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Sports log: Hybrid icing approved to start season

NHL

Hybrid icing will be in effect for the start of the NHL regular season after it was approved by the players Monday. The NHLPA gave the go-ahead for the rule change that makes icing a race to an imaginary line across the faceoff dots instead of the puck, which was given a trial run during the preseason. The goal is to prevent serious injuries, such as the one that sidelined Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen for the entire season. Pitkanen broke his left heel bone in eight places on an icing touch-up in April. It’s a similar injury to the one suffered by former Capitals forward Pat Peake, whose career ended not too long after. ‘‘After testing hybrid icing during the preseason games, the players participated in a survey and a majority of teams supported this rule change in an effort to make the game safer,’’ NHLPA special assistant to the executive director Mathieu Schneider said in a statement . . . Injured Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team and coach Ron Rolston said it’s unlikely he’ll play in Wednesday’s season opener in Detroit. Foligno sustained an upper-body injury on Sept. 22 against Toronto. He skated on his own prior to the team’s Monday practice. He scored five goals and had 13 assists for Buffalo last season . . . Nashville signed forward Simon Moser to a one-year entry-level contract. The 24-year-old has spent the last five seasons with Langnau of the Swiss Elite League. He had 56 goals, 54 assists, and 179 penalty minutes in 232 games.

COLLEGES

Former Texas quarterback Street dies

Former University of Texas quarterback James Street, who took over the Longhorns’ wishbone offense and led them to the 1969 national championship, died Monday. He was 65. No other details were available. Street led Texas to 20 consecutive victories, including the ‘‘Game of the Century’’ — a come-from-behind, 15-14 victory by the top-ranked Longhorns over No. 2 Arkansas to cap the regular season. His son is San Diego Padres closer Huston Street. Obituary, B14 . . . Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds will step down in August 2014 and move into a consulting role at the nation’s wealthiest athletic program, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The Longhorns flourished during his 32-year tenure . . . Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage is recovering from concussion-like symptoms and is expected to play Oct. 12 against Virginia Tech. Savage left Saturday’s win over Virginia in the fourth quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet shot from Cavaliers defensive back Daquan Romero . . . Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who sustained a season-ending knee injury last Tuesday, will enter the NFL draft, coach Will Muschamp said. The 6-foot-2-inch, 285-pound senior tore the ACL and medial meniscus in his right knee during practice. He tore the ACL in his left knee in November 2011. Easley had 72 tackles, 18 for a loss, and 5½ sacks at Florida.

Rutgers transfer eligible for Florida

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Former Rutgers guard Eli Carter is eligible to play basketball at Florida this season. The NCAA granted Carter a waiver to play immediately after transferring from Rutgers. Carter left Rutgers after the school fired coach Mike Rice, who was caught on videotape shoving, grabbing, and throwing balls at players and using gay slurs during practice. Carter, a 6-3 shooting guard, averaged 14.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists last season as a sophomore. He broke his right leg in February and has not been cleared to run . . . Former Oklahoma State basketball All-American Bob Kurland died at his home in South Florida. School spokesman Mike Noteware said Kurland died in his sleep Sunday following a lengthy illness. He was 88. Kurland was a 7-footer who led what was then Oklahoma A&M to national championships in 1945 and 1946, and was a member of the 1948 and 1952 US gold medal-winning Olympic teams. He was elected to both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

MISCELLANY

Azarenka makes early exit in Beijing

Defending champion and second-ranked Victoria Azarenka lost to Andrea Petkovic, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, in the first round of the China Open in Beijing. It was the second straight first-round exit for Azarenka, who lost in Tokyo last week. In doubles, wild-card entries Serena and Venus Williams fell, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 11-9, to Liezel Huber and Chan Hao-ching . . . Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed four match points to beat Gael Monfils, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8), to advance to the second round of the Japan Open in Tokyo . . . Reigning Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek revealed he’s got a torn labrum in his left hip, further delaying the American’s comeback from a torn abdominal muscle. Lysacek hasn’t competed since winning gold at Vancouver in 2010, and said he will miss next month’s Skate America . . . Kohei Uchimura’s elegance and power led him past early leader Sam Mikulak, the US champion, to top the standings in the all-around qualifying after three of the four sessions at the gymnastics world championships in Antwerp, Belgium . . . Australia is back in the America’s Cup for the first time since 2000 after a challenge by sailor Bob Oatley was accepted by software billionaire and CEO of Oracle Team USA Larry Ellison.

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