Columbus shakes things up to start 2004. Doug MacLean steps down as the team's coach. He'll stay on as the Blue Jackets' president and general manager. Assistant coach Gerard Gallant takes over. He's known around the hockey world for playing on the same line with a young Steve Yzerman in Detroit in the late '80s and early '90s.
-Blue Jackets winless home streak reaches 8 (ties team record set two years ago)... Alyn McCauley scores the lone SJ goal with under 5 minutes left... Marc Denis saves 28 of 29 shots in the losing effort... Evgeni Nabokov saves 26 for his 4th shutout
Columbus ships RW/D Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre to Atlanta for future considerations. Grand-Pierre was one of the original Jackets still on the roster. He's played 16 games this season with 12 penalty minutes.
Lebron James turns 19 years old, but that alone couldn't win the ballgame for Cleveland. James scored 22 points, but for the Pacers, Jermaine O'Neal (another converted high-schooler) scored 21. Biggest points went to Pacers' swingman Ron Artest, who nailed a trey with under a minute left with the teams only three points apart.
Apparently, Kevin Martin's worst equals everyone else's best.
Martin scored a game-high 19 points, his second-lowest point total of the season, in Western Carolina's 72-71 overtime win against Southeastern Louisiana in the Holiday Stores/Big R Classic tournament at Montana State University Monday night.
Martin, a Zanesville native, scored six of the Catamounts' nine points in overtime. He also assisted on the game-winning 3-pointer made by Lancaster native Kyle Greathouse...
Cincinnati signs free agent pitcher Cory Lidle. Lidle was a Blue Jay last year, going 12-15 with a 5.75 ERA. Before that, he pitched in Oakland, going a combined 21-16 with a 3. 74 ERA in two years on the West Coast. Lidle's deal is for one year and $2.75 million dollars.
NHL-leading goal scorer Rick Nash turns puck over deep in his own zone, and Ryan Johnson beats Marc Denis for the winning goal with under 4 minutes left. Columbus goals were scored by Geoff Sanderson and Todd Marchant. The Blue Jackets recalled top goalie prospect Pascal LeClaire from Syracuse before the game to replace the injured Freddie Brathwaite. As for the Blues, starting goaltender Chris Osgood was hurt early when a clearing...
-The Bengals needed a win and a Baltimore loss to make the playoffs. Neither happened. Cleveland breaks a 5-game losing streak, thanks in large part to rookie 4th-rd draft pick Lee Suggs. The Virginia Tech product rushed for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rudi Johnson scored twice for Cinci. One important point in the game may bave come right before the half when, deep in Browns territory, Bengals QB Jon Kitna decided to take the sack...
-Lady Panthers outplay previously-unbeaten Lady Blue Devils for the final 4 minutes of the game... from down 54-50 to the game's final score... Julie Guiler scores 29, pulls down 10 boards, as Maysville advances to the tournament finals Sat. 8pm @ Rogge Gymnasium v. Shadyside
Shadyside 50 Rosecrans (0-8) 20
-Lady Bishops only muster 2 points in first quarter, finish with 30 turnovers overall... advance to consolation...
Slumpbuster central: Columbus won for the first time ever in the United Center, won on the road for the first time all year, and ended a 9-game winless string. David Vyborny scores twice, and Rick Nash scores league-leading goal #22.