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Thursday, September 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Agreed The Anaheim Ducks and right wing Jakob Silfverberg agreed Friday to a four-year, $15 million contract through the 2018-19 season. Silfverberg was a restricted free agent. He set career highs with 13 goals and 26 assists last season, playing frequently on the second line for the NHL Pacific Division champion Ducks. He broke out in the postseason with four goals and 14 assists in just 16 games as Anaheim fell one victory short of the Stanley Cup Final.

• Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho signed a new four-year contract ahead of the London club starting its Premier League soccer title defense. The 52-year-old Portuguese manager is now under contract until 2019. He has won three EPL titles in two stints with the club.

Convicted Former NFL star Irving Fryar was found guilty of a role in a mortgage scam and faces up to 10 years in prison. The 52-year-old former wide receiver, who made his name at the University of Nebraska and with several professional teams, applied for multiple mortgage loans in quick succession while using the same property as collateral, a jury found. Fryar was the first overall pick in the 1984 draft by New England.

Withdrawn Tennis star Maria Sharapova pulled out of next week’s Rogers Cup with an injured right leg. Sharapova, a five-time major champion, has not competed since losing to Serena Williams in the semifinals at Wimbledon last month.

Diminished The Big House is getting a bit smaller – at least in terms of capacity. Michigan Stadium will officially hold only 107,601 after seating adjustments were announced. That’s down from 109,901 but still leaves the 88-year-old venue as college football’s largest. The school says the most noticeable changes are related to improving accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Seats had to be eliminated to widen aisles and install hand railings. Football attendance peaked at Michigan Stadium with a crowd of 115,109 for a win over Notre Dame in 2013, which set a record for a college or NFL game. There were more empty seats last year as the team struggled, but ticket sales are up again after the hiring of new coach Jim Harbaugh.

Finalized The playoff game between the United States and Mexico for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup berth will be played Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. By winning the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico qualified for the game against the United States. The soccer game was originally planned for Oct. 9.

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