Around the Nation (March 5): Blue Jackets fill need dealing for Oilers' Schultz

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Blue Jackets fill need dealing for Oilers' Schultz

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets, in dire need of immediate help on the blue line, have traded a fifth-round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers for veteran defenseman Nick Schultz.

The 31-year-old Schultz has no goals and four assists in 60 games this season, his third with the Oilers after spending most of his 13-year career in Minnesota.

Two of the Blue Jackets' top defensemen are sidelined. Fedor Tyutin injured an ankle while playing for Russia in the Olympics and is out for another week or two and prized rookie Ryan Murray (lower body) is day to day.

It was the second big deal of the day for the Blue Jackets, who also dealt forward Marian Gaborik to the Los Angeles Kings for two conditional draft picks.

Woman goalie gets practices with NHL's Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Olympic champion women's goalie Shannon Szabados took the ice with the Edmonton Oilers at practice Wednesday.

The Team Canada goalie filled in at practice for the National Hockey League while the Oilers waited for Viktor Fasth to arrive after a trade with Anaheim.

Szabados got the invite last night after fans on Twitter tried to convince the team to put her on the roster as backup goalie for its game against Ottawa. Szabados says she was thrilled by the social media campaign and the Oilers' players welcomed her at practice.

COLLEGE

National Coach of the Year award to honor Summitt

DULUTH, Ga. -- The WBCAl national coach of the year award has been named in honor of former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

Summitt retired in April 2012 after winning a career-best 1,098 games and leading the Lady Vols to eight national titles and 18 Final Four appearances in 38 seasons.

The 61-year-old Summitt stepped down after announcing her diagnosis of onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. She still serves as Tennessee's head coach emeritus.

Summitt was named national coach of the year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in 1983, '95 and '98. The Lady Vols won 16 Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles under Summitt.

The SEC Tournament began Wednesday night at the Gwinnett Arena. No. 6 Tennessee, the tournament's second seed, will play the Alabama-LSU winner on Friday.

Source: 10-second rule withdrawn by NCAA committee

NEW YORK -- A person with knowledge of the decision says a proposed rule that would have slowed college football's fast-paced offenses has been withdrawn by the NCAA rules committee.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.

After a conference call by the football rules committee, it was agreed the so-called 10-second rule would not be given to the playing rules oversight panel on Thursday for approval.

The proposal penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds have run off the 40-second play clock.

The committee cited player safety concerns when it passed the proposal on Feb. 12. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Alabama's Nick Saban were not on the committee but pushed for changes to control the ever-quickening pace of play.

Freshmen make their mark among Big Ten women

The Big Ten women's basketball tournament starts Thursday in Indianapolis with four games.

Regular-season co-champions Penn State (22-6) and Michigan State (21-8), along with Nebraska (22-6) and Purdue (21-7), have earned the top four seeds for the second straight year.

Purdue, which has won six straight games, is the two-time defending champion. The Boilermakers have put together their longest win streak of the season, and the longest current streak in the Big Ten, without injured point guard KK Houser.

Indiana (18-11) plays Ohio State (15-17) in the tournament opener. Other games Thursday match Iowa (23-7) against Illinois (9-20), Michigan (17-12) against Northwestern (15-14) and Minnesota (19-11) against Wisconsin (10-18).

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