Red Wings set NHL wins record
The Detroit Red Wings won an NHL-record 21st straight home game, beating the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart scored midway through the first period for the Red Wings, who broke the mark of 20 set by the Boston Bruins during the 1929-30 season and matched by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976.
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Fans at Joe Louis Arena gave the team a standing ovation in the final minute and were chanting "21! 21!" After the game, the Red Wings raised their sticks to acknowledge the cheering fans.
In the NHL's seven seasons with a shootout to eliminate tie games, Boston won 14 straight at home during the 2008-09 season. That was the longest streak until Detroit's current run of dominance in the Motor City.
Storm acquire former Cat Dunlap
The Seattle Storm has acquired former Kentucky forward Victoria Dunlap from the Washington Mystics in exchange for center Ashley Robinson, Storm Head Coach and General Manager Brian Agler announced Tuesday.
Dunlap, 22, was selected by the Mystics with the 11th overall pick of the 2011 WNBA Draft. She averaged 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 26 games as a rookie but increased those averages to 12.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in three starts. Dunlap posted career highs of 19 points and eight boards against the Storm on July 3. She led the WNBA by averaging 3.3 steals per 40 minutes.
At UK, Dunlap was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 17.0 points and 8.7 rebounds and became the first Wildcat named to an Associated Press All-America Team.
Judge to hear retirees' case against union
The group of retired NFL players that was part of the labor talks during the lockout last year has not given up a push for better post-career care.
The dozens of players, including several members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, filed a lawsuit against the NFL Players Association last fall. The complaint alleges the union illegally sacrificed some of the league revenue that was supposed to go toward additional retirement benefits so that current players could keep more money.
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson will hear oral arguments from both sides in court on Wednesday in Minnesota. NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis says the union won't comment on the lawsuit. The NFLPA has filed a motion to have the case dismissed.
■ The St. Louis Rams hired Les Snead as their general manager Tuesday. Snead spent the past 13 years with the Atlanta Falcons, the last three as director of player personnel. The Rams are in the midst of an overhaul after winning just 15 games the past five seasons. They have the second overall pick in April's draft after going 2-14 last season.
Source: Contract extension for Maddon
Manager Joe Maddon has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Rays, a person familiar with the deal said Tuesday on the condition of anonymity.
The team scheduled a news conference to make a "special announcement" on Wednesday.
The Rays are 495-477 with two AL East titles and three playoff appearances in six seasons under the Maddon, 58. They made their only World Series appearance in 2008 and lost to the Texas Rangers in the divisional round the past two years.
West Virginia settles with Big East
West Virginia University announced Tuesday that it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the conference power Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July in time for the fall football season.
Athletics Director Oliver Luck said the terms of the deal were confidential, and WVU wouldn't release details. But Luck said no state, taxpayer, tuition or other academic dollars will be used in the settlement.
■ When ESPN and the University of Texas announced their 20-year, $300 million partnership for the Longhorn Network a year ago, they created the wedge that nearly split apart the Big 12.
ESPN is still struggling to find wide distribution for a sports channel that is all Texas, all the time. Football season came and went without a major cable or satellite distributor. The same thing could happen with basketball as the men's and women's teams struggle to build NCAA Tournament-worthy résumés.
Golf women finish 8th at UCF Challenge
The Kentucky women's golf team placed eighth overall at the UCF Challenge with a 54-hole score of 26-over 890.
After winning the UCF Challenge last season, junior Ashleigh Albrecht finished tied for 20th Tuesday. Albrecht's 3-over 75 in the final round left her at five-over-par 221 for the tournament. Albrecht finished the weekend with eight birdies, and her eagle in the first round was one of just two scored in the entire tournament.
Rome drops Olympic hosting bid
Italy's premier has scrapped Rome's bid for the 2020 Olympics, saying the government can't supply the required financial backing at a time of financial crisis.
Premier Mario Monti announced after a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that it would be an irresponsible use of taxpayer money to fund the Olympic project. Costs for hosting the Olympics in Rome are estimated at $12.5 billion.
High school coach fired for online nudity
It took 10 minutes of online exposure for a high school football coach in Maine to lose his job. Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School football coach Paul Withee resigned his positions as coach and middle school science and math teacher on Monday, a week after he posted a nude photo of himself on Facebook.
School Superintendent Rick Colpitts said Withee intended to send the explicit photo to a friend but ended up making it public to his Facebook friends.
Colpitts said the photo was posted for 10 minutes, which was long enough to be seen by a parent who brought it to the school administrators' attention.
■ Tiger Woods is returning to the Honda Classic for the first time since he was an amateur, the golfer announced Tuesday. It's the second time this year Woods has added a tournament not typically on his schedule. Woods played the Honda Classic in 1993 as a 17-year-old, when it was held at Weston Hills. He had rounds of 72-78 and missed the cut.
The last word
LPGA golfer Michelle Wie, ranked No. 17 in the world, is on track to graduate with a degree from Stanford this year. On enjoying college life and not devoting herself entirely to golf, Wie said:
"I'm not a person who, 24 hours a day, can only think, live, eat and breathe golf. I'm not that kind of a person. If I did that, I might be fed up with it."