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SELANNE TRADED: Teemu Selanne, the leading scorer for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, was traded to the San Jose Sharks for goalie Steve Shields, wing Jeff Friesen and future considerations.

LIGHTNING LAND KHABIBULIN: The Tampa Bay Lightning won the trading sweepstakes for holdout goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

The Lightning sent defenseman Paul Mara, forwards Mike Johnson and Ruslan Zainullin and a second-round draft choice to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Stan Neckar and the 28-year-old Khabibulin, who last played in the NHL nearly two years ago.

BLUES ACQUIRE ALEXEI GUSAROV: With their top two defensemen out indefinitely, the St. Louis Blues acquired veteran defenseman Alexei Gusarov from the New York Rangers. In exchange, the Rangers get 22-year-old rookie defenseman Peter Smrek.


BUCS SIGN JOHNSON: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got their man.

Brad Johnson agreed to a five-year, $28 million contract with the Bucs, who outbid the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens for the most coveted free-agent quarterback.

Johnson has thrown for 12,973 yards, 79 touchdowns and 57 interceptions in nine pro seasons.

GIANTS KEEP BARBER: Tiki Barber, who rushed for a career-high 1,006 yards and helped the Giants reach the Super Bowl, is close to an agreement on a reported six-year, $24 million contract to remain in New York.

ARMSTRONG NOW A RAIDER: Free agent defensive end Trace Armstrong, a 12-year veteran who has spent the past six years with the Miami Dolphins, signed with the Oakland Raiders.

Armstrong, 35, led the AFC and ranked second in the league last season with a career-high 16 1/2 sacks. It was the fifth time that he has reached double digits in sacks.

CONNELL INKS DEAL WITH SAINTS: The New Orleans Saints signed former Redskins wide receiver Albert Connell to a five-year contract reportedly worth $14 million, filling a major offensive need and expanding their options for the NFL draft.


HORNETS TO GET NEW ARENA: Funding for a $215 million arena for the NBA's Hornets was approved by the Charlotte City Council.

After two hours of debate, the council agreed to put a $352 million package — which also includes a minor league baseball park and several cultural projects — before voters in June in a nonbinding referendum.


OHLMEYER LEAVING MNF: For Don Ohlmeyer, one season back at ABC's "Monday Night Football" was enough.

Ohlmeyer, who presided over a near-total revamp of the NFL's top telecast that put comedian Dennis Miller in the broadcast booth resigned three days short of the first anniversary of his return.

Ohlmeyer, 56, produced the show in the 1970s during the glory days of Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford. ABC president Howard Katz rehired Ohlmeyer March 8, 2000.


SAUERBECK SIGNS: Left-handed reliever Scott Sauerbeck, sought by several teams in offseason trade talks, agreed to a $2.4 million, three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sauerbeck made $285,000 last season, when he was 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 75 appearances — the second-most by a left-hander in Pirates' history. Left-handed hitters batted .222 against him.