The Penguins and star forward Evgeni Malkin agreed to an eight-year deal Thursday that will keep the 2012 league MVP and franchise cornerstone Sidney Crosby in the fold well into the next decade. The $76 million deal begins with the 2014-15 season and will carry an average salary-cap hit of $9.5 million, a little bit less than the $10.6 million Crosby will average over the first nine years of the 12-year extension he signed last summer. Malkin’s numbers dipped during the lockout-shortened, 48-game season. A concussion and a lingering shoulder injury limited the Russian star to just 33 points in 31 games and he did not have a point in the Penguins’ four-game loss to the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals . . . The Maple Leafs signed tough guy Colton Orr to a two-year contract extension. The 31-year-old had a goal and three assists in 44 regular-season games this season and led the NHL in penalty minutes with 155. He played in all seven of Toronto’s playoff games, putting up 18 penalty minutes . . . Stars prospect Scott Winkler died in his home country of Norway after recently completing his senior season at Colorado College. He was 23. Winkler died unexpectedly Wednesday at his parents’ home. The native of Asker, Norway, was a third-round pick by the Stars in 2008.
Jeter takes a step closer to returning
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was medically cleared to resume full baseball activities and running on his surgically repaired left ankle. The team announced that Jeter was examined by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., and that he is continuing to heal. The 13-time All-Star hasn’t played since breaking his ankle in the playoffs last fall and having surgery. Jeter sustained another fracture during his rehabilitation, and isn’t expected back until after the All-Star break in mid-July . . . Rays lefthanded starter David Price pitched in his first simulated game (54 pitches) since being injured. The AL Cy Young Award winner went on the disabled list May 16 because of a strained left triceps. He is expected to return in late June or early July . . . Mets manager Terry Collins and Nationals skipper Davey Johnson were selected as coaches for the All-Star Game July 16 by NL manager Bruce Bochy of the Giants. Detroit’s Jim Leyland, the AL manager, chose Robin Ventura of the White Sox and John Gibbons of the Blue Jays . . . Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after a beating at Dodger Stadium in 2011, has returned home to Santa Cruz, Calif., after two years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
After 43 years, Blaney quits coaching
Former Holy Cross men’s basketball coach George Blaney announced an end to his 43-year coaching career, retiring after 12 seasons as an assistant at Connecticut. The 73-year-old’s departure comes a season after his longtime friend Jim Calhoun stepped down as head coach of the Huskies. Blaney compiled a 461-383 record in head coaching jobs at Stonehill, Dartmouth, Holy Cross, where he coached for 22 seasons, and Seton Hall . . . The NCAA opened a key hearing in the massive infractions case against the University of Miami, with school president Donna Shalala and ACC commissioner John Swofford on hand in Indianapolis to defend the Hurricanes against allegations that could bring severe sanctions in the improper benefits case involving former booster Nevin Shapiro.
Murray cruising in Wimbledon tuneup
Andy Murray won twice to reach the quarterfinals of the Queen’s Club tournament in London, defeating Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), in a suspended match and then beating Marinko Matosevic, 6-2, 6-2. Also in the Wimbledon grass-court tuneup, American Denis Kudla reached his first ATP Tour quarterfinal with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Kenny De Schepper . . . Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic cruised past sixth-seeded Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 6-4, 6-0, to set up a semifinal against Andrea Petkovic in the inaugural Nurnberger Versicherungscup in Nuremberg, Germany. Petkovic rallied to beat Annika Beck, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 . . . Defending champion Tommy Haas advanced to the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, by outlasting Ernests Gulbis, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Bolt bounces back with Bislett win
Usain Bolt rebounded from a rare defeat, setting a track record at the Bislett Games in Oslo in his first 200-meter race of the season. Bolt, who lost to American Justin Gatlin in the 100 meters by 0.01 seconds in Rome last week, finished in 19.79 seconds. He is the only one to break 20 seconds this season . . . Jamaican 400-meter runner Dominique Blake, who competed for Penn State from 2004-08, was banned from the track for six years after failing a dope test. Blake tested positive for methyhexaneamine, a stimulant that is commonly used as a nasal decongestant and banned in competition. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel handed down the ban . . . Tjaart Van der Walt shot a 4-under 67 in windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead over Victor Riu in the European Tour’s Najeti Hotels Open in Saint-Omer, France . . . Patrick Nyarko’s header in the 78th minute earned the host Chicago Fire a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew in the fourth round of the US Open Cup.