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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 and spoiling the Bruins’ Stanley Cup banner-raising celebration. Ilya Bryzgalov made 22 saves in his first game for the Flyers since signing a nine-year, $51 million contract.
The NCAA said Wednesday it has been investigating the relationship between a convicted Ponzi scheme artist and the University of Miami for five months, and the allegations – if true – show the need for “serious and fundamental change” in college sports. Former booster Nevin Shapiro, now serving 20 years in federal prison, claims he treated players with sex parties, nightclub outings, cars and other gifts.
The Whitworth Pirates were picked to repeat as champions by the Northwest Conference volleyball coaches it was announced Monday. Senior Kaimi Rocha, the 2010 NWC Player of the Year, returns to lead the Pirates. She will be joined by All-NWC second-team selections senior Amanda Grumbach, senior Bree Riddle and sophomore Whitney Santos.
Soccer: Michael Owen beat former Premier League foe Kasey Keller on a header early in the first half, then Wayne Rooney overwhelmed Seattle’s reserves in the second half with three goals in 21 minutes as Manchester United routed the host Sounders 7-0 in an exhibition on Wednesday night. Owen slid a header past Keller in the 15th minute after Seattle controlled the opening moments of the match. It remained 1-0 at halftime largely to a brilliant save by Keller on Owen late in the half, but United’s superior talent took over in the final 45 minutes.
Football: The NFL Players Association’s executive committee reviewed only portions of a proposed deal to end the lockout and not enough to warrant a vote Tuesday, two people familiar with the league’s labor negotiations told The Associated Press. A full agreement in principle hadn’t been completed as of Tuesday night, and another person familiar with the talks said there was no guarantee a full document would be finished today, either.
NFL: Two weeks after they filed a complaint over their lack of involvement in the labor talks between the NFL and players, and as those talks appear to be gaining traction toward a new collective bargaining agreement, a group of retired football players sent the league a letter asking to be a part of the negotiations. The letter was sent Thursday and a copy of it was provided to The Associated Press by Michael Hausfeld, an attorney for the retired players.
That noted sports sociologist Dick Vitale took to the Twitter soapbox the other day with his trusty razor to dissect what currently ails us: “Fans once again thrown to the curb with these LOCKOUTS,” he typed. “GREED GREED & MORE GREED!”
NBA: Dirk Nowitzki made 10 of his first 11 shots and a playoff-record 24 straight free throws on the way to 48 points, leading the Mavericks to a 121-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in Dallas on Tuesday night. Nowitzki made 13 free throws in the third quarter.
The Pac-10, soon to be the Pac-12, agreed to a 12-year television contract with Fox and ESPN on Tuesday that will more than triple its media rights fees and be the most valuable for any conference in college sports.
Gonzaga sits alone in first place in the West Coast Conference. Cameron Edman’s three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning gave the Bulldogs a comeback 5-3 baseball victory over Loyola Marymount on Friday in Los Angeles in the opener of a three-game weekend series between the schools that entered the day sharing first.
Look at it this way: If they’re happy at Washington State, it’s hard not to be happy for them.
No fewer than 30 former Washington high school champions will be on the track today when Washington State hosts the University of Washington in their annual dual meet. Another eight on the two rosters will sit it out for one reason or another. So it’s not surprising when the in-state recruiting tug of war between the two schools gets a little chummy, or contentious – or just a little mixed up.