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Last Update on January 27, 2015 06:32 GMT

BLUE JACKETS-BOBROVSKY OUT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 21 and said the former Vezina Trophy winner will be out the next four to six weeks with a groin injury.

The club also recalled forward Josh Anderson and added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from its American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Bobrovsky was selected to play in his first NHL All-Star game prior to the injury. He has a 16-15-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout in 33 games this season.

Anderson has not recorded a point in four games this season. Forsberg, who has appeared in two games for Columbus this season, will back up Curtis McElhinney.

REDS-MESORACO

CINCINNATI (AP) -- All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco has agreed to a $28 million, four-year contract with Cincinnati, leaving the Reds with two players in salary arbitration.

He gets a $500,000 signing bonus under Monday's deal and salaries of $2.4 million this year, $4.9 million in 2016, $7.2 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. The salary in the final year can escalate to $15 million.

Mesoraco made $525,000 last season, when he took over as the starter and led all major league catchers in homers (25) and RBIs (80) while batting .273. His 24 homers while catching were the most by a Reds player since Johnny Bench din 1977.

Mesoraco had asked for $3.6 million in arbitration and the club had offered $2.45 million.

Third baseman Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis Chapman -- also All-Stars last season -- remain in arbitration. Frazier is seeking $5.7 million and Chapman has asked for $8.7 million. The Reds haven't had a player go to a hearing since 2004.

National Sports News

Last Update on January 28, 2015 01:56 GMT

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VANDY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A guilty verdict has been reached in the trial of two former Vanderbilt football players accused of raping a former student inside a dorm room.

The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty. They face decades in prison.

Prosecutors say Vandenburg brought an unconscious 21-year-old woman he had been seeing back to his dorm room after a night of drinking in 2013 and the assault occurred as he took pictures.

Defense attorneys say Vandenburg took "deplorable" photos but did not take part in the assault. Batey testified that he was so drunk he didn't remember what happened until he later saw cellphone photos and video.

The alleged victim testified she didn't remember the alleged assault.

Two other former players are facing charges. Their trials have not been set.

SUPER BOWL

PHOENIX (AP) -- The annual Super Bowl Media Day was held in U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, the home of the NBA Suns.

The AFC-champion Patriots were first up and, as one would expect, coach Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik) and quarterback Tom Brady didn't comment much on all the controversy surrounding the team and deflated footballs, saying the topic will not be part of the teams mindset. Both coach and player stressed the team is focused on one thing, the NFC champion Seahawks.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch took part in the festivities, much to the surprise of many media members. Lynch has a history of being fined for not talking with reporters. At his media day session, the only thing the workhorse back would say was, repeatedly, "I am just here so I won't get fined." That was it.

About 200 reporters crowded around Lynch's podium for at least 15 minutes before he arrived. Once he did he set a timer on his phone, caught a bag of Skittles tossed from the crowd and stopped to pick up a reporter's recorder off the floor before he walked away.

The Patriots are conducting their workouts this week at the Arizona Cardinals' facility while the Seahawks holding their practices at Arizona State University.

The big game takes place Sunday night.

NFL-COACHES

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Cleveland Browns' coach Rob Chudzinski has been named associate head coach to assist Chuck Pagano (puh-GAH'-noh) with the Colts. Chudzinski was hired last year as a special assistant to Pagano after one season as Cleveland's head coach. Pagano and Chudzinski first met at the University of Miami. Since then, Chudzinski has spent more than two decades in the coaching business.

In other NFL coaching and front office moves:

-- The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Oakland Raiders running backs coach Kelly Skipper to the same position and parted ways with Terry Richardson. Skipper spent the previous eight seasons with the Raiders, the last six as running backs coach and two as tight ends coach.

-- The New York Jets have hired Brian Heimerdinger as the team's director of player personnel under new general manager Mike Maccagnan.

MLB-CONTRACTS

UNDATED (AP) -- The American League champion Royals and outfielder Jarrod Dyson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,225,000.

The former 50th-round amateur draft pick stole a career-high 36 bases and hit .269 with one homer and 24 RBIs in 290 plate appearances last season.

-- San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000. Crawford batted .246 with 10 homers and 69 RBIs last season, helping the Giants win the World Series for the second time in three years since Crawford became the starting shortstop.

NHL-BLUES

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Martin Brodeur (mahr-TAN' broh-DOOR') has made his final NHL save. The NHL's all-time leader in wins and shutouts by a goaltender will formally announce his retirement at a news conference Thursday and discuss his new front office position with the St. Louis Blues.

Brodeur wrapped up a 22-year career with St. Louis after signing as a free agent on Dec. 2. He was 3-3-0, with his final victory coming in a 3-0 shutout over Colorado on Dec. 29.

He spent his first 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, winning three Stanley Cups and four Vezina (VEH'-zih-nah) trophies as the league's top netminder.

The Montreal native was 691-397-176 with a 2.24 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts in 1,266 career appearances.

NHL-KINGS-RICHARDS

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings have assigned underperforming center Mike Richards to their AHL affiliate in Manchester after he cleared waivers. The 29-year-old Richards has scored just five goals and 15 points in 47 games this season. He has five years remaining on a 12-year, $69 million contract.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Quarterfinal action has resumed at the Australian Open.

On the men's side of things top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has a match with No. 8 Milos Raonic (MEE'-lohs ray-OH'-nich) and fourth-seed and defending champion Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah) goes against fifth-seed Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR'-ee).

For the women No. 1 Serena Williams is facing 11th-seed Dominika Cibulkova (doh-mih-NEE'-kuh see-bool-KOH'-vuh) and in an all-American match No. 18 Venus Williams faces Madison Keys.

NASCAR-STEWART

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Walking without a limp for the first time in 18 months, Tony Stewart declared himself pain-free and never more eager to start a season.

After a tumultuous two seasons that affected him both physically and mentally, the three-time NASCAR champion said his troubles are behind him and he finally feels like the old Smoke again.

His chance to prove it begins next month at Daytona International Speedway. That's where Stewart will climb back into his No. 14 Chevrolet for the first time since November, when his 15-year winning streak in the Sprint Cup Series came to an end.

He failed to win a race last year for the first time since his 1999 rookie season.

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