July 1, 2011 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Agreed A person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press that defenseman Christian Ehrhoff agreed to a 10-year contract worth $40 million with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.

Re-signed The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Jussi Jokinen to a three-year contract worth $9 million. Jokinen, 28, will make $3 million a year through 2013-14.

Resigned Marquette athletic director Steve Cottingham resigned, parting ways with a program facing scrutiny for recent legal issues. Marquette recently has been criticized for the way it handled sexual assault allegations against unidentified athletes.

Traded The Cleveland Cavaliers traded power forward J.J. Hickson to the Sacramento Kings for forward Omri Casspi and a future first-round pick.

Fired Detroit Pistons CEO Alan Ostfield was fired by the team’s new ownership. Ostfield became president and CEO of both the Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment last year. Joe Dumars remains in place as team president and is responsible for basketball operations.

Arrested Former NBA player Jose Ortiz was arrested in San Juan, Puerto Rico after federal agents seized 218 marijuana plants at his house along with 40 rounds of assault-rifle ammunition, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. He is accused of possession with intent to distribute marijuana plants and faces a minimum of five years in prison if found guilty, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said.

Separated Former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch announced he is legally separated from his wife and in the process of formally ending his marriage. Busch, who married Eva Bryan in 2006, was seen kissing another woman in Victory Lane last week at Sonoma.

Died Former World Boxing Council light welterweight champion Billy Costello, winner of his first 30 professional fights, died of lung cancer at a Kingston, N.Y., hospital Wednesday. He was 55. Costello was 40-2 over a 20-year career.

• Longtime Australian golf writer Tom Ramsey died at 75. He fought cancer for a decade and died Wednesday in Sydney. Ramsey was News Limited newspaper’s chief golf writer for more than 40 years and was inducted the Memorial Tournament’s Hall of Fame in 2001 by Jack Nicklaus.

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