Update on the latest sports

June 23, 2017 - 6:35 pm


Blackhawks trade Panarin to Blue Jackets for Saad

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have re-acquired forward Brandon Saad in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, parting with top young forward Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH'-mee pah-NAH'-rihn) to complete the blockbuster deal. Panarin teamed with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov to form one of the NHL's most potent lines the past couple seasons.

Saad spent his first four seasons with Chicago, helping the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups, before being traded to the Blue Jackets when he became a restricted free agent in 2015. He had 24 goals and 29 assists in 82 games for Columbus last season.

The Blackhawks also received goaltender Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick in Friday's trade in exchange for forwards Panarin and Tyler Motte and Chicago's sixth-round selection on Saturday.

In other NHL news:

— The Washington Capitals have re-signed right winger T.J. Oshie to a $46 million, eight-year contract. Oshie will count $5.75 million against the salary cap through the 2024-25 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal just before the start of the NHL draft. Oshie was set to be an unrestricted free agent.

— The Arizona Coyotes have acquired defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (JAL'-mahr-suhn) in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 30-year-old has spent his entire 10-year career with Chicago, helping the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup titles. The Blackhawks received defensemen Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin in Friday's trade. The Coyotes also acquired center Derek Stepan and goalie Antti Raanta (AHN'-tee RAHN'-tuh) from the New York Rangers for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in this year's draft. The trade comes a day after Arizona announced that coach Dave Tippett was out after eight seasons.

— The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired center Jordan Schroeder in a trade with the Minnesota Wild. In exchange for the 26-year-old Schroeder, the Wild on Friday got minor-league center Dante Salituro.

— The Los Angeles Kings have bought out the final year of defenseman Matt Greene's contract. Greene has been with the Kings since 2008, but has played in only 29 games over the past two seasons due to serious injuries. He went on injured reserve Jan. 30 and had back surgery. Greene had a four-year, $10 million contract extension that began in 2014. The buyout turns his $2.5 million cap hit next season into an $833,333 hit in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

— Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has all but given up on signing goalie prospect Cal Petersen. Botterill tells reporters he expects the former Notre Dame star to pursue free agency at the end of next week. The Sabres had 30 days to sign their 2013 fifth-round draft pick once he announced on May 31 that he was forgoing the final year of college eligibility. Petersen led the Fighting Irish to their third Frozen Four appearance in April and was one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award as college hockey's top goalie.


Devils get first pick, Vegas gets 13

CHICAGO (AP) — New Jersey has the No. 1 pick in the NHL's amateur draft that begins tonight in Chicago.

General manager Ray Shero says he knows who the Devils are going to take, but he's keeping it to himself for now.

After the Devils make their choice, the stage shifts to the NHL's newest franchise. The Vegas Golden Knights have 13 picks, including three in each of the first two rounds.


Twins add Gee, Hildenberger to pitching staff from Triple-A

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have added two reinforcements for their depleted pitching staff, right-handers Dillon Gee and Trevor Hildenberger.

The Twins selected their contracts Friday from Triple-A Rochester before playing at Cleveland. Left-hander Mason Melotakis and right-hander Alex Wimmers were taken off the 40-man roster to make room.

The 31-year-old Gee was signed this week as a minor league free agent after Texas released him. Gee worked out of both the bullpen and the rotation last season for the Royals, posting a 4.68 ERA in 125 innings.

Hildenberger has six saves with a 2.05 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings for Rochester.

In other MLB news:

— The Miami Marlins have signed their top three draft picks, including No. 13 overall selection Trevor Rogers. The Marlins say they also have signed No. 36 overall pick Brian Miller and No. 51 pick Joe Dunand. Rogers is a left-handed pitcher who just finished his high school days in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Miller is a center fielder who played at North Carolina. Dunand is a shortstop from North Carolina State. The Marlins have signed 28 picks from this year's draft class.

— A person familiar with the negotiations says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined the group led by businessman Tagg Romney that is trying to buy the Miami Marlins. The person confirmed Bush's new role in sales talks to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the parties aren't commenting publicly about efforts to sell the team. Bush and 14-time New York Yankees All-Star Derek Jeter led rival groups pursuing the Marlins earlier this year. They then joined forces, but Bush dropped out in May.

— The Detroit Tigers have released Francisco Rodriguez, one day after the 35-year-old reliever allowed a grand slam to Robinson Cano in his latest rough outing. Rodriguez saved 44 games for the Tigers in 2016, but he is 2-5 with a 7.82 ERA this year. Detroit removed him from the closer role earlier this season.

— Chris Young, Kansas City's winning pitcher in the 2015 World Series opener, had been designated for assignment. Reliever Neftali Feliz agreed to a one-year contract with the Royals today, four days after he was released by Milwaukee. Young had a 7.50 ERA in two starts and 12 relief appearances allowing 47 hits, including seven home runs and 18 walks in 30 innings. He went 3-9 with a 6.19 ERA last year.

— Closer Cody Allen has been reinstated from the paternity list by the Cleveland Indians. Allen left the team Wednesday when his wife, Mallory, gave birth to the couple's first child. He returned to Cleveland from Baltimore, where the Indians are playing a four-game series.


Spieth leads by 1 midway through 2nd round at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Jordan Spieth shot a 1-under 69 to maintain a one-stroke lead in the second round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

The 23-year-old Texan, who shot a first-round 63, started on the back nine and had to recover from a double bogey on the 13th hole after hitting his tee shot left and out of bounds.

He is 8 under heading into the weekend.


APNewsBreak: NASCAR's Knaus missing race notes after theft

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Seven-time champion crew chief Chad Knaus (kuh-NOWS') has had his laptop stolen from a rental car in San Francisco, leaving him without the notes for Jimmie Johnson's NASCAR race this weekend at Sonoma.

Knaus and his wife landed in San Francisco on Wednesday night and headed to Fisherman's Warf for dinner. Knaus told The Associated Press they parked at a meter in a bustling area and were gone approximately 90 minutes.

When the couple returned, the right side passenger rear window was smashed and their briefcases were gone. Their luggage was not stolen.

In one of the briefcases was a laptop with all of Knaus' preparations and details for Sunday's race. Hendrick Motorsports said the information is encrypted.

Knaus said there was also a significant amount of cash in the briefcases, as well as his wife's art supplies.


Sports doctor ordered to stand trial on assault charges

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A longtime sports doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics has been ordered to stand trial on charges alleging he sexually assaulted six young gymnasts while they sought treatment for injuries. Judge Donald Allen Jr. made his decision Friday in Mason, Michigan, after hearing testimony from the gymnasts and watching a police interview of the doctor, Larry Nassar.


Appeals court refuses to block Texas track coach's lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has refused to block a sex and race discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women's track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out after the school learned of a romantic relationship with one of her athletes a decade earlier.

Kearney sued in 2014, arguing that as a black woman, she was held to a tougher standard than a white male coach or other school officials who she alleges were in relationships with subordinates. Shortly after Kearney resigned under pressure, Texas revealed that former football assistant Major Applewhite was reprimanded, but not fired, for a relationship with a female student trainer on a 2009 bowl trip. Applewhite is now the head coach at Houston.

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