NFLSuspensions for eight players were agreed upon by the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association during the lockout,
NHLStaubitz, Wisniewski draw suspensions It’s only the preseason, but the NHL handed out two suspensions from Friday night’s Blue Jackets-Wild game. Minnesota winger Brad Staubitz and Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski were suspended indefinitely yesterday for chippy play during the Wild’s 4-3 overtime win. Staubitz was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct after checking Cody Bass from behind. Wisniewski received a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head of Cal Clutterbuck. There will be a hearing and review by the league.
BaseballPolice: Flanagan threatened suicide Police records show former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan threatened to kill himself several times before committing suicide. The Manchester, N.H., native, who won the Cy Young award in 1979, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside his Baltimore County home last month. Records obtained by The Baltimore Sun reveal that Flanagan had previously threatened to shoot himself and had walked outside with a gun several times. His wife, Alex, had discouraged him from suicide each time . . . The Braves activated righthander Kris Medlen from the disabled list, 13 months after he underwent elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
BasketballPierce plays in Kansas’s alumni game Celtics star Paul Pierce was one of 22 former University of Kansas alumni who participated in the first “Legends of the Phog’’ game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. Pierce and Mario Chalmers traded 3-pointers in the final seconds of the game, which ended in a 111-111 tie . . . Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA draft, said at his youth camp in Westlake, Ohio, that the foot injury that limited him to 11 games last season as a Duke freshman needs another few months to fully heal. But he said he has been cleared to play . . . The Atlanta Dream will be without center Erika de Souza for the rest of its WNBA Eastern Conference series against Indiana. De Souza rejoined her Brazilian national team as it plays in an Olympic qualifying tournament.
CyclingArmstrong denies help from doctor At an off-road triathlon in which he finished fifth in Snowbasin, Utah, Lance Armstrong denied he’s receiving training help from banned Italian doctor Michele Ferrari or his son, but maintained “those guys are my friends and that’s not going to change.’’ Armstrong criticized Italian newspaper reports that linked the doctor to a widespread doping ring. Ferrari was the seven-time Tour de France winner’s adviser for years, but Armstrong cut professional ties in 2004.
MiscellanyBradley to coach Egypt national team Former US soccer coach Bob Bradley signed a contract to take over the Egypt national team for $37,000 a month through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil . . . Jenny Barringer Simpson won the Fifth Avenue Mile women’s race in New York with a time of 4:22.3, less than a month after she became the first American woman to win the 1,500-meter title since Mary Decker in 1983. American Bernard Lagat won the men’s race in 3:50.5 . . . World championship leader Sebastian Vettel took the pole position for today’s Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.
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