Ruff out: Lindy Ruff is out as coach in Buffalo, meaning the slow-starting, inconsistent and sometimes lethargic Sabres have now become Ron Rolston's mess to clean up.
Rolston was promoted from the Sabres' minor-league affiliate, AHL Rochester, to finish out the season as Buffalo's interim coach.
The move was made hours after Ruff was fired amid growing criticism for the team's early season struggles.
Ruff's dismissal ends his 16-season tenure in Buffalo, during which he became the franchise's winningest coach (571-432-162) and the NHL's longest active-serving coach with one team.
Hansen suspended: Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen was suspended for one game by the NHL for hitting Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in the back of the head with his left forearm.
The incident occurred at 1:10 of the third period during Chicago's 4-3 shootout win on Tuesday.
Hossa had to be helped off the ice after the hit.
Not under oath: Lance Armstrong will not do a tell-all interview under oath with the agency that exposed his performance-enhancing drug use and took his seven Tour de France titles.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had told Armstrong he would have to reveal all knows about doping in cycling -- a process officials expected would take several days -- if he wanted to reduce his lifetime ban from sports.
Wednesday was the latest deadline for Armstrong to decide on USADA's offer. After negotiating with the agency for two months, he refused.
Rockets-Kings trade: The Houston Rockets acquired No. 5 pick Thomas Robinson and forwards Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from Sacramento for forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich and point guard Toney Douglas.
Also, the Rockets reached an agreement to send forward Marcus Morris to Phoenix for a future second-round pick, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that trade had not been announced, pending league approval.
False info: The NCAA believes former Miami assistant coaches Clint Hurtt, Aubrey Hill and Jorge Fernandez provided false or misleading information during the probe into the Hurricanes' athletic department.
The NCAA said all three violated "principles of ethical conduct" as part of the notice of allegations served against the Hurricanes, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the allegations have not been released publicly.
Protest: Wrestlers from the world's top wrestling nations plan to lie on their mats Thursday in Tehran in a unique show of unity to protest a decision by the International Olympic Committee to drop wrestling from the 2020 games.
Storm delay: The best 64 golfers in the world got together for the first time this season and a snow fight broke out.
In the most bizarre episode of a PGA Tour season already filled with wacky weather, the opening round of the Match Play Championship lasted only 3 1/2 hours until it was suspended by a winter storm that covered Dove Mountain with nearly 2 inches of snow.
Garagiola retiring: Joe Garagiola, the ballplayer-turned-announcer who was honored by the Hall of Fame for his on-air work, is ending his broadcast career after nearly six decades.
The 87-year-old Garagiola said that he's retiring as a part-time television analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He said goodbye at a 30-minute news conference at the team's spring training facility, a session marked by his trademark one-liners and a bit of emotion.
Dennard convicted: New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was convicted of assaulting a police officer in Lincoln, Neb., last year.
A jury found Dennard guilty of the felony charge and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, but acquitted the former Nebraska standout of third-degree assault against another man, Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said.
Dennard faces up to five years in prison for the officer assault and up to a year for resisting arrest, Kelly said. His sentencing hearing is April 11.