State & National News

July 1, 2015 - 4:00pm
9 min 45 sec ago

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets started free agency by locking up two of their own players and bringing back another.

Winnipeg agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Alexander Burmistrov and one-year deals with defenseman Adam Pardy and forward Matt Halischuk on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Burmistrov has spent the past two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with Kazan Ak-Bars.

He spent his first...

July 1, 2015 - 3:51pm
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Glen Sather is stepping down as the general manager of the New York Rangers and being replaced by longtime assistant Jeff Gorton.

In making the announcement of the front office change on Wednesday, Sather said he would remain as the Rangers president.

Sather also announced that Jim Schoenfeld has been named senior vice president and assistant general manager and general manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)....

July 1, 2015 - 3:44pm
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TORONTO (AP) — Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 11-2 on Wednesday, ending Boston's winning streak at three.

Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson all connected and Jose Reyes had four hits as the Blue Jays scored more runs than they had in their previous four games combined, giving a Canada Day crowd of 45,392 plenty to cheer about.

July 1, 2015 - 3:41pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deals says the Atlanta Hawks are finalizing a trade for San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter.

The person says the Spurs and Hawks have agreed on the trade but the remainder of the deal is being finalized. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

The 6-foot-11, 245-pound Splitter averaged 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds this...

July 1, 2015 - 3:40pm
9 min 44 sec ago

Four golf organizations that have tournaments scheduled at Donald Trump courses do not share his views — not on Mexican immigrants, or recent comments that the golf industry knows that he's right.

The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America released a joint statement Wednesday. It was in response to Trump telling Golf Channel the golf industry supports him "because they all know I'm right."

The organizations say those comments do not reflect...

July 1, 2015 - 3:39pm
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WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Former Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people and will serve a year of probation.

Spikes appeared Wednesday in Wrentham District Court, where he admitted negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of personal injury, operating an uninsured vehicle, speeding and a marked-lanes violation.

State police found a damaged...

July 1, 2015 - 3:39pm
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have officially bought out Alexander Semin's contract.

The team announced the buyout Wednesday, after the enigmatic forward cleared irrevocable waivers. Carolina waived him Tuesday with the intent of buying out his deal.

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Semin is owed $14 million — two-thirds of the amount remaining on his contract — over six years. He had three years left on a deal that...

July 1, 2015 - 3:34pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a multiyear contract.

Neuvirth replaces Ray Emery as Philadelphia's No. 2 goalie behind Steve Mason. Terms of Wednesday's deal were not announced.

Neuvirth split last season with the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders. He went 7-20-4 with a 2.98 GAA and .914 save percentage.

Neuvirth was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in...

July 1, 2015 - 3:34pm
9 min 44 sec ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NBA again sets the standard for diversity among major professional sports leagues.

According to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the NBA received an A-plus grade for racial hiring and B-plus for gender hiring on its annual report card. Its overall grade of A was its seventh in a row.

For the second straight year, more than 35 percent of all professional employees within the NBA...

July 1, 2015 - 3:27pm
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METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans and 7-foot center Alexis Ajinca have agreed on a four-year, $20.2 million extension.

The 27-year-old Ajinca's new contract was confirmed by his agent, Mark Bartelstein, in an email to The Associated Press.

Ajinca, who is French, was used last season primarily as a reserve. But when he received more minutes, he usually produced.

He reached double figures in scoring and rebounding on...

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