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Sports log: Sidney Crosby practices, return is uncertain

HOCKEY

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby participated in non-contact drills, his first practice since breaking his jaw March 30, but remains vague on when he’ll be cleared to play. Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin (hand) and forward James Neal (concussion) will return Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes . . . NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that despite the long lockout, teams are filling their buildings to 97.4 percent of capacity, and television ratings are up considerably. Bettman didn’t make an official announcement, but it is believed six outdoor games will be played next season, including two at Yankee Stadium and one at Dodger Stadium . . . Sabres forward Jochen Hecht announced his retirement after Buffalo’s season-ending 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders. The 14-year veteran had 186 goals and 277 assists in 833 games with the Blues, Oilers, and Sabres . . . The Columbus Blue Jackets signed forward Cam Atkinson to a two-year extension. The Boston College product has eight goals and 16 points . . . Tyler Kelleher of Longmeadow and J.T. Compher scored in the shootout to lead the United States past Russia, 4-3, in the semifinals of the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Team USA will play Canada Sunday for the gold medal . . . Jamie Tardif and Christian Hanson scored, but the host Providence Bruins fell to the Hershey Bears, 5-2, in Game 1 of the AHL’s best-of-five Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

BASEBALL

Report: Clinic used fake prescriptions

Biogenesis of America, the South Florida clinic suspected by Major League Baseball investigators of being a source of performance-enhancing drugs for more than 30 players, including Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera, in some instances obtained the banned substances through forged prescriptions, according to documents obtained by ESPN . . . Tigers ace Justin Verlander is expected to make his next start despite a blister on his pitching thumb that forced him to leave Thursday’s game.

COLLEGES

Quinnipiac to settle gender equity suit

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Quinnipiac has agreed to settle a 2009 gender equity lawsuit filed by members of the women’s volleyball team. Under the proposed settlement, Quinnipiac will keep its current women’s teams, add scholarships, and improve facilities for its female athletes . . . Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier will pass on the NBA draft and return for his senior season. Sophomores Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels will also return . . . Miami sophomore Shane Larkin is leaning toward declaring for the NBA draft unless he has a last-minute change of heart, according to his father, Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin . . . Three Pittsburgh football players were suspended after their house was raided following a drug sting. Police say tight end Drew Carswell, defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith, and defensive back Eric Williams will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia . . . Kevin Monzon, 19, a placekicker for Mississippi Valley State, was killed in a car accident near Itta Bena, Miss., Thursday night, according to Highway Patrol Sgt. Ben Williams.

MISCELLANY

Wade’s status undecided for Game 4

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is still recovering from the three bone bruises near his right knee that forced him to miss six games near the end of the season, and coach Erik Spoelstra wants to see how Wade feels after treatment before deciding his status for Sunday’s Game 4 against the Bucks . . . According to ESPN, the Toronto Raptors are considering making a run at retired coach Phil Jackson . . . Rafael Nadal beat Benoit Paire, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, and Albert Ramos, 6-3, 6-0, to advance to the semifinals of the Barcelona Open . . . Maria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany . . . Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, along with horses Housebuster, Invasor, Lure, McDynamo, and Tuscalee . . . Jon Jones will defend his light heavyweight title for a fifth time when he fights Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 Saturday in Newark.

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