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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on January 27, 2015 06:32 GMT


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.


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 27, 2015 21:42 GMT


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 all 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 Arziona Cardinals' facility while the Seahawks are holding their practices at Arizona State University.

The big game takes place this Sunday night.


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 including two seasons each in Cleveland and Carolina as the offensive coordinator.


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

Dyson is expected to be the Royals' fourth outfielder this season. The former 50th-round amateur draft pick hit .269 with one homer and 24 RBIs in 290 plate appearances last season. He also had a career-high 36 stolen bases.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Martin Brodeur (mahr-TAN' broh-DOOR'), one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, is retiring. The last team he played for, the Blues, has called for a Thursday news conference to make it official and announce that the 42-year old will join the team in the front office.

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

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. He holds regular-season NHL records for wins, shutouts, games played and minutes played, and postseason records for starts and shutouts.


UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL All-Star break is over and it's time to get back to games that count with 11 contests on the schedule.

In Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, the Islanders are playing host to the Rangers. In the Metropolitan Division standings, the Isles are tops with 63 points while the Rangers are third with 58. Pittsburgh stands in second with 60 points, and the Penguins kick off the second half of the season at home with a game against Winnipeg.

Tampa Bay is the top team in the East and the Atlantic Division with 64 points, and the Lightning are on the road for a game with Carolina. Detroit gets back on the ice with a game at Florida. The Red Wings are in second place in the Atlantic with 63 points while Montreal has 61. The Canadiens are home to Dallas.

The leading team in the West with 68 points is Anaheim, and the Ducks are in Vancouver to meet the Canucks in a Pacific Division game.

Nashville is No. 1 in the Central Division and tonight the Predators are home to Colorado. Tied for second in the Central with 62 points are St. Louis and Chicago. Tonight the Blues and Blackhawks are resting.

The remaining games feature Arizona at Philadelphia, the Blue Jackets home to Washington, the Sabres at Calgary and Edmonton at home to Minnesota.


UNDATED (AP) -- In a matchup of division leaders this evening, Chicago's Bulls are visiting Golden State. The Bulls are on a slide of late having lost 6 of 10 to see their lead in the Central reduced to 3 1/2 games over Cleveland. The Warriors meanwhile just keep on rolling with a 5-game winning streak and wins in 9 of their last 10. Amazingly they are 21-1 on their home court this season.

In a Southwest Division matchup, first-place Memphis is hosting Dallas. The Mavericks, who have lost 2 straight, stand 2 1/2 games back of the Grizzlies who have won 3 in a row and 7 of 10.

Cleveland takes its 6-game winning streak to Detroit to see the faltering Pistons. After a couple of good weeks, the Pistons have lost 2 straight and 5 of 10.

The rest of the schedule has Toronto playing at Indiana, the Heat home to Milwaukee and Washington in L.A. to face the Lakers. The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers have lost 8 in a row.


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