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Sports briefs: Jan. 2


Sturm's overtime goal givesBruins win in Winter Classic

The Boston Bruins made the Winter Classic live up to its hype with a thrilling comeback at Fenway Park, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Marco Sturm's overtime goal.

Mark Recchi, a former Flyer, tied the game with 2:18 left in the third period Friday, ending goalie Michael Leighton's shutout streak of more than 150 minutes. Then Sturm connected 1:57 into overtime on a pass from Patrice Bergeron.

Until the rally, the only goal was Danny Syvret's first of his NHL career, at 4:42 of the second period.

A sellout crowd of 38,112 watched in near-ideal conditions in the league's third annual New Year's Day game. Skies were overcast and the game-time temperature was 40 degrees, the highest of any of the three Winter Classics. Snow and rain forecast earlier in the week never fell.

For all but the last three minutes, Leighton was unbeatable. He had been claimed on waivers from Carolina on Dec. 15 and won every game in the Flyers' five-game winning streak that ended Friday. His shutout streak reached 154 minutes, 7 seconds before Recchi, stationed just in front of him, tipped in Derek Morris's shot from the right circle on a power play for his eighth goal of the season.

Lots of new faces on U.S. Olympic roster

Not since NHL players started going to the Olympics 12 years ago has the U.S. team featured so many fresh faces.

Of the 23 players chosen Friday for next month's games, only New York Rangers captain Chris Drury, New Jersey counterpart Jamie Langenbrunner and Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski will carry Olympic experience with them into what could be the most-watched hockey tournament ever.

The infusion of up-and-coming players is hardly a surprise. Team USA General Manager Brian Burke made it clear last summer is was time to turn the page on those who represented the United States time and time again on the international stage.

The average age of this year's club is slightly under 26. Rafalski is the oldest player at 36, while 21-year-old Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane is the youngest.

The Americans' greatest strength could be in goal, where Buffalo Sabres star Ryan Miller is expected to be the No. 1 netminder. Should he falter, reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas of the Bruins will be there to pick up the slack. Behind them is the soon-to-be-23 Jonathan Quick.

The U.S. hasn't captured the gold since 1980, and has only a 2002 silver medal since NHL players started going to the Olympics for the 1998 Nagano Games. The Americans finished eighth in Turin.


Reports: Arenas, teammate pulled guns on each other in locker room

The investigation of Gilbert Arenas and the guns he brought to the Verizon Center took a much more serious turn Friday amid a report that the Washington Wizards point guard and teammate Javaris Crittenton allegedly drew on each other during a locker-room argument over a gambling debt.

Arenas responded with a flurry of messages on Twitter, at times making light of the news but also making one tweet that read somewhat like a denial: "I understand this is serious..but if u ever met me you know i dont do serious things im a goof ball this story today dont sound goofy to me."

Arenas later tweeted he couldn't talk about the report the way he wanted to. He did not respond to a text message left by The Associated Press. A message left for Crittenton's agent also was not returned.

The NBA and the Wizards would only confirm that an investigation is taking place — and it's being led by law enforcement, not the league. D.C. police said they are assisting the U.S. Attorney's Office in the matter. The Wizards said they are cooperating and they "take this situation and the ongoing investigation very seriously."

The Wizards and Arenas both have acknowledged that Arenas kept guns in his locker. The team has said the firearms were unloaded and kept in a locked container with no ammunition. Arenas has said he took his guns to the Verizon Center because he didn't want them in his house after the birth of his latest child. He said he later handed them over to team security to give to police.

But Yahoo! Sports and the New York Post, both citing unidentified sources, reported the investigation now involves Crittenton. The Post reported Crittenton became angry at Arenas for refusing to make good on a gambling debt. That prompted Arenas to draw on Crittenton, who then reached for a gun, sources told the Post.

Knicks 112, Hawks 108 (OT): Nate Robinson scored 11 of his 41 points in overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the Hawks for their second win in Atlanta this season. Playing for the first time since Dec. 1, Robinson entered the game with 3:01 remaining in the opening period. He made 18 of 24 shots from the field, came within four points of his career high and had eight assists.

Horse racing

Long shot Fly by Phil wins at Calder

Fly by Phil, a 23-1 long shot, edged Lost Aptitude by a neck Friday in the Grade III $100,000 Tropical Park Derby for 3-year-old colts at Calder in Miami. Making his first turf start and first stakes appearance, Fly by Phil ran 11⁄8 miles on the turf course in 1:524⁄5.


Nadal wins, Federer loses in exhibition

Rafael Nadal won and Roger Federer lost in the semifinals of the season-opening Capitala exhibition tournament on Friday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Nadal beat Spanish Davis Cup teammate David Ferrer 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to secure a place in the final against Robin Soderling, who earlier dispatched the top-ranked Federer 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-1), 6-2. Soderling broke Federer in the third and seventh games of the third set to earn his first win over Federer in 13 matches.

The last word

Top-ranked Kansas takes on No. 18 Temple on Saturday in college basketball. Kansas' Marcus and Markieff Morris, twins who grew up in Philadelphia, are looking forward to playing near home and against several Temple players they faced in high school and AAU ball. Said Marcus:

"Haven't lost to any of them, just so you know. None of them. I plan on staying perfect against them, the rest of my life, even if I go to the NBA and they go to the NBA."