Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy is returning to the Colorado Avalanche as their head coach. The team reached an agreement in principle Thursday for Roy to lead the Avalanche and also gave him the title of vice president of hockey operations. Roy will join forces with former teammate Joe Sakic, who was recently promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations. Colorado is coming off a season in which it finished last in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for a third straight season. The dismal season led to the dismissal of coach Joe Sacco last month. Roy has spent the last eight seasons as coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, winning the 2006 Memorial Cup. He also is a part-owner of the QMJHL franchise. ‘‘This is an unbelievable day for me,’’ Roy said. ‘‘It’s a new and exciting challenge that I am really looking forward to. Almost 10 years to the day that I announced my retirement as a player I am back in Denver and hope the fans are as excited as I am.’’
Teixeira, A-Rod working way back
Injured New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira could soon start playing in minor league games, while pitcher Andy Pettitte played catch for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list last Friday because of a strained left trapezius muscle in his upper back. Teixeira has been out since injuring his right wrist in March while with the US team preparing for the World Baseball Classic. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez could rejoin the Yankees after the All-Star break . . . The Rangers have placed righthander Derek Lowe on unconditional release waivers. The move came three days after the Rangers designated Lowe for assignment after the 39-year-old allowed 13 runs in 13 innings over nine relief appearances . . . The Phillies placed five-time All-Star second baseman Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain. Utley could miss up to four weeks . . . The Diamondbacks said outfielder Adam Eaton’s injured left elbow has an irritation but no structural damage. Eaton was within days of his scheduled return to the Diamondbacks when he felt discomfort in the elbow during a rehab start Monday for Triple A Reno.
Querrey bounced in Nice quarterfinals
Sam Querrey was eliminated from the quarterfinals of the Nice Open clay court event in France, losing to wild-card entry Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1. Roger-Vasselin will play Albert Montanes, a 6-4, 6-1 winner over Paul-Henri Mathieu. In the other quarterfinals, Pablo Andujar beat Gilles Simon, 6-4, 7-5, and Gael Monfils defeated Robin Haase, 6-2, 6-3 . . . Qualifier Guido Pella advanced to his first semifinal match on the ATP Tour by beating seventh-seeded Viktor Troicki, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, in the Power Horse Cup in Duesseldorf, Germany. The 101th-ranked Pella will play third-seeded Juan Monaco in an all-Argentine semifinal . . . Third-seeded Alize Cornet and Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard won in straight sets to reach the semifinals of the Strasbourg International in France. A runner-up last year, Cornet beat Chanelle Scheepers, 6-3, 6-1. Bouchard defeated Anna Tatishvili, 6-3, 6-2.
Orb, Oxbow rematch on at Belmont
Trainer Shug McGaughey is still thinking Belmont Stakes for his Kentucky Derby winner after Orb galloped a mile at Belmont Park. If Orb shows up for the June 8 Belmont, it would set up a rematch with Oxbow, who won the Preakness . . . The UEFA executive committee ratified a 10-match minimum ban for racist abuse by players or officials. While UEFA can only enforce the punishments in its competitions, its 53 members will be asked to adopt the same measures domestically at its congress on Friday . . . Vanderbilt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings has hired Harvard assistant Yanni Hufnagel to fill a spot on his staff . . . Elon will leave the Southern Conference to become an all-sports member of the Colonial Athletic Association in 2014-15 . . . The Atlantic 10 Conference voted unanimously this week to expand its men’s and women’s basketball championship bracket to include all members. The championship expands from previous years when only the top 12 teams qualified . . . Oscar Pistorius and Caster Semenya were left off a list of athletes to be given funding ahead of the 2016 Rio Games because neither is currently training nor competing, the South African Olympic Committee said . . . Richard J. Curl, a once-prominent swimming coach who trained thousands of children, was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing one of the girls he instructed in the 1980s . . . An independent panel will examine allegations that cycling’s governing body was complicit in Lance Armstrong’s doping. Senior officials from UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency will meet in Russia next week to discuss potential appointments to a three-member expert panel, UCI president Pat McQuaid told the Associated Press.