Sports shorts: Kings hand Coyotes 3rd straight shutout

2013-03-19T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Kings hand Coyotes 3rd straight shutoutThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LOS ANGELES - For the first time in their 33-year Phoenix/Winnipeg franchise, the Coyotes have been shut out in three consecutive games.

Jonathan Quick had 27 saves, Tyler Toffoli scored his first NHL goal on a power play in his second game with Los Angeles and the Kings beat Phoenix 4-0 on Monday.

The Coyotes, also shut out in recent losses at St. Louis and Columbus, haven't scored in a span of 185 minutes, 10 seconds since rookie Rob Klinkhammer beat Quick with 9:05 left in Phoenix's 5-2 home win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings on March 12.

• In Denver, Ray Emery stopped 17 shots to remain unbeaten this season, Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and Chicago held off Colorado 5-2 in the first meeting since the Avs halted the Blackhawks' record points streak.


Titans cut QB Hasselbeck, eye Fitzpatrick

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans released veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, 37, a move buying the team more cap space after they couldn't work out an agreement to trim his $5.5 million salary for 2013. The Titans may try to sign former Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, while Hasselbeck could go to Indianapolis.

• The New York Jets signed free agent linebacker Antwan Barnes, an ex-Charger, to a three-year deal.

• Dallas re-signed linebacker Ernie Sims to a one-year deal worth a reported $715,000.

• Oakland signed former Atlanta defensive tackle Vance Walker to a free-agent contract.

• The NFL won't add playoff teams for 2013, but the league is still discussing an expanded postseason. ... The NFL also agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent.

• The Atlanta City Council voted 11-4 to approve a $200 million public financing plan to help build a $1 billion, retractable roof stadium downtown for the Falcons.


Woods, Vonn confirm they're dating

LOS ANGELES - Golf legend Tiger Woods is officially dating Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, the couple said on their web pages Monday. "Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy," Vonn said.

• In soccer, ineffective U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra was dropped from the squad for 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

• In tennis, Rafael Nadal continued his comeback from a knee injury with his third title in four tournaments, rallying to beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win Sunday night's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif. It was Nadal's first hard-court title since October 2010.

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