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In brief: Crosby set for long-awaited return to ice

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby will make his season debut today against the New York Islanders, his first game in nearly a year since being sidelined with concussion-like symptoms. …


Chiefs’ Hauptman makes most of second chance

Shortly after the Spokane Chiefs’ three-day camp in August they sent young forward Jarid Hauptman back to his Junior A team. Maybe the 17-year-old rookie they expected to challenge for …


Busch fined $50,000, put on probation for rest of NASCAR season

Auto racing: NASCAR fined Kyle Busch $50,000 on Monday and placed him on probation through the end of the year for wrecking Ron Hornaday under caution in the truck race …


West Virginia filing suit to dump Big East

College athletics: West Virginia University filed a lawsuit Monday seeking an immediate divorce from the Big East so it can become a member of the Big 12 before the 2012 …


McCourts OK divorce; he gets team

Baseball: A settlement has been reached between Frank and Jamie McCourt in a costly and nasty feud over control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, paving the way for a showdown …


In brief: Montreal ruins Winnipeg’s NHL return

NHL: The NHL returned to Winnipeg with a cold reminder of the challenge that lies ahead. Carey Price stopped 30 shots and the Montreal Canadiens put a damper on a …


Flyers spoil Bruins’ banner-raising celebration

Hockey: Jaromir Jagr returned after three years in Russia and scored his 1,600th career NHL point on Thursday night, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 victory over host Boston …


NHL opens with emphasis on blows to the head

LOS ANGELES – The Stanley Cup has been hugged, kissed and photographed thousands of times and dented at least once since June, when the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks …


Simmonds gets attention again

PHILADELPHIA – Rangers forward Sean Avery says Wayne Simmonds of Philadelphia uttered a homophobic slur at him on the ice. Avery told ESPN.com Simmonds made the remark during the first …


Vick’s hand bruised, but not broken

Football: Michael Vick’s injured right hand is bruised, not broken as originally thought. Eagles coach Andy Reid said a CT scan Monday showed the star quarterback bruised his hand in …


Former NHL enforcer Belak hanged himself

TORONTO – Former NHL player Wade Belak hanged himself, according to a person familiar with the case. The 35-year-old Belak, an enforcer who had played with five NHL teams before …


Blanchette: Ex-Chief Grabner proves how quickly luck changes

Anyone skeptical that hockey is the sport in which fortunes can change the quickest might want to consider the recent career arc of Michael Grabner: From waived to rescued to …


Grabner on good side of hockey’s fortune

Anyone skeptical that hockey is the sport in which fortunes can change the quickest might want to consider the recent career arc of Michael Grabner.


Prosecutors allege dead NHL player Derek Boogaard’s brother provided drugs that contributed to death

MINNEAPOLIS – NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard had been out of drug rehab for just one day before his younger brother gave him an unprescribed narcotic pain pill at the start …


Businessman reportedly wants to build arena in Bellevue

The search for a new sports arena in the Puget Sound has reportedly headed east. Beyond Seattle’s Eastside, even, and all the way to Chicago. Don Levin, an Illinois businessman …


Substitute Levesque powers Sounders to victory

MLS: Second-half substitute Roger Levesque scored twice in the second half to give the Seattle Sounders a 4-2 win over the visiting New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer …


In brief: Vanderbilt eliminates Tar Heels from College World Series

Taylor Hill and Corey Williams combined on four-hitter, Connor Harrell and Curt Casali homered and Vanderbilt eliminated North Carolina from the College World Series with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night …


NHL expands ban on shots to the head

NEW YORK – The NHL ban on hits to the head is getting much clearer. The league’s board of governors approved the change in language Tuesday to a rule that …


Vancouver wins Game 5, is one victory from Cup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Every other scoring tactic had failed over the last three games, so Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa made something up. He deliberately put a shot wide of …


Lapierre’s goal gives Canucks 3-2 finals edge

Maxim Lapierre scored on a carom off the back boards with 15:25 to play, Roberto Luongo stopped 31 shots in a stirring shutout after getting pulled from his last game, …


Canucks players defend goaltender Luongo

BOSTON – Although Roberto Luongo is receiving much of the blame for Vancouver’s two-game meltdown in Boston during the Stanley Cup finals, the Canucks refuse to allow their goalie to …


In brief: 116 million in China watch Li

Tennis: The WTA says Li Na was watched by 116 million TV viewers in China when she won the country’s first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open. The …


Boston blanks Vancouver to tie Stanley Cup finals

BOSTON – Just three days after the Bruins staggered back to Boston, they’ve barged right back into the Stanley Cup finals with two brilliant blowout wins. Tim Thomas made 38 …


UPDATED: Wed., June 8, 2011, 8:24 p.m.

Bruins whip Canucks again

The Boston Bruins knot the Stanley Cup finals at two games apiece after routing the Vancouver Canucks for a second straight game.


NHL should have cracked down long ago

BOSTON – Anyone looking to Mike Murphy to save the NHL’s integrity while punishing Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome for his late hit on Boston winger Nathan Horton in Game 3 …


Bruins head home, focus on positives

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Boston Bruins couldn’t have enjoyed the scenery late Saturday night while their team bus crawled through the raucous street party that consumed downtown Vancouver after the …


Goal early in overtime gives Canucks 2-0 series edge

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Everybody knew Alex Burrows was fast. Just not this fast. With the second-speediest overtime goal in NHL playoff and finals history, Vancouver’s bitingly talented forward moved the …


Canucks take 2-0 lead in finals

Alex Burrows circled the net and scored a stunning goal 11 seconds into overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks took a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals with a 3-2 …


Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins show creativity can win the Stanley Cup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – When Daniel and Henrik Sedin streak down the ice, exchanging crisp passes in a display of their jaw-dropping offensive creativity, it’s easy to forget the Vancouver …


Vancouver draws first blood in Stanley Cup finals

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Through 591/2 scoreless minutes in their Stanley Cup finals opener, the high-flying Canucks were profoundly frustrated. The superstar Sedin twins couldn’t get around Boston’s formidable defense, …