Weekend Sports In Brief
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots silenced their ``End Zone Militia,'' taking the muskets away from the Revolutionary War re-enactors who fire into the air to celebrate every score.
The memory of the Connecticut school shooting was still too fresh for the sight of firearms and the smell of gunpowder.
Two days after 20 children and six adults were shot to death at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., NFL fans gathering in stadiums across the country honored the victims' memory with periods of silence and reflection. Some teams darkened their scoreboards and lowered their flags to half-staff, while others wore helmet decals or black ribbons.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays tried to close a trade for New York Mets ace R.A. Dickey, with the deal hinging on whether the NL Cy Young winner could work out a new contract.
The Mets would get prized catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud. There was speculation Toronto also would receive catcher Josh Thole while sending catcher John Buck and minor league pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the Mets.
Dickey, a 38-year-old knuckleballer, was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA last season. He is signed for $5.25 million next year, and the Mets started exploring trades after they couldn't agree to a contract adding two years.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL's lawsuit against its players was assigned to a relatively new federal judge who is a longtime New York Yankees fan and a former federal prosecutor.
The sides didn't talk on the 92nd day of a lockout that is threatening to wipe out an entire NHL season for the second time in nine years. NHL players started voting on whether to have their union give up collective bargaining rights, a ``disclaimer of interest'' that could be a precursor to an antitrust suit.
The league argued in a 43-page suit Friday in federal court in Manhattan that the union's actions were a bargaining maneuver and asked that the lockout be declared legal. The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, who joined the bench in July 2011.
JOHOR, Malaysia (AP) - Sergio Garcia won the rain-shortened Johor Open, closing with an 11-under 61 for a three-stroke victory in the Asian Tour's season-ending event.
The 32-year-old Spanish star finished at 18-under 198 at Horizon Hills for his second victory of the year and 24th international title. He also won the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship in August.
Garcia had the lowest final round by a winner in Asian Tour history. American Jonathan Moore also shot a 61 to finish second.
John Daly finished with a 65 to tie for 15th at 8 under. South Africa's Ernie Els closed with a 72 to tie for 48th at 3 under.
MALELANE, South Africa (AP) - Charl Schwartzel was a runaway winner for the second straight week, coasting to a 12-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European Tour.
The 2011 Masters champion finished with a total score of 24-under 264 at Leopard Creek Country Club. He won by 11 strokes in Thailand last weekend.
Schwartzel won for the eighth time on the European Tour. The South African also captured this tournament in 2004, his first title on the tour.
COOLUM, Australia (AP) - Australasian Tour rookie Daniel Popovic completed an improbable wire-to-wire victory in the Australian PGA, shooting a 3-under 69 for a four-stroke victory.
The Australian finished at 16-under 272 at Palmer Coolum resort.
Rod Pampling birdied the first six holes to take the lead after nine holes, but dropped four strokes on the final three holes - making bogeys on 16 and 17 and a double bogey on 18 - to fall into a tie for second with fellow Australian Anthony Brown. Pampling had a 69, and Brown shot 71.
Australia's Geoff Ogilvy failed to finish in the top three to ensure a top-50 finish in the year-end world ranking and a spot in the Masters. He shot a 69 to tie for fourth.
ALTA BADIA, Italy (AP) - Ted Ligetycruised to his third giant slalom win of the season by a large margin after an opening run that left his fellow skiers in awe, giving the U.S. team two wins in two days.
Ligety sliced his way down the classic Gran Risa course in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 37.27 seconds. Defending overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher finished second, 2.04 seconds behind, and Thomas Fanara of France was third, 3.27 back.
With Aksel Lund Svindal finishing ninth, Ligety narrowed the gap behind the Norwegian in the standings. Svindal now has 614 points, Ligety is next with 508 and Hirscher is third with 460.
Steven Nyman, another American, won the downhill in nearby Val Gardena on Saturday, making it the first time two American men won races on consecutive days since Marco Sullivan and Bode Miller achieved the feat in Chamonix, France, in January 2008.
COURCHEVEL, France (AP) - Tina Maze won her fourth straight grand slalom race to extend her overall World Cup lead - and more importantly create a bigger gap to Lindsey Vonn, the defending champion who had another disappointing day and failed to finish.
Maze had a comfortable lead of 0.63 seconds over Frenchwoman Tessa Worley after her first run and the 29-year-old Slovenian then held off Austria's Kathrin Zettel in the second to win by 0.22.
Maze, who was second overall behind Vonn last year by 578 points, let out a whoop of joy as she won. Vonn trails Maze by 385 points with more of the Slovenian's favored technical events coming up in the Swedish resort of Are later this week.