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  • Referees get in the way of Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella as he screams at the Calgary Flames bench during first period NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver,  British Columbia Saturday Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

    Referees get in the way of Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella as he screams at the Calgary Flames bench during first period NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia Saturday Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

  • Referees get in the way of Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella as he screams at the Calgary Flames bench during first period NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia Saturday Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

    Referees get in the way of Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella as he screams at the Calgary Flames bench during first period NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia Saturday Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

  • Referees get in the way of Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella as he shouts at the Calgary Flames bench during first-period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

    Referees get in the way of Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella as he shouts at the Calgary Flames bench during first-period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

  • Referees get in the way of Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella as he screams at the Calgary Flames bench during first period NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver,  British Columbia Saturday Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
  • Referees get in the way of Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella as he screams at the Calgary Flames bench during first period NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia Saturday Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
  • Referees get in the way of Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella as he shouts at the Calgary Flames bench during first-period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

NHL

Canucks’ Tortorella suspended 15 days

NEW YORK – The NHL suspended Vancouver coach John Tortorella without pay for 15 days yesterday for his conduct after a brawl between the Canucks and the Calgary Flames.

Tortorella went to Calgary’s locker room at intermission following the first period Saturday night, which began with several fights and four game misconducts per team. Vancouver won the game 3-2 in a shootout.

“Mr. Tortorella’s actions in attempting to enter the Calgary Flames locker room after the first period were both dangerous and an embarrassment to the league,” NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement.

“Coaches in the NHL bear the responsibility of providing leadership, even when emotions run high, and Mr. Tortorella failed in his responsibility to the game.”

Tortorella’s suspension runs through Feb. 2. He will miss six games starting tonight at Edmonton.

NHL

Flames’ Stajan gets four-year extension

CALGARY, Alberta – The Calgary Flames signed Matt Stajan to a four-year deal worth $12.5 million.

Stajan has seven goals and 10 assists in 41 games this season.

The 30-year-old center made his debut in 2002 with the Toronto Maple Leafs before being traded to Calgary in 2010.

Stajan has 116 goals and 212 assists in 693 games.

NBA

No timeline set for Bryant return to court

CHICAGO – Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is riding a bike and trying not to think about when he might be able to play again.

Bryant missed the start of the season while he recovered from surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. Then he broke a bone in his left knee Dec. 17 at Memphis while playing his fourth game in five nights.

Bryant said his return is “up in the air” until he gets back on the court. He is limited to mostly bike work right now.

Playing without Bryant and Steve Nash, the Lakers had lost 12 of 15 heading into last night’s game at Chicago. But Los Angeles had won two in a row since a six-game losing streak, and Bryant said the team had been competing and playing hard.

NFL

Colts QB Luck headed to Pro Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS – Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was chosen to play in the Pro Bowl this weekend, replacing Seattle’s Russell Wilson.

It is the second consecutive selection to the NFL’s all-star game for Luck, who will join teammates Robert Mathis and Matt Overton in Sunday’s game in Honolulu. Wilson will be playing in the Super Bowl a week later.

This season, Luck completed 343 of 570 passes (60.2 percent) for 3,822 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions for an 87.0 passer rating. In two postseason games, Luck threw for 774 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions; in the wild-card win over Kansas City, he led the Colts to the second-largest comeback in NFL postseason history after trailing by 28 points in the second half.

Baseball

Brewers sign Overbay to minor league deal

MILWAUKEE – The Brewers signed Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract, making him the latest candidate for the team’s first-base job.

Milwaukee announced yesterday that Overbay has an invitation to big league camp in spring training next month.

The left-handed Overbay hit .240 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs in 142 games last year for the Yankees. He returns to Milwaukee, where he played two seasons starting in 2004. His 53 doubles that year are a single-season franchise record.

Overbay joins Mark Reynolds and Juan Francisco as potential options at first for Milwaukee. Reynolds was signed to a minor league deal last week.

First base was a problem after Corey Hart missed the 2013 season following right knee surgery. Hart signed a free-agent deal this offseason with Seattle.

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