Penguins extend Bylsma after sweep
Pittsburgh signed Dan Bylsma, the second-winningest coach in franchise history, to a two-year extension through 2016 on Wednesday, a very public vote of confidence after the Penguins’ quest for a Stanley Cup to bookend the one it captured in 2009 ended with four miserable losses to the Bruins. Assistants Tony Granato and Todd Reirden will also be retained. Bylsma is 201-92-25 since taking over for Michel Therrien in February 2009 . . . The Flyers acquired defenseman Mark Streit from the Islanders for minor-league forward Shane Harper and a fourth-round pick in 2014. Streit was New York’s captain.
Nets ink freshly retired Kidd as coach
The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to back-to-back NBA Finals while in New Jersey. The recently retired 40-year-old has no coaching experience, but beat out longtime assistant coach Brian Shaw, who general manager Billy King met with for hours Wednesday. League sources told Yahoo Sports the contract is expected to be a three-year deal. Kidd is said to be looking into getting well-traveled coach and former Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank to be his assistant . . . In the WNBA, Tina Charles had 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 73-61 victory at the Indiana Fever.
Goodell defends Redskins nickname
Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Washington Redskins nickname is a ‘‘unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride, and respect.’’ Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed . . . An MRI indicates that New Orleans outside linebacker Victor Butler has a torn ACL, but it is too early to speculate on whether he will miss the whole season, a person familiar with the situation said . . . Five-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters of the Eagles was arrested in Louisiana for allegedly drag racing and trying to flee from police, authorities said. The Monroe News-Star reported Peters was released on bond after his early morning arrest . . . Prosecutors in New Jersey are sending the drug and weapons case stemming from an arrest last month against Jets running back Mike Goodson to a grand jury. The 25-year-old has pleaded not guilty.
Beanballs result in suspensions, injury
San Francisco pitcher George Kontos was suspended for three games by Major League Baseball, which said he intentionally threw at Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen Tuesday, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy was banned for one. Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is out indefinitely with ligament damage to his left pinkie after taking a direct hit from a fastball. Four batters were hit in all . . . MLB will hold Opening Day next season in Australia. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will play a two-game series at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22 and 23, baseball’s first regular-season games in Australia . . . A judge refused for a second time to dismiss a lawsuit filed by MLB against a South Florida clinic and its operators over allegations they provided banned substances to players. Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick denied the dismissal motion filed by the attorney for Carlos Acevedo, who managed a clinic called Biokem. That clinic was the predecessor to now-closed Biogenesis of America, which along with former operator Anthony Bosch is the main target of the MLB lawsuit . . . The Padres put center fielder Cameron Maybin on the 15-day DL with a tear in his left PCL, and expect him to miss 6-10 weeks. He was reinstated from the 15-day DL Saturday after being out since April 17 with an impingement in his right wrist . . . Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler was cleared to begin a rehabilitation assignment. Kinsler has been out since May 18 with bruised ribs.
Notre Dame coach: Rees starting QB
Coach Brian Kelly announced Tommy Rees as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback, even though he initially said it would be a three-way competition in August. Quarterback Everett Golson was suspended by the university for what the player called poor academic judgment . . . Natick High School junior Troy Flutie announced on Twitter that he committed to play football at Boston College. Flutie, son of Darren and nephew of Doug, earned All-Scholastic honors last fall.
NASCAR’s Leffler dies after accident
NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey. The 37-year old, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Series, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said. Leffler finished last Sunday at Pocono in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start of the year . . . Top-seeded Roger Federer looked rusty but beat wild card Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. Gael Monfils reached the quarterfinals as well, then announced he will miss Wimbledon because he had to deal with a personal problem . . . Nicolas Mahut, loser of the longest match in tennis history three years ago at Wimbledon, was granted a wild card for this year’s event . . . Miller Barber, the unique-swinging golfer who made the most combined starts on the PGA and Champions tours, died. He was 82. The PGA Tour said he died Tuesday, but didn’t provide details of the death.