Coyotes assign three forwards, two defensemen to Pirates

The Phoenix Coyotes have trimmed their preseason roster to 26 by sending five players to their AHL affiliate in Portland.

Sent to the Pirates on Saturday were forwards Andy Miele, Viktor Tikhonov and Marc-Antoine Pouliot, plus defensemen Maxim Goncharov and Chris Summers.

Miele was signed by the Coyotes last year after he won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.

Tikhonov and Summers are former first-round draft picks of Phoenix. Pouliot is a former first-round choice of Edmonton.

The Coyotes were scheduled to close out their preseason schedule Saturday night by hosting the San Jose Sharks.

Phoenix opens its season next Saturday night at San Jose.


NATIONWIDE SERIES: Carl Edwards dominated again at Dover International Speedway, winning his seventh race of the season in the Nationwide Series at Dover, Del.

Edwards celebrated with his traditional back flip, then jumped into the stands to celebrate with fans.

Edwards said before the race that his Sprint Cup car was better than the No. 60 in the second-tier series. He could use another win to strengthen his push toward his first career Cup championship.

Brad Keselowski was second, Clint Bowyer third, and Kasey Kahne fourth. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fifth.

SPRINT CUP: Martin Truex Jr. returned to the site of his only career Cup win and turned a lap of 159.004 mph to win the pole at Dover International Speedway.

Truex crashed the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship party with his first pole of the season. He won his only career Cup race in 2007 at the Monster Mile.

Chase driver Kurt Busch was second. Paul Menard was third.

OPS: The Pro All Star Series Champions Day, originally scheduled for Oct. 1, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. due to inclement weather.

More than a dozen drivers will return to the track where they got their start when PASS crowns its champions in all divisions.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester City moved past the turmoil of Carlos Tevez’s apparent refusal to play with a resounding 4-0 victory at Blackburn. City remained tied on top of the standings alongside crosstown rival Manchester United, which struggled to a 2-0 win over Norwich.

Adam Johnson, Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic scored second-half goals to ensure City kept pace with United, which welcomed Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez back from injuries but needed late strikes by Anderson and Danny Welbeck to secure a club record 19th straight league win at Old Trafford.

The two Manchester clubs have 19 points from seven games, though United has the better goal difference. Newcastle is third with 15 points after a 2-1 win over Wolverhampton stretched its unbeaten start to the season.

Luis Suarez largely ensured Liverpool won the 216th Merseyside derby 2-0 at Everton by scoring a goal and being involved with an opponent’s red card.

SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Kyle Lafferty scored the winner as a Rangers team featuring three Americans in the starting lineup beat Hibernian 1-0. Maurice Edu, Carlos Bocanegra and Alejandro Bedoya — making his first start — helped the Scottish leaders stay nine points up on Motherwell, which beat Dundee United 3-1.


DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP: Michael Hoey moved closer toward giving Northern Ireland another big golf victory, taking a three-shot lead after three rounds in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Hoey built on the second-round lead he shared with England’s Tommy Fleetwood. He shot a 6-under 66 at Carnoustie that put him at 18-under 198 in the $5 million tournament.

Northern Irishmen Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy were in pursuit. McDowell had a third straight 67 and is in second place at 15 under.

Louis Oosthuizen shot a 69 and is another stroke behind. McIlroy had a 66 and is among those at 13 under with top-ranked Luke Donald and Simon Dyson.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: John Huston shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the second-round lead with Nick Price and Kenny Perry in the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.

Huston played the last 10 holes in 6 under in windy conditions for the best round of the day.

Price and Perry had 69s to match Huston at 9 under.

Jeff Sluman (69) was 8 under, and defending champion Russ Cochran (71) was 7 under.

First-round leader Corey Pavin had a 74 to drop four strokes back at 5 under. Fred Couples (71) also was 5 under.


NBA: With exactly one month until the season is scheduled to start, NBA owners and players are meeting for a second straight day in hopes of ending the lockout.

Negotiators returned for further talks after the sides met for more than four hours Friday. All-Star players such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony attended that session, but fewer players were expected Saturday.

An agreement on a new labor deal may be necessary in the next few days to avoid having to cancel regular-season games. Part of the preseason already has been scrapped, and Commissioner David Stern has said there must be progress this weekend or there will be “enormous consequences.”


THAILAND OPEN: Donald Young advanced to his first ATP Tour final, rallying to beat ninth-ranked Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) in Bangkok.

Young will play fourth-ranked Andy Murray, who defeated Gilles Simon 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

— From staff and news services