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March 15, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Brodeur ties Roy; Caps win in shootout

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Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy's NHL career record of 551 wins when the New Jersey goalie led the Devils to a 3-1 win over the host Montreal Canadiens last night. 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. He will get his first chance at setting the record Tuesday night at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Capitals 5, Hurricanes 4, SO:: Alex Ovechkin moved within one goal of becoming the first Capitals player with three seasons of 50 and scored the winner in the shootout, helping his team end a four-game losing streak in Washington with a victory over Carolina. Mike Green scored his 24th goal and assisted on Ovechkin's goal, and Alexander Semin has his 29th goal and three assists.

Blast's win streak ends at six games

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The Blast's six-game winning streak ended with an 11-6 loss to the host Philadelphia KiXX. Defender Billy Nelson scored at the 11:33 mark of the first quarter to give the Blast (13-3) a 2-0 lead. But midway through the second quarter, Angel Rivillo tied the score at 2 with the first of five unanswered KiXX goals that gave Philadelphia (9-8) an 11-2 lead. Carlos Garcia and Giuliano Celenza scored late to cut the KiXX lead to 11-6. The Blast hosts the Massachusetts Twisters in its last home game of the season Saturday at 7:35 p.m.

U.S. routed, faces elimination at WBC

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Jake Peavy lasted only two innings, and Team USA could soon be gone, too. With an embarrassing 11-1 loss to Puerto Rico in Miami that was stopped in the seventh because of the mercy rule, the Americans are again on the ropes in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic. Carlos Beltran and Felipe Lopez homered, and Puerto Rico rocked Peavy for six runs to send the U.S. team into the losers' bracket. Roy Oswalt will start for the Americans tonight when they face the Netherlands in an elimination game.

More World Baseball Classic:: The Orioles' Melvin Mora drove in a run on a first-inning groundout, and Miguel Cabrera and Jose Lopez each added a solo home run to power Venezuela to a 3-1 win over the Netherlands in the second round.

Et cetera:: Athletics starter Justin Duchscherer had another setback in his rehabilitation from an elbow injury and will miss the start of the season. ... Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will make his first spring appearance Tuesday and said he will be ready for Opening Day. Rivera had right shoulder surgery in October. ... The Mets shut down right-hander Tim Redding indefinitely, citing soreness and a lack of strength in his throwing shoulder. Wade scores 50 in Heat's 3-OT win

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Dwyane Wade finished with 50 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jermaine O'Neal added 28 points and eight rebounds, and the Miami Heat (36-29) pulled off two huge last-ditch rallies before beating the visiting Utah Jazz (41-25) in a triple-overtime epic, 140-129. Wade sealed the win with a pair of foul shots with 44.4 seconds left - tying his career high in scoring on a day when he passed Alonzo Mourning to become the franchise's leading scorer (9,489 points).

Spurs 88, Rockets 85: : Tony Parker scored 28 points, Tim Duncan added 15 points and 12 rebounds and visiting San Antonio (44-21) beat Houston (43-25).

Bulls 97, Hornets 79: : Ben Gordon scored 27 points, and host Chicago (30-37) pounded New Orleans (41-24) despite Chris Paul's 29 points.

Mickelson, Watney share lead at Doral

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Phil Mickelson hit his stride on the back nine of the Blue Monster with three straight birdies and wound up with a 3-under-par 69. That still wasn't enough to shake Nick Watney, who finished off a 67 with a tough par save on the 18th hole to share the 54-hole lead at the CA Championship, a World Golf Championships event, in Doral, Fla. They were at 16-under 200, with no one else closer than four shots. Tiger Woods had to settle for a 68 that left him nine shots behind in is his first stroke-play tournament since winning the U.S. Open last summer.

More golf: : Joey Sindelar moved a step closer to his first Champions Tour victory, shooting a 2-under 70 for a 10-under 134 total and a one-stroke lead over Don Pooley in the AT&T Champions Classic in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Horse racing: : Win Willy shook up the road to the Kentucky Derby, passing 2-5 shot Old Fashioned in the stretch for a stunning upset at the $300,000 Rebel Stakes in Hot Springs, Ark. ... Friesan Fire surged ahead and won the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans by more than seven lengths, solidifying his credentials as a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby. ... Smooth-striding Pioneerof the Nile, a prime contender for the Santa Anita Derby and possibly the Run for the Roses, romped to a 1 1/4 -length victory in the $200,000 San Felipe Stakes in Arcadia, Calif. ... Musket Man overtook 35-1 shot Join in the Dance in the final length to win the $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby in Oldsmar, Fla. ... Harry Vega guided 5-year-old mare Fancy Diamond to a surprising victory in the $50,000 Conniver Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

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