Barrie tips in OT winner as Avs beat Canucks 3-2
DENVER (AP) — Tyson Barrie scored 55 seconds into overtime, Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, and the Colorado Avalanche moved a step closer to their first playoff berth in four years with a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.
Matt Duchene scored and assisted on the winner, and Gabriel Landeskog added a goal.
Yannick Weber and Zack Kassian scored for the Canucks, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.
On the winning goal, Duchene dribbled the puck into the corner and sent a pass to Barrie, who was standing in front of the net and tipped it past goalie Eddie Lack. The defenseman did a little shuffle dance before his teammates mobbed him.
Daniel Sedin recorded his 800th NHL point with an assist in the first period. His twin brother, Henrik, reached that milestone on Oct. 15 at Philadelphia.
Dempsey disappointed with 2-game suspension
SEATTLE (AP) — Clint Dempsey says he was disappointed by the two-game suspension issued by Major League Soccer just before a major international appearance for the U.S. national team against Mexico.
Dempsey spoke for the first time about his suspension after the Seattle Sounders practice Thursday. He said he doesn't agree with the decision but that there isn't any point in worrying about it now.
Dempsey was suspended for violent conduct toward Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom in a March 15 match. The MLS players union appealed but the suspension was upheld. Dempsey sat last week when Seattle won at Montreal and will be a spectator Saturday when the Sounders host Columbus.
Dempsey will play for the U.S. next Wednesday against Mexico. His next MLS game is April 5 when Seattle faces Portland.
Seattle signs RHP Chris Young to 1-year deal
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have signed right-handed starter Chris Young to a major league deal for the 2014 season in the hopes of solidifying the back end of the rotation.
Seattle signed Young on Thursday and designated for assignment left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Young had been in spring training with Washington, making two starts and giving up four earned runs in 10 1-3 innings pitched.
Young spent last season in the Nationals minor league system as he struggled with troubles in his pitching shoulder.
Young, 34, has spent nine seasons in the majors with the New York Mets, San Diego and Texas.
The back of Seattle's rotation has been a concern during spring training because of injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker.
Seattle signs CB Phillip Adams
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have signed free agent cornerback Phillip Adams adding depth to a secondary that has lost three players off last season's Super Bowl championship team.
Seattle announced the signing of Adams on Thursday night.
Adams spent last season with the Oakland Raiders but he's not unfamiliar with the Seahawks. Adams spent part of the 2011 season with Seattle and appeared in one game.
With the Raiders the past two seasons, Adams appeared in 31 games with four starts. He had two interceptions.
Seattle lost cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner and safety Chris Maragos during the early stages of free agency.
Aldridge has 25, Trail Blazers top Hawks 100-85
ATLANTA (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 16 rebounds in his return from a back injury, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-85 on Thursday night to end a three-game losing streak.
Damian Lillard added 21 points for the Trail Blazers, who had lost seven of 10 and were in danger of falling out of the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff standings.
The Hawks have lost five straight. They lead the Knicks by only 1 ½ games in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Jeff Teague, who was scoreless in Wednesday night's loss at Minnesota, led the Hawks with 22 points. Lou Williams had 16 points, including 13 in the final period when Atlanta closed the deficit to six points.
HAWKS-TRAIL BLAZERS INJURIES
Hawks hold out Korver, Antic with injuries
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's Kyle Korver missed his fifth straight game because of back spasms and center Pero Antic also sat out against Portland due to an ankle injury.
Antic twisted his right ankle Wednesday night a loss at Minnesota.
For the Trail Blazers, forward LaMarcus Aldridge started after missing seven games with a lower back contusion.
Korver, the 3-point specialist, has not played since March 18, when the Hawks beat Toronto for their fifth straight win. Since losing Korver, the Hawks have lost four straight and entered Thursday night's games only two games ahead of the Knicks in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Shelvin Mack and Elton Brand started in place of Korver and Antic.
WASH ALL-STATE TEAM
Aaron, McPhee voted AP Washington players of year
SEATTLE (AP) — Mount Rainier star Brittany McPhee has repeated as The Associated Press Washington girls' state player of the year, while Rainier Beach's Shaqquan Aaron was honored as the state player of the year for the boys.
McPhee and Aaron were honored on Thursday after voting by sports writers and editors from around the state. The pair was also honored as the players of the year in their respective classifications.
The Stanford-bound McPhee led Mount Rainier to the state championship game in Class 4A after a season during which she averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds per game. Her 2,815 career points are believed to be a state record.
Aaron, who will take his game to Louisville next season, led the Vikings to an undefeated season and the Class 3A title.