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Sports log: Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta suspended five games

NHL

The NHL suspended Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for five games without pay for shoving Rangers forward Brad Richards from behind and into the boards. The NHL’s department of player safety announced its stiffest punishment of the season on Monday, a day after the player delivered the check in the third period of Buffalo’s 3-2 shootout loss at New York. Kaleta was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. He will lose more than $72,000 in salary . . . Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will miss 6-8 weeks but will not require surgery for a sprained left knee ligament suffered in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Florida . . . The Blue Jackets placed defenseman John Moore on injured reserve with a shoulder injury that will sideline him 2-3 weeks . . . The Maple Leafs traded forward Mike Brown to the Oilers for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014 . . . The NHL is increasing the number of teams eligible to make the No. 1 pick in the draft to 14, and announced that all seven rounds of the draft in Newark will take place June 30. The 14 teams that miss the playoffs, or the teams that hold the rights to the top 14 picks, are eligible for the top pick. The lottery on April 29 will be weighted with the teams having the fewest points having the best chance to win. Under the previous system, only the five teams with the fewest points had the opportunity to win the top selection since no team could move up more than four spots.

Soccer

Liverpool’s debt rises to $131 million

Liverpool owners have been hit by major financial losses stemming from their investment in players who have failed to re-establish the club as a European power. The debt of the team, owned by the parent company of the Red Sox, rose by one-third to about $131 million, according to Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre. The club lost about $61 million during the 2011-12 season. Heavy spending before 2011-12 — including more than $50 million on Stewart Downing and JordanHenderson, didn’t result in an upturn on the field. Owner John Henry’s Fenway Sports Group, which bought the team from Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr., in 2010, injected about $70 million into the club last season . . . Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit ruptured his Achilles’ tendon in the team’s MLS opener against Toronto FC Saturday and is out indefinitely.

Tennis

Hingis leads Hall of Fame’s 2013 class

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Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis leads the 2013 class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The other new members of the Hall are Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, and Ion Tiriac. Australian player Thelma Coyne Long’s election was announced earlier. Hingis won 15 major titles, including nine in women’s doubles and one in mixed. The first came at Wimbledon in women’s doubles in 1996 at 15 years, 9 months, making her the youngest Grand Slam champion in history. The Swiss star also was the youngest woman to reach No. 1 in the WTA rankings — in March 1997 at 16½ — and spent a total of 209 weeks in the top spot. Two nominees who were not elected: 1991 Wimbledon champion Michael Stich and Helena Sukova. The induction ceremony is July 13 in Newport, R.I.

Miscellany

Gonzaga top-ranked for the first time

For the first time in school history, the Gonzaga basketball team was ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Students celebrated the No. 1 ranking on the downtown campus in Spokane, Wash., and the food services department wheeled out a 20-foot cake that said ‘‘Congratulations Zags.’’ Top-25 poll on C7 . . . A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Aaron Brooks has agreed to rejoin the Houston Rockets. Brooks, who played his first four NBA seasons with Houston (2007-11), was waived by Sacramento on Friday . . . Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is day to day with a sprained left ankle, suffered in the fourth quarter of Washington’s 90-87 win over the 76ers on Sunday . . . The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, upheld the lifetime doping ban for Jamaican sprinter and former world relay champion Steve Mullings. Mullings tested positive for a banned diuretic and masking agent at the national trials before the 2011 world championships and was banned by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission . . . University of Illinois football coach Tim Beckman suspended junior wide receiver Darius Millines indefinitely for violating team policies . . . Illinois State coach Brock Spack kicked All-Missouri Valley Conference defensive tackle Shelby Harris off the team for unspecified reasons . . . The University of Utah will not renew the contract of swim coach Greg Winslow, who was suspended by the school last week because of allegations that he sexually abused a teenage girl he coached in Arizona . . . Boxing’s world lightweight unification bout between Ricky Burns and Miguel Vazquez, scheduled for March 16 in London, was rescheduled for April 20 because Vazquez has a viral infection. On the same card, Nathan Cleverly will put his WBO light heavyweight title on the line against Robin Krasniqi of Kosovo.

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