Sidelined Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is out again, this time for four to six weeks because of broken bones in his face caused by a punch from Pittsburgh counterpart Brent Johnson. The oft-injured netminder was felled by a left hook above his right eye Wednesday night in New York’s 3-0 loss at Pittsburgh. The Islanders said the punch during the rare goalie fight caused multiple facial fractures.
Suspended Mississippi State suspended basketball player Ravern Johnson for today’s game against LSU because of “inappropriate tweets” following the team’s 75-61 loss to Alabama on Wednesday. Johnson was critical of his role in the offense and of fans in Twitter messages after scoring just 10 points in the loss to the Crimson Tide. MSU coach Rick Stansbury banned the team from using Twitter on Thursday.
Finalized Starting pitcher Justin Duchscherer finalized a one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles that guarantees the right-hander $700,000. Duchscherer’s base salary would escalate to $1.1 million under the agreement if he’s on the 25-man active roster once the season begins.
Suspended Boston Bruins player Daniel Paille was suspended for four games for an illegal check to the head of Raymond Sawada of the Dallas Stars. He is the fifth player suspended this season under a new rule aimed at cracking down on dangerous hits. Paille was ejected in the second period of Boston’s 6-3 win Thursday when he was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct. Sawada had lost control of the puck, and as the forward leaned down to gain control, Paille connected with a blindside hit to Sawada’s shoulder and head.
Fined New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson was fined $25,000 for improper conduct toward an official during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson was ejected with 7:47 left in the third quarter Wednesday night after arguing with official Brent Barnaky.
Agreed The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a minor league contract with 40-year-old outfielder Jim Edmonds that included an invitation to big league spring training. A clutch performer with the Cardinals from 2000-07 at the plate and in center field, Edmonds is a potential backup behind Matt Holliday, Colby Rasmus and Lance Berkman.
Exercised General manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy are set to lead the San Francisco Giants through the 2012 season. The World Series champions exercised contract options on both men less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz.