The Bruins will have a league-high 13 games aired exclusively on NBC or Versus this season. The three NBC games will be Nov. 25 vs. Detroit, Jan. 22 at Philadelphia, and Feb. 19 at Minnesota. Versus, which will be renamed NBC Sports Network Jan. 2, will have the following games: Oct. 6 vs. Philadelphia (season opener); Oct. 12 at Carolina; Jan. 4 at New Jersey; Feb. 5 at Washington; Feb. 8 at Buffalo; Feb. 15 at Montreal; March 4 at the Rangers; March 11 at Pittsburgh; April 1 at the Rangers; and April 7 vs. Buffalo.
Zajac has surgery for torn Achilles’ Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said center Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left Achilles’ tendon and will miss at least the first month and a half of the season. Zajac, pegged for New Jersey’s top line, was injured during an off-ice training session Wednesday . . . The Coyotes re-signed restricted free agent forward Mikkel Boedker to a two-year contract. Boedker, 21, had four goals and 10 assists in 34 games last season.
Soccer Revolution sign up versatile Zerka Moncef Zerka
, a 29-year-old Moroccan international, signed with the Revolution. Zerka, born in Orleans, France, played for Iraklis in Greece last season after performing for AS Nancy-Lorraine and Nantes. “He can play forward or out wide,’’ Revolution vice president of player personnel Michael Burns
said. “We think he can provide a couple options for us.’’ Zerka, listed at 6 feet 1 inch, 177 pounds, scored 13 goals in 85 Ligue 1 appearances and has three goals in 12 games for Morocco. Revolution coaches did not scout Zerka in person. “We have seen him on video and we have people we trust who have seen him live,’’ Burns said. Zerka, awaiting P1 visa approval in Paris, will not be available for tomorrow’s game against New York . . . Josh Wolff’s
late goal helped D.C. United tie the Chicago Fire, 1-1, in Bridgeview, Ill.
Baseball Jacobs is first to be banned for HGH
First baseman Mike Jacobs
became the first player suspended by Major League Baseball for a positive test for human growth hormone under the sport’s minor league drug testing procedures. Jacobs, 30, who played in the big leagues from 2005-10 and hit 100 home runs, received a 50-game suspension for taking the banned performance-enhancing substance and was subsequently released by the Rockies; he was playing for Triple A Colorado Springs. Jacobs apologized for the positive test, saying he took HGH to overcome knee and back ailments. Jacobs is the first North American pro athlete punished for taking HGH . . . The Indians released outfielder Austin Kearns
, who was designated for assignment last week . . . The boys from Billings won in the first appearance by a Montana team in the Little League World Series, defeating Rapid City, S.D., 6-4, in South Williamsport, Pa. The team from Lafayette, La., took its opener, 2-0, over Warner Robins, Ga. Mexicali, Mexico, and Hamamatsu City of Japan also won on Day 1.
Basketball Perkins pleads not guilty to charges Oklahoma City Thunder
center Kendrick Perkins
pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 30. Perkins, traded from the Celtics
in February, was arrested at a nightclub just after 2 a.m. last Saturday in Beaumont, Texas, where an event for his charitable foundation was being held. Denise White
, a spokeswoman for Perkins, said Perkins didn’t have “one drop of alcohol.’’ . . . Toronto Raptors
guard Leandro Barbosa
will play in his native Brazil if the NBA lockout extends into the regular season. Barbosa signed with Flamengo, based in Rio de Janeiro . . . Scotty Robertson
, 81, the first coach of the New Orleans Jazz and later the coach of the Chicago Bulls
and Detroit Pistons
, died. Robertson had battled cancer and suffered a stroke last year . . . In the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun fell to the host New York Liberty, 84-81, in overtime despite getting 29 points from Tina Charles
. The Minnesota Lynx routed the Mystics, 81-62, in Washington.
Miscellany Nadal survives three tiebreakers
Second-seeded Rafael Nadal
survived a three-set, three-tiebreaker match against Fernando Verdasco
, advancing to the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals in Mason, Ohio, with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (9-7) victory that kept him on court for 3 hours, 38 minutes. It was only the second best-of-three match in Nadal’s career that featured three tiebreakers. Other third-round winners on the men’s side included No. 1 Novak Djokovic
, No. 3 Roger Federer
, No. 4 Andy Murray
, and No. 7 Mardy Fish
. Among the women’s third-round winners were No. 2 Vera Zvonareva
and No. 4 Maria Sharapova
. . . Major League Lacrosse named the Boston Cannons’ Bill Daye
the Brine Coach of the Year.
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