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Mon., Feb. 20, 2012

Released British heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora was released Sunday after nearly seven hours of questioning by police following his brawl with former WBA champion David Haye at a postfight news conference in Munich. “He still faces a charge of simple assault but he is allowed to return to England for now,” police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht told The Associated Press. Chisora and fellow Londoner Haye came to blows after Chisora’s defeat by unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110 and 119-111) to Vitali Klitschko in their WBC title fight. Chisora’s boxing coach Don Charles also faces a charge of assault for his involvement in the melee. Schlicht said more serious charges were reduced when police were unable to apprehend Haye despite searching for the boxer at his hotel.

Suspended Inter Milan striker Luc Castaignos has been suspended for three games after spitting in an opponent’s face. Castaignos spat on Andrea Raggi, 10 minutes before the end of Inter’s 3-0 loss at home to Bologna on Friday. The incident was not seen by the referee but the league has reviewed television evidence and announced its decision.

• The NHL suspended Minnesota Wild center Warren Peters for one game after he cross-checked an opponent in the head. On Saturday night, Peters hit David Backes late in a 4-0 loss at St. Louis. Peters was given a game misconduct. Backes left the ice and did not return for the final 3 1/2 minutes, although he was fine after the game. Minnesota recalled Chad Rau to take Peters’ spot on the roster for Sunday’s game against Boston.

Extended The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed left wing James Neal to a six-year contract extension that will lock him up through the 2017-18 season and pay him an average of $5 million a season. The deal was announced by the team hours before the Penguins played at Buffalo. The 24-year-old is second on the team and tied for fourth in the NHL after scoring his career-best 30th goal in a 6-4 win at Philadelphia on Saturday. He also has a career-best 56 points and 13 power-play goals, tied for the league lead.

Died Canadian Football Hall-of-Famer and nine-time Grey Cup champion, Cal Murphy, has died. He was 79. He died Saturday night in a hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he had been since breaking ribs in a fall earlier this month. Murphy spent more than 30 years in the CFL as a coach and GM. During a 14-year stint as the Winnipeg Bombers’ coach and GM the club made five Grey Cup appearances. Murphy is second in career wins for the Bombers history with a record of 86-51-1.

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