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Blackhawks beat Predators 4-2 for 2-1 series lead

Chicago Blackhawks ride their top line to 4-2 victory over Nashville Predators in Game 3
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Marian Hossa was everywhere. Jonathan Toews powered Chicago to a big second period, and Brandon Saad had a key play for the Blackhawks.

Chicago's skilled top line found plenty of room to roam with Shea Weber out with an injury.

Toews had a goal and an assist, Hossa had two assists in a dazzling performance, and the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Sunday for a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Flyers fire head coach Craig Berube

Flyers fire head coach Craig Berbue after two seasons behind the bench
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Craig Berube.

General manager Ron Hextall said this week he had not decided on Berube's fate following a season in which Philadelphia missed the playoffs. The Flyers announced the decision Friday.

Berube went 75-58-28 (.553) with the Flyers and took them to the playoffs last season. He had one season left on his contract.

NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson from suspension

NFL reinstates Vikings running back Adrian Peterson from suspension for child abuse charges
Jon Krawczynski, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL. Now all that remains to be settled is where he will play next season.

Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the Minnesota Vikings star a letter on Thursday advising him of his reinstatement. Peterson missed most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.

Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfil all the obligations of his plea deal that reduced a felony charge to a misdemeanour.

Honoring Jackie Robinson extends into orbit this year

Honoring Jackie Robinson extends into orbit this year; Dodgers to erect statue
Joe Resnick, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jackie Robinson Day was celebrated even in space this year.

While Rachel Robinson, the player's 92-year-old widow, and Commissioner Rob Manfred honoured Major League Baseball's first black player in a ceremony at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night in conjunction with the annual Civil Rights Game, astronaut Terry Virts wore a Dodgers jersey with Robinson's No. 42 along with a Brooklyn cap at the International Space Station orbiting the Earth.

Bruins fire GM Chiarelli 4 years after Stanley Cup

Bruins fire GM Chiarelli 4 years after Stanley Cup; coach Claude Julien safe 'at this time'
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

The Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday, days after missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years and just four seasons after the franchise won its first Stanley Cup title since 1972.

The statement from the team said coach Claude Julien and the rest of his staff "will remain in place at this time."

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

Penn State president to face alumni

Penn State president Erickson to face alumni at town hall in Pittsburgh
Kevin Begos,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State University president Rodney Erickson faces a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, more than two months since Sandusky was arrested, bringing with it controversy, criticism and contemplation.

Penn State president to face alumni

Penn State president Erickson to face alumni at town hall in Pittsburgh
Kevin Begos,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State University president Rodney Erickson faces a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, more than two months since Sandusky was arrested, bringing with it controversy, criticism and contemplation.

Oakland Raiders fire first-year coach Jackson

New era in Oakland as GM McKenzie begins tenure with Raiders by firing Jackson
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Reggie McKenzie made clear on his first day as Raiders general manager that there's a new regime in Oakland.

Soon after officially signing his contract to be the first general manager since longtime owner Al Davis' death, McKenzie fired coach Hue Jackson in a bold first move as he looks to give the organization a fresh start.

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