Agreed Left wing Bobby Ryan agreed to a new five-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, keeping the high-scoring American forward with the club through 2014-15. The $25.5 million deal highlights a busy year for Ryan, who scored a career-high 61 points for the Ducks last season, just his second full year in the NHL. The 23-year-old also won a silver medal with the U.S. national team at the Vancouver Olympics.
Added The Phoenix Coyotes have added a gritty veteran by signing free agent Eric Belanger to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal weren’t released. Belanger started last season with Minnesota and was traded to Washington, finishing with a career-high 41 points, including 15 goals.
Waived Unable to swing a trade, the Charlotte Bobcats waived center Erick Dampier, avoiding the dreaded luxury tax. Dampier was in the last year of a seven-year, $73 million deal, but the $13 million for this season wasn’t guaranteed because he failed to meet playing-time requirements. The decision to waive Dampier leaves the Bobcats about $5 million shy of the luxury tax. Once he clears waivers, the 35-year-old Dampier will be free to sign for any team for any salary.
Arrested Florida receiver Chris Rainey was arrested in Gainesville, Fla., and charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony, for allegedly sending a former girlfriend a threatening text message. The school did not announce any disciplinary action against the 5-foot-9 junior, but offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said, “Chris Rainey is not a part of our team right now. That’s really all I have to say on that.”
Paralyzed The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting a 24-year-old jockey has been paralyzed from the waist down following a fall during a race in Albany, Calif. Golden Gate Fields track physician David Seftel tells the newspaper that jockey Michael Martinez remained in critical, but stable condition at an Oakland hospital. Martinez’s spinal cord was severed by three shattered vertebrae Sunday when the horse he was riding, Fair ’n Warmer, stumbled and fell on top of the dismounted jockey.