NHL Rangers coach John Tortorella was fined $20,000 by the NHL on Friday for his comments after Thursday’s 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh. Tortorella called the Penguins “one of the most arrogant organizations in the league’’ in a profanity-laden tirade focusing on Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik’s knee-to-knee hit on Derek Stepan, for which Orpik was given a major penalty and game misconduct, but not fined or suspended. “It’s a cheap, dirty hit. I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars over there,’’ Tortorella said, referring to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin . . . Devils executive Jeff Vanderbeek said he is surprised and concerned about comments made Wednesday by Newark mayor Cory Booker over a rent dispute between the team and the city. Vanderbeek said the team was not required to build a community center under a 2007 agreement, contradicting Booker . . . According to reports, the Flyers signed defenseman Nicklas Grossmann, acquired from the Stars Feb. 16, to four-year, $14 million extension . . . Wild defenseman Nate Prosser was suspended for the final game of the season for head-butting Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers on Thursday.
Kinsler, Rangers fail to agree on deal
BASEBALL Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler began the season without a new long-term contract. The sides talked for several weeks about a new deal, but Kinsler has long insisted on a self-imposed deadline of Opening Day to negotiate. Kinsler, 29, did not rule out the possibility his agent could have further discussions with the team. He is scheduled to make $7 million this season and the Rangers hold a $10 million option for 2013 . . . Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Michael Pineda, on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, played catch for the second straight day and will throw from distance Saturday . . . Mets outfielder Andres Torres was placed on the 15-day disabled list, a day after he reinjured his left calf . . . The Astros put shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb, retroactive to March 29 . . . The Dodgers filed a revised reorganization plan in US Bankruptcy Court and are on track to exit bankruptcy on April 30. Based on an agreement to sell the team for more than $2 billion to a group including former Lakers star Magic Johnson and baseball executive Stan Kasten, the plan allows for payment of all allowed creditor claims in full . . . A Major League survey showed the average ticket price is $26.92, up 1 cent from last season, the smallest increase in the survey’s 21-year history. The Red Sox have the highest average for a nonpremium ticket at $53.38, followed by the Yankees at $51.55. For premium tickets, the Yankees lead at $305.11, followed by the Dodgers ($222.38) and Red Sox ($172.51).
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Release of recording upsets ex-Saint
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NFL A recording of then-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging players to deliver punishing hits on specific 49er players in a January playoff game was released without approval from retired Saint Steve Gleason, who helped documentary film maker Sean Pamphilon gain behind-the-scenes access. Gleason said there was an agreement that he and his family would own the rights to any recordings of his interaction with the Saints and that “nothing can be released without my explicit approval,’’ Gleason said on his website. Gleason, who played for the Saints from 2000 to 2007, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and has allowed Pamphilon to capture his struggle with the incurable disease.
United States, France even in Davis Cup
John Isner defeated Gilles Simon, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, pulling the US even with France in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Roquebrune, France. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier beat 19-year-old Ryan Harrison, 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 . . . Samantha Stosur beat Venus Williams, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. She will face Serena Williams, a winner after Sabine Lisicki retired with a twisted left ankle . . . The Boston Lobsters added Robby Ginepri to the roster for their first two home matches on July 9 and 13 at the Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton . . . The NBA fined Kings center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for publicly criticizing officials after Thursday’s loss to the Clippers . . . Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu will have surgery Saturday for a facial fracture he suffered Thursday and miss at least the remainder of the regular season . . . The Nets will shut down center Brook Lopez after playing just five games this season because of a broken right foot and a sprained right ankle.