Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner David Price will rejoin the Rays’ starting rotation Tuesday at Houston. Manager Joe Maddon said the team feels ‘‘pretty strongly’’ that the lefthander is ready to return from a strained left triceps. Price went on the disabled list May 16 . . . Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, coming back from a broken left ankle, has joined teammate Alex Rodriguez, sidelined after hip surgery in January, in hitting against minor league pitching. Both are expected to return after the All-Star break . . . Brewers first baseman Corey Hart will have surgery July 26 to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and miss the rest of the season. He had yet to play this year because of left knee surgery in January . . . Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said infielder Ramiro Pena had season-ending surgery Thursday on his right shoulder . . . Righthander Mark Prior was released by the Reds, ending his latest comeback attempt. Prior, 32, hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2006, a year before reconstructive shoulder surgery . . . Justin Miller, who pitched for the Blue Jays, Marlins, Giants, and Dodgers from 2002-10, was found dead Wednesday in his Palm Harbor, Fla., home. He was 35. The cause has not been released.
NHL set to meet about Sochi Olympics
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will try to wrap up a deal Monday allowing NHL players to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He said the league will meet in New York with the players’ association, the International Olympic Committee, and the International Ice Hockey Federation. Having NHL players compete in the Games would mean a break in next year’s regular season of about two weeks in February . . . USA Hockey announced Predators general manager David Poile will fill the same position for the 2014 US Olympic men’s team. Penguins general manager Ray Shero will be associate general manager and ex-Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will be director of player personnel . . . The Rangers said center Brad Richards will remain with the team, according to NHL.com, ending speculation the club would buy out the final seven years of his contract . . . The Canadiens bought out the final year of defenseman Tomas Kaberle’s contract . . . Daniel Alfredsson, 40, has decided to return for an 18th season with the Senators . . . The Blue Jackets signed coach Todd Richards to a one-year extension through 2014-15 . . . The Blackhawks held a parade to celebrate their Stanley Cup title, with police saying more than 2 million people attended . . . Boston College men’s assistant coach Jim Logue, a former Eagle goaltender, retired after 20 years of service to his alma mater and 44 years in coaching.
Allen decides to stay with the Heat
Quickly tying up a loose end for the Heat, Ray Allen exercised his $3.2 million player option to remain with the team next season, when Miami will aim for a third straight NBA title. Allen, who turns 38 next month, could have elected to become a free agent and get more years and more money in a new deal, but decided to stay with the Heat anyway. The shooting guard averaged 10.9 points in the regular season and 10.2 points in the playoffs . . . Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak expressed his feelings about impending free agent center Dwight Howard after the NBA draft, saying he is ‘‘optimistic’’ about what Howard might do. The Lakers can offer a maximum of $118 million over five seasons, while other teams can offer $88 million over four years . . . ESPN said Thursday’s NBA Draft was watched by more than 2.9 million viewers, the second-biggest audience for the draft on the network . . . Tamika Catchings scored a season-high 28 points to help the Indiana Fever snap a seven-game losing streak and beat the Tulsa Shock, 80-69, in Indianapolis. In other WNBA games, the Atlanta Dream moved to 9-1 with an 86-75 win over the Washington Mystics; the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks, 88-64; and the New York Liberty edged the Seattle Storm, 67-62.
Franklin, Ledecky win at US nationals
Missy Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke at the US national championships in Indianapolis and 16-year-old Katie Ledecky moved into position to chase one of the toughest feats in swimming. Franklin finished in 58.67 seconds, setting a US Open and long-course championship record, then said she would not swim the 200 individual medley Saturday. Ledecky won the 400 freestyle in a personal best of 4:04.05. If she wins the 1,500 free Saturday, she could swim in the 200, 400, 800, and 1,500 at next month’s world championships in Barcelona . . . Brad Keselowski won a rain-shortened NASCAR Nationwide Feed the Children 300 at Sparta, Ky.