Islanders buy out goalie DiPietro
Rick DiPietro is now a former New York Islanders goalie after he cleared waivers and had his long contract bought out. The Islanders used a compliance buyout Wednesday to remove the final eight years of the goalie’s 15-year, $67.5 million deal from the club’s salary cap. The Islanders will pay the 31-year-old DiPietro, a former No. 1 draft pick who starred at BU, $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years — double the years left on his original 15-year pact with the Islanders . . . In a scramble by teams to free space under the salary cap before the start of free agency at noon Friday, five veteran players were placed on unconditional waivers: defenseman Tom Gilbert of the Wild; Sabres forward Nathan Gerbe; Predators forward Sergei Kostitsyn; Red Wings defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo; and Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard . . . Kings center Jarret Stoll was hospitalized after suffering a seizure. The Los Angeles Times reported that Stoll fell ill at his Hermosa Beach home. The cause of the seizure is still unknown, according to Kings general manager Dean Lombardi . . . The Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Nick Leddy to a two-year deal . . . Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek announced on his Twitter account he is on his way out of Toronto. Set to make $3.5 million over the final two years of his contract, Komisarek is expected to be bought out . . . Capitals star Alex Ovechkin topped the NHL All-Stars, earning his sixth selection but first as right wing. He was a five-time choice at left wing. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, a second-time selection to the first team, is the only other player in this year’s class to have made it before. The first-timers include Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz, defensemen P.K. Subban of Montreal and Ryan Suter of Minnesota, and Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Rose: Sitting out the ‘right decision’
Bulls star Derrick Rose said he’s still recovering from knee surgery and vows to show sitting out last season was the right decision. In an interview posted on the team’s website, Rose said he had to be selfish in his rehab as he tried to work his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and that sitting out was ‘‘one of the hardest things’’ he’s experienced. He also said fans will understand it was ‘‘the right decision’’ when they see him back on the court. Rose hasn’t played since May 12, 2012 . . . Guard Manu Ginobili tweeted he is staying with the Spurs for two more years. Details of the contract agreement weren’t available . . . Coveted free agent Kyle Korver will re-sign with the Hawks, ESPN reported. The deal is four years, and an estimated $24 million . . . The Pacers signed first-round draft pick Solomon Hill, a 6-foot-7-inch swingman from Arizona, and free agent guard Donald Sloan. The team did not release terms . . . Tyreke Evans verbally agreed to sign a four-year, $44 million offer sheet with the Pelicans, according to ESPN.com. Since Evans is a restricted free agent, the Kings would have three days after July 10 when the agreement becomes official either to match or pass on the offer.
Americans shine at Henley Regatta
BC High earned a 5-length victory over London’s Emanuel School in the Princess Elizabeth Cup for schoolboy eights as American celebrated victories on the first day of the Henley Regatta on the River Thames near London. Four of the six US boats won in the competition for student eights. Columbia beat a composite crew from Cambridge University’s Caius and Lady Margaret Boat Clubs by half a length. Three convincing victories — by 4 lengths or more — soon followed as Harvard beat Imperial College School of Medicine; Trinity College A beat a composite crew from Worcester College and Hertford College, Oxford; and Virginia defeated Warwick. In the Thames Cup, Northeastern University Alumni lost by 4¾ lengths to English crew Royal Chester. In the Wyfold Cup for club coxless fours, Union Boat Club of Boston lost by more than a length to Bexhill.