Penguins give Crosby 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension | A.M. Briefing
The Pittsburgh Penguins and superstar center Sidney Crosby agreed to a 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension Thursday that leaves little...
Long extension for Crosby
The Pittsburgh Penguins and superstar center Sidney Crosby agreed to a 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension Thursday that leaves little doubt Crosby has overcome the concussion-like symptoms that sidelined him for most of the last two seasons.
The deal keeps Crosby, 24, in Pittsburgh through 2025 and gives the team some room to play in the free-agent market. Crosby, whose previous deal was set to expire next summer, will be paid around $8.7 million a season.
The 2009 MVP has been limited to just 28 games in the past 18 months after suffering a concussion in the Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals in January 2011.
Canucks, goalie Schneider agree 'in principle'
The Vancouver Canucks and goaltender Cory Schneider have agreed "in principle" to a new contract, general manager Mike Gillis tweeted.
Schneider, 26, was set to become a restricted free agent Sunday.
Schneider took over in goal for Vancouver starter Roberto Luongo in the playoffs as the Canucks were upset in the first round by the Los Angeles Kings.
The Canucks have made it known this offseason they are looking to trade Luongo and the remaining 10 years on his mammoth contract.
Goalie Quick gets extension
The Los Angeles Kings gave a 10-year contract extension to Conn Smythe-winning goalie Jonathan Quick. Sources told the L.A. Times it was worth in excess of $50 million but tapered off in the final three years. Other reports put it at about $58 million.
Quick was named the most valuable player in the playoffs, helping lead the Kings to their first Stanley Cup in 45 years.
Coyotes lease deal upheld
A judge upheld the Glendale City Council's vote on an arena lease agreement with a prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink rejected a claim by watchdog group Goldwater Institute that the city should have had open bidding on arena operations for Jobing.com Arena, the home of the Coyotes, rather than accept an offer from former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison.
Silver Stars drop Sparks
Sophia Young scored 23 points to lead the host San Antonio Silver Stars to a 94-80 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks.
Becky Hammon had 17 points, Shameka Christon added 14, Danielle Adams 14 and Jia Perkins 12 as San Antonio (6-5) beat Los Angeles for the third time this season.
Candace Parker scored 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting to lead the Sparks (10-6), who have lost three straight. Alana Beard and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 14 each.
Rose Bowl to remain on ESPN through 2026
The Rose Bowl has agreed to a 12-year extension with ESPN that will keep the game on the network through 2026.
ESPN will keep the broadcast rights to the Rose Bowl regardless of the final format developed for college football's new playoff system, which kicks in for the 2014 season.
Landis, Hamilton part of Armstrong doping case
Lance Armstrong's legal team said Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, former Armstrong teammates who have admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, are part of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's efforts to prove the cyclist doped during his record-setting career.
Armstrong said he's innocent and stresses that he's passed more than 500 drugs tests. USADA has said at least 10 former Armstrong teammates and associates will testify against him. The agency said it would keep their names confidential to protect them from intimidation.
• Former Notre Dame assistant coach Corwin Brown, 42, pleaded guilty but mentally ill in South Bend, Ind., to charges he struck his wife and held her hostage with a handgun in a seven-hour standoff with police. Sentencing is set for Aug. 21. The plea agreement recommends a four-year prison sentence, but also states that prosecutors would not oppose a suspended sentence with Brown placed on probation.
• The NFL is shifting the start time of the second game of its Sunday TV doubleheaders by 10 minutes to ensure fewer fans miss any of the action on the field. The late afternoon matchups on CBS and Fox will kick off at 1:25 p.m. PT.
• James Buescher held the lead for most of the way in temperatures approaching 100 degrees, fending off challengers to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.
• Before opening labor talks, the NHL and the players union announced the salary cap has been set at $70.2 million. That's a significant jump from last year's cap of $64.3 million.
• Carolina Hurricanes backup goalie Brian Boucher is expected to miss four to six months with an unspecified shoulder injury.
• Chelsea Thomas struck out six in 3-2/3 innings, Christie Orgeron had two doubles and two RBI and the United States beat Puerto Rico 8-0 in five innings at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City.
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