April 27, 2013 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Elected Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel and horses Housebuster, Invasor, Lure, McDynamo and Tuscalee have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 9 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. The 46-year-old Borel has won 5,012 races and has purse earnings of $120,859,986 in a career that began in 1983.

Extended The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Cam Atkinson to a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Atkinson, who would have been a restricted free agent next season, will receive $2.3 million over the term of the contract.

• Coming off their first season in Brooklyn in which the franchise ended a six-year playoff drought, the Nets have signed general manager Billy King to a contract extension. No terms of the deal have been disclosed.

Improving Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has returned to practice, but his status for next week’s playoff opener remains uncertain. Crosby hasn’t played since breaking his jaw last month. He took part in non-contact drills on Friday, wearing a protective facemask that he’ll likely keep on for the duration of the playoffs.

Returning Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier is staying for his senior season and will not enter the NBA draft. Napier led UConn in scoring last season, averaging more than 17 points.

Suspended Liverpool striker Luis Suarez chose not to appeal his 10-match ban for biting an opponent during a Premier League game. The Football Association said Friday that Suarez’s suspension will begin immediately, meaning he’ll miss the last four games of this season and the first six of next season. The Uruguay international was handed one of English soccer’s harshest penalties for on-the-field misbehavior for biting Branislav Ivanovic’s upper arm during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. Suarez could have appealed the decision, which added seven games to the regular three for violent conduct.


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