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Pittsburgh takes hit with suspensions

HOCKEY
Penguins forward Arron Asham was suspended for four games - the remainder of the first-round series with the Flyers - after receiving a match penalty for attempting to injure Philadelphia forward Brayden Schenn with a cross-check in Sunday’s loss that put Pittsburgh down, 3-0, in the best-of-seven series. Pittsburgh forward James Neal was handed a one-game suspension for charging Philadelphia forward Claude Giroux in the third period Sunday . . . Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin returned to practice for the first time since suffering a concussion 12 games ago, but his status is unknown for Wednesday’s crucial Game 4 of the first-round series against the Kings, which Vancouver trails, 3-0 . . . The Senators will likely be without right wing Daniel Alfredsson Wednesday because of a concussion when they host the Rangers in Game 4 of their first-round series . . . Blackhawks rookie forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for three games for his hit on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in Saturday’s Game 2 of their first-round series . . . Charlestown’s Matt Grzelcyk scored a power-play goal and East Longmeadow’s Frankie Vatrano got the winner in the third period as the United States (4-0) beat Canada, 5-3, at the World Under-18 Championship in Brno, Czech Republic to earn a bye into the semifinals.

Vikings’ stadium issue still up in the air

NFL
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said with the state’s legislative session likely to wrap up in the next two weeks, he was not optimistic about the chances to revive the Vikings’ stadium bill this year. A committee voted Monday to reject the $975 million plan to build a replacement for the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The Vikings have no option but to play in the outdated Metrodome in 2012, but the team’s lease in the 30-year-old facility is expired and officials have said they don’t plan to renew it . . . In the wake of four former players suing the NFL Monday, Lions center Dominic Raiola said he couldn’t justify suing the league for health problems, as more than 1,000 former players have. The 11-year veteran said he expects to suffer short-term memory loss when his career is over, and that NFL players know the condition is a hazard of their job . . . Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew skipped the opening day of the team’s voluntary orientation for veterans in an apparent contract dispute . . . The Giants re-signed middle linebacker Chase Blackburn, who made 25 postseason tackles in the run to last season’s Super Bowl title . . . Rich Saul, a six-time Pro Bowl center who played on the only Los Angeles Rams team to reach the Super Bowl, died at 64 after a nine-year battle with leukemia.

Indians make Damon signing official

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BASEBALL
Johnny Damon, 38, officially inked a minor league contract with the Indians, the next step before he joins the major league club and possibly moves into a permanent spot in left field. The sides agreed on a $1.25 million deal last week . . . The Indians placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the bereavement list after a death in his immediate family. The team recalled lefthander Nick Hagadone from Triple A Columbus to take his place . . . The Reds placed infielder Miguel Cairo on the 15-day disabled list with an injured hamstring and recalled infielder Todd Frazier from Triple-A Louisville.

98.5 finishes second in winter ratings

MISCELLANY
The winter couldn’t put a chill on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s ratings, with the CBS Radio-owned station finishing second in the Arbitron numbers in the period from Jan. 5-March 28. The Sports Hub earned an 8.5 share in the “winter book’’ among the men 25-54 demographic, the second consecutive three-month period it has finished second after finishing in the top spot last spring and summer. WEEI was fourth with a 5.7 share after a third-place ranking in the fall. Another CBS Radio property, the classic rock station WZLX, was first overall (8.9) for the second straight three-month period, with its morning drive and midday programs winning their day parts. The Sports Hub’s “Felger and Massarotti’’ program was first in afternoon drive, the lone program on either station to finish in the top spot in any slot. The Sports Hub’s other three daily programs - “Toucher and Rich,’’ “Gresh and Zo,’’ and “The DA Show’’ - all earned second-place ratings. WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan’’ (morning drive) and “The Big Show’’ (afternoon drive) both finished third.

CHAD FINN

Kevin Love to undergo concussion tests

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who has missed four games, said he plans to take the league’s required concussion tests Wednesday in hopes that he can be cleared to help a team that had lost 10 straight games . . . New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman will miss the final five games of the season with a bruised left tibia . . . University of Arkansas linebacker Tyler Gilbert was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated residential burglary and theft of property for his role in an apartment break-in last Friday . . . Jessica Dorrell, the former mistress of fired Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino, resigned as the football team’s student-athlete development coordinator . . . Masters champion Bubba Watson withdrew from next month’s Wells Fargo Championship to spend time with his family . . . Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-2, 6-4, and Andy Murray topped Viktor Troicki, 6-0, 6-3, to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco . . . Kim Clijsters, recovering from a hip-muscle tear, will skip the French Open and clay-court season to focus on adapting to grass before the London Olympics and Wimbledon.

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