Hired One week after Alain Vigneault emerged as the leading coaching candidate, the NHL’s New York Rangers hired him Friday to replace the fired John Tortorella. Vigneault agreed to a five-year contract. Vigneault was the choice of team president and general manager Glen Sather from a group that included former Rangers captain Mark Messier.
• The Dallas Stars have hired Lindy Ruff as their coach. Ruff was fired by the Buffalo Sabres in February. It’s the first significant hire for new Dallas general manager Jim Nill, who was hired in April after the Stars missed the NHL playoffs a fifth straight season.
Extended The Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to a long-term contract extension with coach Dave Tippett. Tippett had reportedly wanted to wait to see what happens with the uncertain ownership situation before making a decision to stay with the Coyotes. The Coyotes have gone 156-96-42 in Tippett’s four seasons with the team, despite the fact that the franchise was owned by the NHL and had strict financial restrictions during that time.
Donated Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk is donating his first skateboard to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Hawk, of San Diego, is donating a 1975 Bahne skateboard that was handed down by his brother, Steve Hawk. He modified the skateboard’s fiberglass deck with plywood to raise it farther from the wheels.
Organized Sonics fans yearning for the return of professional basketball to Seattle will get the next best thing Sunday afternoon when University of Washington players who went on to careers in the NBA return for an alumni game. Among the players who will be back in Hec Edmondson Pavilion are Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings, Spencer Hawes of the Philadelphia 76ers, Tony Wroten of the Memphis Grizzlies and Nate Robinson of the Chicago Bulls. Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar organized the event.
Compromised Facing what he drolly called a “complicated international problem,” Vladimir Putin says he’s ready to give the New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft custom jewelry to compensate for the Super Bowl ring that some imply the Russian president pocketed.
Doubted Tour de France defending champion Bradley Wiggins is hinting he may not attempt to win the race for a second time. The cyclist withdrew from the Giro d’Italia race last month because of a knee injury. Wiggins is in the second week of a six-week training schedule and expects to return to racing at the Tour of Poland on July 27.