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SportsLog: Canadiens sign Therrien to contract extension


Canadiens sign Therrien to extension

The Montreal Canadiens signed coach Michel Therrien to a four-year contract extension on Saturday, two weeks after they were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Therrien has one year remaining on his contract before the extension starts. He led Montreal to the playoffs in each of the past two years, losing in the first round in 2013 and reaching the Eastern Conference finals this year. This is Therrien’s second tenure with the Canadiens, having coached them from 2000-03 . . . The Canadiens traded forward Louis Leblanc to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 draft. Leblanc had 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 50 games with Montreal.


Cardinals’ Wainwright will skip a turn

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will skip a turn in the rotation to allow tendinitis in the back of his pitching elbow to subside. General manager John Mozeliak said it hasn’t been determined who will take Wainwright’s spot on Monday night against the Mets. Wainwright is tied for the National League lead with nine wins and has a 2.15 ERA in 14 starts. The righthander said the elbow has been bothering him the past two starts . . . The Toronto Blue Jays activated righthander Sergio Santos from the disabled list to fill out an injury-depleted bullpen. Toronto optioned outfielder Darin Mastroianni to Triple A Buffalo . . . Taylor Sparks hit his nation-leading ninth triple of the season to fuel UC Irvine’s three-run eighth inning in the Anteaters’ 3-1 victory over Texas in the opening game of the College World Series in Omaha.


Ivanovic closer to first grass title

Ana Ivanovic, the former world No. 1, reached her first final on grass at the Aegon Classic, a Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Birmingham, England. After beating ninth-seeded Zhang Shuai , 6-2, 6-2, Ivanovic described the prospect of winning as a ‘‘dream.’’ In Sunday’s final, Ivanovic faces Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who is also playing in the first grass court final of her career. The unseeded Czech beat 16th-seeded Australian Casey Dellacqua, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 . . . Six-time champion Roger Federer will play Alejandro Falla in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. Federer fired 10 aces and defeated fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), and Falla rallied to beat 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Falla is the first Colombian to reach the final of a grass-court tournament . . . Fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov upset top-seeded Stan Wawrinka, 6-2, 6-4, in London to reach the final of the grass court Queen’s Club tournament. He will play 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez, who defeated Radek Stepanek, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4.


Dartmouth runner third in 5,000m


Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino from Topsfield finished third in the women’s 5,000-meter final in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. D’Agostino finished in 15 minutes, 43.54 seconds, behind Murielle Hall of Texas (15:35.11) and Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe (15:37.74). Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano was 22d in 16:47.1 . . . Jamaica’s Warren Weir won the 200 meters in a world-best 19.82 seconds and countryman Nesta Carter took the 100 in 10.09 in the Adidas Grand Prix at Randall’s Island in New York. Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim each cleared 7 feet, 11¼ inches in the high jump, the highest ever in the United States, breaking the Diamond League record and setting a world best.


Cannons lose to Bayhawks in MLL

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Midfielder Ben Hunt scored six goals and attack Brendan Mundorf added five as the Chesapeake Bayhawks (2-5) edged the visiting Boston Cannons, 16-15, in Major League Lacrosse. The Cannons (3-4) were led by midfielder Stephen Berger’s four goals . . . Paul Menard won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn when leader Joey Logano was victimized by a flat tire with about five laps remaining. Menard ended up holding off Sam Hornish Jr. by a half-second for his first series victory since 2006. It was his first Nationwide start of the season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, followed by pole-winner Kyle Busch and Brian Scott. Menard, one of several Sprint Cup drivers in contention, won the 250-mile, 125-lap race in his No. 33 Chevrolet . . . In the WNBA, Danielle Robinson scored a season-high 24 points and the San Antonio Stars rolled to a 101-74 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks, snapping a three-game home skid . . . Moonshine Mullin, with Calvin Borel aboard, pulled off an upset in the Stephen Foster Handicap to become the first qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, holding off Will Take Charge by 1¾ lengths to win at Churchill Downs. Moonshine Mullin covered 1 mile in 1:49.66 and paid $22.00, $9.00, and $5.20.