Kings center Mike Richards, who was an important part of both of Los Angeles’ recent Cup wins, was placed on waivers Monday and cleared them on Tuesday after no NHL team claimed him.

Richards, who turns 30 next month, was assigned to Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, after posting less than desirable numbers for the past couple of years. This season, Richards has registered just five goals and 10 assists in 47 games.

Richards’ contract is worth $7 million this season and has a total 12-year, $69 million value that stretches to 2020.

Richards has played in 224 consecutive games for the Kings, but that streak will come to an end Wednesday night.

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

With 22 years in the NHL under his belt, 42-year-old Martin Brodeur will retire and take a front office job with the Blues, the team announced Tuesday. Brodeur will make the official announcement at a Thursday press conference.

Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said he has assured Brodeur that the netminder’s club of 21 years also has a place for him when he’s ready to return. Lamoriello and Brodeur have been talking for the last few weeks, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when the announcement was made.

After the Devils opted not to re-sign the veteran and decided to stick with Cory Schneider as their No. 1, Brodeur went to look for work elsewhere. He signed with the Blues as a free agent on Dec. 2 and registered a 3-3 record in five games started.

Brodeur finishes his career with a 691-397-176 record, giving him the regular-season NHL record for wins, games and minutes. In his tenure in the league, Brodeur has posted a 2.24 goals against average, .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts.

“It’s kind of sad to see a guy like him hang ‘em up,” Blues All-Star goalie Brian Elliott said. “I’m sure it’s a tough decision, but I was grateful to be on the same team with him if only for a little bit.”

His numbers in the postseason also earned him three Stanley Cups with the Devils, and he holds the record for starts with 204 and shutouts with 24. He’€™s also second in postseason wins with 113.

Brodeur compiled four Vezina Trophy wins and was named to the All-Star team 10 times in his career.

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.

[0:03:47] ... it was relative stability did yeah at regency walk if you had Tedy Bruschi yeah that Mike Vrabel. You don't you had these guys they you don't Matt Light you had these guys that were caught this on those teams. You know obviously with Brady Belichick had been there obviously craft ...
[0:07:08] ... tired decade seventies they'd even have a winning season. It was varieties Sammy Knight you know the the two views of Bridget coat tight were disaster through. You know I it's got a look. I I ...

Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.

[0:03:37] ... something we just don't know we truly don't know and I. The Tom Brady's demeanor was so bizarre last Thursday I think that the reason he's seen. Eyes as uncertain. And rattled as he did is I think he realizes. That there is a possibility that. After he picked out the balls that he deemed to be perfect somebody may have taken it upon themselves to make the balls even more perfect if Mike the thing is nobody's gonna bite. Don't know if if that's if that's what they're selling know he's gonna by the some rogue ball boy. Without with no Bill Belichick and Tom Brady knowing about it on their own deflate the balls and AFC championship game. If you've been around Brady and Belichick the last ...
[0:06:03] ... at halftime this wasn't something. That the colts just tripped into when D'Qwell Jackson intercepted Tom Brady pass in the first half to the sidelines him the equipment manager and they ran the the alarm upped the latter two. ...
[0:07:55] ... have been in a position where they have to suspend Belichick spent Tom Brady for the super mall that they wanted to do that so. I I. I don't I think so I guess I'm saying ...
[0:08:43] ... with Mike Florio pro football talk and and Mike everybody knows the Bill Belichick just if he doesn't have any bulletin board material. He invents at CB Philadelphia's Super Bowl rape victory parade route and a ...

Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.

[0:01:52] ... the NFL and votes so I spoke with ethnic and but the first night. No but Roger Goodell is in a bunker somewhere in a Lanka people alone street level right now. I think like any ...
[0:09:43] ... around and played a role known known yes. They should be the Oakland Raiders mean the Brady can't Robert Graham puts it ipads on a Pettway did at the end like the penguin unit that should just be villains. We need to read the jumpsuit like Al Davis and the copyright Tom Brady's DNA can't act like that even if he's like that privately. The public Brady's not exactly he's not good memories don't care ...
[0:13:10] ... But it's not too cold cells it's I mean who else is Marvin Lewis buffalo company and write notes and Abbie I mean about the UFC this week I mean do you like it it doesn't ...

Kirk chatted with Johnny Weir during the media day proceedings and he's still mad at Sausage.

[0:00:52] ... this thing is just it's it it's him bezel than my brain Steve Buscemi said it Fargo. And I and I don't I don't have an answer for it plummets as I know I have to ...
[0:07:25] ... lives were taking in the media David. Yeah debate YouTube's personable first Super Bowl berth that are buying it or. All right I'm trying to arrange America Europe and it like I don't think it. I ...
[0:10:46] ... now believe they hate that it. We attacked for more juror I'd Howard Dean blasted. American sniper the week or two ago. I had it was a week ago insipid you know bit the movie is in line with the Tea Party and all this stuff into the politics revolve. Went on we have the summer sausage. We have Howard Dean sound is not. On the governor did on real time what Bill Maher this week you said. People are gonna see this movie are people who are very angry the actor Gary said he said ...

Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to the media day festivities in Arizona including Marshawn Lynch's antics at the podium.

[0:11:51] ... aspect of your higher coverage I guess the you know go ahead. Terrell Suggs well now I can say Deion Sanders or register to vote you know talked about it right go around and doing his ...
[0:12:28] ... many things I used up by the way ESPN's coverage they had ray Lewis and Tedy Bruschi on the set to get Steve Levy. And Ray Lewis bet Tedy Bruschi is Super Bowl ring vs Teddy Super Bowl ring all the cities that I'm not make that bet. I can go over and get Marshawn Lynch to come over here and sit down and talk to us. And went back and what he says I'm mad I talked about the time he knows be as good friendly text we talk all the time. I guarantee you I can get Marshawn Lynch over here this that will Marshall and walked out sort of flipped the bird to blow up Ray Lewis that was that that is about a in the super. Ulrich and I think we can put to arrest this idea that ...
[0:16:42] ... is he got fairly like deceit that technically. You know who's gonna. Heath Evans he's pretty bright eyes right after the deal that's not what they partners Tim chancellor singing the praises of the brilliant brilliant ...

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NBA: Celtics at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Louisville at Boston College, 9 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: SMU at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at UCF, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Florida State, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Duke at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: East Carolina at Memphis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Chile vs. United States, 6 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2), 3:30 a.m. (ESPN)


— Things are going well for former Celtic Paul Pierce, who has become a veteran leader for a talented Wizards team. Not so much for Pierce’s longtime rival with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant.

Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his rotator cuff in a game over the weekend, and even before his injury his team was headed for another miserable season.

Although the two have butted heads in the past, Pierce lamented the loss of Bryant.

“It always saddens me, knowing that Kobe, who is one of my NBA brothers we lose [him] due to injury,” Pierce said before sitting out the Wizards’ 98-922 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles with a toe injury. “It always saddens me.”

Added Pierce: “A lot of fans around the league pay to watch Kobe, a lot of fans around the world. Regardless of how the Lakers are doing or not, he’s an icon. He’s a player who defined his generation. A lot of people that come out here to see him.”

Bryant recently said that he’s enjoyed his on-court verbal exchanges with Pierce, and Pierce agreed.

“It’s just fun. We’re one of the last two of our generation,” Pierce said. “That’s pretty much a lot of the things we talked about on the court, a little bit of a trash in there.

“But we also said there’s no more trash-talkers in the league today coming up. It’s a generation that’s passing by, and a lot of these guys are friends. I don’t think this new generation is as competitive as we were with the past guys.”

— Clippers forward Matt Barnes, whose temper has gotten him in trouble a number of times in the past, lashed out on Twitter at the owner of the Suns after being fined for an incident in Phoenix.

The NBA slapped Barnes with a $25,000 fine Tuesday for his conduct during Sunday’s game, when he directed inappropriate language toward a fan.

Barnes, who shot 1-for-9 in the Clippers’ 120-100 victory, acknowledged he swore, but he claims it was because Suns owner Robert Sarver provoked him.

Tweeted Barnes: Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn’t told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns . . . Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn’t SNITCH I get fined!! #thecode

— Pro golfer Robert Allenby continues to insist he was robbed and beaten after competing in a tournament in Honolulu, despite reports questioning the authenticity of his wild story.

“There has definitely been a lot of confusion,” Allenby said Tuesday. “But I think the No. 1 thing that you should all remember is that my story stays exactly the same as the way I told it. I told you what I knew, and I told you what someone told me. That’s the bottom line. I never lied to anyone.”

The Jan. 16 incident remains under investigation by the Honolulu police. Allenby was shown on surveillance video walking out of a bar with three men he says he does not recognize. About two hours later he turned up in a park where he said a homeless woman told him he had been thrown out of the trunk of a car, leaving him with injuries on his face.

However, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted the homeless woman as saying she never told Allenby she saw him in a trunk and did not know how he was hurt.

Allenby said he still has no memory of the two-hour time frame when he left the club until he was discovered with his injuries.

“I have been trying and overlooking and going backward and forward, and there is just nothing,” he said. “I can’t tell you how frustrating that is because we all want to know the truth.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 28, 1967, the Red Sox used the No. 4 pick in the amateur draft on which New England player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, responding the same way to every question during Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day in Phoenix

STAT OF THE DAY: 19 – Franchise-record home winning streak the Warriors had before Tuesday’s 113-111 overtime loss to the Bulls.

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Warriors guard Steph Curry delivers a halfcourt alley-oop pass to Harrison Barnes.

Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo sneaks in for a putback jam.

The gang at Bad British Sports Commentary takes on the college football national championship game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: New Hampshire’s Carlton Fisk

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sarah McLachlan was born on this day in 1968.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

PHOENIX — The annual passage of Super Bowl media day was held Tuesday at US Airways Center and the Patriots made the most of their opportunities with the multitudes of reporters gathered on the arena floor.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton