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SportsLog: Flyers and Claude Giroux agree to 8-year, $64 million extension

NHL

Giroux, Flyers agree to $64m deal

Flyers captain Claude Giroux agreed to an eight-year extension worth more than $64 million Thursday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The deal comes as Giroux was entering the final year of his contract with the Flyers. A two-time 25-goal scorer, Giroux is the Flyers’ top play-making offensive threat. He has 291 points in 333 career games with Philadelphia . . . Danny Briere is heading home to his native Quebec, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract worth $8 million with the Canadiens. The 35-year-old Briere had his contract bought out by the Flyers last week . . . Paul MacLean signed a three-year extension with the Senators. MacLean won the Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach after leading the injury-riddled Senators to a 25-17-6 record . . . The Stars continued their busy day, adding veteran Shawn Horcoff in a trade with the Oilers, sources told ESPN.com. Dallas will send defenseman Philip Larsen and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Edmonton . . . The Devils re-signed Patrick Elias to a three-year, $16.5 million contract, locking up the franchise’s career goals and points leader. New Jersey also re-signed veteran forward Dainius Zubrus to a three-year, $9.3 million contract and placed goalie Johan Hedberg on unconditional waivers . . . The Maple Leafs will part ways with Mikhail Grabovski, placing him on waivers with the intention of buying out his contract. The Maple Leafs signed Grabovski to a five-year, $27.5 million contract in March . . . Colorado’s Greg Zanon, Nashville’s Hal Gill, and Edmonton’s Eric Belanger were also placed on unconditional waivers and are eligible to have their contracts bought out . . . The Wild agreed to terms on a two-year contract with defenseman Keith Ballard .

BASEBALL

Jeter close to playing in rehab games

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said he thinks he is close to feeling well enough to begin playing in minor league games. The captain said he is now doing everything needed before beginning a rehabilitation assignment. On Wednesday, Jeter ran the bases after putting the ball in play during simulated at-bats for the first time since a second break was found in his left ankle . . . Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli will likely need another month before he’s back with the team. Manager Joe Girardi said that an MRI revealed a stress reaction in Cervelli’s right elbow. He has been shut down from activity for two weeks . . . Troy Tulowitzki went through a light round of batting practice with minimal pain from his broken rib and thinks he could be back soon, maybe even before the All-Star break . . . The Royals’ Alex Gordon told manager Ned Yost he was feeling better after sustaining a possible concussion Wednesday night against Cleveland, though it’s still not clear how long he will be out.

ROWING

BC High in quarters at Henley Regatta

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BC High reached the quarterfinals of the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England for schoolboy eights by beating England’s King’s School by three-quarters of a length. In the Visitors’ Cup for student and club coxless fours, Northeastern’s Alumni beat Okeanos and Nereus to move onto the last eight. Harvard’s B crew joined Northeastern by defeating Ivy Club of Princeton in the first all-American race of the regatta. Harvard’s A crew was never seriously challenged as it beat University College, Dublin. In the Britannia Cup for club coxed fours, Merrimac River Rowing Association from Lowell beat England’s City of Bristol in a race it controlled from the start. In the same event, Union Boat Club from Boston had to come from behind just before the halfway mark to beat Belfast Boat Club from Northern Ireland. In the Temple Cup for student eights, Harvard qualified for the quarterfinals while Trinity College’s A crew lost by a length and a quarter to Laga in Delftsche.

MISCELLANY

Gay cruises in 100 at Diamond League

Tyson Gay ran the year’s second-fastest 100 meters, finishing in 9.79 seconds in a victory at the Athletissima Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland. David Oliver finished in 13.03 in the 110 hurdles, leading an American sweep of the top four places . . . Manchester United continued to rebuild its coaching staff by appointed Ryan Giggs as player-coach and Phil Neville as first-team coach . . . West Bromwich Albion signed former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka to a one-year contract . . . Lori Chalupny scored in the 58th minute to lift host Chicago over Western New York, 1-0, in a National Women’s Soccer League contest . . . FIFA FIFA FIFA has reimposed a ban on Iraq hosting international friendlies because of increasing security fears amid a wave of deadly bombings. On Tuesday, the latest wave of attacks killed at least 49 people . . . Kristi Toliver tied her career high with 29 points and the Los Angeles Sparks defeated the New York Liberty, 97-89 . . . In the MLS, Nathan Sturgis scored in the 47th minute and Clint Irwin got his sixth shutout of the season to lift host Colorado to a 2-0 victory over New York Red Bulls; and Dan Kennedy earned his first shutout of the season helping Chivas USA to a scoreless draw with host FC Dallas . . . Thirty-one cars, including 16 in the Sprint Cup Series, failed inspection before practices at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR confiscated the teams’ roof flaps, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks, for further inspection. The roof-flap spacers had been illegally machined down to reduce weight.

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