Rangers’ Chris Kreider to undergo surgery

Boston, MA - 12/16/2017 - (overtime period) New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) provided the screen on the game winning overtime goal by New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), not pictured.The Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 17Rangers-Bruins, LOID: 8.4.376523049.
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Chris Kreider provided the screen on the Rangers’ game-winning overtime goal against the Bruins last month.

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider will undergo surgery to have a portion of a rib removed. The team announced the surgery on Friday and said Kreider would be out indefinitely. The former Boston College star from Boxford hasn't played since the Rangers' shootout victory over Washington on Dec. 27. The next day, the team said he had a blood clot in his right arm. The surgery involves removing a section of the first rib under the collarbone. Kreider, 26, scored a career-high 28 goals last season . . . Bruce Hood, 81, the former NHL referee who worked 1,100 games over 21 seasons, died of prostate cancer in Guelph, Ontario.

Frederic’s four goals lift US to bronze

Bruins’ 2016 first-round pick Trent Frederic scored four goals as the United States beat the Czech Republic, 9-3, in the world junior championship bronze-medal game in Buffalo. New York Islanders’ prospect and former Boston University star Kieffer Bellows scored twice, including once on a penalty shot, and added an assist. BU’s Jake Oettinger finished with 28 saves . . . Jack Baldini had a goal and an assist and Merrick Madsen stopped 32 shots to record the shutout in Harvard’s 3-0 victory over visiting RPI. Ryan Donato and Ty Pelton-Byce also scored for the Crimson (6-6-1, 5-3 ECAC) . . . Dylan Sikura had a goal and an assist as ninth-ranked Northeastern (11-5-3) skated to a 3-3 tie with host Bentley (7-7-4). Jonathan Desbiens tied the game for Bentley at 12:05 of the third period. Kyle Schmidt had a goal and an assist for the Falcons.


Red Sox extend Pawtucket, Lowell

The Red Sox extended their player development contracts with Triple A Pawtucket and Single A Lowell through 2020. The Sox have been affiliated with Pawtucket since 1973 and with Lowell since 1996. Pawtucket will play at McCoy Stadium for the immediate future but is negotiating with Rhode Island on a new ballpark. If no deal is reached, the team could shift to another city in the region. McCoy opened in 1942 and is the oldest park in Triple A.



USC RB Jones will enter NFL Draft


Southern California star tailback Ronald Jones II will skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft, making the announcement two days after Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold announced he would leave school early and enter the NFL draft . . . Iowa, which beat Boston College last week in the Pinstripe Bowl, confirmed the departures of first-team All-American cornerback Josh Jackson, center James Daniels and quarterback Tyler Wiegers. Jackson and Daniels intend to declare for the NFL draft, while Wiegers will join Eastern Michigan as a graduate transfer . . . Vasa Pusica scored 20 points as the Northeastern basketball team (9-6, 2-1 CAA) defeated visiting Elon, 72-60. Dmitri Thompson had 19 points for Elon (10-6, 2-1) . . . Taylor Ortlepp scored 23 points and Milan Bolden-Morris had 18 to lead the Boston College women’s basketball team (6-9, 1-1 ACC) to a 77-64 victory over North Carolina (10-5, 0-2). Georgia Pineau added 15 points for the Eagles.

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University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle suspended basketball standout Reggie Lynch from team competition because of an alleged violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policy after a second woman accused him of assault. In the university’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office documents, its investigation found Lynch, the 2016-17 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, should be suspended and banned from campus until Aug. 1, 2020. He has appealed the punishment, which allows Lynch to remain enrolled in school and practicing and training with the Gophers until the process is completed . . . Missouri point guard Blake Harris announced he plans to transfer and continue his college career elsewhere. The freshman guard was averaging 3.8 points and a team-high 3.1 assists in 13.9 minutes per game for Missouri. Harris was part of a much-heralded recruiting class for first-year coach Cuonzo Martin, joining the Tigers along with fellow freshmen Michael Porter Jr., Jontay Porter, Jeremiah Tilmon and C.J. Roberts.


Simon knocks off top-seeded Cilic

Gilles Simon recovered from a slow start to beat top-seeded Marin Cilic, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the Maharashtra Open semifinals in Pune, India. Simon will face second-seeded Kevin Anderson, who beat fourth-seeded Benoit Paire, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 . . . Defending champion Katerina Siniakova defeated Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, to reach the final of the Shenzhen (China) Open. The sixth-seeded Siniakova will face top-ranked Simona Halep, who beat fourth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-1, 6-4 . . . Top-seeded Dominic Thiem withdrew from his Qatar Open semifinal against Gael Monfils due to a cold and fever. Monfils advanced to the final against Andrey Rublev, who defeated Guido Pella, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2).

. . . Angelique Kerber won her singles and contributed heavily in the deciding mixed doubles victory in Perth that gave Germany a 2-1 win over host Australia and a spot in the Hopman Cup final against Switzerland. Kerber beat Australia's Daria Gavrilova, 6-1, 6-2, to put Germany within one win of reaching the final against Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic.


Gordon heads Hall of Fame inductees

Four-time and retired NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was an obvious choice for the Motorsports Hall of Fame. One of his fellow inductees seemed like a totally random selection. Some might even think his name was plucked out of thin air. Gordon and record-setting pilot and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes were among seven people selected for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. The other inductees are dragster builder John Buttera, Indianapolis Motor Speedway founder Carl G. Fisher, motorcycle great Fred Merkel, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion owner U.E. Pat Patrick and sports-car team creator Bob Tullius. They will be inducted March 13 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Hall of Fame president Ron Watson called the joint selection of Hughes and Gordon ‘‘probably the best example we've ever had to illustrate the breadth of our inductee roll.’’ . . . Scott Pruett, 58, one of the most prolific American sports car racers in history, will end his driving career following the Rolex 24 at Daytona this month. Pruett has a record 60 wins in American sports car competition. His five Rolex 24 wins are tied for most with Hurley Haywood.