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Sports briefs: NHL clears Kane in gambling case
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Sports briefs: NHL clears Kane in gambling case

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NHL

League clears Kane in gambling case

The NHL found no evidence that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane bet on NHL games or tried to throw games after investigating allegations made by his estranged wife.

Anna Kane alleged in an Instagram post this summer that Kane bet on NHL games and was “obviously throwing games to win money,” launching a probe by the league.

The NHL released the findings of that investigation conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in conjunction with NHL Security on Wednesday, a day before the Sharks are set to begin training camp.

The league said the investigation included detailed reviews of social media, public data, court filings from Kane’s bankruptcy proceeding and pending divorce and a review of sports betting data and analysis. The league said it interviewed Kane and other members of the Sharks organization, but Anna Kane declined to participate in the probe.

The Buffalo Sabres agreed to terms with defenseman Rasmus Dahlin

  • on a three-year contract worth $18 million, getting the deal done on the eve of Buffalo’s first training camp practice. The 6-foot-3 Swede has 107 points on 18 goals and 89 assists in 197 games since Buffalo took him with the first pick in the 2018 draft.
  • Goalie

Cal Petersen

  • agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings. Petersen’s extension begins in the 2022-23 season. Petersen went 9-18-5 last season for the Kings, but established career-bests in goals-against average (2.89) and save percentage (.911).

WNBA

Jonquel Jones is named player of the year

Jonquel Jones is no stranger to winning Associated Press WNBA awards.

In previous years, the Connecticut Sun forward has been honored by the media that votes on the weekly AP WNBA power poll as the sixth woman of the year and most improved player. This year, the 6-foot-6 Jones is the unanimous-choice AP player of the year honors by the 14-member panel.

Jones guided Connecticut to the best record in the league and the top seed in the WNBA playoffs. Jones averaged a career-best 19.4 points and a league-leading 11.2 rebounds.

Sun coach Curt Miller was unanimously chosen as coach of the year.

The Sun also have the most improved player in Brionna Jones. She averaged a career-best 14.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and shot 57.1% from the field.

Other winners were Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles as defensive player of the year, Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum as sixth woman of the year and comeback player of the year and New York’s Michaela Onyenwere as the unanimous-choice as rookie of the year.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Miami going without King on Saturday

Miami is planning to play without quarterback D’Eriq King on Saturday when it takes on Central Connecticut State.

King injured his shoulder in last weekend’s 38-17 loss to Michigan State, an outcome that knocked the Hurricanes (1-2) out of the AP Top 25 and sent the Spartans into the poll at No. 20. King did not miss a play in that game, even after needing to go the locker room in the second half for treatment and evaluation.

King has not been able to practice this week.

Northwestern is set to renovate its stadium thanks to a $480 million donation from the family of Patrick and Shirley Ryan

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SOCCER

U.S. women crush Paraguay

Rose Lavelle thrilled her hometown fans with a goal and three assists in the first 15 minutes, Alex Morgan scored three goals and the United States women routed Paraguay 8-0 in an exhibition on Tuesday night in Cincinnati. The U.S. topped Paraguay by a combined score of 17-0 in the two-game series in Ohio, following Thursday’s 9-0 win in Cleveland.

TENNIS

Millman struggles into quarterfinals

Defending champion John Millman battled through another tough match at the Astana Open to reach the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5 win over Jaume Munar in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The fifth-seeded Australian needed 3 hours and 10 minutes to defeat Munar a day after opening his title defense with a three-set win over local qualifier Dmitry Popko.

Top-seeded Iga Swiatek reached the quarterfinals of the Ostrava (Czech Republic) Open with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Yulia Putintseva

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ELSEWHERE

U.S. Olympic superstar swimmer Katie Ledecky

  • is joining Florida as a volunteer assistant coach and will train for the 2024 Summer Games in Gainesville. Ledecky was an eight-time NCAA champion at Stanford but is more famous for her seven Olympic gold medals — more individual golds than any American female athlete.
  • Medina Spirit, the Kentucky Derby winner who failed a postrace drug test, won’t run in Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby in Bensalem. Trainer

Bob Baffert

  • said he will keep the colt in California and run in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes against older horses at Santa Anita on Oct. 2.
  • Veteran

Tony Martin, 36,

  • ended his much-decorated career in style as Germany won the mixed relay race at cycling’s world championships in Brugge, Belgium. Martin, a four-time time trial world champion from Germany who also won five Tour de France stages and wore the yellow jersey, said last week he would end his 14-year career after the world championships.
  • Marathon runner

Mary Keitany

  • retired from the sport because of a back injury, ending a career in which she won multiple races in London and New York and set the world record for a women-only race. The 39-year-old Kenyan said pandemic-related travel restrictions have stopped her from coming to Europe for treatment on an injury sustained in 2019.

— From wire reports

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