Red Wings extend Datsyuk for 3 years
The Red Wings agreed to a $22.5 million, three-year deal with center Pavel Datsyuk Tuesday, keeping the Russian superstar with the franchise through the 2016-17 season. He can’t sign the contract until July 5 because he was entering the last year of his current deal. Soon after the season ended, Datsyuk said he wanted to stay with the Red Wings instead of returning home to play in Russia following the 2013-14 season . . . The Sharks agreed to a contract extension with star center Logan Couture, according to a person familiar with the deal. Couture, 24, is in the final year of a two-year, $5.75 million contract and could have been a restricted free agent next summer. Comcast SportsNet California said the deal is expected to be for five more seasons . . . Less than a week after Mark Streit was acquired by the Flyers in a trade with the Islanders, the 35-year-old defenseman agreed to a four-year $21 million contract, according to a person familiar with deal . . . Defenseman Slava Voynov, 23, agreed to a six-year, $25 million contract with the Kings.
San Jose sues over A’s proposed move
Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on having team owners vote on the Athletics’ proposed move to a new ballpark 40 miles south in San Jose, San Jose city officials said in a lawsuit. The lawsuit — filed in federal court in San Jose — is disputing MLB’s exemption from federal antitrust law, which MLB has used as a ‘‘guise’’ to control the location of teams, according to the suit. The San Francisco Giants have objected to the A’s potential move on grounds they relied on territorial rights to the San Jose-area market when they built their ballpark. The A’s say those rights were only meant to support the Giants’ failed efforts in the early 1990s to build a San Jose-area ballpark themselves . . . Rockies manager Walt Weiss confirmed veteran righthander Roy Oswalt will make his first start of the season Thursday at Washington . . . The Braves placed catcher Evan Gattis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique and recalled infielder Tyler Pastornicky from Triple A Gwinnett . . . The Rangers put infielder Jeff Baker on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb suffered in an over-exuberant high five with a teammate that bent his thumb back to his wrist June 13 . . . After placing infielder Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list with pain in his ribcage, the Mets traded righthander Collin McHugh to the Rockies for outfielder Eric Young Jr. . . . Brian Holberton homered, freshman Trent Thornton pitched a strong seven innings, and No. 1 national seed North Carolina extended its stay at the College World Series in Omaha with a 4-2 victory over LSU, knocking out the Tigers . . . Nick Vander Tuig scattered four hits over seven-plus innings and UCLA edged North Carolina State, 2-1, in the College World Series. The Wolfpack play an elimination game against North Carolina Thursday . . . Shortstop Alex Maldonado, a 2013 Holy Cross graduate, signed a free agent contract with the Blue Jays.
Australia, Iran, South Korea all qualify
Iran beat South Korea, 1-0, at Ulsan, South Korea in a match that secured both a spot at next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Iran finished atop Group A in the final stage of Asian qualifying, with South Korea second, edging Uzbekistan on goal differential . . . Australia qualified for the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Iraq in Sydney. Josh Kennedy headed home the winner in the 83d minute . . .
Goals by Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges put Costa Rica in a stronger position to qualify for next year’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Panama in San Jose, Costa Rica
Serena causes stir with comments
No. 1 ranked Serena Williams said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine posted online Tuesday that, while not blaming the victim in a Steubenville, Ohio rape case, ‘‘she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.’’ Two players from the Steubenville High School football team were convicted in March of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl; one of the boys was ordered to serve an additional year for photographing the girl naked. According to the Rolling Stone story, Williams says the perpetrators of the crime ‘‘did something stupid,’’ and she asks: ‘‘Do you think it was fair, what they got?’’ She adds, ‘‘I'm not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don’t take drinks from other people.’’ . . . Serena’s older sister, Venus, pulled out of Wimbledon, citing a lower back injury. Williams has never missed the Grand Slam event since her debut there in 1997 . . . American qualifier Jamie Hampton upset top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, in the first round of the Aegon International at Eastbourne, England. Second-seeded Li Na also advanced, topping Alize Cornet, 6-2, 6-4 . . . French Open finalist David Ferrer lost his first-round match at the Topshelf Open in Rosmalen, Netherlands. Xavier Malisse beat the defending champion and top seed, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Second seed Stanislas Wawrinka edged Steve Darcis, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 . . . NASCAR driver Mike Harmon turned himself in in North Carolina after warrants were issued for him and a business partner Monday. The pair allegedly stole at least seven vehicles from NASCAR truck racer Jennifer Jo Cobb last year . . . In the WNBA, Tina Thompson scored 30 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the host Seattle Storm to a 96-86 overtime win over the Washington Mystics.