Sports Briefs 4-24-14

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBUS -- In the dressing room after Brandon Dubinsky's late goal forced overtime, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno half-jokingly said he'd get the winner.

Then he did it.

Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation and Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session -- from right over the top of the Stanley Cup painted under the ice -- gave the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Asked if he had called the goal, Foligno laughed.

"I might have," he said with a wide grin. "I didn't actually think it would work out, but it ended up working. I'm going to thank my lucky stars."

The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.

The defeat left the Penguins, who had rolled over Columbus in all five meetings during the regular season, stunned.

"We lost the game, it's 2-2 now and we have to have a response from our whole group," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said.

• Baseball

Skeeters sign McGrady: Former NBA star Tracy McGrady signed Wednesday to pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League.

The 6-foot-8 right-hander reported to spring camp last week and made his first scrimmage game appearance against Alvin Community College on April 16. In an inning of work, McGrady allowed one run on three hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

Marrero passes away: Family members say Conrado Marrero, the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana. He was just two days short of his 103rd birthday.

Grandson Rogelio Marrero confirmed the death Wednesday afternoon.

Marrero was a diminutive right-hander from Cuba who went by the nickname "Connie" when he pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s.

• Football

Schedules released: As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.

That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. Also at night will be a Sunday matchup of AFC champion Denver and Peyton Manning hosting his former team, Indianapolis; and a Monday night doubleheader with the New York Giants at Detroit, followed by San Diego at Arizona.

The NFL will play three games in London: Dolphins-Raiders on Sept. 28; Lions-Falcons on Oct. 26; and Cowboys-Jaguars on Nov. 9.

A Saturday doubleheader in Week 16 has San Diego at San Francisco, and Philadelphia at Washington.

Bears add Draughn: The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with running back Shaun Draughn.

Draughn has appeared in 20 games over three seasons with Kansas City (2011-12) and Baltimore (2013), 235 yards and two touchdowns. He has 158 yards receiving to go with 590 yards on 25 kickoff returns. He also spent part of the 2013 season with Indianapolis but did not appear in a game for the Colts.

• Elsewhere

Jackson not coaching: The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate already has been eliminated.

Phil Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks.

Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday that he won't be returning to the bench, despite the fact that even fiancee Jeanie Buss told him he should.

Phelps set to return: Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool.

Having shed the 30 pounds he piled on since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps will resume his career starting today at the Arena Grand Prix. He will swim the 100-meter butterfly, an event in which he holds the world record. He dropped his plans to compete in the 100 freestyle the same day.

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