Stars beat Ducks in NHL action — Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn scored power-play goals, Loui Eriksson added a third-period score and the Dallas Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Friday night in Dallas. Eriksson gave the Stars some breathing room when he corralled Alex Goligoski’s cross-ice pass and fired a wrist shot past Anaheim goaltender Viktor Fasth with 7:14 remaining. Goligoski, who was a healthy scratch Wednesday in Edmonton, added two assists for Dallas (6-5-1), which earned its third consecutive win. Nick Bonino scored for the Ducks (7-2-1), who had won four in a row. It was the first regulation road loss this season for Anaheim.
Hoefl-Riesch wins world title — Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany bounced back from a disappointing World Cup season to win the super-combined at the skiing world championships on Friday in Schladming, Austria. Hoefl-Riesch was fourth after the downhill portion before posting the second-fastest time in the slalom to finish in 2 minutes, 39.92 seconds. She beat Tina Maze of Slovenia by 0.46. Former overall champion Nicole Hosp was fastest in the slalom and was one second behind in third to earn Austria its first medal at its home worlds. Julia Mancuso was the top American finisher in eighth place, while Bend’s Laurenne Ross took 11th place with a time of 2:43.88.
Wallace calls induction big day — Rusty Wallace touched on his early days trying to make it as a professional race car driver, the lessons he learned from NASCAR’s pioneers and his relentless push to drive for Roger Penske in an energetic acceptance into the Hall of Fame. Then Wallace, winner of 55 races and the 1989 championship, called Friday night’s induction in Charlotte, N.C., “the biggest day of my driving career." Wallace was the headliner of the fourth Hall of Fame class, which included innovative mechanic and crew chief Leonard Wood, former series champions Buck Baker and Herb Thomas and former car owner Cotton Owens. Wallace and Wood are the only two living members of this year’s class.
Cavaliers to offer Oden contract — The Cavaliers are expected to offer free-agent center Greg Oden a two-year contract with a team option for a third year after the Feb. 21 trade deadline passes, according to a league source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations. The Cavs have about $4 million in cap space, which they are preserving now for potential trades. Teams around the league don’t want to sign Oden until after the trade deadline. Oden has visited with the Boston Celtics and could meet again with the Cavaliers in the coming weeks, his agent said Friday. His agent, Mike Conley Sr., said last week Oden has been to see the Cavaliers a couple of times already, but was evasive when pressed as to what capacity.
Timbers’ Dike to undergo surgery — The Portland Timbers announced that Bright Dike will have surgery Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The 26-year-old striker sustained the injury in Tuesday’s preseason match against Seattle. Dike, who represents Nigeria internationally, saw considerable action in the second half of last season, scoring five goals in 12 games. The Timbers open the regular season March 3 against New York.
— From wire reports