Former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has been offered a professional tryout contract with the Panthers, according to reports by TSN of Canada and ESPN on Tuesday. Thomas’s agent, Markus Lehto, said his client still hasn’t made any decisions but wants to be a No. 1 goalie, not a backup. Thomas sat out last season and the Bruins traded his rights to the Islanders. Thomas, 39, has won two Vezina trophies and earned the Conn Smythe trophy after backstopping the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup. Another former Bruin, Brad Boyes, signed a professional tryout contract with the Panthers. Boyes, 31, scored 10 goals with the Islanders last season . . . Maple Leafs restricted free agent Nazem Kadri signed a two-year, $5.8 million deal with the club. Kadri had 18 goals and 26 assists last season . . . Russia would like to have Capitals star Alex Ovechkin carry the Olympic torch after it is lit in Greece on Sept. 29. That would be a tight fit because it’s only two days before the Capitals open the regular season at Chicago. Ovechkin said his agent is working with the organizers of the Games to figure out the logistics.
Bowyer denies intentional spinout
Clint Bowyer feels awful for costing Ryan Newman a win, though his apology for spinning at Richmond, N.C., is not an admission of guilt. Newman also feels terrible. Only his sympathy is for Martin Truex Jr., the unwitting participant in a botched race-fixing attempt by Michael Waltrip Racing that has put two friends in an awkward position and spoiled the start of NASCAR’s championship race. It’s been a roller-coaster for NASCAR since there were seven laps to go in Saturday night’s race. Newman was on his way to a victory that would have given him the final spot in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. Then Bowyer spun to bring out a caution, setting in motion a chain of events that cost Newman the win and the Chase berth, cost Jeff Gordon a Chase berth, and put Truex and Joey Logano in the final two spots. NASCAR determined Monday that MWR manipulated the outcome of the race and levied unprecedented sanctions that put Newman in the Chase and bumped Truex out. Bowyer denied the spin was deliberate. In his first interview, he told ESPN he had apologized to Newman in a phone call. Asked specifically if the apology was an admission of guilt, Bowyer said: ‘‘Let’s not dig too much into this.’’
Mets’ Harvey (elbow) to visit Andrews
Mets ace Matt Harvey’s ailing elbow is feeling better, and the righthander said he is still optimistic he can avoid reconstructive surgery that would likely sideline him for all of next season. Harvey will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday before deciding whether he will undergo Tommy John surgery. Harvey said he hasn’t yet had a second MRI to determine the best course of action . . . Marlins righthander Jose Fernandez will make his final start of the season Wednesday against Atlanta. It will be the 21-year-old rookie’s last game because he’s approaching the 170-inning limit set by the team. Fernandez has a 2.23 ERA and is 11-6 . . . Suspended shortstop Jhonny Peralta will work out with the Tigers before Wednesday’s game against the White Sox. Peralta accepted a 50-game suspension as part the league’s Biogenesis investigation. No decision has been made on whether to activate Peralta, who is eligible to return on Sept. 27 . . . The Yankees obtained shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Mariners for a player to be named. Derek Jeter is sidelined with soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle and it is unknown when he will return.
De La Hoya checks into rehab facility
Oscar De La Hoya has admitted himself to a treatment facility as he continues to fight substance abuse. The former champion boxer issued a statement saying he voluntarily admitted himself to an unnamed facility. The move comes before the biggest fight of the year for his promotion company, Golden Boy Promotions, Saturday night when Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on Canelo Alvarez. De La Hoya first admitted two years ago that he was an alcoholic and drug user and had been in treatment . . . Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he is ‘‘fairly optimistic’’ that QB Braxton Miller will be able to play at California on Saturday, despite suffering from a sprained MCL in his left knee . . . Italy and the Netherlands became the first European teams to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, and Argentina becamed the second team after host Brazil to qualify from South America . . . MLS’s FC Dallas has reached an agreement with Toyota for the naming rights to the club’s Frisco, Texas stadium and extended soccer complex . . . Milt Newton was introduced as the GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves . . . In WNBA action, Kia Vaughn had 15 points to lead the visiting Washington Mystics to a 69-67 victory over the Indiana Fever to clinch a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2009 . . . Maya Moore scored 20 points to help the Minnesota Lynx clinch their third consecutive Western Conference title with a 73-60 victory over the host Seattle Storm . . . Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner each scored 18 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the host New York Liberty, 80-76 . . . A federal judge in California sided with Lance Armstrong and the publishers of his autobiographies, rejecting claims in a lawsuit seeking more than $5 million that lies about not using performance-enhancing drugs amounted to fraud and false advertising. The judge sided with lawyers for Armstrong that the books are free speech protected by the First Amendment . . . On a conference call, Diana Nyad, 64, defended her 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida to skeptics who question whether she got into or held onto a boat during the journey. Some say they’re suspicious about stretches of the 53-hour swim where Nyad appeared to have picked up incredible speed.