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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday for defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a first round selection in this year’s NHL draft.

In 63 games with the Coyotes this season, the 32-year-old Vermette scored 16 goals and had 22 assists for 35 points.

During his 11-year NHL career, Vermette has suited up for the Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Coyotes. In 815 regular season games, he has 194 goals and 236 assists for 430 points.

The 23-year-old Dahlbeck has played in just four games this season, scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 11. In 49 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, he has 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points.


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Comstock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored the goal-ahead goal, 1:19 into the third period as Philadelphia (27-25-11; 65pts) doubled up the New York Rangers (38-17-6; 82pts) on Saturday night, 4-2.

Del Zotto with an assist from center Sean Couturier bypassed Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot for the short-handed goal, his 8th of the season. Talbot saved 30-of 33 shots while Flyers goaltender Steve Mason was 34-of-36 in save attempts.

The Rangers had a 2-1 lead after defenseman John Moore scored, 11:55 into the second period, but the Flyers came back to tie it 2:42 later with a goal from forward Michael Raffl.

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds notched his 25th goal of the year with one second remaining in the game.


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iStockphoto(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Blue Jays signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Sunday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Viciedo was originally signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 2008. In five seasons in the Windy City, he batted .254 with 66 home runs and 211 RBIs in 483 regular season games. He also scored 200 runs and had an OBP of .298.

The White Sox designated Viciedo for assignment in late January after they signed infielder Gordon Beckham.


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Juan Pierre Retires

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Three-time stolen base champion Juan Pierre announced that after playing 14 years in the major leagues, he will retire.

The 37-year-old Pierre finishes his career 18th in career stolen bases (614). He was also a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins World Series championship team.

Pierre was selected in the 13th round of the amateur draft by the Colorado Rockies. He finishes his career playing three seasons with the Rockies, four with the Marlins, one with the Chicago Cubs, three with the Los Angeles Dodgers, two with the Chicago White Sox and one with the Philadelphia Phillies.

During that time Pierre hit .295, scoring 1,075 runs while accumulating 2,217 hits. He also had 18 home runs, something Pierre poked fun at on Twitter.

"I do have one regret I finished with 18 homeruns really wanted to get 20 so if any team wants to sign me for 3yrs that should be enough time," Pierre tweeted.

While Pierre wasn't a power-hitter, he did hit over .300 six times.


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Lance King/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Senior Darion Atkins had 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in his final home game for Virginia as the No. 2 Cavaliers defeated Virginia Tech 69-57 Saturday.

Virginia (27-1, 15-1 ACC) has now clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference title with two games remaining. The Cavaliers have now won eight straight and matched the 1981-82 team for the best start in school history.

Malcolm Brogdon had 19 points and eight rebounds while Anthony Gill added 16 points for Virginia.

Adam Smith scored 19 for Virginia Tech (10-19, 2-14 ACC), which has now lost five straight.


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