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Pierre-Paul injured by fireworks

From Staff And Wire Reports

NFL: New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul severely injured his hand in a July 4 fireworks accident in South Florida, according to multiple media reports – this, as his future with the team is in limbo.

The Giants said late Sunday afternoon that they still had not gathered all the facts after Andy Slater, host of WINZ in Miami, first reported the incident. The extent of the injury is unknown as Pierre-Paul was conferring with doctors Sunday night, according to ESPN, which also reported that the injury does not appear to be career-threatening.

The league confirmed the injury Sunday afternoon via NFL.com.

The 26-year-old two-time Pro Bowler, who does not have a contract for next season, is pivotal to the team’s pass rush, and he had 12 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games last year.

• Longtime Chiefs exec Steadman dies at 86: Longtime Chiefs executive Jack Steadman, the architect of the only Super Bowl-winning team in franchise history, has died in Kansas City. He was 86.

The team says Steadman died early Sunday of natural causes. Steadman had Alzheimer’s disease in recent years.

A friend of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, Steadman helped establish the American Football League and the Dallas Texans, the franchise that ultimately moved to Kansas City.

He became general manager in 1966, building the team that beat the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl four years later. He became president of the Chiefs in 1976 and remained active on its board of directors until his retirement in 2006.

Boedker files for arbitration

NHL: Arizona Coyotes left wing Mikkel Boedker has filed for salary arbitration.

The 25-year-old Dane has been one of Arizona’s most creative offensive players, scoring 19 goals with 32 assists in 2013-14.

He had 14 goals and 14 assists in 45 games last season before going out in January with a ruptured spleen.

Boedker is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp.

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