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Britain's Andy Murray answers questions at a press conference following his win over Switzerland's Roger Federer in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Murray will play Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday Jan 27. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
Toews, Bergeron and Datsyuk nominated for Selke
NEW YORK – Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings are finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward.
Toews, a Selke finalist for the second time, finished third in the NHL in plus-minus with a career-high plus-28 rating and placed second in the NHL in face-off winning percentage with 59.9 percent.
Bergeron, who won last year, was the NHL’s top face-off man this season at 62.1 percent. He ranked sixth overall and led the Bruins in plus-minus with a plus-24 rating and played an average of 2:12 per game with his team short-handed.
Datsyuk, a three-time winner, tied with Toews for the league lead in takeaways with 56, topped the Red Wings in plus-minus at plus-21 and won 55 percent of faceoffs.
Caps GM ‘didn’t like the refereeing’ vs. Rangers
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee said he “didn’t like the refereeing” in his team’s first-round playoff series loss to the New York Rangers.
McPhee said yesterday the way calls went “sure didn’t feel right.”
The Rangers – the NHL’s least-penalized team during the regular season – got 28 power plays in the series, the Capitals 16.
The Capitals lost Game 7 at home, 5-0, on Monday night after leading the series 2-0 and 3-2. It’s the sixth consecutive year Washington made the playoffs – and the sixth consecutive time it was eliminated in the first or second round.
McPhee indicated he doesn’t expect major changes this offseason, saying: “The team is in real good shape; there’s not a lot to do, going forward.”
LA’s Stoll likely to miss Game 2 against Sharks
LOS ANGELES – Kings center Jarret Stoll is likely to miss Game 2 of Los Angeles’s second-round playoff series against the Sharks after a hard hit from San Jose’s Raffi Torres in the opener.
Los Angeles Coach Darryl Sutter implied yesterday that Stoll could be out for a significant length of time after getting hit by Torres, who has a history of dangerous play.
Torres hit Stoll late in the second period of the defending Stanley Cup champions’ 2-0 victory over San Jose on Tuesday. Stoll didn’t return.
Torres is expected to have an in-person disciplinary hearing with NHL officials over the hit. Game 2 is tonight.
Sutter said he thought the hit was “careless.” A suspension for Torres wouldn’t make him feel better because “our player is quite a bit more important than theirs.”
Source: Panthers restructure RB Williams’s deal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A person familiar with the situation said the Panthers restructured the contract of running back DeAngelo Williams, a move that will ensure Carolina’s all-time leading rusher will be back this season.
The person spoke to the Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because the move has not been publicly announced.
Yahoo.com first reported the new deal yesterday.
The new contract saves Carolina $3.2 million under the NFL salary cap in both 2013 and 2014, and $3.867 million in 2015. Two years were added on to the deal, but it’s designed to expire after the 2015 season.
Williams, 30, has rushed for a club-record 5,784 yards and 43 touchdowns. Williams started 10 games last season and ran for 737 yards and five TDs. He also caught two touchdown passes.
Rams cornerback pleads guilty to reckless driving
MISSOULA, Mont. – St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson pleaded guilty to reduced charges of reckless driving and refusing a breath test and received a 90-day suspended jail sentence.
A drunken driving charge filed in March was dropped as part of a plea agreement with Missoula prosecutors that requires the former University of Montana football player to pay $800 in fines, make a $2,500 donation to the county DUI Task Force and enroll in an alcohol assessment class.
Police stopped Johnson’s car around 2 a.m. March 22 because he was driving without headlights.
Attorney Paul Ryan said Johnson performed well on field sobriety tests and maintains he wasn’t intoxicated. Johnson appeared in Municipal Court via conference call from St. Louis.
Ryan said the NFL required Johnson to enroll in its substance abuse program. He said Johnson apologizes for any embarrassment he caused the community, the Rams or his friends and family.
Woman sues Eagles’ McCoy, claiming assault on bus
PHILADELPHIA – A woman is suing Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, claiming he or a bodyguard hit her, threw a drink at her and tossed her off a party bus last December.
The woman, identified by the fictitious name Mary Roe, filed the suit in Philadelphia on May 10.
She said she was one of about 15 women who joined McCoy and five other men on a bus for a night out in New York on Dec. 18.
She said she objected on the way home when men began spraying women with water.
After that, she said, she was roughed up and tossed out along the New Jersey Turnpike. She said she was allowed back on the bus, but was left again when she called police from a rest stop.
Source: Two in Jets’ front office won’t return
NEW YORK – A person familiar with the situation said two members of the New York Jets’ front office will not have their contracts renewed as new General Manager John Idzik continued to make personnel changes.
Neither assistant general manager Scott Cohen nor Director of Football Administration Ari Nissim will be back, according to the source. The person spoke to the Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the moves.
Both Cohen and Nissim were key members of former GM Mike Tannenbaum’s front office. Cohen had interviewed for the vacant GM job when Tannenbaum was fired in January.
JoJo Wooden, the team’s assistant director of player personnel, and scout Kevin Kelly left the Jets last week to join the San Diego Chargers’ front office.
Bills sign second-round draft pick Alonso
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills signed rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso to a four-year contract yesterday.
The deal is worth close to $4.3 million, with about $1.5 million guaranteed for the second of Buffalo’s two second-round draft picks.
Chosen 46th overall, the 6-foot-3 and 238-pound Alonso was a hard-hitting tackler during three seasons at Oregon. He had 143 tackles, six interceptions and 3½ sacks in 36 career games, including 17 starts. He was the 2012 Rose Bowl defensive player after having an interception and 1½ sacks in a 45-38 win over Wisconsin.
Alonso missed his sophomore season after being suspended due to separate alcohol-related offenses. He was reinstated the following year.
Buccaneers sign fourth-round draft pick Spence
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms on a contract with fourth-round draft pick Akeem Spence, leaving the club with two unsigned rookies.
Spence was the 100th overall selection in last month’s draft. The 6-foot-1, 307-pound defensive tackle had 17½ tackles for loss, including 3½ sacks during his college career at Illinois.
The agreement leaves the Bucs with two unsigned draft picks – second-rounder Johnthan Banks and third-rounder Mike Glennon.
Murray retires with back pain; Nadal wins in Rome
ROME – Back pain forced Andy Murray to retire midway through his second-round match at the Italian Open yesterday. He may have to sit out the French Open, too.
Rafael Nadal began his bid for a seventh Rome title by cruising past local hope Fabio Fognini of Italy, 6-1, 6-3 in just 61 minutes, and two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova eased past Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza, 6-2, 6-2.
Meanwhile, rising Polish player Jerzy Janowicz upset eighth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-4, 7-6 (5), then celebrated by ripping his shirt apart, showing off his muscular physique.
Murray, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, walked off the court after winning the second set against Spanish opponent Marcel Granollers.
Murray took a long injury break early in the second set, getting his left thigh and lower back massaged.
Granollers won the first set, 6-3, and Murray won the second, 7-6 (5).