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In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 photo, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher pulls goalie Mathieu Garon during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, in Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Lightning fired Boucher on Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher stands behind Steven Stamkos (91) in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Tampa Bay Lightning fired Boucher on Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 photo, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher talks to his team during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, in Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Lightning fired Boucher on Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Tampa Bay fires Coach Boucher
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning fired Coach Guy Boucher yesterday.
Assistants Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix were to share coaching responsibilities last night at Winnipeg.
“Guy has poured his heart and soul into the Lightning organization for these past three years and we appreciate all the work he has done,” General Manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. “But ultimately I am not satisfied with the direction we are heading and I believe making a change today is in the best interest of our franchise.”
Tampa Bay is next to last in the Eastern Conference with a 13-17-1 record. Boucher was hired as the Lightning’s seventh coach on June 10, 2010.
Penguins acquire Morrow from Stars
PITTSBURGH – The streaking Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars yesterday to bolster the team’s second line.
Pittsburgh sent defenseman Joe Morrow, the team’s first-round pick in the 2011 draft, and a fifth-round choice this year to Dallas in exchange for Brenden Morrow and the Stars’ third-round pick in the draft.
The 34-year-old Brenden Morrow has 243 goals and 285 assists in 835 games, all with Dallas. He will become a free agent at the end of the season. He waived his no-trade clause to move to the Penguins.
Broncos lose out to Ravens on Dumervil
DENVER – Elvis Dumervil spurred the Denver Broncos for Baltimore, agreeing to a five-year deal, Ravens General Manger Ozzie Newsome announced yesterday.
Dumervil, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is expected to be in Baltimore tomorrow to take his physical and sign the paperwork.
Broncos football operations chief John Elway issued a statement saying the Broncos “worked diligently over the last week” to re-sign Dumervil but “are now moving forward without him.”
Dumervil had 63 ½ sacks in seven seasons in Denver. He agreed to reduce his 2013 salary from $12 million to $8 million but the paperwork didn’t reach the NFL offices in time and the Broncos were forced to release him on March 15. The sides continued negotiating, but the Ravens swooped in.
Thunderstorm stops Tiger’s march at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tiger Woods is going to have to wait one more day to try to reclaim No. 1 in the world.
A vicious thunderstorm packing 60 mph wind and heavy rain interrupted the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational yesterday. With small ponds in the course – and even a fish in the middle of the 18th fairway – the round was postponed until today.
Woods and Rickie Fowler in the final group had played only two holes. Woods made birdie on No. 2 and had a three-shot lead.
It’s the second time this year Woods will try to win on a Monday. Torrey Pines was pushed back one day because of fog.
Lawn chairs lining the 18th fairway were toppled over, and a TV tower crashed down behind the 10th green.
Allen shoots 67 to win Gulf Resort Classic
SAUCIER, Miss. – Michael Allen rallied to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic yesterday for his fourth Champions Tour title, shooting a 5-under 67 to leapfrog a crowded leaderboard.
Allen started the day two shots behind the leaders, but made five birdies on the front nine to vault into the lead. The 54-year-old navigated windy conditions at Fallen Oak to finish a stroke ahead of Bernhard Langer, who was one of four players who shared the second-round lead.
Allen missed a short putt for par on 18 and had to settle for a bogey, briefly falling into a tie with Langer at 11 under. But Langer made a bogey minutes later on 16, and couldn’t make up the stroke on the final two holes.
Ferrer reaches fourth round at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – No. 3-seeded David Ferrer has defeated Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 7-5, to start the men’s third round at the Sony Open.
In sunny, windy, sweltering weather yesterday, Ferrer held every service game and improved to 22-4 this year. He leads the men’s tour in victories.
The Spaniard improved to 6-0 against Fognini, including three victories this year, and reached the fourth round at Key Biscayne for the eighth time. Ferrer next faces No. 13 Kei Nishikori, who beat Xavier Malisse, 6-2, 7-5.
In women’s play, No. 6 Angelique Kerber and No. 11 Nadia Petrova lost. Kerber was beaten by No. 28 Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-0, while Petrova lost to No. 22 Jelena Jankovic, 7-6 (7), 6-4.
Lucky loser Lauren Davis of the United States was beaten by No. 32 Alize Cornet, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Hinchcliffe wins first career race in series opener
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – James Hinchcliffe picked up his first career IndyCar Series victory in yesterday’s season opener at St. Petersburg, where Andretti Autosport showed it’s picked up right where it left off after last year’s championship season.
Hinchcliffe passed Helio Castroneves on the final restart to take the lead and held on to win by 1.09 seconds over defending race winner Castroneves. He becomes the first Canadian to win since Paul Tracy’s 2007 victory at Cleveland in the CART Series.
Marco Andretti used a late push to finish third, a career-best finish for him on the downtown street course. He passed Simona de Silvestra with two laps to go to get the podium finish, and de Silvestro lost two more spots before the checkered flag.
Tony Kanaan was fourth and Scott Dixon fifth.
Vettel of Red Bull wins Malaysian GP
SEPANG, Malaysia – Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel held off Red Bull teammate Mark Webber in a scintillating battle to win Malaysian Grand Prix yesterday.
Vettel, who earlier in the race complained to the team about Webber’s slow pace, battled the Australian for much of the day, with the cars almost touching as the German grabbed the lead on the 46th lap for his 27th victory. The surprising run of Mercedes continued, with 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton coming in third ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg.
Yankees’ Jeter expected to start season on DL
TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said injured shortstop Derek Jeter probably won’t be ready for opening day.
Cashman said yesterday it’s “more likely than not” Jeter will start the regular season on the disabled list because of ankle soreness.
Cashman says the Yankees’ captain was a little sore yesterday, one day after getting four at-bats as the designated hitter in a minor league exhibition game.
The 38-year-old Jeter received an anti-inflammatory injection Wednesday. He had surgery for a broken left ankle last October. Cashman says Jeter will not play in a minor league game for at least the next couple days.
Cedeno signs 1-year deal with Astros
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Shortstop Ronny Cedeno agreed to a one-year contract yesterday with the Houston Astros, who informed infielder Tyler Greene he will not make the season-opening roster.
The 30-year-old Cedeno is an eight-year major league veteran who hit .259 in 78 games with the New York Mets last season.
Cedeno was released March 19 by the St. Louis Cardinals, who opted to give him $188,525 in termination pay rather than keep his $1.15 million contract, which was not guaranteed.
Houston also optioned outfielder J.D. Martinez to Triple-A Oklahoma City and reassigned catcher Jason Jaramillo to their minor league camp.
Northug wins cross-country World Cup finale
FALUN, Sweden – Petter Northug of Norway clinched the overall cross-country World Cup title yesterday with a convincing victory in the final race of the season.
Northug had a big lead over his main competitors going into the concluding 15-kilometer freestyle pursuit race at the three-day World Cup finals, and he won the race in 35 minutes, 48.3 seconds.
Finn Haagen Krogh was 0.7 seconds back, and Martin Johnsrud Sundby was another 1.1 behind in third as Norwegians swept the podium.
Norway’s Marit Bjoergen protected her big lead to win the women’s 10-kilometer freestyle pursuit.
The triple Olympic champion skied alone for the whole race and won in 26 minutes, 39.6 seconds. Fellow Norwegian Therese Johaug was 49.3 seconds back in second, with Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla 1:11.7 behind in third.
Canadian Goodman wins U.S. slalom title
SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. – World champion Mikaela Shiffrin straddled a gate in the final run, handing the slalom title to Canadian Ana Goodman yesterday in the U.S. Alpine Championship.
The 18-year-old Shiffrin, from Vail, Colo., had a 1.22-second lead after the opening run, but straddled the gate in the tight middle section in the second run.
Goodman, a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, had the fastest second run. She recently won the NorAm slalom title.
Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole, Wyo., was second, and Norway’s Tonje Sekse, also a Westminster student, finished third.
Katie Hartman of Breckenridge, Colo., won the combined title with the fastest total time from the super G and slalom. Lila Lapanja of Incline Village, Nev., was second, followed by Paula Moltzan of Lakeville, Minn.
South Koreans dominate world championships
SOCHI, Russia – Olympic champions Mo Tae-bum and Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea retained their 500-meter titles at the speedskating world championships yesterday.
Tae-bum took the men’s crown at the season-ending event, finishing with a combined time of 69.76 seconds over the two heats to edge Japan’s Joji Kato by .06 seconds. World sprint champion Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands, who had the fastest time of 34.80 seconds in the first heat, was fifth in the second heat to place third.
In the women’s event, Sang-hwa dominated both of her heats to win in a combined time of 75.34 seconds. Chinese sprinter Wang Beixing was .69 seconds behind in second. Russia’s Olga Fatkulina edged out four-time champion Jenny Wolf of Germany by .05 seconds to finish in 76.08 for third.
Tepes wins season-ending ski flying event
PLANICA, Slovenia – Jurij Tepes of Slovenia earned his first individual ski jump World Cup victory in the final event of the season yesterday, winning a ski flying competition in front of a home crowd.
Tepes landed jumps of 217 and 214 meters for a total of 425.5 points, beating Rune Velta of Norway by 1.8 points. Another Slovenian, Peter Prevc, was three points back in third.
Ireland’s Martin wins Volta a Catalunya
BARCELONA, Spain – Daniel Martin of Ireland held off Spanish favorite Joaquin Rodriguez to protect his lead and win the Volta a Catalunya yesterday.
Thomas de Gendt won the seventh stage, a 76-mile ride from El Vendrell to Barcelona along the Mediterranean coast ending in a climb of the Catalan capital’s Montjuic hill.
The 26-year-old Martin took over the leader’s jersey on the fourth stage of the seven-day race, and the Garmin Sharp safely protected his 17-second lead over Rodriguez.
Michele Scarponi of Italy finished third, another 17 seconds behind.