Penguins’ Matt Murray shelved with concussion
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out indefinitely with a concussion. Coach Mike Sullivan said Murray suffered the concussion during practice Monday and reported potential symptoms to the training staff immediately afterward. Sullivan did not offer specifics on the nature of the contact that led to the injury. This is the third time in his NHL career the 24-year-old Murray has been diagnosed with a concussion. He suffered one in practice last February and missed nearly a month. He also suffered a concussion late in the 2015-16 season when he collided with Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn. Murray, who won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017, struggled during the opening week of the season. He allowed six goals in an overtime victory over Washington and then let in five in a loss to Montreal. Casey DeSmith will get the first chance at replacing Murray. The Penguins also recalled Tristan Jarry from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.
Louisville recruit’s father testifies at trial
The father of a blue-chip college basketball recruit has testified that an assistant coach at the University of Louisville gave him a secret cash payment of $1,300. Brian Bowen Sr. described it Tuesday to a New York federal jury in a corruption trial. He said assistant coach Kenny Johnson gave him the money but told him Louisville didn’t normally pay basketball players. Johnson wasn’t ever accused of a crime. The testimony about the recruitment of Brian Bowen Jr. came in a case that prompted Louisville to fire both Johnson and its head coach, Rick Pitino. Johnson is now an assistant at La Salle . . . UCLA freshman guard Tyger Campbell has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the upcoming season, making him the third player to be sidelined. Freshman forward Shareef O'Neal, the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, also will sit out the season because of a heart condition he has described as ‘‘risky.’’ O'Neal will take a medical redshirt after undergoing surgery. Forward Alex Olesinski has a stress fracture in his right foot that will force him to miss 2-3 months . . . Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger will receive the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching honor next spring, given annually to college basketball coaches who exemplify the late UCLA legend’s standard of success and personal integrity. Kruger, 66, is entering his eighth season at Oklahoma, where he is 140-91. He is the first Division 1 coach to take five different schools to the NCAA Tournament . . . The Boston College football team will honor local legend Doug Flutie by wearing throwback uniforms in Saturday’s game against Louisville at Alumni Stadium.
Li Na tops fan vote for Hall of Fame
Li Na has received the most support in the first fan vote for the International Tennis Hall of Fame, followed by Goran Ivanisevic and Mary Pierce. Li will get a 3 percent boost to her total for the overall vote by the main selection panel, which includes members of the Hall, journalists, and tennis historians. Ivanisevic gets 2 percent, and Pierce 1 percent. Li, a two-time major champion from China, could become the first player from Asia elected to the Hall. The Class of 2019 will be announced in January. . . Novak Djokovic, the hottest player on the men’s tour in the second half of the year, never faced a break point on serve in putting away Jeremy Chardy of France, 6-3, 7-5, in the second round of the Shanghai Masters. The Wimbledon and US Open champion, Djokovic is hoping to win a record fourth Shanghai title this week . . . Aryna Sabalenka moved closer to a spot in the WTA Finals by beating Sofia Kenin, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-0, in the first round of the Tianjin (China) Open. The fourth-seeded Sabalenka, who lost to Maria Sharapova in the final last year, won the Wuhan Open title two weeks ago . . . Second-seeded Caroline Garcia advanced by beating Chinese qualifier Xun Fang Ying, 6-4, 6-1 . . . Top-seeded Elina Svitolina kept alive her chances of reaching the WTA Finals in Singapore by beating Australian wild card Priscilla Hon, 6-2, 6-3, at the Hong Kong Open.
Koepka wins Nicklaus Award as PGA’s top player
US Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka added to his trophy collection when he picked up the Jack Nicklaus Award trophy as the PGA Tour player of the year. Koepka is the sixth player in the last six years to win the award, the longest streak of different winners since PGA Tour players began voting on the award in 1990. The tour does not disclose how many votes he received from a ballot that included Johnson, British Open champion Francesco Molinari, FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, and Bryson DeChambeau. Johnson, Thomas and DeChambeau each won three times. Thomas won the Arnold Palmer Trophy for leading the PGA Tour money list for the second straight year, making him the first player since Tiger Woods in 2006-07 to win the money title in consecutive years . . . Daniel Cormier is set to defend his UFC heavyweight championship against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Lewis has won nine of his last 10 bouts and will fight just weeks after he defeated Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 last weekend in Las Vegas.