The Coyotes announced they signed defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, 21, to a six-year, $33 million contract. The No. 6 overall pick in 2009 has three goals and 14 assists in 27 games and leads Phoenix in ice time at 25:07 per game . . . The Ducks acquired center David Steckel from the Maple Leafs for right wing Ryan Lasch and a 2014 seventh-round pick. Steckel has 32 goals and 41 assists in 398 NHL games. Anaheim sent goalie Jeff Deslauriers to Fort Wayne of the ECHL, indicating Viktor Fasth is ready to return from injury . . . Center David Desharnais, who has eight goals and eight assists in 26 games, signed a four-year extension with the Canadiens, reportedly worth $3.5 million per season . . . The Blue Jackets activated defenseman John Moore after he missed eight games with a shoulder injury.
Penn State wants suit to be dismissed
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier’s comments after the arrests of Tim Curley, the ex-athletic director, and Gary Schultz, the retired vice president, were defended in a court filing as the school seeks dismissal of a whistleblower lawsuit tied to a child sex abuse scandal involving the football program. The pair face charges of not reporting ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky after ex-assistant Mike McQueary said he saw him having sexual contact with a boy in a locker room shower . . . Connecticut plans to add more than 2,000 temporary seats to its 40,000-seat football stadium for its Sept. 21 game against Michigan because it agreed to provide 5,000 tickets to Michigan . . . Steve Nazro, TD Garden Vice President for Events, and Jim Prior, long time public address announcer for BU and the Hockey East and Beanpot tournaments, will receive the Hockey East Founders Medal at TD Garden on March 22.
Djokovic reaches semis, Murray is out
Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The world No. 1 will play seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, who upset No. 3 seed Andy Murray, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1. In the women’s semifinals, No. 8 seed Caroline Wozniacki beat Angelique Kerber, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 and awaits Maria Kirilenko or Maria Sharapova . . . Kyle Busch won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Food City 500 with a track record 129.535 mile-per-hour lap at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway . . . Denny Hamlin said NASCAR was disrespectful by not contacting him before fining him $25,000 for critical comments about the new racecar . . . Ex-heavyweight boxing champ Larry Holmes, 63, is recovering at home in Pennsylvania after being hospitalized for two days with high blood sugar . . . Heather McPhie, of Bozeman, Mont., won a World Cup freestyle moguls event in Are, Sweden, with 24.48 points. Hamden, Conn., native Eliza Outtrim was second with 24.29 . . . Salt Lake City’s Sarah Hendrickson jumped 101.5 and 101 meters for 283.0 points and a victory at a World Cup event in Trondheim, Norway.