OSAKA, Japan - Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu just needs a podium finish at the NHK Trophy this weekend to secure a spot in figure skating's Grand Prix Final.
Making the podium appears to be a formality for Hanyu, who bruised his head and chin in a scary collision with Chinese skater Yan Han in warmups for the Cup of China three weeks ago. He still went on to skate in Shanghai and finish second, but was visibly shaken and fell five times.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Geno Smith is getting another shot as the New York Jets' starting quarterback.
The team announced Wednesday that Smith, who had been benched in favour of Michael Vick the last three games, will be under centre against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
SASKATOON - An iconic Canadian story about a boy and his hockey uniform is bringing together a junior sports team and a symphony orchestra.
A musical adaptation of Roch Carrier's "The Hockey Sweater" is to be presented live at SaskTel Centre by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra next March.
The Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League decided they wanted the concert's first performance on ice done in their home arena.
Kids will be allowed to skate with the team after the show, which is to include illustrations from the book projected onto the scoreboard.
VANCOUVER - Ryan Miller did not know the late Pat Quinn very well, but the Vancouver Canucks goaltender helped honour his memory in a big way Tuesday night.
Miller made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the New Jersey Devils 2-0. The victory came after Vancouver held a pre-game ceremony to honour Quinn, a former Canucks player, coach and executive who died Sunday in Vancouver.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Forgive the Calgary Flames if they don't look forward to any more trips to Anaheim.
The past 19 times they visited, they have left with a loss.
Corey Perry, Matt Beleskey and Kyle Palmieri staked the Ducks to a big lead, and two-time defending Pacific Division champion Anaheim held on for a 3-2 victory over Calgary behind Frederik Andersen's 32 saves.
DALLAS - Tyler Seguin scored twice to extend his NHL-leading goal total, yet he was overshadowed by rookie defenceman John Klingberg.
The two combined to lift the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Klingberg scored from centre ice on a 74-foot, dipping slap shot that eluded goalie Viktor Fasth, and added an assist giving him three goals and eight points in eight games since being recalled from the AHL on Nov. 10.
ST. LOUIS - Bobby Ryan just missed scoring the winning goal in overtime. Given another chance in the shootout, Ryan came through for the Ottawa Senators.
After the Senators rallied with two third-period goals, Ryan's shootout tally capped a dramatic 3-2 victory over the host St. Louis Blues that snapped St. Louis' two-game skid.
Winnipeg 4 Columbus 2
Ottawa 3 St. Louis 2 (SO)
Nashville 4 Los Angeles 3 (SO)
Dallas 3 Edmonton 2
Colorado 4 Arizona 3 (OT)
Vancouver 2 New Jersey 0
Anaheim 3 Calgary 2
Atlanta 106 Washington 102
Golden State 114 Miami 97
Sacramento 99 New Orleans 89
Milwaukee 98 Detroit 86
Denver 114 Chicago 109
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Winnipeg Jets' power play finally produced, and rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson made the offence stand up against the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets.
Evander Kane led the way, scoring two power-play goals in the Jets' 4-2 win on Tuesday night.
"A lot of battles, especially in the third period," said Kane, who has four goals this season. "They got on us pretty good and controlled a seven-minute block, and we were able to hold on."
MINNEAPOLIS - Murray Oliver, a five-time All-Star who briefly coached the Minnesota North Stars, has died from a heart attack. He was 77.
Oliver, who died on Sunday, played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and North Stars in a career that started in 1957 and ended in 1975. He scored 274 goals in 1,127 NHL games. He finished second in rookie of the year voting in 1960 after scoring 20 goals for the Red Wings.