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Kovalchuk opts to stay in New Jersey

Tue., July 20, 2010

Ilya Kovalchuk, 27, was the NHL’s biggest free agent this year. (Associated Press)
Ilya Kovalchuk, 27, was the NHL’s biggest free agent this year. (Associated Press)

NHL: Ilya Kovalchuk is staying with the New Jersey Devils.

Kovalchuk’s agent and the team announced on Monday that the biggest prize of the NHL free agent market agreed to a new contract, ending weeks of speculation where the high-scoring left wing would play next season. Terms were not immediately available.

New Jersey will officially reintroduce Kovalchuk, acquired at last year’s trade deadline from Atlanta, at a news conference today.

• Flyers trade veteran Gagne to Lightning : The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth round pick in the 2011 draft to the Philadelphia Flyers for left wing Simon Gagne.

Rangers acquired D McCue : The Rangers have acquired defenseman Matt McCue from the Anaheim Ducks for forward Tomas Zaborsky.

Foot casts doubt on Open for Williams

Tennis: Serena Williams is questionable for the U.S. Open because of her recent foot injury, according to the WTA Tour.

Williams cut her right foot on broken glass at a restaurant shortly after winning Wimbledon.

Titans, Johnson agree to revised deal

NFL: Chris Johnson’s agent says the running back and the Tennessee Titans have agreed on a revised deal that will ensure he reports with the rest of the team for training camp.

Agent Joel Segal confirmed the deal to The Associated Press.

Soccer: A FIFA delegation has arrived in Japan, the first stop on a two-month tour to inspect candidates for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The FIFA inspection team, headed by Chile Football Federation president Harold Mayne-Nicholls, landed and will inspect stadium and broadcasting facilities in Osaka and Tokyo today until Thursday.

• Brazil to invest $3B on airports for 2014 WCup: Brazil says it will invest nearly $3 billion to renovate and expand its airports ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Government officials also guarantee investments of about $400 million in ports, hoping to make sure the country is ready to host soccer’s biggest tournament.

FIFA confirms October agenda for goal-line tech: The use of goal-line video technology remains on FIFA’s agenda for October after soccer’s governing body confirmed that its rule-making panel will not discuss the issue at its meeting this week.

Court hears Irish soccer divide case: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has heard a case on the right to select Ireland’s top young soccer players for international duty.

The Northern Ireland federation challenged what it believes is poaching by its southern neighbor, after recent political peace granted players dual nationality.

College Football: Florida and the NCAA are investigating an allegation that former Gators offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey received $100,000 from a representative of a sports agent before last season ended, reported.

NCAA investigating one of SC’s athletic programs: South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman says the NCAA is investigating a possible rules violation of one of its athletic programs.

Hyman released a statement on Sunday night saying the school has cooperated and will continue working with the NCAA on its inquiry, although did not detail what program was being investigated.

Miscellany: London 2012 Olympic organizers say they have met government targets by cutting $41.2 million from the event budget while keeping the project on schedule.

The Olympic Delivery Authority has confirmed that the overall cost of staging the games is now $14.2 billion.

• UConn AD named head of NCAA basketball committee: Connecticut athletic director Jeff Hathaway, whose university faces allegations of NCAA violations in its men’s basketball program, has been picked to chair the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee.


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