


UNLV softball team runs winning streak to eight

The UNLV softball team ran its winning streak to eight games by beating Long Beach State 4-2 and shutting out San Jose State 4-0 at the National Invitational Tournament in San Jose, Calif.

In the opener, Jaci Hull had a two-run homer for the Rebels (20-8), and Kendall Fearn added a solo shot. Pitcher Stephanie Bregante won her fifth straight start.

Against San Jose State, Traci Odegard threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out five.

Also: The UNLV baseball team lost to host San Diego State 6-1 in a Mountain West Conference game.

Anthony Morel’s eighth-inning RBI single brought home the only run for the Rebels (11-5, 0-2 MWC).

The UNLV women’s tennis team beat Saint Mary’s 5-2 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The Rebels (8-6) took two of three matches to win the doubles point, then won four of six singles matches. UNLV’s Kristina Nedeltcheva beat 56th-ranked Alexandra Poorta 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 singles.

The UNLV men’s tennis team (10-6) lost to No. 30 Texas Tech 6-1 in San Diego. It was the first road match of the season for the Rebels (10-6).

The College of Southern Nevada baseball team swept Colorado Northwestern 12-1 and 13-3 in Rangely, Colo.

Robbie Garvey was 3-for-3 with two triples in the opener for the 16th-ranked Coyotes (17-11, 9-3 Scenic West Athletic Conference), and Trevor Kirk went 4-for-4 with four RBIs in the second game.

The 13th-ranked CSN softball team (19-10, 16-8 Scenic West) lost a doubleheader with College of Southern Idaho, 3-2 and 8-5 in Twin Falls, Idaho.


New rules adopted for high-tech swimsuits

Swimming’s governing body adopted new rules for the high-tech suits that helped produce more than 100 world records since their introduction about a year ago.

The guidelines, announced in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, “revise the requirements for swimsuit approval” and will be in place for the world championships in Rome beginning July 17. FINA stipulated that swimsuits should not cover the neck and will not extend past the shoulders and ankles.

The suits will be limited to a maximum thickness of 1 millimeter and with a restricted buoyancy effect. The new regulations also ban external aids for the swimmer, such as pain reduction or electro-stimulation.

Also: Roger Federer took the first step toward another possible final against Rafael Nadal by beating Marc Gicquel 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Federer, who announced last week that he and girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec are expecting their first child this summer, is the No. 2 seed in the 96-player field. Nadal is No. 1.

On the women’s side, No. 3 seed Elena Dementieva got knocked out in the second round with a 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1 loss to qualifier Petra Cetkovska.

Florida defensive tackle Torrey Davis, who made two goal-line tackles in the national championship victory against Oklahoma, has left the team.

Spokesman Steve McClain confirmed Davis’ departure but would not divulge the reason for his decision.

The Arena Football League and its players reached a collective bargaining agreement that could clear the way for play to resume in 2010, according to league vice chairman Jim Renacci. An announcement is expected Monday.

Larry Dixon claimed his second consecutive No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel at the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla. Bob Tasca (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also qualified No. 1.

Authorities said former professional wrestler Andrew Martin, known as “Test” and “The Punisher” to fans, died at his Tampa, Fla., apartment on Friday night.

The cause of death was not determined, pending an autopsy on the 33-year-old former World Wrestling Entertainment champion.

Two Las Vegas mixed martial arts fighters won their matches Saturday night at the “King of the Cage Last Resort” card in Laughlin.

Danny Davis of Fasi Sports-Team Mica, making his pro debut, stopped Matt Harvey 27 seconds into their 175-pound fight. And Jason Trevino of Xtreme Couture defeated Travis Le Brun by unanimous decision in their 155-pound bout.

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