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‘Music City’ set for party

NASHVILLE—“Music City” finally is ready to show the NHL just how big a party this town can throw, and it’s only fitting that Barry Trotz will be coaching in Nashville’s first all-star game.

Trotz helped build hockey in Nashville, coaching the Predators from their expansion start in 1997, and he earned a trip to this all-star game thanks to the Washington Capitals.

Slumping Habs lose again

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Cam Atkinson helped deliver a rare feel-good night in Columbus and maybe brought a puppy—or three—into a young fan’s home.

Atkinson had his third-career hat trick and Brandon Saad scored twice to help the Blue Jackets beat the struggling Montreal Canadiens 5-2 last night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Cavs down T’wolves

CLEVELAND—Tyronn Lue has had a hectic few days.

He now has his first win as an NBA coach.

LeBron James scored 25 points to lead six players in double figures as the Cleveland Cavaliers downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-107 last night.

Cleveland lost to Chicago on Saturday—a day after Lue replaced David Blatt, who was fired Friday.

Dufner ends two-year drought

LA QUINTA, Calif.—Jason Dufner made two great escapes.

The first from Alcatraz, no less.

David Lingmerth got no such reprieve at PGA West’s punishing TPC Stadium Course.

Dufner won the CareerBuilder Challenge with a par on the second hole of a playoff yesterday, taking advantage of Lingmerth’s shot that bounced off the jagged rocks and into the water.

Newton, Panthers rout Cardinals, 49-15 for NFC title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Superman is headed for the Super Bowl.

He’s taking the Carolina Panthers with him.

Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others, and Carolina’s big-play defence stifled the league’s top-ranked offence in a 49-15 romp Sunday for the NFC championship. It was the most points for a winner of an NFC title game.