Fleury Blanks Caps
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who swept the teams' home-and-series one night after beating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington. Pittsburgh has won three in a row and picked up at least a point in eight of its last 10 games.
The Penguins have also beaten their longtime rivals a franchise-record eight straight times.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots in his third start for Washington. Alexander Ovechkin was held without a point for the fourth consecutive game as the Capitals lost for the fourth time in their last five.
Steelers Sign Mitichell
The Steelers have signed former Carolna Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell to a five-year, $25 million contract.
Cowboys Release Ware
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The NFL free-agency signing period began yesterday, and the Dallas Cowboys made room under the salary cap by releasing DeMarcus Ware. The franchise sack leader was due to make $16 million this season, his 10th in the NFL. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he will attempt to re-sign Ware, who had a career-low six sacks last season and is recovering from offseason elbow surgery.
Bears Cut Peppers
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers, eliminating an $18 million salary cap hit. Peppers finished with just seven sacks, his lowest total in four seasons with Chicago and the fewest for him since he had a career-low 2 1/2 with Carolina in 2007.
Tests For Peverley
DALLAS (AP) - Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is undergoing testing to determine what triggered his collapse during Monday night's game against Columbus. General manager Jim Nill says Peverley is in stable condition and has been communicating with teammates and friends since he was hospitalized. The Stars' game against Columbus was postponed in the first period after Peverley went down on the bench, stunning the crowd and players.
Cool-Dowjn Laps Banned
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR has decided to ban cool-down laps during qualifying and will start allowing teams to hook up cooling units to their engines on pit road. They are the first major changes to the popular new knockout qualifying format unveiled this season. Drivers the last two weeks were slowing their cars to a crawl and circling the track at slow speeds at the same time other drivers were speeding past during their qualifying attempts.
PIAA Basketball Sweet 16 sites/times set
California, McGuffey and Trinity girls teams all bowed out of the PIAA playoffs over the weekend, losing their opening-round games. Second-round sites have been posted (click bracket links below). Tuesday night, we've got a WPIAL semifinal rematch as Thomas Jefferson takes on Central Valley. The Jaguars lost to CV in overtime two weeks ago. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm on WJPA-FM (95.3).
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