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NHL suspends ex-Chief Grabner

Hockey: New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner, a former Spokane Chief, was suspended for two games by the NHL on Monday for an illegal check to the head of Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe.

The incident occurred in the first period of Carolina’s 4-3 win over the Islanders on Saturday. No penalty was called on the play.

He will miss today’s home game against Vancouver and Friday’s game at Pittsburgh.

The suspension will cost Grabner $30,769, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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UW sets plans to honor James

Football: The University of Washington will hold a public memorial service for former football coach Don James on Sunday.

The school announced a list of plans to honor James, who passed away at his home Sunday due to pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

The school will also honor James during Saturday night’s game against California. Washington players and coaches will wear decals in honor of James and members of his family will serve as the honorary captains for the pre-game coin toss.

The Washington band will also perform a tribute to James during halftime that will include a memorial video.

James coached at UW from 1975-92 and led it to a share of the 1991 national championship.

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NCAA will reveal Miami sanctions

Colleges: Miami is finally about to learn its NCAA fate.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions will reveal any proposed sanctions against the Hurricanes for alleged football and basketball improprieties this morning, roughly 2 1/2 years after the investigation into Miami athletics started.

If stiff penalties are proposed, Miami said it will appeal. It believes self-imposed sanctions should be enough to atone for whatever rules were broken.

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