January 11, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Northern State's Meyer sets wins mark with 903rd

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Northern State University coach Don Meyer set the record for career wins in men's college basketball with his 903rd last night - an 82-62 victory over visiting University of Mary in Aberdeen, S.D. His .750 winning percentage (903-301) was compiled at three universities in a career that began in 1972 and nearly ended in September in a car-truck accident that sent him to the hospital for 55 days, forced doctors to amputate his lower left leg and led to the discovery of a slow-growing cancer. Coaching from the sideline in a wheelchair, Wayne, Neb., native, 64, moved past Bob Knight for the career wins record. Meyer's 37-year coaching record is 37-41 at Hamline University, 665-179 at Lipscomb University, and 201-81 at Northern.

Four-goal third lifts Canadiens over Capitals


Sergei Kostitsyn scored Montreal's fourth third-period goal with 21.2 seconds remaining to give the Canadiens a 5-4 win over the visiting Washington Capitals. Kostitsyn, who assisted on his brother Andrei's goal earlier in the third, scored unassisted to help Montreal extend its winning streak to four. Tomas Plekanec scored his second goal of the game 4:31 into the third as the Canadiens scored three goals within 2:35 to twice take the lead. Robert Lang and Andrei Kostitsyn put Montreal up for the first time moments earlier on power-play goals 43 seconds apart. Tomas Fleischmann's goal at 4:15 evened it at 3. Michael Nylander drew Washington even for the second time in the third at 4 when he was credited with his fourth goal of the season at 12:21. Alexander Semin scored twice, giving the Capitals the lead both times. Semin opened the scoring in the first and put Washington ahead 2-1 with his second of the game - his 16th - 13:04 into the second.

Devils:: Just two weeks shy of his 40th birthday, Brendan Shanahan is headed back to where it all started. The all-but-certain Hall of Fame forward agreed in principle to a deal with the Devils that will return him to New Jersey - the team that chose him with the No. 2 pick in the 1987 NHL draft. Shanahan has been an unrestricted free agent since July after his one-year deal with the New York Rangers expired.

Et cetera:: Bruins coach Claude Julien will be behind the Eastern Conference bench and Sharks coach Todd McLellan will guide the Western Conference squad at the NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. The All-Star Game is being held Jan. 25 at the Bell Centre. ... Bruins forward Marco Sturm could miss the rest of the season because of a left knee injury.

Murray defeats Roddick, takes Qatar Open title


Andy Murray won his second straight Qatar Open after defeating Andy Roddick, 6-4, 6-2, in Doha yesterday. Murray, ranked fourth, converted all three break points against No. 8 Roddick in the tuneup ahead of the Australian Open. Murray broke Roddick to go up 3-2 in the opening set and used two more breaks in the second to take a 4-1 lead. Roddick's only break-point chance came with Murray serving for the match, but the Scotsman saved it with an ace and clinched the title with a backhand winner down the line. Murray, who beat Roger Federer in the semifinals and defeated Federer and top-ranked Rafael Nadal last week in an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, downplayed talk that he's the favorite heading into the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 19. "I feel good going into the Australian Open but after what happened last year, I don't want to get too carried away," said Murray, who lost in the first round.

Australian Open:: Men's and women's singles champions will earn $1.42 million at the Australian Open, which is increasing overall prize money by 12 percent. The losing singles finalists will received $706,300.

Ogilvy distances himself in Mercedes-Benz tourney

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Geoff Ogilvy ran off three straight birdies on the back nine and shot an 8-under-par 65 in Kapalua, Hawaii, to make the rest of the winners-only field at the Mercedes-Benz Championship feel as though they were playing for second. The wind switched directions, making Kapalua play entirely different. What didn't change was the name atop the leader board. Leading by one shot to start the third round, Ogilvy played bogey-free for the second time in three rounds and wound up at 19-under 200, six shots ahead of Justin Leonard and D.J. Trahan as he tries to win the PGA Tour's season-opening event.

More golf:: Annika Sorenstam and Mike McGee were married in Orlando, Fla., four weeks after the Swedish golf star ended her Hall of Fame career.

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