Sports Briefs 3-2-14

IRA PODELL AP Sports Writer Published:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jaromir Jagr is the seventh player to score 700 NHL goals, reaching the mark in the New Jersey Devils' game against the New York Islanders.

The New Jersey forward moved into this elite group when he netted his 19th of the season in the second period on Saturday. The Islanders have been Jagr's favorite target in his 20 NHL seasons. He has 61 goals and 87 assists in 101 career games.

Jagr stickhandled from the right wing boards into the slot and then slid a shot along the ice that eluded New York goalie Evgeni Nabokov at 3:31 of the second to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead.

The Islanders are the only team from the old Patrick Division for which Jagr, a recent Czech Republic Olympian, has never played. This is his first season with New Jersey.

Jagr is only eight goals behind Mike Gartner, who is sixth on the NHL career list. Wayne Gretzky holds the record of 894. Jagr is seventh in career points with 1,739.

• Hockey

Blue Jackets win: Artem Anisimov scored a short-handed goal late in the second period and Columbus' special teams provided four goals in the Blue Jackets' 6-3 win over the Florida.

David Savard, Cam Atkinson and R.J. Umberger added power-play goals -- the Blue Jackets were 3 for 4 with a man advantage -- while Jack Johnson had three assists. Savard also had an assist.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 17 shots as Columbus ended a three-game losing skid.

Shawn Mathias and Nick Bjugstad each had a goal and an assist and Sean Bergenheim also scored for the Panthers.

Sabres deal goalie: The Buffalo Sabres traded star goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night for goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 third-round pick.

The Central Division-leading Blues shored up their goaltending in an attempt to avoid another disappointing playoff run after being eliminated by Los Angeles in successive seasons.

Miller won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie in 2010, the year he was the Most Valuable Player of the Olympic tournament in Vancouver, and is Buffalo's franchise leader with 284 victories and 540 games. This season, he's 5-22-3 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. He's 284-186-57 with a 2.60 GAA and .916 save percentage overall.

• Basketball

Forfeits all games: Chicago Curie Metropolitan High School's basketball team, ranked among the best in the nation, has forfeited this year's games because several players were academically ineligible to compete, public schools officials announced Friday.

Chicago Public Schools said seven players on Curie's 24-1 varsity team were ineligible from the start of the 2013-14 season. Student athletes in the district must maintain a 2.0 GPA to participate in sports, or have an individual study plan in place to help them improve academically. District CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says Curie's head coach Michael Oliver has been suspended.

Brawl highlights risks: A wild brawl following a contentious game between Utah Valley and New Mexico State highlighted the risks when fans and players collide.

The Western Athletic Conference on Friday suspended New Mexico State junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller for two games and senior forward Renaldo Dixon for one for violating the league's sportsmanship policy following its review of the melee Thursday night in Orem, Utah.

Ross-Miller hurled the ball at Utah Valley's Holton Hunsaker seconds after the Wolverines' 66-61 victory over the Aggies. The ball hit Hunsaker -- the son of Utah Valley coach Dick Hunsaker -- in the leg. Some of the fans who stormed the court following the victory got caught up in the chaos and punches were thrown.

• Elsewhere

Sixth Dubai for Federer: Roger Federer won a record sixth Dubai Championships -- and 78th career title -- by beating Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final on Saturday. Federer, who maintains a home in Dubai, delighted a packed stadium of fans who seemed biased for the Swiss in back-to-back wins over Novak Djokovic in the semifinals and Berdych.

Federer's win, his sixth here in the last 12 years, extends his record of winning at least one title a year to 14 consecutive years. This is Federer's first tournament victory since winning in Halle, his only title of 2013, last spring.

Lawsuit filed: Panther Racing has sued Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, IndyCar and others, saying it lost a $17.2 million sponsorship with the Army National Guard because of bid-rigging and other improprieties.

The lawsuit filed Feb. 19 in Marion County Court in Indianapolis follows a ruling earlier this year by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO denied Panther's appeal of moving the Army National Guard sponsorship to Graham Rahal's car for the upcoming IndyCar season.

Promoted to o-line coach: John Benton has been promoted to offensive line coach by the Miami Dolphins, replacing Jim Turner, who was fired in the aftermath of the team's bullying scandal. Jack Bicknell Jr. was hired as assistant offensive line coach.

Benton joined the Dolphins as assistant offensive line coach Jan. 29. He has 27 years of coaching experience, including the past eight as the Houston Texans' offensive line coach.

Webb breaks slump: Karrie Webb broke out of a slump with three key birdies on the back nine Saturday to hold onto a one-stroke lead after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions. Webb, the 2011 champion, has led every round this week. She shot a 70 to move to 11-under 205 overall.

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