Yankee Stadium nets two NHL games
The NHL announced Wednesday that Yankee Stadium will host a pair of games next season, with the Rangers playing the Devils on Jan. 26 and the Rangers meeting the Islanders three days later. The NHL is increasing its popular outdoor games, which had been limited to on or around New Year’s Day. There likely will be six next season . . . Kings center Jarret Stoll is likely to miss Thursday’s Game 2 of Los Angeles’s second-round playoff series against the Sharks after a hard hit from San Jose’s Raffi Torres in the opener Tuesday. Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter implied that Stoll could be out for a significant length of time. Torres is expected to have an in-person disciplinary hearing in New York with NHL officials.
Ex-Cub Zambrano signs with Phillies
The Phillies are taking a chance on Carlos Zambrano. The three-time All-Star agreed to a minor league contract with Philadelphia and will report this week to Clearwater, Fla., for extended spring training. With Roy Halladay and John Lannan on the disabled list, the Phillies turned to Zambrano, even though he hasn’t pitched in the majors since last September . . . Reds ace Johnny Cueto is on target to rejoin the rotation next week after making his second injury rehabilitation start. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since April 15 because of a strained muscle in his upper right arm . . . The Dodgers placed Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. He is 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts this season . . . Longtime Royals broadcaster Fred White died Wednesday in Kansas City of complications from cancer. He was 76. White died in hospice one day after the team announced his retirement after 40 years working for the organization.
Murray (back) may miss French Open
Back pain forced Andy Murray to retire midway through his second-round match at the Italian Open in Rome because of a lower-back injury. He may have to sit out the French Open, too. Murray walked off the court after winning the second set against Marcel Granollers. Granollers won the first set, 6-3, and Murray won the second, 7-6 (5). After the match, Murray said he would be surprised if he played the French. In the women’s draw, Maria Sharapova eased past Garbine Muguruza, 6-2, 6-2.
Donovan leads Galaxy past host Union
Landon Donovan scored a goal and added two assists to lead the LA Galaxy past the Union, 4-1, in Chester, Pa. Robbie Keane had a goal and an assist for the Galaxy (5-3-2). Amobi Okugo scored for the Union (4-4-3) . . . Branislav Ivanovic scored on a looping header off Juan Mata’s corner kick in the third minute of stoppage time, and Chelsea beat Benfica, 2-1, to win the Europa League final in Amsterdam . . . D.C. United defender Robbie Russell has retired after a 13-year career in Major League Soccer and in Europe to study medicine at Georgetown University . . . Playing the 2022 World Cup in the summer heat of Qatar is ‘‘not rational and reasonable,’’ FIFA president Sepp Blatter told French newspaper L’Equipe. Despite health concerns included in an official report before the vote, the FIFA executive committee opted for the tiny emirate’s bid in 2010.
Iran beats US in wrestling exhibition
Iran’s wrestling team visited the United States for the first time in a decade and found a virtual home meet. The fans waving Iranian flags were treated to a show of dominance by the wrestling power in the exhibition at Grand Central Terminal in New York. Iran beat the US, 6-1. The teams also will face each other in Los Angeles Sunday . . . The international cycling federation has notified French rider Sylvain Georges he tested positive for a banned stimulant in a doping test at the Giro d’Italia. Georges can request that a backup sample be tested and no provisional ban was given . . . Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-earning athlete in US sports for the second straight year. The boxer is projected to make $90 million in 2013, according to Sports Illustrated’s annual list. Miami Heat star LeBron James is a distant second at $56.5 million. Tiger Woods is fifth with $40.8 million, his lowest spot since SI started the list in 2004. He was No. 1 through 2011 . . . Officials are beefing up security for this Saturday’s marathon in Fargo, N.D., in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings . . . Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien is disputing suggestions raised in a report that player medical care has been compromised after the team doctor was replaced. The athletic department has been responding to a story in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated that questioned the quality of care and the motivations behind the removal of longtime team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli earlier in the season.