June 11, 2014 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Hired The Edmonton Oilers have hired Craig Ramsay as an assistant coach. The 63-year-old has more than 40 years of NHL experience since being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres as a forward in 1971. As a player, Ramsay had 672 points (252 goals, 420 assists) and 201 penalty minutes in 1,070 games with Buffalo.

Out Veteran UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen has failed a drug test, forcing him out of his bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 in Las Vegas next month. The former University of Oregon wrestler says he tested positive for two banned substances last month. Sonnen claimed he took the banned substances as part of his move off testosterone replacement therapy, which was outlawed by Nevada regulators earlier this year.

Agreed The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with Swedish forward Dennis Rasmussen. The 23-year-old Rasmussen had a team-leading 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 52 games this season with Vdxjv of the Swedish league.

Fired The Philadelphia Union have fired soccer coach John Hackworth after two seasons on the job. The Union selected assistant Jim Curtin as interim team manager. Hackworth was 23-30-20 in two seasons, and led the Union to a franchise-best 12 MLS wins in 2013. The Union are 3-7-6 this season.

Died Former NASCAR car owner Junie Donlavey has died at the age of 90. According to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame website, the Richmond native fielded his No. 90 cars for drivers including Joe Weatherly, Tiny Lund and Dick Brooks.

Signed Former West Ham midfielder Joe Cole has signed a two-year deal with Aston Villa. The 32-year-old former England soccer player joined the Birmingham club on a free transfer after being released by the Hammers at the end of the season. Cole has 56 caps (career appearances) for England.


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