LIGHT­NING’S DROUIN SEEK­ING TRADE, BUT GM WON’T OBLIGE

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tampa, fla.» Al­lan Walsh, the agent for Tampa Bay Light­ning for­ward Jonathan Drouin, said Sun­day the third over­all se­lec­tion in the 2013 NHL draft wants to be traded.

Drouin, 20, was de­moted Satur­day to Syra­cuse of the Amer­i­can Hockey League, but Walsh said the trade re­quest was made in Novem­ber.

Drouin was a healthy scratch for most of Tampa Bay’s run to last year’s Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal. He has been slowed by in­juries this sea­son, scor­ing only two goals in 19 games.

“It’s in ev­ery­one’s best in­ter­ests that Jonathan be al­lowed to move on and play hockey,” Walsh said. “It was his sin­cere in­ten­tion to play in Tampa for many years.”

Light­ning gen­eral man­ager Steve Yz­er­man said Drouin was sent to the AHL to get more play­ing time.

“My sole in­ten­tion is to act in the best in­ter­est of the Tampa Bay Light­ning hockey club,” Yz­er­man said. “In the mean­time, Jonathan has been as­signed to our Amer­i­can Hockey League af­fil­i­ate, the Syra­cuse Crunch, and we ex­pect him to re­port to prac­tice with the rest of his team­mates this Tues­day morn­ing.”

• The Chicago Black­hawks lent 25-year-old de­fense­man David Rund­blad to the ZSC Li­ons, a team in Switzer­land. He has four goals and 21 as­sists in 113 games in his NHL ca­reer.

Nets lose Jack to knee in­jury

B new york» Brook­lyn Nets point guard Jarrett Jack has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the re­main­der of the NBA sea­son.

Jack was in­jured Satur­day dur­ing a game in Bos­ton, and the Nets an­nounced Sun­day that he also has a small me­dial menis­cus tear. His date for surgery hasn’t been set.

Jack made 32 starts this sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 12.8 points and a teambest 7.4 as­sists.

B lenzerheide, switzer­land» Martin John­srud Sundby won the men’s 10-kilo­me­ter freestyle pur­suit and ex­tended his lead over fel­low Nor­we­gian Pet­ter Northug Jr. in the Tour de Ski.

Sundby fin­ished in 21 min­utes, 44.7 sec­onds, with Northug 1:25.2 be­hind. Finn Haa­gen Krogh com­pleted the Nor­we­gian top three.

“I knew I was be­ing chased,” Sundby said. “I am happy I could gain more sec­onds.”

Af­ter three of eight races in the Tour de Ski, Sundby leads with Northug 1:30.2 be­hind. Third-place Krogh trails by more than two min­utes.

Over­all, Sundby leads Northug 828 to 499 points af­ter 12 of the 36 events.

Nor­way also dom­i­nated the women’s 5-kilo­me­ter freestyle pur­suit, tak­ing the top three po­si­tions.

Ingvild Flugstad Oest­berg won in 13:02.3, with Therese Jo­haug 9.3 back. Heidi Weng was third, 2:03.6 back. • Ski jumper Peter Prevc won the third stop of the Four Hills Tour in dom­i­nat­ing fash­ion, po­si­tion­ing him­self in Inns­bruck, Aus­tria, to be­come the first Slove­nian win­ner of the an­nual event in nearly two decades.

Prevc car­ries a 19.7-point lead over Ger­man ri­val Sev­erin Fre­und into Wed­nes­day’s fourth and fi­nal stop in Bischof­shofen, Aus­tria.

“I hope I can keep go­ing like this,” said Prevc, who is set to be­come the sec­ond tour win­ner from Slove­nia af­ter Pri­moz Peterka in 1997, and the first non-Aus­trian win­ner since Janne Aho­nen of Fin­land in 2008.

Prevc had jumps of 125 and 132 me­ters for a to­tal of 269.5 points, 11.1 ahead of Fre­und. The Ger­man’s best ef­fort was 128 me­ters, just hours af­ter he es­caped a nasty crash on the land­ing of a trial jump with only bruis­ing.

“I am really sat­is­fied. Inns­bruck was the big­gest chal­lenge for me,” Prevc said.

Nor­we­gians shine

Foot­notes.

Colorado Mesa bas­ket­ball star Ryan Stephan leads RMAC men’s teams in scor­ing and re­bound­ing, av­er­ag­ing 25.4 points and 11.2 re­bounds in 13 games. He is a 6-foot-10 se­nior from Green Moun­tain High School. ... Dex­ter Sienko’s 22 points and eight re­bounds led the Regis men’s team to a 93-73 vic­tory over Western State.

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