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April 3, 2013
The Associated Press , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Bruins obtain Jagr from Stars

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins have acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars in an attempt to improve their shaky offense.

The 10th leading goal scorer in NHL history, who leads the Stars in points this season, Jagr was traded Tuesday for two prospects, forwards Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne, and a conditional second-round pick in this year's draft, the Stars announced.

In his first season with the Stars, the 41-year-old Jagr has 14 goals and 26 points. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 14 goals and Patrice Bergeron is first with 31 points. Jagr has 679 career goals.

Williams makes transition to clay

CHARLESTON, S.C.- Serena Williams made the transition from hard courts to clay with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi in her opening match Tuesday at the Family Circle Cup.

Williams looked sluggish at times and was broken in her second service game. But she soon figured out the clay and lost just two points on her serve the entire second set to win her 11th straight match in Charleston. Williams won the tournament the last two times she entered in 2008 and 2012 and is the top seed this year.

No. 9 seed Jelena Jankovic also won Tuesday, beating Melanie Oudin 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

WLU women's golf gets third

ROANOKE - The West Liberty University women's golf team passed Glenville State with a solid final round on Tuesday to finish third in the third annual John D. Barbour Invitational at Stonewall Resort.

Charleston posted its first-ever tournament win in the event with a two-day score of 736. Host West Virginia Wesleyan was second at 750 with the Hilltoppers third at 817. Glenville State settled for fourth place at 834 while West Virginia State skied to a two-day score of 1,263

Samantha Knowlton shot a 201 to lead West Liberty.

Browns release Gocong, Young

BEREA, Ohio - The Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young.

They also signed placekicker Brandon Bogotay on Tuesday.

Gocong was expected to bolster the linebacking corps when he was acquired in 2010 from Philadelphia, and he did start 32 games. But he missed last season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

Young was signed as a free agent in 2011. In two seasons with the team he had 19 starts, 118 tackles and four interceptions.

Annika Award established

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - The Annika Award will be presented to the top NCAA Division I women's player, starting next year.

The Annika Foundation and the Haskins Commission announced the award Tuesday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The Haskins Commission also presents the Haskins Award, named in honor of the late Fred Haskins, to the top men's college player.

Sorenstam, the Swede who starred at the University of Arizona before her Hall of Fame LPGA Tour, and Golfweek magazine also are completing plans for a women's college tournament that will begin play next year in the Orlando, Fla., area.

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