Sports Briefs: Rangers acquire Nash in blockbuster deal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets finally met captain Rick Nash’s midseason request and dealt him Monday with a third-round pick and a minor-league defenseman to the New York Rangers for centers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick next year.

The deal gives the Rangers a rugged right wing to add to their core of solid young players and also helps them counter moves made by other Eastern Conference powers this offseason.

Nash will join a New York offense that includes captain Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik.

He is in the third year of an eight-year contract he signed in 2010 which has an average annual value of $7.8 million. The total salary cap hit of Dubinsky, Anisimov and Erixon is almost exactly the same.

Nash, a five-time All-Star, is coming off a season in which he had 30 goals and 29 assists while playing in all 82 games. He has 289 goals and 258 assists in 674 career NHL games, all with the Blue Jackets.

• The Edmonton Oilers signed the top pick in this year’s draft, right winger Nail Yakupov, to a three-year, entry-level deal. The 18-year-old Russian had 31 goals and 38 assists in 42 games last season for the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. He had 49 goals and 101 points in the 2010-11 season.

• The Nashville Predators signed veteran forward Sergei Kostitsyn to a two-year, $6 million contract. Kostitsyn totaled 43 points in 75 games this past season.

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• The Oakland Raiders traded wide receiver Louis Murphy to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed conditional draft choice. Murphy made an immediate impact as Oakland’s fourth-round pick in 2009, catching 75 passes for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns in his first two seasons. Slowed by a groin injury in 2011, Murphy was limited to 15 catches for 241 yards.

OLYMPICS

Rogge honors Israeli athletes slain in 1972

LONDON — IOC president Jacques Rogge paid tribute Monday to the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed in Munich 40 years ago, leading a solemn minute of silence in the athletes village.

It was the first time the IOC has honored the slain Israelis in a ceremony inside an Olympic village. Rogge repeatedly has rebuffed calls to hold a moment of silence during Friday’s opening ceremony of the London Games.

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