BUFFALO, N.Y. - A year ago Simon Gagne waited for the call that never came. A deal to return to the Philadelphia Flyers fell through, and the veteran winger with almost 800 games of NHL experience and just under 600 points was left out in the cold.
Gagne came close to an NHL contract only once, in December, but decided to sit out the year. At the age of 34, the Ste-Foy, Que., native is now with the Boston Bruins and could be an important, malleable piece of their lineup.
SINGAPORE - Serena Williams made the semifinals of the WTA Finals and earned the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball on Friday.
Williams' fortune was at the expense of Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova. Ivanovic had a shot at reaching the semis, and Sharapova had a slimmer chance at the top ranking. Both won dramatic three-setters, but they needed to win in two, and were eliminated.
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius could still face a murder conviction and 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend as prosecutors said Friday they had consulted a South African criminal law expert over an appeal.
Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel has talked to Prof. James Grant, a criminal law specialist at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube confirmed to The Associated Press.
LONDON - Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium.
The European Championship qualifier in Belgrade was abandoned last week after an Albanian nationalist banner was flown in by a remote-controlled device, sparking fighting among players and fans.
OTTAWA - On Friday night, the CFL's Ottawa Redblacks will return to the field. The NHL's Senators will take the ice Saturday.
Neither game has much significance in the standings for either team — the Redblacks are playing out their disappointing inaugural season while the Sens are just getting their campaign started.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.
Faldo, with six majors regarded as Britain's greatest player, was captain of the last European team that lost the Ryder Cup in 2008. Watson, who has five British Open titles among his eight majors, was captain of the U.S. team that lost at Gleneagles last month.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Steve Nash hoped for one more chance to show off his playmaking skills after fighting injuries and time for two miserable years with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Instead, Nash couldn't even make it to opening night in the 19th season of his remarkable career.
Nash will miss the entire season because of a back injury, the Lakers announced Thursday, putting the two-time NBA MVP point guard's career in doubt.
Denver 35 San Diego 21
N.Y. Islanders 3 Boston 2
Detroit 4 Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Vancouver 4 St. Louis 1
Nashville 3 Chicago 2
Minnesota 2 Arizona 0
Calgary 5 Carolina 0
Los Angeles 2 Buffalo 0
Columbus 5 San Jose 4
Indiana 88 Charlotte 79
Detroit 109 Philadelphia 103
New Orleans 88 Dallas 85
CALGARY - Sean Monahan burst onto the scene as a rookie with the Calgary Flames last season with six goals in his first eight games.
Through eight games this season, Monahan had just two assists and no goals, despite the fact he was second on the team with 20 shots.
Monahan's goal-less drought ended on Wednesday as he scored his first two goals of the season to lead Calgary to a convincing 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
DENVER - With this much speed and acceleration, it's no surprise Emmanuel Sanders is so adept at catching up.
Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week.
Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.