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Penguins’ Kris Letang practices but return remains uncertain


Letang practices but return uncertain

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang participated in his first workout alongside his teammates in nearly two months Monday, but he remains uncertain when he’ll be able to suit up in an actual game. Letang said he was feeling much better after being blindsided by a stroke seven weeks ago. ‘‘There’s no date to be determined for Kris,’’ coach Dan Bylsma said. ‘‘Right now he’s back in a full practice. That’s a good thing.’’ The Penguins are 7-5-2 since Letang fell ill Jan. 28 and they have ceded the top spot in the Eastern Conference to the Bruins . . . The Stars sent goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp back to the AHL Texas Stars, a sign that starter Kari Lehtonen is just about ready to return from a concussion suffered March 8. Tim Thomas, who was acquired from Florida a day before the trading deadline, made four starts in Lehtonen’s place . . . Capitals forward Brooks Laich is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after having an operation on a groin muscle . . . Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth will not join the NHL’s worst team on its upcoming five-game road trip after he sustained a lower-body injury in Sunday’s loss to Montreal. Rookie Nathan Lieuwen is expected to start in Enroth’s place Tuesday against Calgary . . . Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier has a groin strain and is day to day, the Maple Leafs said.


Cavaliers’ Irving may be out 2 weeks

Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will miss at least two weeks with an arm injury. Irving hurt his left biceps in Sunday’s loss to the Clippers, and an MRI taken Monday revealed a strained tendon. The team said Irving will be shut down for two weeks and be re-evaluated . . . Pistons center Andre Drummond will miss Wednesday night’s game at Denver after injuring his neck in Saturday night’s loss to Indiana. The team said he’s questionable for Friday night’s game at Phoenix.


Inkster named Solheim Cup captain

Juli Inkster, the most prolific American in Solheim Cup history, was selected captain of a team that has lost the last two times to Europe. She holds the US record for most Solheim Cup appearances (nine), most points won (18½), and most matches won (15). The Solheim Cup will be played in September 2015 at St. Leon-Rot in Germany. Europe won in Ireland in 2011, and then steamrolled the Americans in Colorado last summer for its first win in the US. Inkster said longtime friend Pat Hurst would be her assistant . . . Jason Day withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of an injured thumb, the second straight tournament in which Day pulled out because of the injury. He said he first injured it at the Match Play Championship, which he won in late February.



Gun expert testifies about incident

Oscar Pistorius once said he mistook the sound of a washing machine for an intruder and went into ‘‘combat mode’’ in his house, South African guns expert Sean Rens testified at the athlete’s murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa. Six months later, Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by shooting her through a closed toilet door. Pistorius said he killed Steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for an intruder in his home.


Suit claims NCAA an ‘unlawful cartel’

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The NCAA and its five dominant conferences are an ‘‘unlawful cartel’’ that has illegally restricted the earning power of football and men’s basketball players while making billions off their labor, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Newark that seeks to paint big-time college athletics as being in blatant violation of antitrust laws. The suit seeks damages for the four plaintiffs — Rutgers basketball player Johnathan ‘‘J.J.’’ Moore, Clemson football player Martin Jenkins, Texas-El Paso football player Kevin Perry, and California football player William Tyndall — based on the economic harm they say they suffered . . . Harrah’s Philadelphia ignored complaints about dangerous harness racing track conditions for two years before a chain-reaction crash that left a sulky driver with brain injuries, lawyers charged in court papers. Anthony Coletta, 31, of Hudson City, N.J., sustained permanent brain damage and other serious injuries when a horse in front of him stumbled, throwing him from his cart . . . Racecar driver Gary Bettenhausen, a member of a famous racing family and a veteran of open-wheel competition who drove in 21 Indianapolis 500s between 1968 and 1993, has died. He was 72 . . . British cyclist Mark Cavendish took advantage of a crash to easily win the sixth and penultimate stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race in Porto Sant’elpidio, Italy, and Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead . . . The Czech Republic said it will host the United States in an exhibition soccer game at Prague on Sept. 3 as a warm-up for 2016 European Championship qualifying.