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Crosby's hat trick lifts Penguins to win

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored three goals in slightly more than eight minutes of the second period as the Pittsburgh Penguins quickly turned a two-goal deficit into a two-goal lead, then held on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Monday night.

Crosby tied Patrick Marleau of idle San Jose for the NHL goals lead with 37 by following up his game-altering performance during the Penguins' 2-1 shootout win Sunday against Detroit with an even better one.

Ralston signs with NASL's St. Louis team

ST. LOUIS — Steve Ralston has signed with AC St. Louis of the new North American Soccer League after a 14-year career with Major League Soccer.

The 35-year-old St. Louis native signed Monday, becoming what the new league said was the first MLS player to join a non-MLS team. He will also serve as the club's assistant coach.

Injured skiers to be ready for Olympics

The CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association says U.S. Olympic freestyle skiers Daron Rahlves and Casey Puckett are recuperating at home and should be ready for the Vancouver Games.

Rahlves was released from the hospital Sunday after dislocating his hip in a nasty wreck during his opening skicross race at the Winter X Games. Puckett, the Americans' other skicross Olympian, had a minor setback last week in his recovery from a separated shoulder after landing awkwardly during a run.

Reds trade Taveras to Athletics

CINCINNATI — A trade that saved some money made the Cincinnati Reds' next shortstop affordable.

The Reds sent center fielder Willy Taveras to the Oakland Athletics on Monday as part of a four-player deal, then agreed to a one-year deal with Orlando Cabrera to become their starting shortstop. Both teams made a series of moves that changed the looks of their rosters.

—Deseret News staff and wire reports