Lightning buy out captain Lecavalier
The Lightning said Thursday they are buying out the contract of center Vincent Lecavalier . Lecavalier was the first overall pick in the 1998 NHL draft and helped Tampa Bay win the Stanley Cup in 2004. He is the Lightning’s career leader in goals and games. The buyout will cost more than $32 million over 14 years . . . The Penguins and forward Chris Kunitz agreed to a three-year contract extension. General manager Ray Shero said the new deal, which begins in 2014-15, will carry an annual salary cap hit of $3.85 million . . . The Flames traded left wing Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich to the Avalanche for right wing David Jones and defenseman Shane O'Brien . . . The Blues re-signed former Boston University defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a multiyear contract . . . The Sabres have re-signed defenseman Mike Weber to a three-year, $5 million contract . . . Mark Messier is leaving the Rangers’ organization after being passed over to replace fired coach John Tortorella. Messier had been a special assistant to general manager Glen Sather . Messier said in a statement that the Rangers’ choice to hire Alain Vigneault to be the new coach wasn’t a factor in his departure.
Brent is jailed after failing drug test
Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent has been jailed in North Texas after failing a second drug test. Court records in Dallas County show Brent tested positive for marijuana after submitting to a urine test last week, which is a violation of bond conditions imposed after he was charged late last year with intoxication manslaughter in the death of teammate Jerry Brown. Brent is being held without bond pending a court hearing scheduled for July 19 . . . Ausar Walcott, a former rookie linebacker for the Browns, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in New Jersey. He is accused of punching Derek Jones in the side of the head outside The Palace Gentlemen’s Club in Passaic Sunday . . . The Vikings signed linebacker Desmond Bishop to a one-year deal. Bishop missed all of last season with an injured hamstring and was cut by the Packers last month . . . Jim Hudson, the former Jets safety who helped the team to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, died Tuesday in Austin, Texas. He was 70. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Nationals’ Harper continues rehab
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper moved up a level in his injury rehabilitation assignment, joining Double A Harrisburg for a game at Bowie, Md. Harper went 2 for 4, including a two-run triple, and scored twice in Harrisburg’s 11-6 win. Harper was put on the disabled list June 2 with bursitis in his left knee. Manager Davey Johnson hopes Harper can return to the Nationals for Monday’s series opener against Milwaukee . . . Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has taken another stride in his comeback from a broken left ankle by running outdoors for the first time in two months. Jeter called it ‘‘the last step’’ before playing in minor league games . . . Former All-Star catcher Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with two brain tumors and will undergo surgery next week. Daulton was a key part of the Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993. He finished his career with the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins.
Donovan gets spot on Gold Cup roster
Landon Donovan is getting a chance to earn back his spot on the US national team. The three-time World Cup veteran was picked for the 23-man roster for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. US coach Jurgen Klinsmann omitted 2010 World Cup captain Carlos Bocanegra. The Americans open the Gold Cup against Belize at Portland, Ore., July 9 . . . Juan Navas scored the decisive penalty kick after Leonardo Bonucci skied his attempt over the crossbar, and Spain beat Italy, 7-6, in a shootout after a 0-0 tie in Fortaleza, Brazil, to reach the Confederations Cup final against Brazil . . . The US finished last in Group A of the Under-20 World Cup in Istanbul after a 4-1 loss to Ghana.
Steel, Bootsma win at US nationals
Kevin Steel broke the US Open record in the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 27.26 seconds, and Rachel Bootsma won the 50 backstroke in 27.68 to set US Open and American records at the US national championships in Indianapolis. David Plummer added a win in the 50 backstroke in a record 24.52 . . . Senior Judge John B. Leete was appointed to preside over the lawsuit filed by former Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s family against the NCAA over penalties imposed by the organization for the school’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The lawsuit argues college sports’ governing body bypassed its own rules in taking action against Penn State . . . Police say nearly every section of Atlanta’s Peachtree (10K) Road Race will be watched by surveillance cameras and officers from multiple agencies next week. Law enforcement and race organizers consulted with Boston Marathon officials to incorporate their security suggestions . . . Diana Taurasi scored 26 points as the Phoenix Mercury beat the host Washington Mystics, 101-97.