Perry leads Anaheim Ducks' 5-2 rout of Islanders
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Corey Perry scored two goals and captain Ryan Getzlaf extended his point streak to 12 games in the Anaheim Ducks' 5-2 victory over the spiraling New York Islanders on Monday night.
Cam Fowler had his first career short-handed goal and added two assists. Saku Koivu scored his first goal in nearly two months in the Ducks' third consecutive win and the Islanders' 10th straight loss.
Perry scored a goal in his career-best sixth straight game late in the second period, and he added a power-play goal in the third to clinch the sixth 20-goal season of his career.
Andrew Cogliano also scored, and Jonas Hiller made 35 saves for Anaheim.
John Tavares and Thomas Vanek scored for the Islanders, who also have lost 10 consecutive road games since Nov. 1.
Giants have now missed the playoffs 4 of 5 seasons
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Being eliminated from playoff contention is nothing new for the New York Giants. It's now happened four times in five years.
The change this season is having it occur in early December.
For the first time since Tom Coughlin took over as coach in 2004, the Giants (5-8) knew on Monday they were out of the postseason picture with three weeks left in the season.
The end came Sunday in San Diego when the Chargers posted a 37-14 victory, leaving the Giants with nothing to play for but pride and jobs.
The Giants will get a chance to show their pride Sunday when they host the Seattle Seahawks (11-2), arguably the NFC's best team.
Spirits higher for Jets after ending skid
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The New York Jets had a bit of role reversal Sunday, with their offense having one of its best performances in weeks and making up for an uncharacteristically leaky defense.
Geno Smith says Monday that spirits are higher in the locker room after the Jets snapped a three-game skid with a 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders. He had his best game in weeks, throwing for a touchdown and running for another as the Jets set a season high for points.
Rex Ryan was disappointed in the defense, which allowed an "embarrassing" 63-yard touchdown run to Marcel Reece and gave up 150 yards rushing.
The Jets (6-7) remain in the AFC playoff hunt with a game against the Panthers (9-4) in Carolina on Sunday.
Jets CB Cromartie has concussion, status uncertain
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has a concussion and his status for the team's game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday is uncertain.
Coach Rex Ryan says Monday that Cromartie, while showing improvement, is going through the NFL's mandated protocol for head injuries after the cornerback was injured in the Jets' 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders. It was uncertain exactly when Cromartie was hurt, but he and teammate Ed Reed smacked into each other while trying to defend a pass to Rod Streater in the third quarter.
Streater scored on the 48-yard reception, and both Cromartie and Reed were slow to get up. Both players returned, and Ryan said Cromartie was not checked for a concussion until he complained of a headache after the victory.
Bills coach Marrone maintains faith in QB Manuel
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone maintains his faith in EJ Manuel despite the rookie quarterback's latest dud.
That doesn't mean Marrone, on Monday, was anywhere close to being satisfied with Manuel's performance a day after a 27-6 loss at Tampa Bay.
Marrone was blunt, saying Manuel didn't play well in going 18 of 33 for 184 yards while throwing four interceptions to double his season total.
He chalked it up to rookie growing pains, adding he would have considered pulling Manuel if the quarterback was the sole reason for Buffalo's struggles. Marrone then stressed there was plenty of blame to go around.
The Bills (4-9), who play at Jacksonville (4-9) on Sunday, are on the brink of extending the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 seasons.
Rangers recall F Arron Asham from AHL
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Rangers recalled rugged veteran forward Arron Asham from Hartford of the AHL on Monday to add much needed toughness to the struggling lineup.
To make room for Asham, the Rangers, who lost twice at home over the weekend, sent forward J.T. Miller back to Hartford.
The 35-year-old Asham had two assists and 19 penalty minutes in 12 games with Hartford this season. He played three games with the Rangers earlier this season, and recorded his 1,000th NHL penalty minute.
In two seasons with the Rangers, Asham has two goals and 64 penalty minutes in 30 regular-season games. He netted two goals in 10 playoff games with New York last season.
Miller, 20, has a goal and an assist in 17 games with the Rangers this season. He had no points in two games since being recalled from Hartford on Friday.
Granderson, Mets finalize $60 million, 4-year deal
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have completed a $60 million, four-year contract.
The deal with the three-time All-Star outfielder is the team's most expensive since Sandy Alderson took over as general manager. Granderson agreed to sign with the Mets on Friday, and the contract was finalized Monday during the winter meetings.
Granderson, who turns 33 in March, hit .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs this year for the Yankees, when wrist and hand injuries limited him to 61 games. He surpassed 40 homers in each of his previous two seasons in pinstripes.
New York also signed free-agent outfielder Chris Young to a $7.25 million, one-year contract this offseason.
Yankees to honor Mandela in Monument Park
NEW YORK (AP) - Nelson Mandela will be honored by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park.
The team said Monday the plaque will be dedicated during Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies before a game against the Chicago Cubs next April 15.
The former South African president, who died last week, gave an address at old Yankee Stadium on June 21, 1990, four months after the end of a 27-year imprisonment. He put on a Yankees cap and jacket and told the crowd: "You know who I am. I am a Yankee."
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says Mandela's visit "was a transcendent moment in the history of the original Yankee Stadium."
Steinbrenner says "we want this plaque to be an everlasting tribute to his indomitable spirit and unfailing dignity."
No. 23 Iowa beats Fairleigh Dickinson 92-59
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Gabe Olaseni tied a career high with 14 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 23 Iowa blew past Fairleigh Dickinson 92-59 on Monday night for its 10th win.
Melsahn Basabe had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (10-1), who broke the game open with an early 19-0 run and led by at least 20 points for the entire second half.
Iowa outrebounded the Knights 54-32, including 30-13 in the first half, and cracked the 90-point plateau for the fourth time this season.
Mathias Seilund led Fairleigh Dickinson (3-9) with 19 points. The Knights were 21 of 65 from the field (32.3 percent).
Columbia doubles Mass.-Lowell's in points 78-39
NEW YORK (AP) - Meiko Lyles had 11 points, eight rebounds and made all three of his 3-point attempts on Monday night to lead Columbia over Massachusetts-Lowell 78-39.
Lyles' first 3-pointer opened a 14-0 first-half run for Columbia. He capped the run with another 3 that put the Lions ahead 38-16 with 1:10 left in the half. Grant Mullins led the Lions with 14 points, Alex Rosenberg had 13 and Maodo Lo 10.
Columbia led 38-18 at the intermission, shot 66.7 percent in the second half and finished the game 57.1 percent from the floor.
The Lions (6-5) held a team under 40 points for the first time since Jan. 7, 2001 when they beat Binghamton 62-37.
UMass-Lowell (1-9) had no players score in double figures. Parris Massey set a career-high with eight points, but the River Hawks shot only 29.4 percent from the field.
Lehigh holds off LIU Brooklyn for 76-69 win
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Jesse Chuku scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Lehigh past LIU Brooklyn 76-69 Monday night.
Jason Brickman hit a pair of free throws to pull LIU Brooklyn within 4 with :57 to play and, after Shane Whitfield missed two free throws for Lehigh, Corey Schaefer's steal from Gilbert Parga with 20 seconds remaining helped the Mountain Hawks hold off the Blackbirds.
Schaefer and Mackey McKnight each hit two free throws in the game's waning seconds to put the game on ice as LIU Brooklyn (2-6) was forced to foul.
Tim Kempton had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Lehigh (6-5). Austin Price scored 13 points and Schaefer finished with 10.
Jason Brickman, who came into the game leading the nation at 10.1 assists per game, had 10 points and 12 assists for LIU Brooklyn. Troy Joseph added eight points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Thomas dominant as No. 8 Maryland women rout Siena
College Park, Md. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas had 12 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for her third career triple-double as No. 8 Maryland cruised to a 105-49 victory over Siena on Monday night.
Lauren Mincy scored 21 points and Brene Moseley added 13 - season highs for both - to help the Terrapins (9-1) win their eighth straight.
Maryland had its highest scoring output of the season, and reached the 100-point mark for the second time in four games to begin a five-game homestand.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 13 points as six Terps scored in double digits.
Brianna Logan scored 12 for the Saints (4-4), who kept it close for most of the first half before wearing down after the break.
Albany hires Greg Gattuso as football coach
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Greg Gattuso (ga-TWO-so) has been hired as the University at Albany's football coach.
The 51-year-old Gattuso becomes the second football coach in the program's 41 varsity seasons, taking over for Bob Ford, who retired.
Gattuso played at Penn State in the early 1980s. He was an assistant at Maryland the last three years.
Gattuso was the head coach at Duquesne, like Albany a Football Championship Subdivision school, from 1993-2004, going 97-32 and winning eight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles. He was an assistant at Pittsburgh from 2005-10.
New Yorker editor joins NBC Olympic coverage
NEW YORK (AP) - New Yorker editor David Remnick will contribute to NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The network said Monday that Remnick will take part in its broadcast of the opening ceremony and will provide commentary for NBC News.
The Pulitzer Prize winner is a former Moscow bureau chief for The Washington Post.
The opening ceremony is Feb. 7.
BODE MILLER-CUSTODY DISPUTE
Skier, son's mom to share time with boy, for now
NEW YORK (AP) - Olympic skier Bode (BOH'-dee) Miller and a former flame have agreed to share time with their infant son for the next four months.
Miller and the 9-month-old boy's mother, former Marine Sara McKenna, cemented the temporary pact in family court in New York City on Monday. It's in place until at least a March 31 court date.
Miller and McKenna said, separately, after court they were happy about the arrangement.
Miller's lawyers say it lets him take the child to the Olympics in February in Russia.
Miller and McKenna had a brief relationship last year in California. Miller has since married professional volleyball player Morgan Beck.
The case became a cause for women's rights advocates after a judge castigated McKenna for moving while pregnant to New York. She's studying at Columbia University.
Super Bowl transit options include $50 week pass
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York area's major transportation agencies have announced plans for handling crowds for February's Super Bowl.
Not among the plans is an all-purpose pass that could be used on all systems. That was discussed initially but was ultimately deemed too complicated.
At a news conference Monday at the Secaucus Junction rail station, New Jersey Transit announced it will offer a special pass for $50 for unlimited travel on trains, buses and light rail from Jan. 27 through Feb. 3.
The game is Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium. It's the first cold-weather Super Bowl played outdoors.
The host committee announced it will offer round-trip bus service from nine locations in New York and New Jersey on game day, for $51.
Organizers are calling this "the first mass transit Super Bowl."
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