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Sports briefs: Crosby out for start of regular season
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Sports briefs: Crosby out for start of regular season

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NHL

Crosby out for start of regular season

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will miss the start of the regular season after undergoing wrist surgery.

The team made the announcement Wednesday. General manager Ron Hextall said the surgery was necessary to address a lingering issue and that Crosby would be out a minimum of six weeks.

The Penguins begin training camp later this month and open the 2021-22 season on the road against two-time defending Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay on Oct. 12. The door for Crosby’s possible routine would likely open around Oct. 20 at the earliest.

Crosby, 34, missed just one game during the coronavirus-shortened 2020-21 season, finishing with 24 goals and 38 assists to help lead the Penguins to the East Division title.

The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Connor Mackey and forward Brad Richardson

  • . Mackey, 24, agreed to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $912,500. He made his NHL debut for the Flames last season, finishing with a goal and two assists in six games.

GOLF

Stricker adds four rookies to Ryder Cup team

The only experience that matters to Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker is how the youngest U.S. team in history prepares for Whistling Straits in a bid to win back the gold chalice.

Equipped with the most captain’s picks in Ryder Cup history, Stricker added four rookies to his team on Tuesday to join the six players who earned automatic spots. His six selections included obvious choices and, as always, a few that could have gone either way.

Among those left out was Patrick Reed.

Stricker chose the next four players in the Ryder Cup standings — Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth and Harris English — along with Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler.

Missing was Reed, who thrives in team events with his great short game. He has a 7-3-2 record in three previous Ryder Cups and is undefeated in singles.

Reed, however, hasn’t seriously contended in the 18 tournaments he has played since his lone victory at Torrey Pines.

The six picks join six who earned automatic spots — Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay.

All are among the top 21 in the world ranking. Six have never played in a Ryder Cup. Eight are still in their 20s, and the average age (29) is the youngest ever for the Americans.

Stricker said U.S. rookies have compiled a 40-29-17 record in the Ryder Cup dating to 2008.

The British Open is making a rapid return to Royal Portrush. The R&A said Wednesday the world’s oldest major championship will be back at the Northern Irish venue in 2025, just six years after attendance records were broken on the Dunluce Links when it staged the British Open for the first time since 1951. Spectators who attended the four days of the 2019 Open totaled 237,750 — a record in the championship’s 161-year history — as Irish player Shane Lowry

  • won by six shots. A record 61,000 spectators attended practice days, too.

HORSE RACING

Colonial Downs meet sets handle record

Highlighted by more than $10 million in purse distribution, an all-time daily average of wagering, and wide participation from some of America’s leading racing stables, jockeys, and trainers, the 2021 Colonial Downs race meet finished this month in record-setting fashion.

The season produced a total handle for the 21 days of $46,867,078, which generated a record daily handle of $2,231,765. Purses totaled $10.4 million averaging $522,000 per day with the highest money earned by horses, trainers, jockeys and owners in Virginia history.

There were 725 horses stabled on the grounds, showing Colonial Downs increased strength in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to those based in Virginia, horsemen participating in the meet came from Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

NBA

Cavs sign Pangos to two-year deal

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed point guard Kevin Pangos to a two-year deal, his agency said.

The 28-year-old Canadian spent the past six years playing in Europe. Pangos most recently played for Zenit Saint Petersburg, where he averaged 13.5 points and 6.6 assists while being named All-EuroLeague.

The Chicago Bulls signed former Toronto Raptors forward Stanley Johnson. They also announced deals with free agent forwards Tyler Cook and Alize Johnson and guards Matt Thomas and Ethan Thompson.

ELSEWHERE

Alabama transfer guard Nimari Burnett

  • will miss the college basketball season after having surgery on his right knee. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound sophomore transferred from Texas Tech, where he played in 12 games as a freshman before opting to enter the transfer portal. Burnett averaged 5.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 17.8 minutes.
  • A suburban Detroit mortgage company led by a former Michigan State walk-on will pay $500 a month to all football players and members of the men’s basketball team. The sponsorship by

Mat Ishbia

  • and United Wholesale Mortgage will provide more than 130 MSU athletes with $6,000 a year. The NCAA in July said athletes could be paid for their name, image or likeness, now commonly referred to as NIL.
  • Olympic high jump champion

Mariya Lasitskene

  • soared above her gold medal leap to clear a world-leading 2.05 meters at the Diamond League finals in Zurich. Lasitskene went one centimeter beyond her title-winning clearance from the Tokyo Olympics.
  • North Korea was suspended from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics by the IOC as punishment for refusing to send a team to the Tokyo Games citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

— From staff and wire reports

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