Rangers’ streak ended by Caps
In Washington, Alexander Semin scored twice, Troy Brouwer tallied the tiebreaking goal midway through the second period, and the Washington Capitals halted the New York Rangers’ five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night.
• In Nashville, Tenn., Colin Wilson scored the only goal in the shootout, and the Nashville Predators sent the Minnesota Wild to their seventh consecutive loss with a 2-1 victory.
• In Newark, N.J., Petr Sykora scored two goals to lead New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Zach Parise also scored for the Devils, who built a 3-0 lead in the second period. Martin Brodeur made 22 saves and assisted on Sykora’s first goal. Patrik Elias helped set up both of Sykora’s tallies.
• Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is participating in light exercise but remains sidelined indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms.
Crosby hasn’t played since Dec. 5 and hasn’t practiced in three weeks after getting jostled in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Coach Dan Bylsma said Wednesday that Crosby is dealing with lingering symptoms and isn’t sure when he’ll return.
• The Dallas Stars have activated goaltender Kari Lehtonen from injured reserve after he missed 12 games with a lower-body injury.
Lehtonen led the NHL with 13 wins when he got hurt Nov. 26 in a game against Phoenix. He could be back in net tonight when the Stars play host to Columbus.
Pac-12, Big Ten to work together
The Big Ten and Pac-12 are getting together on a scheduling agreement that provides the benefits of conference expansion without the ugliness of raiding another league.
While the partnership is for all sports, its most high-profile results will be seen in football and basketball.
The two 12-team leagues are aiming to create a 12-game inter-conference schedule by the 2017 season that would have each school play an opponent from the other conference every season.
Increased competition between the leagues in sports other than football could start as early as next year.
“From my perspective this improves the scheduling and creates more high-profile matchups,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said.
“It gets us exposure into the Midwest and East Coast on the Big Ten media platforms, the Big Ten Network and ESPN. And we hope it brings some rivalries that are rooted in a 100-year tradition of the Rose Bowl.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have been Rose Bowl partners for decades.
“For me it’s a creative way to accomplish a lot of things the conferences seek through expansion without having to expand,” Scott said.
Maradona would accept new job
Diego Maradona says he would be open to coaching the United Arab Emirates national team.
The Argentine great, who since May has coached the UAE professional side Al Wasl, has been mentioned as a potential candidate in the local media after Srecko Katanec of Slovenia was fired following the team’s 3-1 loss to Lebanon in September.
The UAE has since lost three matches under an interim coach.
Maradona did not say Wednesday whether the country’s soccer association had approached him about the job, though he said he would accept the post “with pleasure.”
The 1986 World Cup-winning Argentine said he could envision doing both jobs.