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The Pittsburgh Penguins continued to embrace an “all-in” mindset on their quest to win another Stanley Cup as late Wednesday night they acquired future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla in exchange for a first-round draft pick and two college prospects.

All night long, there had been reports that Iginla was going to the Boston Bruins, but after 1 a.m.. ET, the Flames announced the trade was completed with the Penguins, who gave up forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski, plus their first-round pick.

Earlier this week, the Penguins acquired veteran winger Brenden Morrow and rugged defenseman Douglas Murray in separate trades. In the three trades, the Penguins have given up a first-round pick, a second-round pick, a conditional second-round pick and a fifth-round pick, plus three quality prospects to acquire three rental players and a third-round pick.

MORE: Who are buyers and sellers?

None of the players the Penguins have acquired this week have contracts beyond this season. Iginla, 35, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had to waive a no-trade clause to approve the deal.

General manager Jay Feaster said in a news conference that he had fielded offers from three teams that Iginla suggested.

“The deal that we consummated, this is where the player was prepared to waive for,” he said.

All three of the players acquired by Pittsburgh this week are known for their high character and gritty playing style. All three players are trying to win their first Stanley Cups.

“Jarome will add leadership, grit and the skill to complement our forward group,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said via email. “He’s a player who has played big in big games and we are thrilled that he is part of the Penguins organization.”

PHOTOS: JAROME IGINLA’S FLAMES TENURE

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Coach Dan Bylsma could play Iginla on the team’s first line with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby, or he could play him with James Neal and Evgeni Malkin.

In talking about the Morrow deal earlier this week, Bylsma said that Morrow would probably play with Malkin and Neal, but he might use him with Brandon Sutter and Matt Cooke.

The only pause that Bylsma might have with putting Iginla with Crosby and Kunitz is the fact that the Kunitz-Crosby-Pascal Dupuis line has played exceptionally well this season. No matter who plays with whom, the Penguins are going to have three impressive lines.

The Iginla drama began early Wednesday evening when the Flames announced that he would not play in the team’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. He had not missed a game since the finale of the 2006-07 season, and his 441-game ironman streak came to an end.

Iginla is a power forward who had scored 30 or more goals for 11 consecutive seasons before this season. He has been a Flames player since 1995-96. He originally came to Calgary when the Flames dealt veteran Joe Nieuwendyk to the Dallas Stars.

Winger Agostino, 20, just completed his junior regular season at Yale, where he netted 15 goals and 37 points in 33 games. He is a fifth-round draft choice. Hanowski, 22, has played four years at St. Cloud State, where he scored 39 goals over his last two seasons. He’s a 6-2 winger who was drafted in the third round.

Jarome Iginla Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins – 2013:

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CHICAGO — The streak lived a good life — a great life, actually.

Born Feb. 3, it covered 27 consecutive Miami Heat victories and lasted 52 days, destroying almost everything in its path.

The streak traveled well, too, crisscrossing North America in visiting some of the finest cities in the USA and Canada: Toronto, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Cleveland. The streak spent the rest of its time in cosmopolitan Miami. It lived a fine life, indeed.

But the streak met its demise against the shorthanded Chicago Bulls, who were missing not only star point guard Derrick Rose, but All-Star center Joakim Noah, starting guard Richard Hamilton and key reserve guard Marco Belinelli. The Bulls took an early double-digit lead, squandered it, got it back and held on for a 101-97 victory Wednesday, ending the Heat’s 27-game winning streak, the second-longest in NBA history. The Heat fell six wins shy of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ 33 wins in a row.

“We’re very humble about being a part of this team and this streak,” Heat forward LeBron James said. “Ultimately we want to win an NBA championship.”

LEBRON: Heat star rips referees after loss

WATCH: LeBron’s late flagrant foul is costly

RIP, Heat streak.

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged streak with his players following the loss.

“It was the first time that I had mentioned the streak,” Spoelstra said. “It was a heck of an experience to have together. Its significance will mean much more later to us in our careers. I asked them all to share the moment with each other.

“However, it has never been about the streak.”

The Bulls received strong performances from forwards Luol Deng (26 points) and Carlos Boozer (21 points, 17 rebounds) and guard-forward Jimmy Butler (17 points).

PHOTOS: Check this out….The best shots from the stunning upset….

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With the score 92-85, James missed a three-pointer and Chris Bosh got the rebound. But Kirk Hinrich stole the ball and the on the next trip down the floor, forward Taj Gibson‘s baseline jumper with 2:19 left gave Chicago a 94-85 lead.

The Heat trimmed it to four a couple more times, but never got closer. Timely shooting propelled the Bulls. Whenever it looked like Miami might make a bigger dent in Chicago’s lead, the Bulls responded.

Butler hit a corner three-pointer extending Chicago’s lead to 86-78. Boozer hit two free throws after the Heat made it 91-85 and put back a missed shot making it 96-89 with 57 seconds left.

“More often than not, it comes down to that,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It’s a loose ball, a hustle play.”

BULLS: Second-leading career rebounder dies

WATCH: Kirk Hinrich tries to tackle LeBron, fails

Chicago, which had not been plays its normally strong defense lately, held the Heat offense down with physical play. The Bulls outrebounded the Heat 43-31, including 12-6 on the offensive end.

“Miami is a great team, and you have play great from start to finish,” Thibodeau said. “Overall, I did think we played start to finish and stepped up. … We did a great job. Great job.”

Some of the Heat’s closest calls during the streak were marked by uninspired starts, and a slow start finally doomed the Heat. The Heat trailed by 13 points in the first and second quarters and didn’t get much help from any player except James.

Second-chance and fastbreak points allowed the Bulls — 39-31 and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference — to pull off the upset.

“It says we have a good team,” reserve forward Taj Gibson said. “A lot of people kind of write us off every other day. But we just stick to our principles and do what we have to do. … Guys just understood to go out and play hard and take hard fouls. It’s playoff basketball.”

James finished with 32 points, seven rebounds and two assists. As great as he is, James couldn’t win this game by himself.

Miami had been receiving strong play from its second unit, but its bench scored just 17 points. Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who played after missing the previous two games with a sore right knee, had 18 points. Chris Bosh posted 21 points, but no other Heat player reached double figures.

Now, the Heat, who embraced the streak for its rarity and sustained excellence, can focus on its main goal: winning a second consecutive NBA championship.

“We have had a bigger goal in mind,” Spoelstra said.

PHOTOS: Also check this out…. Remember the Heat’s 27-game streak…..

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III says he’s getting better, an opinion shared by the surgeon who repaired his knee ligaments in January.

In a lengthy text to ESPN’s Trey Wingo, published on Twitter, Griffin hints that the shared blame over his injury in an NFC wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks has at least been discussed and agreed upon within the organization.

Wrote Griffin: “My knee is getting better every day. The doctors say I’m ahead of schedule. My goal is to return healthy in week one but if I’m not ready then i will wait until i am, however long that is.

Robert Griffin III

QB Robert Griffin III tore two knee ligaments in the Redskins’ Jan. 6 playoff loss to the Seahawks.

“My first NFL season and my injury that ended it showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself. i know where my responsibility is within the dilemma that led to me having surgery to repair my knee and all parties involved know their responsibilities as well. I m looking forward to playing the game we all love so much again and not behind at the negative. thanks for the overwhelming level of support that i’ve received, sic em bears and hail to the redskins!!”

Griffin’s surgeon, James Andrews, said last week Griffin’s recovery has been nothing short of “superhuman.”

Andrews was at the center of controversy as Griffin hobbled through the loss to Seattle, insistent on playing through a knee sprain before ultimately tearing the ACL and LCL in his right knee as Andrews and coach Mike Shanahan stood by.

All parties are unsure if the 2012 offensive rookie of the year will be ready for this year’s regular-season opener.

 

source – http://www.usatoday.com

NASCAR: Kyle Busch victory

Posted: March 25, 2013 by Rizwan Riyad in sports
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bildeKyle Busch earned his first Sprint Cup victory of the season at Fontana on Sunday after rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano wrecked on the final lap in a thrilling finish at the Auto Club 400.

Hamlin and Logano made contact while they raced side-by-side in the final lap of their first race since the drivers confronted each other last week at Bristol. Logano hit the outside wall and Hamlin the inside wall, with Hamlin getting attention in an ambulance and eventually getting airlifted to a hospital due to traffic around the track.

Defending Fontana champion Tony Stewart then confronted Logano after the race and shoved the younger driver before teammates pulled them apart. Logano blocked Stewart out of a late restart, infuriating the veteran three-time Sprint Cup series champion, who finished 22nd.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second and took over the lead in the points standings despite falling from third to 22nd late in the race with a dismal pit stop. Logano was third, with Carl Edwards fourth and Kurt Busch fifth. Defending series champion Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills) finished 23rd, missing the top five for the first time all season.

Kyle Busch’s victory was his 25th in NASCAR, completing his ninth career weekend sweep after his Nationwide Series victory Saturday.

IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe, the Canadian driver poised to become IndyCar’s next star, grabbed his first career victory. Fittingly it came at St. Petersburg, Fla., the adopted hometown of the late Dan Wheldon, the driver who signed to drive the GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport shortly before his death in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas. The open seat then went to Hinchcliffe, who drove the bright green No. 27 to victory in front of Wheldon’s wife and two children. Hinchcliffe passed Helio Castroneves on the final restart to take the lead and held on to win by 1.09 seconds over the defending race winner.

Formula One: Sebastian Vettel’s 27th victory in Formula One didn’t earn him a lot of admiration. He even had to apologize for it. The three-time defending champion ignored team orders and overtook fellow Red Bull driver Mark Webber to win the Malaysian Grand Prix, having been told to stand down and cruise to a 1-2 finish. Vettel later apologized, saying he didn’t realize he had been told to hold back. Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished third and fourth, receiving the same team orders and, this time, obeying them.

More Details: Sprint Cup standings

The race for the Chase for the Cup after Sunday’s race. The top-12 drivers qualify for the 10-race run to the championship. The leaders:

DRIVER PTS ??WINS
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 199 ??0
2. Brad Keselowski 187 ??0
3. Jimmie Johnson 183 ??1
4. Carl Edwards 164 ??1
5. Greg Biffle 164 ??0
6. Kyle Busch 163 ??1
7. Kasey Kahne 159 ??1
8. Paul Menard 154 ??0
9. Joey Logano 146 ??0
10. Denny Hamlin 145 ??0
11. Matt Kenseth 141 ??1
12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 139 ??0

Next race: STP Gas Booster 500, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va, 1 p.m. April 7

news source – Detroit Free Press freep