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New Jersey trades for veteran Zidlicky

NHL
The Devils shored up their blue line and power play yesterday by acquiring veteran defenseman Marek Zidlicky, 35, from the Wild in exchange for defenseman Kurtis Foster, forwards Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veilleux, Washington’s second-round pick in the 2012 draft, and a conditional choice in 2013. Zidlicky has just 14 assists in 41 games this season, but has scored 42 power-play goals in his career . . . The Oilers signed forward Ales Hemsky, 28, to a two-year extension worth $10 million, taking a prime trade target off the market before Monday’s deadline. He has five goals and 21 assists in 47 games, and could have been a free agent after the season . . . The Predators traded forward Jerred Smithson to the Panthers for a 2012 sixth-round pick. Smithson, 33, has one goal and four assists in 53 games . . . The Kings signed defenseman Willie Mitchell, 35, to a two-year, $7 million extension, according to reports. Mitchell has three goals and nine assists in 55 games.

Spillman agrees to contract with 49ers

NFL
The 49ers and special teams standout C.J. Spillman reached agreement on a three-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been finalized. The 25-year-old safety made 18 tackles last season for the NFC West champion 49ers . . . Rutgers University received $500,000 from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, completing the buyout of former coach Greg Schiano’s contract . . . Former defensive back Glenn Sharpe, 27, who played for the Falcons and Colts, was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Christopher Galloway in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Feds seek Penn State payment records

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COLLEGES
A federal subpoena related to the child sex abuse scandal involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, sent to the university’s top lawyer this month, sought records of payments made by trustees to the school, or to third parties on the school’s behalf, according to the school . . . Florida extended football coach Will Muschamp’s contract through 2016, despite a 7-6 record in his first season . . . Alcorn State fired football coach Melvin Spears after the Braves went 2-8 record in his first season . . . The NCAA announced kickoffs in major college football will move from the 30 to the 35-yard line next season and limited the running start by players on the kicking team to 5 yards.

Sources say Wallace signs with Lakers

MISCELLANY
Former Celtic Rasheed Wallace, 37, who hasn’t played in the NBA since Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals with Boston, is coming out of retirement to sign with the Lakers, according to reports . . . Katie Uhlaender captured a gold medal at the skeleton world championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., finishing her four heats in 3 minutes, 42.33 seconds. The Breckenridge, Colo., native gave the United States its second gold at worlds since the women’s competition debuted in 2000 . . . Didier Cuche, 37, won a World Cup super-G race in 1:33.11 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Bode Miller sat out to rest his left knee, which was scoped this week . . . Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost in the semifinals of the Dubai Championships, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, to Julia Goerges. Goerges will play Agnieszka Radwanska, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 winner over Jelena Jankovic, for the title . . . Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro each won their 200th career match to set up a semifinal at the Open 13 at Marseille, France. Tsonga beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-4, 7-5, while del Potro knocked off Richard Gasquet, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) . . . Jurgen Melzer, playing with a broken toe on his right foot, upset top seed John Isner, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), in the quarterfinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis.

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